At around midnight, an ambulance with sirens blaring went straight to the emergency room of the hospital. The patient in the ambulance was unconscious and in a state of paralysis. Her blood pressure had reached 200. In fact, after she dialled 119 for an ambulance, she had lost her ability to speak at all. However, the police knew immediately it was her when they saw their ID caller. Her phone number was not strange to them.
Ms. Wang Lihua is a poet who was a teacher at the Chinese Language Department of Jing Yi University in Taiwan.
Calling for an ambulance and going to the emergency room had been a repetitive nightmare for Ms. Wang. She had seen numerous doctors since she first got sick in 1990. Some doctors believed she had hypertension. Others thought she had a stroke, intermittent cerebral ischemia, allergies, or asthma. There were many doctors who didn't know what kind of disease she had.
"I'd already written my will."
Feeling faint and collapsing with blood pressure surging to 190 or 200 was not a strange thing for Ms. Wang. She had taken all kinds of heart-disease medicine."I had internal bleeding because of overdosing on medication. Even a slight strike on my body would easily cause a build up of blood." One time, a doctor with much confidence told her of a new drug which he thought would work for her. "As a result, two hours later, I became very weak, and I couldn't breathe. I was immediately taken to the emergency room." She explained."What kind of disease do I really have? Why am I like this?"Ms. Wang was highly educated. She taught at a university. Her life was much envied by many people. However, in the face of such an incurable illness, she couldn't do much but feel sad and helpless.
Over time, her illness got worse. She couldn't even use chopsticks, swallow food, or write. When she woke up, she was not able to get up, and she had to call her students to help her. Later on, she developed depression, and lost all hope for the future. "At that time, I had my will written."
In 2004, Ms. Wang encountered a well-known cardiac doctor. After careful examination, the doctor told her that the cause of her illness didn't come from her heart. He recommended that she see a neurological expert. After going through a number of check ups, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The doctor waited one month before telling her the truth, as he was afraid she would not be able to deal with it. At present, this disease is incurable.
After learning the news of her fatal illness, Ms. Wang couldn't do anything but let destiny take its course. But, she was very reluctant to leave the world just like this, as she still had many unfinished dreams. "Why didn't you tell me earlier? So that I would feel more at ease, and would not have to come here for treatment and wasting your medical resources,"she once complained to the doctor.
"If I do the practice, I will get better."
Before all this bad news, Ms. Wang was an acquaintance of an Economics professor, Mr. Zhang Qingxi, who had been practising Falun Gong for many years. Professor Zhang had occasionally sent her Falun Gong materials, but she had never been sincerely interested in the practice. It was during the time when Ms. Wang learned about her fatal illness that her nephew, who studied in the same department as Professor Zhang, suggested that she practice Falun Gong.
"Isn't this world full of coincidences? My nephew said that he often heard from Professor Zhang that many patients with a serious illness had been cured by practising Falun Gong." Encouraged by her nephew, Ms. Wang decided to ask Professor Zhang to tell her about Falun Gong. Professor Zhang immediately sent her a copy of Zhuan Falun and other related materials.
Ms. Wang said:"The moment I picked up the book Zhuan Falun and started reading it, I felt a surge of heat that circulated in my entire body. I couldn't describe how comfortable I felt."
Three days later, Ms. Wang went back to the hospital for a follow-up checkup. The report came out one week later. With much puzzlement, the doctor told her that her condition had improved. She was pleasantly surprised:"I was thinking at that time: I have just began to read the book, and it already has created such a positive effect. If I practice the exercises, I think the effect will certainly be better."
However, after the first day of doing the exercise, Ms. Wang almost gave up. Because she was very ill, she couldn't sit straight, or stand for a long time, as her legs would get sore. She was also unable to raise her arms. She became exhausted after the first day of practice, and she couldn't get up the next morning. She was thinking: "I should give up. I felt frustrated. So I called Professor Zhang. He said 'Congratulations!' I didn't know what he meant. Then he shared with me his experience and said that Master Li was cleansing the bad stuff out of my body. He encouraged me to keep on practising."
The first month was an ordeal. Ms. Wang was not able to keep up with the practice. Professor Zhang seemed to know what she was thinking in her mind. He called her often to encourage her to keep up with the practice. After a month, her health gradually got better. When she read the book Zhuan Falun again, she came to a better understanding of what "Cultivation Practice" means. Since then, Ms. Wang has never stopped practising.
Because of her illness, Ms. Wang was unable to devote herself to her most beloved activity--writing long poems. She felt her brain was not working well. She couldn't recite the words or phrases that she needed to express herself. She felt her brain was tied up in knots. However, as she kept on practising Falun Gong, the function of her brain gradually resumed, and now she can compose poems. For a poet like her, gaining a new life is the happiest thing of all.
Emphasizing cultivating one's heart, and upgrading levels
After Ms. Wang took up the practice, she often felt she had supernatural capabilities. She could see through a shielded car and the people sitting in it. She could also see through a closet and the clothes inside. When she does the practice, she can feel the different messages and vibrations of the universe. She is truly convinced that Falun Gong is indeed the great law of the universe.
There was once a student who came to look for her. She was using the computer at that time to do some reading."When my hand got near the computer, I felt as if it received a strong energy, and the screen turned all bright. When I held back my hand, the computer worked normally." She repeated this several times, and it was the same. Her students were joking with her: "Teacher, you have supernormal abilities."
"In fact, this kind of thing can't be pursued. Everyone's experience and inborn quality are different. Falun Gong teaches us to cultivate ourselves according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. We must cultivate our heart and virtue."
Not afraid of enduring hardship is the key to striving diligently in one's cultivation path
In the beginning of the practice, Ms. Wang suffered a great deal of pain, and underwent several major hardships. Because of her enlightenment to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, she was able to overcome them all.
For example, shortly after she took up the practice, she had symptoms of influenza. They continued for a long time. There was blood when she coughed. She was very ill and lay on the bed all day long. But she knew it was a test. She persisted in doing the exercises, even for just five minutes, 10 minutes or 20 minutes. Because of her persistence and determination, she was rewarded. One day, after the first three months and 17 days of practising Falun Gong, she was able to cross her legs in the lotus posture. "I remember that moment, I felt as if there was an earthquake inside my body. All my pores were open, and my whole body was sweating. My head seemed to crack open. I had a mixture of feelings. The longer I sat, the more comfortable I felt." The next day, the flu-like symptoms were gone.
After this experience, Ms. Wang came to understand that one must sacrifice in the course of cultivation, and that she must not slack off. "My health has improved. How much you pay, and how much you gain. We must not be afraid to endure hardships. Only by taking hardship as joy can we strive more diligently in our paths."
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