Falun Gong Gave Me a New Life
(Minghui.org) I was born in 1943. As the youngest of four children and the only girl in the family, I was surrounded by the utmost affection from my parents and brothers.
My Many Illnesses
Nothing is perfect. I was sick a lot from a very young age. From common colds to meningitis, I would catch whatever contagious illness went around in school. I lost the hearing of one ear from unknown causes when I was in elementary school.
By the 11th grade, I quit school, simply because I did not have the physical stamina to get through the day. By age 19, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
Staying home did not stop me from learning. Because of my excellent grades, I became an elementary school teacher. My dedication earned me praise from my colleagues, parents and students. I was recognized as the “Top Ten Best Teacher Award” in my county.
My health further deteriorated after the birth of my first child. The rheumatism caused inflammation of many of my organs. After a year of sick leave from work, I retired at age 52. I was helpless, and had lost hope to recover from my illnesses.
A Turn of Fate
At the beginning of July 1997, a relative came to visit: “I brought you a book, take a look at it.” It was Zhuan Falun. I started to read the book right away but the progress was slow. My eyes would sting after I read more than 10 pages, but I persisted. In the middle of reading Lecture Two, I came down with a fever, and my body ached. Knowing that Master Li (the founder) was cleansing my body, I endured the pain.
It took me over two weeks to finish reading Zhuan Falun. My body felt light and my mind became clear. I learned and followed the guiding principles of Falun Gong: Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
I was determined to become a Falun Gong practitioner. My right knee was deformed due to a past injury, so I could not do the Falun Gong exercises yet. The second time I read Zhuan Falun, the deformed knee started to swell. I knew the healing power of Falun Gong was doing its magic.
By the third time I read Zhuan Falun, the swelling started to go down and eventually disappeared. I was able to move my right knee for the first time after many years of being stiff.
My health was restored, and I was filled with happiness. Studying the Fa and doing the Falun Gong exercises became part of my life. My eyesight improved and I have not spent a cent on medication since.
I shared my story with my former colleagues. The school principal read Zhuan Falun and shared the book with his family.
With a healthy body, I was able to do chores I could not do before, such as going grocery shopping. I am 76 years old now, and still doing all the housework.
Growing up as the center of attention in my family, I used to be quite selfish. After practicing Falun Gong, I became more generous toward my family, and attentive toward my husband. During my imprisonment for practicing Falun Gong, I shared hot water, and food with my cellmates. Everyone around me knew Falun Gong practitioners are good people.
Falun Gong Gains in Popularity
After seeing the changes in me, I had many visitors wanting to learn Falun Gong. Soon my home became a practice site.
One time, a practitioner’s sister came to learn Falun Gong. She commented that she saw the walls in my house were covered by shinning little stars. A few days later, she brought over a guest. The guest said the head monk in his temple said only by practicing Falun Gong could one achieve enlightenment. I gave him a copy of Zhuan Falun and Falun Gong.
Obeying Master’s teaching, I refused “thank you gifts.”
“ When you spread it, you should not pursue fame and personal gain, but should serve others voluntarily. All practitioners are doing it this way nationwide, and assistants from different regions have also set this example themselves. If you want to learn our practice, you may come as long as you want to learn it. We can be responsible to you and will not charge you a penny. ” (Lecture Three, Zhuan Falun)
As more and more people joined our practice site, our local school let us use their classrooms. My husband’s colleagues started to learn Falun Gong, and soon a study group was formed in their dormitory.
We taught the exercises on market day and organized Falun Gong workshops in the neighboring village during summer vacation.
Eight people in my family became Falun Gong practitioners.
Opportunities to Spread Falun Gong After Being Sent to a Forced Labor Camp
On July 20, 1999, with Jiang Zemin as president, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the persecution of Falun Gong and its practitioners. The police asked me for names of practitioners who came to our Fa-study group. I did not cooperate, and was taken to the police station several times. Eventually, I was detained in a forced labor camp.
I was the first Falun Gong practitioner in our area to be sent to a forced labor camp. The labor camp director and officials talked to me. I shared with them how I had benefited from practicing Falun Gong, and that it was wrong to persecute it.
Labor camp employees knew I did not belong there. My professional record, my friendliness, and mannerism was the opposite of that of the other inmates. A guard told me that I was changing her for the better. Another guard said: “Let me know if anyone treats you badly.”
I was friendly to all the other inmates. They called me “aunty.” My bed was a gathering place. I told them cultivation stories, and recited poems from Hong Yin.
Two practitioners who were “transformed” by the CCP, and who had turned against Falun Gong visited me many times. I felt sorry for them. After reciting and showing them Master’s writing from Essentials for Further Advancement, their good side was awakened and they returned to the cultivation path.
After I was released, I studied the Fa and did the exercises every day to catch up with other practitioners. Helping people recognize the evilness of the CCP became my priority.
Since then, I have helped over 30,000 people renounce the CCP and its youth organizations. Among them are the police chief, workers in our local government, guards at the brainwashing center, and others.
Master is always with me. I memorized Zhuan Falun, one paragraph at a time. I have recited Zhuan Falun from memory 27 times. Master expanded my wisdom.