Important Lesson Learned After Not Doing the Exercises for a Long Time
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong, in 1997. I still remember falling off my bike and breaking my foot that year. It took two months to heal. Encouraged by a fellow practitioner who was also my neighbor, I went to a group exercise site for the first time.
It was about a 10-minute walk, but it took me almost an hour. I felt too tired to do the exercises, so someone suggested I just watch. However, I insisted on participating in the group exercises since I was already there. After one hour I felt very comfortable, and didn’t have much pain. The walk back home was easy.
Since I became a Falun Dafa practitioner, I’ve had a lot to share including successes and lessons learned. The most bitter lesson came from not doing the exercises consistently.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched its persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. I was forced to attend an intensive brainwashing session and, against my will, I agreed to stop doing the exercises. Thus, I didn't do the exercises but still studied the Fa, cultivated myself based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and did what Dafa practitioners should do.
I took the train to Beijing with other practitioners to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong in July 2000. I was stopped and taken back to Kunming City, where I was held for a month.
I was sentenced to two years of forced labor for attending a group Fa study and experience sharing meeting. After I was released, I did the three things and clarified the truth but still didn't do the exercises. I felt quite good about myself, as I thought that I could keep up with Master's Fa-rectification process.
Experiencing Sickness Karma
I developed severe sickness karma in 2017. It started as an extreme headache, which worsened as the pain extended to my back and chest. I couldn't move my head. If I moved my head a little bit, or even when I walked, it caused severe pain.
The pain became more severe and I had to hold my head in my hands while walking, sitting down, or lying down. In addition, there was a tumor growing in my groin. It became bigger and bigger and was also painful. Even walking became painful.
In the beginning I still delivered Falun Dafa informational brochures. Later, I could no longer tolerate the pain and felt that I would rather die than suffer like that. I even thought about going to the hospital to have the tumor removed or get some medication. However, realizing that I was a cultivator, how could I use ordinary people's methods to solve my karma problem? Wasn’t I using a human notion? How could a cultivator have diseases? I must have a xinxing problem.
“Falun Dafa is also a practice that cultivates both mind and body, and it requires exercises. On the one hand, the exercises are used to strengthen supernormal abilities. What is “strengthening”? It is the reinforcement of your supernormal abilities by your powerful gong potency, thus making them progressively stronger. On the other hand, many living beings need to be developed in your body. In high-level cultivation, the Tao School requires the birth of the Immortal Infant (yuanying), while the Buddha School requires the Vajra’s indestructible body. Furthermore, many supernatural abilities must be developed. These things need to be developed through physical exercises, and they are what our exercises cultivate. A complete cultivation practice of mind and body requires both cultivation and practice.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
When I consider my behavior in this regard, I feel very ashamed. Why had I not done the exercises for so long, and not followed Master's instructions and Fa? Without doing the exercises, how can we strengthen our supernatural powers and cultivate our body? As soon as I figured out the root cause of my tribulation, I started doing the exercises.
One day, just as I finished the exercises, I lay down on the bed and almost fell asleep. I saw with my celestial eye that my field was enveloped by a shield of red light, and thousands of police officers were aiming guns at me. They wanted to remove the shield. When I felt the shield almost lifted away, I cried out, “Master please rescue me.” Suddenly, the evil completely exploded and was eliminated.
I knew this happened because I hadn’t done the exercises for years, and then the evil that had accumulated was cleansed and dissolved by Master. My field was clean and light, and my headache gradually disappeared.