Awakening People's Consciences Over the Phone
(Minghui.org) “Hello, friend. I’d like to take two minutes of your time to tell you about something that is important to each one of us. You are one of over one billion people to receive this phone call, and there may only be one such opportunity. I really hope you will listen to this call and not leave any regrets for yourself.”
I started to practice Falun Dafa in 1998, and I’d like to share my cultivation experiences of using Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS) and making phone calls with audio messages.
We started this project in April 2012. At that time, because Falun Dafa truth-clarification materials had already been widely distributed, many people had already learned the facts about Dafa and the persecution but did not have a channel through which to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations.
We also wanted to find more ways to reach people in remote places. A technically astute practitioner offered some suggestions to accomplish that goal. Many people have learned about Dafa and the facts of the persecution from this effort, and many people have been helped with this information.
Sending Dafa Messages
We started sending MMS. Then, in March 2013, a technically-skilled practitioner taught us to make auto-dialing phone calls to play audio messages. Several of us started to do this daily, and it has now been seven years. Looking back, it is our cultivation path, and our xinxing has been improving along the way.
To test the sound, we usually need to wear headphones. When I first started, I was often afraid that the sound would leak out of the headphones and people nearby would hear it. I was afraid of being monitored or reported. I was really fearful.
The technical practitioner often reminded us about safety precautions. For example, we must not stay in one place for more than 20 minutes, and we should continue to move if possible. There were also other steps that we were asked to follow. I always strictly followed the procedures, and gradually, as I continued to do it, my fear started to disappear.
At first, each of us only operated one phone. As time passed, all of us could operate multiple phones with no problem.
Beginning in 2013, except for special circumstances, every day I made calls for two to three hours, which amounted to at least 1,000 calls. That was was about 30,000 to 40,000 calls a month.
Of those, about 10,000 people picked up; about 3,000 to 4,000 finished listening and left messages; and about 100 to 200 people quit the CCP. During these past seven years, several of us have made an estimated 7,000,000 to 8,000,000 calls. From 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 picked up, and tens of thousands were helped.
These phone calls did not have any geographical limits and did not differentiate the people being called. In other dimensions, it might be a great positive energy field that is shocking and disintegrating the evil factors.
During the holidays, I was a little hesitant when my family wanted to spend more time together. But I always ended up going out, rain or shine, because I knew people would have more time to listen to the calls during the holidays.
Every month thousands of people received our calls. Each call averaged about three to four minutes. But often I had to listen several times due to dialects and other situations, as I did not want to miss anyone. By being persistent, I became more firm in cultivation and my belief in Dafa.
Moved and Inspired
I was always touched to hear the recorded messages Some people asked how they could find out how to learn Dafa. Some wanted to know more and asked to chat with us, and some yelled, “Falun Dafa is good!”
On one recording there was very loud wind in the background, but it could not obscure the eagerness in the person’s voice. He said he had joined the CCP and asked us to help him quit, and he repeated himself several times. Another person said he was a retired head of a county and wanted to quit the CCP.
Some were from candid and cheerful youth and some were in different dialects. Some were entire families, with each person taking a turn to express his or her position on quitting the CCP.
Our audio messages are usually just several minutes long. But after listening to our messages, some people immediately denounced the CCP. During this process, I have witnessed Dafa’s power and compassion. Dafa is truly helping people.
The Cost of Phone Cards
The CCP implemented a real-name registration system for mobile phones starting in May 2015. That meant we had to obtain phone cards through different channels.
It became more costly, but from the start we were never too concerned about the cost and the increases in phone card prices. At first, the cards for sending MMS were between 10 and 20 yuan and we each had several dozen. Each card could only be used for a couple of days. Calling cards cost over 100 yuan per card, which means between 1,000 and 2,000 yuan per month.
Some practitioners did not understand why we continued to tell people the facts about Falun Dafa this way. They thought that was too much money and not worth it. But we had never linked spending money with helping people, because we realized that the latter was priceless. All of the expenses came out of our own pockets.
I realized that the reason the evil factors try so hard to interfere with the phone cards is because our calls are telling people the truth about Falun Dafa. Helping them quit the CCP is really hitting a nerve. This method is both fast and effective.
It covers all regions and helps spread information about Dafa very quickly. When people listen, it is almost like listening to a radio station. The evil factors are very afraid of it and that’s why it has tried so hard to block our phone cards. Thus, while making calls, we also continue to send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate any interference.
Telling people the facts about Falun Dafa with cell phones is the same as any other way. Without a righteous and compassionate mind, the results won’t be good.
For example, when we were chatting with each other while making phone calls, the people who picked up tended to put the phone aside and chat. When I was drowsy, the person who answered would likely not listen to the end. When I had conflicts with fellow practitioners, the person on the other end would be arguing and fighting with someone else.
When I was impatient and restless, the person who answered would curse and sometimes even threaten to report us. When my mind was totally clear and calm and I held strong righteous thoughts, the person picking up would more likely listen to the recording and quit the CCP.
Day after day and year after year, this slowly became a pattern in my life and I started to feel numb to it. Sometimes I felt so lonely, and it was so hard. I even had thoughts of quitting altogether to avoid the trouble. Whenever this happened, I would share with fellow practitioners and look inside.
I realized that my state was not good and I had to correct myself based on the Fa. Then I would be able to eliminate my attachments and my xinxing would improve.
A practitioner who was diligent and always told people the truth about Falun Dafa in person did not totally agree with the approach of telling people the facts via mobile phones. She thought that the reason we did it this way was because of fear and that we would have to eventually do it in person. It made me feel a bit uneasy.
I thought it was my righteous thoughts, but it was actually due to my human notions. I shared my thoughts with the technical practitioner and said that I also wanted to tell people the truth in person in order to make a breakthrough and eliminate my fear mentality.
The technical practitioner was very calm and didn’t say much. He just told me that, for safety reasons, it would be best if I could stick to one way, because each of us was carrying many cell phones, and safety would be a big concern.
I calmed down, thought about it, and found that many of my attachments were exposed, including the attachments to fame, competitiveness, jealousy, and showing-off.
But most importantly, my motivation was mixed in with selfishness. The selfishness was hidden deeply.
All my concerns were about myself: “I have to do things perfectly; I have to get rid of my fear mentality. I have to make a breakthrough; I have to reach a higher realm more quickly.” It was all about achieving something for myself and not for others. After much consideration, I decided to stay with the project.
“You are saving people no matter what approach you use to clarify the facts, but don’t rely on just one method. And if you really don’t dare to clarify the facts in person, that is fear at work, and problems like these are going to come about. What should you do? I don’t think I need to say much. After I read the question you already knew what to do. Try to do better.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the New York Fa Conference Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Dafa’s Spreading,” Team Yellow Translation)
I looked inside. As Dafa practitioners, our fundamental motivation is to tell people the truth about Falun Dafa to help them, and Master will help us achieve our cultivation positions.
Therefore, it is important to eliminate our human attachments. Through sharing with other practitioners I realized that the issue was not the method we used to tell people the facts, but it was really our fundamental motivation, and how we cultivated ourselves in the process.
Each method of truth-clarification is just another way to get back on track. Using mobile phones to tell people the truth has its own advantages. It enables those who live in remote areas to hear the truth and be helped, and it is not too much of a burden on us financially.
I treasure each time I have an opportunity to tell someone the truth about Falun Dafa in person, and I try to talk to them in detail to make sure they truly understand it.
We also try to always look for ways to improve our use of mobile phones to clarify the truth. For example, we discovered there were patterns to the rates of answering the phones in different regions, so we try to find the best times to call.
During the CCP virus pandemic, the effect of using mobile phones to clarify the truth became even better, and its special advantage was fully exploited.
While people were locked in their homes feeling helpless and scared, they were very eager to hear how their lives could be improved. Many said that they would stay away from the CCP.
The Minghui website kept updating the content in the recordings according to the changes in the situation. As a result, the rate of people answering our calls increased. The number of people who finished listening and chose to quit the CCP also went up by a lot.
The streets were empty due to the lockdowns, but there were more police cars. Even so, we all continued. Every day we went out either on foot, by bike, or on public transportation to make phone calls. At the same time, we tried to look for people to whom we could tell the facts about Falun Dafa.
Since there were so few people out, once we got into a conversation, they were much more likely to listen and accept the truth. We did things with the wisdom that only practitioners would have, and we all felt that Master was always next to us.
But as the evil CCP made up more lies in its propaganda, we noticed that some people no longer wanted to listen. We then talked more about traditional culture and Chinese medicine.
We first mentioned that people with a peaceful mind and a kind heart had positive energy and would be protected by heaven. We then started to clarify the truth.
Many people took our amulets and their eyes were filled with gratitude and trust. Some immediately began to recite, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
I feel I am becoming more mature and rational. Only after getting through those unusual sections on my path of cultivation and helping people have I truly understood the responsibilities and missions of a Dafa disciple in the Fa-rectification period.
The mobile phone project is like a radio station. Every day when it is time to broadcast, Dafa practitioners’ peaceful, compassionate, clear, and pure voices travel thousands of miles across China to spread the hopeful words that will help people.