How Falun Dafa Changed My Life

If you’ve been following the news, perhaps, you’ve heard about the persecution of Falun Gong or Falun practitioners in China. For the past five years, tens of thousands of people have been imprisoned, detained, sent to mental institutions, tortured, and even killed by harvesting their organs, WITHOUT ANESTHESIA, for simply refusing to give up their practice. The so-called US mainstream media, not really known for telling the truth, hardly ever report about this atrocity, which is still currently going on. And if they ever did, they would give a negative impression of Falun Gong/Falun Dafa practitioners, and so their persecution goes on. This article will talk about the practice of Falun Dafa, and will hopefully put a spotlight on the sufferings of this peaceful and innocent segment of the Chinese population.

When people begin to reflect or become introspective, they start to ask tough questions: Why are we here? Why do good people always suffer and evil people, especially criminal politicians, prosper and even become more popular when they do evil deeds? Why is Zionism allowed to exist? Is there a God?

I was raised a Catholic, and my mother was an extremely religious Catholic. But I was not like her. Even though I imbibed the truth and wisdom from the teachings of Jesus and of truth, virtue, and compassion, there still seems to be something missing.

The one biggest issue I had with my religion is the concept of original sin, which states that every person is born in original sin, which was Adam and Eve’s disobedience of Gods’ law and passed on from them to all of us. Without being baptized to the Catholic faith, a person would be condemned to Hell for this original sin when he dies. This didn’t seem right to me. Is God that narrow-minded that he will condemn someone for the transgression committed by another person?   How does this jibe with the principle of justice? 

Another thing that made me question my faith is that why are bad people more blessed with material things than good hardworking people and why do many of them escape the arm of the law when they commit a crime? I actually had more questions like that such as why are some babies born with deformities? Why do lions and tigers kill weaker animals in order to eat? Why is nature cruel and cold? Obviously, I had a lot of questions that could not be answered within the paradigm of Christianity. In the end, I stopped questioning and along with this, stopped believing, as well.

When I was in my 30s, I fell ill. My doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and vasculitis.

I suffered from incredibly painful joint pain almost every day for several minutes to an hour. I couldn’t use my hands, sit, or stand; my pain forced me to take sleeping pills, which made me sleep for 12 hours. When I woke up, I had no energy to move. I frequently suffered from acute pain that came and went; when my osteoarthritis acted up, I endured chronic pain for hours; my high blood pressure exacerbated my weakness and headaches.  My symptoms just won’t subside to a degree that would permit me to enjoy a few hours of sleep and due to the wide variety of drugs I took, I began developing digestive problems and other side effects.

My vasculitis gradually grew worse over the last two years. I often would incur huge bruise-like marks all of over my body all of a sudden or would break out in large hives in many parts of my body. There was no other option in getting rid of these problems and so I had come to accept the fact that the rest of my life would be filled with misery, pain, and discomfort.

The best I can do was to just try living my life the best I could, although I still was hoping that some kind of meaningful life-changing answers would come to me one day. One quiet night, I decided to talk to the Universe. I pleaded to them in my heart to show me something that would give meaning to my life.

Someone had told me before that if you don’t have the answer, you may probably find it in a book or something. I went to the library hoping to find something amusing or interesting to while the time away because I was very skeptical that I would find any answer there.

In the library, there was a bulletin board with announcements and flyers pinned over it. I looked at the announcements scattered across the bulletin board. A thin bright blue brochure caught my eye that had Chinese characters printed on it. It had an invitation written in English inviting people to participate in a Falun Dafa exercise. There was a number and a contact name.  That was February 9th of 2007.

A few days after the library visit, I began performing Falun Dafa exercises. Within weeks, I stopped taking all of my medicine.  My health problems started to disappear, and I actually was able to get a job. After several months, the Universe answered my prayers! I was simply asking it to give some meaning to my life, but what I got was much, much more: Healing and meaning!

Falun Dafa exercises are quite simple to perform. There are five exercises: one sitting meditation and four standing exercises, plus three fundamentals principles that are deemed to be the nature of the universe: Ren (Perseverance), Shan (Good) and Zhen (Veracity).

The exercises are relaxing, gentle and invigorating. The technique of employing the fundamentals–to persevere, be good and true, — is not hard to do and can be amazingly powerful. Falun Dafa has some basic principles that are shared by true Christianity. At its most fundamental level, Falun Dafa encourages us to be better individuals in every facet of life: at work, at home, and in social life. Its objective, at a higher level, is the same as all positive philosophies: enlightenment and wisdom. It is not a religion as there is no worshipping of any specific deity, although followers do admit the existence of great historical avatars like Jesus, Lao Tsu, Buddha, etc.  Falun Dafa doesn’t require any form of administration or places of worship. It does not practice any rituals, does not require membership, and does not aspire to gain monetary remunerations. If anyone wants to learn about Falun Dafa, the exercises are free and any follower can instruct you, and you can go online and download all Falun Dafa books, for free. We do not ask for donations. You practice at your own pace, and as much as you want to, and as long as you want to. It is your prerogative if you want to practice it or not.

Falun Dafa has over 100 hundred million practitioners in over 50 countries throughout the world, including the US and China making it the largest spiritual movement in the history of the world.  All these people aspire for is to have the freedom to perform and practice their activities and belief without interference and persecution from anyone especially the spiritually-dead Chinese communist government.

What I got from this movement is way beyond my wildest imagination. It has healed me from my illnesses and gave me meaning, peace and happiness into my life. My desire is to still live my life the best I can, and to share what I have discovered with others who may benefit as well from this wonderful benevolent practice. I strongly condemn the Chinese Communist Government that is carrying out live illegal and criminal organ harvestings and killings of Falun Gong practitioners in China, and I urge people of goodwill to help stop the cruel inhumanity that these people are experiencing even to this present day.

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