Greetings revered Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
I am a Dafa disciple from the UK. I was fortunate enough to obtain the Fa in 1995 and came to the UK in 2009. My wife once said that if I hadn't learned Dafa, I would have been an unforgivable person.
I used to be a project manager for contracting projects in China. In order to get the project, in addition to giving gifts, sometimes I had to go to Karaokes, bath centers as well as massage services with clients. I didn't believe in the existence of God at all, and I was also a member of the evil party, a true atheist.
I came home drunk every day. If my wife complained, I would get impatient and hit her, smash things on sight, and I don't know how many plates and bowls were changed in our house.
When my family was about to break up, one night in July '95, my wife went out without telling me. I was confused since I didn't know what she was doing. So I followed stealthily behind her. Finally we came to a place where I saw about a hundred people practicing some kind of Qigong. They were all doing the Falun Standing Stance at that moment, as I got to know later.
I was curious about it and I was interested to have a try. Almost as soon as I imitated the holding posture, I had a flash of white light on my forehead, and my whole body was like being illuminated by white light, as if I was hugging a mountain.
While I was in tranquility, a man touched me and asked me to put my arms down. I was really annoyed at that moment, wanting to break out. But upon seeing so many people around me. Besides my wife was still practicing over there without realizing I was following her, I then just let it pass with my anger erupting.
Later I got to know that the assistant was just trying to tell me to do “Holding the Wheel in Front of the Lower Abdomen”. Then I thought: How is this Qigong so powerful? --There is white light flashing when holding the Wheel. I'd also like to have a look at this book.
At that time, there was no book of “Zhuan Falun” available. My wife managed to obtain a revised edition of the book "Falun Gong". I started reading this book with curiosity, and it really touched my soul. Later, we managed to obtain the book “Zhuan Falun”.
After reading it, I was very excited. Falun Gong is so amazing. Through reading the book, I learned the truth of being a human being. I also want to learn Falun Gong!
After studying the Fa and practicing the exercises for some time, I had some of my bad habits being eliminated, and my family relationship became harmonious. We had also set up a group Fa study site at our home. Around 20 fellow practitioners came to study Fa every evening from 7 to 9 o'clock. The assistance center even asked me to be in charge of the practice site. Every morning, I got up at 4 o'clock and went to exercise with my wife at the practice site.
On July 20, 1999, the wicked CCP began to frantically suppress Falun Gong. Officials from the local police station, the neighbourhood administration office, and work units often came to my house to harass me. I had no choice but to transfer our household register to my younger brother's house, but within a month, my younger brother and sister approached me and told me to transfer it to somewhere else. Because the police came every day, and the local neighbourhood administration office also went to my younger brother’s home, saying that if your brother’s household register was not removed from your household register, your family’s low-income allowance would not be given.
Because my brother was disabled, we had no choice but to move my household register out again. Since there was no place to keep it, we became displaced.
At that time, my child was not allowed to take the entrance exams to major universities after graduating from high school and neither was she allowed to go abroad due to practicing Falun Gong. Finally, we had no other choice but to transfer my daughter's household register to another family and apply to study in the UK in the name of that family's child.
In 2008, my wife and I came to the UK in the name of Aunt and Uncle of my daughter, and attended her graduation ceremony.
Afterwards, my wife stayed here to seek asylum since she suffered severe persecution by the Chinese Communist Party for practicing Falun Gong. I came to the UK at the end of 2009 as a family reunion. Since then I regularly study the Fa and do the exercises and actively participate in various Dafa activities.
In 2018, the British Falun Dafa Association launched an online group Fa study and FZN helping to find theaters for Shen Yun shows. I keep joining the platform every day to study the Fa and FZN.
After the Shen Yun shows concluded in 2019, this Fa study group ran out of people. I realized that we couldn't just disband like that, so I called fellow practitioners to come up.
We kept on studying the Fa and FZN for the Shen Yun project every evening until today although sometimes we had only a couple of people.
Every day, there are fellow practitioners who come to study Fa and FZN. Later on, due to the influence of the CCP virus, we could not study the Fa face to face, but practitioners from different countries persist on studying Fa on Sonant every day.
My wife and I started exercising at 3.50 every morning with five sets of exercises in one go and then FZN. And then we studied one lecture of “Zhuan Falun” with fellow practitioners. After a period of Fa study and exercise, my xinxing has improved significantly.
Actually through more than 3 years of studying Fa and doing the exercises on the platform, I have improved both mentally and physically. I used to feel that I was not at all like a Dafa disciple who obtained the Fa as early as 1995, because I am too far away from Master's requirements. It's a shame that I still have so many attachments not gotten rid of. I made up my mind to let go of all my attachments and become a true Dafa disciple, so I have stuck to studying the Fa and doing the exercises.
One day when I was reading “Zhuan Falun”, I suddenly saw every word in the book, including the punctuation marks spinning. At that moment I was very excited and knew that Master was encouraging me and I must persevere in studying the Fa even more and better.
In 2019, the European Fa Conference was held in the UK and both Chinese and English “Zhuan Falun” books, as well as Falun props were needed for the parade. The coordinator asked me if I could make them. There were only 3 weeks left, and I still needed some time to do the outer cover decoration supporting works. It must be difficult to make it, but I didn't hesitate and immediately accepted the task.
I worked early until late with an elderly fellow practitioner without feeling tired at all, since we insisted on studying the Fa and doing the exercises every day. And finally we finished within the limited time.
The practitioners who made the outer cover also came to the fellow practitioner's home and worked with us. It was then very close to the parade day. As usual, we got up every morning to study Fa and do the exercises. Once there was any problem showing up, we would resolve it immediately. We worked hard every day even until midnight, but we didn't feel exhausted at all. We all knew that it was the result of Master’s strengthening. All the work was finally done before 4am on the day of the parade.
In August 2021, the UK Dafa Association held the Fa conference, after which we began to promote the 2022 UK Shen Yun shows.
The leaflet delivery coordinator asked me if I could stay at the Shen Yun promotion base in London for a while. Our family lives in another city and it was a three and half hours drive.
My daughter was already the mother of three children, with the youngest only one year old and still recovering from a medical error during birth. My wife and I took care of all the household chores and I took care of all the cooking.
Through studying the Fa on the platform, I know that I am a Dafa disciple who can not shun out because of such family trivialities. So I stayed at the promotion base and cooked meals for many practitioners there. Fellow practitioners were very happy upon seeing the delicious dishes when returning from the promotion work, and the exhaustion of the day was all gone.
When there were less people, I went with them to distribute leaflets in selected residential areas. I wouldn't go back home unless there was an emergency to deal with. And sometimes I just went home once every two weeks.
Amidst the group environment we were able to study Fa and do the exercises every day. And each of us was improving. Now my daughter has also started to study the Fa and her condition has improved tremendously. Our compassionate Master has saved her.
Here are some of my experiences from working in the catering team for Shen Yun:
I started to work with the catering team for Shen Yun in 2010. At that time, I could only do some chores, such as washing dishes. Before, I didn’t cook at home, as my wife did. Then I realized that it cannot be justified if I couldn't even cook a Northeastern dish as a Northeasterner.
Then I resolved to start to learn how to fry Northeastern dishes and mix cold dishes online. Through diligent study and hard practice, my cooking skills have been greatly improved. Every day, even every meal, we have Northeastern dishes that I made on our table. My daughter said that we did not need to go eating outside to restaurants since we have them every day at home.
During 2017 and 2018 the catering team only allowed those who came abroad before 2005. I was not qualified and excluded since I came here in 2009. I was very unhappy then. Having done it for so many years, and I have worked hard in the kitchen without any complaint, you can't treat me like this. At the time, I really couldn't figure it out, and some negative factors were reflected.
After studying the Fa and sharing with fellow practitioners, I realized that I still have a lot of ordinary mentalities to get rid of, such as jealousy, showing off, and all kinds of attachments.
I gradually realized that I wasn't recruited because I still have so many attachments left. I firmly believed that as long as I study the Fa more and give up all kinds of attachments, I would be able to return to the kitchen naturally. During the past two years, I just insisted on learning how to cook Northeastern cuisine and cold dishes online.
In 2019, the coordinator in charge of the catering team approached me and asked that I return to the kitchen. I secretly resolved to cooperate with fellow practitioners and do the kitchen work well together. After the Shen Yun show season, the kitchen team was well appreciated by Shen Yun artists. After that, due to the interference of the CCP virus, Shen Yun did not come to the UK for nearly 2 years.
In 2021, the British Falun Dafa Association announced that Shen Yun would come to the UK in 2022. Like other practitioners, I was very excited. As I kept learning to cook Northeastern food online all the time, and thanks to the strict requirements from fellow practitioners my cooking skills had improved significantly.
In January 2022, Shen Yun came to the United Kingdom. Each of us has the belief to make Shen Yun performers eat well. We got up at 3:50 every day to practice the exercises and then we came to the kitchen before dawn, and we insisted on studying the Fa every night. The dishes we made were really welcomed by Shen Yun artists, and we didn't feel tired under Master's blessing.
During the performance Master came. I met Master and greeted Master with my hands in the heshi posture. Master said, "You have worked hard." I said, “Not at all.” Master was so compassionate and smiling, and I was so excited that tears were in my eyes. I shared with fellow practitioners on my encountering Master, they too were all very excited.
A week later, when Master came back from abroad, I saw Master again. I respectfully greeted Master, and Master said, "You are really attentive." I thought to myself: Master knows well all of our work. Amidst the kitchen work for more than a month, each of us worked hard to prepare every dish. After the show, Shen Yun performers gave the UK kitchen team high marks.
After the Shen Yun show ended in the UK, the coordinator in charge of the Shen Yun catering team in the UK asked us if we could manage to go to Italy to cook for the Shen Yun performers for about 6 weeks. The duration was from May 23rd to July 1st.
I was the first one to sign up to cook in Italy all the way, although I actually only stayed for 15 days due to various reasons and interruptions. During those 15 days, we almost always got up at 3:30 in the morning and then started doing the exercises. After FZN the coordinator would send us to the kitchen. In the evening we studied the Fa and brought out the problems that came up during the daytime and exchanged our opinions with each other. We all worked together to improve on the Fa and solved all the problems that night.
In the end, fellow practitioners reached an agreement: Under any circumstance, we must let Shen Yun performers eat well, which is the purpose of our visit. During this period, our chef adjusted the menu and tried his best to make many dishes that Shen Yun performers like to eat. Although the time for rest was short, no one felt tired at all. We knew that Master was strengthening us.
Our UK team has finally completed this catering service after overcoming many difficulties. The Shen Yun performers again gave our UK catering team high marks.
Looking back on the process of my own cultivation, I feel that persevering in studying the Fa is the key to my continuous improvement. As you study the Fa, your understanding of Master's Fa will continue to deepen, and you will gradually become more aware of, and will continue to get rid of various attachments.
Because of the foundation established by studying the Fa, when participating in Shen Yun promotion and catering service, I can maintain a good state, provide the best service for Shen Yun performers, and contribute my limited contribution to the success of Shen Yun’s performance and the salvation of sentient beings.
Finally, I would like to use the poem "Real Cultivation" in Master's "Hong Yin" to share with fellow practitioners:
“Cherish Zhen, Shan, Ren,
And in Falun Dafa you succeed;
Cultivate your xinxing without a moment’s pause,
To taste the wonder,
so immeasurable, at consummation.”
Thank you Master!
Thank you fellow practitioners!
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