Child rearing, clarifying the facts, and learning to look inward – these were some of the topics covered at the annual Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference in Queensland last weekend. Dafa practitioners met to share with one another how they incorporate the teachings of Falun Dafa in their daily lives and in reaching out to the public, both in Australia and in China, to introduce the practice and expose the persecution taking place in China. More than a dozen practitioners presented prepared speeches at the conference.
“How to treat your children when conflicts arise” was the topic of Louise Stevanovic’s speech. To Louise, the key is to follow Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and look inward for one’s own faults unconditionally.
Louise shared that when she sincerely looked within for her own flaws, she was able to calm down during a disagreement with her daughter. This can be hard to do, especially when the other’s fault is obvious. But Louise found that when you are able to do it, the conflict will be solved. “When I calmed down, my daughter also made the correct decision,” Louise said.
Looking inward, one of the main teachings of Falun Dafa, was the theme of several of the speeches at the conference.
Ziyin, who started practicing Falun Gong four years ago, has gained a good understanding of “looking inward.”
“I used to look inward out of selfish motivation,” Ziyin said. “For example, when I am sick, my motivation for looking inward is to reduce the pain; when I have conflicts with others, my motivation for looking inward is to restore a harmonious life; when I have difficulties in daily life, my motivation for looking inward is to gain comfort.
“When I was in a conflict at work, I told myself to look inward, but subconsciously I looked for other people’s flaws,” Ziyin said. “Fortunately, I’ve gradually come to the understanding of real looking inward. Nowadays when I look within, I always remind myself to check whether I have a selfish heart. If I see one, I eliminate it immediately.”
Linda Huang, from Taiwan, started practicing Falun Gong in 2003. She has been very busy at work, and sometimes failed to balance work and family. Although she thought she was selfless, and she can make sacrifices for others, she often had conflicts with her family members, who became no longer supportive of her practicing Falun Gong.
Linda looked inward deeply, and saw her shortcomings. She has since laid aside her self-centered mentality, and tries to be considerate of others.
“As a cultivator of Falun Gong, one should forbear the environment with compassion, instead of arguing with others about who is right and who is wrong,” Linda said in her speech. “When I truly put my own self aside and look inward, I am able to see my own flaws, and I’m able to truly consider others.”
Kevin Xu, who works at the Epoch Times newspaper, also shared his experience of looking inward.
“Quite a while ago, the editorial office often didn’t publish the ads that I’d worked so hard on selling. I complained, but it was of no use. Then I tried to calm down and started to look inward. I saw that I wasn’t treating my co-workers equally. I was not compassionate to some colleagues, and I often looked down on some of them.”
Keven shared, “When I saw those problems, I tried to get rid of them. Once my mind was rectified, I could collaborate with others better, and none of the ads I’d sold were omitted anymore.”
Practitioners also shared their experiences of talking to people about Falun Gong, sharing the benefits of the practice, and exposing the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China.