(Minghui.org) I work at a Chinese restaurant in Melbourne, and I began practicing Falun Dafa in January 2020. I previously had trigeminal neuralgia, also known as tic douloureux. Due to the sudden, unbearable pain of this ailment, people often call it a “Suicide Disease.”
I am very grateful that practicing Falun Dafa resolved my illness and I often tell people about my amazing recovery. Impressed by my changes, many people have said the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Dafa is wrong, and decided to sever ties with the regime.
Because November marks the 19th anniversary since the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published in 2004, I’d like to tell you my story.
Former Village Party Secretary Quits the CCP
The couple who own the restaurant know me well. They witnessed the positive changes in me after I began practicing Falun Dafa and quit the CCP.
The wife’s parents came here before the COVID pandemic, and due to travel restrictions, could not return to China. When they heard I practiced Falun Dafa they tried to stop me. Her father, Zhang, was a military veteran and a CCP member. He was the Party secretary in a rural village for thirty years.
One day he talked to me and tried to convince me to stop practicing Falun Dafa. “If one falls ill, they can go to a hospital for treatment instead of practicing Falun Dafa. Medical technology is very advanced now,” he said. He told me he saw many reports broadcast by the state-run media in China, saying that practicing Falun Dafa could drive one insane.
I smiled and said that was propaganda fabricated by the CCP to defame Falun Dafa – the regime has always done this in its numerous political campaigns.
“The illness I had was trigeminal neuralgia, and there is no cure for it. It’s so bad that people call it a ‘Suicide Disease’,” I explained. “But I fully recovered in just one month after practicing Falun Dafa. It is Falun Dafa and its founder Master Li, who saved me. Were I to stop practicing Dafa, wouldn’t I be in trouble again?”
Seeing he was still doubtful, I often told him what Dafa is and how the CCP made up lies to slander Falun Dafa, including the staged self-immolation incident at Tiananmen Square. Every day I gave him a copy of the Epoch Times newspaper. After Master published the article of “How Humankind Came To Be,” I gave him a copy to read.
Zhang often came to the restaurant and chatted with me, and we no longer argued. Instead, we often talked about news in the Epoch Times, how the CCP has harmed citizens in previous political campaigns, and the military-style “zero-COVID” policy. I recommended he read the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and The Ultimate Goal of Communism.
Over time this former CCP Party secretary no longer said things like, “Our Party has done this or that.” Instead, he would say, “The CCP did something,” or “The vicious [CCP] Party has done something.”
One day he said he had just read the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party again. “The book is well written and explains what the CCP truly is,” he said. “Please help me quit the CCP. I can no longer join it in harming people.”
He said the book was very thorough, from the CCP’s origins to its decades-long brutality. “After learning the facts, I will no longer work for the regime and act against my conscience,” he added. “I will return to China soon and I’ll tell people in the village what I’ve learned here.”
Police Officer Begins Practicing Falun Dafa
A customer named Zhou often visits the restaurant, and I told him how millions of Chinese had renounced their memberships in the CCP organisations. I recommended that he read the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, as well as How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World. He asked me to help him quit the CCP’s Youth League with the pseudonym “Zhou Shenghuo.” He explained the name and said, “Many people in China are just surviving. Only outside China can we have a real life (Shenghuo).”
After I began practicing Falun Dafa and recovered from trigeminal neuralgia, Zhou was very surprised. One of his relatives, Wang, is a police officer. “Wang also has trigeminal neuralgia and suffers extreme pain every day. It’s hard to imagine a tough guy like him dealing with the pain,” Zhou said. “I will contact him and suggest he practice Falun Dafa.”
I was very happy to hear this. Since Zhou was doing a good deed, he would receive blessings. “Just doing the exercises is not enough,” I added. “Please also remind Wang to overcome the CCP’s Internet blockade to access the Minghui website and read Zhuan Falun, the main teachings of Falun Dafa.”
A few weeks later Zhou told me that Wang reads Zhuan Falun and does the exercises every day, but there seems to be no improvement.
“Could it be that Wang is a police officer and Falun Dafa does not work for him?” he asked.
I said, “Master Li is compassionate. Of course he would help,” I replied. “But please remind Wang to be a good person and stop persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners.”
Zhou nodded and thanked me for recommending the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. “I learned so much from the book. I did not realise how the Party has been deceiving people all these years,” he said.
I told him he should thank Master Li instead of me.
“Please also tell Wang to read Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and ask him to quit the Party,” I said. Zhou said he would.
One day Zhou returned and he was pleased. “Auntie, Wang called me and said his illness is gone!” Wang read the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. He liked it very much and decided to renounce his membership in the CCP. He also reads Zhuan Falun every day, and the illness disappeared.
Wang called Zhou, thanked him, and said, “What the Nine Commentaries said is true. The CCP has been lying to people. We have to be clear that things that the Party claims are good are actually bad and the groups the Party suppresses are innocent.”
Farewell of a Chef
Before our chef Feng left to work for another restaurant, he said, “Auntie, I am a CCP member. Could you help me quit the Party?”
I had talked about Falun Dafa with Feng in the past. He said he was neither a CCP member nor a Youth League member.
“Were you a Young Pioneer member?” I asked. “I did not go to school so I am not a Young Pioneer member either,” he replied. “Plus I’m an Australian citizen now. So the CCP and Youth League have nothing to do with me now,” he added.
I did not give up. I occasionally reminded Feng that Falun Dafa improves the mind and body, and the CCP is wrong to persecute innocent practitioners. Because the CCP persecuted so many people through numerous political campaigns, including Falun Dafa practitioners, the divine cannot tolerate it, so one should quit the regime to stay safe. Feng was still not convinced.
After he heard what happened to Wang in China, and that Zhou had also quit the Party, Feng read the Nine Commentaries. When he had time, he listened to the audiobook of the Nine Commentaries instead of popular songs.
Feng said, “Now I know how bad the CCP is and I no longer want to be part of it. Please help me sever ties with it. Thank you!”
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