做政府工作中的修炼体会 My sharing on dealing with government officials|
做政府工作中的修炼体会 My sharing on dealing with government officials
Lucy Liu from Melbourne
My sharing on dealing with government officials
Lucy Liu from Melbourne
Greetings Venerable Master! Greetings Fellow Practitioners!
Except that I have a full time job, I spent most of my time and energy on the media-related projects for a long time since2003. I obtained the Fa in1996but I don't think my cultivation and working ability are up to Master's expectation. Encouraged by fellow practitioners, I have written this experience sharing article. Particularly I'd like to share with you my experience in clarifying the truth to MPs. It is a great honour to me. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.
1.“Life or Death”Test on the First Day of My Work
I came to Australia in February1999. I learned how to write a resume in a free English class organized by the Immigration department. Four months later I was provided with an internship opportunity to test software in a computer company. At that time the CCP started to harass Falun Gong practitioners and the practice sites. Melbourne practitioners decided to submit an open letter to the Chinese consulate and I was appointed the person to submit the letter. The time for submission was right on the first day of my internship.
My husband who was not a practitioner strongly objected. He tried to persuade me to give up. He said that if I was late on the first day, it meant that I didn't want this job. Though my heart moved a little bit, my thought was simple that I meant to submit the letter because I was chosen to and I shouldn't push it away by any excuse. Before I went to the Consulate, I rang my manager in my broken English and told him that I would be late for two hours for the reason that I would explain to him after I came to the office.
Opposite to my expectation, my manager was interested in what I was doing and agreed to give me two hours leave. He listened to me attentively about Falun Gong, principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and my cultivation experiences after I arrived at the office. Since then he has been interested to know Falun Gong practitioners activities.
I realized afterwards that this“life or death”test was arranged by Master and I successfully passed it with righteous thoughts and my firm belief in Master and the Fa.
I was provided a full time job after two weeks of internship. I have been working there since then. This job provides me with reliable income and flexible working hours so that I have time to get involved in truth clarifying projects. Many company employees have been made redundant in the past ten years. But I am secure in my position. A retired CEO in my company jokingly said that I would be the last person to be laid off. Thank you Master for your strengthening. Whenever I need time to do Dafa projects, I normally can finish my testing job in a very short time but find major problems using seemingly unusual methods. The managers and programmers never worry that they will not get the testing report in the required time. They often jokingly complain why I have found so many problems! I always get satisfactory result in my annual review. I have been able to do both ordinary job and Dafa projects well. Thank you Master for your perfect arrangements. I am more determined in my belief in Master and the Fa. Most of my colleagues signed the petition to stop the organ harvesting several months ago.
2.Knowing More People through Media
I was an editor of science books in China. In Australia I test software related to newspaper printing and advertisement management. My cultivation path that Master has arranged for me is also related to media and publishing industry.
Because I am good at writing, I have been doing news translation for the Epoch Times website, news rewriting and local news reporting for the Epoch Times newspaper since2003. I have been in contacts with many people and have many opportunities to clarify the truth to them.
Master said in Lun Yu：
“When humans can show due reverence and respect toward Dafa’s manifestations in the human world, it will bring happiness or glory to people, nations, or countries.”
Through Fa study and experience sharing with fellow practitioners around Australia, I realised that it was an important part in the Fa rectification process to clarify the truth to MPs. The attitudes of government officials towards Dafa determined their future and also the future of the people in their electoral districts. Their supportive attitudes strongly suppressed the evils.
My sister in China was persecuted due to her petitions for Dafa three times. In2000some Australian practitioners and I launched a campaign to rescue our family members and relatives who were persecuted in China. We took this opportunity to clarify the truth to all levels of government and Australian people. I started to contact state and federal MPs and their offices and introduced Falun Gong to them. The federal MP in my electorate wrote a letter to the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and urged them to pay attention to the situation of my family member and hoped that they would provide help.
I am a simple, outgoing and extrovert person. Strengthened by my righteous thoughts from cultivation I was able to meet people from all walks of life without any fear. With my limited English, I attended various social activities and interviewed people in all sorts of occasions and clarified the truth to VIPs.
Master said in Teaching the Fa at the2004Chicago Conference
“Each Dafa disciple has to make and complete his own path, and your paths in cultivation are all different; in other words, each person's cultivation path is different. All of the future states of the various kinds of beings that are at different levels of the cosmos might manifest in you to a certain extent, so it all depends on whether the paths you yourselves walk in validating the Fa are straight, good, and will work. Factors this huge are involved.”
I was a reporter and also involved with government and VIP truth clarifying projects. Some practitioners didn't think I should assume several roles. But I was able to easily get along with people in this way. When I introduced the mission of The Epoch Times to them, I was clarifying the truth to them in a natural way. I have come across many pre-destined people in various industries and they came to know the facts about Falun Dafa. This may be my path to validate the Fa.
Here I'd like to share with you how some MPs positioned themselves after they knew the truth.
MP A was elected for the first time four years ago. His electorate was not far from Epoch Times office. There are a lot of Chinese residents in the electorate. The previous MP in this electorate supported Dafa due to the efforts of our Western practitioners. In order to gain support from the new MP, I made an appointment with him to introduce Epoch Times to him. He was happy to meet reporters from Chinese media. He asked many questions. I told him the human rights violations in China from a media perspective.
Later on I met him several times in the Taiwanese community activities. He strongly supported democracy and human rights. His office contacted us regularly. He sent congratulation letter to celebrate our English Epoch Times Anniversary. He also sent his congratulations to Shen Yun for2015and watched Shen Yun with his wife. He was amazed by the show. When we talked about the Falun Gong program in the interval, I clarified the truth to him more deeply. He was shocked. He was interviewed by NTDTV at the end of show and gave wonderful feedback. He was quoted by the global Epoch Times. This was praise from the bottom of his heart to Shen Yun from an awakened soul.
I came to know MP B in an assembly organized by Vietnamese community to support Hong Kong students. He made a speech and strongly condemned the CCP. He impressed everybody. I had a brief talk with him and he agreed an appointment in his office. A local practitioner came with me to see him. He shared his cultivation experience and the torture he had undergone with MP B. MP B was thankful for our visit and he said that he would offer help in any time.
Soon I invited him to make a speech in our assembly to support Chinese people to quit the CCP. His PA confirmed that he would attend. He made a good speech and supported Chinese people to withdraw from the CCP. He had a deep understanding of the nature of the CCP. His speech was published in Epoch Times, which suffocated the evil.
His office invited me to a fundraising dinner. I accepted immediately to show my support to him though it was expensive. He was very thankful. I met several other MPs and the leader of his party in the function and laid a foundation for me to clarify the truth to them later on. Thank you Master for your wonderful arrangements.
I have been in good relationship with MP C for eight years. I came to know him through an interview. Though he was not in the same party as MP A, he was a frequent guest in the Taiwanese community like MP A. He strongly supported democracy and human rights. He sent congratulation letter to Shen Yun every year. He gave me good advice on how to clarify the truth to MPs.
Because we were familiar, I developed the attachment of relying on him. Recently I contacted him but didn't get a good response from him. He refused me twice for an appointment with the reason that he was not able to help. I looked inward to see what loophole I had that let the evil took advantage of. I must have hoped that he would do more for us. This was the attachment of pursuit. I sent forth righteous thoughts to clear the interference. I also realized that I must be strict with myself and shouldn't have the thought of relying on everyday people. If the evil took advantage of my human attachment and pushed the saved being to the opposite direction, I would be regretful forever. I must rectify myself and clarify the truth to him with wisdom with the help of fellow practitioners so as to save the loss.
3.Getting to Know More People Through Social Media
With the popularity of social media, MPs turn to internet to get in touch with people, promote their policies and get votes. They constantly appear in the big social media. I think this is a good platform to know MPs and exchange information with them.
Though sometimes it is time consuming, I would surf the net to click搇ike? button to show my concern and support. It was also the topic for future conversation with them if I had the opportunity to meet them. Falun Gong would not be the only topic among us then. In urgent situation, publishing information on the social media was also an express and direct way to communicate with them。
As per MP C's suggestion, I had been following MP E from the rural area in the face book for some time. Recently I left a message on his face book to make an appointment with him. I started the conversation with him by praising the scenery photos of his electorate he posted on his face book. Then I presented the real reason to him for an appointment. He replied to me briefly several hours later. Though it was a courtesy reply, I got the message that he was considering my request. Because I followed him, he did the same to me. It laid a good foundation for me to clarify the truth to him in the future.
4.Knowing More People through Everyday People's Activities
In recent years, in order to know more MPs and VIPs, I have attended many dinners, forums and celebrations.
The tickets expenses were a big amount each month. But through those activities, I was able to promote our media, get to know sentient beings from all walks of life including VIPs. I invited them to watch Shen Yun and they gave good feedback. This way Shen Yun got publicized。
A recent event made me realize that every day people's format is all for Dafa practitioners' use.
Recently I went to Sydney to attend the forum on organ harvesting held in the NSW parliament. I wanted to know more legal professionals so that I could make preparation for Victoria to have similar forum. A commercial lawyer suggested that I contact Victoria Bar Association. I found out that they were going to hold annual luncheon and invite Victorian MP F to be a guest speaker. This MP didn't accept our invitation for attending the Mata's forum held in Melbourne University in July. I felt that this was a good opportunity for me to talk to him. Though the ticket was expensive, I registered my name.
The result of the luncheon was beyond my expectation. Thank you Master for your strengthening.
Though the organiser arranged the table for the guests, we were able to sit freely in the same table. The person sitting beside me was the secretary of the Bar Association. When she heard that we hoped that the Victorian parliament could hold a similar forum as NSW did, she introduced me to a senior female lawyer in the luncheon. She was a member of Human Rights Commission. In our emails she agreed that she would raise this question in the Human Rights Commission meeting to be held in two weeks time and discuss if the Bar Association should be involved.
The President of the Victorian Bar Association hosted the luncheon. I showed her the photo published in Epoch Times of a NSW green MP and talked to her briefly about the NSW forum. I hoped to make appointment with her. She agreed and her secretary made a date for me several days later.
When I was waiting for a tram in the city, I saw a famous human rights lawyer passed by after he finished a luncheon. I presented my business card to him and hoped to have a coffee with him soon. He politely agreed. On the same day his secretary made an appointment for me. Fellow practitioners had been trying to invite him to attend our Dafa activities but he refused with the excuse that he was busy. I met him for half an hour. I kept sending forth righteous thoughts during the meeting to awaken his knowing side. Thanks to Master's strengthening, I felt his changes. At the start he said that he was not sure if the persecution was real because he hadn't done any research. Later he agreed to arrange the intern students to do a research and report it to him. He said that he would believe his intern's research result. Finally he agreed to meet me again in October after he came back from overseas. He asked for the information for the Bar Association forum. He read the materials and some paragraphs of the book I gave to him on the spot. His knowing side accepted the truth.
Though I talked with Victorian MP F for less than a minute in the luncheon, he agreed to consider my request for an appointment. After this Fa conference, I will contact him again.
Finally I would like to end my sharing with Master's Fa from Teaching Given at the2014San Francisco Fa Conference：
“The situation is pressing, and so many lives are waiting for you to save them. I am extremely anxious！”
“The beings that have come to this world, [including those that] couldn’t become human beings and became animals or plants—all of them are waiting for Dafa disciples to save them. If you don’t do well, it’s not just a matter of you yourselves not doing well—the beings that you have vowed to save will lose their chance. Your responsibility is great. The future is waiting for you, and numerous beings in the cosmos are waiting for you。”
Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!
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