Frédérique is an English teacher at Lycée Privé Saint Ambroise, a senior high school in Chambéry in eastern France. She has taught there for more than 10 years. Frédérique has benefited both physically and mentally from practicing Falun Gong for the last four years. She enjoys introducing Falun Gong to teachers and students at her school, so that they can also learn about and benefit from the spiritual practice.
Experiencing the Extraordinary Nature of Falun Gong
Frédérique has known about Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) for 20 years. She started practicing it after experiencing the extraordinary nature of the spiritual practice when her mother passed away.
Her mother started practicing Falun Gong in 1997 and passed away four years ago at the age of 84. Her father had passed away 14 months before her mother. Frédérique had just recovered from the sadness of losing her father, and her mother’s departure made her feel extremely sad. She had been very close to her mother. On her way to bid farewell to her mother’s body, Frédérique felt that she would collapse.
Fortunately, two of Frédérique’s older sisters were there. One of them had already started practicing Falun Gong at the time. The three daughters stood in front of their mother’s body. “My sister who practices Falun Gong said to us, ‘Falun Dafa is good.’ I saw my mother smile,” Frédérique recalled. Frédérique and the other sister were shocked, because their mother had stopped breathing 24 hours earlier.
The three sisters recited “Falun Dafa is good” several times together, and their mother continued to smile at them. Frédérique felt it was incredible. Then, something more amazing happened.
Frédérique saw a ray of light from her mother, a beautiful ray, spinning into her body with joy. Frédérique suddenly understood that this Dafa is extraordinary.
Depression Gone After Practicing Falun Gong
The next day, she began to read Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa. She also learned to practice the five sets of Falun Gong exercises. By reading the book, Frédérique found answers to many questions in life.
She had been taking an extended sick leave at the time because her shoulders had displayed the symptoms of paralysis. After practicing Falun Gong for some time, her shoulder condition improved significantly. She could work normally again, and her depression also disappeared.
Frédérique said that since practicing Falun Dafa, she is more energetic. In the past, she had always complained about her husband and had a bad temper. She is now patient with her husband and more considerate of him as well.
|Frédérique (in the white shirt) introduces Falun Dafa to teachers and students.||Students listen to Frédérique explain Falun Dafa.|
Introducing Falun Gong in School
Three years ago, Frédérique started teaching other teachers at the school how to practice Falun Gong, initially once a week and now twice a week. Talking to people about Falun Gong and telling them about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution in China have become part of Frédérique’s daily life.
As a teacher, Frédérique knows that high school is a turning point for students, as they either continue their studies or enter the workforce. There are nearly 1,000 students in the school where she works. Frédérique hopes that every student can learn Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to lay a good foundation for a bright future.
On December 10, 2021, Human Rights Day, with the approval of the principal, Frédérique organized a truth-clarification event at the school to introduce Falun Gong and expose the CCP’s persecution in China. The activity was supported by other teachers.
After several students learned about the persecution in China, their first reaction was, “What can we do?” Frédérique replied, “Please pass this information to your friends and family.”
A male teacher said, “I feel comfortable seeing you do the exercises.”
A girl flipped through the pages of the Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance) exhibition book and looked at the paintings showing Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted and tortured in China. She said that if people kept silent about the persecution, it would be equivalent to being irresponsible.
After learning about the persecution of Falun Gong in China, many teachers and students signed a petition calling for an end to the CCP’s brutal human rights abuses against Falun Gong.
When Frédérique told one student about Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the student said that those three words were as beautiful as poetry.
As Christmas was approaching, the school approved a Falun Dafa introductory activity at the school on the last day of class before the Christmas holiday, giving more teachers and students an opportunity to learn about Falun Dafa.
Background: What Is Falun Dafa?
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in more than 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings—which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance—and learned the five exercises, have experienced improved health and well-being.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, issued an order to ban the practice.
Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 22 years, though due to the difficulty of getting information out of China, the actual number is believed to be much higher. Many more have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.
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