ESCONDIDO, Calif.—”It’s a divine experience to see the show,” said Beatrice Hines, after attending the Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company’s performance on Feb. 19. The evenings performance played to a sold out house.
For Ms. Hines, who recently retired after 25 years of practice as a Workers’ Compensation defense attorney, this is her third year experiencing Shen Yun.
Ms. Hines sees an expression of divinity in the Shen Yun performances.
“I feel that the spiritual practice of the performers really shines through their poise and their grace, which are the divine qualities,” she said.
Ms. Hines continued, “They can express so much more love to members of the public without them even knowing it because of the inner strength, peace, and love that they’ve attained through regular spiritual practice. They’re showing their love for the divine through the dance. Very beautiful.”
The Shen Yun website explains that there is an inextricable connection between the arts and heaven: “Throughout history, almost every culture looked toward the divine for inspiration. Today, Shen Yun’s artists-dancers, musicians, choreographers, and composers, and the entire team-follow this noble tradition. For them, this spiritual connection is the motivation for striving to excel, is the heart behind each movement of the dancer and each note of the musician. It is why audiences can feel there is something different about Shen Yun.”
Shen Yun is a non-profit organization formed in New York by world class artists who practice Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong. The mission of Shen Yun is to revive the divinely inspired Chinese culture that has nearly been lost through the performing arts.
Ms. Hines added, “I very much appreciate the philosophy of Falun Gong.”
Falun Dafa is a traditional spiritual practice of meditation, exercises, and moral self-improvement that is rooted in ancient Chinese culture. Its core principles are truth, compassion, and forbearance.
Ms. Hines has high praise for the performers, “I was very much aware of how much discipline, and how the spiritual power helps them to give a performance of excellence. They want everything to be perfect. And it is perfect.”
Shen Yun ‘Very Inspirational’
Ms. Kayla Monahan and holistic veterinarian Dr. Tamara Hebbler joined theatre-goers seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts on Feb. 19 at the California Center for the Arts.
Dr. Hebbler owns her own veterinary practice at the Healing Hope Wellness Center in Solana Beach.
They were both moved by the morals and spirituality of Chinese culture expressed throughout the performance.
“All of the messages about unity, consciousness, and divine oneness moved me. Their embodiment was breathtaking, very inspirational,” Dr. Hebbler said.
Ms. Monahan added, “I felt really inspired…I loved it!”
One of the dance pieces, The Power of Compassion, tells the true story of the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in today’s China. This segment highlights how compassion can change a vicious heart and bring unexpected blessings.
Dr. Hebbler was very moved by the piece.
She said,”I’m a very spiritual person. It [Shen Yun] really brought awareness of what’s going on in China. I think everyone should have the freedom to have whatever religion or spiritual belief that they hold in their heart.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Thanh Le
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
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