How powerful are the words that we use and the language we speak to each other? What kind of effect can they have?
Research has found that just one word can influence the expression of genes in your body and stimulate changes in the very structure of your brain, with positive and negative words having very different results, according to “Words Can Change Your Brain,” by Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman.
A woman in China experienced the power of positive words—but at first, she didn’t even believe it was possible.
The 45-year-old woman from Dalian called Gan-an (name has been changed) lived in a small town in the Chinese countryside. She was diagnosed with late-stage stomach cancer and sent for a comprehensive checkup at Dalian Railroad Hospital.
Tests showed that Gan-an’s cancer had already spread to her esophagus and breast, and doctors said it was untreatable. She was sent home, and she was unable to eat or drink anything. Her family was heartbroken.
One day a person who practiced the spiritual meditation discipline Falun Dafa, or Falun Gong, came to visit the woman. The practitioner told her that she would be blessed if she sincerely said the words, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness, compassion, forbearance is good.”
“However, I didn’t believe that just reciting words would have any effect, so I didn’t try it right away,” said Gan-an, according to Minghui.org.
In China, Falun Dafa practitioners have been severely persecuted since 1999, and the Chinese communist regime has repeatedly published slanderous information about the meditation practice in state-run media. However, those who practiced Falun Dafa in China and abroad have attempted to peacefully counter these lies about the practice, while raising awareness of the harassment, detention, torture, and even death that their fellow practitioners have endured.
One way some people have addressed the persecution is by simply saying, “Falun Dafa is good,” not bad as the regime says. The Chinese character for “good” can also be translated as “great.” Truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance are the core principles of the Falun Dafa practice.
During this oppressive persecution in China, having the courage to say “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness, compassion, forbearance is good,” is considered truly noble and an example of standing up for what is right.
Gan-an’s condition was growing worse by the day. Finally, her husband persuaded her to try to recite “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness, compassion, forbearance is good.” She reluctantly started saying these words over and over again.
“On that day, I did not feel as uncomfortable in my mind, and I also felt a bit hungry. I was so surprised,” she said.
From then on, she recited the phrases numerous times every day.
“A miracle happened. A month later, all my illnesses were gone,” she said.
The lumps in Gan-an’s breast disappeared, her stomach pain was gone, and her esophagus was no longer cancerous. She quickly called her family and talked to her parents, brothers, sisters, and in-laws about what had happened.
“It was a very happy occasion for me as I had been so close to dying,” she said.
“However, I did not dare to tell them that it was reciting ‘Falun Dafa is good’ that had made me well, because I was afraid the phone line was monitored.”
Later that same year, Gan-an’s father suffered a stroke and was hospitalized. She was very worried, but she couldn’t afford to visit him. Months later, she was able to come see her father just before Chinese New Year.
“Finally, all of my family was together. I told them the details about what I had experienced. At first, they could not quite believe that it could be true,” she said.
She explained that saying the words “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness, compassion, forbearance is good” seemed to have a miraculous effect. She then convinced her father to recite these same words.
“Before I left him in February, my father was able to walk again. For a man who is over 70, it is incredible that he recovered so quickly from a [stroke].”
In May, Gan-an’s mother called her and told her that her father was working in the fields.
“Like me, he was cured without medicine,” she said. “In my hometown, there are many people who now know that ‘Falun Dafa is good,’ and that these words can save people’s lives.”
Gan-an said she plans to become a good person by actually applying the words truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance to how she lives her life, and also hopes to tell everyone she meets about what she experienced.