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‘Shen Yun Makes You Feel Connected to the Divine’: Edinburgh Audience



EDINBURGH, U.K.—Divine inspiration has been a prevalent theme throughout the ages and it can be seen in many art forms. In a period where divinity is being more and more understated, Shen Yun Performing Arts is reminding audiences of the beauty and compassion that resides in the heavens.

Shen Yun makes you feel connected to the Divine; makes you feel enlightened, make you feel that you are walking out a better person than when you walked in,” said Nicole Diamond, a financial advisor.

Through classical Chinese dance, New York-based Shen Yun depicts stories of kindness and humility to the audience.

“I think without compassion, we end up becoming barbarians, so for me, compassion is at the heart of the Divine. It’s about eternal love—eternal compassion, and when we feel compassion, we all want to take care of each other, we want to take care of our society, our families and the world—so compassion is at the heart of everything,” she said.

Compassion is one of the three core values for Falun Dafa practitioners—truth and forbearance are the other two. Falun Dafa is an ancient spiritual practice from China, and Shen Yun uses dance and music to raise awareness of the brutal persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in China by the communist regime.

“What I found inspiring was, against the political backdrop of oppression and trying to stop their faith, their belief, they kept going, they didn’t give up, and they had faith in themselves and God, the universe, and it was inspiring,” said Ms. Diamond.

She added that the undying faith of Falun Dafa practitioners was something that she could understand.

I really connected with it, I am a believer in the glory of the Creator, so I felt that it touched my soul, and I thought it was absolutely inspiring, the story behind it, and it was wonderful!” she said.

China has a history of 5,000 years. In those five millennia, a lot of the culture that was formed was based on a belief in the divine.

I think you feel immense joy and absolute faith and belief in humankind and we are part of something much greater than ourselves, and you felt connected, belonging; it absolutely touched my heart and soul.

— Nicole Diamond

“I think you feel immense joy and absolute faith and belief in humankind and we are part of something much greater than ourselves, and you felt connected, belonging; it absolutely touched my heart and soul,” shared Ms. Diamond.

She added that she felt unifying energy while experiencing Shen Yun.

“I would say it’s a very powerful energy but a very connective energy. It felt like everyone was one unity, and so it was a real strong sense of divine unity,” said Ms. Diamond.

She elaborated further, “It sort of takes you up through the frequency of energy to a higher energy frequency and you feel enlightened.”

Reporting by Mary Mann and Maria Han.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.



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