In his teachings, Ilchi Lee often emphasizes the importance of the journey toward self-improvement. However, he also discusses the very essential act of accepting yourself as you are. These two notions seem to contradict each other, but further exploration into the subject and the teachings of the founder of Dahn Yoga can help you gain a greater understanding of both of these concepts.
In today's world, people are continuously striving to reach perfection. Media and the competitive nature of modern society beat down on us with the notion that we are never quite good enough – not smart, attractive or moral enough, among other weaknesses. However, no person can ever be without faults, and certain characteristics that people may consider to be flaws might actually be characteristic quirks that help to make up your personality as a whole.
With this in mind, it's important to look inward, understand your flaws and accept those that you cannot change. After all, with or without your weaknesses, you are still yourself at the core. As Ilchi Lee expressed in his many words of wisdom, your blemishes do not change the essence of your being.
"Just because we learn the sun has black spots, can it suddenly not be the sun anymore?" Lee asked. "And if even the sun has black spots, what's wrong with admitting we ourselves have some weak points? Just like the sun shining through the universe, we each have much to offer, despite our flaws. Do not be ashamed of your black spots."
Shame can be a dangerous thing, with the potential to incite self-doubt and self-loathing. When you begin to obsess over your own faults, contempt starts to take over, and the downward spiral of shame can make you feel as though your whole being is flawed – inadequate and unfit. And once it takes hold, shame begins to spread like a virus, leading you to take out your feelings of disgrace on those around you.
Refusing to listen to the ridiculing voice of shame is an essential step, as it has the capacity to lead us off the path toward self-development. Only after you accept those faults that you cannot change can you truly begin to love yourself and start to evolve into the best version of yourself.
"To grow through your fault, don't hide or make excuses," Lee tells his followers. "Face your weaknesses and move forward."
With time and healing, you may come to love yourself, black spots and all. Loving oneself is, after all, the first gate to enlightenment. It's the key to finding peace and happiness, to loving others and to learning to accept others for their own weaknesses.