Ilchi Lee Guides Readers Through MindScreen Meditation

Those familiar with the teachings of Ilchi Lee know that all people are made up of Life Particles,  the very smallest units of life that move through all space and time to create every aspect to the universe. However, some may still be unaware of the MindScreen.

As Lee teaches, the MindScreen is the canvas of creation through which Life Particles create. It serves as every single person's reflection of the Universal Mind – the state of higher consciousness into which all people's brains can tap through meditation and management of the flow of energy throughout the body. Lee delves into the topic more in The New York Times bestselling book, "The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart."

"The MindScreen is a spatial representation of an awakened consciousness," Lee wrote. "The MindScreen is not a flat surface on which images are projected. It has dimension, like a hologram, and at the same time is the infinite internal space where all mental activity takes place. The MindScreen is basically what you focus your awareness on as reflected by an image of your brain. It is an area of infinite creation and potential that is unrestricted by time and space."

It's essential for one to understand the concept of the MindScreen and that it is a function of the brain in order to develop and grow. Lee discusses this in "The Call of Sedona."

"It is important to realize that you are fundamentally made up of Life Particles, as is everyone else," Lee wrote. "Please realize that you, like everyone you meet, possess a MindScreen. Making use of this powerful asset will help you cultivate a healthier, happier and more peaceful life, and it will help you do the same for others."

Engaging in MindScreen meditation techniques can help you strengthen the "third-eye" chakra, which serves as the portal to greater enlightenment. In "The Call of Sedona," Lee guides you through MindScreen and Life Particles meditation methods to help you achieve this and reach new levels of consciousness.

Ilchi Lee Discusses the Language of Love

It's an age-old adage: Actions speak louder than words. It's true – within our everyday lives, the things we do allow us to both express and receive love from other human beings and from the Mother Earth.

In his book, "Mago's Dream: Meeting with the Soul of the Earth," The New York Times bestselling author Ilchi Lee touches on humanity's ability to convey feelings without words.

"Love and peace are transmitted not through words but through the soft light of the eyes and the curved lips of a gentle smile," Lee wrote. "Loved ones feel each other's love without the need for words."

Love is Everywhere
Learning to embrace the universality of love, which can be found all around you and in every corner of the earth, takes a willingness to open your heart and mind in the efforts to find greater enlightenment. It requires one to understand that Earth herself is a language on her own, needing no consonants, nouns, verbs, sentence structure or other aspects of grammar. Mago is the common language that connects humanity.

"We can feel the love of Mago in her bounty and in the comfort of her rain," Lee wrote. "Such is the Earth's language. Such is the cosmic energy and cosmic mind. If we can feel the love of Mother Earth and embrace the whole world and humanity with such love, then this is Truth. There is no higher truth… no deeper enlightenment. When you feel this love, not just with your brain but with your heart, shaking you to the core of your being with its warmth and power, then you will be able to communicate this love to others."

Learning the language of love is a part of becoming an Earth Human. As you feel the emotions of Mother Earth, you become a part of her and you earn the capacity to pass your warmth and compassion onto others and become a true healer. When you reach this height of enlightenment and find yourself filled with the warm glow of love and peace, share it with others and encourage those around you to learn the language of love.

Ilchi Lee Explains the Concept of Yullyeo

Those familiar with Ilchi Lee's teachings may well know about Mago, or Mother Earth. The term is first referenced in the "Budoji," a Korean text that dates back to 400 C.E.; however, people are often unaware of the intriguing story that lies behind the creation of Mago. That's why, in "The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart," The New York Times bestselling author delves into the fascinating creation story, which begins with Yullyeo.

"Yullyeo is the fundamental rhythm of life that created the universe," Lee explains. "Yullyeo is filled with the three elements that penetrate all life – light, sound and vibration."

Lee continues the story by explaining that, as the "Budoji" says, Yullyeo was reborn several times and with that the stars appeared and both Mago and Mago Castle emerged. Mago, being both male and female, was the sole birth-giver of four humans: two daughters and two sons, one of each being Yellow, White, Black or Blue. The four children lived with Yullyeo. Through the powerful rhythm of Yullyeo, Mago was then able to create the land and the sea. The elements mixed together, and then the grass, trees and animals appeared.

Mago was not finished with her work. She turned the Earth into a place of vibrant life and energy through Yullyeo. Her human children each performed their own tasks on earth.

"The Yellows supervised the earth; the Whites, air; the Blacks, fire; and the Blues, water," Lee wrote.

With that, there was balance and harmony.

"All of those at Mago Castle lived in harmony as they drank the earth milk," Lee wrote. "Their character was harmonious, warm, pure and clear. They listened to the music of heaven, could go wherever they wanted, and could even move without showing themselves."

The population of Mago Castle continued to grow from generation to generation, blossoming into the magnificent humanity that it is today. 

Identifying as an Earth-Human with the Guidance of Ilchi Lee

Ilchi Lee is a dedicated advocate of a peaceful world, and he knows that no journey toward world peace can be successful without respecting and devoting oneself to this planet that sustains us. Lee discusses this notion in "Mago's Dream: Meeting with the Soul of the Earth."

Mago is the ancient word referring to the soul of Mother Earth. While we as humans live off her bounty, we tend to fail to recognize her existence. In "Mago's Dream," Lee implores us to reconnect with the soul of the planet that provides us with spiritual strength. Once we can communicate with her, we can truly begin to comprehend the real significance of peace.

However, rather than allowing Mother Earth to guide us in our life journeys, we often follow religious, national and other leaders. Lee implores the reader not to blindly follow such harbingers.

"Your brain is run by information generated by nations, religions, ethnic groups, and other groups whose goals are perhaps not the same as yours," Lee wrote. "How long are you going to let this go on? You haven't signed a legally binding lease with any of these people or groups. You can recover your brain as soon as you decide to. Our brains are to be used by us, and only us, to facilitate the growth of our souls."

As Lee goes on to express in "Mago's Dream," the only true way to make world peace a reality is to embrace the love of Mother Earth. After all, she is more powerful and knowledgeable than any president, religious figure or cultural symbol, surpassing every human in not only age but also wisdom. 

"The Earth's health is the only standard that is all-encompassing enough to overcome the ethnic, cultural, religious, and national tensions that are rending the world asunder," Lee wrote. "Only the Earth can become the central axis around which world peace can be spun, for no religion is more compelling, no single nation larger, and no peoples older than the Earth itself. For that to happen, the collective human consciousness must expand enough so that our highest identification is as Earth-Humans."

Using "Mago's Dream" as a guide, people can begin the path to transforming into an Earth-Human and their efforts toward spreading world peace. 

Ilchi Lee Highlights Importance of Challenging the Brain

Many people know of Ilchi Lee as the founder of Dahn Yoga and the developer of a physical exercise system that brings together yoga and tai chi exercises. But Ilchi Lee is also an innovative leader in the human brain potential development, and his teachings focus on utilizing the power of the brain for self-improvement and ultimately for the betterment of the human condition. In fact, Dahn Yoga exercises strongly emphasize the strengthening of the body-brain connection and enhancing awareness of the mind's great capacity.

Ilchi Lee's Brain Education system is another essential tool for learning to recognize and harness the immense power of the mind. In the book, "In Full Bloom: A Brain Education Guide for Successful Aging," Lee discusses the need to push the brain in order to spur development and get the most out of this vital organ.

"Your brain possesses infinite creativity, but most of us do not ask enough our brains," Lee wrote. "Unless our brains are forced to find an answer to a new question, they are lazy. But when you ask your brain for something new, you put it into high gear. Your brain seeks out new information and links ideas and possibilities together in a complex web of informational elements that are the foundation of creativity and innovation. Asking your brain to engage in new tasks is the key to boosting its performance as you age."

The Brain Education system is intended for people of all ages, and "In Full Bloom" specifically aims to guide older adults along the path of improved cognition and mental capacity. It's comprised of a series of body-mind training methods that are designed from both spiritual techniques and neuroscience findings.

Throughout your life, you continue to generate new brain cells as well as new connections that allow them to communicate. The more you challenge your brain, the more neural pathways it develops. The Brain Education system does just this through five steps: brain sensitizing, versatilizing, refreshing, integration, and mastering. With time and commitment, you can make your way through these steps to experience new levels of brain function and, with that, new levels of self-development.

Ilchi Lee Explains the Principle of Peaceology

Ilchi Lee is not only a world-renowned spiritual leader, he is also a dedicated peace activist. Peace may seem like an unattainable goal, too abstract and far-away to grasp; however, as Lee discusses in his book "Peaceology for Healing Society," peace is both feasible, and it is every individual's purpose in life to strive for world unity.

"Why have we strayed so far from peace?" Lee asked. "In order to realize peace on earth, we need someone to take peace by hand and plant it in the ground. Who will it be? When we all wish to be beneficiaries of peace, who then will be the benefactor of peace? Who will be the creator of peace?"

Peaceology is a system of philosophy that seeks to address these questions. It is not specific to one religion, culture or nation – it is applicable to all people on Earth. Each and every individual has the power to change the direction of humanity and guide it down a path toward peace.

Politicians may speak of world peace, but all too often they are speaking from a place of insincerity in an effort to gain votes, obtain power or popularity, or make money. In reality, the true potential for peace does not rely on rhetoric – it lies in the hands of those willing to put in a real effort and take action.

"Peace will be the result of the effort of people who see peace as the end," Ichi Lee wrote in "Peaceology." "Their ultimate goal is peace, and their means must be peaceful. Peace will not be the result of a triumphant biblical battle against dark, mythical forces of evil. The ways and means used to bring about peace on Earth must be of the same peace they seek to realize."

But how does one begin the journey toward peace? As Lee goes on to explain in "Peaceology," the first step is to recognize that you are not only the creator of peace but also the benefactor. You must take this responsibility seriously and dedicate yourself to changing the path of this civilization that is currently stumbling credulously down a path of unsustainability and discord.

Ilchi Lee Explains the Essential Nature of Obstacles

Many people may wish life were as smooth and flowing as the fluidity of tai chi moves. However, can you imagine living in a world where no one disagreed? Where everyone saw eye to eye? It's a recipe for stagnancy. People would not learn and grow, and the dullness would be unbearable. Fortunately, humans do experience conflict and, as Ilchi Lee discusses in "The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart," this is essential to life.

"You can't expect not to face obstacles in life," Lee explains. "When people meet, their different energies conflict. Where there is no energy, there is no conflict, and where there is no conflict, there is no creation. Conflict is the source of creation."

To live a peaceful life does not mean to be completely void of conflict or to be entirely alone for all time. Instead, you must learn how to accept and move past conflict and failure.

"One needs to know how to powerfully embrace the tension that arises when opposing energies meet and there is conflict and struggle," Lee wrote, going on to say that when one travels down a path and stumbles, it is not something to regret or be ashamed of. Rather, the only shame you should feel is if you give up – if after stumbling, you lay down and die or sit crying in self pity.

When you get back and move forward, you are embracing and harnessing the power of conflict. – This is how life keeps on going, how progress is made and how change leads to revelations and exciting new adventures every day.

"There are instances when that kind of life is a dead one that's just pretending to be peaceful. A life that avoids conflicts never changes. We must live making sounds like a stream of water – not just small, quiet sounds but big, beautiful ones. We can produce beautiful sounds in our lives by colliding with obstacles."

This notion can be applied to every obstacle you encounter in life. Just remember the example that Ilchi Lee offers: Water, when it collides with a rock, does not shrink into itself in fear. Rather, it produces a wonderful sound and, whether it splits into two streams or finds a new path, it continues on its way.

Understanding Ilchi Lee’s Concept of Energy-Consciousness

As Ilchi Lee often emphasizes in his teachings, all things are made from energy – from the corporeal elements of the physical world to the emotions you feel inside. According to the principles of Tao, energy is the manifestation of Tao itself – The Reality.

In his book, "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," Ilchi Lee discusses this concept of energy as it pertains to the unity of Energy-Consciousness. This state of awareness is the fundamental reality of not only one's true self but also the reality of life in a larger sense – all that underlies the mental, physical and spiritual elements of the universe. The power that animates your body is the same as that which animates the universe, and all things are connected to each other through the flow of this energy, or LifeParticles.

Throughout "Change," Lee discusses the immense capacities at hand when you come to recognize and embrace your Energy-Consciousness.

"You are infinite intelligence and Energy-Consciousness which gives you the power to attain completion in life," Lee wrote.

But how does one reach this state of awareness? Breathing techniques are essential to harnessing your Energy-Consciousness, as Lee explains in his book.

"[I]f you close your eyes and begin to feel your breath, it will instantly become deeper and slower, and your mind will become calmer," Lee wrote. "Then gradually you'll become aware of your body, or more precisely the subtle sense of energy inside and around your body. At that moment, you exist as Energy-Consciousness, not as names, jobs, duties, roles, desires, and so on."

As a young boy, Ilchi Lee pondered the question, "Who am I?" The journey to answering this question led him to a sacred mountain in Korea, where he would spend his days without sleep or food in order to dedicate himself entirely to meditation until he found his answer . It was only after he let go of his desire to live – after he surrendered his dedication to the physical world – that it finally came to him. His awareness was so intense that it took over his body entirely, relieving him of the pain from hunger and fatigue, and allowing him to see the reality of his true self:

"The cosmic energy is my energy and my energy is the cosmic energy," Lee realized. "The cosmic mind is my mind, and my mind is the cosmic mind."

Understanding Ilchi Lee’s ‘Zero Point’

Ilchi Lee is an expert of meditation, and in his book, "LifeParticle Meditation: A Practical Guide to Healing and Transformation," he shares with the reader his deep insight and guidance for how to view the world as LifeParticles through meditation techniques. By doing so, you can wake up untapped abilities of your mind and begin to make real, tangible changes in your life.

In "LifeParticle Meditation," Lee also introduces the concept of the zero point – the state of pure consciousness at which you are free from ego-driven emotions, discrimination and infatuation. By reaching this neutral state of consciousness, one can find an infinite amount of energy, power, happiness and potential.

"You can encounter the great life within you when you recover the zero point," Lee wrote. "When you encounter that great life, all limits created by the thoughts and emotions vanish and infinite creativity springs forth."

In an October 2013 article for the online community Zazen Live, Ilchi Lee touched again on the notion of the zero point. He discussed his own encounter with this state of consciousness during a 21-day meditation that proved to be a revelatory experience and expanded his consciousness in a way that dissipated his personal identity and transformed it into pure consciousness. 

"I saw for myself the amazing energy of LifeParticles that made up everything, including space, as well as my own body," Lee wrote. "I realized that I was an observer of the phenomena of life as cosmic energy and cosmic consciousness."

How to Recover Your Zero Point
When you reach your zero point, you can discover your true nature and realize that what you think of as "you" is actually a fabrication that allows you to interact with the world on a superficial level. Zero point is not an experience of emptiness but rather one of neutrality of the universe, allowing you to see a realm of boundless potential. It provides you a blank slate on which your mind can create anything. But reaching this state of consciousness can be difficult. Fortunately, Ilchi Lee provides some steps to help you try to reach your zero point:

  1. Calm the mind with a rhythmic movement. Gently move your head from side to side and, with relaxed fists, tap your abdomen just beneath the navel. Exhale through the mouth, breathing out tension, stress and negativity. Continue this stop until you feel calmer.
  2. Breathe slowly and deeply for 10 seconds. Stay aware of your breathing, particularly the pauses between inhaling and exhaling when you can notice moments of nothingness.
  3. Bring your hands to the front of your chest. Face the palms of your hands toward each other 1 foot in front of you and 2 inches apart. Breathe in as you pull your hands further apart, then bring them closer together as you exhale, not allowing the palms to touch.
  4. Repeat this gentle motion while maintaining a relaxed focus on the space between your palms. Take notice of the different sensations between your hands – temperature changes, tingling, pressure or a sense of floating.

By concentrating on the energy in this way, you can push your mind past a point of emotion and thought – beyond your ego. You can transform the LifeParticles of your body into the neutral, pure LifeParticles of the zero point by visualizing them in the space between your hands and allowing them to spread throughout your entire body.

Ilchi Lee Explores the Relationship Between Behavior and Belief

All people are led by their own beliefs – the values that they find to be true and define their core, inner views. But many do not always act on their beliefs. In "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," Ilchi Lee discusses the importance of allowing your values to guide your behaviors and habits.

"Behind our behaviors are our beliefs," Lee wrote. "They determine how we think things are and what is possible. The foundation of these beliefs is our conception of who we are, whether we are conscious of it or not."

In the real world, your beliefs do not make you a better person. You cannot move toward self improvement simply because you hold certain values. After all, what is the point in having beliefs if we they do not manifest themselves in everyday life and define one's character in a tangible way? Rather, our beliefs are the heading for how we behave and who we are.

This concept is one that Ilchi Lee discusses in his many writings and teachings, but it is also the basis for many religions. For example, one Christian teaching is that one must live by and define themselves by the beliefs that they feel within – it is not enough to simply express your values in conversation. But one does not have to be religious to understand this notion of "practice what you preach." If you believe in honesty, kindness and respect, express these with your actions every day of your life.

Ilchi Lee Urges You to Accept Your Flaws

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.

Renouncing Shame
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.

Moving Forward
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.

Ilchi Lee Emphasizes the Importance of Breath Awareness

Inhalation and exhalation exercises are essential to yoga and meditation techniques, but breathing plays a larger role in the greater scheme of things. Training your body to breathe properly – low and deep into the abdomen – on an everyday basis can lead to greater health and enhanced energy. But, as Ilchi Lee writes in several of his books and throughout his teachings, it also plays a large role in self-development and enlightenment.

In "The Twelve Enlightenments for Healing Society," The New York Times bestselling author discusses the importance of understanding the nature of breathing in the journey of self-exploration.

"Observe your own body," Lee directed the reader. "It breathes. You breathe when you are asleep, when you are no longer conscious of your own ideas of self-identity. Who, then, is breathing? The collection of information that you mistakenly think is you is not the main protagonist in this drama called the breath. In fact, you are not breathing; breath is naturally happening to you."

When one comes to the understanding that you are not the breather but the receiver of breath, you can come to a greater understanding of your place in the world. With deep thought comes to the realization that to you are not the owner of your life but a vessel through which life expresses itself.

Another of the enlightening Ilchi Lee books, "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," explores the benefits of reaching greater levels of breath awareness.

"The only thing you need to be present here and now is your breathing," Lee explained, "When you feel your breath, your mind is with your body."

Anyone who has come to master meditation techniques understands the trueness of this statement. The ancient practice can be conducted anywhere at any time if one wills it, whether you're parked in your car, sitting at a social gathering feeling disconnected from yourself or waiting in line at the DMV. The deep, steady breathing involved in meditation can help guide you to a place of greater awareness of your inner self and your connection to the world all around. This, in turn, can lead you to new heights of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

An Ilchi Lee Poem for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time not just for raising money for breast cancer research but also for spreading awareness of the epidemic disease. Ilchi Lee has long taken an initiative for helping women diagnosed with breast cancer find courage, face the disease with strength and get relief from their physical, mental and emotional pain, whether it's through yoga poses or acupuncture.

Extending Hope and Compassion
During the month of October, there are a variety of ways that people can contribute to research and development in the field of breast cancer prevention and treatment. Many people run for fundraising races, others donate money and some may throw charity events. But another important thing that can help people face breast cancer is to simply provide emotional support – hope, love and compassion can go a long way.

If you're looking for a way to verbalize your support for a loved one with breast cancer, turn to one of the inspiring Ilchi Lee books, "Songs of Enlightenment." In this publication, The New York Times best selling author presented the poem "This World is Beautiful," a piece that the author has in the past dedicated to the women and families suffering from breast cancer. Review this excerpt from the poem:

Nothing of heaven and earth
Can take this heart
Filled with love
Nothing of heaven and earth
Can divide us
From cosmic energy
Our vision and hopes
Are our sun, our moon, our stars.

He continues on with words of wisdom, emphasizing that life's struggles are an opportunity to strive for enlightenment and form deeper connections with inner selves.

Now we know
Limitations are possibilities
Opportunities to perceive ourselves
Beyond our present selves.
Our loved ones
Wait for us at the doorstep
The world of harmony
Forever and lasting
Like the sun, moon, and stars
I am with my loved ones
As we all are with our loved ones.

Ilchi Lee Encourages You to Ditch Materialism

As a dedicated advocate helping people reach new levels of spirituality and health, Ilchi Lee knows that the truly important things in life can’t be bought with money. The things that people will remember during the last moments on earth aren’t things at all – not your favorite cufflinks or most expensive designer dress but rather the moments in life, the people you love and have touched, and those who have touched you.

Still, many people aim their focus on worldly possessions. Today’s culture is dictated by materialism and the human desire to own more. High-paying jobs, pricey clothing and extravagant cars are considered by many to be a sign of superiority, and people often look to these possessions for satisfaction and proof of having led a successful life. In the long run, they tend to find themselves surrounded by objects but lacking in fulfillment, which is why it’s important to find a new mindset and look within for satisfaction rather than that which is external and temporary.

As The New York Times bestselling author Ilchi Lee discussed in his inspiring book, “Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential,” the key is to let go of material possessions and begin to learn from life’s moments.

“We are currently too attached to our worldly toys, rather than to the lessons our playing could impart to further the maturity of our collective soul,” Lee wrote.

The transition to immaterialism can be a difficult one, especially with commercials, magazines and other societal norms pressuring you to buy more. But, as Lee emphasizes, change is inevitable but not to be feared. Instead, let it expose you to new perspectives of reality and empower you. Take the wheel in the vehicle of change and, equipped with your inherent power and greatness, you can alter your energy and your attitude.

The first step in separating yourself from the desire for worldly belongings is to look inside yourself. With deep thought and by reaching heightened levels of awareness through mindful meditation techniques, you can locate what truly matters to you in life. Once you free yourself from the chains of materialism, learn to live simply and embrace life for the beautiful opportunity that it is – you may find yourself feeling a renewed sense of energy and greater clarity.

Ilchi Lee’s “LifeParticle Meditation” Urges You to Take Control

In every person's life, there comes a time when one feels a lack of control, whether it has to do with work, school, home or social life. Too often, people simply throw in the towel and give up – no matter how important. But real change for the betterment of your mental, physical and emotional health as well as your happiness is not out of reach.

As Ilchi Lee's book, "LifeParticle Meditation: A Practical Guide to Healing and Transformation," tells the reader, the mind is the single most effective key for taking control of the flow of change. The New York Times bestselling author discusses the immense potential of the human brain.

"Your mind creates everything," Lee wrote. "Your conscious mind has much greater power than you can ever imagine. Your mind can create blessings or disasters, can heal or harm, can bring abundance or absence. It is up to your mind whether the world looks hopeful or hopeless."

The solution is to wake up the mind's capacity to find, manage and direct the flow of change, and this can be done through the meditation techniques outlined in "LifeParticle Meditation." Guided meditation can help you focus your concentration on the inside of your brain and the LifeParticles flowing inside of them as you learn to control your energy.

Once you have mastered this ability, you can take charge of change and direct it along any path you choose. Take two minutes to watch a LifeParticle guided meditation preview and begin to understand the power of the technique.

Follow Ilchi Lee’s Lead: Get Active During Healthy Aging Month

As August winds down and September is in the horizon, it's time to start preparing for Healthy Aging Month. It often goes unrecognized, but there's a strong link between mental health and physical exercise, and it's important to keep up swimming, running, yoga poses or whatever your activity of choice as you get older.

As Ilchi Lee discusses in his book "In Full Bloom: A Brain Education Guide for Successful Aging," exercise is free, fun and beneficial. 

"As you are probably aware, exercise is widely accepted by medical science as a key factor in maintaining health and well-being throughout the aging process," Lee wrote. "In fact, it may be the most important aspect of successful aging. Most of the physical effects of aging – the natural loss of muscle mass, the decreased flexibility and mobility of joints, the decline of metabolism that can lead to weight gain – can be prevented or even reversed through regular moderate exercise."

Take the advice of Ilchi Lee – get up and get moving. It might just be the best thing you can do to stay sharp as you get older.

Ilchi Lee’s Art and Philosophy: Living in the Present Moment

August is Art Appreciation Month, the perfect time to nurture the humanities and take some time to embrace the beauty of creativity. Ilchi Lee may be best known as the founder of Dahn Yoga and as The New York Times bestselling author, but he's also an artist, putting his brush to paper to give life to characters through the ancient art of calligraphy.

As with other forms of artwork, calligraphy is less about communicating words to the public and more so about expressing emotions, energy and life within. As Ilchi Lee notes in his blog, each character he creates contains the character of the moment in which it was written, reflecting the sun coming in through the window or the breeze that blows as he sweeps the brush across the paper.

"As I look at the calligraphy, I think, we can only experience this present moment," Lee wrote. "Each moment is fleeting, and too precious to waste."

Many people believe that you cannot truly create art if you have not gone out and experienced the world – traveling around the globe, making mistakes and reflecting on those mistakes. While certainly these factors have led to some truly intriguing pieces of art, there's something to be said about putting the past, future and faraway places out of your mind and, instead, letting the current moment guide you in your creative endeavors. This notion is backed up by one of the most important ancient texts in history, the Chun Bu Kyung. The Korean text was a major factor in the forming of Ilchi Lee's principles and art, giving insight into the origin of existence and humanity's place in the universe.

"Awareness of the present moment makes every moment a new beginning, a new opportunity," the Chun Bu Kyung states. "Nothing from the past can ruin the newness and sanctity of this moment."

During Art Appreciation Month, take some time to consider these inspiring quotes from Ilchi Lee and the Chun Bu Kyung. Let mindfulness take hold, focus on the current moment and create something that expresses your inner self. You may find a whole new appreciation for art, creative process and living in the moment.

Ilchi Lee Encourages You to Push Forward

As a dedicated advocate of personal enhancement and improvement, Ilchi Lee understands that it's often difficult to make changes for the better. Hard work and determination are required to improve as a person, but the results can bring about greater fulfillment, spiritual development and, in the greater scheme of things, a more peaceful world.

Throughout life, all people are presented with personal challenges in which they must make the crucial decision to either give up or keep trying. This might be quitting smoking, improving physical well-being through meditation techniques or trying to improve the community by bringing people together in the name of peace and tranquility. No matter the undertaking, the first step in making change is often the most difficult, which is why Lee encourages you to find the motivation to push on.

"When facing a challenge, just face it and do it, trusting in the infinite power of life moving vibrantly through you," Lee wrote. "Expand your limitations infinitely!"

If you find yourself stuck and unable to move forward at any point, don't abandon your efforts.

"When you hover between the challenge and abandonment, take one more step forward," Lee encourages. "That one step can totally change your life."

For many people, the last step toward change can be a particularly difficult. That moment when change is about to become reality can be intimidating, and some are afraid to move forward. But keep in mind that fear in cases such as these can be a sign that it's time to progress – the reason you're afraid is that there's something to be lost if you fail, which means there's something to be gained if you succeed. It's an indication that the window of opportunity is open, and the time is now to get past your fears and just do it.

You may still be having trouble moving forward even after you recognize and deal with your fear of change. In such cases, turn toward loved ones, friends and neighbors for encouragement. You may also open one of the motivational Ilchi Lee books or the documentary film, "Change: The LifeParticle Effect," which inspires and guides you toward real, tangible change.

Ilchi Lee Advises You to Stand Tall and Proud

As an innovative leader in human brain potential development, Ilchi Lee imparts his wisdom on the world in a variety of ways. Among his methods of communication are Wisdom Cards, which provide followers with inspirational words that combine the principles of the Chun Bu Kyung sacred Korean text and Lee himself. One card gives a particularly useful pearl of wisdom, telling you to stay physically composed as a reflection of your inner composure.

"Have no shame in your mind," Lee wrote. "Straighten your body, and stand tall in the world. Those who are enlightened always stand tall. Those who do not have a noble mind tend to hide and move secretly. They bend their bodies and seek only to please others."

This reflects the guidance given in another of the many inspiring Ilchi Lee books, "Dahnhak Kigong: Using the Body to Enlighten the Mind." As he explains, people who do not stand tall in the world end up wandering about in suffering and pain, which can suck your energy and weaken your physical power. It's a dangerous cycle in which two negatives nourish each other. In contrast, those who stand tall in the world and maintain physical composure can feed their physical prowess, becoming more powerful, energized and mentally inclined.

The notion of "standing tall" is an essential part of the ki gong, or qi gong, practice. One of the main principles of this martial art is the upright posture, which involves a straightened, extended spinal column. It not only helps your body better regulate its organs, but the posture enhances the flow of energy throughout your body for greater mental, physical and emotional propensity.

Fulfilling Your Role as an Earth Citizen

There's no denying that the world is divided in many ways, both geographically and culturally. The prominence of war is simple proof of mankind's tendency to separate itself into specific groups based on religion, ethnicity, nationality and other factors. But this detachment is detrimental to humanity and inhibits societal peace that can lead to happier, healthier lives for all. That's why Ilchi Lee asks us to cast off our old identities and and take on a new one: Earth Citizen.

In his book, "Earth Citizen: Recovering Our Humanity," The New York Times bestselling author recognizes that people are diverse – in fact, its key to the beauty of humanity. But, as Lee illustrates, we are all united by one common factor: We are all citizens of this one magnificent planet. As such, the earth must be at the core of our personal values, and we must put forth effort to show respect and manage the planet's resources, as well as appreciating each other. Only when we realize the deep connection among all people under the sun can we come together to transform life on earth into a peaceful and sustainable existence.

"If you realize that no one in this universe is separate and alone, and that all are connected as One, you choose a life lived for the good of all life," Ilchi Lee wrote.

Becoming an Earth Citizen
To join Earth Citizen movement, one must shed their identity as an "American," "Korean" or other nationality. Rather, embrace your status as a resident of this marvelous planet. Override loyalties to these manmade ideals of patriotism, money and success, and treat all people as your neighbor. Take responsibility for your source of life – earth – and take tangible initiatives to keep the environment clean and healthy. Encourage others to join in on the movement, because the collective energy of many can accomplish much more than any one individual.

As people unite in the efforts to cherish and protect Mother Earth and the global community continues to grow and bond in common principles, she can restore her state of natural beauty and harmony for future generations to enjoy.

"Let us give future generations the gift of Earth citizenship by first giving it to ourselves," Ilchi Lee wrote.