Change is Natural and Constant, Ilchi Lee Believes

To Ilchi Lee, change is something that is a constant in life. You can always expect change, beginnings and endings, and must adapt in order to succeed and find spiritual awakening. 

"Change is the very nature of Nature. if there's one thing that doesn't change, it is the fact that everything changes. In the Korean tradition of Tao, this is called impermanence." Lee said in his book, "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential."

The idea of impermanence is that everything is constantly changing. When you acknowledge and accept impermanence, you can be free to attempt to reach your goals and occupy your thoughts with other things. This is a first step on the way to enlightenment and fully understanding your individuals limits and capabilities. 

Accepting Change
People go through many changes in their lives. They age and grow and accept new responsibilities. Loved ones pass away, some individuals have health issues or move to new places. And through it all we must remain true to ourselves while making way for new experiences. 

When something changes you may not always be ready for it. But you have all the power and knowledge in your heart and mind to face every challenge that comes your way. If a change occurs and you find yourself thrown off balance, spend time meditating. You can think on the change and what may be different in your life now, or simply focus on your breath to calm yourself. Spiritual awakening can help to allow you a sense of stillness and stability in a world of constant noise and chaos. 

If you find that change makes you anxious and unable to focus, you may want to spend time meditating every day. This practice of coming into ones self can truly assist you in finding a sense of peace even when strong emotions may be surging through you. Even simple breathing exercises, like inhaling for five seconds, pausing and exhaling for five seconds can help to keep your blood pressure even and your mind more at ease. 

Ilchi Lee practices meditation with visualization, often thinking of places that are full of energy and life, like Sedona, Arizona, to assist him in achieving spiritual awakening. You, too, can try this if you have a particularly calming place in mind to aid you in remaining still and accepting change.

Change is Natural and Constant, Ilchi Lee Believes

To Ilchi Lee, change is something that is a constant in life. You can always expect change, beginnings and endings, and must adapt in order to succeed and find spiritual awakening. 

"Change is the very nature of Nature. if there's one thing that doesn't change, it is the fact that everything changes. In the Korean tradition of Tao, this is called impermanence." Lee said in his book, "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential."

The idea of impermanence is that everything is constantly changing. When you acknowledge and accept impermanence, you can be free to attempt to reach your goals and occupy your thoughts with other things. This is a first step on the way to enlightenment and fully understanding your individuals limits and capabilities. 

Accepting Change
People go through many changes in their lives. They age and grow and accept new responsibilities. Loved ones pass away, some individuals have health issues or move to new places. And through it all we must remain true to ourselves while making way for new experiences. 

When something changes you may not always be ready for it. But you have all the power and knowledge in your heart and mind to face every challenge that comes your way. If a change occurs and you find yourself thrown off balance, spend time meditating. You can think on the change and what may be different in your life now, or simply focus on your breath to calm yourself. Spiritual awakening can help to allow you a sense of stillness and stability in a world of constant noise and chaos. 

If you find that change makes you anxious and unable to focus, you may want to spend time meditating every day. This practice of coming into ones self can truly assist you in finding a sense of peace even when strong emotions may be surging through you. Even simple breathing exercises, like inhaling for five seconds, pausing and exhaling for five seconds can help to keep your blood pressure even and your mind more at ease. 

Ilchi Lee practices meditation with visualization, often thinking of places that are full of energy and life, like Sedona, Arizona, to assist him in achieving spiritual awakening. You, too, can try this if you have a particularly calming place in mind to aid you in remaining still and accepting change.

Ilchi Lee Provides Guidance for Water Sound Self-Healing

As an expert of meditation and energy healing, Ilchi Lee teaches people about the immense human capacity to heal themselves. Embracing and harnessing one's own self-healing properties requires concentration and a heightened sensitivity to energy, or ki, as Lee explained in "Meridian Exercise For Self Healing."

"By opening blockages in the energy pathways and reawakening our innate ability to sense energy flow, we can recover our health and natural balance," Lee wrote. "When we develop sensitivity to ki, we will be able to reach our body's potential."

Lee also discusses the way that energy awareness can help one heal in "The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart." In fact, he provides instructions to help people engage in self-healing meditation techniques amid the beautiful scenery of Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon. The method involves absorbing the sounds of nature, relaxing the mind and letting Mother Earth affect your senses in a way that promotes greater mental, physical and spiritual health.

You don't have to hike the trails of Sedona to engage in Ilchi Lee's water sound self-healing. Simply find a quiet clearing outdoors near a body of moving water, preferably a river gorge.
Sit comfortable with your back straight and close your eyes, breathing smoothly and steadily.

Imagine the water flowing through your body from the head down to your feet, unobstructed and sleekly. Take notice of certain parts of your body where the water does not seem to flow smoothly. These are energy obstructions that require better circulation of ki and should be areas of focus during the meditation exercise.

Focus your awareness on the top of your head, then to the brain. The clear, clean water continues to flow and wash away negative thoughts and emotions. Move your awareness to your inner organs, allowing the sound of vibrations to penetrate, massage and purify each one for about a minute. This is especially important, as Ilchi Lee explains the great inter-connected quality of the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and so forth.

"In the East, our organs and emotions are believed to have an intimate connection to each other."

Finally, feel the water flowing down your torso, legs and feet, washing all negative energy clean off you.

Ilchi Lee Teaches That People Must Rebuild Themselves Periodically

In his insightful book, "In Full Bloom: A Brain Education Guide for Successful Aging," Ilchi Lee discusses how people reconstruct themselves as they grow older. 

"All your past experiences exist as a source of your wisdom and judgment," Lee wrote. "But you are no longer trapped by your old identity, either. Instead, you're essentially reconstructing yourself, tearing a beloved house down to the foundation, saving the wood, stone, and glass and erecting a new house with the same materials."

As many people grow older, they become afraid of change. Instead of evolving and adapting to new challenges, wants and needs, they may shy away from their problems. Does this sound familiar? 

Learning to Rebuild
With age may come some loss of physical and mental abilities. Some people experience aches and pains and others find their memory slipping. You can work to prevent these problems by actively engaging your brain in memory and logic games. You may also find the meditating and clearing your mind helps you to stay present and in the moment. Finding these moments of calm during a busy day will allow you to center yourself and focus on your core being and inner desires.   

Ilchi Lee teaches that everyone has their own construction materials to build themselves repeatedly throughout the course of their lives. They must use their strength and past experiences to create themselves again. It's important to keep in touch with your abilities, beliefs, values and goals, as well as how you feel about yourself in order to rebuild.

You may find that you are unhappy with who you are or you are unsure if staying at your current job is right for you. Take some time for you to reflect on the situation. Establish what it is that you don't like about the position as well as what you would like to see change. Are these things that you can control and try to improve? If not, consider seeking employment elsewhere. It may also be helpful to bring up your issues with supervisors or coworkers to see if they have any suggestions for bettering your workplace. If you feel a certain way, there is a good chance that someone else may be in the same mindset. 

Ilchi Lee has also taught that no one is trapped by their old identities. If you want or need to remake yourself for personal development, you are completely capable of doing so with all the tools that you already have in your head and your heart. 

After Enlightenment: Ilchi Lee Explores Life After a New State of Consciousness

In his informative and inspirational book, "The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart," Ilchi Lee discusses in vivid detail his experience with enlightenment. It happened while he was on Moak Mountain in South Korea, spending 21 days at the Buddhist temple Donggoksa following his 100-day training in ki energy. After an extended period with no food or rest, he began moving into a state of mind beyond consciousness and entered into a place of absolute clarity where he and nature were truly one.

After reaching this new spiritual plane, Lee stayed at Donggoksa for another 21 days. Initially, he was silent and still in shock from his newfound enlightenment. But he soon began to wonder what he was supposed to do next with his recently discovered enlightenment. Lee found the answer during a session of meditation techniques, during which he saw to sets of visions: images of war, disease and human suffering were contrasted by images of happiness and peace.

"I had found my life's work. To contribute to changing humanity's fate to happiness and peace – this was my mission. … But how in the world would I do this? What ability did I have that would make me capable?"

What Do You Do with Enlightenment?
Learning to apply the gift of enlightenment to the real world is a whole new challenge one faces. Even after you have found this sense of oneness, people must still manage their lives and feed their families while working to fulfill their mission in life. As it did with Ilchi Lee, economic barriers and the sometimes disheartening realities of life may hinder the journey, but taking the first step and continuing on despite obstacles is essential.

Ilchi Lee found his own way to share his enlightenment with others: through the Sundo philosophy. He was visiting the park to meet new people and stimulate new ideas when he came across an elderly man trying to exercise but appearing uncomfortable and in pain. Lee massaged the man and taught him a few easy exercises to get started. He returned each day to help, and others started joining in, turning to Lee as a leader.

"In the midst of teaching and speaking with the people I met at the park, I thought deeply about ways that I could better communicate my enlightenment. That's when I realized my enlightenment came from the lineage of philosophy of the the Sundo culture, a Korean Taoist tradition with a 10,000-year history."

The moment of realization inspired Lee to modernize the mind-body Sundo training methods into a system he termed "Dahnhak." In turn, this led to the very first Dahn Yoga center.

Ilchi Lee Describes His Experience of Enlightenment

In his teachings and books, Ilchi Lee encourages people to strive for self-development and pursue enlightenment. The expert of meditation supports readers in their journeys by reflecting on his own experience. As he describes in "The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart," following 100 days of training with ki energy, Lee spent 21 days on Moak Mountain at the Buddhist temple Donggoksa.

He came with the intention of focusing solely on his training, without sleeping, eating or even lying down for three weeks. With time, he found himself in a state beyond consciousness, but he began to give in to the weakness, fatigue and physical pain.

"Finally, I gave up all effort," Lee wrote. "I thought 'If my head has to be smashed for this pain to go away, then fine, let it be smashed.' It took all my effort, but I sat down once again in the lotus posture. I controlled my breathing and with great effort, maintained composure and observed the intense pain. That instant, a thought brushed me like a flash of lightning. 'Who is feeling pain? Yes, the one in pain is only my head. My head – that's not me.'"

For Lee, enlightenment came like a huge explosion in his head. Though he felt immensely alive, he felt as though he was at the end of his life. But his headache dissipated and he finally found supreme clarity. As he explained, it seemed like his skin had separated from his body and disappeared. He had discovered the place inside himself that transcends space and time.

"At that moment, a voice asked, 'Who am I?' The answer from inside me came with utter confidence: 'I am Chunjikiun (cosmic energy). I am Chunjimaum (cosmic mind).' This energy that fills the universe is me. … The music of the universe reverberated in my heart, and the breath of nature went in and out through my skin. The universe and I were not separate, and nature and myself were not two. I an the center of heaven and earth. Everything is one. One!" 

Ilchi Lee Urges You to Listen to Your Inner Voice

Through his teachings, Ilchi Lee helps guide people on the journey to discovering the greatness that exists within themselves.

In "The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart," Ilchi Lee asked the reader, "Have you ever thought of yourself as a great being? Have you ever been deeply moved by a thought that came from inside?"

Certainly, most people can answer this with a sincere "yes," but it's rare for someone to really listen to that inner thought and let themselves be truly moved to take action. Lee went on to explain an own inner thought that moved him deeply.

"One day, I heard a voice inside me sincerely concerned for the future of the earth and humanity. That voice asked, Would a world where all life forms on this earth live together in peace and harmony be impossible? That voice answered, If all people really wanted that and chose that kind of world, why wouldn't it come true?"

Lee was so taken aback by the questions posited by his inner voice that he resolved to find a solution – to figure out what he could do for the betterment of humanity and Mother Earth. This feeling of commitment, in turn, made Lee feel beautifully moved.

"That feeling was very deep and true and it led me to choose a completely different course for my life than I had up until that point," Lee wrote. "That one thought and choice changed me and changed my life."

Even in the face of your own faults and shortcomings, you can lead a path toward greatness and inspire others to do the same. Doing so requires not only dedication but the capacity to truly listen to your inner voice. All too often, people dismiss and ignore the thoughts and notions that come from within, but hearing and embracing the right voices while learning to block out the negative thoughts is an integral step in finding a path toward greatness.

"It just might be that you're hearing a mission from that voice that feels too big for you compared to your own measurement of yourself," Lee explained. "Watch out. Along with that voice, you will hear many voices that will try to make you into a very small being. Maybe, a cynical voice that's saying 'Be realistic' is pretending to be you. Don't waver."

Ilchi Lee Teaches How to Feel Ki

Even to one familiar with the teachings of Ilchi Lee, ki can be a mysterious and enigmatic element. Ki, or energy, makes up all people, places and things in the universe, and it is the vehicle through which information is continually exchanged between the body and the realm of consciousness.

"Everything in existence undergoes constant change," Lee wrote in "Brain Wave Vibration: Getting Back Into the Rhythm of a Happy, Healthy Life." "The things that surround us, even our selves are temporary manifestations of Ki energy."

With practice and patience, one can learn to feel ki and even harness this energy to activate real, tangible change. Ki can be felt anywhere there is life, but in certain spots of enhanced energy, doing so is easier to accomplish. In Sedona, for instance, there are several vortexes of increased energy ideal for experiencing ki.

In "The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart," Ilchi Lee provides guidance for feeling ki – an exercise ideal for people attempting this undertaking for the first time.

  • Begin by placing your hands on your knees, as Lee directs, with the palms facing upward.
  • Breathe in and out steadily and easily.
  • Raise the hands slowly until they are about five inches over the knees, making sure to keep the palms facing upward.
  • Lower the back down about three inches.
  • Repeat the raising and lowering motion several times.
  • Concentrate your awareness on the palms of the hands, imagining that energy is flowing into your palms from the air.
  • Bring your hands up in front of your chest, palms facing each other, leaving 2 inches or so between them.
  • Move them apart, focusing on the sensation in your hands, and bring them back to the original position.
  • Repeat this movement several times, paying attention the energy field between your palms.
  • Imagine there is a ball of energy between your hands. Grasp it, rotate it, and feel the ball of energy expanding and shrinking as you move your hands.
  • Bring your hands down to your knees and allow yourself to experience the sensation of energy in your hands.

As you practice and master this exercise, you may experience your ability to sense energy with your body sharpening. Bring this book with you and use it as a guide to embracing ki at some of the many energy vortexes throughout Sedona, such as at Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa, Boynton Canyon, Fay Canyon and the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

Ilchi Lee Provides Guidance for Letting Go of the Past

Many people accept rumination as a natural part of humanity – that dwelling on the past is simply a necessity of life. The fact is that self-reflection is a good thing in limited amounts, allowing you to use introspection as a tool for self-development and growth. However, when one obsesses over the past, it becomes unhealthy and actually hinders growth. In The New York Times bestseller, "The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart," Lee talks about this tendency to dwell on the past and the human capacity to move forward.

"It's natural to have emotions or memories that are hard to let go of even when you know they're blocks to your growth," Lee wrote."But no matter how deep the hurt or emotion may be, if you let go of it, you can. It doesn't require a lot of time. You can let go if it right away. The problem is that  you can't easily separate the emotion or memory from yourself, and there's a part of you that is holding on and trying not to let it go."

It's all too easy to hold tight to negative emotions and thoughts rather than see them as they are and learn to embrace the positive aspects of life. As Ilchi Lee noted in "The Call of Sedona," one who obsesses over the past is like a child who is crying after having stepped into a puddle. It is not deep, and the child has only one foot in the filth – all there is to do is to lift the foot out and move along, but instead the child stays put and cries.

Lee asks the reader to imagine that there is a wound you suffered long ago that left a scar. Whether large or small, this scar is only that – a harmless blemish that does not interfere with your life. However, if you continue to see the closed wound as open, the pain will remain and the healing will never be complete.

"The things we are attached to are no more than shadows of the past," Lee wrote. "However, we do not recognize that, and as long as we hold onto them, they become a part of the present and follow us around."

The first step toward moving on, as Lee explains in his book, is to ask yourself if you are really trying to overcome your negative thought or emotion. If so, you must recognize and accept that you are the master of your own emotions, then you must make the firm decision to leave those harmful feelings behind, shun regret and attachment, and go through with your decision.

Ilchi Lee Discusses the Key to Recovering Humanity

There's no doubt that all the around the globe, people are striving for change, particularly at political and environmental levels. This is something that Ilchi Lee brought to readers' attention in his book, "Earth Citizen: Recovering Our Humanity," in which the dedicated advocate of peaceful, sustainable world encouraged people to recognize their roles as citizens of the planet rather than separate nations.

In "Earth Citizen," Lee asks us to leave our old identities behind and become Earth Citizens. This involves recognizing that we as humans are all united in our reliance on Mother Earth, and with that we must dedicate ourselves to living peacefully and sustainably upon her.

"Human beings need to acknowledge that their greatest allegiance should belong not to a human-designed government but to the power on which their very existence depends," Lee wrote. "People must identify themselves as Earth Citizens before any other designation of identity. Through this simple, painless shift in thinking about ourselves and one another, I believe we can make great changes in the world and its destiny."

It is not enough to accept the current human condition as it is. War, poverty, the destruction the natural resources that humanity was gifted – these cannot be considered the natural course of things or simple human nature. It every person's responsibility as a citizen of this planet to stand up for Mother Earth and for humanity and take action against the wrongdoings and misdeeds in the world. Only then can the human race progress and advance.

"To say 'Poverty will always exist' or 'War is just part of human existence' is to accept and contribute to the decline of humanity," Lee emphasized. "Life is meant to push onward and upward, always evolving to a higher, more well-adapted form. So, too, humanity must evolve upward. To stagnant, to stay stuck in the quagmire of our current habits and beliefs, is to succumb to our own inertia."

When we each take on our responsibilities as Earth Citizens, we stand as a united front against the misgivings that are bringing down humanity and putting the planet in danger. With the help of Ilchi Lee's book, "Earth Citizen," you can find a way to put Mother Earth at the center of your personal value system and to strive for a sustainable, peaceful way of life.

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.