Korean culture has a lot to offer the world, but too often it is overshadowed by its cultural neighbors. In order to help more people appreciate Korean culture and learn from its wisdom, Ilchi Lee has worked extensively to educate the public on the subject.
For example, in 2007, in his capacity as president of the University of Brain Education, Lee signed an agreement with Gao Dabin, president of Dalian University, to establish the Korean Cultural Institute.
The institute, which is located in Dalian City, will instruct individuals on the various points of Korean Culture and help them build knowledge of the important role it has played in the shaping of world events. Additionally, students will learn how to incorporate these principles into their everyday lives when appropriate.
Ilchi Lee has said that personal growth can be achieved through education, and learning about the principles of Korean culture may be a good place to start. This could lead individuals to greater fulfillment and satisfaction in their lives.
It is a well known saying that humans only use a fraction of their actual brain potential. Data suggest that the mind is actually capable of many things that most people would not think possible. However, some people are able to tap into this reservoir of brain power and use it to impressive ends.
In order to showcase the skills of these individuals, author and trailblazer Ilchi Lee hosted the third International Brain Heightened Sensory Perception Olympiad in Ellenville, New York, in 2007.
Heightened sensory perception is a state in which individuals are able to use their senses to perceive more of the world around them than most people are capable of. Their vision is more acute, their hearing is more precise and their sense of smell is finer.
The Olympiad had participants compete in a number of events specifically designed to test their skills of perception and identify individuals who have been able to push their senses to the next level.
The competition was part of Ilchi Lee's belief that the human mind is capable of much more than most people give it credit for. Working to remove the artificial shackles that people place on themselves may open the mind up to many possibilities.
While images of Indiana Jones might not recall a sense of peace, Axum in Ethiopia, where the Ark of the Covenant may be hidden, could be an amazing place visit.
With such an ancient power surrounding it, visitors might encounter the Ilchi Lee energy described in so many of the leader's books.
The "Lost Ark" might not be available for viewing, but the spiritual reverence found in this area of Ethiopia is sure to stun visitors.
"Littered with massive teetering stelae, ruined palaces, underground tombs (most undiscovered) and inscriptions rivalling the Rosetta Stone itself, the town once formed part of the Aksumite kingdom described as 'the last of the great civilisations of Antiquity to be revealed to modern knowledge'," states Lonely Planet travel guides.
Other sites besides the supposed home of the Ark include the Ta'akha Maryam, a palace dating back to the 4th century A.D.; the Great Stele, said to be the largest piece of stone ever attempted to be erected by humans; and the Tomb of the False Door.
Since locals refuse to forget the city's storied history, there is a largely positive outlook on life here. The atmosphere in Axum is warm and friendly.
Ilchi Lee's interest in martial arts goes far beyond the purpose of self-defense or physical exercise. He says that the activity is one that can bring a person's mind and body into harmony and even unite the peoples of the world.
In 2007, Lee congratulated the 16,000 participants who competed in the first International Dahnhak Kigong Competition of Sports. Lee developed the form of martial art based on ancient Korean practices. He revived as a way to help individuals get in touch with their inner ki energy.
The competition was intended to be a showcase for the form of martial art, which has become an international sensation. In his address to the participants, Lee said that the competition was proof that individuals from various nations, ethnicities and cultures could unite under a common cause and for peaceful means.
"I pray that today's tournament will be deeply meaningful for our fellow Dahnhak Kigong practitioners participating and for our honored guests from around the world," he told the attendees.
The event shows that martial arts do not always have to be about violence. The practice can actually serve to unite people.
Ilchi Lee believes that human potential is nearly unlimited. In particular, the mind is capable of developing many astonishing abilities. However, individuals must remain aware of the connection between their mind and body if they intend to use their newly developed skills for the benefit of humanity.
These were the sentiments of a lecture Lee delivered to a group of students at George Washington University in 2007. The event was part of the observance of Ilchi Lee Day in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia.
Lee outlined the five steps of his Brain Education technique, which include sensitizing, versatilizing, refreshing, integrating and mastering. He even led participants in activities designed to help them experiences the process of sensitizing.
Improving one's self through these techniques plays an important role in spiritual attainment, Lee says. However, the pursuit remains empty if the individual is not mindful of the ways in which their develop could benefit the rest of humanity. Throughout the course of the lecture, Lee reminded the students that public service should be a prominent component of their educational pursuits.
The human mind is capable of many achievements that most people are unaware of. It has the ability to transcend everyday experiences and perceive things that would generally be thought impossible.
In order to showcase the abilities of people who have attained this state, Ilchi Lee hosted the second Heightened Sensory Perception Olympiad in 2006. The event featured competitions among individuals who had taken their brain potential to the next level and achieved abilities in perception that are beyond the average person.
The event marked the second year that Ilchi Lee hosted the competition. The year before, 30,000 participants gathered in various locations throughout South Korea to show off their brain power and take their skills to the next level.
While the event was competitive in nature, it was not intended to carry the negative connotations that come with losing such a challenge. The day's competitions were conceived more as a showcase of the abilities of individuals who had challenged themselves to focus their minds on a specific goal and achieved positive results.
Ilchi Lee says that anyone can develop these types of skills when they put their mind and effort toward the goal. Everyone has tremendous brain potential.
Ilchi Lee believes that spiritual growth can often come from traveling the world and experiencing new things. Growth and understanding are even more likely to increase when a traveler goes outside his or her comfort zone to help others.
This is the case of Ann Lee Hussey, who recently embarked on a mission to help polio victims because of her own harrowing experience with the disease in the summer of 1955, according to The Morning Sentinel. Hussey suffered from a high fever and was paralyzed from the waist down. While she could eventually move again, she has undergone numerous surgeries to get back to her feet and still has some weakness in her right leg.
When Hussey recently visited India to help distribute polio vaccines to others affected by the illness, she had to face her own fearful memories as well, particularly when working with a child who had contracted the disease.
"[The trip] brought back tons of memories of what I was like when I was 9 years old," she told the news provider. "I lost it, to say the least… I cried for her, I cried for me and all the senseless waste we get from polio."
Now, when she visits others stricken with polio, she takes off her shoes and socks to show sufferers her own feet. Hussey says that she is a role model of sorts, because she can inspire polio victims with her own story.
Through meditation and Brain Education programs, individuals may be able to attain a high level of consciousness known as heightened sensory perception, or HSP. Once practitioners have reached this state they may be able to perceive things around them that others are not aware of.
While the mental state is well documented, it is poorly understood by science. To rectify this situation, author and trailblazer Ilchi Lee recently signed a research agreement with scientists at the Center for Neural Science at the Korean Institute of Science and Technology.
The 2005 agreement between Lee and Hee-Sup Shin, president of the Center for Neural Science, is intended to further scientific understanding of how individuals are able to attain a state of HSP and what exactly is happening in their brains while they are in this state.
Lee has long championed the study of such phenomena. He says that every individual has the potential to achieve this beneficial state of mind through practice and hard work. Brain Education programs may also prepare a person's mind for the increase in sensory input experienced when they achieve HSP.
As science continues to find seemingly limitless possibilities for mental training programs, government officials are increasingly looking to incorporate Brain Education principles into public schools. In 2007, Ilchi Lee met Costa Rica's President to discuss what these types of initiatives could do for the country's schools.
Former President and Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias-Sanchez sat down with Lee to hear more about the ways Brain Education is changing the face of learning and how these principles could advance public education in Costa Rica.
Lee has said that the brain has tremendous potential that far exceeds what most people are aware of. It may be possible for individuals to tap into this potential by training their brain to approach problems from different perspectives and to become more aware of what is in front of them.
Most people go through their days with blinders on, unaware of the energy that surrounds them. However, Brain Education may take these blinders off. Lee says that this type of approach to learning could have many benefits for public schools.
Dick Beardsley is hailed as one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time. In 1982, he nearly beat the world record for the Boston Marathon by running the race in two hours, eight minutes and two seconds, according to KeloLand.com.
While he has retired from running, he is still trying to make a difference by telling motivational stories to students across the country, using his own troubled childhood as an example of growth.
"We've all been through trying times in our life and these kids [want a message that will] give them the hope that… [they] can go on to be very successful at whatever they choose they want to do," he told the news provider.
Beardsley grew up in a home where both of his parents were alcoholics and would verbally and physically abuse each other. Beardsley did not succumb to alcohol, but ended up addicted to painkillers.
Now 55 and sober for 14 years, he wants to spread his message – it's not about how you start the race, but how you finish.
Dick Beardsley is the only man to have run 13 consecutive personal best times in marathons and has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the accomplishment.
Ilchi Lee has many thoughts on health, and he has been fortunate enough to receive several opportunities to share these novel ideas with the rest of the public. For example, in March of 2007 he was invited to lecture on the subject of longevity on Korean national television.
The Korean Broadcasting System, or KBS, asked the philosopher to talk to its audiences about Jangsaeng, which refers to the topic of longevity in the Korean language.
Many of Lee's teachings deal with the topic of health and how individuals can maximize the positive energy that flows through their body. This can help them live more fulfilling lives well into their senior years.
For individuals who are interested in living long, healthy lives, certain techniques, such as meditation, can help them maintain healthy brain function for many years to come.
By expounding upon these ideas to a national TV audience, Lee was able to share his message of hope and peace with millions of people. Following his advice could help many individuals improve their health and enjoy longer lives
Spread throughout the world, thermal baths are an enjoyable experience for any traveler who wishes to relax, be rejuvenated and perhaps find spiritual healing.
In Budapest, Hungary, visitors won't just be stimulated by the gorgeous architecture and the relaxing atmosphere – they'll develop a stronger sense of self by allowing the acceptance of change to wash over them in the baths.
"Although the Danube is Budapest's most famous body of water, it's the therapeutic H20 spewed up daily by 100-odd hot springs that sets local hearts aflutter," states Fodor's travel guides.
Originally built by the Ancient Romans more than 2,000 years ago, the warm spring baths became a tradition adopted by the Ottoman Turks and the Hapsburgs. The latter designed baths in the Beaux-Arts architectural style that makes the entire room very atmospheric.
"More than mere monuments, these are part of the fabric of life," adds Fodor's.
Among the dozens of thermal baths in Budapest, some stand out above the rest. The Gellért is an indoor Art Nouveau-type building with nine medicinal pools. It also has an open-air wave pool.
Considered one of the biggest in Europe, the Széchenyi is a massive outdoor complex that resembles a marble Roman bath.
It is difficult for people to imagine what their mind is capable of until they have tried to push it to levels. It is at this point that many individuals realize that the possibilities of their minds are nearly limitless.
In order to help people explore their brain potential, Ilchi Lee has hosted several events dedicated to exploring the power of the mind. For example, in 2005 he gathered 30,000 participants in Seoul, South Korea to compete in the first International Brain HSP Olympiad.
HSP stands for either heightened sensory perception or health, smile and peace. The contests pitted individuals against one another in tests of their mental prowess while encouraging them to think of ways they can use their minds for the benefit of humanity.
Heightened sensory perception is a phenomenon in which individuals are able to detect stimuli around them with greater sensitivity than most normal people experience. It has been researched extensively, and Ilchi Lee says that the state can be attained through regular mental exercising.
The competition served to highlight the skills of many of the people who have put in the work to improve their brain potential.
Despite many efforts to spread the message, some people are still unaware of the importance of living in harmony with the rest of humanity. In order to rectify this, Ilchi Lee has embarked on many speaking engagements to tell the world about peace.
One such event came in 2004 when he lectured a group of students at Cologne University in Germany about his concepts of Peaceology and Brain Respiration.
Peaceology is an idea developed by Lee that has to do with helping individuals forget about their allegiances to false and divisive groups and enables them to see that they are, first and foremost, citizens of the Earth. Once people realize this, it becomes easier for them to love those around them and leave behind ideas that cause prejudice and discrimination.
By embracing Peaceology, Lee believes that the whole world will one day be able to live in peace and harmony. It could be one of the most important keys to leaving behind war and conflict. His lecture to the students in Germany served to remind them that this is an achievable goal. All it takes is willpower and determination.
It can often be difficult to pinpoint one's life dream, but once this picture becomes clear, there are a number of steps that people can take in order to secure their ideal job.
According to a recent Forbes article, one of the first things job seekers should do once they've developed an idea of their dream occupation is to become passionate about the company to which they are applying. By demonstrating one's dedication in the interview, an employer will take notice right away.
Secondly, job hunters should make sure to spend plenty of time networking throughout the day. Whether through online social media sites such as LinkedIn or at face-to-face networking events, meeting people in one's desired industry can help a person to get his or her foot in the proverbial door.
Finally, when the job outlook appears bleak, the best way to land one's dream occupation is to be persistent and create one's own niche if necessary. Telling the company how one's skills can benefit them even if a job is not available could ultimately make the difference between getting hired and being passed over.
Landing a dream job can help a person fulfill their ultimate goals, as Ilchi Lee says that personal development is paramount to sustaining balance in everyday life.
Ilchi Lee believes Sedona is a powerfully spiritual place for travelers to visit and so does Sherman's Travel, who named the Arizona town one of the most sacred destinations in the world.
Here, there are pockets of energy flow that help increase brain wave vibrations in people when they meditate among the red rock hues of the desert.
"Sedona is equally popular for its inspiring red-rock landscape and proximity to the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest as it is for resorts, eclectic shops, fine dining, and spiritual enrichment," says Sherman's Travel.
The area is considered one of the best places in the world to practice meditation, prayer and physical healing because of the vortex pockets of energy, according to the travel guide.
Spiritual healing is one of the best reasons to visit Sedona, Arizona. In addition to the many spa retreats, there are dozens of outdoor sites to practice quiet contemplation and let the energy waves flow over one's bodies.
As they recite their prayer of peace, travelers will begin to see their life's purpose and feel their spirit connecting to their body more than ever before.
While it is crucial to stand out and make a name for oneself, personal development is perhaps the most important aspect of an internship that can put the person in good position to receive an offer for a full-time position.
According to a recent Forbes article, one of the most important things that interns (both young and experienced) can do is to read and learn about the industry in which they are working. Understanding the major topics and trends of the industry can enable the intern to demonstrate knowledge of the company and potentially suggest ideas for business development.
Another aspect of personal growth that one can exhibit during an internship is developing an understanding of new media and building an online presence, according to Forbes. Actively commenting on blogs and forums in a specific industry can increase the chances an intern is noticed by companies looking to add to their staff.
An understanding of new media such as Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin can be an invaluable asset as an intern, as one will be able to teach more senior employees and serve as a bridge between the traditional means of doing business and the fresh, new ideas that come out on a regular basis.
This personal development can assist an intern greatly in securing full-time employment and other areas of one's life, as Ilchi Lee says that personal growth can help to harmonize the mind, body and spirit.
Ilchi Lee practices what he preaches when it comes to meditation and exploring the potential of his brain. This has led him to participate in many organizations that are devoted to plumbing the depths of human potential and determining the full extent of man's capabilities.
For example, in 2005 he was inaugurated as the second President of the University of Brain Education in Korea, which seeks to further the cause of Brain Education.
The University was established in 2002 as a graduate school for individuals who are interested in contributing to the international community through their work. Through the research opportunities and Brain Education programs offered by the school, students may learn how to tap their full potential to lead professional lives that serve a higher purpose, such as world peace.
Through his involvement with the school, Lee has been able to spread his message about the importance of using meditative principles to achieve a calm and focused mind. This may help individuals in their professional pursuits, regardless of the specific field they ultimately choose to