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Ilchi Lee's film, "Change: The Particle Effect," won several awards at the International Film Festival in Indonesia.

Ilchi Lee Video is a Big Winner at International Film Festival

April 2013 saw the premier of Ilchi Lee's film, "Change: The LifeParticle Effect." The New York Times bestselling author created this dynamic documentary as a guide for anyone stuck in a rut who is seeking a change for the better. It has helped countless people develop a stronger connection between the mind and body, and now the film has been recognized at the the International Film Festival.

Held in Jakarta, Indonesia, this year's International Film Festival was the first to feature a "Spirituality, Religion and Visionary" category. It's aim is to call attention to inspirational movies that promote peace and harmony as well as commitment to spirituality. So it's no surprise that "Change" received huge praise under this category.

The Nov. 27 ceremony not only featured a screening of Ilchi Lee's film, but "Change" also won several awards, including 10 different "Awards of Excellence," "Best Short Documentary" and the "Gold Award." Lee was immensely grateful for the recognition of his achievements and graciously accepted the awards, telling the crowd of his future goal to "keep moving forward after this film and keep creating change in the world."

Ilchi Lee and United Nations leader discuss meditation practices for health and other world issues

It's not every day that a person gets to talk with major world leaders about the problems facing the world, but in 2007 author and philosopher Ilchi Lee was given just this opportunity. One can only guess at what they talked about, but strategies for using meditation practices for health as well as the state of conflict that exists in the world were surely brought up.

Lee was given the opportunity to sit down with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for two hours. The two men spent this time getting to know one another to create a general feeling of camaraderie.

Later, the pair discussed many of the problems that currently face the world, including senior health issues. They also talked about possible solutions to those situations.

Lee has said in the past that conflict and violence are main drivers of the problems faced by people around the world today. All over the globe divisiveness creates environments in which it is difficult for individuals to thrive and pursue their personal dreams.

However, by setting aside these differences, it may be possible for more individuals to embrace the common elements of their humanity and work together to create a more harmonious world. This is Lee's main suggestion for solving the problems of the planet.

While this may be a difficult policy to implement immediately, getting world leaders like Ki-moon involved in the process could speed the creation of a new harmonious world. Change will have to come from the people, but it may be possible for strong leaders to direct individuals toward a more peaceful existence. Through the meeting, Lee hopes to have inspired this type of change.
 

Mentors: A helpful professional resource

While the mentor-protege relationship may seem like a thing of the past to some business professionals, a recent article by career expert Heather Huhman in U.S. News & World Report argues that this resource is still applicable for those looking to enhance their personal development.

A mentor can provide a younger or less-experienced colleague with support, constructive criticism and advice. One can also gain clarity on goals and ideas and develop critical thinking skills through the help of a mentor.

Another advantage to mentors is the constant challenges they can pose. As one begins to feel more comfortable in the professional world, a mentor will challenge you to stretch your human potential in your current job, your job search and your career goals.

The benefit of a mentor is rooted in experience. Professionals can turn to their mentors for guidance and advice, and the mentors will draw on their past experience to help them navigate through their careers.

When searching for the perfect mentor, remember to find someone with goals similar to your own in a field or industry that you are looking to break into or are working in currently. A mentor won't be of much help to you if they don't have experience with questions you'll likely be asking. Those looking for a mentor are encouraged to make first contact. Additionally, be prepared to put time and effort into being mentored.

If you are having trouble finding a mentor, Huhman suggests looking online. Many non-profit organizations and other websites work to match students and young professionals with more experienced mentors in their chosen fields.

Professionals are trying to seek out any edge they can in this difficult job market and economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate is holding steady at 9.2 percent. Employment in the majority of private-sector industries remained relatively unchanged throughout June 2011. Currently, an estimated 14.1 million Americans are without jobs.
 

Avoid basic mistakes when on the verge of securing employment

Often, job seekers who have been at it for months at a time may begin to feel pessimistic, causing them to completely throw out the rule book and start from scratch.

While this may be exhilarating and can contribute to one's personal development, it is still crucial to avoid common mistakes that typically occur when a job seeker becomes frustrated or desperate for a position.

According to a recent BusinessWeek article composed by career expert Liz Ryan, one of the most common mistakes exhibited by job seekers who are already in good position is to forget the company they're dealing with during the interview.

As with resumes, it is important to vary one's interview responses based on the individual firm with which one is meeting, as the hiring manager is paying close attention to one's responses and will be able to ascertain when the candidate is simply regurgitating information he or she has used in prior interviews.

Likewise, it is critical to avoid allowing small amounts of adversity to completely derail the job search, as the hunt often does not go exactly as planned, Ryan says. One such example of this adversity is if a company makes a mistake about the time or location of an interview. While this can be frustrating, showing one's resilience and ability to adapt to the situation can make a positive impact on the firm.

Finally, it is important not to sell one's brain education short, as this can cause employers to have doubts about one's self-confidence level. When applying for a position – or even after hearing back from prospective employers – candidates should refrain from saying they would accept lesser positions, according to Ryan.

Rather than appear desperate and seemingly expect the worst, it is important to exude confidence and even assume that one is qualified for the position and will receive an offer. This can help a candidate portray his or her sense of self-worth and ability to overcome any limitations and perform the job's functions.

Avoiding these missteps is critical, as is making sure to not use out-of-date advice such as offering a positive quality when asked to give the employer a weakness during an interview, according to U.S. News & World Report.
 

Many workers unhappy with their jobs

While securing employment is undoubtedly seen as a victory these days, it does not mean that one’s career path is set, as a new survey indicates that approximately half of U.S. workers are unhappy at their current jobs.

CNN reports that the report, published recently by consulting firm Mercer, indicates that nearly one-third of American workers are considering leaving their current jobs, an increase from 23 percent six years ago.

The survey also noted that 21 percent of the 2,400 U.S. workers said they have a negative view of their employer and have “checked out” of their position, for the most part.

Mindy Fox, a senior partner at Mercer, told the news source that this seemingly new world of disgruntled employees can have serious negative effects on companies.

“The business consequences of this erosion in employee sentiment are significant,” she said.

Bloomberg reports that another recent study regarding employee satisfaction, which was conducted by SBR Consulting, found that younger workers in the U.S. have a more optimistic view about their potential for discovering new career opportunities.

Event helps highlight importance of new form of martial arts

It is commonly thought that martial arts exist only for self defense and actions involved in violence. However, the activity can often be used to channel energy and encourage spiritual growth in the practitioner.

Such is the case with Ilchi Lee’s Dahn Tae Kwan Do. This discipline combines aspects of the traditional Korean martial arts style with the author and philosopher’s own knowledge and understand of how to channel the life energy that surrounds everything.

In order to highlight the benefits of this martial arts discipline, Lee recently held a competition for those who practice it. The event was held last May at Kookhakwon, a nonprofit Korean studies institute in South Korea that was founded by Lee.

The competition gave individuals a chance to show off their skills and to help others learn the benefits of training in Dahn Tae Kwan Do. The practice may have a strong upside for individuals who are looking to reach within themselves and develop a better understand of who they are as a person and attain a greater degree of spiritual growth.

New store in Sedona connects shoppers to the power of nature

There is a tremendous power in nature, and author and philosopher Ilchi Lee says spiritual growth can flow from efforts to tap into this energy. In order to help more people experience this type of development, he recently helped open a new store in uptown Sedona, Arizona that is intended to connect people to the power of the natural world.

The retail location, known as Sedona Story, offers visitors a chance to browse items ranging from natural crystals to spiritually inspired art created by the local creative community.

The store held a grand-opening event last month that featured dancing, readings and other displays intended to get the local community interested in the power that is held in the store’s products. The shop’s manager Hansori Keliikuli even performed a hula dance for patrons.

At the center of the establishment’s mission is a goal to inspire more individuals to look at the natural world that surrounds them and appreciate its power. While reflecting in this environment, many new realities may become clear to a person. The store’s inspiration, Ilchi Lee, says that spiritual growth is assured to those who engage in this type of practice.

Ilchi Lee drives across the country to deliver address

Dedication to a cause is one of the surest avenues to personal development. It teaches a person about the benefits of hard work and sacrifice and allows individuals to see the benefits of giving of themselves.

Ilchi Lee displayed this type of commitment shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He had been scheduled to speak to a group of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, but was in Los Angeles, California in the days leading up to his engagement. With all flights grounded, it looked as if he may not make his appearance.

However, it was decided that he could make the engagement by driving. He spent the next 48 driving nonstop from California to Massachusetts in order to keep his promise and deliver his talk on the importance of spirituality to the group of college students.

This type of dedication and commitment is not found every day. It can sometimes take years of cultivation and hard work to develop. However, when a person does live their life with this type of follow through, the personal development that takes place is likely to be its own reward.

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Ilchi Lee hosts Brain Art Festival

Art has the power to stir the soul and inspire people to achieve things greater than they ever imagined possible. It is truly one of the defining characteristics of humanity, and continues to evolve in new and exciting directions.

In order to celebrate the human potential that is reflected in art, Ilchi Lee hosted the Brain Art Festival in 2009 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The event was intended to highlight some of the latest achievements in mind-expanding art and to show the nearly limitless human potential for creativity. The festival featured musical performances, visual displays and dances.

Lee, who himself is a flutist, has said that creativity can play an important role in advancing the cultures of the world, and that the most effective way to unleash this inner force of creation is meditation. By looking inside one’s self it may become possible to imagine new and interesting forms of art that continue to push humanity forward.

Given the fact that human potential is nearly limitless, all one must do is put in the effort. The festival was intended to be a celebration of those who have done this.

Switch from career survival mode to ambitious mode

Just as Ilchi Lee believes personal change is essential to maintaining balance in one’s life, it can also be critical for one’s career aspirations.

With the recent recession, many employees were simply worried about holding on to their jobs, but a recent CNN article recommends that workers get back to being ambitious rather than staying in defensive mode on the job.

Still, with companies hiring more qualified candidates, it will take quite a bit of extra work to gain that big promotion, so workers should make sure to exude additional energy and passion during their day-to-day activities at work.

According to the news source, one way for employees to get a jump on a potential promotion is to make a lateral move rather than simply looking to climb the ladder one rung at a time.

“Now it’s about zigzagging your way to the top, vs. taking the elevator,” Sarah Hathorn of career advising company Illustra Consulting, told the news source.

This strategy can be particularly useful for employees at small businesses, where growth was seen across the country last month, according to the Intuit Small Business Employment Index.

Creating a career path takes preparation

Choosing a career path is one thing, but taking the necessary measures and evaluating one’s situation on a regular basis can seem to be daunting task.

However, this task is a major portion of one’s life purpose, so it is important to undertake the necessary preparations and ensure that one is in the best possible position to make his or her most important decisions.

According to a recent CNN article, one of the most important qualities people need to have when determining their career paths is self-awareness, which helps them to understand their situations and get an idea of what their ultimate goals might be.

“It’s likely that you have, for example, always loved numbers or maybe you’ve always enjoyed helping people,” Aricia LaFrance, a career consultant, told the news source. “Awareness of those threads can create a satisfying career path. Think life-long interests when it comes to career planning and you’ll likely be happier in each job along the way.”

It is also essential to re-evaluate one’s goals during the process, as certain changes can have a lasting effect on one’s career path.

Third HSP Olympiad highlights brain potential

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.

Martial arts competition unties people from around the world

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.

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Event showcases the brain’s potential

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.

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Research agreement helps Ilchi Lee study heightened sensory perception

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.

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Competition highlights brain potential

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.

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How to stand out and land one’s dream job

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.

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Personal development key for converting internships into full-time employment

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.

Show your life purpose on your resume

As Ilchi Lee pushes towards spiritual growth for our own being, a person’s resume can be seen as their soul within the job market highlighting their life purpose.

Job seekers may see this element of the job search as a simple piece of paper detailing their work experience and skills. However, to approach it a different way may offer a slight advantage to candidates looking to fulfill a position in a competitive market.

A resume should be more than a list of dates of employment. It should be a window into a person’s career aspirations and showcase their goals as a human being.

This is where using more action words and detailing their past roles in full come into play. An employer isn’t just looking at someone who can do the job. They are also looking at candidates as humans and deciding whether or not that person would be a good fit within the company.

Skill and education can only get one so far. Eventually, it may come down to personality and one’s life experiences, and whether or not the candidate gels with the interviewer.

Finding purpose in Maldives

Discovering one’s life purpose can be a difficult and exhausting endeavor, which is why many people choose to travel to peaceful destinations far from their home to gain clarity and perspective.

Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a small archipelago that exudes an atmosphere of relaxed luxury.

“Just lying on a deserted beach of a Maldivian island, taking in nothing but the continuous rhythm of the waves, the sea salt in the air and feeling the soft white sand on your bare feet is enough to sooth your senses,” states VisitMaldives.com.

In addition to relaxing on the warm, sandy beaches, travelers can participate in yoga classes. These take place in huts that float on the sea or along the coast. Guided meditation sessions are also available for travelers, usually in the early morning.

Travelers who prefer to lead their own experiences could choose to watch the sunrise while doing mind and body exercises. Of course, there’s always sunset as well.

No matter what travelers choose to do in the Maldives, it is sure to be a relaxing and invigorating experience.

Ilchi Lee believes that personal development can come from quiet relaxation in exotic destinations like the Maldives, which is remote and absolutely picturesque.