Although all people have brains, they may don’t know their brains well and may not have had a personal experience of them. They can’t “feel” their brains. However, everything about us originates from our brains; they affect every aspect of our bodies, minds, and lives.
Our brains themselves are affected by the information they receive and hold. Therefore we can manage our brains, and consequently our bodies and our lives, by managing the information in our brains. We can take out harmful information and insert healthy information to create healthy brains. That’s why I developed Brain Education.
A healthy life, a healthy death, a healthy society, and even a healthy planet are dependent on everyone having a healthy brain. In Brain Education, I systemized breathing, brain exercises, and energy meditations into five steps for making your brain healthy.
A healthy brain is a happy brain full of confidence and creativity. It generates a character with a strong conscience that respects others and wants everyone to be happy. The consciousness of a healthy brain is clear and without stress or anxiety.
When enough people have a healthy brain we can create a culture in which everyone’s opinions are respected and everyone is responsible for their own happiness and that of others. In this spiritual culture, all social systems are oriented toward the values of a healthy brain. With Brain Education, each of us can live a happy life based on our conscience and help others do the same.
On April 21, 2012, I attended Brain Expo 2012 at the COEX (Korea Exhibition Center). It was hosted by the Korea Institute of Brain Science and the International Brain Education Association. There I had the pleasure of meeting Natalia Avseenko, a world-renowned free diver who was featured in a two-part documentary on breathing produced by MBC, a major Korean television network.
I often show a clip of Natalia from that documentary in which she swims underwater with whales in arctic temperatures for over ten minutes. She does this without any special equipment or clothing; she simply practices special breathing techniques that help her stay underwater longer and maintain her body temperature. I was delighted when I saw this video because it seems like an extreme and distinctive example of the importance of conscious breathing and of challenging what we believe are the limits of the human body. I find that overcoming our physical and mental limits offers us great satisfaction, more confidence, and even pleasure.
Upon returning to Russia after the expo, Natalia sent me this letter of thanks, for which I am very grateful:
“Dear Mr. Ilchi Lee,
I would like to thank you for the chance of being here, knowing people and getting what I have been looking for many years. For me, it’s still something hard to believe. *^^*
To be here felt as if I’m home. I had no any problem of communicating either to people or to the cultural surrounding. I was in harmony all the time feeling warmth and good energy. It feels as if I have been living here and knowing people for a long time.
Meeting Mr. Ilchi Lee is something magical. I feel a sort of destiny I cannot deny. Both of us have the same values. I feel love and warmth all the time and incredibly great energy. And I think that Mr. Ilchi Lee is doing incredible work not only for Korea, but for the rest of the world.
The Brain Expo is a great experience that gave me really a lot. Now I can be more effective to help people to get close to who they are! Most of them are so much away from themselves (“who they are”). I think you and I could be very helpful to each other, we can complete each other. I could give my practical experience, for example. I could come to Korea and other places and give everything that I know about breathing.
In the future when my students are ready I could bring them to make them Brain Educators. I could participate in Brain Education programs.
Many events are being held by partners of the International Brain Education Association’s (IBREA) in different parts of the U.S. around Earth Day, which this year is April 22nd. Two of the largest are the ‘Meditate and Make a Difference’ Earth Awareness Campaign and the Earth Citizen Walk.
‘Meditate and Make a Difference’ Earth Awareness Campaign
From April 8th to April 22nd, Dahn Yoga Foundation is hosting a ‘Meditate and Make a Difference’ Earth Awareness Campaign that is co-sponsored by Dahn Yoga & Health, Inc., Body & Brain centers, and LifeParticleTV.com. Dahn Yoga Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity that believes it can help people take more significant action for the Earth through meditation. It will direct donations to IBREA and EarthShare New York. Donors will be eligible to receive a complimentary 1-year PLUS Membership to LifeParticle TV.
As part of this campaign, Ilchi Lee will give a live teleseminar to LifeParticle TV PLUS Members on Thursday, April 19th at 8 PM EDT. He will talk about earth awareness and will guide listeners in an earth meditation. Listeners will be able to ask Ilchi Lee questions through twitter by adding the hashtag #earthdaymeditation to their posts. Lee will answer a few select questions during the teleseminar. A link will be provided on the main page of LifeParticleTV.com directing listeners to the broadcast.
The teleseminar will be rebroadcast on the 19th at 8 PM in the U.S. Central, Mountain, and Pacific time zones. It will be available on demand on the site as well on April 21st.
Guided meditations based on Ilchi Lee’s teachings have been uploaded once a week during the campaign on LifeParticle TV. Individual Dahn Yoga and Body & Brain Centers will host Earth Day parties during the final days of the campaign and are actively seeking donations. Interested people can find out if a center near them is hosting an event by visiting www.dahnyoga.com or www.bodynbrain.com and calling a specific center.
About the campaign beneficiaries:
• The International Brain Education Association (IBREA) is a UN-affiliated, non-governmental organization that aims to bring the social benefits of meditation and breathing through a system called Brain Education to school systems in developing countries and struggling communities.
• EarthShare’s goal is to educate and engage individuals and organizations in creating a healthy and sustainable environment.
Earth Citizen Walk in Rockland County, NY
On May 6, 2012, hundreds of people will gather to celebrate the Earth Citizen spirit by walking around Rockland Lake in Valley Cottage, Rockland County, New York. Registration will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 AM EDT and the walk will begin at 10:00 AM EDT. People of all ages can walk from one to three miles. You can pre-register for the walk for $20 or pay $25 at the event. For more event details and to register online, you can visit http://www.ibreaus.org/earthcitizenwalk/.
New York Donations will be raised for IBREA’s Brain Education project in El Salvador, where IBREA began teaching Brain Education at a school in the Centro Escolar Distrito Italia in San Salvador. In addition to the BE classes, IBREA is fulfilling a request of the school to build a swimming pool on the site.
Brain Education was born with a big purpose, a huge dream. By awakening to the value of our brain and working towards actualizing that value, we become aware of what our human nature is really like. We realize that we have a desire to be beneficial to all life. Immediately then, we start to take action to actualize that awakening. That is the Earth Citizen spirit. Brain Education is a methodological tool to help raise 100 million Earth Citizens in 100 countries around the world.
According to psychology, our consciousness has three parts: the conscious, the subconscious, and the super-conscious. All of the memories and information that you’ve accumulated over your lifetime is stored in both your conscious and subconscious mind. Those are the things that shape your current reality. When you see or hear or feel something and respond to it, it’s not your eyes or your ears themselves that are responding. Your response to external and internal stimuli is based on the information in your mind. Therefore, all of the responses and thoughts and actions you’ve had are what shape you. Your future will be shaped by everything that’s being recorded right now in your mind.
If we had only positive information stored in our consciousness, then that would be great. But there’s also negative information there—information you really want to forget. Sometimes there are moments in our past that give us chills when thinking about them. You might want to erase those memories. But some people live with those memories and hold on to them their entire life. Then when they are working hard and trying to live their life to the fullest, often it’s those memories that hold them back.
But it’s not just our own memories that affect our lives. Each of us has an individual subconscious, but there’s also a collective subconscious. Although it may seem like individuals are separate and distinct, when you enter the world of the subconscious mind, you find that we are all connected. Just as your external environment affects your energy, the negative information of the subconscious mind of someone who is really close to you can influence you. That’s why it’s necessary to know ourselves and the information we have in our subconscious.
Meditation, especially energy meditation, enables us to look deep into our consciousness and get to know ourselves. Energy meditation takes you into a state of consciousness that’s deeper than when you’re asleep, except you maintain the awareness of when you’re awake. In that state you can pull out all of your negative memories and ideas from the past. In the process of doing that, you discover the strength and power to control your emotions and feelings, which means you can control your energy and manage your life. That power is an innate function of your brain; it doesn’t come from anything outside of you. Therefore, as long as you’re awake, you can make positive, healthy energy anytime you want. That’s something only you can do. Nobody else can do it for you. That’s one reason I wrote The Call of Sedona—to share energy meditation so people can find themselves and manage their energy.
I spent so much time in my life lost and wandering. I searched for something to do that made me feel that even if I were to die doing it, I could die happy. I finally found it, but there wasn’t anybody who showed it to me. My parents, my teachers at school, even religions or organizations or different meditation groups I went to couldn’t help me find my path to work I was passionate about.
In order to find it, I had to find my true self through meditation. I learned you have to know your true self well. Only when you find yourself will you find your path.
It’s not something you can locate because somebody tells you to go there. It’s something your soul has to discover. You have to find it for yourself.
Ask yourself, “Isn’t there some kind of path like that I could find?” Listen to the answers provided by your mind and heart once you’ve cleared them of extraneous thoughts and emotions.
You know you’ve found your own path when you’re able to say, “If it’s for this work, I’m willing to stake everything on it.” At just the thought of going down that path, you can feel electricity running through your whole body.
For the last 30 years, I’ve worked hard on the path I chose—the path of helping people find themselves, find their own path, and find health, happiness, and peace through meditation and breathing. I will continue to work hard in the future, living every day with work I could die happy doing.