On Christmas Eve, I wrote a poem in the early morning as these thoughts for the new year came to me. I would like to share its message with you.
I like love.
I don’t like love that brings hate to each other, becomes the seed of tears, and curses one another.
The love I want is love that never changes.
Love that can be happy together and love that can be shared—I want such love.
Love that hates and fights is a sick love.
I want a healthy love, peaceful love, and creative love.
I want to let people in the world know such love,
With a healthy mind, healthy brain, healthy body.
A happy family, happy society, and happy world,
I want to make it together with everyone.
I want to sing such a song of love.
I want to dance such a dance of love.
I would like to make a peaceful world
where we can experience such love all together.
For this purpose, I have to live 120 years.
BHP, BHP, BHP*
Take back your brain.
Take back your brain.
Take back your brain.
I love myself and I love everyone.
I want to let everyone know this love.
Love myself. Love myself.
Love yourself. Love yourself.
Love everything. Love everything.
BHP, BHP, BHP
Take back your brain.
Take back your brain.
Take back your brain.
Take back your brain.
I invite you to listen to the poem spoken as well.
From me to you, warm wishes of hope and happiness, abundance and love, for a bright future for us all.
Focused continually outside of ourselves—on our jobs, our families, the endless stream of information and entertainment—we often live without realizing our bodies are ill. We gradually accumulate aches and pains, toxins, clogged arteries, fatigue, and more, unaware of them until they are severe enough to keep us from being active.
Taking some quiet time every day to focus inside of ourselves gives our brains a chance to take stock of what’s going on inside our bodies, minds, and emotions. Actually, our brains can do more than take stock. With the help of our bodies themselves, and the life energy that runs through them, our brains can actually be an agent of healing.
When we move, tap, press, or vibrate our bodies mindfully, our brains discover the areas that need help. They realize where we have points of tension, pain, or blocked energy flow. At the same time, moving, vibrating, and pressing our bodies releases the tension, pain, and blockage, facilitating true healing.
Everything is connected with these points—emotional and spiritual issues as well as physical diseases. By finding points that need healing, we can address any issue. I developed a method I call Brain Education Healing Point (BHP) to help find and activate healing points.
Sit with your body relaxed and comfortable. At first, do this with your eyes open. Raise your hands to chest height with your palms facing away from your body.
Now, open your hands completely, stretching and really extending your ten fingers. Flex and stretch your palms and fingers outward so much that your wrists bend backward. Your lower back also extends and straightens naturally at the same time and your shoulders and neck start to relax.
Then, slowly relax your hands completely. Stretch and relax again two to three times.
Next, continuing to relax your fingers, close your eyes and concentrate on your hands. Your fingers slowly curl up, as if your hands are closing gently around eggs. Your wrists rotate naturally as your fingers continue to curl. The feeling grows if you keep concentrating on your body. You'll get different feelings as your wrists go around. Continue to watch your body as you do this.
Now your neck turns, and your shoulders rotate, too. Focus, telling yourself, "You're doing well. You're doing real well." Observe the changes in your body, continuing to focus. Energy starts circulating in your body. Your feeling of your body deepens.
The movements you need now for healing come out of you all on their own. Your body moves as it wants as you continue to focus within. You may find yourself yawning, your legs straightening, or your lower back curling up.
Soon, your body and your brain start to say, "Move here. Move like this." Do as they tell you. Just do it. If your body wants to vibrate, then vibrate; if your body wants to twist, then let it twist. The postures you need start to manifest and continue manifesting. Shoulders rotate for those with stiff shoulders. Hips relax for those with stiff hips. Cough if you feel like coughing. Tears, mucus, coughing, sound, sweat . . . all the motions and phenomena that happen are forms of healing. Do them actively, with confidence.
There is something that's crucial when you do BHP training. You have to focus completely the entire time, setting aside all of your preconceptions.
Change never happens if you do as you've always done. It doesn’t work if you get trapped by convention when some funny or embarrassing movement manifests. Do whatever you feel like doing, no matter what movements your body makes. Only then will your brain open up enough to see your underlying, even subconscious issues.
In that process, your hidden form appears; you discover a new self. Who knows how much your energy has been suppressed as you've worried so much about what others thought of you? Only if you do this actively will change really happen.
Move freely like this for 5 to 10 minutes. Then slowly stop moving. Inhale and exhale.
Straighten your spine so that the top of your head and the base of your tailbone align. Watch your body, seeing what condition it's in now. Feel whether your bones are properly aligned, whether your heart and lungs are working properly. How are your stomach, liver, and intestines? Are your hips okay? What about your knees? Are your energy and blood circulating well? Feel these things honestly.
As you feel your body, you may experience autonomous vibration in the places where you feel some imbalance or lack. This is energy moving and healing occurring. Relax and focus on your body, exhaling through your mouth, until any vibration you feel stops.
In this relaxed and aware state, you can also find your healing points in a more systematic way. This second BHP method can be used anywhere, even without doing the method above, but always with concentration on your body.
It is a type of reflexology that involves your fingers, toes, or head in which you access all parts of your body, especially your major organs, via the energy channels, or meridians, that run throughout your body.
One of the easiest ways to do this method is to find the points on your hands, just below your fingernail cuticles.
Start by pressing the fingers of your non-dominant hand with the tip of the thumbnail of your dominant hand. Press hard enough with your thumbnail so that it leaves an impression.
Pressing in this way, find the spots that hurt the most. You can classify your sensation into five pain levels: SS, S, A, B, and C. If pressing only leaves an impression, you can classify a spot as level B or C, which are normal and not in need of healing. Beginning next with level A, though, you'll feel some pain. Pain indicates a healing point. Level SS or S points are very painful, with SS being the most painful.
It’s important to find the S and SS level points. When you press those points with your fingernail, it hurts like you're being stabbed, your body really heats up, and, in severe cases, you even tear up.
After you find a painful point, gently massage it with your thumb for about one minute. Once you’ve massaged all of the healing points on one hand, test the points on your other hand as well.
If you’ve found the points on your hands, you can also try pressing different parts of your head with your fingernail to find healing points there. Close your eyes to focus within, and massage the painful places for about one minute, really observing what changes happen in your body.
When the healing points stop hurting, the healing process is complete. However, you may need to massage the points more than one time in order for the pain to go away completely. When you've done BHP several times, you'll see a 50 percent improvement in your health. Keep at it, and your health will improve more. If your health isn’t 100 percent, keep finding and massaging healing points until they are completely free of pain.
Many people are finding their healing points to recover health for themselves: people suffering with a slipped disc for five or 10 years, people with Parkinson's disease, people suffering from headaches or insomnia. But physical recovery aren’t the only effects of BHP.
If you regularly use the BHP method, there may be times when you see the face of someone you hadn't been thinking about before, or stories from long ago may come to mind. As this happens, bad memories from the past are purified. Living a busy life, you sometimes have misunderstandings and troubles because of faulty information or memories. They are released through BHP as the tangled knot of thoughts in your head rises to the surface.
As your physical and emotional hurts are healed, your spiritual problems are also resolved and your consciousness grows brighter and more positive. Students and scholars may find unresolved areas of their research suddenly clearing up and artists and creatives may come up with new ideas. Your intuition and other spiritual capabilities can develop and strengthen. Even your self-worth, willpower, and confidence can grow.
Using BHP daily prevents illnesses of any kind from sneaking up on you and gives you a leg up on any kind of personal development as you deepen and strengthen your inner awareness. Though at first you may use BHP on yourself, later you can also help others find their healing points and make it a common-sense part of daily self-care.
Ilchi Lee attended the 56th Korea Sports Awards on October 15, 2018, an annual award ceremony by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to honor those who have contributed to sports development and promotion. At the ceremony, he was given the Republic of Korea Life Sports Promotion Award for his contribution for the past 38 years to the improvement of the physical and mental health of the Korean people and the development of life sports. This year, Ilchi Lee was the only person given this award, which has a long tradition.
Ilchi Lee's long tradition began in 1980, when he started teaching exercises for free in a park in Anyang. These exercises that work your body, mind, and energy were based on an even older tradition, thousands of years old, called Sundo, a Korean Tao practice. The exercises became the basis of the many methods for health and self-development Ilchi Lee has created.
One style, called Kookhak Kigong, is being freely taught in 5,000 community locations in Korea by members of the Kookhak Qigong Association and is practiced by about one million people. Kookhak Kigong is considered a Life Sport, as it is practiced by people of all ages and significantly contributes to their physical and mental health. In 2016, the Kookhak Qigong Association was named an official member organization of the Korean Olympic Committee.
Kookhak Kigong is also practiced in other countries where Ilchi Lee's methods have traveled, including Japan, China, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Poland, Belgium, and Qatar. For the past six years, Kookhak Kigong practitioners worldwide have gathered in Korea to show their skills at a Kookhak Kigong conference and competition. In October 2018, 10,000 people from 13 countries attended the event.
Lee took the stage to receive the Life Sports Promotion Award with winners of gold medals in the recent 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
One of them was skeleton racing gold medalist Sungbin Yun.
Ilchi Lee congratulated all Kookhak Kigong instructors and practitioners, saying this award was for them as well.
You can watch him receiving the award in this short video.
Ki, qi, or chi are words for energy in Asia, the life energy that courses through designated channels in our bodies. Ki is meant to move freely through these channels, and it responds to our thoughts, emotions, and movement. With our focus, we are not only able to sense the ki in our bodies, but direct it as needed. We can smooth away blocks to our health, expel built-up emotions, and flush our minds of thoughts until our minds become like clear, still lakes. Adding movement, makes this more powerful—that is kigong (qigong).
On October 8-9, 2018, we held the 6th Annual Sport Kigong Competition for All in Seoul, South Korea with the slogan, "Be Friends! Healthy human beings, happy world, peaceful earth." Ten thousand people came to watch over 1,000 people from various countries compete. There were people from Korea, Japan, and China, as well as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and even the Middle East. They wore colorful costumes as their bodies moved fluidly and powerfully to music in different forms of kigong, communicating the energy of life to all.
However, we don't need to wear a costume or know a particular form in order to do kigong. Nothing is easier than kigong. There's no right or wrong way to do kigong.
At the core of kigong is spirit. If ki is the gas we put in our cars, spirit—the conscious awareness that is housed in our bodies—is the driver. As we move the energy in our bodies, the spirit that was trapped by our old thoughts and stuck emotions is set free. It expands until it meets the energy of the cosmos and we experience oneness with the universe.
When your spirit is free, it can move your body, and your life, in alignment with the universe. It can create health in the body and its hopes and dreams in the world. This is kigong.
Many people live without knowing and feeling their spirit. Instead, they become slaves to their history and their emotions, often without choosing or realizing it. If they don't feel their spirit, then they've lost their hopes and dreams. Kigong is for recovering your spirit, your hopes and dreams.
To do this, simply move your body by following the flow of ki in it. Rather than thinking about the movement or trying to do a certain movement, move freely and instinctively. Born in energy, we live in energy, until, in the end, we go into that energy. Moving with energy is natural, and so it breaks through the preconceptions that keep our spirits boxed in. Rather than following the habitual movements of your body, kigong means letting yourself truly be free so that your inner greatness can shine.
Shall we do free kigong together now?
Raise your hands. Kigong begins in the moment you raise your hands. Then, close your eyes, letting your hands move continuously however they want to. We feel our bodies in these movements. Our lost health is restored. Just do it, going with what you feel instead of with your head.
Now, slowly getting up, try doing the movements standing up. All these movements are ki. Now the free kigong has begun. It's not something you learn, but something you just do, going with the feeling. After feeling the energy, your lost spirit will return, too. Then your creative life will begin.