After I completed the intense body mind spirit practice that definitively answered my questions of: “Who am I? Why am I alive? What is my purpose?”, I discovered the Chun Bu Kyung, an ancient text of 81 Chinese characters that contain the essence of my awakening. This short text, which predates other religions and philosophies in Korea, and which was handed down by word of mouth before it was recorded, describes the laws of the creation, evolution, and recycling of everything in the universe.
Since discovering the Chun Bu Kyung, I’ve studied it intensely and have meditated deeply on it. I’ve taught it to my students, have written about it in my book, Healing Chakras: Awaken Your Body’s Energy System for Complete Health, Happiness and Peace, and have recorded myself and others chanting it.
Why don’t you take a moment to close your eyes, take three deep breaths, relax your body and mind, and listen to this recording of the Chun Bu Kyung from the Power of the Chun Bu Kyung CD.
Il Shi Mu Shi
One begins unmoved moving, that has no beginning
Il Seok Sahm Geuk Mu Jin Bohn
One divides to three crowns, while remaining a limitless mover
Chun Il Il Ji Il Yi In Il Sahm
Heaven comes first, Earth comes second, Human comes third
Il Jeok Ship Keo Mu Gwe Hwa Sahm
One gathers to build ten, and infinite forms become the Trinity (of Heaven, Earth and Human)
Chun Yi Sahm Ji Yi Sahm In Yi Sahm
Heaven gains two to make three, Earth gains two to make three, Human gains two to make three
Dae Sahm Hap Yuk Saeng Chil Pahl Gu Un
Three Trinities make six, and they create seven, and eight, nine appears, and there comes a turning
Sahm Sah Seong Hwan Oh Chil Il
Three and four form a circle, five with seven makes One whole
Myo Yeon Mahn Wang Mahn Lae Yeong Byeon Bu Dong Bohn
Way less is the way all comes and all goes, features are changing, and changeless is the maker
Bohn Shim Bohn Tae Yahng Ahng Myeong
Divine mind is the eternal light, looking towards celestial light
In Jung Chun Ji Il
Human bears Heaven and Earth, and the three make One.
Il Jong Mu Jong Il
One is the end of all, and there is no ending to the One.
How did you feel while you listened? What went on in your body, your emotions, and your mind?
One of the main effects of studying, listening, writing, visualizing, and/or vocalizing the Chun Bu Kyung is purification. Its energy is the purest energy that exists in the universe because it speaks about the essence of all life using the purity of numbers. By studying the Chun Bu Kyung we can match our personal energy with its pure energy, and our mind, energy, and emotions will become brighter. We can achieve that state which so many mind-body practices strive to achieve, and really experience our true divine nature inside us and in our everyday life.
That’s why every weekday this month, I am offering you a chance to study the Chun Bu Kyung. I will translate and describe the meaning of each line of the text, as well as give you ways to experience the meaning and energy for yourself. You cannot truly understand the Chun Bu Kyung just by reading about it. You must experience its energy. The source of all life is energy which exists as light, sound, and vibration. If you only study the Chun Bu Kyung intellectually, then you are likely to overlay the purity of its message with your own preconceptions and prejudices. When the truth of the Chun Bu Kyung enters into our bodies and minds, we become one with all life, and we can undergo a profound transformation.
To encourage your study further, I am also doing a giveaway on my Facebook page. I will post a summary of my blog posts on Facebook every weekday, offering you a chance to comment on them. Every Friday the Ilchi.com staff will pick five people who commented that week to receive a deck of Wisdom Cards: 81 Chun Bu Kyung Cards for Daily Meditation. Then at the end of the month, they will pick three people who commented that month to receive a matted print of one of the calligraphy paintings I’ve made. Whenever I do calligraphy, I put the energy of the Chun Bu Kyung into it, and I would like to offer this energy to you.
I hope you will join me on this exciting journey deep into our true nature.