Ilchi Lee’s philosophy and the methods he created based on principles of energy have been influenced by his Korean background, especially its ancient traditions.
“Hongik ” Humanitarian Ideal
Many cultures have similar ideals that recognize the necessity of collective well-being for social harmony and individual happiness. In Korean culture, this humanitarian ideal is known as “Hongik,” which means to “advance the welfare of all humanity.”
Ilchi Lee realized that application of the Hongik principle to health and wellness could inspire and help modern humans; for the sake of the Earth’s future we could learn to transcend our individual limitations. The Hongik philosophy guides Ilchi Lee’s life and work and encompasses his personal understanding of the brain.
ChunBuKyung, the Sacred Code of Heaven
ChunBuKyung, which can be translated as “the Sacred Code of Heaven,” is essentially a numerical representation of the laws of the cosmos. It is an ancient Korean text of Tao made of 81 characters. Its essential concept is a universe of oneness: good and evil, life and death, heaven and earth are not defined as opposites, but as parts of the same cosmic harmony. From oneness, the ChunBuKyung divides the energies of the universe into a triad of heaven, earth, and human. The text places human beings between heaven and earth.
If humans could realize their innate divine potential, they would become one with the essence of the universe, embodying creativity, peace, and love. In doing so, we reach the highest level of awareness and consciously return to the Source of all life. This process of awakening and regeneration is delineated in the characters of the ChunBuKyung. Learn more >>
Ancient principles of Jangsaeng, or longevity with vitality, offer ways to obtain and maintain vibrant health. In the ancient Sundo traditions of the Korean people, virtuous living was not encouraged by the promise of a reward in an afterlife or other incarnation. Instead, virtuous living was thought to offer the reward of a better, healthier, and longer life right now.
Virtuous living in this ancient tradition meant enjoying a productive lifestyle while wisely living in harmony with nature. There is an inexorable link between nurturing the beauty of the earth and the beauty within the human being. The ideal was to live a healthy life in a beautiful place and in harmony with nature for as long as possible.
In keeping with these principles, Ilchi Lee has developed holistic methods such as Jangsaeng Walking and other Brain Education techniques to address the quality of life imbalance often characteristic of a modern lifestyle in order to help people live better, longer.