On March 26, 2018, I gave a lecture to 70 people in Ghent, Belgium. I’d like to share with you one of the key messages from that lecture.
"When a person’s physical body ages, it grows old. However, depending on how you manage it, the health of that physical body becomes different. Just because you are at a young age, it doesn’t make you healthy, and simply being older doesn’t make you sick. It’s the same as a car. If you don’t take good care of it, you could total a new car in one month; but if you manage and care for it well, you could exceed the average and drive it around for 30 years. Our bodies are also truly different depending on how we manage and care for them.
"Are you familiar with the 106-year-old Frenchman, Robert Marchand? In his youth, he performed hard labor as a gardener, truck driver, firefighter, and so on, and his health deteriorated, and he was in his fifties when he decided he had to manage his health. What’s important is that he took a good look at himself. He looked at his past and he looked at his present, and that’s when he made a choice. He thought, “I’d better not live like this.”
"For most people, when they retire, they think, “I’m done living my life,” but what he did was make a resolution: “I’d better wake up and get it together. I have to make a new beginning.” And then he started cycling. Cycling is a wonderful exercise. But what made him healthy wasn’t the cycling so much as his mind and his spirit. By using his brain, he initiated change.
"Today, all of you brought your brain with you. Normally, we can’t really see our brain, so we don’t think about our brain that much. Compared to that, when it comes to the stomach, we’re always thinking about it and aware of it. “My digestion is good, or, it’s not good. I’m hungry, or, I’m full. I feel bloated,” etc. We’re always conscious of our stomach and we pay attention to the condition of our stomach. We think of our stomach as we have our three meals a day, and even the emotions of happiness and unhappiness are ruled depending on the condition of the stomach. That’s why your stomach always has your attention and it wants you to put good food and tasty food inside of it.
"But between your stomach and your brain, which one do you think is more important? Have you ever heard of brain indigestion? Many people have the condition of brain indigestion. They don’t know, however, that brain indigestion is a bigger problem than stomach indigestion.
"Your stomach consumes food, and your brain consumes information. Your brain digests vast quantities of information. Just as there is good food and junk food, even for information, there’s good information and “junk information.” In life, you come across bad information even if you don’t want it. If you have stomach indigestion, you can take a digestive aid, but there’s no digestive medicine for the brain. That’s why a problem occurs when various negative or bad information comes and settles into the brain and tries to control it.
"Nowadays, many medical scientists are concerned about issues of mental health. It’s already known that medical treatment merely acts as a stabilizer, it doesn’t effectively treat the fundamental problem. If there were a digestive aid for the brain, too, and if it were discovered and produced, wouldn't it offer some comfort and relief for your brain?
"At the age of 50, Robert Marchand assessed his body with his brain. So, what he did was to use the method of cycling as that digestive aid. That’s how he created a new future for himself, a second life. If you resonate with that, please give a round of applause. Even applause, as well as smiling, is information. They’re very good information for your health. I’d like you to direct your smiles and applause toward your own brain. If you smile as you clap, it brings good health as well as good fortune.
"By giving positive information to your brain like this, the information is converted into action, and change occurs in your brain. Then, change takes place in your heart, and your blood circulation is improved. When you do that, your body temperature rises 0.5 degrees (Celsius). There is a significant correlation between the condition of our brain and our temperature. If we want to, we can bring up that temperature at any time.
"But if junk information has entered and filled up your brain, your brain can’t function properly. It becomes a faulty brain. Your body temperature drops and your immune system is weakened. You lose motivation and develop various circulation problems. People who fail to address the problem of junk information could be controlled by it their entire lifetime.
"That’s why we need to inform our brains. Our brain has the capacity to purify, or detoxify, information. People who know that well are able to detox their brain and use it effectively. I made Brain Education so that many people could solve their mental health problems or issues of a faulty brain and become the owner and master of their brain."
One Brain Education exercise I especially recommend for purifying your brain is Brain Wave Vibration. By physically vibrating your body and shaking your head and tapping your body (especially your abdomen), you raise your temperature and find your negative thoughts shaking out of your brain. To see an example of Brain Wave Vibration, you can watch these videos.
As an extension of that, you can do Belly Button Healing, which activates the "brain" you have in your gut and removes both stomach indigestion and brain indigestion. Press your belly button in and out rhythmically while you concentrate your mind on your abdomen, and soon warmth and clarity will fill your body. To learn more about how to do Belly Button Healing, you can see videos here.
I'd like to share this excerpt from my book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, because I believe it outlines what you need for a long and happy life.
"To provide for your own health, happiness, and peace, you need to train your physical power, heart power, and brain power. Physical power is a cornerstone for happiness and health in old age. Developing physical power is also a shortcut for developing heart power and brain power. If you don’t know where or how to begin designing your old age, try starting with physical power. When your body develops strength, your ambition naturally grows along with it, and you find that you have new ideas and new things you want to try. It’s a good idea to find a concrete physical goal for the level of physical power you want to reach or an ideal model you can imitate.
Your heart power grows when you have core values that guide your life. You choose words and actions in keeping with your soul and conscience, you try to reveal fully the positive character qualities within you, and you have mature sentiments.
Like your physical power, the more you use the power of your heart, the greater it grows. Heart power is a strength that develops through relationships. The tolerance, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, and consideration within us grow when we train them, just as we train to increase our physical power. Close personal relationships such as those with family and friends and the communities to which we belong are excellent training grounds for heart power.
The core of brain power is creativity. Having lots of knowledge does not mean that you have strong brain power. Brain power uses insight and wisdom to create something that contributes to ourselves and to the world. 'Necessity is the mother of invention,' the saying goes. This expresses very well how creativity, a characteristic of the brain, is manifested.
Creativity comes from curiosity, from interest in and love for ourselves and the world. If you carefully examine yourself and what’s around you with affection, then ideas on how to fix and improve things are bound to come to mind. Acting on these ideas with will and focus leads to creation.
A life of completion [(a life fully completed without regret)] begins with providing for your own health, happiness, and peace by developing physical power, heart power, and brain power. This is consistent with the process for developing the body’s energy system to achieve spiritual completion in Korea’s Sundo tradition. When the lower dahnjon in the belly is sufficiently developed, it becomes the source of reliable physical power, and the body’s vital energy is strengthened. When the middle dahnjon in the heart is developed, heart power grows, and virtues such as love, tolerance, and empathy are expressed. When the upper dahnjon in the head is developed, brain power grows, and insight, understanding, and wisdom develop."
A complete life is on in which physical power, heart power, and brain power are fully developed, and the power to do so lies inherently within yourself. Simple methods for strengthening these three powers can be found in I've Decided to Live 120 Years.
You were born with life energy, and with it, the right to use that energy. That right was given only to you, until you die. You’re the only one who can decide how to use it. Your life energy is waiting to be used, and it doesn’t want to be wasted meaninglessly.
A new year has come, and at this time, we tend to reflect on what we’ve done and what we want to do. What if you thought ahead to your final day with life energy? What can you do now so that on that day, you could look back on your life without regret?
No one can answer that except for you, but there is a way to find the answer—it’s in your heart. Think of the things you want, and focus on your heart. Do you feel joy and satisfaction filling it? Then those are the things that will let you live and die without regret. You can even ask yourself every day, “If I knew that today was the last day of my life, would I go ahead with what I had planned for the day?” If you think you would, then what you are doing now is clearly meaningful.
When you live this way, you add to the energy of your soul in your heart. As it expands, your soul grows and matures. If you keep growing your soul until the moment of your death, you can meet your death confidently and peacefully. You cannot feel such satisfaction and peace if you have only spent your life satisfying the desires and selfishness of the ego. Then, many regrets will remain.
This applies to the big choices in life, as well as the small ones. If you find the kind of work you will never regret doing, but would regret never having done, then you can live with passion and excitement, even in your later years. Passion revives when the energy of your soul fills your heart. Find the work and life that will fill your heart with passion. This is essential in order to be healthier, happier, and more peaceful.
I have often found that what satisfies the soul is good for you and good for others. If you help people to become healthier, happier, and more peaceful, then you, too, will become healthier, happier, and more peaceful. The energy of joy in your heart doubles in power when you make other people smile. The energy of love in your heart wants to be given and shared.
In contrast, if you don’t ask your heart what it values, what will bring it joy, you may fall into trying to feed it with material things, entertainment, and other distractions. However, since these things can’t fill up your heart, you may end up overconsuming them, like a sugary drink that leaves you hungry and unsatisfied. You can get lost in a cycle of need and greed, going through the motions without really living. There is no change or growth in this.
As you think about your New Year’s resolutions this year, put real thought into what you need to do for your growth and development, and how to live a life of joy and deep inner satisfaction.
While you live, you are the master of your life energy. Will you put it to good use as its true master, or will you be a spectator, standing by and watching with your arms folded? A life as a master or a spectator—you must choose between the two. Find and design what you really want to achieve so you’ll be free of regrets at the moment of death.
I want to cheer you on, hoping you will be able to discover something that fills you with excitement and passion, something you won’t regret though you die doing it, something you would gladly do even on the last day of your life. What you vividly dream becomes reality.
In the beginning of our lives, we learn many things to grow into capable adults who are successful in their careers and their social lives. We're very busy with this kind of self-development. But what happens when our careers have ended and our children have left home? On what should we base the last years of our lives? How should we develop ourselves?
I think self-development doesn't end when we reach a particular age. If we give our lives a purpose and meaning, self-development becomes an important part of life regardless of our age. I think the grander purpose or goal we should all strive for in our development is completion. By completion, I'm referring to the completion of our lives and of our soul's wishes. It is heartfelt satisfaction and fulfillment in the final moments of our lives, when we know that we have realized our highest values and we feel that we can leave this life in peace without regret.
When I've asked people what their wishes were, I've been given many answers. If you take a step back and look at all of them, you’ll notice the commonalities of wanting the feeling of loving and being loved, of their lives being precious and valuable, of living freely and independently, and of contributing to something larger than themselves. While the first half of our lives necessarily needs to be focused on material success, I think the second half can be devoted to these less tangible, more precious values.
How can we make these values manifest and achieve completion? Another word for completion is wholeness; it's becoming whole. People are always seeking wholeness, actually. They may look for it by connecting with other people and having a sense of belonging, or they may become well-rounded intellectually through education. While these are important, the wholeness I am speaking of comes from connecting to the divine, the Source of the cosmos, and feeling unity with it. From this connection, we feel unconditional love and value, and we want to share that with others. So to complete our lives, we need to develop habits that allow us to establish, maintain, and strengthen that connection. Then we need to be of service to others and make choices that benefit the whole in addition to ourselves—what in Korean is called Hongik.
This process, depending on our starting point, can involve a complete transformation, like that of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. We need to change everything on the inside to the deepest part, as well as changing everything on the outside, so that it is in alignment with our highest values and life purpose.
The Brain Education methods I’ve developed and teach are designed to tap into that deepest part of ourselves and then connect to cosmic energy and cosmic consciousness. They can easily be shared with others to benefit them and help them transform their lives. Three simple exercises for completion that I write about in detail in my new book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, are Longevity Walking, Belly Button Healing, and One-Minute Exercise. These exercises bring connection and completion into our ordinary, daily lives. They make self-development and growth a habit and give us a constitution that allows us to do the things that give us the most joy and satisfaction.
Continuous self-development and living with purpose can be a part of our lives at any age, but when we reach our later years, we have more time and attention to devote to them. That’s why I believe the second half of our lives, the last sixty if you live to 120, is our chance to ensure we complete our lives with satisfaction and joy.
I write more about how to live a complete and whole life and what that means for our current times in I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years.
Today, too, the sun and moon and stars appear as a new day begins.
We are born inside of time, journey through time, and disappear into time.
It is eternal Life inside of time and space.
That's what I am. That's what life is.
Every person's value is precious.
This one day that I've been given, today, will create my future,
and it will change the community around me and change society and humankind.
How should you live your day today?
Let's live with vision, wake up and set our spirit straight, and take pleasure in living.
Let's be grateful to be able to work.
This is the way to create health and happiness.
Let's create health and happiness through the vision for the future we have set.