Today, the House of Representatives of the State of New Mexico passed a House Memorial Bill to declare February 27, 2017 Brain Education Day in the House of Representatives. The memorial bill also requested that higher education and public education departments in the state consider implementing Brain Education into professional development for teachers and into student curriculum.

Representative Linda Trujillo
Representative Linda Trujillo

The memorial bill was introduced by Representative Linda Trujillo and passed unanimously by the legislators in attendance (70-0). New Mexico is the first state to declare a Brain Education Day, although New York City declared an IBREA Brain Education Day on January 8, 2009.

Bette Castoria
Linda Trujillo and Brain Education instructors from New Mexico

Ilchi Lee's Brain Education system of personal development has been applied to schools around the United States, especially New York City, as well as South Korea, El Salvador, and Liberia. In New Mexico, a three-month pilot project introduced Brain Education to seventy Zuni Pueblo middle school students, and more than 50 teachers in the Santa Fe public school system have been trained to implement Brain Education in their classrooms.

This memorial bill can open many new opportunities for Brain Education in New Mexico in the future.

The latest event of the Earth Citizen Movement that Ilchi Lee initiated took place last weekend in Kerikeri, New Zealand, where approximately 1000 people from 11 countries gathered to explore and celebrate Earth Citizen values and lifestyles.

The 1st Annual Earth Citizen Peace Festival spanned January 27th and 28th, 2017. The first day, called Kia Ora Night, opened the event with performances and food outside at the Kerikeri Domain.

Food vendors at Kia Ora Night

At the end of the lineup of dancers, musical performances, and martial art demonstrations from around the world, the audience danced together to traditional Korean drumming. The theme of the night was Kia Ora, a New Zealand greeting in the Maori language that means "be well." From the messages of each group to the practicing of Ilchi Lee's Belly Button Healing method, all of the elements of the evening came together to share health and happiness for everyone in harmony with the earth.

Body & Brain Yoga instructors and practitioners from the United States performing a hula dance

Samulnori, traditional Korean drumming

Local Kerikeri dance group

Martial arts demonstration team

South Korean b-boys breakdancing

Students of the Benjamin School for Character Education dancing with the Healing Life wand Ilchi Lee invented

Dancing to Korean drumming at the end of Kia Ora Night

Kia Ora Night emcees

The next morning was the main event, Earth Citizens Come Together, which started with cultural performances from a New Zealand native Maori group, b-boy dancers from South Korea, and traditional Korean drummers. Ilchi Lee was the keynote speaker, and he was preceded by a congratulatory address by the Deputy Mayor of the Far North District Council in that area, as well as congratulatory messages from politicians and VIPs from South Korea and the United States. The event ended with a recitation of the Earth Citizen Declaration by representatives from ten countries.

Song and dance from Maori cultural performance group.

Deputy Mayor of the Far North District Council speaks about how much she cares about the earth

Ilchi Lee gives a keynote speech.

Representatives of ten countries recite the Earth Citizen Declaration

The festival concluded with a symposium on The Brain, Earth Citizenship, and Our Global Future, in which experts from the United States, South Korea, and New Zealand demonstrated how Ilchi Lee's Brain Education methods and other holistic modalities have helped youth become confident, discover their dreams, and begin to heal from intergenerational trauma. They also showed how human beings, other life forms, and the earth are interconnected at the microscopic level, and how important it is for everyone to work together for the health and happiness of all. 

Symposium speakers from left to right: Dave Beal, Dr. Lily George, Ilchi Lee, Dr. Emeran Mayer, Dr. Juhun Yeon, Naok Kim, and Dr. Reed Tuckson.

Members of the Body & Brain Yoga center in Auckland, New Zealand sing a Maori song

Many in attendance were overwhelmed by the amount of love that was poured into the event. One local New Zealander said the main thing he took away from it was, "Being more aware of yourself, being more positive, and spreading that positivity." A Body & Brain Yoga instructor from Miami, Florida, Franchesca Bisonó, said, "I feel a lot of motivation to keep contributing to make this movement happen."

The Earth Citizen Peace Festival was followed up on Sunday, January 29th by the groundbreaking ceremony of the Earth Village that Ilchi Lee is developing near Kerikeri. The Earth Village will become the main global training center for an Earth Citizen lifestyle and the hub of the Earth Citizen Movement.

Two non-profits involved in the Earth Citizen Movement hosted the festival, the Earth Citizens Organization (ECO) and the International Brain Education Organization (IBREA), along with Meditation Tours Ltd., which runs meditation tours in New Zealand based on the energy principles that Ilchi Lee teaches. They plan to make it an annual event that grows in size and scope.

Jan 2017

For two days, starting January 27, 2017, over one thousand people from ten countries will gather in Kerikeri, New Zealand for the first Earth Citizen Festival. Hosted by the Earth Citizens Organization (ECO), the International Brain Education Organization (IBREA), and Meditation Tour LTD, this festival celebrates the Earth Citizen spirit described by Ilchi Lee and aims to unite people beyond all boundaries and forward a new culture of health, happiness, and peace for all.

This free event for global friendship and world peace consists of three parts:
Part 1: Opening Celebration - Kia Ora Night 
Friday, January 27, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Kerikeri Domain
Enjoy performances by a Maori cultural group, world-class b-boy dancers, and local singers and bands, as well as martial arts demonstrations, a raffle, and food from many countries.

Part 2: Main Event - Earth Citizens Come Together
Saturday, January 28, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Turner Centre
Understand what it means to be an Earth Citizen, and why Earth Citizens hold the key to a future of true and lasting happiness. 

Part 3: Symposium - The Brain, Earth Citizens, and Our Global Future
Saturday, January 28, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Turner Centre
Join international experts and get inspired as they discuss the importance of the brain, gut health, and natural wellness for creating an Earth Citizen lifestyle.

The symposium speakers include:
Ilchi Lee: Founder of Earth Citizen Organization and President of University of Brain Education, South Korea
Dave Beal: Program Director at Brain Power Wellness, USA
Dr. Dohyung Kang: Department of Neuropsychiatry at Seoul National University Hospital, South Korea
Dr. Reed Tuckson: Managing Director at Tuckson Health Connections, USA
Dr. Lily George: Senior Research Officer at the Office of AVC Maori & Pasifika, Massey University, New Zealand
Dr. Emeran Mayer: Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Ilchi Lee says an Earth Citizen is someone who recognizes that they are a resident and steward of the planet earth and who puts that identity above any other, whether it is ethnic, cultural, national, or religious. Their values and actions are based on caring for the earth as a whole. The Earth Citizen Festival plans to take Earth Citizenship to the next level.

After participating in the Healthy Gut Happy Brain workshop with Ilchi Lee and witnessing his work to empower people to be healthy naturally, Emeran Mayer, MD, author of The Mind-Gut Connection, wrote this about Lee's new book and body-mind training method, Belly Button Healing:

"Ilchi Lee is a visionary and best selling author, whose work has focused on teaching about the importance of the brain for reaching one’s full potential, optimal health of the individual and of our planet. His latest book Belly Button Healing is based on the new appreciation of the brain gut micro biome axis in Western science, while at the same time connecting to ancient wisdoms about the energy centers in our bodies, the meridians and chakras. There has been an exponential growth in scientific interest in brain-gut interactions, and the special role that trillions of microbes living in our intestines have in these interactions. Alterations in the brain-gut micro biome dialogue have been implicated in many chronic disorders, from irritable bowel syndrome, to obesity, autism spectrum disorders, and Parkinson's. Recent studies have also demonstrated that this communication may be altered in anxiety disorders and depression.

In his book, Ilchi Lee elegantly describes the importance of healthy brain-gut interactions not only for our overall wellbeing, stress relief, and relaxation, but also for pain relief, increased circulation of the viscera, improved digestive function and many other body functions. He also gives practical instructions to use the belly button to activate the energy flow from the digestive system to the brain and the rest of the body. These simple exercises include self massage of the belly button area, partner massage of the area, abdominal breathing focused on the belly button, and direct mechanical stimulation of the area with a special “wand.” The combination of becoming mindful of the abdomen, engaging it with abdominal breathing, and targeted mechanical stimulation is a simple way to activate this vital energy center within our body and take advantage of the important role this system has in our health and wellbeing."

Oct 2016

The Ilchibae Kookhak Qigong Competition was held as part of the 4th International Kookhak Qigong Festival on October 1, 2016 in the city of Daegu, South Korea, which supported the event. Ilchi Lee, who founded Kookhak Qigong, gave a congratulatory speech to all of the 4,350 contestants and audience members who gathered.

People came together from several countries, including Korea, Japan, China, Qatar, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, in support of the festival's theme of generating the Hongik spirit and unity among Earth Citizens with Belly Button Healing and Kookhak Qigong. Many of the performances featured the tool Ilchi Lee developed for Belly Button Healing, called Healing Life, which Lee says helps to accumulate and circulate qi in the body.

Healing Life at International Kookhak Qigong Festival

"A lot of [people] shared that it was inspiring to see people [from] around the world all cheering with one mind for the same cause. It was truly an inspiring event that made us see that there are no boundaries in the world and that we are all connected," said Linda Suh, who attended the event.

U.S. Qigong Team - hip hop

Accompanying Linda were sixty-seven other people from the United States, which submitted two teams to the contest. One of the U.S. teams won a bronze award among the teams from foreign countries, while the other received and Ilhwa award. Ian Martin, who participated in one of the teams, said, "The United States traditional qigong team brought Korean groups who viewed them to tears."

U.S Qigong Team - traditional korean

A team from the UK won the gold among foreign groups, and a Japan team won the silver award. Qatar and China groups also received Ilhwa awards, which served as an honorable mention. Another set of awards were given to qigong teams from different regions of South Korea.

Kookhak Qigong is organized by the Kookhak Qigong Association, which became an official member organization of the Korean Olympic Committee in January 2016. The association gained recognition in Korea for its impact on the health of South Korean citizens through its community classes. Kookhak Qigong is also taught in approximately 10,000 parks in many countries throughout the world. Through these classes, Kookhak Qigong hopes not only to improve people's health, but also awaken in everyone the Hongik spirit of benefitting all people.  

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