Last week, Ilchi Lee made his first trip to El Salvador, a small Central American nation that has been plagued by civil war, poverty, and gang violence, but that has been moving toward peace. One of the tools they are using to fashion healthier, more peaceful, and more hopeful lives for themselves and, especially, the next generation is Brain Education, the mind-body-spirit self-development method Ilchi Lee created. Through the efforts of the NGO IBREA Foundation and the support of the Salvadoran and South Korean governments and Ilchi Lee's Global Cyber University, the Brain Education program has been implemented in 25 percent of the public schools in the country. As a result, these schools, and the families and communities they influence, have become places where students and teachers work together in harmony, where people are not as afraid to come to school, and where academic achievement has improved.
The first part of Ilchi Lee's trip consisted of his meeting the people who have worked for and with the IBREA Foundation to implement Brain Education in schools there. One group greeted him at the airport and another was waiting at the hotel in San Salvador, the capital, where Ilchi Lee was going to stay. They thanked him for Brain Education and the complete change in their lives it has had and expressed their anticipation for the coming days' events.
One of those people was Laura Calderon Toledo, who took part in the Brain Education pilot program in 2011 that the IBREA Foundation executed in the Centro Distrito Italia School on the northern outskirts of San Salvador. She gave him a bouquet and they shared a hug.
Ilchi Lee also met Grecia Valenzuela Portillo, the current program manager of the IBREA Foundation's activities in El Salvador. Grecia went through the program herself in 2014.
The next day, he received the national award, José Simeón Cañas Slave Liberator Order, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He was also able to meet President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.
Beforehand, Ilchi Lee give a short lecture to about 220 public school principals.
On the third day, Ilchi Lee made an appearance on a national morning news show, where he was interviewed about the award, the activities of the IBREA Foundation, and the transformative effects of Brain Education. He was accompanied by one of the Program Directors of the IBREA Foundation, Isabel Pastor Gusman.
Afterward, he was able to give a copy of the Spanish edition of his latest book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, to the news anchor.
Later that day, Ilchi Lee visited the Brain Education Swimming Pool for Peace, a community project supported by the IBREA Foundation in Distrito Italia at the first school that adopted Brain Education. The pool was made possible by donations from around the world, and many people in the community helped to build it. The pool serves as a place where children can relax and play safely and where the community can come together.
All of the students and staff created a heartwarming event with local foods, music, a dance performance, a swimming demonstration, and even a commemorative plaque.
The sign for the pool left visitors with these words from Ilchi Lee: “Discover their great intrinsic value and manifest that value in their lives. Only then can you create peace within yourselves, in your community, your country, and the world. Always be proud of your pioneering work in the school Distrito Italia for world peace.”
Ilchi Lee even met Laura's grandmother and son. Laura is now in college and helps to teach Brain Education in El Salvador and spread its use in various ways.
For people in this area, the Pool for Peace is not just a swimming pool, but a place where freedom and peace are allowed. Having this pool makes the children and community feel worthwhile.
Afterward, Ilchi Lee said, “It was a very moving time of great inspiration beyond my expectation. Now that I came to see it, my heart is filled with gratitude and deep emotion. Children looked at me with shining eyes, and I saw that Brain Education for these people is beyond training and education. I felt that Brain Education is their earnest desire for decent living, survival, value of life, and center of living. The people of El Salvador were pure, beautiful, earnest, and desperate. Their hearts deeply moved my heart, and I made a choice that I would establish the Brain Education Peace Institute in order to transform the Brain Education here to a Brain Education of peace and this nation to a nation of peace.
“Brain Education is not something that can be delivered just as a program. It’s the spirit behind it that gives it value. Delivering this spirit, this value, is the essence of Brain Education. This spirit can only be delivered by people. After all, wasn't it the spirit of the people who came here every day to teach Brain Education that brought these results and changed a country? This is something that anyone can do.”
With the dedication of the IBREA Foundation staff and devoted educators in El Salvador, Brain Education is helping more and more people around the globe find peace, hope, and dreams, and the power to create them.
As the founder of Brain Education and the IBREA Foundation, Ilchi Lee, was given the highest national award for a foreigner, José Simeón Cañas Slave Liberator Order, at the El Salvador Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, September 12 at 10:30 AM local time. The award recognized the emotional resilience and culture of peace his Brain Education method brought to gang-violent schools throughout the country.
In a speech before the main award ceremony, Ilchi Lee thanked the 250 public school principals in attendance for their tremendous support for Brain Education. He credits the event to their determined and unwavering efforts to bring peace and wellness to their students. More than 500 El Salvador teachers who directly experienced the effects and values of Brain Education recommended Ilchi Lee for the award.
The José Simeón Cañas award honors its citizens and foreigners who have made great social, educational, scientific, and philanthropic contributions to humanity. It especially expresses national gratitude for the greatest acts of protection and protection of human dignity.
Afterward, Ilchi Lee commented, "I saw that Brain Education for these people is beyond the level of training and education. I felt that Brain Education is their earnest desire for decent living, survival, value of life, and center of living. Their hearts deeply moved my heart. I felt that it was the hunger and desperation they had within that made today's El Salvador. I offer my blessings and gratitude to all of the principals, teachers, and others here who have actualized the principle of the Brain Operating System (BOS): anything can be achieved if there is belief and spirit."
Also as part of the event that day, Ilchi Lee met with Salvadoran President Salvador Sánchez Cerén and discussed Brain Education with him and also with ambassadors to El Salvador from Honduras, Panama, and Argentina. He showed the ambassadors the benefits of the Brain Education technique of Belly Button Healing and signed and gave them copies of the Spanish edition of his recent book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation.
Brain Education was brought to El Salvador by the IBREA Foundation, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC that was founded by Ilchi Lee. After attending an IBREA-led conference on Brain Education at the UN headquarters in New York City in 2011, the Ambassador of El Salvador asked IBREA to start a pilot project at a school in Distrito Italia, one of the most socio-politically violent neighborhoods situated just outside of the capital of San Salvador. The school was facing a rampant gang problem that was terrorizing the students and teachers.
The four-month project, which included a group of 39 students aged 14 to 16 and 20 teachers, initially met with much resistance from the students and staff. However, as the students and teachers gained a connection to their bodies and minds with the meditation techniques taught in Brain Education, their attitudes started to change positively. Absenteeism was cut in half, peer relationships improved, and peaceful dialogue increased over fighting. Improvements were also seen in health condition, energy level, stress management, motivation and focus.
Soon, teachers, students, community members, and the government learned of the success of Brain Education in transforming what was deemed an “impossible” and “hopeless” school. In 2012, the Ministry of Education asked IBREA to expand the program to four more schools. With the help of the Ministry of Education of South Korea and the Global Cyber University in South Korea, the IBREA Foundation brought the program to 12 groups of teachers and students in four schools.
One of these schools was a notoriously violent one: Joaquin Redezno. Gloria Müller, the school’s principal, said that after taking on the role of principal, “I was able to secure the safety of the students. But after that I did not know how to tell these kids how to live. At that time, Brain Education came to our school and taught the students how to live by utilizing their brain.”
After seeing similarly positive results in these schools as Distrito Italia, more school administrators and community members worked to spread Brain Education to other schools in El Salvador. By the next year, through a partnership with the Salvadorian Institute of Educator’s Wellbeing (ISBM), IBREA Foundation was providing the Brain Education program to 230 principals and teachers annually, as well as to medical doctors, psychologists and other staff who serve educators. It also certified educators as Brain Education trainers who helped to bring the program to other schools. Now, seven years after it was first brought to El Salvador, Brain Education has been implemented in 1,340, or approximately 25%, of all public schools in the country.
The Principal of Francisco Morazan School, Edis Margoth Cañas de Amaya, herself found relief through Brain Education. “I had witnessed my sister die from the hands of gang members, and a few days later, her daughter was decapitated. Needless to say, I was under immense stress and trauma, and Brain Education gave me the tools to overcome this horrible situation.”
Lee said, "I attended the United Nations Millennium World Peace Conference held in 2000 at the UN Headquarters and read the Prayer for Peace. At that time, rather than making peace through prayer alone, we made a commitment to return to the United Nations by creating tools and methods to practice peace. Brain Education is a tool for peace practice."
Ilchi Lee hopes that more schools in El Salvador can experience a peaceful change in their school environments through Brain Education and believes that El Salvador can become the symbol of peace in Central America
The educational website Ilchi Lee founded, ChangeYourEnergy.com, will hold its first online summit over the next three days, September 11-13, 2018. The site chose the theme, Energy Healing & Meditation, to expand on the topics of the many courses offered to Premium Members of the website. The keynote speaker, Ilchi Lee will give a talk addressing “Methods to Prolong Your Life” on Thursday, September 13th at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET.
A total of nine recorded talks will be streamed at specific dates and times on the site. Anyone can sign up the summit for free at energyhealingsummit.changeyourenergy.com. Here you will also find the full summit schedule and speaker list. Once you sign up, you'll receive an email with instructions for accessing the summit.
The eight other energy healing and meditation experts were trained by Ilchi Lee and have years of experience in their respective specialties. The topics range from spiritual detox to meridian exercises to mindful muscle building to healing emotional trauma to connecting to one’s soul. All will give “deep insights and relatable, applicable methods to usher the practices and ideas into your own daily life.”
The energy healing and meditation practices covered in the talks are invaluable for both the novice and experienced practitioner. Included in the talks are tips and exercises that can make significant results possible for people living in today’s fast-paced world.
Connecting with Change Your Energy’s online summit can foster a deeper connection with yourself and the people in your life.
Last month, Ilchi Lee won his eighth Living Now Book Award. This 2018 Living Now Book Award was given to I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation as the best in Spirit, a special award for “exceptional stand-outs from the rest of the medalists.” Living Now gives three such awards, one each for best in Body, Mind, and Spirit. Ilchi Lee’s book, The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading Your Brain Operating System, won the Mind award in 2017.
The Living Now Book Awards highlights books that better our world in some way. Entries promote healthy living, self-development, spirituality, and environmental sustainability. Given by Jenkins Group, a Traverse City, Michigan book packaging and marketing company, the awards have been recognizing “Books for Better Living” for the past ten years. This year’s awards encompassed thirty-four categories for which 109 awards were given.
I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years has also won a 2017 Nautilus Book Award and received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Awards.
This book is Ilchi Lee’s most recent and is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats from major booksellers, both online and brick and mortar. In the United States, the book was recently published in Spanish by Best Life Media, the same publisher that produced the Engish version. It was also published in South Korea and Japan, with Italian and Chinese editions on the way.
To help readers digest the concepts in I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years and apply its healthy living tips to their lives, Ilchi Lee also made the I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years Personal Workbook.
Information about the book is available on the book’s official website, Live120YearsBook.com.
Ilchi Lee will attend a ceremony at which he and IBREA Foundation will be presented the National Award Jose Simeon Cañas by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador for their work in effectively changing public school culture in a neighborhood that previously failed to show any meaningful improvement with other efforts. Lee's Brain Education program significantly reduced physically and mentally-related absenteeism for students and teachers in its public schools torn apart from gang and socio-economic violence.
The award was made possible due to the outpouring of support and gratitude from many teachers who witnessed their school’s security and students’ lives change.
"IBREA’s program gave me tools to relieve my stress, my anger, my resentment," said Laura Calderon, one of the Salvadoran students in IBREA Foundation’s Brain Education program. "I see many kids around me falling into gang networks. I learned that if I don’t give up in my choice for peace, then people around me don’t give up and also the people around them. That’s how we can improve our community."
What is Brain Education?
Brain Education is a five-step method created by Ilchi Lee that teaches one to tap into one’s own brain power to create self-sustaining health, happiness, and peace through mind-body exercises. It has been practiced by thousands of people in the United States, South Korea, Japan, China, the EU, New Zealand, and El Salvador and is the foundation of Ilchi Lee's teachings.
IBREA Foundation’s Project in El Salvador
IBREA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) NGO founded by Ilchi Lee that is in consultative status with the United Nations. Its mission in El Salvador has been to bring a sustainable mind-body practice for the students and teachers to handle their unstable environment in healthy ways. Once Brain Education was introduced, their aim was to support the students and teachers in sharing this practice with their community to bring about peace and well-being.
Their work began in 2011 with a pilot project requested by the Ambassador of El Salvador to the United Nations. It consisted of just one school in Districto Italia, a neighborhood with one of the highest levels of violence and crime, situated just outside of the capital of San Salvador.
Brain Education has since been implemented in 25% of all Salvadorean public schools, over 4,000 people have been trained, and 1,764 educators have been certified as Brain Education trainers—who continue to teach this method to others in their local community. The results have been increasingly positive and some of the major outcomes are in the participants’ physical health. Teachers have significantly decreased their absenteeism due to illness, alleviated stress-related diseases, and reduced their daily medicine intake.
They also note mental changes including increased motivation to teach and peer relations, as well as better stress management and trauma and emotional regulation. School supervisors like principals have reported better managing of challenging situations in school with their teachers, parents, and community. They’ve also reported having more clarity in their decision-making ability and more focused attention—resulting in improved overall school performance.