This poem came to me as I meditated many years ago. I was recently reminded of it and wanted to share it again. It's a picture of an ideal human, a human who can create a beautiful life and a beautiful world. What is your picture of a New Human Look?
With a face that does not lose its rapturous delight and smile
With arms elegant as a crane
With a heart that is euphoric as a dragon holding a mystical pearl in its mouth
With legs strong and sturdy as a crane
With a back intrepid as a tiger
And a neck that looks as graceful as a deer
Your gaze pierces through the distant, vast expanse
With such beautiful eyes that envision an ideal and a dream
Your head radiates luminous wisdom
Your demeanor is that of a crane flying through the clouds
Your heart is on fire like the heart of a lion
Your hands are beautiful hands
That heal the pain and suffering of the people of the world
Your feet are like the hooves of a swift steed
That does not tire even from racing a thousand miles
In your heart, you cherish a higher cause, and your gaze is fixed on the vision
Your face is brimming with ease and confidence
As your whole body surges with powerful strength.
Every human being has three rights. However, these rights are not guaranteed, and no one can give them to you. A right is something you need to endeavor to achieve. But it’s also something that needs to be respected. Everyone should have the opportunity to achieve them. All the systems in the world, such as religions and nations, have the obligation to encourage these basic rights. Then we can create a good and better family and society.
What might these rights be? The first one is health. Once you are born, you have a right to be healthy. Is there anything more important than health? Even if you have wealth and fame, does it matter if you don’t have health? Health is the foundation of all happiness, and it’s also the foundation of all peace.
Happiness is our second right. We all want to be happy, right? But everyone’s happiness is different. What may make me happy may not make you happy. You don’t have to take other’s happiness as yours. All you have to do is you feel happiness in yourself. We are at the center of our own happiness and health.
What could our third right be? You may have guessed that it’s peace. You have to strive your best to find your peace. No one will bring peace to you. Individual peace, the peace of a family, a country, or a company is something you create. That’s why, who is at the center of your own health, happiness, and peace? You are.
Although we all have the right to health, happiness, and peace, most of us don’t take ownership of them. Even if we experience health, happiness, or peace in a particular moment, we don’t own them fully. We are spectators of our health, happiness, and peace. An external force can come along anytime and take them away, because we don’t know how to create them. In this way, we are not masters of our health, happiness, and peace.
To be a master of our health, happiness, and peace, we need to be masters of our brain. When that happens, our lives become art. Life is an art. Each of our lives is a masterpiece we create.
However, if we don’t create it consciously, it gets created for us. Our current circumstances, our history, our emotions, and our social norms act as our brain’s master, determining our thoughts and behaviors. To create unconditional health, happiness, and peace, then, we need to take back our brain from all of these forces.
So many people have lost their connection to their own brains. They are just living their life following their own routine, keeping busy as time passes by. So the question is, how are you spending your time? With what kind of mindset, what kind of purpose, and what kind of value in yourself are you going through life? Ask yourself, am I really living for my own health, happiness, and peace? And what can I do, what am I really doing for that?
And what am I doing for my family’s health, happiness, and peace? And if we expand our awareness a little bit more, what am I doing for the health, happiness, and peace of my community and society? And if our consciousness and awareness have grown more, let’s go beyond the level of society, nation, or any organization. How am I living my life for the health, happiness, and peace of the entire planet and all humankind? Because, in essence, we and all others are one and the same.
If you are the center of your health, happiness, and peace, and that of your family, society, and the Earth, then the first thing you can do to master these rights is connect with your inner center—your true self. Once you find your true self, you can grow yourself from there.
How can you really connect with yourself? As I explain in more detail in my new book, Connect: How to Find Clarity and Expand Your Consciousness with Pineal Gland Meditation, you can communicate with yourself through feeling energy.
Although it’s possible to feel the energy in your whole body, it’s easiest to start with your hands. Focusing on your hands helps your brain to focus.
Try closing your eyes and focusing on your hands. Your brain will become one with your hands. If you are really focused, you can feel a sense of heat/electricity in your hands. This is a feeling of energy. Feeling this energy in your hands is a very important foundation. If you can feel energy in your hands, that means you will be able to feel it in your whole body.
Now raise your hands up and stretch open your palms as far as you can, and then relax. Once again, stretch more and more. Then relax. And stretch one last time, and relax all the way.
Then rotate your hands like a propeller. Keep your hands relaxed in order to really spin them hard. Shake your hands for one minute, until you feel your body getting warmer.
Now how do your hands feel? Can you sense magnetism between your hands and fingers? Can you feel the wind in your hands?
If you can feel this energy, then you can manage and control energy, and consequently, your health, happiness, and peace. Energy is the connection between your brain and body. Having health, happiness, and peace depends on having proper energy flow in your body.
That’s why, as you feel the energy in your hands, you may notice changes happening in your body. Even if you don’t feel anything, that is also a feeling. That’s fine. If you feel something, that is also a feeling. What matters is that now your brain is aware of the feeling. That’s how you can converse with your brain.
The more you focus, though, the stronger your feeling becomes. If you just sit quietly and cannot really focus, you’ll have many distracting thoughts coming into your mind. But when you really focus, you’ll have no thoughts. You won’t have any sadness or loneliness. All social titles and authority disappear. There’s only one thing left. If you are really focused, you can have the greatest gift you can have. All else disappears. Only your self exists. That is what we call your true self.
Just like you focused on your hands, to find and develop your true self, you have to focus inside and observe. When you watch your inner workings, your brain starts to ask, “Who am I?” You have to keep asking yourself this question. Only then can you find yourself.
Finding your true self is how you can take back your own brain. Your true self can take ownership of your brain once you are aware of it and focus on it.
But to really take back your brain, you can’t stop with just finding your true self. You have to listen to it and act on what it says. Action is the key. You have to move. And through action, synapses are connected in your brain. They grow stronger the more you take action.
What’s important is your passion and your will. If they stay strong and consistent, you can truly become the master of your life forever. That is what I think loving yourself is.
Loving yourself means taking back your brain to create your own health, happiness, and peace.
Ilchi Lee's recently released book, Connect: How to Find Clarity and Expand Your Consciousness with Pineal Gland Meditation, is now available as a audiobook. It can be streamed or downloaded on major audiobook sites such as Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.
Connect reminds people that the most important thing they can do for themselves is connect. In particular, feel their body, be aware of their soul, and open up to the divine aspect in their brain. When they do this, they can be secure in themselves while empathizing with others. Even more, they can have the clarity and action power they need to face anything that comes their way.
To get an idea about the audiobook, which is read by Andrew Start, listen to this sample:
You can learn more about Connect on its official website, ConnectbyIlchi.com.
Many people ask me how to resolve a problem they have with someone.
“Try to focus first on yourself rather than worrying about your relationship with others,” I advise them. “And love yourself more. Your relationships with others will get better when you truly understand yourself.”
If you look closely and honestly, you’ll see that your relationships with others
reflect your relationship with yourself. You can love others only as much as you love yourself, and you can understand and tolerate others only to the extent that you understand and tolerate yourself.
And you’ll see that even when people talk about sharing unconditional love, often they expect something from the other person—affection from others to fill the emptiness inside themselves.
In fact, your level of attachment to others can be measured by the longing you feel: the needier you feel, the greater your attachment to the attentions of others.
If you are well connected with yourself, however, you can achieve balance in your relationships because you have a solid center—even if the other person hurts your feelings. More important than any relationship we have with someone else is the relationship we have with ourselves.
—Taken from my recent book, Connect: How to Find Clarity and Expand Your Consciousness with Pineal Gland Meditation
Ilchi Lee spoke at a book talk hosted by Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi this past Saturday, June 29, 2019 for his upcoming book, Connect: How to Find Clarity and Expand Your Consciousness with Pineal Gland Meditation. Over 300 people gathered at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona and almost one hundred more watched live online as Ilchi Lee shared the importance of connecting to yourself to "take back your brain."
He said information from the world around us, our past history, and our daily habits can distract us from who we really are. They can prevent us from seeing and actualizing our full potential. In addition to our brain being able to regulate our bodily processes, think logically, generate emotions, remember the past, and imagine the future, it has a divine aspect. The divinity in our brain is part of a greater divinity, a universal consciousness, that we can connect to with meditation. This expansion of consciousness breaks us free from the limitations of our small self and brings out the infinite creative ability of our higher self.
With this ability, we can design a life we love. Ilchi Lee called all of us "artists" of our lives.
"Everything I'm telling you today is in this book," Ilchi Lee said. In particular, meditations such as Chunmun (Heaven's Gate) Meditation, which Ilchi Lee demonstrated using five golden rings, can help you connect. It makes you feel the alignment of your body, gives you the opportunity to open your heart, and aids you in activating the divinity in your brain.
One attendee, Jonelle Moore, said afterward that she "really enjoyed the various tools Ilchi Lee used to demonstrate his points." His talk reminded her "of the Oneness of all life, and that the power of choice is mine."
While talking about such a serious topic, Ilchi lee was light and fun. Another attendee, Diane Hunt, said he was "so peaceful, has an easy sense of humor and unassuming . . ." Jonelle agreed, "I greatly appreciated his bright demeanor throughout, and the way he played with attendees."
Attendees also had fun following Body & Brain Yoga instructor and regional manager Sunghan Jang in the yoga and meditation session he led before the talk.
They were also treated to a qigong demonstration.
And three Body & Brain members, Teresa Elsholz, Michelle Parker, and Christine Risner, told their stories of growth and healing.
Outside the lecture hall, attendees had their aura read and took pictures at the photo zone.
To find out more about how to connect to yourself and raise your consciousness, you can pre-order Connect, which will be released on July 15, 2019.