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16
2018

Don’t Worry

By Ilchi Lee

Ilchi Lee - Way of New Life - Earth Village Dream

Don't worry about having worries. It's good to have worries. It's proof you're alive.
So anguishing over something is a joyful thing. For humans, the troubles never end as long as they have life. And as soon as one concern is resolved, another pops up to take its place.

If you are going to have worries anyway, why not worry about how to achieve your dreams. Something magical happens when you focus on your dreams. You realize that the things you've been worried about were really so trivial. And in continually choosing to focus on your dreams strips away the heaviness of your ego and ordinary wants so that you get to see the truth about yourself underneath all your worries. You can leave them behind and move forward without regret.

I've been working on my dream of building an Earth Village in New Zealand for the past few years. Lately, I've been listening to this song that has really empowered and encouraged me. It's one of my favorites. I especially like the last line of the song, which reminds us that no matter what happened in the past, don’t be afraid to keep dreaming. You can dream a new dream.

I'd like to share this song with you so that you do not feel overburdened by worry and can run toward your dreams.

"Don't Worry" sung by Jeok Lee

 

English Lyrics

My dear, don’t worry about anything
Let’s sing together
Bury all the painful memories
Deep inside your heart

All things past are in the past
They all have meaning
Sing to the one who left
Say that you loved without regret

You went through so many difficult things
You lost that newness
All of the hardships
There’s no one else to blame, so brush them all off

All things past are in the past
They all have meaning
Let’s all sing together
Say that you dreamed without regret

All things past are in the past
They all have meaning
Let’s all sing together
Say that you dreamed without regret

All things past are in the past
They all have a meaning
Let’s all sing together
Say that you dreamed without regret
Say that you will dream a new dream

 



The Tao of Suicide

The World Health Organization says one person dies from suicide every 40 seconds. Unfortunately, for each of them, there may be 20 others who attempt it.

I believe that what makes someone want to commit suicide is the state of their consciousness. The things you focus on, your predominant emotions, and how you react to negative and positive situations all affect your state of consciousness. Likewise, the condition of your brain and your hormone balance influence your consciousness. Like these variables, consciousness is always in flux, and you are capable of altering your consciousness, even though it may not seem like it when you are drowning in negative emotions and see no hope for the future.

David R. Hawkins, MD, PhD, a widely-known authority in consciousness research and spirituality, laid out a map of levels of consciousness. He gave each level he described a number measured in lux, or brightness of light. When you have a higher level of consciousness, your outlook is bright and other people are amazed by how much you shine from the inside. On the other hand, if you have a lower level of consciousness, your mind and emotions are covered in darkness. You can use this map to guide you out of darkness and into light.

The lowest level of consciousness is shame and the next is guilt and then apathy. People who have shame and guilt want to hide away from others. Those who have apathy have nothing to do that they find joyful. It’s easier for them to give up. Being in these states of consciousness for a while is what generally leads to self-harm or, in extreme cases, to suicide.

For instance, last month, Hoe-chan Roh, a three-term lawmaker in South Korea, ended his own life after being investigated and admitting to accepting a bribe, but without granting any political favors in return. Roh was known for his clean and reform-minded image and had done much to help South Korea’s workers. But the shame and guilt over his mistake and not only over his own tarnished image, but the image of his party and associates, may have played a big part in his decision to stop living.

If you move past shame, guilt, and apathy, you find sadness and fear. At these levels, you don't have enough desire or energy to overcome those negative emotions. Often these levels of consciousness stem from being stuck in a judgmental mindset. In this state, countless forms of anguish overwhelm and strangle you, big things and little things make you sad, fast things and slow things make you anxious. You are spinning in a cycle of emotion that keeps you down.

But the next levels are desire and anger. Desire is better than shame, guilt, and apathy, because having desire at least means that you long for something. Even that is enough to get you out and about meeting people. You go out and are active rather than hiding because you have desire. Anger also means you have energy. You can be angry only when you have the strength for it. Shame, guilt, and apathy can't stir up anger. If you can be stirred up, you are moving away from the consciousness of suicide.

To make a real change in your life or the lives of others, though, you need the next level of energy: courage. Courage is the power of affirmation. To have enough energy for courage, you need to build your strength by consistently training your body, clearing your emotions, getting your energy flowing, and cultivating your focus and creativity.

As you strengthen your physical power, heart power, and brain power in this way, your level of consciousness goes even higher. The natural healing power of your body and mind can then work optimally, and you can gain spiritual insight. You become aware of the interconnectedness of all things, and you can feel the value of life itself. In other words, you gain greater understanding and embodiment of the Tao as your level of consciousness brightens.

Those who awaken to the Tao know that they are whole and that they are one with the cosmos. They have nothing to fear and are secure in the fact that have come to the earth to be enlightened, and they live their whole life for that purpose. Death loses its meaning. They don't worry about how they compare to others, nor seek to grab as much material wealth as they can, never believing they have enough. How joyful is it if you have the health to seek the Tao, if you can breathe comfortably, if you can see and hear, and if you can walk and eat? What more do you want?

That is why thankfulness is the attitude of mind we need to raise our level of consciousness. Once we have gratitude for all things, our doubts, discriminating mind, guilt, jealousy, envy, and victim consciousness fade away. Without these, we can see the Tao and we have a reason to live.

You can also make your consciousness brighter with energy meditation. Imagine bright golden light coming into you as particles—what I call LifeParticles. These LifeParticles will push out dark energy within you and replace it with pure, healing energy from the Source of life.

Remember, you are more than what you or society has judged you to be, be grateful for everything in your life without discrimination, and believe there is the light of hope at the end of every dark tunnel.

 



Ilchi Lee book - Belly Button Healing Polish edition

Belly Button Healing: Unlocking Your Second Brain for a Healthy Life, a book Ilchi Lee released in English in 2016, was published in Polish this year by publisher Wydawnictwo KOS of Poland (ISBN 978-83-7649-151-6).

Wydawnictwo KOS learned of the book from Aleksandra Mason, the manager of a Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi center in Rybnik, Poland. After the English edition was published, Belly Button Healing became a signature exercise of Lee’s Brain Education method of self-management, which Mason teaches to her members and in her community classes and workshops. Mason sought to help her students understand the ideas and principles behind the practice through having the book published in their native language so they could get the most out of the exercise. In addition to finding a publisher in Poland for Belly Button Healing, Mason also translated the English edition into Polish.

Belly Button Healing impresses upon readers the importance of gut health on not only physical wellness, but mental and emotional wellness as well. It also shows the role of the navel, an important energy point on the body, in spiritual development. The book carries Lee’s key messages of natural healing, the realization of one’s true self, and connection with and mindful action for humanity and the earth.

Ilchi Lee’s most recent book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, also includes Belly Button Healing as a key component of a healthy lifestyle. This book and the Healing Life wand Lee designed for this exercise are helping Belly Button Healing spread around the globe, including in Poland.

The Polish edition of Belly Button Healing can be purchased on ChangeYourEnergy.com, the website Ilchi Lee founded for changing your energy, changing your life, and changing the world.

 



16
Jul 2018

Stories based on Ilchi Lee's book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, are the basis of a new social media contest hosted by ChangeYourEnergy.com. The Live 120 Years Book Story Fest awards $100 Gift Certificates for ChangeYourEnergy.com to the Most Inspiring/Touching, Most Creative, Most Funny, and Most Liked stories posted on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #120storyfest. A Grand Prize of a $200 ChangeYourEnergy.com Gift Certificate will also be awarded.

ChangeYourEnergy.com, a site founded by Ilchi Lee as an online educational platform, created the contest to celebrate stories of how the book has influenced readers' lives for the better and to inspire more people to take up the challenge of deciding to live 120 years.

All of the entries will be displayed on the contest tab on the ChangeYourEnergy Facebook page, where anyone can vote on their favorites once a day. Winners will be chosen by the ChangeYourEnergy judges after the contest ends on August 31, 2018.

To learn more about the contest, go here to the announcement on ChangeYourEnergy.com.



13
Jul 2018

Ilchi Lee smelling a bristle cone pine tree


When you are low on energy, it may be because you did not sleep or eat well enough. But it also may be because you've become unplugged from your power source.

We all have a connection to the source of life energy. It's within us and all around us, and it's always on. This energy comes from heaven and the earth. Our lives exist and are maintained by the circulation of heavenly and earthly energy in our bodies. I call this energy LifeParticles. The circulation and exchange of LifeParticles is the essence of our lives. 

When your connection to the energy source is weakened, or when energy is not flowing smoothly throughout your body, you feel run down. Not only that, you may feel moody and short on self-confidence or passion for life.

One way to strengthen your connection to the life energy source is by consciously connecting to the natural environment. We are all part of nature; our essence is the same. Making a connection to the nature outside of us increases and stabilizes our connection to the nature within. We make that connection through energy, and we take in energy through food, through the energy points on the surface of our body, and through our breath.

Try this tree breathing meditation when you need to recharge. Through it, you will realize that trees, the earth, and even all of humanity, are one.

Go outside, somewhere with trees. If that's not possible in your current situation, then imagine a tree standing before you. Look for a tree that pulls on your heart and stand facing it. First, greet the tree as if it is an old friend you've gone to visit.

tree breathing meditation

As you breathe in front of the tree, imagine the oxygen that tree gives off entering your body with your breath, and the carbon dioxide you exhale returning to the tree. Supply your body with energy, continuing to inhale the fresh oxygen from the tree. Pure life energy will cleanse your body.

The tree's life moves into you and your life into the tree. The tree is putting down roots deep into the earth. Keep breathing, imagining the flow of LifeParticles cycling from the earth to the tree, from the tree to you, from you back to the tree, and then to the earth. 

The LifeParticles and soul of the earth are delivered to you through the oxygen and life energy given off by the tree. You and the tree are breathing in the same space. You're communing on a deep level. Who knows how many LifeParticles are exchanged between us and the trees? We are connected with life in this way.

Listen to the message the tree is giving you. The tree is telling us: "I am this tree and the earth and everything in the universe. I am you and humanity. If you know this, then respect and love all things the way you do me." 

Everyone has the sense and ability to commune with nature this way, but often we haven't used it. When that sense revives, you can commune with the soul of the flowers, the trees, and the earth. Your own energy, your own soul, will revive as well.
 




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