Focused continually outside of ourselves—on our jobs, our families, the endless stream of information and entertainment—we often live without realizing our bodies are ill. We gradually accumulate aches and pains, toxins, clogged arteries, fatigue, and more, unaware of them until they are severe enough to keep us from being active.
Taking some quiet time every day to focus inside of ourselves gives our brains a chance to take stock of what’s going on inside our bodies, minds, and emotions. Actually, our brains can do more than take stock. With the help of our bodies themselves, and the life energy that runs through them, our brains can actually be an agent of healing.
When we move, tap, press, or vibrate our bodies mindfully, our brains discover the areas that need help. They realize where we have points of tension, pain, or blocked energy flow. At the same time, moving, vibrating, and pressing our bodies releases the tension, pain, and blockage, facilitating true healing.
Everything is connected with these points—emotional and spiritual issues as well as physical diseases. By finding points that need healing, we can address any issue. I developed a method I call Brain Education Healing Point (BHP) to help find and activate healing points.
Sit with your body relaxed and comfortable. At first, do this with your eyes open. Raise your hands to chest height with your palms facing away from your body.
Now, open your hands completely, stretching and really extending your ten fingers. Flex and stretch your palms and fingers outward so much that your wrists bend backward. Your lower back also extends and straightens naturally at the same time and your shoulders and neck start to relax.
Then, slowly relax your hands completely. Stretch and relax again two to three times.
Next, continuing to relax your fingers, close your eyes and concentrate on your hands. Your fingers slowly curl up, as if your hands are closing gently around eggs. Your wrists rotate naturally as your fingers continue to curl. The feeling grows if you keep concentrating on your body. You'll get different feelings as your wrists go around. Continue to watch your body as you do this.
Now your neck turns, and your shoulders rotate, too. Focus, telling yourself, "You're doing well. You're doing real well." Observe the changes in your body, continuing to focus. Energy starts circulating in your body. Your feeling of your body deepens.
The movements you need now for healing come out of you all on their own. Your body moves as it wants as you continue to focus within. You may find yourself yawning, your legs straightening, or your lower back curling up.
Soon, your body and your brain start to say, "Move here. Move like this." Do as they tell you. Just do it. If your body wants to vibrate, then vibrate; if your body wants to twist, then let it twist. The postures you need start to manifest and continue manifesting. Shoulders rotate for those with stiff shoulders. Hips relax for those with stiff hips. Cough if you feel like coughing. Tears, mucus, coughing, sound, sweat . . . all the motions and phenomena that happen are forms of healing. Do them actively, with confidence.
There is something that's crucial when you do BHP training. You have to focus completely the entire time, setting aside all of your preconceptions.
Change never happens if you do as you've always done. It doesn’t work if you get trapped by convention when some funny or embarrassing movement manifests. Do whatever you feel like doing, no matter what movements your body makes. Only then will your brain open up enough to see your underlying, even subconscious issues.
In that process, your hidden form appears; you discover a new self. Who knows how much your energy has been suppressed as you've worried so much about what others thought of you? Only if you do this actively will change really happen.
Move freely like this for 5 to 10 minutes. Then slowly stop moving. Inhale and exhale.
Straighten your spine so that the top of your head and the base of your tailbone align. Watch your body, seeing what condition it's in now. Feel whether your bones are properly aligned, whether your heart and lungs are working properly. How are your stomach, liver, and intestines? Are your hips okay? What about your knees? Are your energy and blood circulating well? Feel these things honestly.
As you feel your body, you may experience autonomous vibration in the places where you feel some imbalance or lack. This is energy moving and healing occurring. Relax and focus on your body, exhaling through your mouth, until any vibration you feel stops.
In this relaxed and aware state, you can also find your healing points in a more systematic way. This second BHP method can be used anywhere, even without doing the method above, but always with concentration on your body.
It is a type of reflexology that involves your fingers, toes, or head in which you access all parts of your body, especially your major organs, via the energy channels, or meridians, that run throughout your body.
One of the easiest ways to do this method is to find the points on your hands, just below your fingernail cuticles.
Start by pressing the fingers of your non-dominant hand with the tip of the thumbnail of your dominant hand. Press hard enough with your thumbnail so that it leaves an impression.
Pressing in this way, find the spots that hurt the most. You can classify your sensation into five pain levels: SS, S, A, B, and C. If pressing only leaves an impression, you can classify a spot as level B or C, which are normal and not in need of healing. Beginning next with level A, though, you'll feel some pain. Pain indicates a healing point. Level SS or S points are very painful, with SS being the most painful.
It’s important to find the S and SS level points. When you press those points with your fingernail, it hurts like you're being stabbed, your body really heats up, and, in severe cases, you even tear up.
After you find a painful point, gently massage it with your thumb for about one minute. Once you’ve massaged all of the healing points on one hand, test the points on your other hand as well.
If you’ve found the points on your hands, you can also try pressing different parts of your head with your fingernail to find healing points there. Close your eyes to focus within, and massage the painful places for about one minute, really observing what changes happen in your body.
When the healing points stop hurting, the healing process is complete. However, you may need to massage the points more than one time in order for the pain to go away completely. When you've done BHP several times, you'll see a 50 percent improvement in your health. Keep at it, and your health will improve more. If your health isn’t 100 percent, keep finding and massaging healing points until they are completely free of pain.
Many people are finding their healing points to recover health for themselves: people suffering with a slipped disc for five or 10 years, people with Parkinson's disease, people suffering from headaches or insomnia. But physical recovery aren’t the only effects of BHP.
If you regularly use the BHP method, there may be times when you see the face of someone you hadn't been thinking about before, or stories from long ago may come to mind. As this happens, bad memories from the past are purified. Living a busy life, you sometimes have misunderstandings and troubles because of faulty information or memories. They are released through BHP as the tangled knot of thoughts in your head rises to the surface.
As your physical and emotional hurts are healed, your spiritual problems are also resolved and your consciousness grows brighter and more positive. Students and scholars may find unresolved areas of their research suddenly clearing up and artists and creatives may come up with new ideas. Your intuition and other spiritual capabilities can develop and strengthen. Even your self-worth, willpower, and confidence can grow.
Using BHP daily prevents illnesses of any kind from sneaking up on you and gives you a leg up on any kind of personal development as you deepen and strengthen your inner awareness. Though at first you may use BHP on yourself, later you can also help others find their healing points and make it a common-sense part of daily self-care.
Ilchi Lee’s biggest events of 2019 in the United States happened over the last two weekends. The Shin Myung Festivals hosted by Body & Brain Yoga and Health, Inc. brought 900 people in New York and 1200 people in Los Angeles together for celebration and meditation.
Participants were first treated to qigong demonstrations and dance performances by Body & Brain Yoga members. Then they were introduced to the work of Ilchi Lee’s students, who have applied his Brain Education method in schools in the United States and El Salvador, as well as at their workplaces and through technology such as YouTube and the upcoming brainrecharge.com.
Ilchibuko Todd of Tao Fellowship, a nonprofit near Sedona, Arizona that Ilchi Lee founded, led the audience through the basics of Brain Education, preparing them to receive a lot of energy and wisdom during Ilchi Lee’s interactive lecture.
An important part of the event was the Pineal Gland Meditation and Chunmoon (Heavenly Gate) Meditation participants experienced. These meditation methods were designed to balance the health of the body and awaken the creative potential of the brain. This results from creating a state of Shinmyung, which literally means “divinity” (shin) “brightness” (myung). These two meditations enhance and increase the bright, divine energy Ilchi Lee says is present in the brain. Many participants shared they felt brighter and more hopeful after the event, and were inspired to share Ilchi Lee’s Brain Education methods, such as Pineal Gland Meditation and Chunmoon Meditation.
After the event, Ilchi Lee commented that altogether the Shin Myung Festival “was on fire and filled with the most passion in all the history of the [events in the U.S.], a very precious time spent together with over 2,000 people. I threw myself into it completely . . . and great resonance and connection took place. It was a time of beauty and greatness.”
In addition to the people who attended the event, many joined online as well. The entire New York event was streamed to almost 60 people in the United States, while the Los Angeles event reached 102 people in the United States. The LA event was also available in South Korea and Japan, where 404 and 59 people tuned in respectively.
The New York Shin Myung Festival took place at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa in Ellenville, NY, a center for Brain Education, while the LA event was hosted at the The Westin Hotel - Los Angeles Airport.
Many of the ideas and meditations Ilchi Lee discussed during the Shin Myung Festival, especially Pineal Gland Meditation and Chunmoon Meditation will be including in his upcoming book, Connect.
If you want to learn more about Brain Education, you can view easy snapshots of the method at BrainEducationTV.com or take online courses at ChangeYourEnergy.com. It is also taught at all Body & Brain Yoga centers. Find the center nearest you at BodynBrain.com.
What does it mean to "use your brain well?" asks Ilchi Lee in his welcome message to the new YouTube channel he started in October 2018, Brain Education TV. “Using your brain well means being healthy, happy, and peaceful,” he explains.
How do you do this? Brain Education TV brings you the answers. Hosted by Ilchi Lee’s students, Linda Yoonjin and Gabi Petrylaite, this channel introduces the Brain Education concepts and techniques for using your brain well that Ilchi Lee has developed over the last forty years in easy, fun ways.
Brain Education is a five-step method consisting of hundreds of simple, effective mind-body-spirit techniques that incorporate meditation, mindfulness, energy healing, and yoga. Practicing them consistently helps to bolster attention and awareness, break free from old habits and emotions, release stress and negativity, recharge energy, and uncover inner purpose and value. Brain Education is a system for life mastery through mastering the rules that govern the brain.
Linda and Gabi, both of whom have seen positive changes in their lives from practicing Brain Education, hope to enable viewers to experience this too by showing them how to apply Brain Education to their daily lives. The variety of video styles planned, from interviews to how-tos to ASMR, will address topics on energy, wellness, spirituality, and more. This high-energy, positive content will demonstrate how all aspects of life relate to using your brain well.
One of the first podcast series on the channel was introduced on January 16, 2019: Dr. Reed Decided to Live 120 Years. The podcast’s host, Dr. Reed Tuckson, MD, and his weekly expert guests will discuss ways to live a long and healthy life based on Ilchi Lee’s book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation. They will combine concepts of western and eastern medicine to explore the best ways to live a healthier, happier, and more peaceful life.
The steadily-growing channel plans to post new videos three times a week, so viewers are encouraged to subscribe and sign up for notifications to make sure they see them all. Go here to see the channel and subsribe!
Watch Ilchi Lee’s message welcoming all Brain Education TV viewers:
On April 5, 2019, the governor of New Mexico signed a bill allocating up to $100,000 to train public school teachers in Ilchi Lee’s Brain Education method. These funds will be implemented in the new fiscal year in July 2019 to train teachers at five public schools.
The bill was championed by house representatives Linda Trujillo and Christine Trujillo with support from state senators Nancy Rodriguez and Linda Lopez.
Left to right: New Mexico State Representatives Christine Trujillo and Linda Trujillo and New Mexico State Senators Linda Lopez and Nancy Rodriguez
A five-step process of brain training for self-management, Brain Education had already been tested in New Mexico in a three-month pilot program in 2013 with seventy Zuni Pueblo middle school students led by local Brain Education instructors with the IBREA Foundation. After the program, the school reported marked improvements in academic and social behavior, as well as increased attendance. A Brain Education pilot project was also run at the Santa Fe Juvenile Probation Day Reporting program by instructors from Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi in 2015, and in 2018, Body & Brain ran a demonstration project during the spring semester at three schools chosen by the New Mexico Department of Public Education. Afterward, one teacher, Jessica Forbes, said, “I hope the program continues in the district and teachers continue to use the activities and strategies because it helps with classroom culture and team building as well as improve student achievement and performance.” So far, more than sixty Santa Fe public school teachers have already been trained to use Brain Education in their classrooms.
Zuni Pueblo middle school students practicing Brain Education exercises.
Further evidence of Brain Education’s efficacy came from documented results in schools in New York City, El Salvador, South Korea, and Liberia, where it helped to improve concentration, academic performance, stress levels, emotion management, and relationships in students and teachers. It was recognized by the government of El Salvador in September 2018 for bringing a culture of peace to violence-ridden schools there, and Brain Education days and weeks have been declared in different U.S. cities and states. The most recent Brain Education Day was declared by the New Mexico House of Representatives itself on February 27, 2017.
New Mexico House of Representatives
In spite of the evidence for the marked improvements Brain Education has brought to schools and communities, the road to being awarded this budget was not short. Brain Education was first introduced in 2012 by State Senator Linda Lopez and then again in to the Legislative Education Study Committee in 2013. Funding bills for Brain Education teacher training were proposed in 2014 and again in 2015, but were not passed at that time. However, proponents of Brain Education persisted with conviction in its benefits.
When Ilchi Lee heard the budget bill had been passed, he sent a message to those who had worked on it saying, “I congratulate you with all my sincere heart. Because I know what kind of mindset you focused with, it’s even more touching, and I feel a thrill of exhilaration in my heart.”
New Mexico has prided itself on finding innovative education solutions, despite its ongoing challenges. The state has consistently been ranked next to last in education by the annual Quality Counts report of the national Education Week magazine and was even ruled by a state judge that it was “violating the constitutional rights of ‘at-risk students’ by failing to provide them with a sufficient education,” according to the Albuquerque Journal. One of reasons attributed to the state’s low performance is a 29 percent poverty rate among the state’s children, one of the nation’s highest.
This year’s Quality Counts report, however, showed small gains in the number of children enrolled in early childhood education programs and in its high school graduation rate. To multiply these gains and continue New Mexico’s tradition of innovation, the state’s new governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and its congress increased the state education budget by 16 percent ($447 million) this year. The new budget will fund higher salaries, more days in school, and new programs such as Brain Education.
The new changes introduced for the coming year have made many educators optimistic according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. Farmington Municipal Schools Superintendent Eugene Schmidt said in response, “New Mexico is at a tipping point, and all of these opportunities will turn that tipping point into balance, and that will pay off for kids in the classroom.” The general sentiment was summed up by one seventh-grade math teacher at Kirtland Middle School, Cherylnn Lee, who said this year has a different feeling than years past: “That’s what everyone is feeling—that there is hope.”