Tags: Natural Healing

Nov 2014

Why Make a Solar Body?

By ilchi lee Comment

Having what I call a Solar Body means independence and freedom from self-doubt. To make your body solar, you have to trust your energy’s ability to be charged by the energy of the sun and believe in your body’s capacity to heal itself.

A person who has a Solar Body isn’t dragged along by the rat race, always trying to get more. Accessing the limitless energy of the sun, they feel abundant and secure in their self-worth. From this sense of security, they grow as they naturally develop their passions.

Are you interested in being someone like this? It’s actually your nature. With practice, you can go back to it. It takes meditating regularly to keep your body temperature at its healthiest level. More than that, it involves acting out the inspiration you get from it right away to maintain your passion.

I call someone with a Solar Body who acts for the greater good a Solar Human. The very presence of a Solar Human makes the world brighter; they themselves are bright in body, mind, and spirit.

I did an interview for my film, CHANGE: The Brain and Divinity, about the concepts of Solar Body and Solar Human. Here is a clip from it for you to enjoy.

What do you think about the idea of Solar Humans?

Learn more from a free thirty-minute training video when you get a free account at ChangeYourEnergy.com.

Jan 2016

You are a creative soul. In the purity of nature, your soul can be born anew.

Imagine you hear the sound of the flowing water. Taste it with your whole body.

Release all superfluous thoughts, emotions, and preconceptions. Let the sound of the water carry them away as you feel your brain becoming lighter and brighter.

Entrust everything to the energy. Let the flow of energy take care of it for you. You don't have to try to do anything. You are designed to heal yourself naturally.

July 2016 will herald the release of Ilchi Lee's newest book, Belly Button Healing: Unlocking the Second Brain for a Healthy Life, published by Best Life Media. This succinct paperback solidifies in writing Mr. Lee's latest natural health offering to anyone who wants more vitality, compassion, and connection. Belly Button Healing has a whole host of benefits, the book explains, ranging from better immunity, to pain relief, improved range of motion, relief from constipation, better blood and lymph circulation, and more.

In his ongoing quest to uncover simpler and easier ways to gain total health and inspire people to value themselves and show compassion for others, Ilchi Lee has explained the power of the belly button. What may seem like only a birth scar, Mr. Lee says, is actually a point that connects to major organs, blood vessels, lymph nodes, and even energy channels. By pressing into the belly button gently, you can feel points of tension that may be restricting your movement, circulation, or digestion. Massaging these points removes the acute restriction, while at the same time, relaxes the body and calms the mind--the most beneficial state for rest and repair.

Besides these effects, Belly Button Healing improves mood, purportedly by stimulating the release of "happy hormones" such as serotonin and dopamine, which are produced in abundance in the gut. It also creates a better environment for healthy gut microbes to thrive in the intestines. These microscopic organisms have a symbiotic relationship with the human body. While they make their home in the gut, they provide a healthier intestinal wall, better immunity, and more release of these happy hormones, especially serotonin.

Along with the book, Ilchi Lee has designed a Belly Button Healing Wand called Healing Life. The name reflects Mr. Lee's belief that Belly Button Healing is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy individuals, thinks Mr. Lee, create healthy communities that can ultimately heal all life. The tool is ergonimically designed so that most people can perform Belly Button Healing more consistently and efficiently. Ilchi Lee carved the prototype for the wand himself from the healing bark of a hwangchil tree after seeing a vision of what it should look like.

The Belly Button Healing book is being sold alone at major booksellers, or with the Belly Button Healing Kit, which also includes the Healing Life wand and the Belly Button Healing online course on ChangeYourEnergy.com. The kits are being sold at ChangeYourEnergy.com and at Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi Centers throughout the United States. Healing Life itself is also being sold at any location that teaches Ilchi Lee's methods around the world. In-person instruction in Belly Button Healing is also available at these locations.

For more information about Belly Button Healing, visit BellyButtonHealing.com.

Jun 2016

Everywhere I go nowadays, I tell each person I meet about Belly Button Healing. It's an amazing and natural method of self-care that I have been percolating over the past 30 years. It stemmed from my interest in natural healing; my study of abdominal breathing, postures, and correcting spinal alignment; and trials on myself when I did not feel well. Belly Button Healing has effects on the physical body, emotions, mind, and spirit.

The belly button is a point of connection. It started as the spot where the umbilical cord connecting us to our mothers entered our body. Through it, we can nurture ourselves, just as our mothers did before we were born. Through blood vessels, ligaments, nerves, and fascia, the belly button is also connected to the organs in our abdomen, our brains, and ultimately, to the rest of our bodies.

As a major energy point that sits over an energy center, the belly button connects to the body's whole energy system. Stimulating it accumulates warm energy in the energy center, which can open all of the meridians when enough is gathered. Stimulating it also helps us concentrate on our bodies. A warm core and internal awareness lowers our brain waves into a meditative state, offering greater connection to ourselves. This deepened sense of connection expands to include other people, to whom we are connected in a long line of mothers, back to the first one. It also encompasses Mother Earth.

I have great hope for Belly Button Healing, because people can feel marked effects in a short amount of time. This can give them confidence in themselves and their power of self-healing. It can bring them clarity and stronger empathy and compassion.

With the simple act of pressing and massaging the belly button three times a day, I hope millions of people become empowered to create health, happiness, and peace in their own lives and on the earth.

Watch how you do one Belly Button Healing technique:

The belly button represents the beginning of our life, the entry point from which everything we needed to survive and grow in our mother's womb came. Once we're born, I've discovered, it's also a point through which health of body, emotions, mind, and spirit can originate.

By stimulating the navel, you pump the nutrients, toxins, waste, lymph, and blood gathered in your abdomen, causing them to pass through more easily, which helps your systems stay clear and flowing. It also warms your abdomen, which increases immune function, and relaxes muscles and fascia, which calms you and helps you breathe more deeply, sending more oxygen to your body and brain.

Your gut, behind your belly button, produces over ninety percent of the serotonin in your body and about fifty percent of the dopamine. These are two hormones that are responsible for keeping you satisfied and happy, among other things. Problems in the gut are linked to problems in the brain, such as depression, Alzheimer's, autism, and ADHD, due to a close link between the brain and the nervous system in charge of the gut. This system, called the enteric nervous system, is often called the second brain, or gut brain, because of its extensiveness and semi-autonomy from the brain in the head. A healthy gut is important for a happy mood and a healthy brain.

Whether you're stressed, having trouble with digestion, or have problems in your four major joints, because everything is connected to the belly button, I think that practicing Belly button Healing, along with abdominal breathing and Brain Education, can promote health in your body naturally.


Do Belly Button Healing with a Healing Mind

The important thing to remember when doing Belly Button Healing is that it’s not just about using the right technique—it is about having the right mind. You must never get greedy or apply too much pressure. Focus on your belly button and abdomen as you do it, and notice the sensations in your body. That will tell you just the right amount of pressure you need to use.

The method is not as effective if you're just passing time and not paying attention to your body. By listening to your body as you stimulate it, you'll know where you have pain, feel warm or cold, the length and depth of your breath, how relaxed you are, and how well your blood and energy are circulating. With this deeper awareness, you'll also see the changes that result from Belly Button Healing, and gain insight into how to care for your body.

Belly Button Healing is even more effective if you do it with love, gratitude, and a sincere desire to heal. This mindset will further activate your body and brain's mechanisms to heal themselves and attract healing energy to you that will spread throughout your body. You can experience life energy, along with deep stability and peace, as you are connected with the Source of life. 

If you share Belly Button Healing with this sincerity, you'll also be sharing this healing energy. Then a new culture will spread around you, and you will have a Healing Life, Healing Family, Healing Society, Healing Nation, and Healing Earth.


How to Do It

First, you should confirm whether or not you are tense. It's best to do Belly Button Healing when you're sitting or lying down, although you can diagnose your abdominal condition better if you lie down. Pressing the belly button does not produce much stimulation while standing because the abdominal and back muscles are flexed. It's like how getting punched in the gut hurts less if it happens when your abdomen is flexed. If you feel a lot of pain even when you're standing or sitting, you have a problem with your health.

Once you are lying down and relaxed, press your belly button gently with your middle finger or thumb. Do this with clean hands, and press over your clothing or a light towel. At first, press lightly, and try to feel whether or not it hurts. Pain means that you have tension. Pressing lightly is like cooking on low heat. If you feel pain from slight pressure, you are likely to have tense intestines, problems with digestion, little enthusiasm, and/or be impatient.  

If you don't feel pain, push a little more forcefully, on medium heat. Many people say they hurt at this time. People who don't feel pain, even though they press a little forcefully, are healthy. You should never do this on high heat. If you press really forcefully, it will hurt no matter how healthy you may be.

It's important to determine how hard you should press to get a feeling of slight pain. Once you discover this, in addition to pressing downward, press in and toward different directions around your belly button, as if your finger is pressing from the center of a wheel along its spokes.

Wherever you encounter pain, keep pressing gently for several seconds, and then take your hand away. Repeat this for about one minute. If you do that, the pain will gradually decrease. Keep doing Belly Button Healing until you sense that the pain felt at first has subsided.

When you have finished, rub around your belly button clockwise with the palm of your hand, soothing your belly. Spend a minute or two breathing naturally while keep your focused attention on your belly button.


There are also other Belly Button Healing techniques, all of which become more effective when you perform them with Healing Life, a Belly Button Healing wand I designed from a fallen branch of a hwangchil tree in New Zealand.

(Don’t do Belly Button Healing if you are pregnant, have had abdominal surgery and has not yet healed, have intestinal disorders, or have injuries near your navel. It is not recommended for children under seven years of age. Press lightly if have high blood pressure, heart disease, or hardening of the arteries.)


From Your Belly Button to the Earth

Belly Button Healing is a powerful way to revitalize your health while experiencing your deep inner nature. The love and connection that can arise from Belly Button Healing will change your relationship with yourself and with other people. This is a pure love that wishes all beings and the earth are happier and healthier. Looking at the bigger picture, I believe that this is the secret for healing our suffering world. When people with such hearts come together, they will be able to heal society and the Earth.


Jul 2016

Belly Button Blessing

By Ilchi Lee Comment

While doing deep Belly Button Breathing, I had an incredibly great realization concerning life. I got the feeling that I was receiving a supply of life energy through my umbilical cord long ago in my mother's womb. Instead of feeling like I was a separate organism, I got a sense of stability and unity, of being connected with my mother through my belly button.

For me, my belly button is not simply a trace of my birth, but a precious seal and mark, reminding me of my connection with the Source of life, a docking point that I can always use to connect with the Source of life if I bring it to mind.

Every time I feel my belly button, I feel such significance and such gratitude that I have a navel. I'm grateful to be alive, I'm grateful that I'm connected with the incredible life force of the universe, and I have nothing but overwhelming gratitude that I receive the blessings of that life energy.

We all grew on a supply of nutrients received in our mother's womb through our umbilical cord, and then we're born into this world. If we each go back along the line of our umbilical cord, we find that we are ultimately brothers and sisters born of the same primal mother. Though our skin colors may be different, as we look at the certification mark, the seal that is our belly button, we should remember that we are a spiritual family that has come from the same Source of life.

World-renowned gut health expert, Dr. Emeran Mayer, will join Ilchi Lee, the creator of Belly Button Healing and Brain Education, for a lecture hosted by ChangeYourEnergy.com and Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Moseley-Salvatori Conference Center in Los Angeles, California. The two will discuss the close connection between the brain and the gut at the event, called “Healthy Gut Happy Brain,” and how this connection affects every aspect of our lives, from mood to thoughts to choices to health and more. Participants will also experience Belly Button Healing, a new, simple and holistic gut health technique that takes advantage of and strengthens the gut-brain connection and leads to greater clarity, stamina, and vitality of body, mind, and spirit.

Both speakers have a keen interest in Western and Eastern approaches to health and have applied them in their work. At this lecture, participants will see these approaches interwoven as these experts and bestselling authors with different backgrounds come together.


Ilchi Lee

Ilchi Lee has spent more than three decades developing and teaching many mind-body training and natural healing methods modernized from traditional Korean practices, including Body & Brain Yoga, Brain Education, Brain Wave Vibration, Solar Body Method, and Belly Button Healing. He has systemized these methods and established for-profit and non-profit organizations to research and teach them, including the Korea Institute of Brain Science, the International Brain Education Association (IBREA), the University of Brain Education, and the Global Cyber University. People in countries around the world have taken their health and happiness into their own hands with Ilchi Lee’s methods and have then worked to bring what they’ve gained to their families and communities, especially with the help of other organizations Ilchi Lee has established for the sake of global sustainability and peace, such as the Earth Citizens Organization (ECO).


Dr. Emeran Mayer

Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD

Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD has had a major role in the development of one of the world’s pre-eminent clinical and research programs in digestive diseases over the past 25 years. He serves as the Executive Director of the G Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience and the Co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center at UCLA, while having joint appointments in the departments of Medicine, Physiology, and Psychiatry there. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts, including ones in Nature and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Mayer’s research was the subject of his TED Talk, “The mysterious origins of gut feelings,” his book, The Mind-Gut Connection, and an upcoming PBS Special on gut microbiota brain interactions in the Natural Health Breakthroughs with Brenda Watson series. He has also explored the traditional healing practices of people around the world, including those of Native Americans, Chinese, and Indians, and tried to integrate their wisdom with modern science.

Tickets for this event can be purchased for $30 below through Eventbrite or at any Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi center in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Go to www.bodynbrain.com to find a center.

More information about Belly Button Healing can be found at BellyButtonHealing.com.



Jan 2014

Discovering Our True Value

By ilchi lee Comment

“A chakra healing guide heals with light,” Ilchi Lee told the 140 Body & Brain Yoga members and 60 Body & Brain Yoga instructors who attended the Chakra Healing Guide Training at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa in Ellenville, New York for two days on January 25th and 26th.

There to learn how to be Chakra Healing Guides and help people change their life by balancing the energy in their chakras, the participants were told, “You have received healing through light, and, therefore, you can give healing through light. Each of your chakras has a color. And each color has a different healing property. For example, this is green. Green has very powerful healing properties. So it’s life, as trees are green with life. You all received the light, right? It was a powerful light that was transmitted to your brain.

Once again, close your eyes, and imagine that light. And then when you gently shake your head and do Brain Wave Vibration, and you move your body too, that green light will envelope your body, and then you’ll feel that you’re there inside of that light. That light starts from your brain and it wraps around you. Your brain is like a camera. It already took a picture. It took a picture of that light, and it will never be erased. That light is healing you. . . . Energy changes into light, and it changes into sound, and it changes into rhythm. All of those are energy. The truest substance, the true nature of life is energy.”

Ilchi Lee - chakra healing

Light healing meditation is not the only healing tool Ilchi Lee gave the participants. He also showed themSoul Stepping and Bird of the Soul meditation, explaining that what many people are really lacking today is knowing their true or absolute value. That value can be discovered when they meet their true self, or their soul, inside of them. Soul Stepping and Bird of the Soul meditation are energy meditations that allow us to feel the pure energy of our soul using rhythm and visualization respectively.

After experiencing these meditations, many of the participants shared one woman’s sentiment: “I was touched that I can feel my soul and be free through the soles of my feet.” Another participant from Manhattan, New York acknowledged: “Simply by moving and dancing, I could just change. With the bird of my soul, I was not alone any more. In the rhythm of life, I felt so comfortable.”

Ilchi Lee also told participants that it’s important to release our stress and always have a smile on our face. Doing this will make our soul happy and make our Brain Operating System (BOS) function optimally. It’s the people who know how to use their BOS who can heal themselves and change the world, he said.

Then he reminded participants that, “In order to live a healthy life, in order to live a happy life, in order to make the world peaceful, we have to raise and increase human value,” by sharing the techniques they learned with other people, by both showing the people around them and by teaching classes online.

Chakra Healing Guide Training participants had two sessions in addition to the one given by Ilchi Lee. They were led by ChungHae, a main trainer at Honor’s Haven who also teaches a Younggamudo, or Dance of the Soul, workshop.

This is the second time this year this special workshop for Body & Brain Yoga members was given. The first one took place at the Miami Body & Brain Center on January 19th. One final workshop will be given this year at Sedona Mago Retreat in Sedona, Arizona on February 8th and 9th.

Train to develop your physical power, heart power, and brain power for your health, happiness, and peace.

I'd like to share this excerpt from my book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, because I believe it outlines what you need for a long and happy life.

"To provide for your own health, happiness, and peace, you need to train your physical power, heart power, and brain power. Physical power is a cornerstone for happiness  and health in old age. Developing physical power is also a shortcut for developing heart power and brain power. If you don’t know where or how to begin designing your old age, try starting with physical power. When your body develops strength, your ambition naturally grows along with it, and you find that you have new ideas and new things you want to try. It’s a good idea to find a concrete physical goal for the level of physical power you want to reach or an ideal model you can imitate.

Your heart power grows when you have core values that guide your life. You choose words  and actions in keeping with your soul and conscience, you try to reveal fully the positive character qualities within you, and you have mature sentiments.

Like your physical power, the more you use the power of your heart, the greater it grows.  Heart power is a strength that develops through relationships. The tolerance, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, and consideration within us grow when we train them, just as we train to increase our physical power. Close personal relationships such as those with family and friends and the communities to which we belong are excellent training grounds for heart power.

The core of brain power is creativity. Having lots of knowledge does not mean that you have strong brain power. Brain power uses insight and wisdom to create something that contributes to ourselves and to the world. 'Necessity is the mother of invention,' the saying goes. This expresses very well how creativity, a characteristic of the brain, is manifested.

Creativity comes from curiosity, from interest in and love for ourselves and the world. If you carefully examine yourself and what’s around you with affection, then ideas on how  to fix and improve things are bound to come to mind. Acting on these ideas with will and focus leads to creation.

A life of completion [(a life fully completed without regret)] begins with providing for your own health, happiness, and peace by developing physical power, heart power, and brain power. This is consistent with the process for developing the body’s energy system to achieve spiritual completion in Korea’s Sundo tradition. When the lower dahnjon in the belly is sufficiently developed, it becomes the source of reliable physical power, and the body’s vital energy is strengthened. When the middle dahnjon in the heart is developed, heart power grows, and virtues such as love, tolerance, and empathy are expressed. When the upper dahnjon in the head is developed, brain power grows, and insight, understanding, and wisdom develop."

A complete life is on in which physical power, heart power, and brain power are fully developed, and the power to do so lies inherently within yourself. Simple methods for strengthening these three powers can be found in I've Decided to Live 120 Years.

Jul 2018

Breathe with the Trees

By Ilchi Lee Comment

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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