A twenty-minute animation based on Ilchi Lee’s book, Bird of the Soul, and its whimsical illustrations by Jisu Han, will be released on YouTube on October 3, 2014. Originally produced in Ilchi Lee’s native South Korea, the English dubbed version of the animation features two original songs by composer Chris Yanson. The dubbing was directed by Paul Yanson.
Like the book, which includes a meditation CD and journal, the animation of Bird of the Soul reminds viewers of the importance of staying connected to their deepest inner voice, their soul, which is always offering encouragement and advice. That voice is represented by a sweet bird played by voice actress Kira Buckland. The bird also represents the sense of freedom found when we keep our ears open to our soul. That freedom comes from a deep trust in ourselves and the courage to imagine what we really want.
The main protagonist in the story, Jay, who loses touch with his soul as he grows up and focuses outside of himself more and more, is played by voice actor Steve Warky Nunez. The action of the story reaches a climax when Jay has achieved what would commonly be called a “good life,” but isn’t really happy.
Here’s a sneak preview of the animation and the spirit of the book. It features one of the new songs, sung by Kira Buckland, and is sure to put a warm smile on your face.
The soul seeks to move forward toward something. The incomplete soul came into this world to wander, earnestly searching for its other half—the divine—and achieve unity with it.
What is the soul and what is divinity? The soul and the divine nature exist in an energetic state, although both are invisible. Divinity is the light that shines brightly within you. The energy of the soul is also pure and light in its original state.
We feel the loneliness of the soul without divinity in our hearts. This means that the energy of our souls exists in our chests. The energy of divinity is found in the brain. In terms of the human body’s chakra system, the energy of the soul is found in the fourth chakra, and the energy of divinity is found in the sixth chakra. When the energy of the soul becomes sufficiently light, the pure and light energy in the chest spreads out, passes the purifying filter of the fifth chakra, and meets divinity in the sixth chakra.
How can the soul encounter divinity? First, you must have a pure and sincere desire to fulfill the dream of your soul—the dream of meeting your divinity. Second, you must free your soul by letting go of the attachments you hold on to. Only the free soul can see the truth of the world from its open, broad perspective, and only it can soar in search of the light of divinity.
On Saturday, June 25, 2016, Ilchi Lee's book, Living Tao: Timeless Principles for Everyday Enlightenment (Best Life Media, 2015), was recognized as a Bronze winner in the Body, Mind & Spirit category in the 18th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.
Narrowed down from nearly 2,000 entries by a panel of librarians and booksellers, along with Foreword Reviews’ editorial staff, the winners in 66 categories are considered the year’s best books published by independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors. Foreword Reviews made the announcement in a live presentation at the American Library Association Annual Conference. A complete list of winners can be found at: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/winners/2015/
“Foreword’s INDIEFAB judges are the key to our winners selection process, and, in our minds, the most foolproof way to choose award-winning books,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “We work with a librarian and bookseller in each category to provide us with an insider’s perspective on what would do well on consumer and library shelves. Using industry professionals confirms the trade quality of a book.”
“We are so thrilled that Living Tao has been recognized for its quality and marketability. We think it also has an important message many people can benefit from. We hope to publish even better books in the future,” commented Jiyoung Oh, Publisher at Best Life Media, in response to the award.
In celebration of this award, Best Life Media is offering a 20 percent discount on the book on their website, BestLifeMedia.com, as well as on ChangeYourEnergy.com, a multimedia self-help site developed by Ilchi Lee.
About Best Life Media:
Best Life Media produces books, CDs, DVDs, and other tools that are both educational and life-enhancing, and designed to support a lifestyle based on continuous personal growth and enrichment. As an independent publisher based in Gilbert, Arizona, their company is founded on the principle that the quality of information one consumes largely determines the quality of one’s life. For this reason, they are dedicated to providing positive and supportive resources through which individuals can create happier, healthier, and more peaceful lives for themselves and their community. Through their work, they hope to create a more harmonious, mutually beneficial way of life on the planet. Best Life Media can be followed on Facebook and Twitter. Find their other products on their website, BestLifeMedia.com.
Foreword Magazine, Inc is a media company featuring a Folio:-award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.
“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.”
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.
Ilchi Lee’s book, Bird of the Soul, an illustrated storybook for all ages, has slowly been spreading hope wherever it goes. Through the Bird of the Soul Book Drive hosted by the non-profit Body & Brain Yoga Foundation and sponsored by the publisher, Best Life Media, the book has put smiles on the faces of people in community centers, prisons, camps, senior centers, women’s shelters, and more.
The book has grown beyond its printed format to a full animation. Originally produced in South Korea and then dubbed in English, “Bird of the Soul Animated Storybook” brings the story and spirit of the book to life with movement and song.
The animation is free to view here or on YouTube, or you can download the file from the ChangeYourEnergy.com Movie section.
We hope the story and songs warm your heart!
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.