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.
Over the course of our lives, we all have been wounded in our hearts, wounds that developed into scars. Those wounds and scars act like negative emotion generators, reacting to the situations we encounter in life with more wounds and hurt. Left alone, our scars drain the confidence we have in ourselves, from our body to our mind to our spirit. They keep us away from our bright spirit.
When we are not connected to our spirit, when our spirit does not shine from us like a radiant star, we often turn to other people for our happiness. We like someone, and when they like us back, when they recognize our worth, we are happy and feel valuable.
However, this happiness and sense of self-worth we get from other people are not our true value. This happiness is conditional and can be taken away because it’s not something we make for ourselves. True value and true happiness comes from our spirit and its unconditional expression. It comes from within us, and so cannot be taken away. It is our choice, but many people do not know how to realize their value and their happiness.
You can create your own happiness through rhythm. Rhythm is energy. It is the expression of the pure energy of life that animates us all. By feeling rhythm and moving with rhythm, we move our energy and release the stagnant energy inside us, even in the form of our thoughts and emotions. Stifled within our stagnant energy is our spirit. By moving with rhythm, we can set our spirit free.
Recently, I began showing people a new way of moving with rhythm. In the past, I’ve taught Brain Wave Vibration and Dahnmu (energy dancing). This method is another form of those techniques, but instead of shaking your body or moving with the flow of energy, you step with the rhythm—like tap dancing. Step lightly so that the soles of your feet touch the ground with each beat of your favorite music. Keep your back and neck straight and your shoulders back so that energy can flow well in your body. Except for this posture, however, don’t worry about your movements. Just relax as you step forward and back, and side to side, however you want. The important thing is to touch the ground with your soles to each beat of the rhythm. This makes your brain happy—it stimulates it and gives it a thrill. With this Soul Stepping method, you’ll feel the rhythm reverberate through your whole body.
You can step to the rhythm for as little as five minutes, or even for an hour or more. If you do it long enough, depending on how clear and strong your energy is when you begin, you can feel your small self fading away, and you can become aware of the vast nothingness that underlies everything. In that state of being, you can shed tears, and you experience this huge explosion in your body and you’re there inside of light. That light is what I’ve called the LifeParticle Sun—your spirit. It’s the brilliantly shining self that exists in and of itself. It’s also called the soul.
One of my favorite songs nowadays, especially for Soul Stepping, is “Last Carnival” by Norihiro Tsuru from his album For Your Memories. In this video, he performs the music piece. Why don’t you follow along and try Soul Stepping for yourself.
How did you feel when you stepped to the rhythm? Did you feel happy? Did you have fun?
Through rhythm, you can create the ultimate emotion for yourself. What boyfriend or girlfriend can make you that happy? You don’t need to rely on other people; rhythm makes you independent. It liberates you, and it’s totally free.
Through rhythm, you can find trust and respect for yourself. When you do Soul Stepping, you don’t need to impress anyone except yourself. Then you discover the magnificence within. You see how awesome your body is, how beautiful. When you feel the rhythm, when you get lost in the rhythm, then you can fall in love with yourself.
“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!