Over 200 youth from South Korea, China, Japan, and the United States gathered at the Honor's Haven Resort & Spa in Ellenville, New York for the 11th Annual International Brain HSP Olympiad on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The HSP Olympiad was founded and run by the Korea Institute of Brain Science (KIBS), which includes research into Heightened Sensory Perception (HSP) among its many projects. The Olympiad challenges students to awaken and strengthen their HSP. They compete in events such as Brain Window—being able to distinguish different colors and "read" different letters and words based solely on feeling the energy of the objects with their palms and not by seeing them with their eyes. Ilchi Lee founded KIBS and designed the Brain Education methods that allow people to develop their HSP in order to help people use the full potential of their brains to create the greatest version of themselves and the world around them.
Dave Beal, Program Director and Head National Trainer of Brain Power Wellness, acted as the emcee for the events and the final award ceremony.
The team from each country gave a dance performance for the award ceremony.
The grand prize for the Olympiad was given to Sangmin Lee from South Korea.
The US team received a special award for Team Perseverance.
The same participants remained at Honor's Haven to attend the Earth Citizen Youth Leadership Camp two days later on August 4, 2016. This camp was organized by KIBS in partnership with the Earth Citizens Organization (ECO) and the Benjamin School for Character Education.
The theme of the camp was "From the Belly Button to the Earth." It reflects the intimate connection Ilchi Lee discovered can be made to yourself, other people, and the earth through the belly button, an important acupoint in Eastern medicine. The camp also explored what it means to be an Earth Citizen, who is someone who makes the viability of the earth and harmony among its inhabitants their central priority. Feeling a close connection to the earth and its inhabitants is an important first step to living as an Earth Citizen.
The participants first got to know each other with Brain Education games such as 3-6-0 and the Name Game. Then came sessions that highlighted current Earth Citizen activities around the world.
The first session was given by Dave Beal, who presented how Brain Education has been empowering students and building positive environments in New York City public schools. Mané Andreasyan, a New York City high school teacher who leads an Earth Citizen program at her school, talked about the program and led the kids in some of the activities.
Next, the participants were divided into groups and given three questions. Each one shared their answers with their group and sang a song. The questions were:
Afterward, everyone danced freely while focusing on their belly button. This "belly button dancing" is a warm-up exercise for Belly Button Healing, a natural health modality developed by Ilchi Lee to take advantage of the large influence that the navel and the area underneath and around it, especially the gut, has on our physical, mental, and emotional health. By sharing Belly Button Healing, people around the world, young and old, can build bridges and revitalize their health, their communities, and the earth on which we live.
Students at the Benjamin School for Character Education have already begun to share Belly Button Healing and the Healing Life tool developed for it with people around the world. Their activities were presented by the students and principal of the original branch of the school, which is located in South Korea. So far Healing Life has been shared with people in ten countries by Benjamin School students. Their goal is 120 countries in all.
The Earth Citizen leadership courses taught in the United States and the activities of the leaders who go through them were next shown by ECO representative Steve Kim. The Earth Citizen activities in Japan were given by a student at the Benjamin School in Japan.
Finally, to further the Earth Citizen Movement with the help of Belly Button Healing, the International Youth Belly Button Healing Club was created at the camp. This club will build a community of youth leaders who know their intrinsic value, believe in themselves and the power of their brains, and actively work for the welfare of humanity and the earth. The key to all this will be Belly Button Healing and the Healing Life tool.
Through the 11th Annual International Brain HSP Olympiad and Earth Citizen Leadership Camp, young Earth Citizens from four countries came together to form one club for the sake health, happiness, and peace for all.