What Is Shinmyung? Celebrating Your Divine Brightness

Ilchi Lee with Shinmyung Festival Participants

This weekend and the next, I’ll be in the United States for two special events hosted by Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi called the Shin Myung Festival, which feature my Brain Education method. One will be in Ellenville, New York at Honor’s Haven Resort and Spa and the other at the Westin Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Over a thousand people have already bought tickets to these one-day events so I thought in anticipation of them, I should explain a bit about what Shinmyung is.

Shinmyung is actually a state of consciousness. The word shin means “divinity” in Korean and myung means “bright.” When you are in a Shinmyung state, you are conscious of the bright divine energy that already exists in your brain. This energy is the same as that of the Source of life, the Creator.

This bright energy can be small or it can be large; you can ignore it or you can be aware of it. Bringing your awareness to this energy feeds it, making it brighter and brighter until it illuminates your true nature and the true nature of the cosmos. It’s like opening up your inner eye, what is usually called your third eye. All that was not visible to you before is made visible, just like turning on a light in a dark room. All of the furniture that was not visible in the room before can suddenly be seen.

What can you see when you open third eye? What is it like being in a Shinmyung state? You experience clear insight into the principles of life and can see yourself, others, and the world with a broader and brighter consciousness.  You’re able to transcend your limits and discover solutions to the problems that worry you and may receive messages from a greater consciousness as images, sounds, or feelings. You also feel the principles of life—the love, gratitude, joy, and oneness that is the true nature of the universe.

When you achieve a Shinmyung state, you see the greater meaning of your life and you can approach each day with that meaning at the forefront of your focus, arranging your day to fit it. You can use that divine awareness and energy to continually create something new in any environment or circumstance.

Woman meditating in park
Happy young woman sitting outdoors in park and relaxing

A Shinmyung state is not something someone else can create for you or something that you learn in school. Even though you may get help, you can only illuminate yourself. You can experience Shinmyung in deep meditation or in the ordinary moments of your life. You feel it whenever you feel life energy, when you feel connected as one with all life, when you feel deep gratitude or love for the people and things around you, and when you experience something that is bigger than your small self.

However, in your daily life, it’s not easy to maintain this state. You can’t just meditate once and be in a Shinmyung state forever. As your focus shifts away from your divine nature, you will lose some of this awareness, and if you have negative thoughts, your divine energy will diminish. But if you keep practicing to grow the brightness in your brain, a Shinmyung state will become more durable. You’ll remain in that state for longer and can go back to it more easily. You’ll be able to be bright and positive and creative even while we are doing the dishes or walking the dog.

Since information is consciousness, the more positive information you exchange with others and yourself, the more your awareness will brighten and rise to a higher level. You will be able to think and act with love, tolerance, and unity. The more people that do this, the more our society will change into the ideal many of us have been working toward, and we can usher in a new spiritual civilization.

In my next blog post, I will tell you more about how to create a Shinmyung state through meditation. I also go into greater depth about Shinmyung in my books, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation and Living Tao: Timeless Principles for Everyday Enlightenment.

If you are able to come, I hope to see you at the upcoming Shinmyung Festivals, where you can experience Brain Education methods for creating a Shinmyung state together with thousands of like-minded people. Go to the Facebook event pages to learn more, or visit to find a Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi center near you to get tickets.

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  • Theresa Nault
    April 5, 2020 5:00 pm

    Your instructor Mr. Kim at the Irvine location is amazing! We, all his class, love Master Kim and look forward to the day we can all be together again. In the meantime he makes the livestream classes very engaging n happy. They r well attended. TY for him.


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