Highlights from the 1st Earth Citizen Peace Festival

The 1st Annual Earth Citizen Peace Festival brought together 1000 people from around the world in Kerikeri, New Zealand. And we bring you the highlights!

Friday night, January 27, 2017 was an outdoor fair with performances, food, and a raffle. Local dance groups were joined by dancers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Korea, martial arts performers from South Korea and the UK, and South Korean drummers.

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The morning of Saturday, January 28, 2017 was the main event, Earth Citizens Come Together. It began with cultural performances from a Maori performance group and a South Korea breakdance crew. Congratulatory messages followed, and the Deputy Mayor of the Far North District Council, Tania McInnes, gave her support for Earth Citizen values in a speech. Then Ilchi Lee gave the keynote lecture, and representatives from nine countries recited the Earth Citizen Declaration.

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In the afternoon, a symposium was held called The Brain, Earth Citizenship, and Our Global Future. At the end, members of the Body & Brain Yoga center in Auckland sang a Maori song, and then the Global Scholars Society for Earth Management was founded.

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The Earth Citizen Peace Festival felt like a big reunion where people were inspired to do more in their communities to tell others about Earth Citizenship.

New ECO Learning Center Opens

Ilchi Lee at the ECO Learning Center ribbon cutting ceremony
Ilchi Lee and other VIPs cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the ECO Learning Center

Ilchi Lee attended the grand opening of the ECO Learning Center in Cottonwood, AZ last Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The center is run by the Earth Citizens Organization (ECO), which Ilchi Lee founded in order to share the Earth Citizenship idea that the earth should be the central value on which individuals, organizations, and nations based their decisions.

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ECO supporters stand by Earth Citizenship values.

ECO has been training Earth Citizens leaders who teach mindful and sustainable living in their communities. Through supporter donations, they have built the ECO Learning Center to facilitate and grow their mission. Through the center and the leaders it trains, ECO is helping people to “LIVE ECO,” which means

1. Be kind.
2. Don’t waste.
3. Exercise inside out. (Don’t just exercise your muscles. Instead strengthen your core and act genuinely.)

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ECO’s new motto is to LIVE ECO.

Ilchi Lee was very pleased that the land he purchased about twenty years ago was more actively fulfilling its purpose of serving the community and the Earth.

Ilchi Lee Conducts the Energy Circulation School for the First Time in Otsu, Japan

Ilchi Lee led the inaugural training program called the Energy Circulation School, held in Otsu, Japan, September 30-October 1, 2007.

The school is a high-level program combining a lectures on energy circulation, Dahn-mu (energy movment) traning (including his demonstration of Dahn-mu), meditation (on a ship), and energy-circulation (Unki) training. For this one-night/two-day course in Otsu, 51 people registered.

Ilchi Lee Energy Dance

Recently Ilchi Lee has been emphasizing that the key to training is communicating the power of Cosmic Energy (Chunjikiun in Korean) for generating greater health, happiness and peace. In his lecture, he said that everything is to be found in Dahn-mu, and that Dahn-mu is a process of learning how to get in touch with the Cosmic Energy in the body. Jangsaeng (Longevity) Walking is also a form of Dahn-mu, performed while walking around. He described the three stages of doing Dahn-mu: Jung-choong (Physical) Dahn-mu, Kijang (Energy) Dahn-mu, and Shinmyeong (Spiritual) Dahn-mu.

Ilchi Lee explained these nine specific effects of Dahn-mu on us:

  1. We develop physical strength.
  2. We become more proactive and passionate.
  3. We become freer and develop good blood circulation.
  4. We sweat, and develop autonomic control and stability.
  5. Our brain release stress and become more versatile, and our heart overflow with love.
  6. We increase our creativity.
  7. We feel genuine happiness and peace.
  8. We want to share love with others.
  9. We feel that we have communed with Heaven (divinity).

According to observers of Ilchi Lee’s Dahn-mu demonstration to music, his entire body exuded Cosmic Energy, energetically emanating from his toes and fingertips. In watching his Dahn-mu, the observers called it an inspiring experience that opened their heart.

Brain Wave Vibration

Ilchi Lee issues a statement regarding the purpose and power of brain wave vibrations as the key to understanding how to achieve health, happiness and peace.
Nowadays, it’s common knowledge that your life is defined by your brain waves.
Other than that simple but significant fact, why should you care about your brain waves?

brain wave vibrationIt’s because you can actually use your brain waves to create more health, happiness and peace in your life. With this special exercise designed by Ilchi Lee, you can enhance your ability to heal not only yourself, but other people as well.

Here’s the Brain Wave Vibration document that explains how it all works.

Ilchi Lee Explains Jangsaeng (Longevity) Walking in Nara, Japan

Ilchi Lee gave a lecture about and led a demonstration of the Jangsaeng (Longevity) Walking Method for 160 persons in Nara, Japan, October 5, 2007.

Nara is an ancient capital of Japan; its quaint and beautiful parks, temples and streets make it an ideal place for people to practice Jangsaeng Walking. The audience received this new walking method with great enthusiasm.

Jangsaeng Walking is a simple yet highly beneficial way of walking, whether around the house or around the neighborhood. It involves an enhanced awareness of body angle, pelvic tilt, breath, and other body mechanics. In particular, one should walk with a firm sense of the weight distributing to the balls and toes of the foot. According to Oriental Medicine, this area contains the Yong-chon acupressure point, which is the start of meridian (energy channel) for the kidney. Kidney health relates to the speed and intensity of the aging process. Jangsaeng Walking helps to strengthen calf muscles, which put gentle pressure on the Yong-chon point. In Oriental health theory, flowing kidney energy contributes to keep us young and healthy. Jangsaeng Walking activates the power of your minds’ awareness, which has a strong influence on the body and brain.

Ilchi Lee Honored at the First International Dahnhak Kigong Competition

The First International Dahnhak Kigong Competition was recently held at the Halla Tae Kwon Do Gym in Jeju Island, South Korea, September 15-17, 2007, attracting 7,500 guests from several countries.

It was so widely popular that Jeju province government provided $1 million in support for the event.

Dahn Yoga Kigong camp

The event was attended by the Governor of Jeju, members of the National Assembly and other government officials. It opened with a joint performance of Chun Bu Shingong by the Phoenixi from the United States and Young Earth Human Alliance members from both South Korea and Japan. The participants and members packed the facility, astonishing even Gwang-jae Lee, a local lawmaker who attended on behalf of the National Assembly. He expressed how deeply he was impressed in his remarks to the audience, saying that “even great waters begin with a single spring,” a testament to the pioneering work which began with the great and clear vision of the Dahnhak Kigong founder, Ilchi Lee.

The first day of the Competition included preliminary Kigong competitions among 45 teams from all over the world. On the second day, five teams from United States, United Kingdom and Japan, as well as 10 teams from South Korea participated in the main competition. The grand prize was awarded to the Changjohwashin Team from the Incheon region of South Korea.
The event was attended by the Governor of Jeju, members of the National Assembly and other government officials. It opened with a joint performance of Chun Bu Shingong by the Phoenixi from the United States and Young Earth Human Alliance members from both South Korea and Japan. The participants and members packed the facility, astonishing even Gwang-jae Lee, a local lawmaker who attended on behalf of the National Assembly. He expressed how deeply he was impressed in his remarks to the audience, saying that “even great waters begin with a single spring,” a testament to the pioneering work which began with the great and clear vision of the Dahnhak Kigong founder, Ilchi Lee.

The first day of the Competition included preliminary Kigong competitions among 45 teams from all over the world. On the second day, five teams from United States, United Kingdom and Japan, as well as 10 teams from South Korea participated in the main competition. The grand prize was awarded to the Changjohwashin Team from the Incheon region of South Korea.

Dahn Yoga Kigong Camp

Dahnhak Kigong was originally created in 1980 by Ilchi Lee, when he began teaching simple exercises to a paralyzed person in a public park. It has since grown to a worldwide movement with more than 1 million practitioners at more than 500 Dahn Yoga and Brain Education centers in seven countries.

The core philosophy of Dahn Yoga and Brain Education is simply to work together to create a better world, for the benefit of all.

Dahnhak Kigong was originally created in 1980 by Ilchi Lee, when he began teaching simple exercises to a paralyzed person in a public park. It has since grown to a worldwide movement with more than 1 million practitioners at more than 500 Dahn Yoga and Brain Education centers in seven countries.
The core philosophy of Dahn Yoga and Brain Education is simply to work together to create a better world, for the benefit of all.

Ilchi Lee Spoke on Energy Training in Shizuoka, Japan

Ilchi Lee described the nature of energy in the body and led exercises so the audience could experience the energy, in Shizuoka, Japan, September 16, 2007.

The expansive green-tea fields and towering Mount Fuji dominate the scenery of Shizuoka, which in Japanese means Quiet Hills. While no Dahn Centers exist in this area, the attendance and audience reaction bode well for opening centers in the future.

Participants from Shizuoka experienced Ilchi Lee’s Ji-gam training, feeling the energy in and around our bodies, with its calming influence for meditation. For many of them, it was first time to do Ji-gam.

Ilchi Lee gave the lecture to the audience to celebrate the new Japanese book of Know Your Brain, Change Your Life.

Ilchi Lee’s Congratulatory Message Read to First International Dahnhak Kigong Competition of Sports

Ilchi Lee, as the  creator of Dahnhak Kigong, a martial arts sport popular in Asia, sent a congratulatory message to be read to the 16,000 participants in the First International Dahnhak Kigong Competition of Sports for All, Jeju, South Korea, September 15, 2007.

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Here are excerpts from Ilchi Lee’s message to the honored guests and participants in the Competition, read at the Opening Ceremony:

The First International Dahnhak Kigong Competition of Sports for All has great meaning in that it has gone beyond South Korea to become an international festival of Dahnhak Kigong shared with the peoples of the world. This is also a sign that the spirit of Dahnhak—working to create a better world for the good of all—is spreading throughout the globe as a spirit of love for humanity and love for the Earth.

Humanity now faces a hopeless crisis of war, famine, and environmental destruction caused by slavish adherence to the interests of nation states and other institutions. Now more than ever the entire world needs a non-zeo-sum philosophy of sangsaeng, of life for you and life for me, of mutual salavation. The answer can be found in the Chun Bu Kyung, an ancient statement of philosophy. The enlightenment that comes from Chun Bu Kyung is found in the brain. This priniciple is the beginning of Brain Education.

Dahnhak is now a for-the-good-of-all Hong-ikphilosophy shared by over a million people worldwide, and it is gaining the spotlight as an approach to mind-body training. Additionally, Brain Education is spreading with the University of Brain Education and International Brain Education Olympiad. Even the United Nations has officially recognizes its value. The Hong-ik Human Spirit and the philosophy of the Chun Bu Kyung are going out into the world through Dahnhak and Brain Education.

I pray that today’s tournament will be deeply meaningful for our fellow Dahnhak Kigong practitioners participating and for our honored guests from around the world. May health, happiness, and peace be with you always.

Dahnhak Kigong competition

The Competition is divided into eight martial-arts fields during the September 15-16 event. The goals of the Competition include: Bringing together dedicated practitioners to celebrate the power and potential of Dahnhak Kigong for themselves and hte world. Acknowledging through eight categories of competitive fields the world-class champions of Dahnhak Kigong. Highlighting the universal merits and applications of Dahnhak Kigong for the health, happiness and peace of all people on this Earth.

The origins of Dahnhak Kigong Training go back in Korean history more than 5,000 years. It began as a program to educate the public in how to develop both the body and mind. For 3,000 years the wise leaders of a Korean civilization saw to it that each generation practiced Kigong, a health-enhancing and self-empowering martial art. Then, 2,000 years ago, use of this traditional system declined in Korea. Dahnhak, the study of life-force energy, was developed by Ilchi Lee in 1980 to revive the ancient exercises for our modern life. Today, there are around 600 Dahn Centers around the world. Dahnhak Kigong rests on the philosophy that health-generating energy, or Ki connects the body and mind. This body-mind health connection is part of a larger belief in the unity of Oneness of invisible wisdom, visible Earth, and humanity. The Dahnhak Kigong method involves accepting and controlling Ki-energy through concentration, movements and breath.

Formed by extensive volcanic activity, Jeju is an island of extraordinary beauty in the southern and with the warmest climate in South Korea. The poeple of this self-governing province are known for their gentle, caring and hospitable ways. Called the Island of Peace by Korean, Jeju Island has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Ilchi Lee Lectures on Brain Education and Global Management in Nagoya, Japan

Ilchi Lee spoke on the issues of global peace and Brain Education to a public lecture program in Nagoya, Japan, September 15, 2007.

This topic is one that  the audience wanted to hear about and so it received their full attention.

To customize his lecture to the unique situation of each city’s audience, Ilchi lee began with a session explaining Brain Education and then listening to the sharing of members whose lives have changed as a result of Brain Education.

Ilchi Lee began by describing his meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban, Ki-moon, saying that the biggest problems facing the world today are global warming, war and hunger. he emphasized that the source of all these problems is in the human brain. He affirmed that brain and global management must be well performed in order to overcome these problems.

Ilchi Lee went on describe in detail the Three Principles of BOS, which comprise a method of managing the brain. This resulted in an enthusiastic response from the audience for this fun explanation that combines brain science and Brain Education.

As the participants experienced music and Ji-gam traning to open the heart, and the Jangsaeng Walking Method, they were able to understand with their bodies what utilizing the brain really means. These participants were invited to join in the 21-Day Miracle Creation Training. Their response was very positive.

The lecture gave Ilchi Lee and the audience to celebrate the new Japanese translation of Human Technology, publishing in May 2007.

Ilchi Lee Day Proclaimed by City of Beverly Hills

Ilchi Lee was honored by the City of Beverly Hills when Mayor Jimmy Delshad issued a proclamation declaring September 8, 2007, to be Ilchi Lee Day, commending and congratulating him on his accomplishments as a Brain Education teacher and researcher, and on his dedication to world peacemaking.

Ilchi-Lee-Day-Beverly-HillsThe official proclamation acknowledged Ilchi Lee as the founder of Dahn Yoga and Health Centers, one of which is in Beverly Hills, teaching energy-based, body-brain fitness; as the founder and president of institutions in South Korea and the United States that promote the role of the brain in creating lasting peace; and in teaching that if humanity focus on the brain as the final determinant of human consciousness and behavior, people worldwide will unite in peace during this century.

Previously, Mayor Delshad came to the Dahn Yoga Center in Beverly Hills, on the occasion of the celebration of its first anniversary of operations in that city.