Pursue Your Highest Character and Grandest Dreams

Among all the animals living on the Earth, human beings have the largest brains relative to their bodies. Our brains are the organs that consume the most energy. The brain seems to have both regions specialized for specific functions, as well as broadly unspecialized regions. Compared with other animals’ brains, the human’s prefrontal lobes, which are involved in planning and evaluating, are particularly well developed.

Especially through the development of the pre-frontal cortex, human have the extraordinary power of choice. Not only can we choose how we will respond to given stimuli or situations, we can also produce our own novel stimuli and create our own circumstances. Through this ability to choose, we can experience and create ourselves and our world in the way that we desire.

All behaviors, memories, thoughts, and habits have corresponding neural circuits in the brain. These circuits come together to form who we are now. Theoretically, the number of neural circuits that the human brain can create by combining connections between nerve cells exceeds the number of atoms in the entire universe. This infinite combination of connections gives us, literally, infinite potential.

A network with more connections than the number of atoms in the whole universe; the infinite potential latent within that network of connections; the brain’s structural properties that make possible deep thinking and analysis, synthesis, and, more than anything else, choice–what do you think all these exist for? How will you use this potential during your lifetime? Our brains do not exist only to worry about what we will eat and what we will wear tomorrow. They are far too precious to be used only in these ways. Let’s allow our brains to pursue significant, far-reaching dreams and goals, that befit their greatness.

The most effective way to awaken the sleeping brain is to engage it in a workload that must require its full awareness and attention. Establish a big goal requiring absolutely all of your energy, abilities, and wisdom. Set up a goal that will enable you to take great leaps forward. If you create a goal that you can achieve easily, one within the scope of your limitations, then your brain will use less than 100% of its capacity. If, however, you pursue a grand, far-reaching vision, your brain will train itself accordingly and work hard to meet your expectations.

Brain Philosopher and Educator

Ilchi Lee has spent several decades investigating ways to develop the potential of the human brain. Through his life-long pursuit of brain-centered training methods and programs, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have achieved the benefits of healthier bodies, improved learning, business success, and personal empowerment.

Ilchi Lee personally has trained and consulted with top business leaders, such as, Ju Yung Chung, founder of Hyundai Corporation and Jong Hyon Chey, founder of SK Corporation. He taught his method in many parts of the world, including the United States, South Korea, China, United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan.

The latest result of Ilchi Lee’s research and innovation, Brain Education System Training (BEST), aims to help people become the masters of their brains and ultimately of their lives. BEST includes brain-related exercises to increase mind-body coordination, to develop greater openness and flexibility of the mind, and to unleash creative potential from the brain.

Ilchi Lee believes that humanity, by focusing on the brain as the final determinant of human consciousness and behavior, will unite people worldwide in creating a peaceful, sustainable way of life within this century.

Contributor to Peace

Ultimately, all of Ilchi Lee’s work has been motivated by a deep love for humanity and a desire to create a peaceful, sustainable way of life on the planet. Believing that lasting peace begins in the hearts and minds of individuals, he has reached out to people in ways that improve their lives. The most effective form of peace activism, according to Ilchi Lee, is less about political process and more about healing one person at a time by reaching out with love and compassion, and enabling others to do the same.

Ilchi Lee has initiated strategies to lift people’s spirits in the face of tragedy, helping them to regain inner peace. In 2003, he offered Dae-Gu, South Korea, a unique approach to revitalize the citizens’ low morale. While suffering from a long economic depression, the public’s pain was intensified by a subway station fire that killed 200 people and injured 140 more. In response, he created the Power Brain Dance, a set of fun movements that many people used in greeting one another. As a result, more and more Dae-Gu citizens smiled again and started to recover a sense of hope for their lives.

Likewise, after the September 11 tragedies, Ilchi Lee sought to offer optimism to the American people. At the time, he was in the middle of a multi-city speaking tour in the United States. When airport closures prevented him from flying from Los Angeles to Boston, rather than cancel the speech, he drove 48 hours non-stop. The real war on terrorism for him could be won only within the mind, by not succumbing to disillusionment. His Boston program participants and those they influenced recovered a sense of courage and determination through his inspirational action and words.

Ilchi Lee’s distinctive style of peacemaking has attracted numerous world leaders who share his passion for peaceful solutions to world problems. In 2001, he hosted the 1st Humanity Conference, in Seoul, with contributions by prominent speakers, including Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, environmental activist Maurice Strong, international journalist Seymour Topping, and spiritual author Neal Donald Walsch. Oscar Ariaz Sanchez, Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Costa Rica, and Ilchi Lee have co-sponsored several conferences and projects to advance Brain Education and peacemaking activities.

Founder and Leader

Ilchi Lee is the founder and president, University of Brain Education, Chun-Ahn, Korea, established in 2002. Through scholarly research and degree programs, the focus is on the role of the brain in creating lasting peace. He is the founder and president, Korea Institute of Brain Science, Seoul, an international research organization that develops and investigates brain methods of health maintenance and peace education. It is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. He is founder and president, International Brain Education Association, New York, NY, which promotes and develops brain education programs for families, schools, companies, and governments around the world.

Ilchi Lee used to be president of BR Consulting, Inc., Sedona, Arizona, an innovative educational company providing business services and developing knowledge products related to brain education, holistic health, self-growth, and collaboration for peace for more than 50 clients around the world. He has guided its client U-DAP in Korea, to conduct brain education programs, which have reached more than 1,000 corporations and government agencies and their 440,000 employees over the past decade. Through other clients, brain education programs have been given to organizations in the United States, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.

While he founded Dahn Yoga & Health Centers, now with more than 500 centers worldwide training members in Ki energy-based body-brain fitness, Ilchi Lee is no longer involved in the management of the centers.

Books Published

To express his pioneering views about the brain and human consciousness, Ilchi lee has authored a total of 29 books. While written in Korean, 12 have been translated into English, in addition to nine other languages.

Among the books Ilchi Lee has authored are Power Brain Kids: 12 Easy Lessons to Ignite Your Child’s Potential, Developing the Brainpower Hidden in Your Child (a million-copy seller in South Korea, in three languages), Know Your Brain, Know Happiness (with Hee-Sup Shin), Brain Respiration (in eleven languages), Healing Society (in six languages), Meridian Exercises for Self-Healing (in six languages), Human Technology (in five languages), and Dahnhak Kigong (in three languages).

Educational Background

As an undergraduate student at Dan-Kuk University of Seoul, Korea, Ilchi Lee majored in Clinical Pathology and Physical Education, which resulted in a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977. After graduation, he actively pursued independent study of human physiology and consciousness, from both the Eastern and Western perspectives. Consequently, two honorary doctoral degrees have been conferred on him, one from Yuin University of Los Angeles in 1999, and a second from South Baylo University of Los Angeles in 2005.

Awards and Recognition

Ilchi Lee was a featured speaker, United Nations World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, New York, 2000. He was the recipient of the Republic of Korea’s Presidential Medal of Civil Merit, 2002.

Proclamations for Ilchi Lee Day have been issued by Cambridge, Massachusetts (September 19, 2001), Atlanta (October 28, 2002), Santa Fe, New Mexico (April 10, 2007), Denver (July 25, 2007), Gaithersburg, MD, and Alexandria, VA (August 20, 2007), Houston (August 28, 2007), Albuquerque (August 31, 2007), and San Francisco (September 7, 2007).

From Atlanta, Ilchi Lee received The Phoenix Award, 2001. Houston appointed him Honorary Citizen and Goodwill Ambassador, 2002. From Los Angeles, he received the Certificate of Commendation, 2003. The State of New Mexico designated him Ambassador for Goodwill, 2007. Since 2004, he has served on the Board of Directors, Sedona International Film Festival.

From His Peers

“Ilchi Lee understands the brain not simply as an organ, but as the center of the whole human body energy system. As such, a holistic approach to developing the brain’s full potential is deeply linked to any struggle for peace that understands individual development. His transcendent work is a constant inspiration, and I am deeply pleased to witness the increasing worldwide influence of Brain Education and its accompanying peace activities.”
Oscar Arias Sanchez, Nobel Peace Laureate

“For Ilchi Lee, enlightenment is not some obscure mystical path attainable only for those few who sit meditating on a mountaintop. He offers a common sense way to fulfillment for every individual. His philosophy guides us to a peaceful world in which all living creatures are accorded respect and compassionate treatment.”
Seymour Topping, author and professor of journalism

“I agree with Ilchi Lee that the brain will be at the center of cultural development. From the viewpoint of the brain, people will analyze and make plans regarding politics, economy, society, and culture. Brain Education’s development and delivery will foster the acceleration of cultural evolution in positive directions. According to Ilchi Lee’s philosophy, when humanity chooses happiness and peace, then substantial progress is possible. I expect that his Brain Education to be a major force in the world’s cultural advancement.”
Hee-Sup Shin, National Scientist Awardee of Korea

Early Years

Ilchi Lee was born in 1950 to a family of educators, months after the start of the Korean War. Even in his early youth, he was driven by questions about the true meaning of his existence. Dissatisfied with intellectual answers, he turned to training his body to gain a sense of centeredness and peace. In his early twenties, he became a senior master of the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon Do. Later, he applied his undergraduate studies in clinical pathology and physical education toward the successful management of a physical health training center.

Awakening Experience

In spite of his early success, Ilchi Lee could not escape an unrelenting urge to discover the true meaning of his existence. In 1980, after becoming keenly interested in traditional Korean mind-body training methods, he spent 21 days alone in rigorous meditation training on Moak Mountain. As a result, he gained a deeper understanding of the traditional training and the profound impact it can have on one’s body and mind. Believing that his experience could be used to benefit the health and wellbeing of humanity. he developed educational programs that incorporated both Eastern and Western knowledge of physical and mental training.