By Loving Yourself You Open Up to Caring For the World

So much of what we see on television and movies, in magazines, and online is geared, whether intentionally or unintentionally, toward making us feel bad about ourselves. We think if we could only be skinnier, prettier, or richer, we would finally feel good about ourselves. But we won’t find the love we need if we keep looking for external validation. We need to look inward for that, according to bestselling author Ilchi Lee.

In his books, Earth Citizen and Earth Management: A Dialogue on Ancient Korean Wisdom and Its Lessons for a New Earth, Lee writes about how hope for the future of our planet and mankind is tied to learning to care both for ourselves and the world around us. Learning to love ourselves can be a hard lesson at any age.

Sometimes, creating feelings of self-approval can be as easy as turning on some inspiring music. Music has been important to mankind since the beginning of time, and it continues to be a universal way of expressing and exploring our feelings.

A K-pop group, BTS, also called the Bangtan Boys or, now, Behind the Scene, is one of the groups that is leading the charge for self-approval with songs that remind people to feel good about themselves. The South Korean boy band has seven members and has scored big with fans with hits like “Love Myself,” which carry messages many of us could benefit from.

Lee’s Take on the Importance of Loving Yourself

When you feel bad about yourself, you don’t feel love for yourself. That doesn’t only impact you, however. It can be hard to make connections with the people and places around you as well. You don’t feel as if you are worthy of the love of others—you can feel disengaged and isolated, so you push them away.

It’s hard to want to improve mankind and the world around you when you have so many feelings of negativity. That’s why it’s crucial to find a way to look inward, like what you see, and realize you can make a difference when you accept all that you are—and even all that you aren’t. Loving yourself opens you up to loving others, feeling empathy, and wanting to work toward the greater good. Instead of feeling isolated, you begin to feel as if you are a worthy and valued member of a team.

But the first step to loving yourself is getting to know yourself. That involves peeling back the superficial layers many of us use to describe ourselves and looking at our core beliefs and goals instead.

“When asked, ‘Who are you?’ people can’t answer, no matter how high their level of education or voluminous their knowledge. They’d be able to give their name. That name, though, is not who they are,” Lee said. “Knowing your true worth is different from knowledge. Once we’ve discovered our worth, we can love ourselves, we can heal ourselves, we can teach ourselves, and we can give ourselves enlightenment.”

Lee loves the message BTS is trying to put out for its audience—that they shouldn’t wander in search of love. Instead, they should look internally for that love. And once that love is unlocked, your heart and mind will be in synch so you’ll be able to use your brain to its fullest capacity.

Many people mistakenly think their brain isn’t worth much. They can feel inferior or even dumb because they didn’t do well in traditional school. But there are all different kinds of intelligence. And having emotional intelligence is every bit as important, if not more important, than the lessons you’ll learn about math and science in school.

“Did the Bangtan Boys have good grades? Did they graduate from good middle schools or high schools? No,” Lee said. “How did they become so famous, then? They discovered their self-worth and did what they really wanted to do. And the people around them helped, enabling them to do that. What I’m saying is that it wasn’t compulsory education.”

After you find a way to love yourself, Lee said, you also learn to heal yourself and teach yourself by using brain power. You begin to believe in yourself, knowing you can do things you once thought were impossible.

“It is ultimately the brain that discovers great dreams. It is also the brain that causes us to think, ‘This is it!’ of those great dreams. Your brain must awaken. Those whose brains are awake can find a great dream,” Lee said. “If your brain is not awake, though you have eyes, you cannot see, and though you have ears, you cannot hear. Your brain is locked, so your eyes and ears don’t open.”

By learning to love yourself, believing in yourself, caring about others, remembering you are part of the bigger picture, and unlocking the power of your brain, you can achieve great things—both for yourself and for the world.

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 Interviewed on AM Radio Korea in New York

Ilchi Lee was interviewed on Mi-Seon Jang’s Women’s Salon, a radio program on New York’s AM Radio Korea, August 13, 2007, discussing for 40 minutes (double the planned time) in an entertaining way the topics of Jangsaeng (Longevity) Walking and Brain Education.

Ilchi Lee shared with the local Korean and Korean-American communities news concerning the great success of the recent Third International Brain HSP Olympiad (in Ellenville, NY), the official registration of the Korea Institute of Brain Science as a Brain Education NGO in consultative status with the United Nations, and his recent in-depth conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Ki-moon Ban.

Ilchi Lee explained the core principles of Jangsaeng Walking and Brain Education, which are health-and-youth-enhancing practices and ways for anyone to easily activate the brain and for free. Having thoroughly read several of his books, Mi-seon Jang, the show’s host, expressed a keen interest in Brain Education and Jangsaeng Walking.

After the broadcast, inquiries regarding the purchase of Geuleuma, nal Sallyeora (Walking to Save My Life) poured into Korean bookstores in New York City. In Korea, sales of the book have reached the million-copy mark. In the United States, November is the release month for a completely new version of this book in English with the working title of Walk Your Way to Wellness: Jangsaeng Walking for Lifelong Vitality.

Ilchi Lee’s “The Walking Cure” Is #1 Among Health Books in South Korea

In less than one month since its publication debut in South Korea on May 5, Ilchi Lee’s latest book The Walking Cure became the #1 best seller among the category of health books.

Ilchi lee's book #1 among health books in South KoreaThe book describes the Jangsaeng (Longevity in Korean) Walking Method, developed by the author to maximize regular walking’s health effects – longer life, reduced stress, less disease, greater brain activity, and more vitality. He lays out the health benefits of Jangsaeng Walking, its scientific-medical justification, and the simple rules to make it one’s natural way of walking for better physical and mental health.

The book was selected by the Korea National Sport University for use in its program for improving the health of CEOs in South Korea. International expressions of interest in the book have been strong in China and Taiwan.