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“From The Twelve Enlightenments

Observe your own body. It breathes. You breathe when you are asleep, when you are no longer conscious of your own ideas of self-identity. Who, then, is breathing? The collection of information that you mistakenly think it’s you is not the main protagonist in this drama called the breath. In fact, you are not breathing; breath is naturally happening to you. You can purposely end your own life, but you cannot purposely keep your own life going. The expression, “My life” is actually an oxymoron, a result of ignorance and mistaken assumption. You don’t posses life; life expresses itself through you. Your body is a flower that life let bloom, a phenomenon created by life.”
Ilchi Lee
“I existed before I received this body. I am the external and fundamental life energy of the universe.”
Ilchi Lee, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart
“To see truth as truth, we don't need a lot of study. It's not complicated. What we need is pure observation. An open mind and fresh eyes will serve us well.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential
“Change is the very nature of Nature. if there's one thing that doesn't change, it is the fact that everything changes. In the Korean tradition of Tao, this is called impermanence. The teaching about impermanence can be summarized like this: Anything that has a beginning must have an end. Anything that is created will change. Impermanence is the very nature of things. Realizing that nothing is permanent is the true beginning of enlightenment. Suffering comes from attachment that wants to hold something permanently that is not permanent in its intrinsic nature. Awakening to the truth of impermanence frees you from attachment.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential
“At this time in history, sick, afraid, and despondent are the general conditions that affect the majority of poeple almost everywhere. It's difficult and challenging to follow the call of conscience when we're under the dark veil of these forces. At the same time, it's painful not to follow it.

When you become healthy, courageous, and hopeful, following your conscience becomes easier. When people are healthy, courageous, and hopeful, it's difficult to bend their mind and will. You can't force them to do what you'd like them to do against their will. They will speak out what they believe, and stand up and do what is right even when it means a loss to them.

I am hopeful because I have witnessed this change throughout my life. From the realization of what I really am, I became hopeful, courageous, and passionate for life, and I felt responsible for the general condition of humanity and the Earth because they are not separate from me.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential
“Truth is truth, not the explanations of Truth. Truth is a living, moving process. Truth is constantly undulating and vibrating. You can become one with the Truth, but you cannot adequately explain it.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential
“Dreams are reality that has not become true. However, in the hearts of some people, they have already come true. People whose dreams are already achieved in their hearts, and who can see that as they boldly throw themselves into it, have true courage.”
Ilchi Lee, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart
“Even when we have realized oneness and nothingness, we still have our personal lives to manage, bodies to take care of, and mouths to feed, and you will know which one is yours and which ones are others', so you won't put food into another person's mouth when you are hungry. Also you won't kiss a rattlesnake or hug a cactus no matter how strong an affinity you feel toward them. But at the same time, we know these apparent separations are functional, not fundamental, and should be recognized as such without mistaking one for the other. I would call this apparent separation "functional ego," or you can call it your "character," which is the collection of your beliefs, habits, and other people's expectations.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential
“The key to meditation is to exist one hundred percent in the here and now.”
Ilchi Lee, Human Technology: A Toolkit for Authentic Living
“The sensation of energy expands with increasing relaxation.”
Ilchi Lee
“Choice is the doorway to our creative power. To unleash this power, we must begin from the state of beingness.”
Ilchi Lee, Human Technology: A Toolkit for Authentic Living
“Now the choices you make are not about finding your path. Rather, they are choices to open the path you have found.”
Ilchi Lee, Human Technology: A Toolkit for Authentic Living
“Everything in existence undergoes constant change. The things that surround us, even our selves are temporary manifestations of Ki energy.”
Ilchi Lee, Brain Wave Vibration: Getting Back Into the Rhythm of a Happy, Healthy Life
“The energy of life entering and leaving your body flows evenly throughout the universe. With that current, the mind of the cosmos communicates with all things.”
Ilchi Lee, LifeParticle Meditation: A Practical Guide to Healing and Transformation
“Our exclusive dependence on rational thought and language has obscured our natural ability to sense the flow of energy.”
Ilchi Lee, Brain Wave Vibration: Getting Back Into the Rhythm of a Happy, Healthy Life
“We have the Noble Desire to help others and benefit the world, without expecting any return or recognition. What makes us great is not our knowledge, skill, money, or power. What makes us great is not our knowledge, skill, money, or power. What makes us truly great is this noble desire, this passion that transcends all separation, goes beyond one's limitations, and wants to hug others and embrace the whole world. This is not something that we need to learn, because we already have it. It just needs to be acknowledged and awakened.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential
“There is a serious discrepancy between what we really wants, and what we usually do to get what we think we want. What we really want is to fill the hole inside and become complete, and what we do is look for success and growth outside.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential
“. . . if you close your eyes and begin to feel your breath, it will instantly become deeper and slower, and your mind will become calmer. Then gradually you'll become aware of your body, or more precisely the subtle sense of energy inside and around your body. At that moment, you exist as Energy-Consciousness, not as names, jobs, duties, roles, desires, and so on.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential
“If you allow your consciousness to drift toward your lower abdomen during breathing, then your breath will naturally delve deeper within you. If you allow your consciousness to experiencce the gratitude and joy of breathing, then your breath will naturally become light. Your breathing will naturally achieve a deep lightness as you consider inhaling as an expression of thanks to your body and exhaling as an expression of thanks to the Heavens above. Then you can lose yourself in your breath. You can follow your breath within and without your body, losing yourself until you become the breath itself.”
Ilchi Lee, The Twelve Enlightenments for Healing Society
“Meditation is earnest prayer, and when prayer progresses, it becomes true meditation.”
Ilchi Lee, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart
“I believe in the goodness of fellow human beings. We have a true desire for greatness and genuine good intention to be helpful to others. That's enough. Change is possible.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential
“Now is a time for change, a time to become the greatest version of yourself. And a time to to make your grandest vision of the world .”
Ilchi Lee
“Your mind creates everything. Your conscious mind has much greater power than you can ever imagine. Your mind can create blessings or disasters, can heal or harm, can bring abundance or absence. It is up to your mind whether the world looks hopeful or hopeless.”
Ilchi Lee, LifeParticle Meditation: A Practical Guide to Healing and Transformation
“I don't believe in greatness that is bestowed as a rare gift to a few lucky ones. Rather, I think all people have greatness inside them. It is just a matter of persistence--sticking to what you have envisioned until it is reality. I have a deep conviction that everyone, including you, has been given exactly the right set of gifts to fulfill some magnificent purpose in life. Greatness must simply be chosen. And if you choose it, it will happen.”
Ilchi Lee, Brain Wave Vibration (Second Edition): Getting Back into the Rhythm of a Happy, Healthy Life
“Change,connectivity,and learning to live well with others and with Nature and her ways will be the features of the world when seen through the eye of Tao.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential
“Everyone has a "greatness within" to be of service and to benefit their family, friends, neighbors, their community and humanity. From that "Greatness," the beautiful and holy intention to benefit all life springs forth. At that moment when you have heard your inner voice, what did you do? The moment you became aware of your greatness within, what did you do? Did you acknowledge and accept it? Or did you turn away from it?”
Ilchi Lee, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart
“This is a beautiful and hopeful time to be alive. We are at a turning point, and your contribution to the world is needed more than ever. All of your struggles, all the struggles of your ancestors, all the struggles of all life have led to this moment right now. You are the culmination of life's great yearning; you are the hope of the world.”
Ilchi Lee, Brain Wave Vibration: Getting Back Into the Rhythm of a Happy, Healthy Life
“In order to be the master of your life, you must first recognize that you are the rightful master of your brain, its owner and operator.”
Ilchi Lee, Human Technology: A Toolkit for Authentic Living
“When you find the absolute values, you are important to this world because you know what is important. Those who know what is truly important are helpful to this world, because they won't put their personal concerns before what is important to all.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential
“If a change in our lives require individually or socially painful sacrifices, it will be difficult to put into effect no matter how necessary that change might be. However, if we start down the road of transformation with simple, enjoyable, and tangible changes, we will soon be prepared to tackle larger issues.”
Ilchi Lee, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential

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