These days, there is a lot of discussion of environmental concerns. It may seem as though people only recently became aware of their connection to the fate of the planet. However, humans have long been cognizant of their interconnectedness with the Earth, as evinced by an old Korean phrase.
Chun-ji-ki-un refers to the universal life energy that flows around everything. It has been referred to as an invisible sea of energy, its waves breaking over everything in existence, giving it sustenance.
Human beings' connection to this energy is mediated by the Earth. The planet continuously issues forth tremendous amounts of its own energy, which was derived from the cosmic energy. It is this sustaining force that humans interact with at all moments of the day.
With every breath, people are absorbing this energy. Without the Earth to provide this sustaining force, life would be impossible. This is why many of the teachings of Ilchi Lee focus on becoming aware of the energy that surrounds everything and learning how to take advantage of this powerful force.