The Korean phrase Chun-Ji-In translates to Heaven, Earth, Human. It has been used for years to remind people that through natural and concentrated efforts, they can reach a higher, more spiritual level of consciousness and maybe even attain personal growth.
The reference to heaven reminds individuals to keep a big open heart. Space does not discriminate or exclude. Rather, it envelopes everything in creation in its warm and encompassing arms. This is the attitude that a person should take. Be open minded and grateful.
A person should also be grounded. This is where the reference to Earth comes in. It is important to keep a sense of reality and level headedness when going through daily life. Without this sense of foundation a person's thoughts may drift away from them.
At the intersection of Heaven and Earth lies humanity. This is the point of the final reference in the phrase. People should remember at all times that they are equal parts beings of this planet and transcendent spiritual creatures. When a person recognizes the relevance of these three ideas, personal growth may become much more attainable.
Ilchi Lee says: "How can you find hope? Hope comes to you when you know who you are." In the end, we must first learn about ourselves – only then is personal success possible.
That idea is somewhat demonstrated in the recent film "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," typically more known for its dazzling visual effects than its thoughts on philosophy. However, parts of the movie actually touch on these subjects much more than the standard Hollywood fare.
Inspired by a graphic novel, which was in turn inspired by a number of video games, it's easy to get caught up in the crazy visuals of this film. Sure, the plot is pretty cartoonish, but then, that's the whole point.
What's interesting is tracking the personal growth of the title character (played by Michael Cera) over the course of the film. Pilgrim sets out to defeat the "evil exes" of his crush, Ramona. Each one tests him in a way different than the last, similar to levels in a video game.
Without giving away the ending, Pilgrim eventually learns that it's not really the exes he should be worrying about, as he is ultimately his own worst enemy when it comes to relationships. Only once he realizes this is he able to face off against the worst of Ramona's ex-boyfriends.
Many people base their life around their personal relationships. However, the Korean phrase Gong-Shim suggests that these connections may actually be somewhat counterproductive and prevent an individual from making positive personal change.
The term means empty mind. It refers to a state in which a person has no attachments, leaving them free to pursue fulfillment and, most importantly, public works. When an individual becomes completely free from personal connections, they may be able to put their mind to public service.
This is the most effective path toward personal change and community development. While it may sound like leaving behind all personal connections may be difficult and lonely, it can actually open an individual up to a brand new world of possibilities that they never knew existed.
By eliminating attachments to any one or two people, an individual is able to cultivate love and respect for all of humanity. In this way, incorporating the principles of Gong-Shim into a person’s life may help them to feel more fulfilled and enriched. When more people begin living this sort of lifestyle, the world will be a more harmonious place.
There was some hope on the horizon for job seekers last month as the market appeared to improve, providing many with some much-needed personal change.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national jobless rate improved to 8.9 percent in February. Though it was minimal improvement from the prior rate of 9 percent the previous month, it was still optimistic for some to hear, especially with approximately 192,000 new jobs created in the market.
For those who were lucky enough to be among the employed, a new job (and possibly a new career) can be exciting and scary all at once. Many people were unemployed for months and may feel a certain level of stress with a new position.
In these cases it’s important to remain calm, and to have a positive and calm outlook. One can’t control everything in the universe. However, one’s emotion and attitude are elements a person can anchor.
Ilchi Lee talks of spiritual healing through practiced relaxed concentration, which may come in handy for anyone experiencing a new career or job.
Research that was conducted at the University of Valencia reveals that the same parts of the brain that control empathy may also regulate violent feelings.
Results of the study suggest that focusing on empathetic feelings could inhibit violence in the individual, which is a positive side effect for all mankind.
The authors’ finding were published in the journal Revista de Neurologia. They show that the prefrontal and temporal cortex, the amygdala and other structures in the limbic system play a necessary role in empathetic behaviors and emotions.
“We all know that encouraging empathy has an inhibiting effect on violence, but this may not only be a social question but also a biological one—stimulation of these neuronal circuits in one direction reduces their activity in the other,” said Luis Moya Albiol, the study’s lead author.
Results of the study suggest that brain education techniques may help individuals reduce any tendencies toward violence by focusing on empathetic feelings during meditation and exercise. Author and philosopher Ilchi Lee believes in personal change through brain education, and has authored many books on the subject.
Heightened empathy combined with a reduction—or elimination—of violence may foster a peaceful planet in which individuals see themselves as citizens of the Earth rather than a region or nation.