July 7, 2020

If you have done much spiritual study, you probably already know that gratitude is an essential spiritual attitude. Without gratitude, our minds naturally focus on the negative until negativity becomes an ingrained habit, and the gift of life and the possibility for growth is lost to us. Typically, gratitude practice focuses on the external features of our lives— being grateful for the abundance we have, seeing struggle as an opportunity for growth, and so forth. But what if we were… Read more

June 9, 2020

Have you ever considered the fact that the world is made up of energy? We think of energy as a mystical, invisible force, but in reality everything is energy. If you are sitting in a chair right now, it certainly will appear as a solid mass to you. Yes, it is solid, but if you could shrink down small enough, you would see that it, and every other object in the world, is actually mostly empty space. The sensation and… Read more

May 19, 2020

We speak of time as though it has three parts—past, present, and future. But, two of those are only in our minds; the past is just fallible memory and the future is nothing but an imagined projection. The present moment, the now, is the only place in time that is real, the only place from which we can make the choices that shape our lives. Learning to stay focused on the present moment, however, is not always easy, but it… Read more

April 20, 2020

Did you know you are a water creature? Sixty percent of the human body is water, and it is vital to every physiological process in the body. While you can be deprived of food for three or four weeks, you can only go three or four days without water. And you have probably already experienced the mental and spiritual benefits of water. A quick shower or a lap in a swimming pool can do wonders to rejuvenate the mind and… Read more

April 14, 2020

Gaining the ability to mold and manipulate metals was one of humanity’s great leaps forward. It has allowed us to build and make things, like tall buildings and great ships, that have strength and permanence to weather the vicissitudes of nature and time. So much technology that makes our lives comfortable today—cars, trains, computers, and more—depend on it, too. Also, metal carries energy better than any other element. Electrical wires and circuit boards are evidence of this. Metal is also… Read more

March 31, 2020

Before we are Koreans, Canadians, Americans, or any other nationality, we are Earth beings. That concept is central to my philosophical teachings because understanding this ultimate identity is the only way to transcend some of the challenges we currently face. But how can we grow beyond our limited sense of self to truly embrace being a child of Mother Earth? One way is to place ourselves in direct communion with the elemental earth. Of course, we mean something different when… Read more

March 17, 2020

Human beings have become the masters of all five elements on earth. We have learned to sail vast oceans and bring water to our crops. We have carved beautiful objects from wood and built massive structures with it. We have also moved tons of earth with huge machines, and we have extracted cement and asphalt to lay millions of miles of roads and other surfaces. We have extracted metal to manufacture amazing creations, from the implements of war to the… Read more

March 3, 2020

In universal Asian understanding of nature, there are five elements, or forms of energy, that make up the physical world: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Together, they create the Elemental Cycle, which gives rise to all the processes of nature as the elements interact—wood feeding fire, fire creating earth, earth forging metal, and so on. These same elements are within the human being, too, in various proportions, and balancing them within the energy body is an important key to… Read more

February 18, 2020

In spiritual circles, there has long been much talk about the spiritual keys to abundance, often called “the law of attraction,” which suggests that everything on the physical plane is available to us if we are open to receiving it. Basically, it’s just a matter of focusing the mind on what we want while eliminating thinking patterns that contradict our desires. In the philosophy of Sundo from ancient Korea, there is a similar principle, which is stated, “Where mind goes,… Read more

February 4, 2020

Building good relationships takes time, and repairing broken relationships takes even more time. But, there are things you can do right now to start improving the way you relate to others, whether the relationship is with a romantic partner, an old friend, or just a casual acquaintance. Because everyone possesses a soul that is on a journey of growth, everyone you meet is important and worthy of mindful attention and basic respect. Also, every person you encounter, even if they… Read more

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