The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading Your Brain Operating System

The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading Your Brain Operating System

by Ilchi Lee

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The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading Your Brain Operating System by Ilchi Lee

Our brains are a thousand times more incredible than anything else we will ever encounter. Every great accomplishment human beings have achieved was the work of the brain. In fact, our brains possess infinite potential that allows us to do and be anything. By using this potential well, we become a “Power Brain” that can not only create our personal fate, but that of the entire planet.

To develop our brains’ potential, it’s useful to liken the brain to a computer with an operating system. We have a Brain Operating System (BOS) composed of our beliefs and preconceptions that we can change and upgrade until our brains run optimally.

Recognizing the potential in our brain beyond what we’ve been able to use so far, Ilchi Lee began investigating brain development principles and methods. He compiled them into a comprehensive self-development system with five steps called Brain Education. Refined over the years by new scientific research and the experiences of those who use it, Brain Education has become an academic discipline that’s presented in a variety of ways, including school educational programs and corporate training.

While The Power Brain is primarily about the brain, this book does not focus on the anatomical or neuro-physiological functions of the brain. Rather, it serves as a Brain Operating System user’s manual that describes how to use our brain to discover our value, recreate the story of our lives, and claim a new destiny. Improving our lives, and consequently, our world, through brain development is a skill that anyone can understand, practice, and apply to everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935127864
Publisher: Best Life Media
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 633,181
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

ILCHI LEE is an impassioned visionary, educator, mentor, and innovator; he has dedicated his life to developing and teaching methods to nurture the full potential of the human brain, particularly Body & Brain Yoga and Brain Education. Author of 39 books, including the New York Times bestseller, "The Call of Sedona," he is also a well-respected humanitarian who has been working with the United Nations and other organizations for global peace. He serves as president of the Korea Institute of Brain Science (KIBS), the University of Brain Education (UBE), the Global Cyber University, and IBREA.

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But as a comprehensive educational system, Brain Education’s ultimate goal is to create what I call a Power Brain—a productive, creative, and peaceful brain. A productive brain is realistic and responsible. It uses focus and drive to achieve worthy goals, and it uses time and resources efficiently. Through self-management and self-administration, it’s able to complete the goals it has selected for itself. … You’re probably hard-working and responsible. Yet most people complain that they have difficulty focusing, or maybe they procrastinate or spend too much time on the Internet. Can you imagine how much more productive you’d be if you mastered the art of concentration? It’s not surprising that in today’s world, we have a hard time focusing. We’re inundated with information, so we constantly have distraction buzzing around us. The exercises of Brain Education are designed to help you get control of your brain so you can focus on moving toward whatever it is you want to be in the world. Creativity is another attribute of a Power Brain. A creative brain can think flexibly and exhibit imagination freely. It can picture a bright future without collapsing under the burden of reality, even when life is extremely difficult in the moment. Creative people think of solutions when they confront obstacles on the journey toward their goals. Creative brains aren’t just important for artists and musicians. Everyone needs a creative brain, and everyone has this capacity. Growth and change are critical parts of life, but they aren’t possible without creativity. Albert Einstein famously said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” In other words, we have to keep our thinking flexible or we’ll be stuck in the same place forever. You must be able to imagine yourself as a better person before you can become a better person. We must first be able to imagine a better way of living before we can become a better world. Peacefulness is the third characteristic of a Power Brain, reflecting how and for what the brain is used. This doesn’t only mean being free of conflict and worry; it means using the brain for the good of the many— pursuing Hongik. If you use your brain to harm others, yours isn’t a Power Brain, no matter how smart it may be. The ability to use our brains peacefully often depends on the kind of information we store in them. A Power Brain contributes to realizing peace by producing bright, positive information.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Wisdom of Brain Discovery xi

Author's Introduction: Your Journey to Your Authentic Self xvii

Part I Three-Pound Universe 1

Chapter 1 Welcome to Your Brain 3

Did You Bring Your Brain? 3

The Most Extraordinary Thing 4

Inside the Human Brain 5

Three Layers of the Brain 11

Chapter 2 The Best Traits of Your Brain 19

Brains Outside the Brain. 19

Three Traits of Your Brain 24

Part II The Power Brain Basics 31

Chapter 3 The Background of Brain Education 33

The East Meets the West 33

The Brain and Spirituality 36

The Power Brain 37

Chapter 4 Exploring Energy 41

The Bridge Between the Body and Brain 41

Energy Pathways and Energy Points 42

Key Energy Centers 46

Key Energy Principles 48

Chapter 5 Seven Tools of Brain Education 55

Breathing 55

Meditation 59

Energy 64

Exercise 65

Our Senses 68

Information 70

Imagination 72

Fulfilling Your Potential 74

Part III Five Steps to a Power Brain 77

Chapter 6 Experience Your Power Brain 79

Am I My Brain? 79

The Brain, Not Just the Mind 81

Shifting Perceptions to Reshape Your Life 82

The Body-Brain Connection 83

Chattering Brain Vs. Composed Brain 85

Invite Change and Transformation 86

Five Steps to a Big Breakthrough 88

Chapter 7 Step 1: Brain Sensitizing 93

What a Sensitized Brain Feels Like 94

Healing Begins in Self-Awareness 95

Stress Awareness 96

Brain Sensitizing Methods 99

Feeling the Body 100

Feeling the Breath 120

Feeling Energy 119

Feeling the Brain 126

Further Brain Sensitizing Activities 132

Chapter 8 Step 2: Brain Versatilizing 137

The Benefits of a Versatile Brain 139

Body-Brain Coordination Exercises 141

Brain Energy Exploration 151

Brain Flexibility Exercises 156

Challenging Assumptions 163

Extending Your Competence 164

Set Yourself Free 165

Chapter 9 Step 3: Brain Refreshing 167

Working Skillfully with Emotions 168

Emotional Intelligence 169

Freedom from the Past 171

Letting Them Go 173

Brain Cleansing 174

Brain Breathing 176

Brain Releasing 178

Acceptance and Forgiveness 188

The Balance of Freedom and Control 189

The Internal Conversation 190

Chapter 10 Step 4: Brain Integrating 193

Integrating Your Brain 194

Horizontal Integration of the Brain 195

Vertical Integration of the Brain 198

Energy Circuit Exercise 199

Sound Vibration Exercises 205

Brain Wave Vibration 209

Upgrading Your Core Beliefs 220

Establishing Your Identity 222

New Information to Support New Choices 228

Chapter 11 Step 5: Brain Mastering 231

The Master of Your Brain 232

A Brain You Can Trust 234

The Power of Vision 235

Self-Declaration 239

The Cycle of Self-Creation 240

Upgrading Your Brain Operating System 242

View Obstacles as Blessings 249

Get Physical 250

Develop a Lofty Character 251

Plan-Do-Check-Act 252

Feeling the Earth 254

Enlightened Living 257

Chapter 12 Everyday Application 261

Self-Healing 261

Changing Habits 266

Managing Stress 272

Improving Concentration 274

Improving Job Performance 278

Character Education 281

Afterword: Living with Your Power Brain 285

Acknowledgments 289

Resources 291

About the Author 293

Index 295

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ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite The Power Brain by Ilchi Lee held my complete interest the entire time I read the book. From the beautiful color scheme and formatting to the informative facts about brain structure and function, this unique book is a must-read. The book begins with an introduction, then goes on to explore the brain in vast detail. The information provided is scientific enough to educate the reader, but not difficult to understand at all. As the book moves on, the author explores how other organs work in conjunction with the brain, what good habits you should develop as far as eating, exercise, sleep, and meditation, and how to stay positive overall. There are so many exercises included in the book, and these exercises include illustrations as a guide for the reader. They were not difficult to follow and were part of what makes the book so fun, educational, and unique. In reading The Power Brain, I was not only intrigued by the subject matter and the fact that so much information was given about the brain, but also enlightened by the spiritual connections included. Author Ilchi Lee focuses on the scientific while including so much of what makes this study important— the spiritual basis and the importance of positivity. The reader will learn what the brain looks like, but they will also learn how important it is to smile. They will practice breathing exercises, learn physical exercises to strengthen the mind, play brain games, and even learn how to find their own core values. The author emphasizes the importance of positive thinking, even in bad situations, and includes specific exercises to let go of the past. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in this study, or anyone who wants to use their brain to its highest potential.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite In Ilchi Lee’s The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading Your Brain Operating System, he asks the question, “Did you bring your brain?" It would seem like a silly question because our brains are obviously inside our heads, but the point he wants to emphasize is for us to be aware of the existence of our brains, physically and consciously. Then he goes on to describe the best traits of the brain, the background of brain education, exploring energy, the seven tools of brain education, and the five steps to becoming a power brain. Emphasizing that the brain is like a computer with an operating system called the Brain Operating System, Lee informs his readers that it is possible to change and upgrade the brain until it runs to its fullest potential so we can direct our personal lives and the fate of our world in general. Imagine a world where we have a user’s manual on how to make optimum use of our brains. Ilchi Lee’s The Power Brain is the closest we have to a user’s manual on how to use our brains. In this way, we can recreate our life stories, carve our own destinies, and create a better world. The South Korean author is also the founder of a variety of mind-body training methods and is definitely an expert in this field. Combining Eastern and Western philosophies, Lee comes up with a program composed of simple training exercises that will help us use our brains in improving our lives and the environment we live in. As such, we become a power brain and will possess the skill to refresh our brains akin to a computer. What I really find amazing with The Power Brain is how easily it explains the workings of the complex brain. And if you like to have the choice to delete bad memories and save happy ones, this book is for you!
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading Your Brain Operating System by Ilchi Lee is a must-read for anyone who wants to outwit mediocrity, reach their peak potential, and succeed in both life and business. It’s no secret that our brains are powerful tools that we use in almost everything. Unfortunately, most people still think that some people are born with better brains than others. In this groundbreaking work, Ilchi Lee uncovers revealing truths about the power of our brains, and offers a proven path to refining the brain system and making it work at its optimal levels. In the heart of this powerful book is the message that will startle many people: our brains are capable of doing infinitely more than we can ever imagine. This book will help you understand the ways you suffocate your brain, beliefs that are harmful to your personal growth, and how to successfully tap into the amazing power of your brain. The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading Your Brain Operating System is well-written, and shows that the author has done his homework exceptionally well. Ilchi Lee’s writing is clear and concise, a style that will appeal to most readers. The author offers five steps to training the brain and how to use it to create the kind of life anyone wants. The step by step guides are clear and easy to follow. I found this book incredibly useful. If used well, it will completely transform anyone’s life and the way they see reality, including their self-image. The exercises such as “Brain Cleansing,” “Brain Releasing Exercise,” “Brain Breathing Exercise,” and many others are what most of us need to start the day. This book is a treasure I have needed for years, a gift to offer people we love, and an invaluable tool to unlocking the tremendous power of our minds.