Your thoughts create reality. Sure, you say. This is not a new concept. Obviously, we are affected by the constant barrage of  internal and external influences we endure on a daily basis. Marketing companies alone spend hours each day figuring out how to expose us to thoughts that drive us to purchasing their products.

 

 

If thoughts didn’t matter, these ads and their advertisers wouldn’t exist.

That’s why we all need to understand how truly powerful this idea is:  Whatever we think about consciously and subconsciously manifests in our daily life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In other words, what we focus on grows bigger in our daily lives, and what we ignore grows smaller.

This concept applies to everything, including all the negative, self-limiting, and doubting thoughts that hold us back, as well as the confident, determined, supportive thoughts that propel us into positive action.

While you may give thought to what you eat on a daily basis, making sure it’s healthy and good f or you, do you do the same with your thoughts?

 

 

Remember, it takes vigilance to examine and if necessary, to remove the thoughts that run through our minds. And yet, how successful could anyone be with an inner dialogue that repeats “you can’t do it.”  Ask any successful person and they’ll tell you the same thing: while they may have had that voice in their head, they chose not to listen to it.

Next time you are standing in front of a mirror, take a few minutes to look at yourself.  I mean really look at yourself. While you’re there, quiet your mind and listen to the thoughts that come next.  Don’t be discouraged if you hear nothing, or have trouble quieting your mind. You may even find that you have a hard time looking at yourself.  This is a form of meditation and it takes practice and patience.

It was an amazing honor to have received a Gold Lifetime Achievement Award from the Golden Bridge Awards!  This was the 10th anniversary of this prestigious organization, and we were honored at a red carpet award ceremony in the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco!

My heart is full of joy to have been nominated!  I feel blessed to have met so many wonderful people at the ceremony!  

One of the special messages that I delivered during my awards speech: “If I can achieve my goals in this lifetime, others can do the same – never give up!”

Our President, Scott Salton, was quoted to say: "This award is a testament to Dr. Kim’s relentless pursuit of excellence and ‘never say die’ attitude in all aspects of her life. Her motto is ‘He can do, She can do, Why not me!’”

Celebrate every living breath as if it were your last!

You have the Power in you.

What you do in your life is your Personal Choice!

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!

Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER.  As you read through this, think about times when you've held on to items from your past - did that help or hinder you?  

Once you dedicate yourself to achieving goals that go beyond your present concept of yourself, you may also find that you have to work hard at letting go of your past.  You have to sacrifice the old story to make room for the new vision of yourself.  Doing that may require forgiveness on your part because forgiveness is the way we release the past.  You cannot change a situation if you keep holding on to it with negative emotion. 

Even though we've all heard that forgiveness is a key to growth, it can be hard to sacrifice a feeling of injustice and let go of past hurts and wounds.  Start by reminding yourself that forgiveness does not mean you absolve anyone from wrongdoing.  The wrong that was done is still wrong and will always be wrong.  Rather, forgiveness helps you release the pattern so it will not repeat itself in your life.  You don't want to be terrorized by the memory and the burden of a past incident, do you?  Then let it go.

  

When we keep thinking about and regretting something that happened in the past, we continually re-create it in our minds.  We literally change those memories and patterns with the energy they need to stay alive.  We saw this in the story I shared of the woman who had been raped three times.  She had to learn to stop revolving in her mind pictures of herself as a victim in order to stop magnetizing people into her life who wanted to complete that picture and victimize her.

I understand the dynamic of letting go of past hurts very well.  It was an important part of my early training under my martial arts master.  My childhood circumstances - being resented by my mother, beaten by my father, shunned by my entire village, and laughed at for aspiring to be a martial artist - would have overwhelmed me with self-pity had my teacher not taught me to take charge of my own life and refuse to be a victim.

 

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Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER.  As you read through this, think about what it means to truly be patient.  

True patience means you keep the power turned on as you knowingly wait for what you've been working toward to appear at its appointed time.  Patience is knowing the truth and expecting the truth to manifest.  This knowing and expecting is part of the process of being your Silent Master.  Thus, when you express true patience, you think as your Silent Master thinks.

Say you've been trying to get pregnant for a long time and are ecstatic that it has finally happened.  You have a little morning sickness and at last you get over that.  After three months, do you say, "Where is my baby?  I'm ready to get this over with.  Let's go."  At five months, at six months, at eight months and beyond, you have to be patient until the baby's development is complete.

Let's take a totally different situation.  Say your home was destroyed in a flood and has to be rebuilt.  After the builders have started working on it for a couple of weeks, is it realistic to ask the builder, "Where is my home?  Where's the finished living room?  Where's the kitchen?  When can I move in?"  You don't do that because you know how much time it takes to build a new home.  You've done your planning, you've sacrificed to make it happen and stayed loyal to your goal, and now you are patiently awaiting the conclusion of the project.  When you are manufacturing a new product, you know you have to move through stages one, two, and three before you can move on to stages four, five, and six.  In order to avoid a lot of frustration and anxiety about the project and instill patience, you carefully chart where you are in the process.

Your life is also a work in progress.  It takes time for you to grow and mature.  Everything requires a certain time frame for its completion.  Although we may not be aware of the timing of the processes in our life, those stages still exist and we are moving through them.  This may be a much more far-reaching view of patience than you are used to.  You may think of patience as what you need when you have to wait for an hour at the doctor's office or when you have to wait in a long line at the grocery store.  What I'm talking about is a whole different level of patience.  Sometimes you have to be patient for years to achieve certain life goals.  When you are in the middle of that process, you can't allow yourself to get easily disappointed with every delay and use that as an excuse to give up.

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On October 20th, the 2018 National Cultural Festival for Peaceful Reunification of Korea event was held in the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino, CA. I had the honor to be one of the recipients of the Korea Unification Contribution Award.  Recipients were given a medal and award, and were honored by a wonderful ceremony.

The award read:

"Your contribution to the promotion of peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula has been chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Korea Unification Contribution Award.  In honor of that achievement, we will present the medal and plaque of peace on the Korean Peninsula, which is made by melting the DMZ barbed wire and the shell used in the Korean War, symbolizing the division of the Korean peninsula, with the appreciation and respect of all Koreans."

Mr. Chung Ui Wha, the Chairman of the 19th National Assembly of Korea, presented the awards and plaques:

I was honored to have the opportunity to present medals to our Veterans who served in the Korean War.  This was especially moving for me, as any one of those soldiers may have helped save my life when I was a young girl running from the bombs in the Korean War!

I had the opportunity to share a few thoughts after receiving my medal.

My main message was to share with everyone that as we strive to generate peace in the Korean Peninsula, it is most important that we recognize that peace comes from within us.  So, let us have peace in our heart, and may it continue to grow, so we can share peace with the whole world.

Always remember:  He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!

 

Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER.  As you read through this, think about what it means to be specific.  Can you see how important it is to identify the specific details of what you want to accomplish? 

Now you know that you have the freedom to create and you know the law:  what you think, you create.  The fourth principle of mental conduct invites us to engage the power of our determination and, as importantly, to use our power responsibly in invoking this law.

When you decide to make a change, achieve a goal, or create something new in your life, first be sure to focus your objective clearly in your mind and be specific.  At my seminars, I ask the attendees to write down their specific goals.  Many times, what they write is too general and vague.  You need to be specific, writing down and visualizing the exact details of what you want to achieve.

The thought "I desire a change in my social life" will take form somehow, but it may be so vague and indistinct that you won't notice a change.  "I desire to meet more people" is better.  "I desire to meet more people who share my interest in flying airplanes (or whatever)" is better still.  If your goal is to become so accomplished in your profession that you receive an award, write down the name of the awards ceremony, the date and time it will take place, the location of the event, and the dress or suit you'll be wearing.

Focus as specifically as possible on what you want to accomplish.  As I said earlier, when you want to buy a car, you identify the kind of car you want and the make, model, color, and accessories you desire.  When you take a vacation, you plan exactly where you want to go, where you will stay, and how you will get there, and you proceed to make all the proper arrangements.  You are being specific, aren't you?  The even greater goals in your life deserve as much care and focus, don't they?  Know the details about the goals you want to reach and the steps you'll need to take to get there.  Be specific and then focus your will and unflinching determination behind your purpose.

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Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER.  As you read through this, think about changes you've experienced in your life.  Do you see any rhythms in the changes?  

Perhaps the most obvious manifestation of yin and yang in action is change.  The motion of the two forces of yin and yang in the world are seen in rhythms of change such as day and night, the ebb and flow of the tides, the changing of seasons, birth and death, death and regeneration, seed and harvest.
There are also rhythms of change in our bodies.  Much has been written about biological rhythms, periods of increased and decreased energy that can affect our health and disposition.  Some studies have helped employers create work shifts that harmonize with these rhythms.  If you look carefully, you will see that there are also rhythms of change in other aspects of your life.  Times of progress are followed by rest, followed by increase.  Likewise, times of prosperity are followed by lack followed by abundance, joy is followed by sorrow followed by happiness, and so on.
Why is the knowledge of balance and change such a key tool?  Because when you know that there are cycles of change, you avoid accepting limited or negative conditions as permanent or final.  No matter where you are in a cycle, the seed for the new condition is there.
Just because that seed is present, though, does not mean it will automatically develop.  Change itself is a journey, and at times it requires us to do some trimming and pruning, planting and harvesting.  In the cycle of seed and harvest, for example, the harvest does not arrive automatically.  The farmer must work the land, plant the seeds, and provide the water.  When you desire a change, you must do the work of choosing to bring about the change and then support your choice with appropriate actions.
It’s easy to want to change a bad condition into a good one and to make the choice to do so. But what about when a good condition changes into a bad one and you didn’t choose that?  The knowledge of balance and change is a tool here as well.  That knowledge helps you keep your perspective when changes you didn’t expect occur.

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Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER.  As you read through this, think about what it means to let go of dangerous attitudes and activities that cause us pain and suffering.    

Now let's look at another dimension of sacrifice - letting go of attitudes that block our progress.  Letting go of attitudes is just as essential as letting go of unhealthy activities or saying goodbye to people who hinder our progress.  In fact, unless you let go of certain attitudes, your physical letting go won't last very long.  This concept is related to the inner power step of purity.  When you let go of an attitude that is sabotaging who you want to be, you are also purifying your world of a habit pattern that has kept you hostage to limited thinking and limited living.

   

It's a common misconception that most of our attachments center on objects or people.  The truth is that our attitudes and feelings about objects are more binding than the objects themselves.  For example, we may become attached to an object, person, or situation (even if we complain about it) because we like feeling comfortable, we fear change, and we don't have the courage to take initiative on our own.  Maybe we stay with a domineering boyfriend, girlfriend, or employer, even though doing so is keeping us stuck in a rut.  In cases like these, fear is the real attachment, not the person.

If suddenly those people are removed from our lives but we still have not let go of our fundamental fears and have not developed the strength to stand up for ourselves, we'll just become attached to the next domineering boyfriend or girlfriend or employer that comes along - and continue to complain about them.  That's because the thoughts we keep in our mind rule over us as long as we allow them to stay there, and they continue to produce the same results.

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Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim offers Private Classes in California and Oregon!

Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy provides many different programs! Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim and Master Instructors offer private classes in both California and Oregon. These classes are very popular in the surrounding cities like Medford, Oregon; Applegate, Oregon; Jacksonville, Oregon; Central Point, Oregon; Grants Pass, Oregon, and Fremont, California; Milpitas, California; San Jose, California; Cupertino, Silicon Valley California; and more!

What is a Private Class?

It is a one-on-one session for students who want to further their training by focusing on a specific technique, form or sparring.  Private classes are designed so that the student will receive immediate feedback and advice on how to improve, which helps accelerates the students training. One private class is equivalent to about a week’s worth of regular classes because of the student-teacher ratio.

                    

One of the students who recently took private classes shares how she learned to better visualize her target.  Before, she was striking with her techniques aimlessly, now she is exercising the power of visualization with every technique that she does and it’s helping her to direct her energy toward her target or goal.  Her focus at work and home has improved, she can see her goals clearly and she knows how to achieve them.

Why is visualization important?  Dr. Tae Yun Kim writes in one of her books, Seven Steps to Inner Power, “Visualization is the process of forming a mental image.” and “It is an immaterial activity that takes form first as a mental image, then as a material image.”  So, as students focus on their physical techniques, they are also visualizing their goals.  “No matter what goals you are aiming for in your life, visualization is an essential tool to achieving them.”  Dr. Kim’s words are based on nearly 70 years of experience and application.

Learn more about visualization! Can you visualize your goal and your dreams? Are you ready to make it happen? You can gain many insights and lessons through private classes offered at Jung SuWon!

 

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