Han Sae Gae

These days I am feeling really hopeful and excited about the possibilities.

What possibilities you might wonder?

The answer is:  The possibilities that I can create.

Sometimes I get so bogged down by outside information.  I used to be even worse about this, I’m certainly much better now, but still it happens.  What are my people saying or doing? What is my horoscope today? This year?  I better pay attention to the influences of my sun sign, rising sign, enneagram type, the psychic reading I received when I was 25 years old,  my blood type, my genetic traits, my childhood…ahhh it’s so tiring!   I honestly feel that the real prison that exists in this world is the prison of my own information.

There is a great, beautiful master in Korea who wrote a lovely book of poetry called “Seventy Stories for a Healthy Soul.” The messages are short and sweet and simple.  Here’s one along the lines of what I’m talking about today:


A Fixed Idea

It is not because of your repetitive and tedious life

That you feel unhappy.

It is because of the fixed idea that you have about yourself,

“I am an unhappy person,”

That makes your life tedious.


We are simultaneously the prisoners and the holders of the key to freedom. Isn’t it great?!

When Kate wrote her book and I began this blog, what I wanted most was for all children who were adopted like me to know this Truth.  Sometimes we are just handed things in life that we didn’t seem to ask for, which effect us in profound ways.  However,  even so, we have the power to choose how we will go forward.  I am reminding myself of this everyday these days, and I feel my will power rising up as I do so. That’s why I am also reminding you who reads this message.

Ilchi Lee says in the Brain Declaration, “I have the right to accept or refuse any information according to whether or not it is good for my vision.”  This is so empowering to me.  In my life, I struggled immensely with this.  Someone once described me as a pot with a broken lid.  This means, anyone can put anything into my pot at anytime and anyone can take anything out as well.  The time has come for me in my life where I finally have a handle on that lid! This is so liberating for me.  It makes me want to have a party for myself 🙂

I encourage all of you to find the things that you want to have parties for yourself about.  We need to celebrate ourselves more and celebrate this life more.  I just read another great quote by Ilchi lee this morning.  He said, “How will you operate your brain? I’m telling you to slightly reduce the negative shocks you receive and to greatly expand on the good things that happen, storing them in your head and really choosing them. How great would that be if your brain became so flexible?”

It’s so true how much we shock ourselves on a daily basis.  We put ourselves into fight or flight mode constantly!  And you know the brain doesn’t know the difference between “Oh my god a bear is chasing me!” and “Oh my god I forgot to call so and so back, oh my god why did I say that to this person, oh my god I’m so overwhelmed there’s too much to do …”  The brain doesn’t know the difference, and it sends the same alert message to the body, and the body reacts as if it’s being chased by a bear either way.  When we tense up like that, our blood pressure goes up, our livers secrete glucose raising our blood sugar, and our digestion goes bonkers.  If we don’t know how to release and relax, these symptoms start to accumulate over time and health problems occur.

It’s high time we make a peaceful world within our brains first 🙂  It’s inevitable that our world as a whole will follow.  I believe this completely, that’s why I put so much effort to make it happen.  If you believe it too, please become the great builder of a beautiful world inside of your brain!!

The Koreans talk about Han Sae Gae.  This means, Harmonious World or World of Oneness.  This world can only be built by each and every one of us, one step at a time.  The people who will create it are those who make a harmonious world inside first, and recognize that bringing benefit to this planet is the greatest purpose of a human being’s life.

The dream of Han Sae Gae shines brightly in my heart.  I believe that we are heading in that direction.  The world is changing.  Great possibilities are ahead of us, if we only but choose to create them.

2 Thoughts.

  1. I think that there are some personality tests (eg., Myers-Brigs, Enneagram, MMPI, etc) that can be informative about our personalities. However, the problem arises when we let these descriptions define ourselves and others. Then I agree they become prisons. Trouble ensues when we use them as the sole lense through which we view the world. For we are far more complicated and creative beings than can be described in any one construct. When overburdened with information I draw upon the image of a sifter. I ask myself, “what is true? what needs further reflection? What do I need to let go through the sifter?. Pass right through and not stick. I don’t think we have control over everything that Life brings us. However, I celebrate that I have a choice in how I respond to whatever may come my way. Charlene

    • Thank you for your comment Charlene. Yes I think the sifter which you speak of is like having a very good-functioning lid! With that, you have a great choosing power 🙂

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