What Does It Mean to Be an Earth Citizen?

I’m exploring this idea these days. I’m involved with an organization called the Earth Citizens Organization, or ECO, which promotes the concept of Earth Citizenship as constructed by Ilchi Lee. According to him, an Earth Citizen is a steward of the earth who actively does what is good for the planet and the life on it, in addition to themselves.

I’m all on board with this concept, but it is a BIG IDEA. So what does that look like in my daily life? One more obvious thing that I’ve thought of is what the environmentalists say: reduce my impact on the earth. How can I use only what I need to ensure my vitality while respecting other life? The small things I’ve done is switch to cloth pads, try to remember to bring my own bags to the store and my own cup to the coffee shop, and try not to waste food. Sometimes I remember to eat only what I really need and to eat beef only when my body really craves it, but that doesn’t always go so well. I turn off lights and avoid air conditioning when possible. But, honestly, between my computer and my phone, I’m plugged into electricity all day, every day, so I don’t really know what good I’m doing.

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Sunlight through the trees in New Zealand, the land where Ilchi Lee is building an Earth Village.

Another aspect is holistic health: how can we respect our bodies as part of nature—an entity with a natural tendency toward balance and harmony? Our bodies have amazing self-healing and self-regeneration abilities, and there are things we can do to maximize them. Being able to feel our bodies and learn what they want to ingest and release and how they need to move is an important skill and awareness to develop for maximizing our bodies’ healing power. I learned this skill, although I’m still honing it, through Brain Education practice. From this practice I also learned other body-mind-spirit healing techniques based on traditional Asian medicine, and there is so much more to learn.

Through my experience with these practices, I’ve come to confirm that real healing comes from the soul. No matter what we try to do for another person, their real healing comes from their soul, and all we can do is help them access that and make it stronger. Living from and for your soul is another aspect of Brain Education and being an Earth Citizen—to me, the most important part. When all people do this, we will fully realize that there is no true distinction between you and me, the trees and the animals, the people or the earth, or from divine energy. Then we’ll naturally make decisions that fit Earth Citizen values.

But how do we spread this idea and lifestyle? That is the burning question. What is compelling about the Earth Citizen concept, and how can we make it easier to live as an Earth Citizen? What more do I need to live as an Earth Citizen?

To be continued . . .

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