How important is mindfulness…objective insight?

An excerpt from my book, i.e., Chapter XII – “True Happiness: A Glimpse of Heaven”…

“Even though we are quite often moving quickly through our daily lives, we do have the wherewithal (if we choose to exercise it) to slow our sense of awareness down. We can actually get more done when our minds are more relaxed and we are less scattered in our thinking – thus able to better focus on, and truly embrace what we are actually doing – all-the-while elevating the likelihood that we can realize a deep and loving sense of true appreciation of the miracle of the moment (more and more and more…as we nurture this skill). This old handed-down saying presents a relevant point in a subtle, yet telling fashion, if one takes the time to explore its deeper meaning:

‘Go fast, one can only go fast – go slow, one can always go fast.’

The notions herein could easily be seen as haughty high-minded ‘stuff.’ Please know that this is not the goal. Life is difficult, and at times, it can seem to be a painless thing to simply allow oneself to ‘get stuck,’ versus trying ‘really hard’ to improve oneself. In these arts, The Five Virtues are viewed as a simple vehicle toward deep insight and philosophical and practical clarity and happiness when we most need it. Even so, nothing may be more difficult to answer to – particularly when seen as a vehicle toward our ‘true responsibility’ of making the world a better place:

1. Healthful Respect

2. Healthful Loyalty

3. Healthful Humility

4. True Honor

5. True Integrity

Getting stuck on the ‘plateau of not trying’ is a living death. In purely colloquial terms, ‘nothing is worth anything unless we are willing to keep trying.’

What would life be truly like if one could honestly say…

If in Heaven I have what I have now, I would be happy…in the spirit of perfect appreciation, remember the true and real import of warm-heartedness, compassion, and dignity…?” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)


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Where are all the angels?

A question from a reader of my book and blog: When I look at all that is going on in the world, often so much negativity and difficulty, I wonder if there really are angels. To many this may seem like a silly question or concern. Nevertheless, I believe that some level of intrinsic goodness is all that has kept the human race going, vs. destroying itself. That said, I am deeply concerned about such a plethora of bad things happening all around the world: Maybe it is simply because modern technology allows us to know what is happening almost everywhere, even in real time. I know that the world has always had lots of bad stuff going on, but it seems likely to be worse nowadays. What are your thoughts?

Response: I believe that the most important thing in this and many regards, is that we learn to better and better embrace the notion that our most significant and primary calling (in having been placed on this earth), is to recognize and act upon the knowledge that it is our daily responsibility to make the world a better place. If this became the norm for more and more and more of us, oh what a different world it would be!

Quite humbly and respectfully, I believe it less important to concern ourselves with angels, i.e., in the most traditional sense...I believe it so much more important to be our own bright beautiful angels and diligently make the world a better place (AND doing so in a loving spirit of true appreciation and gratitude). This is not to in any way deny the existence of angels in the classic sense, quite the contrary. If angels do exist, then maybe they’d feel better about the whole thing if we took more and more true responsibility for our own well-being. Hence the old saying, “God helps those who help themselves.”

Once again, please know I mean all of this quite humbly and respectfully. Having said that, I believe that, each day, I should ask myself, “Haven’t I already been given all of the wonderful gifts that I need?” How dare I selfishly think that I always need help, when I can do so much more for myself. Why do I choose to repetitively get stuck on stagnant plateaus (‘plateaus’ that can be like a living death)? Why do I not more appreciate all of the truly splendid blessings that have been offered/given to me? Why do I not recognize my responsibility to do the right thing for the right selfless sake?

Maybe it is important to recognize what might be the greatest of blessings on this earth, i.e., that there is ALWAYS room for improvement, greater and greater levels of insight and the practical application thereof…thus being more and more willing to embrace healthful change. In this fashion, it may be quite possible to become more and more healthful conduits between heaven and earth. At a minimum, can we at least acknowledge that the world might be a much better and different place if we at least take time to consider such notions…each day?

I believe in the ages-old notion that, “The primary fault of humankind is the notion that you are there and I am here.” I believe that a most likely means by which to prove it true, is to act upon it as if it is true. I believe that the closer we become to each other, the closer we will come to being our own bright beautiful angels.

I believe we all, to varying degrees, hide behind a wall of lies. In the arts that I teach and coach, an old saying sets forth, “If there is a heaven, a key to the universe, a sixth sense, they are rooted in true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind.” It may be much about true forgiveness and learning to witness truth beyond expectations and preset patterns of thinking…playing the part of a less and less blemished witness.

When is the last time you’ve embraced, experienced, genuinely sweet and innocent, light and loving fun? When is the last time you lived a moment, an hour, a day, with your spirit filled with sparkling spine-tingling/shivering appreciation and utter benevolence? A true lightness of being? Ever? Maybe such a lightness of being is consistent with being your own bright beautiful angel – so capable of making the world a better place, each and every day. Maybe we can thus learn to live life as a living loving art form. Maybe, just maybe, living loving true appreciation and gratitude, intrinsically in harmony with empathy, is the ‘magic elixir.’ — Dr. Glen Hepker


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How angry am I?

An inquiry from a reader of my book and blog: “How do you view anger and frustration, i.e, with regard to the dynamics of what you coin in your book as ‘true health?’ How does one deal with these most difficult of human characteristics – meaningfully and healthfully grow past them – learn to deal with them in a more and more beneficial way?”

Response: Humbly and respectfully, I believe I need to ask myself many times each day…”What genuine effort am I making to control my anger? What level of honesty am I utilizing with regard to my attachment to hatred, pride, jealousy, greed, ignorance, frustration? Am I fooling myself? How deeply am I willing to look? How important is it to me to learn to objectively gauge my thoughts and actions…MOST PARTICULARLY in a spirit consistent with my responsibility in making the world a better place (i.e., versus a spirit of tearing it down)? Is the ‘key’ to unlock the door to such true health found in a loving sparkling spine-tingling/shivering ‘magic elixir,’ made up of splendid amounts of true appreciation and gratitude? Is it found in deeply embracing my comfort and discomfort equally? Is it found in learning to better and better ‘witness’ these dynamics in a less and less blemished fashion?”

Is this level of insight enjoyed by way of impeccably endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake…without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas – no need for reward? Is this what ‘true health through true responsibility’ means? How much healthful faith does it necessitate? Yin to yang, how badly do I need to hide behind my ‘walls of lies’ – walls built with anger and frustration? How deeply do I want to embrace the notion that, “if there is a Heaven, if there is a key to the universe, if there is a sixth sense, they are rooted in true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom – but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind?

Can I stand the fact that no matter what, on this earth, there is always room for improvement, deeper and deeper loving and selfless objective insight? How badly do I want to avoid getting stuck on stagnant plateaus of living death…a living purgatory? How badly do I want to live my life as a “living loving art form,” versus living a life in which I take so much for granted? Once again, please remember that this is ALL meant in a spirit of humility and respect: We are ALL in the same common boat in this – our lives here. — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)



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The loving warrior…a misnomer? Maybe not.

Laugh, frown, chuckle if you will. Albeit, in these arts the true bona fide traditional notion of the term ‘warrior’ has naught to do with waging violence: The term is making reference to a man or woman who wages an ongoing personal war within – in order to realize greater and greater levels of quintessential knowledge, succinct altruism/selflessness, objective insight, true honor, and deep and abiding dignity, decency, goodness, and grace. Nothing is of greater import – at its best, in the loving spirit of True Appreciation, this is a lifelong struggle in which there is always room for improvement (which unto itself is among the greatest AND least appreciated gifts/blessings of all).
The wars and famines of our spirits are reflected in the wars and famines of the greater world. In these and so many respects, we are all in the same common boat. Until a majority of humankind is raised up or raises themselves up to take True Responsibility for their own health and well-being, the ‘boat’ will always be on the brink of turning over and sinking. Enjoying deep awareness, genuine appreciation, and deft practical application of this notion is a refined skill which is one of the central features of the Bright Beautiful School of Thought (e.g., Ming Chia/Tao Chan).

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The Lotus Flower Blossoms speaks…

The Lotus Flower Blossoms (as set forth in Chapter XV, i.e., “True Freedom” in my book, A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health):

“There is a place where, wherever you are there, whatever you are doing…no matter what, in any given moment, there should be nowhere you would rather be. It is where you are right now – and you have the ability to so deeply and artfully appreciate your life and its living…to connect one healthful insight to the next, and make them all one…learning to witness this already-existing truth.

In the wilderness of our existence…a place of budding flowers about, about to unwrap in a showing of perfect appreciation for all to thrive upon, we are the flowers which can blossom again and again in each season of our deeper and deeper insights…all connected…each better and more healthful than before.

It is not unlike Heaven…and it can become Heaven, with enough insight and appreciation. It takes quite a few sparks, glimpses – spine-tingling moments…as a way-of-life which becomes more and more purposeful…more and more without time or space or distance. More and more there is less and less to hide behind.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)
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How crazy does it sound?

What if we were regularly reminded that we need to be at our best? What if we were regularly reminded that the world depends on us to be at our best? Who would remind us? What would this mean…and what would our lives be like? What would the world be like if it was true? Better? Worse?

AND of course, WHAT is it to be at our ‘best?’ In the ages-old health and wellness arts that I teach, coach, and endeavor to follow, it is first in learning to honestly display oneself with dignity, decency, goodness, and grace (REALLY TRULY figuring out how to mean it – no matter what). It is in endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake – without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas. It is deep realization that we are all SO very much more in the same common boat than we often seem to think and act. It is supporting others in their healthful goals. It is in a living loving spirit of ‘true appreciation,’ deep gratitude for all of the gifts/blessings which we are given each day…each moment.

What would life be like if we recognized that it is genuinely a responsibility to make the world a better place…each day? Would the world be a much better and different place if an ever-evolving greater number of us recognized this as a ‘true responsibility?’ It CAN be up to each of us to decide what we believe the answer to be – and maybe that, unto itself, is the greatest of responsibilities.

Maybe just honestly answering these questions (each and every sparkling spine-tingling day) could provoke a REALLY TRULY healthful philosophical WAY OF LIFE – in a living loving spirit of gratitude! (Thus enabling us to better and better embrace healthful change – vs. fearing it.)

Could it be that this what is really needed, i.e.,’true health through true responsibility?’ Maybe it could be a life of true honesty, promoting of true happiness, and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. Maybe it would entail loving realization of common glimpses of Heaven – even transforming us into more and more healthful conduits between Heaven and Earth. Oh boy! — Dr. Glen Hepker
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What might be a ‘path of heart?’

If such a thing exists, how important is it to be on such a ‘path?’

Many cultures and traditions have similar sayings which loosely and not-so-loosely translate into congruent outlooks. In the ages-old arts that I teach, coach, and humbly endeavor to follow (i.e., Ming Chia/Tao Chan – the Bright Beautiful School of Thought), the very old consistent (Mandarin) term is ‘tao te shen,’ e.g., ‘path of heart,’ ‘way of heart,’ or ‘being of heart.’ Therein, a path of heart is described as a spirit devoid of the most dark and terrible weight of greed, gluttony, hate, ignorance, and unhealthful fear (or dread). It is full of the beautiful brightness/lightness of dignity, decency, goodness, and grace. It IS the living loving spirit of true appreciation and acting without acting, e.g., endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake, without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas. It is living life as a living loving art form…embracing of change, most especially healthful change. It is a way of being which is full of the quintessential brightness of the ‘five virtues’ – healthful respect, healthful loyalty, healthful humility, true honor, and true integrity.

The Bright School theory sets forth the notion that humankind cannot survive (let alone thrive) if there aren’t enough people on so-coined paths of heart. It sets forth that the only way humankind will ever substantively evolve (as a whole), is when/if a majority of human beings are raised and/or raised up to paths of heart, quite inclusive of embracing the notion of ‘true health through true responsibility.’

In a humble and respectful spirit, it is said in these arts, that many people find such a way of being as something to look up to – they find it unusual…that it seems ‘different (likely in good way).’ Hence, if it was not different, would it not have become unknown a long time past…or vice-versa? Do we truly need our ‘kings,’ ‘queens,’ and ‘heroes?’ Or do we more likely just need really good mentors and/or genuinely healthful unintentional role models.

In these arts it is said that there are ‘three treasures’ and that it is of utmost import that one learns to mindfully embrace them like nothing else. They are consistent with (honestly acting in) the healthful spirit(s) of “mercy, economy, and defying temptation to be ahead of others.” The spirit of mercy promotes strength. The spirit of economy promotes altruism. The spirit of humility promotes skills in stewardship.

“What is it to shun mercy, while endeavoring to be courageous? What is it to avoid economy, while endeavoring to be generous? What is it to avoid humility, and consistently work to win?” Such is an ongoing stagnant plateau which is like a living death.

Christ once said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter Heaven.” True wealth is not financial. True wealth is a path of heart…it is the right thing for the right selfless sake. It is true health through true responsibility.

A living spirit of grace and mercy in facing life’s battles is promoting of healthful objective insight and healthful outcomes – greater and greater wherewithal in one’s ability to handle what life throws at one. It is a means by which one can be a more and more healthful conduit between Heaven and Earth. If there is a Heaven, a key to the universe, a sixth sense, they are rooted in true honesty promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind.

We have already been given the gifts we need in order to succeed: If there is a reward, it is in the requisite true effort of facing opportunities for growth, e.g., the miracles of ALL challenges…and first and foremost recognizing them as such blessings, i.e., ‘true miracles.’ — Dr. Glen Hepker

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