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What can I say? I’m blogging about A Glimpse Of Heaven by Dr. Glen Hepker, because I’m impressed with the simplicity and beauty in this eloquently written book that holds a blueprint to improving your life andmine.

First, I have to share the fact that Dr. Hepker possesses the credibility needed to write this categorical type of health and wellness book. He holds doctorate degrees in psychology and health/wellness arts, and has a fascinating biography that can be found onAmazonat his authorpage. I highly recommend taking a look at his compelling lifework and professions.

Dr. Hepker’s ideas and thoughts are very much influenced by The Ancient School of Thought, Ming Chia, which emphasizes taking true responsibility of one’s own health, life and well-being. If you simply take a look at the chapter titles, you can get a good feel for the basic yet brilliant ideas this book…

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This is your tribe – feel it in your trusty gut.

Congruent with the traditions of the Bright Beautiful School of Thought, while diligently and strategically learning to play the part of a less and less blemished witness to the living loving story of one’s life (vs. just being a pawn to the story of one’s life), the resplendent quintessentially consistent Four Keys of Healthful Interaction are:

1. The ‘true responsibility of healthful interaction’ – treating people in one’s worst of moods JUST as well as in one’s best of moods, and figuring out how to TRULY mean it…NO MATTER WHAT. This splendidly healthful way of being is congruent with working toward realization of a deeply benevolent sparkling spine-tingling/shivering spirit of dignity, decency, goodness, and grace – it is in loving harmony with notions of true health through true responsibility.

2. Acting without Acting – doing the right thing for the right sake, without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas: Or put more simply, the right thing for the right selfless sake.

3. Realizing we are ALL so much more in the same common boat…not so separate as we so often think and act.

4. The ‘true responsibility of supporting others in their HEALTHFUL goals.’

The ‘four keys’ can be mindfully utilized in innumerable aspects of the human condition, and they can be applied to the notion of ‘thriving vs. just surviving.’ What is a difference between thriving vs. just surviving? Beautiful sparkling seeds of promise are sprinkled in one’s path, but can be missed unless one learns to better and better play the part of an unblemished witness (without expectations/preset patterns of thinking).

To put it another way, there are splendidly magical things going on inside of us, and all around us, ALL of the time. We are either untrained or simply don’t care to witness and appreciate these genuinely wonderful blessings. Albeit, we CAN learn to lovingly and artfully be more and more appreciative, becoming more and more healthful conduits between Heaven and Earth.

How can we make this happen? The clarity one realizes through embracing true forgiveness presents one with opportunities for healing – they come from lightness which greatly impacts darkness. It is congruent with true appreciation, deep and abiding gratitude for learning to better and better take part in the living loving story of one’s life – less and less being stuck on stagnant plateaus which can be like a living death. It is consistent with deeper and deeper insight into the notion that there is a sparkling spine-tingling/shivering ‘true love,’ inclusive, but SO much more than just familial, friendship, and romantic love.

The four keys unlock the door to bringing forth new people into one’s life, those who recognize their true responsibility in making the world a better place…those for whom great success and a selfless/healthful desire to be of service to others go hand-in-hand. This is your tribe. You feel it in your trusty gut. Go to selfless lengths to foster such friendships, and witness the backs of unhealthful entities in one’s life getting smaller and smaller as they run away. — Dr. Glen Hepker

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What is the importance of gratitude in the quality of our health and well-being?

“Glen, it seems that, in my life when I feel the greatest sense of gratitude, it makes me feel best about my day, my life. It seems that, while feeling the wonderful outcome of this insight, I feel more healthy than at any other time. Is this what you mean when you say that true appreciation can be among the most splendid of healing mechanisms?’ What are your thoughts?” (An inquiry from a reader of my blog and book.)

Response: You state your thoughts QUITE well, thanks so VERY much. Humbly and respectfully, it is working toward taking deep and abiding ownership of a WAY OF LIFE in which one gathers a genuinely honest spirit of true appreciation…more and more each moment. What makes this all the more real, is in knowing that among the greatest gifts of all is that there is always room for improvement. It is a significant aspect of taking true responsibility for one’s own health and well-being.

This deep and abiding sense of gratitude greatly enhances the quality of our lives, and is a substantive part of the dynamic in raising ourselves up…embracing true responsibility. It is an important tenet of the Bright School theory, assisting one in realizing greater and greater levels of health and well-being.

This splendidly healthful outlook is distinguished by its remarkable, thought-provoking, and ingenious notion of coalescing ethics, morality, and deeply rooted insight/objectivity skills with conceptions of health and wellness, i.e., True Health and/or True Health through True Responsibility. It sets forth that one cannot realize true health without the necessary and genuinely skilled attributes of true appreciation and true honesty. It is deep insight, morality, clear objectivity – learning the genuine skill of being able to look within and without (into one’s internal and external environments), without fear, without preset patterns of thinking, and/or weight of expectations. AND in addition, it is with the SO healthful spirit of the beautiful and bright light of forgiveness.

A deep, abiding, altruistic, and loving spirit of gratitude is congruent with gathering a level of objective insight that introduces one to the notion of not needing anything to hide behind. Such healthful clarity is a significant aspect of what is humbly described as a ‘glimpse of heaven.’ This healthful way of being cannot be realized without deep gratitude…without gathering a genuine spirit of true appreciation more and more as a way of life – way of being. It is consistent with living each day in a sparkling spine-tingling/shivering fashion in which we are resplendently recharged and inspired anew. — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)

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How can we learn to ‘connect-the-dots’ between all of the wonderful blessings and gifts we are given?

A question from a reader of my book and blog: “In many of the world’s religions, there is believed to be various types of omnipotent entities who bestow upon us remarkable blessings and also great challenges in our daily lives – challenges which ideally may be set forth in order for us to gain greater insight and beneficial lessons in life. I believe we often go through life without an awareness as such, at least much of the time. What are your thoughts on this?”

Response: Such a splendid commentary, Michael! Thanks so much.

Humbly and respectfully, the more and more we learn to ‘witness’ in a deeply altruistic/unblemished spirit of loving appreciation, the more and more we may be able to ‘connect-the-healthful-dots (in the ages-old traditional arts that I endeavor follow, coined as ‘pattern literacy’).’ As we learn to better and better do so, the more and more we may manifest as healthful ‘conduits’ between and of Heaven (Heaven AND ‘heavens’) and Earth. In these traditions we humbly view it as a significant facet of genuine health and well-being – inclusive of the notion of ‘true health through true responsibility.’ — Dr. Glen Hepker

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What would a selfless spirit of healthful heartfelt goodness be like?

Quite humbly and respectfully, I am speaking of the ‘spirit’ with which one goes about doing what one does…one’s demeanor or mien. In my ages-old arts it is coined as ‘shen.’ Again, “what would a selfless spirit of healthful heartfelt goodness be like?” Would it be light and free, yet full of dignity, decency, goodness, and grace? Would its selflessness be consistent with resplendently endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake…without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas? Would such a spirit be full of the ‘truth,’ e.g., that we are all SO very much more in the same common boat than we often think and act (the primary fault of humankind being the notion that you are there and I am here)? Would such a spirit recognize the true responsibility of supporting others in their healthful goals? Would such a spirit recognize the true responsibility of making the world a better place…treating life as a living loving art form?

What would all of this mean in practical application, in daily life? In such a spirit, would it be difficult to ALWAYS be genuinely honest (with others AND ourselves) – maybe living in a state of fear, e.g., worrying that one would hurt others’ feelings if one was always honest?

As the old sayings go, “What would Christ do?” “What would Buddha do?” Again (quite!) humbly and respectfully, I believe it is highly likely that Christ and Buddha would be quintessentially loving in speaking the honest truth, no more…no less. I believe they would be the living loving embodiment of true appreciation and true forgiveness.

Is it possible that we can see them not just as impeccable examples of true health and true responsibility…but humbly and respectfully as mentors? It IS likely quite true(!) that perfection (for us) on this Earth is not possible – perfection may be only found in Heaven (albeit, here on Earth a greatest of blessings may be in that there is always room for improvement).

Could it be, at least in an ideal sense, that we have a dire responsibility to at least try to live in an all-healing spirit of true appreciation…treating life as a living loving art form (maybe a ‘work of art’ – oh boy!)?

If there is a Heaven, a ‘key to the universe,’ they are rooted in true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, nothing to hide behind. Maybe here on this Earth, we can learn to (in a splendidly healthful ‘spirit’) catch regular glimpses. — Dr Glen Hepker

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Do you want to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

As set forth in my book – consistent with the traditions of the Bright Beautiful School of Thought/Ming Chia, it is said: If there is a Heaven, if there is a key to the universe, they are rooted in true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. In this splendidly healthful spirit, we can learn to experience sweet and innocent sparkling spine-tingling/shivering realizations – glimpses of Heaven at will; Glimpses of an existence where there is no time, no space, no distance – so healthful, so full of light and lightness. It is a so-to-speak place, where ALL is known…and once again most importantly, nothing to hide behind.

In learning to play the part of a less and less blemished ‘witness,’ it is of significant import to embrace the notion that true health is congruent with better and better casting off the pernicious weight of craving, desire, and fear of healthful change. There is always room for improvement, i.e., in the quality of which one is an honest witness….with less and less weight of expectations and preset patterns of thinking…greater and greater levels of lightness and true freedom in witnessing one’s internal and external environments (environments which reflect back and forth upon one another in a spectacularly endless fashion).

In working toward such substantive levels of true honesty, it is likely important to consider the following: Do you want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth…or do you just want the watered-down version?

We can ask ourselves: How happy do I want to be? What level of objective insight is important? How much do I want to make the world a better place? How much do I want to see this as a dire responsibility…true health through true responsibility. How heavy or full of light and lightness do I want to be? What would life be like if I could be so full of light/lightness that I feel the resulting sense/feelings, at will, all or most of the time? Does it have a lot to do with doing the right thing for the right selfless sake? Does it have a lot to do with dignity, decency, goodness, and grace? Is it a lot to do with the notion that we are much more in the same common boat than we often think and act? Is it a LOT to do with being more and more healthful conduits/diplomats between Heaven and Earth?

Please ask yourself…when is the last time you had truly sweet and innocent, loving, sparkling spine-tingling real fun? As a child? Ever? What true joy it is – selfless…light…shared. It is back to The Garden. Oh boy! — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)

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On Earth as it is in Heaven?

“Happy Sunday to you Glen,

I just wanted to write to say hello and to thank you for the support you offered me over the past winter. It was very valuable to me and an important part of my getting through those dark days. Things at home are better now. I know that we’ll have bad spells in the future, but hopefully nothing so dramatic or damaging.

On another note, I’ve been finding myself experiencing moments of inner peace recently, especially when I’m outside walking. The moments are fairly brief, but the effect can last for hours, similar to the way getting some good news can make the whole morning seem better. I’ve been reading more Buddhist texts and going back through your writing to review and find new guidance towards cultivating and lengthening those peaceful moments.

I’m not really sure what brought them on, but I remember the first time that it happened I was walking to work and it was a beautiful morning and I sort of gave myself to the moment. The sensation was like being chemically high but rather than feeling the high overwhelm me (as with alcohol) it was something light that I couldn’t quite hold on to, but could feel sort of hovering just beyond the edge of my thoughts. It was somewhat like a butterfly that may land on your finger but which you could never catch by grasping.

As a result, I have engaged in more spiritual reflection lately and contemplating the idea of the “self”. I still struggle with the concept of letting go of an individual identity as I do not want to be absorbed into the universe the way a cup of water may be if emptied into the ocean. I am appreciate the idea of letting go of ego and the desire to rise above others as an individual, but I fear losing myself entirely.

Sorry to get so metaphysical this early in the morning, but there aren’t many people near me whom I feel comfortable discussing this issue with. While I have been attending church and enjoying being part of a spiritual community and being reminded of the value of Christ’s message, I don’t hold to the idea that Christianity is the one and only true path and that all others are false. That’s not a very popular assertion, so I keep it to myself. No matter how open minded people may be, there is a certain comfort found in dogma that they are reluctant to give up. I believe in truth, but I do not believe that any one group has a monopoly on it, though many may glimpse it to a greater or lesser degree.

Thank your for taking the time to read through my ramblings. I hope you have a wonderful day ahead of you.”

E.”

My response:

Happy Sunday to you also –

Thanks so much for sharing your such splendid depth of insight (and so well stated). You are clearly making the world a better place as such – not just your immediate world, but the world at large.

It is obvious to me that you are becoming a more and more healthful/less and less blemished ‘witness.’ Please know you have naught to fear, you will not lose yourself, you will only better and better find your true self and become a more and more healthful conduit/diplomat between Heaven/the heavens and Earth. Please have faith in this ‘beyond words’ truth…you deserve this, you have earned this, i.e., those immaculate moments of light and lightness…the ‘accumulation of light and lightness.’ It is an initial aspect or step in learning to have those sweet and innocent, loving and sparkling spine-tingling/shivering bio-electric feelings/realizations at will. In those wonderful moments, you are embracing healthful change on a substantive level, giving up unhealthful craving and desire. This is the living loving spirit of true appreciation and gratitude for the miracles that are all around us and within us, each moment, all of the time. It is treating life as a living loving art form. Consistent with the Bright School Theory, if there is a Heaven, a key to the universe, they are rooted in true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom, but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. This splendidly healthful spirit can prompt glimpses of an existence where there is no time, no space, no distance – where all is known…but once again and most importantly, nothing to hide behind.

I know you don’t like compliments, albeit I am very proud of you. And please know, that even in your most difficult moments, you can(!) better and better learn to hold onto your such splendid depth of insight and objectivity. It is requisite of true effort – but I know you and am so quite confident that you are able.

As set forth in my book, the Lotus Flower Blossoms describes your insights in a succinct fashion:

“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 insight…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.”

I’ve been meaning to call you to see how things are going. It means a lot that you have shared this – how you are doing.

Once again, thanks so much. I genuinely appreciate it. Please don’t ever hesitate to write or call. I am honored by our friendship.

Brightest of blessings,

Glen

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