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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The wonderful spirit of treating life as a living loving art form…

Are there self-improvement and/or health-promoting actions/practices which you fear to do or take part in?

In the spirit of the right thing for the right healthful sake, regularly do a thing that you most fear to do. This may be a bold path to feeling better and better, congruent with a spirit of true health and true responsibility.

In doing so, it is quite likely that one will realize greater levels of objective insight in facing and overcoming one’s fears (inclusive of enhancing one’s critical thinking skills). In this, our evolving insight will allow us to face even greater challenges…readying us for new ‘bold’ adventures.

Here on Earth, splendid blessings can be found in the notion that ‘there is always room for improvement,’ greater and greater levels of deep insight and its practical application (vs. getting ongoingly stuck on stagnant plateaus which can be like a living death). We can choose to live in fear, or we can lovingly and appreciatively embrace a ‘path of heart.’ What may seem dark and scarey, could actually end up being a wonderful adventure…even among those things that we’ve simply been ignoring – things that are commonly right in front of us. In this genuinely splendid spirit, i.e., true health through true responsibility, we can better and better evolve into being truly healthful conduits between Heaven and Earth…maybe even evolve into more and more selfless healthful unintentional role models.

So often we may “feel silly” or fear “looking dumb” in trying something difficult, new, or scarey. For instance, most of my tai chi chuan, chi kung, meditation, and health/wellness students initially were afraid and felt silly – worrying that they’d “look stupid.” Those that stuck with it and worked at it, have added genuinely splendid, healthful, and refined arts into their way of life, a way of life that would never have been realized without that true effort…having exercised their strength and wherewithal toward great ends. It is in the wonderful spirit of treating life as a living loving art form – it is consistent with making the world a better place (and learning to see this as a true responsibility). — Dr. Glen Hepker

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How important is a spirit of empathy and appreciation?

“Glen, what does it mean to be honestly/genuinely spiritual? We all have conflicting feelings and emotions which rarely seem to let us realize a truly deep sense of it as such. How can we be become so real, to enjoy a practical sense of spiritualism, so that we can primarily focus on and deeply appreciate the present (a question from a reader of my book)?”

Response: So quite humbly and respectfully speaking…and speaking herein in a spirit of true empathy and benevolence, it may be found in selflessly endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake, without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas, e.g., Acting Without Acting. It is in the splendidly healthful spirit of working toward true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. It is in the altruistically healthful spirit of true appreciation of the miracle of the moment…more and more each moment.

It requires one to embrace one’s comfort and discomfort equally – most difficult in this case, e.g.: It is lifting from our shoulders, lightening ourselves of the most terrible weight of all – lack of forgiveness for ourselves and others. It is treating others with dignity, decency, goodness, and grace – and learning how to truly mean it, No Matter What – inclusive of supporting others in their genuinely healthful goals. It is realizing the genuine import of our true responsibility in making the world a better place – each day. It is becoming a more and more healthful conduit between Heaven and Earth. It is living each day lovingly inspired anew.

What may be the most difficult though, is in learning to take ownership of the notion that there is always room for improvement (embracing healthful change), versus getting stuck on stagnant plateaus, plateaus which can be like a living purgatory, a living death. — Dr. Glen Hepker

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How much does true happiness have to do with inner peace, gratitude, and making the world a better place?

Questions from a reader of my book and blog: “Where can we find happiness? Is it hidden beneath the layers of drama prompted by the ego and even narcissistic tendencies? What is the smoke screen that holds you back from realizing genuine happiness?”

Response: Thanks so much for submitting your questions.

Humbly and respectfully, I believe genuine happiness is found in a deep and abiding spirit of true responsibility in making the world a better place, inclusive of gratitude, and working toward insuring one’s sense of inner peace. It is most fundamentally realized in working toward doing the right thing for the right selfless sake – and learning to not only abbreviate our fear of healthful change, but to genuinely embrace it.

It is much about true honesty, promoting of true freedom, and yes, true happiness – but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. It is a realization that we are all so much more in the same common boat than we often think and act…consistent with supporting others in their genuinely healthful goals.

In working diligently as such, it more and more becomes a living loving awareness that there are magical sparkling spine-tingling/shivering things going on inside of us and all around us ALL of the time…a deep and abiding spirit of true appreciation of the moment, more and more each moment. If we ignore these moment to moment miracles (every moment being a genuine miracle in and of itself), then it sets up a dark curtain which becomes more and more difficult to look through. It may be coined as a ‘wall of lies,’ which can get thicker and thicker.

Ideally, we must learn to be more and more healthful conduits between Heaven and Earth…QUITE congruent with learning the meaning of true health through true responsibility. One’s life can become more and more and more a living loving art form, vs. getting permanently stuck on stagnant plateaus which can be like a living death – a living purgatory. If there is a Heaven, if there is a ‘key to the universe,’ and yes, True Happiness, they are rooted in True Honesty – learning to look deeply within ourselves and all around into our external environments, without fear or self-loathing…once again, needing less and less to hide behind.

Genuine happiness is a living lightness of being. 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

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