Why is it so important to be jealous?

Glen, what are your thoughts with regard to the issue of jealousy – from others towards oneself, and from oneself toward others? (A question sent to me from a reader of my book.)

Humbly and respectfully I believe that, in learning to deal with jealousy in a deeply healthful mien, it is so much about embracing a truly healthful spirit of benevolence and gratitude…and learning to better and better avoid any semblance of an unhealthful competitive demeanor. ‘True health’ isn’t about being tough…it is about being strong…in a spirit of true compassion and true empathy. It IS about being a selfless healthful role model and even mentor (in a fashion which is lovingly respective of the greater good – that isn’t inclusive of seeking recognition or having hidden agendas). It is about treating people with dignity, decency, goodness, and grace…and figuring out how to mean it – NO MATTER WHAT.  When we learn to better and better take ‘true responsibility’ for our own health and well-being, life becomes less and less competitive.

It is about genuine forgiveness, devoid, or nearly devoid of co-dependence. This isn’t easy stuff – the wars and famines of our spirits are reflected back and forth between each of us and the greater world. This doesn’t have to continue. We can embrace our discomfort and empathetically put a stop to jealousy. It is our true responsibility of making the world a better place. It is the wonderful spirit of true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. It can be a wonderful thing – it can be a ‘glimpse of Heaven.’ — Dr. Glen Hepker

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Can it be perfect?

Glen, do you believe it is possible that we on this earth can learn to develop divine natures – moving well beyond the limits of what we seem to know and accept now?  

Humbly and respectfully, from the perspective of the ages-old health/wellness arts that I teach, coach, and endeavor to follow, you would be speaking (at least in the genuinely ideal sense) of Heaven. Accordingly, if there is a Heaven, a ‘key to the universe,’ a ‘sixth sense,’ they are rooted in true honesty and true appreciation, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing nothing to hide behind.

In this imperfect existence there is the gift/blessing that there is always room for improvement, greater and greater levels of objective insight (and their practical applications). Consistently, maybe we are here to ‘earn’ the ability to not need to be here, e.g., preparing ourselves for Heaven (hopefully/eventually). Herein (here on Earth), through true effort (working in mindfully being present and all but alleviating the weight of expectations), we can learn to better and better catch sparkling spine-tingling/shivering ‘glimpses’ of an (transcendent) existence, e.g., no time, no space, no distance…no yesterday, no today, no tomorrow. Therein, all is known, nothing to hide behind. Herein this Earth, we can learn to make these glimpses a way of life, e.g., ‘true health through true responsibility.’ Again, it is in the (next-to-impeccable bright beautiful) spirit of true appreciation…AND it is the right thing for the right selfless sake. — Dr. Glen Hepker

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What’s your choice?

“Glen, I believe we can learn to make the right choice with no regrets! So that’s it, you have got a choice to make and you don’t know what to do. We make choices all the time, from choosing what to eat at a restaurant to deciding if we need to accept a job offer or whether how we respond to someone pulling-out in front of us, literally, and metaphorically. What do you think?” (An inquiry from a reader of my book and blog.)

Response: Humbly and respectfully, I believe we have healthful ‘gauges’ by which we can make truly healthful choices. It is so VERY much about endeavoring to embrace the notion of Acting Without Acting – doing the right thing for the right sake, without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas. Our choices can additionally be gauged as to whether they do or do not make the world a better place. This is all tough stuff, to say the least, albeit it is in the bright beautiful spirit of true Health through true responsibility – consistent with true appreciation and true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom (but MOST importantly, needing less and less to hide behind). – Dr. Glen Hepker

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Who am I responsible for?

Glen, I recently heard someone say, “I have only one person’s guilt to carry: my own. If my spouse blames me for his/her difficulties, I will not accept that blame, but I need to take responsibility for my own weaknesses.” What are your thoughts on this circumstance? (An inquiry from a reader of my blog and book.)

Response: Another great question, T.! Thank you. Humbly and respectfully it is true, other than our children (up to a certain age), we can only take ‘true responsibility’ for our own health and well-being. We can endeavor to (at best) selflessly be good role models, but we (unless we are criminals) are not responsible for what happens to others. That said, we CAN healthfully embrace a genuinely loving and altruistic sense of ‘true empathy’ for others, while healthfully avoiding overt co-dependence (once again, congruent with taking true responsibility for our own health and well-being).

It is said in the health/wellness arts that I teach, coach, and endeavor to follow, that among the most difficult issues in our lives is the dynamic of forgiveness…a lack of forgiveness of ourselves and others. As a splendid healing mechanism for this common ‘thorn’ in our sides, we can learn to better and better embrace the following notions: There is a love beyond, yet inclusive of, familial, friendship, and romantic love. It is a selfless love, through which we can learn to embrace our comfort and discomfort equally – in a bright beautiful resplendent spirit of ‘true appreciation.’ It is a love which allows for ‘true honesty,’ promoting of ‘true happiness’ and ‘true Freedom’…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. It is the right thing for the right sake – without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas. It is realization that we are much more in the same common boat than we often think and act. It is displaying dignity, decency, goodness, and grace…AND figuring out how to truly mean it, no matter what. IF we truly make the effort, it might even be a ‘glimpse of Heaven.’ — Dr. Glen Hepker

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Is the surface of the earth a stage-setting on which we enact our comedies and dramas in a grand play?

When looking at this question, it can seem quite obvious that it is in fact what we do each day. Albeit, it doesn’t seem to be something we are commonly aware of, at least not in quite the same spirit or practical application. Whatever the case, it can easily be argued that it is in fact what takes place here on the earth, each and every moment.

How important is it to be aware of this, e.g., that we are actors on a stage? In the ages-old health/wellness philosophy that I teach, coach, and endeavor to follow, it is traditionally viewed as QUITE important. The most central feature of this philosophy is set forth as “Acting Without Acting.” This simple, yet (in practical application) not-so-simple notion is so very much about “endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake – without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas.” It is so very much about a living loving spirit of ‘true appreciation’ and ‘true responsibility.’ It is so very much about “‘true honesty,’ promoting of ‘true happiness,’ and ‘true freedom,’ but most most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind.”

In this healthful outlook, true honesty can be consistent with being an honest actor, or maybe not being an ‘actor’ at all. The important thing is that we are lovingly honest with ourselves, and hence with others. Dishonesty promotes abbreviated levels objective insight and critical thinking within ourselves, and builds ‘walls of lies’ between ourselves and others – so much so that so-called life can be like a living purgatory or living death…a most crepuscular of addictions.

The more and more we learn to recognize/enjoy life as a living loving art form, the more we can play the HONEST part of a deeply appreciative unblemished Witness to our internal and external environments. We can learn to better and better feel gratitude for all of the wonderful beyond-words magic going on inside of us and all around us (which is there all-of-the-time, whether we recognize it or not). It is much about embracing a loving philosophy which can be the foundation for a splendidly healthful way of life. It CAN be ongoing/common sparkling spine-tingling/shivering ‘glimpses of Heaven,’ each day, each moment. The magic IS in exercising the ‘true effort’ of making it so, and recognizing that such effort is NOT a chore…such effort is the greatest of gifts/blessings that one can allow oneself – always being room for improvement (learning to never become addicted to running away from this truth, this great blessing).

A little comedy and drama is just fine, as long as we don’t get lost in it.

The following sayings make the point quite succinctly AND appreciatively – 

The Jester of Light:

“Bestow a string of faith, for faith we might have, unto the jester of light, in the comedy of reflections, as we we stand upon this stage, in awe of, endless, encompassing, all.”

The Lotus Flower Blossoms:

“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.” (Copyright 2011) — Dr. Glen Hepker

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How important is meditation with regard to our quality of wellness?

Glen, your book speaks of ‘true meditation,’ most particularly in Chapter XII – “True Happiness: A Glimpse of Heaven.” Could you speak to this even a bit more, and explain its importance? (an inquiry from a reader of my book and blog.)

Response: In the tradition of the health and wellness arts that I teach and coach, the healthful spirit of True Meditation (aka A Glimpse of Heaven Meditation/Parting the Veil/Opening the Door/The Accumulation of Light), as an ideal, is to learn to play the part of the true unblemished witness to the loving living story of one’s life. It is to make one’s world, THE world a better place…inclusive of doing the right thing for the right sake, without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas. Additionally, and once again, as an ideal, it is in embracing the notion that there is ALWAYS room for improvement…and that this awareness and its practical application is one of the greatest gifts of all (vs. getting stuck on stagnant plateaus of living death). It is realizing that we really are all in the ‘same (common) boat,’ not so separate as we often think and act. It is supporting others in their HEALTHFUL goals (and once again, doing so selflessly – without hidden agendas). It is having a goal of unblemished ‘true honesty’…which is promoting of ‘true forgiveness,’ ‘true happiness,’ and ‘true freedom.’ It is a goal of taking true responsibility for one’s own health and wellbeing – gathering a loving, altruistic, and deeply-held ‘true appreciation’ of the miracle of the moment, each moment (and once again, there is always room for improvement).

According to the Theory of Lightness, it is a truly healthful means by which to gather a living lightness of being, being without, or nearly without, the pernicious weight of desire, craving, stressors/anxiety, and the suffering which is congruent with heavy cyclical thinking. It is a ‘glimpse of Heaven,’ an existence, so-to-speak, with no time, no space, no distance – no yesterday, no today, no tomorrow…but most importantly, the spirit of true honesty, e.g., nothing to hide behind.

We have an ages-old traditional way of performing True Meditation, which is set forth on my YouTube channel, e.g., True Meditation #1 thru #3. The goal is to memorize this meditational paradigm, and know it well enough to go through without having to think a lot about it. Meditation first and foremost is in learning to better and better empty one’s mind – to better and better play the part of the unblemished loving Witness to one’s internal and external environments. That said, meditation does not have to be just in sitting down. When one becomes skilled, it can be much of the time, with eyes open, and moving through one’s daily life in this wonderfully healthful sense of being. — Dr. Glen Hepker

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Are the mistakes which we make, in effect, lessons we need to learn?

Glen, I believe that good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. What do you think? (An inquiry from a reader of my blog and book.)

Response: Humbly and respectfully, I believe this can certainly be quite true – you make an important point. Mistakes, as long as we do not get lost in a purgatory of making the same ones over and over, are lessons we need to learn. This may seem quite obvious, yet it must not be so obvious, e.g., this outlook rarely seems to be addressed.

In the ages-old wellness arts/philosophy that I teach, coach, and endeavor to follow, we say that it is ALSO so very much about learning to mindfully embrace opportunities in which we can do the right thing for the right sake…without the need for selfish recognition and hidden agendas (and doing so in an appreciative spirit, e.g., knowing that there is ALWAYS room for improvement). This healthful outlook can provoke realization of greater and greater levels of objective (less and less blemished) insight and critical thinking skills (connecting-of-the-healthful-dots/’pattern literacy).

Ideally, it can be in learning to live life as a living loving art, in the splendidly healthful spirit of ‘true appreciation’ and ‘true honesty.’ We say that, “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’…needing less and less to hide behind.” — Dr. Glen Hepker

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