Excerpt from my book…A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health – Chapter IV – The Theory of Lightness: The Emotional/Mental Facet…
“A straightforward interpretation of the Theory of Lightness necessitates dividing it into three parts – the emotional/mental, physical, and spiritual facets. In realizing True Health in the emotional/mental facet, a tool must be nurtured which enables one to promote a very strong sense of True Relaxation. According to this theory, thought, especially and more obviously negative thought, is in effect ‘heavy,’ and it weights us down. Hence, if we work toward nurturing a ‘tool’ with which we realize the ability to clear the mind of thought…or the next best thing – focusing the mind succinctly on just one thing versus many things, we can realize the benefits of this health-promoting practice. It is a skill which enables one to better and better enjoy the ability to manage, and even avoid, stress and anxiety. It is a level of relaxation and clarity which can blossom into and benefit all aspects of our lives (inclusive of the majority of the time when it is obvious that it is necessary to ‘think’ as we need to, in order to rationally answer to our daily responsibilities, duties, etc.).
It is difficult if not impossible to feel sadness, frustration, or any type of stress or anxiety if we are not thinking thoughts which are anxiety-provoking. Negative and often cyclical thinking pulls, weights us down and encumbers our ability to think clearly in a non-scattered fashion – lessening both the quality of how we view ourselves and the quality of how we interact with others. This common paradox diminishes our ability to display ourselves in a spirit congruent with True Health, e.g., with dignity, decency, goodness, and grace – as set forth again and again in this writing, the ability or inability to do so is a true gauge of one’s wherewithal to take true responsibility for one’s own health and wellbeing.
Playing the Part of the Perfect Witness is one particular characterization for the manner of meditation set forth in these traditions. Witnessing one’s external or internal environment is completely different from thinking about them. Witnessing is clear and unblemished, without opinion, precognition, preprogrammed or preset patterns of thinking – it is True Freedom. In this practice, we feel mentally and physically lighter, less and less weighted-down by unchecked emotion: We enjoy a freedom with which we can move through our daily lives without having already decided how we are going to feel about things ahead of time (being less and less ‘addicted’ to unhealthful thinking and behavior, e.g., personal sabotage). Herein, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing may be complemented in a multitude of ways – inclusive of being less and less selfish – blindly self-serving: It becomes a simpler matter to put the notion of Acting Without Acting into genuine practice – doing the right thing for the right sake – without the need for selfish recognition.
In considering these notions, one may wonder…in having exercised a markedly estimable effort in nurturing this tool of lightness, how will it be of common benefit in one’s normal daily life (the majority of time when rational/functional thought is necessary)? In the practical application of the theories set forth herein, the levels of True Relaxation which are realized during moments of genuine objective clarity, will evolve, will blossom into more and more aspects of our daily lives. The practical benefits are QUITE profound – and there is ALWAYS room for improvement, greater and greater mastery: Internal dialogue is most often necessary, albeit a true awareness of when it is unnecessary and practical insight into how to alleviate it, is a significant and truly refined skill – and an important aspect of True Health.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)
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