Glen, could you share your thoughts on the Buddha’s spiritual teachings? I am just learning about Buddhism and would really like to learn more. (An inquiry from a reader of my book and blogs.)
QUITE humbly and respectfully, I personally believe the Buddha’s teachings were so much about taking loving and selfless ownership of a genuinely healthful way of life…learning to better and better gather a deep, benevolent, and altruistic true appreciation of the miracle of the moment. This is quite consistent with learning to better and better play the part of the unblemished Witness to one’s internal and external environments. It is congruent with endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake, without the need for (and weight of) selfish recognition or hidden agendas…once again True Appreciation. It is much about displaying oneself with dignity, decency, goodness, and grace – and figuring out how to TRULY mean it, no matter what. It is realization that we are all much more in the same common boat than we often think and act…AND recognition of the import of lovingly supporting others in their healthful goals. If there is a Heaven, a ‘key to the universe,’ even 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 is learning to lovingly embrace a ‘being’ (a mien/spirit) in which fear becomes less and less an issue (whether from within or from without – accordingly, the wars and famines of our spirits and the greater world reflect back and forth like powerful mirrors). As we gain stronger and stronger footholds into this SO-healthful spirit, we can finally know what it means to say…”there is a True Love, inclusive, but so much more than, familial, friendship, and romantic love.
Additionally, in the ages-old chi kung traditions that I teach and practice, the Theory of Lightness sets forth the notion of lightness of being (inclusive of in stillness AND movement), and the so-beautiful notion of the ‘accumulation of light.’ This practice promotes a more and more impeccable lightness of being, a loving self-awareness/mindfulness, an accumulation of light/energy vs. reflecting it as much or (at times), if at all. Granted, off-the-cuff it sounds a bit or quite a lot from ‘left field,’ but one can’t know until one is willing (i.e., exercising of the true faith) to work for decades or a lifetime to even begin to be good at it.
With less and less weight of desire, craving, and fear of healthful change, it could be more and more common to realize resplendent quintessential ‘glimpses’ of a so-to-speak existence, where there is no time, no space, no distance…again, nothing to hide behind…all is known…lighter and lighter and lighter…and being more and more of light itself. — Dr. Glen Hepker
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