“Glen, how does one go about being a genuinely spiritual person? The concept of spirituality does not always have the same meaning for everyone. What do you believe is honest spirituality for a genuinely spiritual person? I realize that the term ‘spiritual’ is a label, and that it often doesn’t make sense use such labels. Having said that, I am just curious as to your response.” (An inquiry from a reader of my book and blogs.)
Response: Great questions, thanks so much for asking.
I am not in any fashion a believer that one-size-fits-all, albeit, I believe that the following sayings (as set forth in my new book) speak succinctly to your point at hand (associated with the ages-old traditions that I teach, coach, and practice):
If There is a Heaven (as set forth in various places in my book):
“If there is a Heaven, if there is a ‘key to the universe,’ if there is a ‘sixth sense,’ they are rooted in true honesty and true appreciation, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind.”
The following analogy complements this thesis quite succinctly (and in a deeply loving and altruistic spirit)”:
Lotus Flower Blossoms Analogy (as set forth in Chapter XV of my new book):
“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.”
“So Glen, how would the behavior of a spiritual person then look like?”
Response: If I understand you properly…it is that of a healthful spirit – loving, selfless, peaceful, centered, dignified…full of goodness, grace, and decency. Albeit, it is devoid, or almost devoid of any level of codependency. It is a mien in which there is a dire recognition that one of the greatest gifts on this earth is that there is always room for improvement…with regard to deep objective insight and connecting-of-the-healthful-dots, i.e. ‘pattern literacy.’ It is consistent with an outlook in which healthful change is benevolently embraced. It is a strong awareness that we are all much more in the same common boat than is most often displayed…and deep realization of the true responsibility of supporting others in their healthful goals. It is the antithesis of the ‘three portents,’ i.e., hate, greed, and ignorance. It is avoiding preferences for the sake of preference. It is a mien of lightness and brightness – in mind, body, and spirit. It is a spirit and insight in which forgiveness for oneself and others is enjoyed…having released such unnecessary/terribly pernicious weight. It is a very deep and abiding awareness and true appreciation of true love…a love inclusive, yet more than just, familial, friendship, and romantic love. So quite importantly, it is a loving appreciation for the notion that one of our greatest of responsibilities is to make the world a better place…maybe even so much so as to be a glimpse of Heaven. — Dr. Glen Hepker
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