Embracing the notion of taking true responsibility for ourselves and supporting others’ abilities to do the same, enables us to realize greater levels of clarity. It is a bit of heaven which we can glimpse. This level of insight necessitates a healthful philosophical and practical way-of-life in which we can foster ongoing growth – inclusive of a level of mastery over the skill of exercising effort: in these traditions, coined ‘true effort.’
What does this mean? Through true effort we can learn to gather a true appreciation of mastery. In this outlook, being masterful does not include absolute perfection. It means we can gather valuable ever-evolving skills which are congruent with truly deep awareness and appreciation thereof. This practice is requisite of a formidable exercise of free will and self-discipline – true love of, and appreciation for, the miracle of this endless opportunity.. It is succinct recognition of the notion that one of the greatest of blessings here on earth is that there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Most importantly, this ‘mastery’ can only be realized when we are regularly and selflessly supported in our ability to succeed – AND we do the same for others. It is truly healthful diplomacy, whether between individuals, groups, societies, or countries. It is an appreciative acknowledgment that we are all in the same common boat. This is true health…it is the art of life – living it as such…on this earth together.
Does this mean that ‘it doesn’t get better than that?’ Accordingly it does… impeccably so…on-and-on, e.g., Heaven/perfection – if it exists – a ‘place,’ so-to-speak, where there is no time, no space, no distance – nothing to hide behind – more than a glimpse of heaven – more than true health.
None of us can do it alone, but individually, we can take responsibility for ourselves by exercising necessary levels of true effort which empower us to continuously improve – while supporting others’ ability to succeed – better insuring that the ‘boat’ remains more stable/sustainable: “The primary fault of mankind is the notion that you are there and I am here.” Accordingly, we are not just in the same boat together – we are intrinsically connected in ways which we cannot rationally understand – ways we can only learn to witness and appreciate in a less and less blemished fashion.
If all of this is true, it requires true faith to put it into practice – inclusive of faith in ourselves and others – devoid of the Three Portents/harbingers of all bad tidings: hate, greed, and ignorance. Faith such as this IS true health. LET IT SHINE.
“Bestow a string of faith…for faith we might have…unto the jester of light…in the comedy of reflections…as we stand upon this stage…in awe of, endless, encompassing, all.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)
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