Why does God hide from us? Why are we put here?

Questions from my friend, Arvind Shapira, M.D.: “I would like to ask God, ‘Why did you create all this so neatly woven mesh of lives on earth?’ ‘Why do you hide yourself from us?'”

Response: Humbly and respectfully, Dr. Arvind, I believe that the more and more genuinely healthful witnesses we become, the more and more resplendently we will (in a living loving spirit of true appreciation) understand these and ALL things…in a less and less blemished LIGHT. It is up to us to decide the quality of which we are (as) conduits between/for Heaven and Earth. In my ages-old arts, these are among the quintessential reasons we are here. Herein I am in NO way promoting notions of God or gods – I am speaking ONLY for myself, e.g., setting forth this outlook which is congruent with the ages-old arts that I teach, coach, and endeavor to follow. I absolutely make no claims to have a ‘special’ insight into this matter, how dare I if I did.

That said, in order to respond to the above questions, I believe it is quite important to say…”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 so much about a living loving spirit of truly healthful dignity, decency, goodness, and grace. It is so much about endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake – without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas.

There are beyond-wonderful (beyond words) magical things going on inside of us and all around us, ALL of the time…we are often uncaring and/or untrained to witness these so-beyond-splendid blessings/gifts. In working to become more and more appreciative/healthful conduits between Heaven and Earth, it IS possible to catch more and more common sparkling spine-tingling/shivering glimpses of a so-to-speak existence, where there is no time, no space, no distance…all is known…but again most importantly, nothing to hide behind. Through true effort, we can thus become more and more prepared for what lies ahead. Nothing is perfect in THIS existence, but we CAN catch such remarkable ‘glimpses’ and realize greater and greater strength and happiness within our own selves. As we do so, we may gather greater and greater insight into the notion that, the ‘primary fault of humankind is the notion that you are there and I am here.’

The Lotus Flower Blossoms (as set forth in Chapter XV of my 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.” — Dr. Glen Hepker

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Please imagine what a spirit it might be, to live life as a living loving art form. Oh boy!

An excerpt from Chapter XII/”True Happiness: A Glimpse of Heaven” – from my book, A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health…

“Within the traditions set forth herein, it is believed that our discomfort and/or fear of change and the ongoing challenges thereof, are at the root of why we find it so difficult to realize fitting healthful levels of thankfulness for life and all of its blessings. How different life does or would appear, when or if we feel an ongoing deep gratitude for the following: Life is made up of millions of moments – each moment is change, in and of itself.
Embracing change is often quite difficult, to say the least. Albeit, the happier and more fulfilled we are in our daily lives, the easier it is to embrace change, the state-of-flux which is always going on all around us, and in us. A gauge of true health is a measure of our ability to embrace change, and not run away from it and/or ignore it. Life seems to fly past us at a speed which is congruent with the level at which we detach ourselves from its potentially deepest and most loving and heartfelt aspects. ‘True appreciation of the miracle of the moment’ necessitates true effort toward embracing our discomfort as much as our comfort. In these health and wellness arts, we are privileged to have what are coined as the Three Marks of Being, as set forth in the following:

~ The world (this reality/state-of-being) is full of change. True health is inclusive of deep realization that there is no healthful means by which to circumvent/run away from the intrinsic state-of-fluidity/flux in the world. It is important to learn the skill of ‘giving up the self’ – lightening ourselves of the pernicious weight of ‘ego,’ and evolving beyond/outgrowing our addiction to our unhealthful discomfort with the seemingly inherent lack of permanency in this world. Deft employment of this ‘skill’ allows us to learn to lovingly embrace the ever-evolving state-of-change.

~ A significant portion of suffering is commonly rooted in resistance and/or purposeful or instinctive denial/ignorance of the constant state-of-flux in this ever-changing world. It is important that we learn to embrace the notion that the world cannot bring us the most substantive levels of happiness, e.g., we must first find it within ourselves, because most suffering is rooted in our fear of looking within ourselves. Utilizing true honesty in looking within ourselves enables us to gather a sense of true strength – strength which aids us in witnessing a truly healthful connection between ourselves and all else – a ‘glimpse of Heaven’ – a view of a so-to-speak-existence where there is no state-of-flux, nothing to hide behind. This level of healthful unblemished loving insight allows us to see this world much more clearly, much more like it really is – thus promoting greater and greater resilience in our wherewithal to meet and embrace, and even look forward to the miracle of life’s challenges – the moment to moment change which we can choose not to ignore. In this loving and mindful outlook, it is possible to gather a healthful appreciation of the reality that there is nothing perfect in this world – an appreciation in which we find a wonderful gift: that there is always room for improvement.

~ The primary fault of mankind is the notion that you are there and I am here. Much of our suffering is rooted in our addictive purposeful or instinctive denial or ignorance that ‘we are all in the same boat.’ We need not be so lonely and detached from each other as we ‘wallow in our muck’ – the muck being all the deeper and worse by our sense of being so alone, and/or that we are the only ones suffering from our difficulties. The world does not move so fast when we feel a sense of healthful loving closeness, a truly well-meaning spirit/affinity, a genuine sense of empathy toward others and they toward us. As we learn to realize a greater and greater sense of responsibility for our own health and wellbeing, it becomes easier and easier to enjoy true compassion and empathy for all of our peers.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)

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Some say that “greed is good.” How healthful of a spirit is it?

An excerpt from my book, A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health – from Chapter XI: “True Faith and the Three Portents”…

“A sense of entitlement – as mentioned earlier herein – a sense that I, or the group I am born into or attached to, is better and/or more deserving, has a palpable intrinsic connection to greed. In what is now coined the Great Recession, we find ourselves in a terrible state of circumstances. It is quite clear that a primary root of this grave and highly convoluted financial debacle is greed.

It is likely obvious to many, that as a philosophy, capitalism has both its positive and negative features. In its practical application, capitalism is generally a good thing when its practice is congruent with well-meaning/honest ethical standards – as is the case with most of those who work in the financial industry. Albeit, experts in sociology assert that at least five to ten percent of human beings display criminal tendencies and/or are conclusively corrupt. Thus, it certainly could be a logical assumption that at least a small portion of those who work in the financial industry actually do utilize their financial skills in a fashion which is not congruent with well-meaning/honest ethical standards. This is an unmistakably scary thing.

Some say that “greed is good.” Consistent with the philosophy set forth herein, we could say that well-meaning healthful ambition is good, but greed, when consistent with a spirit of entitlement and/or overt selfishness, is certainly not good – particularly when financial operatives widely abuse the financial instruments at their disposal. The financial world is an incredibly complicated one. Investing one’s hard-earned money into any of a wide array of entities (for instance – stocks, bonds, commodities,retirement funds, or even a mortgage) necessitates a truly important thing: Trust. When those who we trust on such a significant level ‘turn their backs’ on us, their customers, the result can obviously be truly devastating.

As we have seen in this Great Recession, greed has foreshadowed, been the significant cause, of this terrible financial debacle. The spirit of greed is not compatible with well-meaning healthful ambition – quite obviously not compatible with trying to do the right thing for the right sake. ‘Holding true’ to the faith and trust that others bestow in us requires a semblance of substantive healthful faith in our own ability to do our ‘best’ a significant majority of the time. There are periods in which our judgment is not ‘up-to-par,’ but these should not be inclusive of breaches of trust which significantly effect the financial wellbeing of even one individual…or the masses. Taking meaningful responsibility for ourselves is clearly possible if we employ a sincere effort. We have the ability to enforce healthful change – there is strong evidence that even a majority of criminals have the ability to make positive healthful changes in their lives.

There is very little in life that we can be clearly certain of – which makes faith so important. Albeit, most significant of all is faith which necessitates true effort – ahealthful bright beautiful true faith which is most often not dominated by the darker side of our natures. This way-of-being is consistent with the notion of True HealthThrough True Responsibility – taking true responsibility for our own health and wellbeing. Is there a fair-minded well-meaning valid argument against this concept? Would the world be a much better and different place if more and more people displayed such genuine effort? Each of us has the ability to find out. It is up to us as to whether we choose to look within ourselves – without debilitating levels of fear – learning to witness ourselves and our world in a more and more unblemished fashion. It is up to us to decide for ourselves what is right – without unhealthful selfishness. It is up to us as to whether we allow ourselves the true freedom to become more and more roundly educated, compassionate, loving – a healthful way-of-being, devoid, or mostly devoid of the suffocating heavy miserable weight of hate, greed, and ignorance. Such freedom can allow us an evolving wherewithal to enjoy the ability to be more and more rational/logical in ‘connecting-the-dots’ between healthful insights in our daily lives – a notion in the traditions of the health and wellness arts that I teach and coach, coined Pattern Literacy. Realization of this level of practical insight is the embodiment of dignity, decency, goodness, and grace – the ‘true responsibility of healthful interaction, with ourselves and others. It is a stunning example of true health.” — Dr. Glen Hepker  (Copyright 2011)

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What would life be like, if we lovingly learned to better and better recognize that there are truly splendid magical things going on inside of us…and all around us, ALL of the time?

An excerpt from Chapter XII (“True Happiness: A Glimpse of Heaven”) of my book – A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health…

“It is likely that numerous times we have all heard people reflect that they “can’t believe how quickly the year has gone by.” Often it is blamed on age or unknown circumstances. In the tradition of True Health, a common response to such a statement is to kindly mention that, if one considers all of the things one has experienced and done during that period of time, the time does not seem to have moved by so quickly. In utilizing at least this level of objectivity, one can palpably see that life can look quite different when we attempt to impartially pay attention – even if only in hindsight. A primary point of this chapter is to discuss as to why we might choose to take ownership of the notion that there are good and healthful reasons to learn to embrace the miracle of the moment – each moment – as much as is rationally possible: In the tradition of true health, true happiness has an intrinsic association with a ‘true appreciation of the miracle of the moment’ – one cannot have one without the other.

There is little difficulty in defending the following commonsensical assumption: It seems rather obvious that the more unhappiness which we realize, the less likely we can as easily feel gratitude for what we have. The ‘true health’ outlook is that habitual unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and/or frustration prompt an often-developing wherewithal to ignore miracles going on all around us, and in us. Most of the time we seem to be completely unaware of them, unaware of any suitable sense of true responsibility which we should feel with regard to appreciating such amazing blessings. Often we gather a need, a desire to ‘run away’ from ourselves. We are too busy, too quick in our movement through life, and/or too lost within life’s difficulties to slow down and take notice of the miracles in our external and internal environments. The initial point can be taken a step further in a slightly different way: Not only will the “‘year’” seem as if it went by much more slowly if we consider “all of the things” we have “experienced and done during that period of time,” it will seem even more so when we consider all of the moments which we have moved through. From this vantage point, does it seem like the time flew by then? Of course not.

True happiness has little or nothing to do with life being like a continuous ‘blur.’ Quite commonly, a significant aspect of our formulaic outlook on life depends on an irrational instinctive hope that we will eventually reach a point where we find a plateau which will allow us to ‘not have to try anymore.’ Rushing toward some indistinct or supposedly predetermined destination, without a true sense of peace and healthful wellbeing, is like a ‘living death.’ A common saying reflects such lack of insight, e.g., ‘not enjoying the journey’ while ‘having one (or both) eyes on the destination.’ In such a mindset, it seems quite plausible that it is a blessing that life does go by quickly – in fact it is obviously the instinctive or purposeful goal. How sad, when contrasted with the magnificent human potential which a great majority of people enjoy.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)

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