Learning to Witness our True Connection


Humbly and respectfully, what could be more important than working to make the world a better place each and every day, inclusive of seeing that a genuinely significant means to do so is to realize that we are much more connected to each other, and to our environment — the universe as a whole — than we are (generally/culturally) trained to even be remotely aware of? We are so very much more in the same common boat than we most often think and act!

What would it be like to complement this healthful outlook, this splendid protocol, with the idea that we can better and better learn to play the part of a less and less blemished witness both within ourselves and outside of ourselves, realizing that, yin to yang and yang to yin, they reflect back and forth upon each other, in an infinite fashion?

Is it possible that, through true meditation, we can learn to witness objective truth/objective insight? Is it possible that in realizing the genuine skill of becoming a less and less blemished witness we will then know that it is a truly healthful means by which to embrace the truth that we are so very much more connected to others and the universe as a whole? What would it mean if we truly realized that each and every thought, word and action are shared with, and an intrinsic part of, infinity? And have an effect on the quality of the moment, day…life as a whole?

Isn’t this all about a splendidly healthful spirit of true appreciation and gratitude?

Would embracing a daily ritual of meditation possibly make your world, the world, a much better place? It is (redundantly) scientifically proven that learning to, or trying to learn to meditatively empty one’s mind of thought is so quite healthful, on multiple levels! Even mindfulness meditation, focusing all of one’s attention on one, two or three aspects of what one is doing at any given time, is equally healthful. Maybe there is nothing more healthful, but there is one way to find out!

Albert Einstein once said, “A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”

He also said, “The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which one has attained liberation from the self.”

Please be aware that our thoughts and feelings are not as personal as we have been taught to believe. Each thought and emotion has an impact on our world today, yesterday, forever. All things are connected — for every thought, word, emotion and action effects all other entities/things, throughout time, space and distance. Positive, negative and indifferent thoughts and feelings manifest within this paradigm. Yes, we are ALL in the same common boat, yet this logic, this thesis, this reality is much broader than even that important age-old notion. True responsibility is not only about what you do but what you think and feel. This means that, on a splendidly positive note, doing, feeling and “being” the right thing for the right selfless sake has a quite healthful effect, not just on oneself, but throughout…everything.

It is of great import that we be aware of our true responsibility in this fashion. This logic is quite broad: positivity attracts positivity, negativity attracts negativity, and indifference attracts indifference, and so on. Obviously, it is quite dynamic and involved. Some things cannot be completely understood, at best only witnessed.

Our responsibility goes at least as far as being mindful of our thoughts, feelings and actions, finetuning them to be more and more splendidly consistent with the kind of world we desire. This awareness, this objective insight, prompts in us a level of true freedom that assists us in the deeper and deeper realization that it really is so much about true health through true responsibility. It is so very much about the truth that we are SO very much more in the same common boat than we so often think and act. The more responsibility we learn to take, the more significant our sense of true honesty, appreciation and lightness of being will be — with less and less to hide behind. It is so very much so, the better and better we are able to witness this truth!

This all may take true effort, but the effort can inspire true happiness: glimpses of Heaven!

Through a clear eye of this healthful outlook, we can learn to better and better witness the magical things going on within us, and all around us, all of the time! And I’m not talking parlor tricks.

Einstein also said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

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Dr. Glen Hepker
Dr. Glen Hepker is an author (A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health), a blogger, a part-time counselor, wellness coach, life coach, and a master instructor of tai chi chuan, chi kung, kung fu, refined meditation/guided imagery, and associated health/wellness arts (which are intrinsically inclusive of the quite broad and ages-old benevolent, altruistic, and empathetic health/wellness philosophy set forth in his book - along with acupuncture/pressure, nutritional arts, herbal arts, tui na, stretching arts (though he does not practice acupuncture or nutrition as a living), at Mason City Tai Chi~Chi Kung~Kung Fu & Wellness Center LLC, Mason City, IA USA http://masoncitytaichi.com


  1. This is a fantastic article and so full of wonderful insights. Practicing daily meditation to calm ourselves and focus our energies should only serve to make us and our world a better place. Thanks for sharing with us, Dr. Glen! 🙂


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