How Important is Having the Right Keys?


The ‘keys’ set forth in the outline below are meant to be true gauges in vitally assisting one in making healthful decisions (in working strategically toward True Health of the mind, body, and spirit), and in understanding healthful classical philosophical writings such as the Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, I Ching, the Analects of Confucius, and the Sutras. These Keys are most specifically and benevolently set forth in the Tao Chan/Ming Chia traditions (Ming Chia = the Bright Beautiful School of Thought). Over millennia Tao Chan/Ming Chia have benevolently embraced the amalgamation of philosophical Taoism (Tao Chia versus Tao Chiao), philosophical Confucianism, and philosophical Buddhism.

All of the Keys fall under the primary heading of Wu Wei, e.g., Acting Without Acting…

“It is endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas”

In short, “The right thing for the right selfless sake”

The Same Boat Theory

The notion that ‘we are all in the same common boat MUCH more than we think and act’

“The primary fault of humankind is the notion that you are there and I am here”

Endeavor to embrace “dignity (healthful dignity), decency, goodness, and grace in our interactions and spirit… figuring out how to truly mean it, no matter what.”

Healthful diplomacy at all levels of interaction – family, friends, in society, and other lands – AND benevolently inclusive of being a more and more and more healthful conduit/diplomat between Heaven (and the heavens) and Earth

The True Responsibility of Making the World a Better Place

The notion that “the world would be a much better and different place if more and more of us take true responsibility for our own health and well-being”

In short, “True Health through True Responsibility”

With True Responsibility comes True Freedom…yin to yang and yang to yin – with True Freedom comes True Responsibility

“True self-defense is self-defense against our own weaknesses and bad habits.” (In most cases we aren’t defeated, we defeat ourselves.)

Learning to Play the Part of a Less and Less Blemished Witness

Through meditation and guided imagery (embracing true effort), we can learn to objectively witness the truth, versus utilizing opinion, inclusive of selfish self-serving agendas.

Being living loving witness, congruent with objective insight – greater and greater objectivity (more and more without opinion, again just witnessing)

Again, in this spirit we can learn to better and better and better, glimpse absolute truth

True Appreciation and Gratitude

Witnessing the truth – that we so often take for granted the nearly infinite blessings which we live with or have been bestowed upon us… right down to the air that we breathe… the ability to breathe it.

The most basic of blessings are no less blessings/miracles, just because they are so common.

Learning to appreciate even another of our most splendid of blessings… the miracle of moment, more and more and more each moment – “true appreciation of the miracle of the moment” (the more we do so, the more we witness that our daily trials and tribulations are of less consequence)

There is nothing perfect on this earth, but we can humbly work toward emulating perfection and catch objective insight/glimpses of what it is like in Heaven (Perfection)

“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.”

Endeavor to Avoid Preference for the Sake of Preference

This notion illustrates the unhealthful silliness of having preferences for their own sake – value of preferences should be gauged by whether or not they are (truly) healthful and make the world a better place versus tearing it down.

“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… most importantly, nothing to hide behind.”

“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 – sweet and innocent sparkling 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.”

“True Effort (and the spirit/demeanor thereof)”

Treating life as a living loving art form

“Through True Effort the Way becomes clear”

“The significance of ‘doing it until in works…working at it…working at it, until nothing short of success is enjoyed” (accordingly, one never fails unless one quits trying)

“Therein outgrowing one’s desire for blaming, complaining, and excuses”

Embracing change

Inclusive of healthful change and often fear of change outside of one’s control (accordingly, change is constant – we make the world a much better place by not running from it)

“Supporting others in their healthful effort/healthful change”

Selflessly doing so.

“Embracing one’s comfort and discomfort equally”

“Learning to better and better avoid the need for immediate gratification”

Learning to embrace one’s blind dislike of, and with facts and practices which are, if followed, truly rooted in substantive healthfulness.

“Learning to better and better avoid plateaus of unhealthful and/or unrealistic contentment, (seemingly) relief from facing change”

The Way…

The way that can be told is not the eternal way… the way that can be told is the mother of all (material and tangible) things (which can separate us)

The Way manifests in the madman screaming. “If the stars are not words, then stop calling them stars.”

“There is a love inclusive of, but much more than friendship, family, or romantic love”

True Forgiveness

“It is likely that most often we all have made the same mistakes that we see others make”

“Within each of us, the wars and famines of our spirits are reflected back and forth between us and the greater world” – again yin to yang and yang to yin, to almost infinity.

The Three Portents (harbinger of all bad tidings)


Embrace the Five Virtues

Healthful Respect
Healthful Loyalty
Healthful Humility
True Honor
True Integrity


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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


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