God is the true Self of you. It can't be hurt, thwarted, or vitiated in any way. If you find difficult people in your life, surrender them to God, declare your freedom in God, and let God take them under His care. You will then find yourself in green pastures and beside still waters. Reap the Benefits of Traveling with God I went on a lecture tour recently in Europe, visiting Portugal, France, England and Ireland. As I traveled east from California, on alighting from the plane in New York City, I met an old friend, jack Treadwell, author of a popular article, The Laws of Mental Magnetism. He told me of an elderly man in the hotel where he lived who had been crippled with arthritis. He had suggested to him that he try affirmation therapy, and he gave him a special affirmation to use: God's Healing Love is now transforming every atom of my being into God's pattern of wholeness, beauty and perfection. Be he a lord or be he serf, The gallows are what he deserves. Should he come upon a house, He will thence be chased right out. Should he find a ditch as haven, He will be eaten by ravens. Should he come upon a stone, He will break his neck and bone. Sympathy, Antipathy, Sympathy used to be and still is simply another word for magic in many rural areas.
To the extent that love in turn reshapes these biomarkers--a prediction we're poised to test in the coming year--upward spiral dynamics ensue, in which love and health dynamically cocreate each other. How, then, your DNA gets translated into your cells next season may to some degree be up to you. By practicing healthy patterns of emotional expression, you may be able to sculpt healthy patterns of gene expression. Countless times in this article I've suggested that your body was designed for love's positivity resonance and indeed cries out for it. My team is currently homing in on ever more precise statements about which of your genes, differentially expressed in your cells, contribute to this cry the loudest. Pilot Yourself How can you tune in to your body's cravings and hear its subtle cries for love? It hardly sounds possible. Actually, becoming attuned to these cellular messages may be easier than you think. By nature's design, you come equipped with a ready indicator of whether or not you're meeting your body's basic needs. This man affirmed these truths for ten or fifteen minutes every day. At the end of a month he was walking freely, joyously, and easily. All the calcareous deposits, which cause arthritis, were eliminated. He had decided to travel with God mentally, spiritually, and physically. There is nothing miraculous in this healing. The Infinite Healing Presence that created his body had always been within him, but he had failed to use it. Jack Treadwell taught him how to stir up this gift of God within him. This is what the Bible means when it says: Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee . When you walk, talk, and travel with God, everything unlike God is dissolved in your mind, body, and circumstances. How to Travel with God
This is where terms like sympathy and black sympathy originated (we would call it white or black magic today). The belief in sympathy makes the basic assumption that everything has a soul or a kind of energy vibration. Therefore, some things are sympathetic or familiar to each other based on their similar vibration. A warming plant like ginger, for example, has an excellent effect on feverish colds because it fights fire with fire. Antipathy is considered healing through opposites in folk medicine. In this case cooling plants like mint and eucalyptus are used to combat colds accompanied by fever. The neutralization that occurs when two separate influences act on each other and create equilibrium is key here. Hot and cold create lukewarm. Folk magic utilized both principles equally. No strict blanket formulas exist about which variation to use when. Feeling good is that indicator. What's more, the biochemistry of your brain has been carefully orchestrated by natural selection to keep close track of the contexts in which your good feelings arise, even when you're busy thinking of other things. That's because good feelings trigger a cascade of neurochemicals that makes you like whatever caused it. It's as if feeling good sets off a localized firework that comes to cover the people and objects in its radius with enduring glitter dust. The new sparkle draws your eye and pulls you back toward them, impulses that operate even outside your conscious awareness. Think of this as your innate and automatic positivity-fueled navigation system. If you follow it, you'll find yourself enticed back, time and again, to circumstances that enliven you most, including those life-giving micro-moments of positivity resonance. You do, of course, need to keep your wits about you as you tune in to positivity's navigation system. Sure enough, peddlers are forever standing by to tempt you to find your bliss in commercial goods and services, both legal and illegal. Such commerce is often carefully engineered to set off the emotional fireworks that create brand loyalty, and even addictions.
Whenever I take a trip or go on a lecture tour, I recite the following affirmation: My journey is God's journey, and all His ways are pleasantness and all his paths are peace. I travel under God's guidance led by the Holy Spirit. My highway is the Royal Road of the Ancients, the middle path of Buddha, the straight and narrow gate of Jesus, the King's Highway, for I am a King over all my thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I send my messengers called God's love, peace, light, and beauty before me to make straight, beautiful, joyous, and happy my way. I always travel with God, meeting His messengers of peace and joy wherever I go. I know that with mine eyes stayed on God, there is no evil on my pathway. While traveling on an airplane, bus, train, car, or by foot, God's spell is always around me. It is the invisible armor of God, and I go from point to point freely, joyously, and lovingly. The Spirit of God is upon me, making all roads in the heavens above or on the earth beneath a highway for my God. Nearly all of us buy into what I call the myths of happiness--beliefs that certain adult achievements (marriage, kids, jobs, wealth) will make us forever happy and that certain adult failures or adversities (health problems, not having a life partner, having little money) will make us forever unhappy. This reductive understanding of happiness is culturally reinforced and continues to endure, despite overwhelming evidence that our well-being does not operate according to such black-and-white principles. One such happiness myth is the notion that I'll be happy when ____ (fill in the blank). I'll be happy when I net that promotion, when I say I do, when I have a baby, when I'm rich, and so on. The false promise is not that achieving those dreams won't make us happy. They almost certainly will. The problem is that these achievements--even when initially perfectly satisfying--will not make us as intensely happy (or for as long) as we believe they will. Hence, when fulfilling these goals doesn't make us as happy as we expected, we feel there must be something wrong with us or we must be the only ones to feel this way. The flip side is an equally pervasive, and equally toxic, happiness myth. This is the belief that I can't be happy when ____ (fill in the blank).
Men who are getting older are redesigning later life to emphasize new vitality. When the baby boomers started to hit 50, then 60, their decisions and plans helped to reshape the nation's thinking about how older men are supposed to act. Most men in their late fifties and midsixties are sexually active, plan to launch themselves into new jobs or postretirement encore careers, are resilient and more frugal, and believe that their lives are better despite the Great Recession setbacks. This group refuses to embrace the ageist stereotype of men who are winding down, sitting on a porch or deck without an agenda. They feel healthier than their parents did when they turned 60, are captivated by the possibilities of their longevity bonus, and intend to remain productive as they create an adventurous new life stage that begins in their sixties. Well, I'm 77, and I can't climb on the roof any more. At first, I felt I had lost something, I don't know what, but it did affect me. Now, I couldn't care less about it. If I can't do it, then someone else will. That's my attitude to anything now, but it takes a bit getting used to. You'll learn how thoughts influence feelings and how habitual negative thoughts can impact your mood. You'll also find tools for changing your thoughts in order to relieve anxiety, depression, and anger. The full benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy can be realized only through regular practice over time. Simply understanding a technique is of little value without firsthand experience. In other words, this is not a article for passive reading. You have to do the exercises, fill in the worksheets, and carry out real changes in how you think and behave. The length of time required to practice a particular technique will vary. See the Time to Mastery sections for an idea of the time required to develop each new skill. Because regular practice is the key to successful change, practice the exercises daily. Some of the techniques will need to be overlearned so they become automatic responses.