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Think, Feel, Heal

Think, Feel, Heal<br />


By Rev. John A. V. Strickland<br />

Transform Now Publications<br />

Atlanta, Georgia

Disclaimer: The information in this book is designed to provide helpful and<br />

interesting information. This book is not meant to be used, nor should it be<br />

used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For diagnosis or treatment<br />

of any medical problem, consult your physician. The publisher and author are<br />

not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical<br />

supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences<br />

to any person reading or following the information in this book. Answers to<br />

prayer often come through medical professionals and others in the healing<br />

arts and sciences.<br />

Book design: SPS Publications, Eustis, Florida<br />

Cover photo: istockphoto/shuttertop<br />

Unless otherwise noted, all scripture quotations are from the New Revised<br />

Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches<br />

of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights<br />

reserved.<br />

Copyright © 2018 by John A. V. Strickland<br />

ISBN 978-1-7323505-0-2<br />

For updates and information about Rev. John A. V. Strickland’s speaking<br />

engagements, visit www.thinkfeelheal.com.<br />


Contents<br />

Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7<br />

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11<br />

Overview: Part One . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13<br />

Chapter 1: Give Thanks in Advance for Everything . . . 19<br />

Chapter 2: Believe You Can Be Healed . . . . . . . 25<br />

Chapter 3: Love Is the Answer, the Only Answer . . . . 33<br />

Chapter 4: Will, Willful, Willing . . . . . . . . . 41<br />

Chapter 5: Faith with Hope and Imagination . . . . . 47<br />

Chapter 6: Imagination . . . . . . . . . . . . 55<br />

Chapter 7: Forgiveness . . . . . . . . . . . . 61<br />

Chapter 8: Authentic Action . . . . . . . . . . 69<br />

Epilogue: Part One . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75<br />

Overview: Part Two . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77<br />

Chapter 9: Prayer and Meditation. . . . . . . . . 79<br />

Chapter 10: Your Definite Chief Aim 87<br />

Chapter 11: Seva: Unselfish Service . . . . . . . . 93<br />

Chapter 12: The Heart-Mind Connection . . . . . . 97<br />


Chapter 13: The Sympathetic Vibration . . . . . . . 103<br />

Chapter 14: No Sick Atoms 109<br />

Chapter 15: Clean Up Your Messes . . . . . . . . 113<br />

Chapter 16: Write Your Own Epitaph . . . . . . . 117<br />

Chapter 17: How I Found Healing . . . . . . . . 121<br />

Chapter 18: Transition Is a Form of Healing. Be Ready. . . 129<br />

Chapter 19: The Final Analysis: You Are Already Whole . . 135<br />

Afterword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141<br />

Notes 143<br />


Preface<br />

A spiritual man had developed a reputation as a gifted healer. He<br />

was so powerful, he raised people from the dead! Some thought he<br />

was God incarnate. Others called him a terrible blasphemer. One<br />

day, a temple leader rushed to him for help. Although his daughter<br />

had just died, he still had hope the spiritual man could heal her. As<br />

they made their way to the temple leader’s home, a woman who<br />

had been hemorrhaging for twelve years interrupted them. She recognized<br />

the spiritual man and rushed toward him. “If I only touch<br />

his cloak,” she said to herself, “I will be healed.” The spiritual man<br />

turned and said to her, “Take heart. Your faith has made you well.”<br />

She was healed instantly. The spiritual man continued traveling to<br />

the home of the temple leader. Upon his arrival, he took the girl by<br />

the hand, and the girl arose. Reports of this dramatic event spread<br />

throughout the land. 7<br />

MN<br />

When I was a boy, my family rescued a magnificent shaggy mutt<br />

from the Humane Society. He developed lumps on his head. The<br />

veterinarian diagnosed malignant brain tumors and said our dog<br />

had only a short time to live. A family of modest means, we did not<br />



have the financial wherewithal to pay for costly treatments. So, we<br />

used the tools available to us: love and prayers. The tumors went<br />

away and he lived a long and happy life. In the ensuing years, I have<br />

seen many animals and children respond to the curative powers of<br />

love and prayers. Something about their openness and innocence<br />

makes them receptive to such things. As adults, past hurt, abuse,<br />

and feelings of abandonment may keep us from easily opening ourselves<br />

to love and prayers. Children and beloved pets can teach us a<br />

lot about the miraculous power of faith.<br />

MN<br />

As a young man, I earned a scholarship to play football at Vanderbilt<br />

University. In one game, I suffered a terrible injury to my<br />

neck and shoulder and was partially paralyzed. My father, a medical<br />

doctor, sent me to the finest specialists. They said I had torn<br />

two major nerves. The doctors advised that with therapy I could<br />

improve the movement of my arm and hands, but the nerves could<br />

not regenerate and I would not recover. Yet, I did recover. Over the<br />

last fifty years, I have had no impairment whatsoever. I believe my<br />

recovery was due to two things: I meditated regularly to realize a<br />

conscious connection with my God, and I found a warm, loving environment<br />

where people believed in me when I was having a hard<br />

time believing in myself.<br />

MN<br />

A friend was diagnosed with oral cancer. The recommended surgery<br />

would leave her face horribly disfigured. Two days before the<br />

operation, she was meditating with a friend and heard a clear message<br />

from her father: “You do not have to die to earn my love.”<br />

When she reported for surgery, the doctor ordered new X-rays to<br />

see how far the cancer had spread. Amazingly, the cancer was com-<br />


Preface<br />

pletely gone. She has remained cancer free for the last thirty-five<br />

years.<br />

MN<br />

I was called to the hospital to visit a church member who had<br />

just been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. I had been with<br />

that church only a short time and did not know him very well. He<br />

told me his story from the hospital bed. In his early adulthood, he<br />

had been a raging alcoholic. He found Alcoholics Anonymous, sobriety,<br />

and God. He had worked to make amends where he could.<br />

He even built a clubhouse in his backyard for AA meetings. While<br />

he asked for prayers for healing, he said he was at peace with his<br />

life and ready for his next adventure on the other side. He had<br />

a fast-growing type of cancer, and his physical body deteriorated<br />

quickly. Throughout the days ahead, his spirits remained high. One<br />

day, he gathered his family and friends, then asked them to say The<br />

Lord’s Prayer aloud. After everyone said “Amen,” they opened their<br />

eyes, and he had indeed crossed over to the other side. To me, this<br />

too is an example of healing.<br />

MN<br />

Thirty years ago, when I was director of a large, worldwide prayer<br />

ministry known simply as Silent Unity, I was invited to dedicate<br />

a church in the Bahamas. The minister was a friend of Sir John<br />

Marks Templeton, a world-renowned investment manager and<br />

philanthropist.<br />

In ancient times, healers were the ones who explained science and<br />

the cosmos. At some point, science and religion separated. Sir Templeton<br />

dreamed of bringing them back together. Thus, he created<br />

the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion—presented annually<br />



to a person making great strides in bringing spirituality and science<br />

together.<br />

Because of my connection to healing through prayer, Sir Templeton<br />

asked to meet with me to discuss spiritual healing and other<br />

ideas. He said his children’s generation knew thousands of times<br />

more about science and the human body than he or his parents,<br />

but they did not know much more about God. He wanted my help<br />

researching spiritual healing. While my organization did not feel<br />

guided to participate in a study of this nature, my conversation with<br />

Sir Templeton stayed with me as I continued to witness the power<br />

of prayer.<br />

MN<br />

My father was a medical doctor, and one of my brothers followed<br />

in his footsteps. They were disappointed I did not become a man of<br />

science, too. Believe me, the world is better off not having me as a<br />

medical doctor, but that does not mean I have given up my interest<br />

in healing, especially since I consider the recovery of my neck and<br />

shoulder to be a spiritual healing. Sometimes in medical science, an<br />

unexpected recovery with no apparent reason is called spontaneous<br />

remission. I don’t care what they call it; I just want it when I am in<br />

physical distress.<br />

This book is more about spiritual healing than medical science.<br />

It is more about spirituality than religious dogma. Yet our physical,<br />

mental, emotional, and spiritual practices are all connected. I have<br />

learned this in more than forty years of teaching the approaches to<br />

healing outlined in this book. In the following pages, you will read<br />

about some of the people who have been helped by these ideas.<br />

May this book be a blessing to you or someone you love.<br />


Introduction<br />

In contemporary times, a new insight into spiritual truths has<br />

revealed a major idea that affects health, happiness, and overall well<br />

being. This is the big idea: consciousness precedes manifestation.<br />

Think even bigger and realize that consciousness, in fact, causes<br />

manifestation. Consciousness is the sum total of everything we<br />

have thought, felt, experienced, and believed. It is what we have<br />

hoped for, what we have loved, and what we have feared. It is the<br />

whole energy of our being. We are, in a sense, a big bundle of magnetic<br />

energy, drawing some things to us and repelling others. When<br />

we experience something we don’t like, we usually try right away to<br />

change that thing, person, or experience. We are outward-directed<br />

and other-directed. But this is getting the cart before the horse. We<br />

first need to work on our own consciousness. The premise of this<br />

book is that we can change our lives by changing our consciousness.<br />

We effect change by working from the inside out, not vice versa.<br />

We are going to start with five components of a healing consciousness,<br />

which are Belief, Love, Will, Faith, and Forgiveness.<br />

We will expand and modify these simple concepts to include the<br />

following eight ideas: Thanks in Advance, Belief, Love, Willingness,<br />

Faith, Imagination, Forgiveness, and Authentic Action. These<br />

eight principles, when understood and applied, will change your<br />

consciousness, body, and experiences in this physical world.<br />




An Overview of Part One<br />


In the mid-1970s, I began studying the metaphysics of the Gospels<br />

with Rev. Ed Rabel, one of my seminary teachers. With extraordinary<br />

spiritual insight, he taught us the Bible was written on<br />

different levels, from the literal to the metaphysical. That is, in addition<br />

to being historical, the Bible is symbolic and allegorical. Have<br />

you ever picked up a book you read years ago and found new and<br />

deeper meanings in it? After studying with Rev. Rabel and contemplating<br />

his insights, I found when I again read the Bible, it took on<br />

an entirely new and deeper meaning.<br />

Rev. Rabel defined metaphysics as, “That which is true of the interior<br />

life of all individuals.” In academia, metaphysics is defined as,<br />

“A division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental<br />

nature of reality and being that includes ontology, cosmology, and<br />

often epistemology.” 2 For our purposes, we are going to stick with<br />

Rev. Rabel’s definition in which the Bible is the textbook for the<br />

soul’s unfolding. The Bible is less about ancient history and more<br />

about your history and mine, he said, explaining its stories apply to<br />

everyone, whether Jewish, Christian, or agnostic. Rev. Rabel was<br />



a mystic, and I often wondered where he came up with his ideas.<br />

Through his teaching, I was inspired to dig more deeply and learn<br />

more about my own soul.<br />

As Rev. Rabel looked for a spiritual approach to healing, he concluded<br />

one must either connect with someone with a healing consciousness<br />

or develop one’s own healing consciousness. For our purposes,<br />

consciousness is the sum total of all our thoughts, feelings,<br />

impressions, attitudes, beliefs, wants, hopes, imaginings, loves, and<br />

fears. We have built our consciousness from the time we were born,<br />

perhaps even earlier, being conscious in our mother’s womb. We<br />

receive, experience, and express ideas and things according to what<br />

is in our consciousness. When we do not like our lives, we often try<br />

to change something or someone outside of us, usually with little<br />

success.<br />

For example, studies show that people who win or inherit a large<br />

sum of money are not any happier after receiving the money than<br />

they were before. If we don’t have a consciousness of abundance,<br />

we don’t know what to do with the money when we get it. If we<br />

don’t have a consciousness of loving relationships, even if we should<br />

somehow find the perfect mate, we still won’t be happy. If we exercise,<br />

rest, meditate, take supplements, get medical treatments, have<br />

chiropractic adjustments, and ingest healing herbs, we still will not<br />

achieve healing without a consciousness of health.<br />

From Rev. Rabel’s studies of the healing miracles in the Gospels,<br />

he identified five components of a healing consciousness. He<br />

said we could make contact with someone who has a healing consciousness,<br />

as did the woman in the story from the ninth chapter of<br />

the Gospel of Matthew, or we could develop our own healing consciousness.<br />

Since we don’t really know what is in the consciousness<br />

of another, it is better to develop our own.<br />


The Consciousness of Healing<br />

I hope you will read the entire book, but I am going to tell you<br />

up front the components of a healing consciousness according to<br />

Rev. Rabel. They are Belief, Love, Will, Faith, and Forgiveness.<br />

One or more of these components appear in every healing miracle.<br />

As I teach these five principles in lectures, classes, and workshops<br />

around the United States, many people report amazing experiences<br />

of renewed health. Rev. Rabel believed developing a healing consciousness<br />

was also the how-to of healing. Being a good student,<br />

I accepted his teachings and taught it myself. In time, however, I<br />

began to see there is more to healing than this five-part model.<br />

Rev. Rabel never wanted to write a book because he believed it<br />

was important to reserve the right to change his mind. I feel certain<br />

if Rev. Rabel were alive today, he would give his blessing to<br />

the principles I have added. Jesus gave thanks before the desired<br />

demonstration. When He raised his friend Lazarus from the dead,<br />

He began by giving thanks. He was giving thanks even before the<br />

demonstration.<br />

Rev. Rabel saw in the Gospel narrative of the healing miracle<br />

at the pool at Bethesda the man had to have the will to be well.<br />

Using one’s power of will is essential to healing. However, I believe<br />

healing needs more than human, ego-driven willpower—it requires<br />

a willingness toward Spirit. A strong will can get us lots of things<br />

in life, but it can also cause lots of challenges for us in our bodies,<br />

emotions, and relationships. Thus, I prefer to call the power willingness.<br />

An idea from Charles Fillmore (1854–1948), a true American<br />

mystic, will help us grow our healing consciousness. Mr. Fillmore<br />

believed faith was a spiritual gift to all human beings and it had a<br />

twin: imagination. You can use your power of imagination to visualize<br />

health and wholeness (and any other good thing you desire).<br />



All of us use imagination every day, but most imagine things unconsciously.<br />

Consciously direct your imagination and add it to faith,<br />

and you are well on the way to well-being.<br />

I have also concluded in addition to having a consciousness of<br />

healing, one needs to take authentic action. Jesus instructed a blind<br />

man to wash the clay out of his eyes in order to see (see the ninth<br />

chapter of the Gospel of John). The man had to do something.<br />

Let me share a deeply personal story. I visited a dear friend in<br />

the hospital before his surgery and sat with his family during the<br />

operation. After the several-hour operation, the surgeon was able<br />

to get most of the tumor, but not all. The operation gave the man a<br />

couple more years. He told me he knew he should have gone in for<br />

checkups much earlier, but he kept putting it off. He did not blame<br />

himself or get depressed. He lived the rest of his life with calmness<br />

and equanimity. He remained a kind, positive, and generous man.<br />

He advised everyone he knew to take authentic action and have<br />

regular checkups. This kind of authentic action may save your life.<br />

Certainly, a lot of us are alive today because we followed the advice<br />

of the medical profession and had regular checkups. When we work<br />

on our consciousness, we ought not ignore common sense or advice<br />

from the medical profession. The blind man in the story from the<br />

Gospel of Matthew did as he was told and his sight was restored.<br />

Sometimes, Jesus would speak a word of healing or lay His hands<br />

on someone, and at other times the person had to do something in<br />

order to be well.<br />

In Part One of our book, we expand our components of a healing<br />

consciousness by several more ideas. We start with five basic<br />

ideas, then grow our formula to eight: Give Thanks in Advance,<br />

Believe You Can Be Healed and Are Being Healed, Love Yourself<br />

and Everyone in Your Life, Be Willing to Be Totally Healed, Have<br />


The Consciousness of Healing<br />

Faith that You Are Being Healed, Use Your Imagination to Visualize<br />

Your Complete Healing, Forgive Everyone and Everything,<br />

Including Yourself, and Take Authentic Action. That is our plan for<br />

wholeness and well-being. In Part Two, we will explore more ways<br />

to be well. If you truly work all the ideas in Part One, you will find<br />

wholeness. If you add the ideas in Part Two, you will be amazed at<br />

the high level of your well-being.<br />




Chapter 1<br />


Well-being is an amazing combination of physical, emotional,<br />

mental, and spiritual wellness. Once, I was serving in a ministry<br />

in which two young women were working with a psychiatrist<br />

who used hypnotherapy to lose weight. They loved our church and<br />

encouraged this doctor, a retired Armed Services psychiatrist, to<br />

come for a visit. Initially, he declined, saying, “Most of the people<br />

I worked with in the Army had problems caused by their religion.”<br />

They said to him, “But my church is different.”<br />

He countered, “Everyone says that about their church.”<br />

They persisted: “Just come one time. If you don’t like it, you don’t<br />

have to go back, and we will quit the church, too.”<br />

He came. He loved it. He stayed and became one of the largest<br />

contributors. I am not intent on criticizing anyone’s religion, but<br />

I do think that a lot of challenges arise out of one’s feelings of<br />

inadequacy and lack of healthy self-love. Our spiritual beliefs, attitudes,<br />

self-concepts, and beliefs about others, the world, and even<br />

God have a profound effect on our well-being. I don’t know if the<br />



ideas in this book will bring you total, complete, pain-free, guiltfree<br />

wellness, but I do know practicing these ideas will push your<br />

total being toward greater wellness and happiness in life.<br />

We start with a surprising idea: Give thanks in advance for everything.<br />

From an early age, most of us were taught to say thank you<br />

when someone gave us a present or did something nice for us. We<br />

received a gift first, then we gave thanks. How can giving thanks<br />

for what we desire help us be well, or happy, or prosperous? The<br />

universe is made up mostly of energy. Some would say that it is all<br />

energy. We are, at the very least, mostly energy, and energy responds<br />

to our mental, emotional, and spiritual states. We draw experiences,<br />

people, ideas, and even things to ourselves accordingly. Have you<br />

ever walked into a room and noticed you were almost immediately<br />

drawn to some people and repelled by others? It’s because of your<br />

energy. I have been told by real estate professionals that a prospective<br />

buyer makes up his or her mind about a home within fifteen<br />

or twenty seconds after entering. Sights, sounds, or scents may influence<br />

the decision, but in general, the prospective buyer senses<br />

the energy of the house. Do you remember having anxiety about a<br />

school exam and feeling sick to your stomach? It is about energy.<br />

One of the greatest attitudes to adopt for anything good you<br />

desire, including healing, is gratitude. In more than four decades<br />

of ministry, I have found the happiest and healthiest people I encountered<br />

were those who adopted an attitude of gratitude. They<br />

were grateful for sunrises and sunsets, for sunny skies and rain, for<br />

just about everything. The people who were most unhappy and unhealthy<br />

focused their energy on what they did not have, the failures<br />

they experienced, and the times when people mistreated them.<br />

Their attitude of unhappiness and ingratitude continued to create<br />

reasons to be unhappy and ungrateful, and their health suffered.<br />


Give Thanks in Advance for Everything<br />

When you order a meal at a restaurant, you don’t ask for something<br />

you don’t like. Think of the universe as a server in a cosmic restaurant,<br />

standing at your table waiting to take your order. A grateful<br />

attitude is like ordering our favorite meal, well-prepared and delivered<br />

by a kind, attentive waiter. Your attitude will bring you something<br />

energetically compatible.<br />

I knew a kind, gentle, positive, loving minister whose church was<br />

intentionally set on fire. What a horrible thing to happen! While<br />

there was a lot of upset and fear among the members, this minister<br />

did not change his attitude. He knew God and the universe<br />

were on his side. They kept the church together for a year or so in<br />

temporary quarters. Then, another congregation decided to move<br />

and put their church up for sale. My friend’s congregation had the<br />

money to purchase the soon-to-be vacated church. It turned out to<br />

be much better than the one which had been destroyed. Even if we<br />

have positive, grateful attitudes, we still may have health challenges<br />

and all sorts of bad things happen. However, our attitudes will help<br />

us through the difficult times and the health challenges, and our<br />

attitudes will draw to us compatible experiences.<br />

In the mid-1970s while attending seminary, I volunteered at the<br />

Jackson County Jail and the Kansas State Penitentiary. One day in<br />

the seminary’s bookstore, I came across an interesting title, Prison to<br />

Praise, by Merlin R. Carothers, who had been serving a prison sentence<br />

for a felony. Somehow, behind bars, he discovered a personal<br />

relationship with God and caught the secret of a happy, healthy life:<br />

Give praise every day for everything in this life. Praise and thanksgiving<br />

are not literally the same, but they are certainly related.<br />

So, let’s add the idea of praise to the idea of giving thanks in advance<br />

of what we sincerely desire. Rev. Carothers began to praise<br />

God when he was healthy, sick, hungry, full, treated well by the<br />



Chapter 17<br />


One of the courses I took as a freshman in college was Psychology<br />

101. In the first class the professor told us we had a choice:<br />

either we could write a term paper or we could be guinea pigs for<br />

senior and graduate students. I and most of my classmates chose<br />

the latter. I was a subject in all sorts of experiments. One required<br />

me to be interviewed on various topics by a graduate student in<br />

front of his professor and classmates. That was simple enough until<br />

the graduate student asked me, “What was your favorite childhood<br />

story?” I felt my blood pressure and temperature rising. Then he<br />

expanded on the question. “Or who was your favorite super hero?”<br />

I was a rough-and-tumble football player. I played linebacker, and<br />

my coaches told me to play with reckless abandon. That was totally<br />

out of character for me, but I played that way anyway. The graduate<br />

student did not realize he had let me off the hook by asking about<br />

my favorite super hero. I let out an inaudible (I hoped) sigh and<br />

said, “Superman.” The audience nodded, and I could almost hear<br />

them saying, “Well, of course. What would you expect a linebacker<br />

to say?”<br />



Truth be told, my favorite childhood story was The Contented Little<br />

Pussy Cat by Frances Ruth Keller. That story was too soft, warm, and<br />

cuddly for me, a freshman linebacker, to acknowledge to a class full<br />

of psychology graduate students. The story of my life, in my opinion,<br />

had been about a little guy who was content, but unlike the pussy cat<br />

in the story, I was convinced by friends and by the slings and arrows<br />

of outrageous fortune to be discontent. I was on the journey back to<br />

contentment. I learned that no matter what others think, I can be<br />

content. No matter what others do or do not do, I can be content.<br />

No matter what happens to my body, I can be content.<br />

I was a content little boy, but a few years after I was introduced<br />

to that sweet book my family fell apart. Suddenly, my father left<br />

my mother, my brothers, and me to fend for ourselves. It was scary.<br />

Money was scarce and sometimes we did not know where our<br />

next meal would come from. Fortunately, our nice house in a nice<br />

neighborhood with good public schools nearby was fully paid for<br />

due to my mother’s inheritance. For some reason, my little-boy self<br />

thought our father had left and money was scarce because I was<br />

inadequate. So, I became an overachiever. I did very well in school<br />

and athletics. I did not realize at the time that I was trying to earn<br />

the love of father figures—my teachers and coaches. I am grateful<br />

I had so many good coaches and teachers, but I became a people<br />

pleaser. I had lost my sense of self and self-worth.<br />

In my senior year of high school, I was an all-state football player<br />

and a scholar. My mother only saw me play in one football game<br />

in high school and that was when I was a sophomore. I scored the<br />

winning touchdown in that game. Mother’s friends had to point<br />

out to her that I was the one who scored that touchdown. She knew<br />

little about sports and worked hard to put food on the table and<br />

keep my brothers and me well clothed. I called her at work one day<br />


How I Found Healing<br />

to ask her to take me to a hotel downtown, where I would be signing<br />

a full scholarship to a fine university. She was both proud and<br />

surprised because she did not really know about my athletic prowess.<br />

Toward the end of my senior year, my mother died of cancer. I<br />

had to get a legal guardian in order to finish school. I completed the<br />

year successfully as valedictorian and most outstanding all-around<br />

student.<br />

I was in no mental or emotional condition to go away to college<br />

to play football in the Southeastern Conference. I had a girlfriend<br />

who was very important to me, and her family had kind of adopted<br />

me. From the moment I arrived at college, I hated it. The coaches<br />

were not like my father figures in high school. This was big business<br />

and they rode me pretty hard. Depression sank in. While my<br />

relationship with my girlfriend grew more difficult, I kept trying<br />

to please my coaches. Eventually, I earned a starting position. This<br />

was my first and last game as a starter on the freshman team of a<br />

major university. I sustained a serious injury to my neck and right<br />

shoulder, but I would not take myself out of the game. “I will prove<br />

myself worthy,” I thought. Then, while favoring the other shoulder,<br />

I injured it. I left the game, never to return.<br />

The following morning, I called the coach and told him I was<br />

quitting the team and dropping out of school. I felt horrible. I felt I<br />

had overcome all odds to be a success and now I was a quitter. I had<br />

failed miserably. I went home to Atlanta, totally overwhelmed and<br />

defeated. I was told my right shoulder was permanently injured.<br />

The doctors said, “With physical therapy it will be more functional,<br />

but the injury is so severe you will never totally recover.”<br />

I went home to lick my wounds. I broke up with my girlfriend<br />

and lost her and her family as my support system. I felt alone, hopeless,<br />

and helpless. Then I remembered how I loved the little church<br />



where my mother had dragged my brothers and me to Sunday services.<br />

It was positive, warm, and loving. I showed back up in church,<br />

and nobody there really cared if I was a football player or a scholar.<br />

I enrolled at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and suddenly<br />

found a warm home there. I was no longer a hero, but Georgia State<br />

and my church didn’t mind. They didn’t care about my past failures<br />

and that I had quit my previous school and football team. I am truly<br />

grateful for them welcoming me as I was—a college freshman.<br />

One of the interesting things about my childhood church is that<br />

we meditated. Back in the 1970s that was pretty weird in Atlanta,<br />

Georgia. During the Sunday service we would have a guided meditation<br />

for about five to eight minutes. In classes and group meetings<br />

we meditated for longer periods. I found that for eight minutes a<br />

week I was not feeling miserable, wounded, or less than a human<br />

being. I kept going back and discovered those eight minutes had<br />

grown to thirty. As I kept going, those minutes grew. Meditation<br />

allowed me to consciously connect with my Source, my God, my<br />

Creator. During meditation, I was not thinking about how lost,<br />

hopeless, and helpless I was. I was letting go and letting God be<br />

God in me and through me. After about nine months, I woke up<br />

one morning and said to myself, “Hey, I am not feeling miserable!<br />

What am I feeling? I am feeling good!” At that moment I knew my<br />

injury was completely healed.<br />

I had not been consciously trying to find healing. I had not been<br />

doing therapy, but I had been meditating, and not just in church. I<br />

got tapes and instruction in the process of meditation. I went to a<br />

church that was warm and loving, and I went to a university that<br />

was warm and loving. Georgia State is a downtown, urban school.<br />

In those days, we had about 20,000 to 24,000 students, about half of<br />

whom went to night school. More than fifty percent of the students<br />


How I Found Healing<br />

were married and about eighty percent worked. The average age was<br />

about twenty-seven. These were people who valued a higher education<br />

and were willing to work hard to get a degree or advanced<br />

degree. It had a small campus footprint then, and no dorms. Yet it<br />

became my home, my alma mater. I made good grades. I was inducted<br />

into honor societies, and I was friends with the deans.<br />

To what do I attribute my healing? First, I stopped dwelling on<br />

the injury. Second, I found a warm, nurturing environment both at<br />

school and at church. I want to particularly focus on the first item.<br />

Emmet Fox, a famous metaphysical spiritual leader in the twentieth<br />

century, held Sunday services for overflow crowds in Carnegie<br />

Hall. His book The Sermon on the Mount gives tremendous practical<br />

insights into the deeper meanings found in Jesus’s Sermon on the<br />

Mount. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand<br />

the esoteric teachings of Jesus.<br />

Dr. Fox wrote on a number of other topics. One of his articles,<br />

which you can find online, is “The Golden Key.” This has been a<br />

life changer for me and for millions of others. He calls the Golden<br />

Key scientific prayer. What does he mean by the term scientific? If<br />

something is scientific, it should be replicable by others. In a scientific<br />

experiment, if one establishes the same conditions, uses the<br />

same substance, and follows the same steps, the results should be<br />

the same. Fox taught that if you follow the methods prescribed in<br />

“The Golden Key,” you should get the same results. What is Fox’s<br />

Golden Key? He says to stop thinking about the problem and think<br />

about God instead. That’s it. It is that simple. We cannot hold two<br />

thoughts in mind at the same time. It is true that our minds can flip<br />

back and forth from one thought to another, but we can only hold<br />

one thought at a time.<br />



The basic rule of consciousness is called the Law of Mind Action.<br />

Simply stated, that law is, “Thoughts held in mind produce in the<br />

outer after their kind.” This is one of the most important ideas you<br />

can ever learn about manifesting healing, happiness, abundance,<br />

love, or anything else your heart truly desires. A wise person has said,<br />

“A true desire is really God tapping on your heart to let you know<br />

that God has something good in store for you.” At the time Dr. Fox<br />

was preaching and writing, the emphasis in the metaphysical spiritual<br />

community was on the power of the mind. New insights have<br />

revealed to us that it is about both the mind and the heart. Our<br />

thinking and feeling must work together. Therefore, I would restate<br />

the Law of Mind Action like this: “Thoughts and feelings held in<br />

heart and mind produce in the outer after their kind.” Instead of<br />

just thinking about God and what you believe about God, add what<br />

you feel about God. There is an old story about a young boy who<br />

was frightened by a thunderstorm and cried out for his mother. She<br />

came to him to comfort him and asked, “Don’t you believe God is<br />

here with you?” He replied, “Yes, but sometimes I need God with<br />

skin on!” He needed the physical presence of his mother to remind<br />

him that God is always with him. Sometimes we need God with<br />

skin on.<br />

Let’s go back to my dark night of the soul when I decided to give<br />

up my dream. A man named Frank Hart Smith stayed with me the<br />

whole night in my dorm room to make sure I was going to be okay.<br />

I will be forever grateful for this particular God with skin on who<br />

was there when the thunderstorms in my soul were too much for<br />

me to take. Years later, when I was about to graduate from seminary<br />

and after I had passed my final exams, I wrote to him. “You<br />

probably don’t remember me,” I said, “but you stayed with me all<br />

night during my dark night of the soul. I just want you to know that<br />


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I am okay. Next week I will be graduating from seminary and be<br />

ordained.” He telephoned the seminary, and somehow they found<br />

me and connected me on the call. He said, “John, this is Frank Hart<br />

Smith, and I want you to know that I am angry with you.”<br />

I was shocked. “Why is that?”<br />

He said, “How did you think I could ever forget you?”<br />

I hadn’t realized how deeply he cared about a young man in desperate<br />

physical and emotional pain. I can see now that when I had<br />

bottomed out and did not think I could go on, God provided Frank<br />

Hart Smith to be God with skin on—the help I needed, and that<br />

was the beginning of my healing.<br />

After my healing was complete, late in my freshman year of college,<br />

I knew what my mission was. I wanted to help people in the<br />

way I had been helped. I was to love those who could not love<br />

themselves, to believe in those who could not believe in themselves,<br />

to be God in a skin suit to the best of my ability. I don’t believe my<br />

healing was complete when my arm and neck recovered. In some<br />

ways, the healing happened in my mind and heart before my body<br />

got the message. In some other ways, the healing is still in process<br />

as I share what I know about healing. This book is part of my healing<br />

process. I hope it is part of yours!<br />




Chapter 18<br />


Many years ago, I heard a lecture by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross,<br />

the Swiss psychiatrist, who had recently written her seminal work,<br />

On Death and Dying. She was a remarkable woman who pioneered<br />

care for those who were dying. One of my recollections is that she<br />

said something to the effect of, “Dying is un-American.” She knew<br />

we did not deal well with it. Today, I think we do much better. I am<br />

so grateful for the work of hospice. I have often visited people who<br />

are being cared for and loved as they approach their transition.<br />

When my father-in-law was in hospice, I took my small dog to<br />

see him. Duke was welcomed by Dale and the hospice workers.<br />

We began calling my dog Rev. Duke, Minister of Unconditional<br />

Love. He was never certified as a service dog, but he was welcomed<br />

anyway. He used to sleep on my father-in-law’s legs as he watched<br />

television. Hospitals, which are rightfully concerned about germs<br />

and infection, have not been as open to having animals for visits,<br />

but Duke and Dale had a great time together. I believe Dr. Kübler-<br />

Ross’s work and lectures have helped change the world, and were<br />

particularly influential in the United States.<br />



In my family and spiritual tradition, we often refer to the process<br />

of dying as making one’s transition. I believe death is not an end<br />

but a graduation. Dr. Kübler-Ross observed that dying was sometimes<br />

thought of as failure or giving up. In some spiritual traditions,<br />

people believe the person dying must have displeased God or<br />

must have done something wrong. We need to get over this idea.<br />

Dr. Kübler-Ross spoke of the olden days when a person knew he<br />

was near death. That person would call the family and close friends<br />

together so they could share their goodbyes and farewells. In more<br />

recent times, terminally ill people were sequestered in sterile hospitals.<br />

I have a colleague who shared about his mother-in-law’s passing.<br />

He and his wife would crawl into bed with the dying woman to<br />

hold her, comfort her, and weep together. I must confess I thought<br />

that was strange when I first heard about it. In time I saw the beauty<br />

and love in that act. Another colleague sent me a letter telling me<br />

that he was dying. He used bright-colored ink and started the letter<br />

with these words, “Hey John! Guess what?! I’m dying and I am<br />

going to die consciously!” He did. The people who die consciously,<br />

filled with light and love, are dying in a healthy way. They are making<br />

their transition to the next life.<br />

I do not intend to spend much time on theological points of view.<br />

For some, if one has the right religion one gets into heaven after<br />

death. My position is that God and the heavenly afterlife are big<br />

enough for all of us, but I wish to share my mother’s point of view,<br />

which I ultimately adopted. She believed that life was an endless<br />

school. We have lessons to learn in life, and when we learn them<br />

we graduate to the next life. If we don’t learn them in this life, we<br />

repeat the course in the next life. When I was young, miserable, and<br />

feeling like a complete failure, I wanted to give up and make my<br />

transition. Then I thought about my mother’s theology and deter-<br />


Transition Is a Form of Healing: Be Ready<br />

mined that it made sense to me. I decided I would rather learn my<br />

lessons now than have to repeat the course.<br />

I was once invited to be on a panel with others who have suffered<br />

from depression. The audience was composed of psychiatrists,<br />

psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and other mental health professionals.<br />

They wanted to know what was most important to me in<br />

getting over my depression. I told them of my mother’s spiritual<br />

philosophy and how it inspired me to stop feeling sorry for myself,<br />

to seek help, and get on with my life. Having suffered from depression<br />

has helped me be a better minister to others. Do I like it when<br />

I have bouts of depression? Of course not, but I have this philosophy:<br />

Whatever life hands you, make the most of it and use it to<br />

make the world better! Can I say my spiritual philosophy is correct<br />

and better than any other spiritual philosophy? I cannot. I can only<br />

say that having my belief has helped me live my life better and has<br />

helped me help others live their lives better.<br />

A new person visiting my church came through the receiving line<br />

at the end of the service. She said, “Hi, my name is Jane [not her<br />

real name], and I am dying. I wanted to check you out to see if you<br />

could do my service after I die. I will make an appointment and<br />

see you next week.” I thought to myself, “Oh, boy. This is going to<br />

be a doozy of a meeting!” She came, and the meeting was, in fact, a<br />

doozy, but in a good way. Her doctors had told her that her illness<br />

was terminal and she only had a short time to live. She had asked<br />

for prayers for healing, but she was getting ready for her transition.<br />

She wanted to make preparations for her service. She told me I<br />

had passed her test and I could do her service. Then, she proceeded<br />

to tell me jokes about death and dying. It was her way of coping,<br />

she said. So, I did the right thing. I told her jokes about death and<br />

dying. Hers were much better. A month or two passed by and I got<br />



a call around midnight from her son. He apologized for calling at<br />

such a late hour, but his mother had asked to see me, as she felt the<br />

time of transition was near. I was instructed to go to the hospital at<br />

the emergency room entrance. He would meet me there.<br />

When I arrived, he again apologized, and I told him the call was<br />

totally appropriate. His mother had told him she was dying. He<br />

questioned her, “How do you know?”<br />

She replied, “It’s my body. I know these things.” I told him his<br />

mother had a unique sense of humor, and he said, “Yeah—it’s sick,<br />

isn’t it?” I said, “No, actually it is quite healthy.” When I got to her<br />

room, her other son was there and she had an oxygen mask on. She<br />

looked as if the end were only moments away. She opened her eyes<br />

and motioned me over to her bedside. Then she took off the oxygen<br />

mask, and I leaned close to her lips so I could hear what I believed<br />

would be her last words. She told me another joke about death and<br />

dying! Then her ex-husband walked in, and I had a fearful thought<br />

there would be some kind of argument. But, no, that was not the<br />

case. She thanked him for coming to see her, and then said, “I just<br />

want to thank you for giving me these wonderful sons.”<br />

She did not make her transition that night. That came a few days<br />

later, but she had one more joke for us. Her service was held at<br />

a lovely chapel on a hillside in a beautiful cemetery. The sky was<br />

blue. The temperature was around seventy degrees. There was a gentle<br />

breeze. When the service concluded, we walked down the hill<br />

to her grave for the interment. A small cloud came to where we<br />

were standing and poured buckets of rain on us! We all figured that<br />

somehow Jane had arranged for the weather to play a joke on us. It<br />

was the perfect ending of a lovely service for a healthy person who<br />

was graduating from this life experience to the next.<br />

A long time ago, I heard a lecture on humor by psychiatrist Christian<br />

Hageseth III. He wrote a book titled A Laughing Place, which<br />


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I have loved and used frequently in my ministry. At the end of the<br />

book he shares some Positive Humor Affirmations. Let me share<br />

just a few of them.<br />

I am determined to use my humor for positive, loving purposes<br />

only. I will take myself lightly, even though I take my work in life<br />

seriously. I will not seek to be offended. When in doubt, I choose<br />

to see others as meaning well. I will practice positive paranoia.<br />

(My definition of positive paranoia is that I believe the world is<br />

not out to get me, but to give me a blessing!) In adversity I will<br />

use humor to cope, to survive, and to grow. On the day of my<br />

death I will look back and know that I laughed fully and well. 10<br />

I want to share one more story of transition, this one about a<br />

friend’s father. He had his own church and his own minister. This<br />

other minister was to do the bulk of the funeral message, and I was<br />

to share a few remarks. This other minister had spent a good deal<br />

of time with Frank (not his real name) toward the end of his life.<br />

Frank was a man of faith. He loved God and he loved his neighbor<br />

as himself. He loved his wife, his children, and extended family. He<br />

lived long and well and provided well for his family. He trusted his<br />

God and was not afraid of dying. In fact, his minister emphasized<br />

that Frank had told him a number of times he was ready. He was at<br />

peace. His body had served him well for a long time, but now was<br />

the time to let go and transition to a new life in a new world. He<br />

was ready.<br />

I want to say here that I believe in healing. I believe God is for<br />

healing. I believe the ideas I have shared will help us find healing.<br />

That said, we shall make our transitions at some time. Let us live<br />

our lives fully, follow our dreams, love one another, and do, to the<br />

best of our abilities and understanding, those things that promote<br />

good health and longevity. When the time comes to cross over to<br />

the other side, may we be ready.<br />




Chapter 19<br />


In this final chapter I invite you to play a little game with me,<br />

the What If game. I ask you this: what if you are already perfectly<br />

whole and well? What if you are already that which you have been<br />

seeking? What if you have all you need to be strong, happy, and<br />

prosperous, with incredibly loving, mutually fulfilling relationships?<br />

What if you already have all you could possibly need?<br />

I have friends whose parents lived in Montana in a cabin that was<br />

heated only by a wood-burning stove. The cabin had no air conditioning,<br />

either. Now this was some time ago, in the twentieth century,<br />

but in my lifetime. Their children had moved away, prospered,<br />

and were living good lives. They worried about their parents as they<br />

aged. The parents loved their home and had no intention of leaving<br />

it. So, the children decided to give their parents the gift of a modern<br />

HVAC system, completely installed, fully paid for. However, the<br />

parents could not understand the concept of a modern thermostat.<br />

All they had to do was set the thermostat to the desired temperature<br />

and it would take care of everything, but they were used to<br />

putting more logs in the stove when they were cold and opening<br />



up the doors and windows when they were hot. So, in the winter<br />

they would turn the thermostat all the way up to its highest setting<br />

until they got too hot, then open windows and doors. (My modern,<br />

twenty-first-century thermostat watches my comings and goings.<br />

It senses the times of day when I need the house to be warmer or<br />

cooler and adjusts itself accordingly. It’s even more sophisticated<br />

than the twentieth-century thermostat.) While this couple had a<br />

thermostat that would take care of their need for warmth or cooling,<br />

they continued to labor needlessly to make their home comfortable.<br />

When it came to HVAC systems, they had everything they could<br />

want or need. They just didn’t know it. What if you have everything<br />

you could want or need but you just didn’t know it?<br />

Born in 1952, I consider myself modern. As a child, I learned<br />

what a checking account is and how to deposit money and write<br />

checks. Some people prefer to live the old-fashioned way, especially<br />

when it comes to trusting city folks. I know a story of a couple who<br />

lived off the land, way out in the country. One day, the husband<br />

died. A few weeks later, a man from an insurance company went to<br />

the house to present the widow with a large check. Although the<br />

insurance money would cover her expenses for the rest of her life,<br />

she continued to live in poverty. She thought the outsider with a<br />

fancy suit who arrived in a fancy automobile was a con man. She<br />

could not believe that all she had to do was go to a bank, sign the<br />

back of the check, and the money would be hers. What if you just<br />

had to trust the universe in order to have everything your heart<br />

sincerely desires?<br />

I am partly Scottish by ancestry. I did not know this until my<br />

father made his transition. At his memorial, some of the relatives,<br />

whom I had not seen in more than forty years, said to me, “You<br />

look a lot like your father. You and he are both more Nesbit than<br />


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you are Strickland.” The Nesbits were from southern Scotland and<br />

the Stricklands were from northern England. The way I figure it<br />

is that somebody snuck across the border and found a wife. A few<br />

years ago, one of my brothers and I visited Scotland. In the lovely<br />

city of Edinburgh, we found a pub called Filthy Richard’s. We<br />

inquired about the name and were told that there had been a person<br />

who lived on the street, sometimes cleaning up the alleyways<br />

and emptying the trash cans. He was always filthy, but at the end<br />

of the evening, the restaurants and pubs would give their leftovers<br />

to him. Eventually, Richard disappeared. A man came looking for<br />

him because he had inherited a great sum of money from a relative<br />

he never knew he had. He died penniless, when all the time great<br />

wealth was looking for him. What if your wealth and health are<br />

looking for you?<br />

As a young minister, I served a great congregation in Jacksonville,<br />

Florida. I had drawn some young people to the church who thought<br />

of me as more than their minister. I was their friend and they were<br />

my friends. One day, they invited me to go tubing with them on the<br />

Ichetucknee River. It sounded delightful to me, but there was one<br />

hitch. They were going on Sunday morning and, of course, Sunday<br />

morning was a work day for me. They were embarrassed when they<br />

remembered I was a minister!<br />

Anyway, they went tubing, and I preached on Sunday morning.<br />

One fellow who went with them was most fearful. He had grown<br />

up in New York City and had never learned to swim. Nonetheless,<br />

he was convinced to go tubing. There were no life vests where they<br />

rented the inner tubes. The New Yorker became more fearful. As<br />

they floated down the river, his tube sprang a leak. You know where<br />

I am going with this, don’t you? Yes, the man in the leaky tube began<br />

to scream for help. He was panicking. He was sure he would<br />



die. His fears had come true. This is the way fear works. We find<br />

these sage words from the Old Testament: “Truly the thing that I<br />

fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me. I am not at ease,<br />

nor am I quiet; I have no rest; but trouble comes.” ( Job 3:25–26)<br />

This fearful man in the leaking inner tube manifested the thing he<br />

feared. He was neither at ease nor was he quiet. Trouble came to<br />

him, but his life was not done. Two men grabbed him by the shoulders<br />

and shook him until he stopped screaming. One of them, in a<br />

firm and loud voice, said, “Just stand up!” The water was only a few<br />

feet deep and it was flowing very slowly. To be saved from what he<br />

believed was his watery grave, he only needed to stand up! He did<br />

and the story had a happy ending. I think even more important is<br />

that the man then decided to go to the YMCA and take swimming<br />

lessons! Do you remember the story about the healing at the pool at<br />

Bethesda, which we discussed in an earlier chapter? What did the<br />

Man from Nazareth say to the man who decided he wanted to be<br />

healed? “Stand up, take your mat, and walk.” The man did just that.<br />

What if all you need to be well, happy, and fulfilled is to stand up?<br />

In the holy book from the Abrahamic religions, there is a familiar<br />

creation story from Genesis 1:1–3: “In the beginning when God<br />

created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and<br />

darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept<br />

over the face of the waters. Then God said….” Let’s just stop right<br />

there. In the beginning there was God, the self-existent one and<br />

the only one, but God is a Creator God, so God decides to create.<br />

What is the stuff of creation? We might think of this as creation ex<br />

nihilo, or creation out of nothing. God created out of nothing, or so<br />

it would seem, but I don’t think that is exactly correct. God created<br />

using God material or God stuff. Everything is created out of Godstuff.<br />

The wind from God is thought of as the Holy Spirit. God’s<br />


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breath is moving across the unformed God stuff, and God then<br />

begins to speak the words of creation. In Genesis, chapter two, we<br />

find another creation story. I want to draw your attention particularly<br />

to the seventh verse: “. . . then the Lord God formed man from<br />

the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath<br />

of life; and the man became a living being . . . ” So human beings<br />

were created by the self-existent Creator God who breathed (with<br />

God-breath) life (God-life) into the dust (which is God-dust or<br />

God-stuff ) and voilà! human beings had life! You and I are direct<br />

descendants from God.<br />

I had a wonderful realization when I was six years old at Camp<br />

Celo, a Quaker camp in North Carolina. It suddenly came to me<br />

like a bolt of lightning: All human beings are related! Yes! I told everyone<br />

who would listen, and they thought, “How cute, little Johnny<br />

has figured out that we are all related!” It took a while longer,<br />

say twenty or thirty years, to realize that we are all descended from<br />

God, created in God’s image and likeness and endowed with God<br />

powers! We are God-beings. The Master Teacher, Elder Brother,<br />

and Way-shower tried to tell us we are already what we have been<br />

seeking to be. He said, “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about<br />

your life.” (Matt. 6:25) “You are the salt of the earth.” (Matt. 5:13)<br />

“You are the light of the world.” (Matt. 5:14) “Is it not written in<br />

your law, ‘I said, you are gods?’” ( John 10:34) Finally, “Very truly, I<br />

tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I<br />

do and, in fact, will do greater works that these. . . .” ( John 14:12)<br />

The message is that we are already everything we have been<br />

thinking because we are created by God. The big challenge is that<br />

we have been asleep to the truth of who and what we really are. We<br />

have been hypnotized by life, in a sense, into believing we are less<br />

than good. We can’t do much, and we have to live sickly, unhappy,<br />



meager lives. What I have attempted to do is share truths I believe<br />

will awaken you to your imprisoned splendor. I want you to know<br />

you are powerful. You are whole. You have everything you need<br />

within you, not because of anything you have done or earned, but<br />

because you are beloved of God. As God’s beloved child you have a<br />

right to be well. I bless you, my friend. May you know the truth of<br />

who you are, and may that truth set you free from illness, unhappiness,<br />

and any form of lack. This is the truth: you are already that<br />

which you have been seeking.<br />


Afterword<br />

Many years ago, an older friend of mine said, “I had never read the<br />

Bible cover to cover. I made the intention to do so and began my<br />

task. When I got to the point where I read, ‘In the beginning God’<br />

(KJV Gen. 1:1), I stopped. I needed to ponder the meaning and importance<br />

of the beginning phrase in the Bible. I pondered this passage<br />

for fifteen years and then I wrote a book on it.” Unfortunately,<br />

I never got to read that book. I was inspired by the understanding of<br />

a seminary professor back in the mid-1970s. He perceived from his<br />

study of the Gospel account of Jesus’s healing miracles that there<br />

were five components of what he called “a healing consciousness.”<br />

I was excited about his teaching. For years I taught Rev. Ed Rabel’s<br />

ideas, and they were well received. Over time I added two more<br />

steps, plus the idea of taking authentic action. Later I added more<br />

ideas I believe will help one find health and happiness. I have been<br />

saying for many more than fifteen years that I was going to write a<br />

book on these ideas, but with ministerial duties as my top priority,<br />

I did not find or make the time to do so.<br />

I had a teacher and coach who was fond of saying, “Successful<br />

people do what they say they will do.” Her wisdom has stuck with<br />



me. So, when I retired from full-time pulpit ministry, I decided to<br />

do what I had been saying I would do. I wrote the book Think, Feel,<br />

Heal.<br />

I am grateful to all the people who encouraged me to write this<br />

book, and I am grateful to you, dear reader, for taking the time to<br />

read and consider these ideas. May they give you hope and some<br />

fresh ideas about how you, too, can find healing.<br />


Notes<br />

1. These words are a paraphrase of the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 9,<br />

verses 18–26.<br />

2. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2016.<br />

3. Norman Cousins, “Anatomy of an Illness (As Perceived by the Patient),”<br />

New England Journal of Medicine 295 (December 32, 1976):<br />

1458–1463.<br />

4. Norman Cousins, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient<br />

(New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1979).<br />

5. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1976),<br />

8–9.<br />

6. Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., and Diane Cirincione, Ph.D., Mini<br />

Course for Life (Sausalito: Mini Course Publishing, 2007), 8–9.<br />

7. Dr. Wayne Dyer, Your Erroneous Zones (New York: Funk &<br />

Wagnalls, 1976), 29.<br />

8. “The Complete Artscroll Siddur,” in The Interfaith Prayer Book, ed.<br />

Ted Brownstein (Lake Worth: Lake Worth Interfaith Network,<br />

2014), 31.<br />

9. Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., and Diane Cirincione, Ph.D., Mini<br />

Course for Life (Sausalito: Mini Course Publishing, 2007).<br />

10. Christian Hageseth, A Laughing Place: The Art and Psychology of<br />

Positive Humor in Love and Adversity (Minneapolis: Berwick Publishing<br />

Company, 1988), 141.<br />


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