In 1982, Steven a young faculty member at the University of North Carolina, realized he had problem. At 2 o'clock in the morning, he was lying on the floor of his house trembling with fear as a result of an overnight panic attack.
The shock and horror of his anxiety followed him every where. It followed him to work, during travel, at restaurants, movie theaters, elevators, and even phone calls. Then it struck him in the safety of his own home, usually waking him up at night.
He tried to fight anxiety. He tried to hide from anxiety. He tried to argue with anxiety. He took tranquilizers, and no matter what he did the panic attacks increased.
But this panic attack was different. His palpitating heart, the pressure in chest, and shooting pain down his arms were all signs of a heart attack. In his deepest moment of anguish he left his body and confronted the taunting spirit known as anxiety. In his argument with the spirit he made a vow that he would never again be tormented this way. Steven returned to his body escaping death.
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For the last 34 years Dr. Steven Hayes, PHD graduate, and professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, and the 30th most influential psychologist in the world, has kept his vow, and is now teaching others to do the same. With a groundbreaking science he calls psychological flexibility, he teaches people to win the anxiety battle by simply having patients visualize with the power of love.
His technique trains people to meditatively observe and understand anxiety from love's perspective which gives them the power to overcome. The technique provides a person a psychological option beyond the torturous thought patterns of anxiety, and has proven successful in over a thousand case studies so far.
Dr. Hayes teaches that anxiety is a psychology that traps people in a mental state that causes anguish. A person can try to fight, hide, or negotiate with anxiety without much success because anxiety has a mind of its own.
With emotional openness we can feel the anguish while we being able to look at your thoughts rather than experiencing them. This technique allows a person to connect with their spiritual counterpart to identify the anxiety culprit.
Dr. Hayes explains that from this spiritual perspective we can direct our attention flexibly and voluntarily on the issues and thought patterns that cause mental anguish. Observing thought from a third party perspective empowers a person to approach cognitive glitches so they can be analyzed and ultimately dispelled. The concept is call "Psychological Flexibility".
The key to Psychological Flexibility is the spiritual essence of love. His technique is predicated on the idea that since all human beings are created with the capacity to experience love, love for oneself, and for others, a person can internally move from torturous thought to love.
According to Dr. Hayes, meditating, observing, and thinking with love opens a realm of new possibilities and healing. Because love always has our best interest at heart, it guides a person toward hope and soundness of mind.
Moving ahead through life with love as a spiritual anchor is how Dr. Hayes has already helped over a thousand people. He describes love as the most powerful method of bringing the highest and best contribution toward ourselves and the lives of others.
The doctor also discovered that the love pivot, is the contributing factor that brings more meaning and purpose into life. When his patients began to reveal new hope and the desire to help others, he realized that love has a much greater affect than just dissolving the glitches of the mind.
When we can objectively look at events in our past, present, or future with care and love we can heal, and healing opens the door to helping others.
After decades or careful analysis Dr. Hayes came to the conclusion that "love is everything, it's the only thing."
The key element of psychological flexibility therapy is love. Mentally and meditatively aligning ourselves with the mind of love provides a healthy perspective that heals who we are.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 states this about love:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
The book of Corinthians explains that love is by far the greatest spiritual quality we can embody. The above verse conveys the message that love is a spirit. It is patient, kind, accepting, kind, merciful, humble, peaceful, forgiving, truthful, protective, trustworthy, full of hope, and preserves soundness of mind.
It seems that God's word disclosed the secret power of love nearly 2000 years ago, and it comes as benefit to all who suffer from anxiety. Dr. Hayes' studies are a testimony that science can prove God's precepts.
Now let's examine the concept of becoming one with love so we can observe anxious mental patterns and heal.
John 15:5 states:
"If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
These words were spoken by Jesus, who as the incarnation of God's love instructs us to become one in heart, soul, and mind with Him. Following His advice we are told that we will be productive in many ways.
Finally, Romans 12:2 declares that we should change and put our attention on developing a new psychology:
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
In other words we should not conform to the ways of the world, such as anxiety. Instead we should renew, or change, our mind. That's what Dr. Hayes discovered.
Love is not exclusive to Christians. Love is available to all. Love is God, and it's incarnate in the body of Christ. When anyone experiences love, they experience Christ through whom they were created. It took Dr. Hayes 34 years to discover the concepts of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, John 15:5, and Romans 12:2.
For you and I the answer is simple.
Meditating on God's love allows us to experience the Father through Christ Jesus, in whom we have the power and ability to understand life, become healed, and proceed forward in the most productive way.
Dr. Hayes work is important because it provides a scientifically proven framework that heals the problem of anxiety. The advantage we have is that our salvation provides us intimacy and closeness with God through the body of Christ who loves us.
We love you and we're praying for you. God bless you. See you in the kingdom.