Help Yourself Live Longer

Help Yourself Live Longer


A guest post written by Keith Wommack, legislative advocate for spiritual healing in Texas

The wait is over. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife, Kate, are the proud parents of a future King. As they try to take in the wonder of being a first-time royal father and mother, it wouldn’t surprise me if they weren’t already considering health, — the longevity of their son.

While a wide variety of health modalities are available to William and Kate, as they are to you and your family, affirmation that health can be extended, regardless of age, is found in evidence that links thought to a life that approximates ageless living.

Many years ago, an article in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading general medical journals, described the experience of an English woman. The woman became insane and lost track of time after the man she loved abandoned her. Believing she still lived in the same hour of his departure, she never appeared to age.

After the article was published, Mary Baker Eddy, an American healer, author, and early researcher on health, thought, spirituality, and the powerful connection they have to each other, detailed the English woman’s experience.

Eddy wrote, “Having no consciousness of time, she literally grew no older.  … When she was seventy-four … she had no care-lined face, no wrinkles nor gray hair. … Asked to guess her age, those unacquainted with her history conjectured that she must be under twenty.”

Eddy surmised: “The bodily results of her belief that she was young manifested the influence of such a belief. She could not age while believing herself young, for the mental state governed the physical. … The primary of that illustration makes it plain that decrepitude is not according to law.”

Now, many other voices in the discussion on health and aging are affirming that our thoughts and spirituality impact our longevity and overall daily physical and mental conditions.

Dr. Mimi Guarneri, author of The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing, in an interview with Spirituality and Health was asked, “If you had to pick one alternative practice for this entire country, what would it be?”

Dr. Guarneri answered: “Meditation. Because I firmly believe when people have peace inside, when they go in and they feel connected to something larger than themselves. …They start to have healthier behaviors. I have really changed from looking at health from a physical outside-in to a spiritual inside-out.”

Gertie King, a long-time friend of mine, had confidence in a “spiritual inside-out” approach. It enabled her to remain healthy and active. She was 108 when I asked how she got to Texas. I thought she’d answer with, “Work relocation” or something regarding her family. However, she replied, “Covered wagon.” And she was serious.

I heard Gertie tell others that once when she suffered with a physical difficulty, she told herself, “That’s against the law!” She was immediately free of the difficulty.

Gertie was a Christian, a woman of great faith. She expressed dominion, and had a deep conviction that health was a spiritual phenomenon. She felt that there was a divine law behind it. To her, sickness was against the law. Therefore, she refused to act unlawful, and instead, took control of her thoughts and body through her maturing spiritual sense. She was convinced that spiritual authority could enable anyone to do so.

Perhaps, age could be thought of as the years when wisdom and dominion rule instead of a time when decline must occur. Queen Elizabeth II, is 87. She could tell her great-grandson something about longevity. Possibly, in a few years, William and Kate will encourage their young son to utilize spiritual power as he grows and matures.

Despite prevailing assumptions about life and age, my friend, Gertie, agreed with Mary Baker Eddy’s end analysis:

“Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise. Man, governed by [God], is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.”

As society pushes toward achieving consistent wellbeing, maybe, a more thoughtful and spiritual approach to life might just help people recognize their ability to exchange decline for dominion.

Long live the (future) King. But don’t forget to help yourself live longer too.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at:

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  1. Evelyn Brookins says

    This message needs to be repeated often. Sometimes discerning the changes in thought taking place is not so easy and clear. Thanks for this timely update, and healing message.

  2. robert schult says

    Thanks for the post Keith.

    Longevity is a goal that the world in general is pursuing and has pursued for centuries. We all remember learning in school about Ponce de Leon looking for the fabled Fountain of Youth in 1513 for example. This “water of life” was a topic of discussion with Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well (see John 4).

    The world is really obsessed with trying to lengthen the material life. However it is encouraging to see that there is more discussion and recognition that the material experience is directly affected by the spirituality of the individual. The more a person “lives” in the spiritual the less limited he is materially. The material body cannot think of itself and we should chose to not make it our god but rather see ourselves as God created us- perfect and spiritual.

    Anything that has a beginning must have an end. God is infinite and so are we in reality which means no beginning nor end for us or God.

  3. Pamela says

    I agree with Evelyn, this message needs to be repeated often. And the more often the better. I loved Dr. Guarneri’s choice of alternative which she said was meditation and what I call prayer. To meditate or think deeply about something is certainly describing prayer.

    American healer and author, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, – a spiritual understanding of Him, and unselfed love.” These three modes of thought will most certainly heal any malady. Thanks for sharing this Keith.

  4. Tracy says

    “That’s against the law!” – what a brilliant, perfect response. Thank you so much for this article, Keith. It was incredibly inspiring.

  5. Anne says

    This blog is exceptional. I loved the way the current newsw of the royal family was brought out in connection with longevity. And the story from the Lancet was a perfect illustration of how thought can affect a person’s life.

    The whole world is in this together, and the more these points about living a long, healthy, and productive life are shared, it buoys all of us.

    I’m with Gertie, when she acknowledged that “sickness was against the law.” Lifting consciousness to a more spiritual viewpoint can’t help but increase our well-being. By doing so, we will gain the confidence to shout from the housetops, Ill health is against God’s law right here, right now! The results might just be amazing.

    Thank you for this creative and uplifting message.

  6. Maureen says

    “when people have peace inside, when they go in and they feel connected to something larger than themselves. …” these words particularly the “connection to something larger than themselves” spoke to me about the “self” family and how focus on ones self, for me, is a road far away from any inner peace or knowing something greater than “me”. Mrs. Eddy refers to those “selfs” as self will, self justification and self love. A long life for me begins right this minute with a step by step letting go of self-absorption in all its forms and the prayer to live a God (good) centered life of love.

  7. says

    Thanks for the well written and illuminating article, Keith. Appreciate the comments, too! My daughter particularly likes the idea of a “maturing spiritual sense” which would have no baggage of decrepitude. Thanks, Don, for posting the article on