Hello everyone, I just wanted to open a subject about the power of affirmations. I use positive affirmations for health, courage, relaxing effects etc. They do work very well in my case. Since I believe in God and practice yoga (I'm talking about meditation) I incorporate God's name or /saints in affirmations. Some of them are my creation (and I make them very simple and personal) and some are Paramahansa Yogananda's affirmations. I'm a big fan of his. For example: “Perfect Father, Thy light is flowing through Christ, through the saints of all religions, through the masters of India, and through me. This divine light is present in all my body parts. I am well.” (Paramahansa Yogananda) I take an affirmation and repeat it for months (for at least an hour daily while walking outside or working out), sometimes for years in order to see an effect. And it did change my thoughts! I find this wonderful especially because I used to be very doubtful in the beginning. But I decided to try to use the affirmations anyway. And to stick with repeating them daily. I used to be in pain for years, back pain mostly but now I'm quite well. At least the pain is manageable and what I did was basically not to pay attention to it so much, not to talk about it. And as I said, I use affirmations all the time. Another thing that I did was to get out of my misery because it was quite tiring mentally and physically, so I started to do things for others. To help, to volunteer, to pray for others when I couldn't do anything else to help them. Dr' Handscom's book was VERY very helpful and this site also, the success stories. Now I lift weights 3 times/week and I mean very seriously for at least 40 min a session. And I do use expressive writing. Every day, sometimes twice a day. Dr. Sarno's books were very interesting but my chronic back pain didn't went away after reading them. I have to admit though that dr. Sarno was a very intuitive person indeed. I highly recommend the affirmations, their power is amazing. In my case they changed my thinking patterns in a way that was very unexpected. Plus I used to be a quite cynical person and now I'm much more compassionate towards other people and towards myself.