Hi everyone, I am on day one of the SEP per Bruce's suggestion. I generally repel away from anything structured, but here I am anyway, willing to learn and ready to go. I have had a sore back for 2 years. I have also had a sore throat for 7 years, and yes, it generally gets worse when I am nervous. I have a background in the healing industry, but I think I was on a hiatus for a while, a real learning curve. I was getting tired of calling my friends and sister who know healing techniques. I think I needed to figure it out myself. I did all the things I was "supposed" to do, physio, chiro, massage therapy. Which is really unlike me. I took a lot of convincing for me to start each of those modalities. At any rate, I still view them as movement when I wasn't really moving in any way. I have stopped doing all of those modalities by mid-March. I discovered Sarno February 28 and got my copy of the book March 3. I had a particularly sore back in the month of February so I was watching a lot of youtube videos when I found Dr. Sarno's 20/20 show. No drugs, I'm in. I yelled in the pillow a lot in the last month and a half. It's funny, I used to yell into the pillow in the early 2000's but for some reason I quite. So I started up again. I also started "journaling" recently or as I like to call it "spewing". I am still confused about "soothing", how to find it and how to be kind to myself. I am working on that. My back is about 80% better, and sometimes maybe 90% better. I am working on my sore throat, which seems to be more subtle, perhaps older and more ingrained. I am all in regarding the tms program. Although there are times I don't really get it at all. I am genuinely excited about knowing a technique where people can help themselves on a moment to moment basis.