Hi everyone, I'm struggling with an idea. I'm following the programme and Alan Gordon's programme and reading one of Dr Sarno's books at the same time. It's all very interesting and informative but today - about day 5 - I'm starting to feel a bit of information overload and can't get my thoughts straight. From what I understand: My unconscious is trying to distract me from something by producing pain so that I will concentrate on that and not on the problem at hand. It's not necessarily important to know what the problem is, just that the pain is not structural but created by my mind as a defense mechanism. So, TMS is a charade. It must be ridiculed. So, what to do concretely? Dr Sarno says to "think psychological" and not physical when we feel pain. When we feel pain, we must think of something that's worrying us which sends a message to the brain that we're bypassing the pain because we don't need it to protect us from our fears. BUT, this is when it becomes difficult for me to follow...Day 5 of Alan Gordon's programme focuses on changing your brain and breaking the pain cycle. He says, "we want to help give your brain a feeling of safety" and "if your mind has the tendency to gravitate toward fear, the pattern will continue until you do something to change it". The homework he gives is to watch your mind and see if you can catch yourself gravitating towards fear. Then he says "this is the first step in teaching your brain to feel safe." So, my question is this: if we're trying to stop the pattern of gravitating towards fear and catastrophising, how are we doing that by "thinking psychologically' and focusing on the scary thoughts like Dr Sarno says to do? How is that making me feel safe? Am I jumping the gun and should I just trust in the process and try not to rush things? Or is there something I'm just not getting? And most importantly: I don't know what to do on a daily basis when I feel the pain. Do I just say to my brain, "Nice try, dude, but I know what you're doing," and get on with my day or do I say the same thing and then have a little think about something that's bothering me at the moment? This is long, so thank you to anyone who's gotten to the end and is willing to make things a little clearer to me. It's much appreciated.