Our whole life is about moving from pain to pleasure. Pain continues to be leverage for me to this day. Even in my subconscious as a being in this universe it directs me to pleasure.
For me, when it hurt bad enough I took massive action to move through it. If the action did not work, I took another route until I found the solution that kept me in a positive emotional state so I could “function”.
When I would say “I am depressed” or “I am sad” I continued to reaffirm my feelings with these statements. My subconscious mind would say “okay, he’s depressed, and he wants to keep it that way” Then I thought about it. I looked at all of my actions in this “depressed state”. Jeez, I had to slump over, I had to breathe shallow, I had to do all of these things with my body to stay in that miserable state.
So I then began to change my Physiology (the way I moved my body), the way I breathed. I tricked my subconscious by good memory management. I thought of a time when I felt great and I relived that moment over and over. I acted my way into right thinking by changing my state with this small exercise. Therefore alleviating pain.
I stay away from affirmations that say “I am wealthy” “I am at peace” etc; because this creates conflict with my subconscious. Instead I just say “wealth” and “Peace” and my subconscious is not at a battle with it being labeled with the “I am’s”
Words are powerful, and thoughts become things.