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William James described affirmative prayer as an element of the American metaphysical healing movement that he called the "mind-cure"; he described it as America's "only decidedly original contribution to the systemic philosophy of life."[1]

What sets affirmative prayer apart from secular affirmations of the autosuggestion type taught by the 19th century self-help author Émile Coué (whose most famous affirmation was "Every day in every way, I am getting better and better") is that affirmative prayer addresses the practitioner to God, the Divine, the Creative Mind, emphasizing the seemingly practical aspects of religious belief.[2]

Some members of the self-help and self-improvement movements[attribution needed] advocate affirmative prayer in addition to or instead of secular affirmations. The choice is largely an individual one, based on the beliefs of the practitioner.[citation needed]

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  1. Zaleski, Philip; Carol Zaleski (2006). Prayer: A History, p322, Mariner Books.
  2. Inge, M. Thomas (1989). Handbook of American Popular Culture, 1256, Greenwood Press.