Posts Tagged ‘Smoking cessation’

One of my greatest passions is to help people kick the smoking habit/addiction. I feel blessed that I am able to use hypnosis to help them do this.

Please share my latest video with all the smokers in your life. Thank-you!

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This is a question I’m asked by my students, potential clients and all the groups I work with for smoking cessation. This is an area in which many hypnotists will disagree with me and that’s ok!

I personally never say “one time guarantee success” with any of my smoking cessation clients. Let me tell you why!

Everyone is different. Everyone experiences hypnosis and the taking in of suggestions and releasing old patterns differently. Sometimes it takes more than one session to insure those new seed ideas for change are firmly rooted in the subconscious mind.

With that said, I also know that every time an idea is accepted into the subconscious mind – it has to come true! That’s a scientific fact about hypnosis. Here’s a picture to explain what I mean. When a seed is planted into the earth, it doesn’t always germinate and sprout right away. Sometimes it takes a little longer for those roots to break out of the hull and reach into the earth and sometimes a bit longer before we see the plant sprout, flourish and grow. But we do know that with proper watering etc., the plant will grow.

How often do you see a farmer digging up the seeds to his crops to check if they are growing? That’s silly! The farmer acts on faith that the scientific principles of farming and planting will work.

This is what I tell my clients. Why? Because if they leave my office or group session and don’t smoke for a week, but then on the 8th day they light up – I don’t want them to think they failed or that the hypnosis didn’t work! There’s no such thing as failure in my world!

I tell them that most likely they will be a permanent non-smoker when they leave, definitely will be smoking much less and explain the fact of hypnosis stated above. If they feel they have a need to come back for some positive reinforcements – so be it. Do they come back? Most do not. The only way I know they are still non-smokers years later is by the people they keep sending to me to quit smoking!

I’ve mentioned before my mom was a smoker. She tried quitting many times. She wore the patch – while she smoked. She chewed the nicotine gum – while she smoked. She listened to quit smoking recordings – while she smoked. Then came the days when she would turn off her oxygen mask – so she could smoke.

She felt like a failure. And yes, I had given her the name of a hypnotist in a town close to where she lived. What happened? After a few days she started smoking again and believed hypnosis didn’t work. Why? Because the hypnotist advertised 99% success rate and a one time guarantee to quit smoking.

That’s when my passion to educate as many people as I can about the facts of hypnosis started. I don’t want people being robbed of an experience. Smokers need to be encouraged. They already feel bad about smoking. They already know the health risks, money wasted etc.

A few months ago I was doing a follow-up group session. Almost everyone had quit smoking for three weeks, all but one woman. She was trashing herself because she was still smoking. I asked how much she used to smoke before the class. Two packs a day. I asked how many cigarettes she was smoking now. Three. Three! I told her that was a HUGE success! From two packs a day to just three cigarettes a day was fantastic. And that with the reinforcement she’d be receiving this evening she will be set free from those final three. Guess what? She’s been set free!

So often we tend to down play our successes. If it isn’t humongous it must not be important. Not true! Every small accomplishment is a step towards permanent success. What steps have you taken today?

I welcome your views on this topic! Thanks for reading!

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This June marked eleven years since my mom passed away from emphysema due to complications from smoking. June of 2000 is when my passion to help people quit smoking was born. Mom had been a life long smoker, never able to kick the habit. Since that time I have worked with thousands of people to help set them free from smoking.

Smoking is the most addictive and hardest to quit substance there is on the planet today, more so than crack, meth or heroin. Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals.

Smoking is the most accepted habit/dependency substance there is in today’s modern societies and cultures. Think about it. It is illegal to smoke crack while you’re walking down the street, or after a nice meal in a restaurant. You can’t shoot up heroin outside your office on a coffee break. But, it’s perfectly acceptable to light-up every time you get into the car, take a coffee break, finish a meal, have sex, argue, gamble, watch TV, read a book, fold the laundry, and the list goes on and on. This is why many smokers unconsciously smoke; they don’t even realize they’re lighting-up because the habit has been so engrained into their subconscious mind. At the end of one year, a smoker has reinforced this habit approximately 100,000 times!

For most people, quitting cold turkey doesn’t work. The smoker is dealing with a multi-layered dependency. There’s the chemical dependency to the nicotine and additives, there’s the physical habit of bringing the hand to mouth and inhaling over and over again, and there is the emotional attachments to smoking, both positive and negative. Trying to quit cold turkey is like trying to hold a 500 lb. weight in your hand for an hour; your muscles will get tired and you’ll drop the weight. Trying not to light that cigarette is the same as the 500 lb. weight; your new ‘non-smoking’ muscles are not as developed as the habit of smoking, so after a short period of time, it gets too hard not to smoke – and you revert back to the old habit.

There is a much higher success rate for people who use hypnosis to quit smoking. When in hypnosis, the individual is in their subconscious mind. This is where all habits and patterns are created and stored. A scientific fact of hypnosis is, every time an idea is accepted into the subconscious mind, it has to come true. This is why hypnosis is so powerful to kick butt! Using hypnosis, an individual can actually release the ‘smoking program’ from their subconscious mind, and create new imprints as a successful, healthy non-smoker.

From trance, they are readily accepting all the positive suggestions for change they yearn to have in their life. And, with hypnosis, there is a marked decrease in withdrawal symptoms, or switching one bad habit for another. Also, people who are on the road to sobriety have a 5% more chance of going back to drinking or using if they smoke.

If you are a smoker and reading this realize, that to be a non-smoker you need a plan. To be a non-smoker you need to choose a quit date. I encourage you to find a Certified Hypnotist in your area and make an appointment for smoking cessation. Give yourself permission to be a successful non-smoker with hypnosis!

If you want to find a qualified hypnotist in your area I encourage you to go the National Guild Of Hypnotists website.

Love & Blessings to all who wander by to read this!

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Fences of a Federal Prison in the U.S.

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Imagine this: You were incarcerated for murders at the age of 20 in 1965. You spent 46 years in prison. Now you are free. You are released into a city where you don’t know anyone. You have no place to live. When you went into prison the majority of Americans were black or white and racial wars were high. Now you are out and there are Mexicans, Asians, all sorts of nationalities and most people are driving new cars. You see people walking along the sidewalks talking to themselves. You wonder – is everyone in this town crazy? Someone tells you no, they are talking on their cell phone which is attached to their ear. What’s a cell phone? You feel completely over whelmed. The world has moved forward too fast while you were gone.

You are standing in line at a market. The person behind you gets a bit too close, bumps against you and you jump, wondering if you’re about to be knifed. Oh wait, I’m free. But your body is still reacting to the survival tactics of hyper-vigilance and always being on guard to survive.

You think about the ‘family’ you formed during those 46 years of prison; those who you ate meals with and walked the yard together with every day. Your mind flashes back to that one day when your buddies were going to walk out in the yard. You didn’t want to go because it was raining. They try to get you to go outside with them. No, I don’t want to get wet. They go. Awhile later they come back in. Minus one. One of your family members was killed in the yard. You still feel the pain of your choice to stay in that day, knowing you were the best fighter in the group. Maybe your friend would still be alive today.

As a hypnotist at a drug/alcohol rehab center, I have been working with people who have been imprisoned for a variety of reasons from drugs and alcohol to murder. I’ve learned that there are not too many programs to help the ex-con make an easy transition from prison to freedom. And although my mission is not to reform the prison systems, I have a new-born passion to use hypnosis as a tool to help these people deal with the everyday challenges they now face; normal activities you or I would never think twice about doing.

Hypnosis helps with stress management: I teach them different coping skills to help with the stress of reacclimating to civilian life. I also use hypnosis to alleviate their PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) because living in prison is somewhat akin to being in a war zone – you have to figure out how to stay alive.

Hypnosis helps release the emotional pain: Most of the men I’ve worked with carry old emotional pain pictures stemming back to the crime they committed. One man said he still thinks about the life he took some 30 years ago. And though he knows he’s not the same person he was back then, the pain is still with him. Hypnosis offers relief. The emotions are washed away.

Hypnosis helps with motivation and goal setting: We work out a goal plan to help them start building a new life. Long term goals and short-term objectives. Hypnosis helps them stay motivated with each step and also brings them to any inner blocks or saboteurs in their subconscious mind that would prevent them from achieving each goal.

Hypnosis helps with self-confidence: Using special Ego strengthening techniques hypnosis helps to re-structure the subconscious mind so they feel confident about the new changes they are embracing in life.

Yes, hypnosis works wonders to help people during life challenges and transitions!

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