I’m going to start by making a statement that you may strongly disagree with. It’s a risk – but your complete success with quitting smoking is important. So I feel forced to take the risk.
The statement is this: Hypnosis address’s the very core of the greatest difficulty in stopping smoking – the mental and emotional attachment. It’s not the nicotine addition or any of the chemicals in tobacco that ties us to the smoking habit so strongly as it is our mental and emotional attachment.
If the nicotine or other chemicals in tobacco were your biggest hurdle to quit smoking – there wouldn’t be such a problem with people starting back smoking again months – and sometimes years – after quitting, after every spec of nicotine has left their body.
I hope this assertion hasn’t pushed you away and that you’re still with me. Because awarness of this puts “you” in control and increases your chances of success, to help you quit smoking permanently.
It’s important to understand the reason for this conviction. You see I tried and failed to quit smoking at least a dozen times. And each time, I experienced all the demons that drag 50% of us who try to quit smoking, back into the pack. I couldn’t enjoy a cup of coffee or a beer without a cigarette – so that kept dragging me backwards. I always felt agitated after a meal because I couldn’t have my regular “after meal cigarette”.
There were always craving thoughts in the back of my mind reminding me that I wanted a cigarette. Like when I had to concentrate on something. Or when I got angry about something. And after “quitting”, getting angry became all too common! So I was very familiar with what they call “nicotine withdrawal” symptoms.
Now here’s the point.
When I finally quit smoking, using a system I developed after years of studying self help, hypnosis, and psychology type books, my smoking habit dissolved away immediately. So much, that there was never any thought that entered my mind again to have a cigarette – like I had never smoked a cigarette before in my life. There were never any urges, or cravings, or emotional agitation, or replacing the habit with snacking or anything like that.
This is so important that I’m risking losing your open mind. But think about it – if someone who had it as bad as I did – trying and failing to quit smoking a dozen times or better – was still able to feel immediately like they’d never smoked a cigarette before in their life – that means the importance of nicotine withdrawal has little or no validity.
That means it’s really the “habit mechanism” in the machine we call our mind’s that truly binds us to the smoking habit.
If you think about it, it’s actually liberating! It puts “you” in control! And if you’re looking for an easy way to quit smoking all you have to do is learn how to take control.
Hundreds of books have been written dealing with controlling the “automatic” mechanisms in our minds. And how habits work for and against us.
But what does this have to do with hypnosis?
Like I said at the beginning of this article “hypnosis address’s the very core of the greatest difficulty in stopping smoking – the mental and emotional attachment”. Hypnosis works by bypassing your “critical thinking” and going directly to work on you habit mechanism.
The stronger your smoking habit the more difficult you’ll find quitting cigarettes to be – unless you can manipulate that smoking habit mechanism. Which hypnosis is designed to do “directly”.
That being said it’s important to have a realistic expectation about what hypnosis can achieve. About how you can get the most out of hypnosis to help quit smoking.
Randy Gilchrist, Psy.D, who offers the “Non-Smokers Edge” for $149.00 on his website, refers to the Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors, by Hammond, D.C. (1990) which states that multiple research studies indicate that one single hypnosis treatment to stop smoking resulted in approximately 25% success……opposed to about 66% of those who went through 4-5 sessions of hypnosis to help stop smoking.
Dr. Charles E. Henderson, Ph.D. has written several books on hypnotism, did his graduate work at University of New Mexico and got his MA and Ph.D. at the University of Denver. He doesn’t offer a product online specifically to quit smoking he does have a new book that address’ this important issue. He does have a page online “good things to know about hypnosis”.
I bring him up at all, because I thought it important that he feels that “all hypnosis is self-hypnosis”. Even, he says, if you’re being hypnotized by someone else or by a pre-recorded tape to “talk you into a hypnotic state”. Because he considers you’re simply taking part in “other-directed self-hypnosis”. Ponder on that for a moment. What do you think?
Dr. Henderson emphasizes that self-hypnosis is a skill, not unlike learning a musical instrument. And he says it does take some work but once you’ve developed the skills, not only does it ‘not’ feel like work but in fact it seems to “work like magic”. He suggests that practicing self-hypnosis 20 minutes to an hour is probably an optimum time period of daily practice. He also notes that different people will of course respond differently. And since no one person is exactly like another this should be expected.
Important: He also says that suggestion’s are the powerful force in hypnosis. Because they are what directs the subconscious to achieving your chosen goals. In this case quitting the smoking habit.
He goes on to say the suggestions have to be “specific” and “technically correct”, “applied regularly” and “under the right conditions”.
Without these 3 critical points addressed, he says self-hypnosis cannot be expected to achieve very spectacular results. Of course the flip side is that with these 3 critical points addressed you have the opportunity to achieve those spectacular results.
I can attest to the fact that when the suggestions are technically correct, applied with regularity and in the “right” conditions the results can be absolutely, overpoweringly, astounding. Life altering even.
My quit smoking breakthrough only had 4 suggestions. They weren’t used in conjunction with trance practice, but they were specifically developed to quit smoking, and applied under very specific conditions. So that when I threw away my last cigarette I instantly felt like I had never smoked a single cigarette in my entire life.
That’s the power of the right suggestions applied in just the right way.
On the other hand, using ineffecient, non-specific suggestions, even though used in trance practice, may not be the miracle quit smoking cure, as noted by in this testimonial on the Divinity Publishing website…
“the affirmations popped into my head at the appropriate moment and helped me get over the need for a cigarette. It wasn’t all a bed of roses, it wasn’t a miracle cure, as I had a tough time going through nicotine withdrawal on day 3…but…”
So unless you’re lucky enough to get information with the “right suggestions” or should I say the “most efficient suggestions” you need to expect to have to deal with at least some of the nasty’s of quitting smoking. At least with the standard self-hypnosis CD workbooks and suggestions.
The positive side is, as mentioned above, “about 66% of those going through 4-5 sessions of hypnosis (succeed at) stop(ing) smoking”. Since that’s the case you may want to look further into whether hypnosis – self or otherwise is a direction you want to take.
About The Author:
Joseph Casey developed a powerful system known as “The Breakthrough System for Becoming a Non-Smoker” and “The Secret Silent Litany” that uses what is most powerful about hypnosis to make you feel like a “life-time non-smoker” instantly.
After trying and failing to quit smoking over a dozen times he accidentally discovered 4 powerful suggestions and when applied in a precise way, with a one of a kind delivery system, actually wipe your smoking habit away completely, instantly.
Afterward the only thing that feels natural about cigarette smoking is that it could never be a part of your life – and serious thought of smoking a cigarette never enters your mind again.