Don’t give up on your resolve to stop smoking. And don’t give up on hypnosis, either.
There are three reasons why hypnosis might not help you succeed the first time you use it to stop smoking. All of these are problems you can overcome.
Today’s article was inspired by AMANDA’s question on World Hypnotism Day 2014. In Comment 2 she wrote:
“I have tried hypnosis. It didnt work at all! I concluded I wasnt hypnotizable….”
Hypnosis does often succeed marvelously for smoking cessation
That success is an important context for what follows in this article. We hypnotists tend to be a positive, upbeat bunch. I suspect that the article I’m about to write is wildly counter-culture within the hypnotism community. But I can’t resist naming some problems that others might hesitate to discuss in a public blog…. Even if the point is to propose what I have found can overcome those three biggest problems.
AMANDA motivates me, for starters. Anyone of average intelligence and basic mental health can succeed at hypnosis. Actually, the brighter someone is, the more likely that person is to succeed with hypnosis. This Blog-Buddy AMANDA has written many insightful guest posts and comments at this blog. Even if I didn’t care about her a great deal personally, as a long-time client and workshop student, you don’t have to know her for long before you can tell this is one brainy babe. If anyone ought to succeed at hypnosis for smoking cessation, it is somebody like AMANDA.
More disclosure about where I am coming from in today’s post! I will be sharing my perspective as a hypnotist (and now a teacher of hypnotism certified by the national Guild of Hypnotists). Moreover, I am a hypnotist who specializes in past-life regression therapy. (And I’m delighted that in 2014 I will teach my first course ever in the method of Soul Energy Awakening Hypnosis(TM).)
Thus, you would find a very different perspective from the vast majority of professionals in hypnotism, I’d estimate at least 10,000 members of the National Guild of Hypnotists, with maybe 2,000 more who specialize in past-life regression.
From that perspective, here goes something designed to address how to succeed with smoking cessation. Also I aim to honestly answer the question many of you Blog-Buddies may have had about attempts you have made with hypnosis to lose weight or reduce stress or otherwise benefit from the many other practical applications of hypnotism.
Attempts where you did the hypnosis as advertised but did not receive the results you expected.
Don’t give up on hypnotism for smoking cessation until you have, at least, read this article.
Problem #1 with Hypnotism: Group Hypnosis Isn’t For Everyone
To many seekers of personal development, group hypnosis seems ideal. It is cheaper and requires less commitment, compared to scheduling one or more sessions on your own.
Besides, many folks feel more comfortable learning anything in a group. There can be a built-in set of friends.
Group hypnosis for smoking cessation is understandably popular, and it can work. Yet it does not work for everyone. That doesn’t mean that hypnotism in some other way can’t work for you and help you quit smoking.
How to overcome Problem #1 with Hypnotism
You might wish to schedule a one-on-one, dedicated session with a hypnotist in your area. That hypnotist can take the time to learn about you in ways that then are incorporated in the hypnosis process.
Group hypnosis courses and seminars are not like taking a college course with a roomful of eager students, with extra momentum for your benefit. It’s more like trying to learn how to play the violin in a group class, not the ideal way to play an instrument.
Depending on the hypnotist, the session can be a masterful, perceptive creation that is designed to meet your needs uniquely. The same with follow-up sessions — and yes, results can be strengthened with follow-up sessions. It isn’t worthy of you — or of hypnosis — to turn this potential for healing into a one-time, or group experience, test case.
Problem #2 with Hypnotism: Not Addressing Your Personal, Underlying Issues
However good they may be, hypnosis recordings cannot be designed to meet your needs uniquely. Same problem as with group hypnosis for smoking cessation!
Sometimes results are spectacular but sometimes the experience can be discouraging. Other people benefit but why not you?
When you struggle with an intractable habit that you have desired to change, try hypnosis, and don’t find results, why could that happen? Because you are different from others for whom the CD or Smoking Cessation Workshop is designed.
Underlying causes for YOU to keep smoking may be very different from somebody else’s causes. Until you receive what you need, progress will be disappointing. Yet that doesn’t mean you cannot receive what you need and succeed at smoking cessation.
How to overcome Problem #2 with Hypnotism
For starters, don’t blame yourself for not being hypnotizable.
Moving into hypnosis is different from responding to suggestions given to you during the state of hypnosis.
When AMANDA questioned whether she was hypnotizable, I suspect that the latter was the problem rather than the former.
Different hypnotists have differing degrees of skill and talent at finding appropriate suggestions. AMANDA might have been given suggestions that, although well meant and safe for a client, did not address what she needed at all.
It its wisdom, her subconscious mind decided, “No thank you.”
Persist until you can find a practitioner who fits your needs better. Helping people solve problems with hypnotism or with past-life regression therapy is an art, not a mechanical process that would be done identically by interchangeable hypnotists.
Problem #3 with Hypnotism: Awakening Strengths But Not Removing Vulnerabilities
Hypnosis awakens strengths. While in a trance state, a client like AMANDA is given suggestions to change patterns in the subconscious mind, awaking your full potential, encouraging you to develop new behaviors and habits.
For some people, those suggestions are all that is needed to make a long-desired shift. The subconscious mind supports a project chosen by the client’s conscious mind, like smoking cessation.
If that doesn’t happen to you, do not interpret that as meaning you lacked those inner strengths, that huge potential. Of course you have that.
How to overcome Problem #3 with Hypnotism
Personally, I refuse to use hypnotism alone to help with smoking cessation. Instead I facilitate personal sessions of Soul Energy Awakening Hypnosis. That way, we can find causes in the form of frozen blocks, whether from this lifetime or from others. Finding those most important causes, the process involved in this mind-body-spirit modality permanently moves out each frozen block in turn, then adds PUT-IN of fresh new energies that are congruent with that person’s soul.
Suggestions work differently.
Choose the approach that fits you best. Either explore hypnotism alone or choose some form of past-life regression therapy or select the form called Soul Energy Awakening Hypnosis.
Don’t give up on the goal to live smoke free. You can do it. You can stop smoking for good.