STOP SMOKING HYPNOSIS Comes in a Variety of Packages
I tried to stop smoking when I was in college. I would stay up all night and fill up my ashtrays so that they looked like pyramids. I was taking a class in Karate at the time and noted that the smoking was getting in the way by making me short-winded. I first tried a motivational technique that set a paired behavior: I was only going to smoke when I had a drink. The result of this is that I was rapidly becoming an alcoholic in order to smoke. But I wanted to quit smoking. How to stop smoking became my quest. At first I tried a mild form of hypnotherapy-visualization.
For example, for years I compared trying to stop smoking with Sisyphus pushing an enormous stone up a mountain. When he succeeds he has to start over again and continually push the stone up the mountain. I developed variations of this scenario--lifting weights, pushing the python off my chest, running five miles, swimming two; pushing , lifting, straining, pulling-until I became very tired,. And when I became very tired, I would stimulate myself with a congratulatory cigarette. And when I became too wired, I had a cigarette to calm my words.
How to Stop Smoking: A Search for the Right Images.
Would any set of images work? Would no set of images work? I discovered some image s that worked for me. It goes like this:I climb a mountain for sure and I carry in my palm a pack of cigarettes. When I get to the peak of the mountain, I open my palm and see that the pack of cigarettes had turned into a stone. And I stretch out my hand and turn it over so that my palm is facing down and as I open my hand and the stone drops. So I let go of the stone. It falls away from. And the key here is that I am not pulling or pushing the stone; I am letting it GO. This costs me only a decision; it requires very little energy. he method releases the habit; it does not struggle with it.
And so these images and this little scenario did it for me. I had released my dependence on smoking. It was gone. There was no struggle. The desire was simply not there.
Now I could have a drink and had no desire to have a cigarette with it. I found that my performance in karate improved, for I had more energy and more wind in order to sustain long and intense karate workouts.
So what I would recommend is that one does an inventory. Lie down and let images come to you, the images that you associate with stop smoking. Note how much struggle is connected with the images. And even if the issue is not stop smoking, but weight loss or learn hypnosis, or rapid induction, look to see how much you are expending effort. And as you identify these holdings, just let them go. Bring them up or let them soar in your consciousness and let them fall away, just as the stone falls away when I turn over my palm and let the stone fall away and so the desire to smoke also falls away.
The Variety of Approaches to Stop Smoking
There are a variety of quit smoking hypnotherapy approaches: gradual withdrawal, substitution, and negative reinforcement to mention a few. Sometimes a clinic will combine these approaches into a package and charge a fee for the whole experience. The structure of the therapy usually starts with a presentation of what hypnosis is. Lectures, power point presentations and demonstrations with the audience are provided.
In the second stage, the workshop moves on to provide information on tobacco and smoking. The chemicals the body assimilates when smoking and the medical effects on the person's tissues are presented. The potential for lung cancer and emphysema are pointed out. The addictive nature of smoking is explored. Gradually, the therapist moves to the third stage of the therapy, quit smoking hypnotherapy per se.
In the third stage of hypnotherapy one is taken on a mental journey, across fields of tobacco and images of people smoking. Associations are made with manure, dead animals, the smell of vomit, burning rags releasing toxic fumes, the sensation that one's lungs filling with lye, the smell of hairy worms, rotten eggs, etc. One is taken into progressively deeper stages of hypnosis. One by one, the audience is given images of having been led away to a small barn. Inside of the bard, there is heavy smoke and streaks of tobacco juice running down the walls of the barn. The stench is unbearable. All the packs of cigarettes the person has smoked in a lifetime are there. One has to wade through the paper packs with the names Camels, Lucky Strike, Marlboro, Kents, on the labels....One can hardly lift a leg. The tobacco juice is flooding the floor and feet are sticking to the floor. Then intense images in multicolor are projected on a screen on the wall of the barn. One sees their own lungs filling with a black substance and sees the diseases of emphysema and lung cancer setting in.
How to Stop Smoking: The journey ends
One looks through a crack in a window and sees the beauty of the outdoors. The sun is out and birds and butterflies are floating through the clean air....The sky is pure blue...and one knows that this is a source of life. You must break out and never return to the horrid barn with all its filth.
And then the doors are flung open and you step out into the sunlight and breathe deeply and you know that this is the only acceptable way of breathing from here on out. The therapist guides you into a state of energy rising in your body and the good feeling of a smoke free body and mind. This is the usual structure of the clinic approach to stop smoking using hypnotherapy. But in private practice and in one on one therapy, some of these techniques may be altered. For example smoking may be associated with a particularly vile smelling substance that is actually presented to the client in therapy. Also, the person may be directed to smoke his or her last cigarette in a state of hypnosis. The private therapist, in general, has more control over his client than the therapist using a group approach. On the other hand, group interaction processes are possible with a large group and great solidarity is sometimes built in the clinic approach.
In your quest for applications of hypnosis.be aware that you may run across many variations of the descriptive titles. The point to keep in mind is that though the end use of hypnosis varies, the basic induction remains the same: you are creating a state of altered consciousness. Some examples of end products are: hypnosis tapes, insomnia hypnosis, erotic hypnosis, instant hypnosis, hypnosis orgasm, covert and overt hypnosis, clinical and street hypnosis. hypnosis to stop smoking, quit smoking hypnos and stop smoking hypnosis.Note that the meaning stays virtually the same on some and other vary only by noun substitution.