Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron, Matt Damon, and Ellen DeGeneres all quitted their smoking with hypnosis. Drew Barrymore managed to kick a two to three pack a day habit that she had had since her teens with the assistance of hypnosis. Charlize Theron beat her smoking habit through hypnosis. Matt Damon quitted smoking straight after just three sessions with his hypnotherapist and felt “it is amazing I didn’t even want cigarettes any more”. Ellen was cured on her smoking by a guest hypnotherapist on the spur of the moment and told the hypnotist, “You’ve helped me tremendously and probably saved my life, definitely changed my life”
Hypnosis is concentrated relaxation and allows a person to relax, while focusing on a particular problem or desired result. It’s not just relaxing or falling asleep. During hypnotherapy, you relax your mind and body, moving past the guard of your conscious mind, to the subconscious mind. Your conscious mind constantly edits and grades and judges your thoughts and inputs. Your subconscious mind is a sponge waiting to absorb whatever you give it. Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and imagination. Therefore, if you can get past the locked gates of your conscious mind to your subconscious mind, you can feed the subconscious “imagined reality.” So if you can imagine yourself as a non-smoker, your subconscious mind will accept that as reality. By reprogramming your subconscious mind you can change your actual behavior. Hypnosis is the key to removing the barrier your conscious mind places in front of you, and reaching the subconscious.
Hypnosis isn’t some magical, mystical trance that someone places on you by swinging a watch back and forth. Instead, it is a natural state of your most amazing brain. When you access your subconscious, you are basically using self-hypnosis. Probably the most obvious example of this is when you are driving a car and begin to relax your mind and think about something other than the road in front of you. Five, maybe ten minutes later, you arrive at your destination and suddenly realize you are there, but you don’t consciously remember driving yourself there! You entered your subconscious mind. This is very similar to self-hypnosis. Hypnosis is not mind control. It’s a naturally occurring state of concentration. It’s a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body
Hypnosis is one of the natural methods to say goodbye to cigarettes. It doesn’t use willpower or other chemicals that might lead one to stop smoking. When you start smoking you tell your subconscious mind about the benefits of smoking. With time these beliefs become permanently ingrained into your mind-set. Hypnosis treatment with positive affirmations helps you to significantly change the way you perceive smoking. Hypnosis is a technique that is mainly focused on erasing your physical and emotional wants to smoke. Hypnosis process taps in your subconscious level and change the way how you view smoking. The therapies would suggest things that would make you stop smoking.
There are three major ways that you can use hypnosis to stop smoking: self-hypnosis, hypnotherapy by a certified hypnotherapist, and combination of these two methods.
Self-hypnosis involves using techniques to relax yourself, and guide yourself through the images that can make quitting smoking work. This technique can take practice and time to master. Self hypnosis is usually thought of as a person listening to some type of mass-produced media, intended to induce a willingness to absorb suggestions centered around quitting smoking.
An effective self hypnosis should be designed and created by the very person who will ultimately use and benefit from it. Unlike the mass-produced hypnosis, this hypnosis is made for the exact purpose that the person wishes, including the precise words and phrases that mean the most to that person.
Below is a short view of the self hypnotic process. Though lots of variations of this method have been used, these are the basic steps you have to go through in order to hypnotize yourself to accomplish self improvement.
- Write down your goals from the most important to the least important. If all possible, your goals should be measurable.
- For each goal, you should formulate fitting suggestions which means you have to convert your goals into specific instructions to your subconscious mind on how to achieve each goal you want to reach.
- Use the first minutes of your self hypnosis session to get as relaxed as you possibly can. Try to forget about all your worries and problems.
- Start your hypnotic initiation phase by saying and repeating out loud the hypnotic words you have chosen, thinking of these words or listening to a hypnotic tape or CD customized for your hypnotic needs.
Before you start up your self hypnotic exercises you should make a time schedule for it. Do your hypnotic sessions every day, five minutes a day is enough. Repeat your suggestions as often as possible during the day. Measure your progress.
A hypnotherapist is certified and has specific training and expertise to help you relax and guide you using specific images and words that work to help you quit smoking. Some hypnotherapists will offer a one-session program, while some may suggest multiple sessions to make sure you succeed.
An alternative is a combination of the above two methods: use a recorded program produced by a professional and you listen to it in the comfort of your own home or office. This option is far less costly than visiting a hypnotist in person, and it gives you flexibility and repeatability in your program. There are audio hypnosis programs and video hypnosis program to help you quit smoking.