Hypnosis Offers You the Best Chance to Stop Smoking

Hypnosis can help you to stop smoking and kick the cigarette habit.How can hypnosis help you kick the cigarette habit? Actually, it's pretty simple. Because hypnosis deals directly with the subconscious mind. And it's your subconscious mind that helps you create and carry out your habituated patterns of behavior--like smoking. When you feel that urge to light up, it's your subconscious mind that is sending you the signal to have another smoke. The feeling you get in the cells your body (and you smokers know that feeling intimately) is there courtesy of your subconscious mind. Why? Because you've programmed your subconscious to let you know when it's time to have another cigarette. Your subconscious mind is simply carrying out the instructions you've given it. You've programmed your subconscious mind quite expertly. The good news is that if you've programmed your subconscious mind to be a smoker, you can also reprogram it to be a non-smoker. With the help of your subconscious mind, you can learn to stop smoking. You just have to get your subconscious mind to go along.

My Personal Experience with Smoking

Twenty-five years ago, I used willpower to quit smoking. This was before I knew anything about hypnosis. It took me better that three years and several failed attempts before I was successful. It was a miserable experience. I suffered through feelings of guilt and disappointment as well as feelings of powerlessness. At the time, I didn't understand that my willpower was simply no match for the power of my subconscious mind. The imagination within my subconscious kept reminding me how wonderful it was to have a smoke. It reminded me how wonderful that feeling was and how much I loved having a cigarette, especially at those "special" times (like after a meal or while having a drink or when I needed to relax). The reason people have a difficult time quitting is because there's a part of them that still loves to smoke, and their subconscious mind is acutely aware of just how much they love being a smoker. Willpower is rarely a match for the subconscious mind. Yes, I eventually triumphed. But trust me, there's an easier way.

Some Revealing Statistics on Quitting Smoking

In the largest study ever of its kind, results from the University of Iowa (Oct 1992 issue of The Journal of Applied Psychology) revealed that hypnosis was the most effective way of quitting smoking--three times more effective than the patch and 15 times more effective than willpower. These findings came from statistics combining 600 studies of over 72,000 people from America and Europe.

How to Win the Battle

To win the battle to quit smoking, you'll need to enlist the help of your subconscious mind. If you were to try to use the willpower of your conscious mind to quit, chances are pretty good you would lose the battle. The better way is to get your subconscious mind to be your ally and join forces with your conscious willpower. When these two parts of your mind join forces effectively, they can be a powerful duo.

Let’s look at an example. Let's say you've been smoking for twenty years. It’s pretty east to make a rational, conscious decision to quit smoking. After all, everyone knows smoking is bad for your health, and that it can often lead to cancer and sometimes death. And let's not forget, it smells too. So it's not difficult to make a conscious decision to quit. Having made the decision, you'd think it would be easy. After all, consciously, you've decided you've had your last cigarette. And you're the boss, right? But the thing is, everyday you keep lighting up one cigarette after another. So, why are you still lighting up day after day?

Because your subconscious mind still isn't convinced that you really want to quit. And since your subconscious mind automatically carries out your habituated patterns of behavior, just saying one day, “I'm going to quit,” isn't going to be enough to convince your subconscious mind. For twenty years you've been smoking cigarettes and telling your subconscious mind how much you love smoking those cigarettes, especially during those "special” times. You've spent twenty years convincing your subconscious how much you love smoking and now you're going to quit? Hold the phone. Making a conscious decision to quit smoking just isn't going to be enough to win the battle. Whenever you have a conflict between the conscious and subconscious minds, the subconscious mind almost always wins out. Because the subconscious is the home of your emotions and your imagination and in most cases it will easily override the conscious mind. Since smoking cigarettes is a deeply ingrained habit that you've enjoyed for so long, you will likely continue to smoke until you can convince the subconscious part of your mind that you really do want to quit. 

Convincing Your Subconscious Mind

And that's why people turn to hypnosis to help them quit. Since hypnosis deals directly with the subconscious mind, you have the opportunity to get your subconscious mind to join forces with your conscious willpower to help you stop smoking. A good hypnosis stop smoking program will help you overcome your historical desire to smoke. It will use your desire to quit smoking in conjunction with your motivations for quitting to overcome your desire to smoke. A good program will also use your imagination to help you quit. You might imagine yourself exercising and breathing easily. You might see yourself doing things you'd like to do but aren't able to do as a smoker. A good stop smoking program will use your imagination, your desire, and your willpower to help convince your subconscious mind that you really do want to quit.

Some Well-Reviewed Stop Smoking Programs

Dr. Randy Gilchrist at Hypnosis Network has created a multi-session program called The Non-Smoker's Edge. This is a comprehensive program that includes nine hypnosis sessions to help you quit smoking. He combines professional hypnotherapy, advanced behavioral modification techniques, and expert solutions for nicotine withdrawal symptoms in crafting the strategies for his program. The Non-Smoker's Edge is very well-received by reviewers and has an amazing one-year full refund policy.  

If you're looking for a bargain, Barrie St. John over at selfhypnosis.com has a stop smoking program called Stop Smoking NOW! that's quite inexpensive and gets excellent reviews.

Whatever choice you might make, be clear that you will almost certainly need to enlist the help of your subconscious mind if you want to kick the cigarette habit.

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