There has been much in the news about how to stop smoking. Top on the list of the most effective stop smoking modalities is going to see a smoking hypnotist. And the question comes up, does a hypnotist stop you from smoking cigarettes?
First let’s address what hypnosis is and isn’t. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of increased suggestibility where we humans are more receptive to accepting information. This information can be from ourselves and from others as well. This state is accessed quite a number of times each day without our willful intent of achieving this trance. It is not a state where we are bound to follow any suggestion that comes our way. It is not a state where we become powerless and become subjugated to the will of others. So there is nothing that you need to fear of your naturally occurring hypnotic trance state, even when guided there by your hypnotist.
So now we know that we can easily go into trance, in fact we enter this state daily without any help. So what about smoking cessation hypnosis, will the hypnotist make you stop smoking? Well the short answer to that is, yes, and no. You will stop smoking cigarettes when you visit a smoking hypnotist but the hypnotist will not make you stop smoking. The hypnotist will be able to change the way you respond to cigarettes. And you will be the one who makes you stop smoking.
Think about this for a moment. There are plenty of things that you allow yourself to do. Some of these things are similar to what others around you do as well. It could be as simple as allowing yourself to eat certain foods, and removing other foods as even a consideration of food choices.
In certain cultures it’s more acceptable to eat certain foods than others. You see this all around you with the different choices of ethnic food restaurants around your area. Chinese food is different from Mexican food and that is different from Thai food, or Italian food, right? Sometimes the first time we are presented with a food that is foreign to us, we reject the food because it’s unfamiliar. Sometimes it’s culturally unacceptable to eat. Some cultures eat dog while in the western cultures the thought of eating your pet would turn your stomach.
And that’s what changing perceptions is all about. If every time you were presented with the choice of a cigarette, when your perceptions had changed by working with a hypnotist, your response would be as if it was some kind of foreign substance. Not even something that you would consider inputting into your body. And when that happens, you become familiar with being a non smoker. Someone who no longer associates smoking with the normal everyday activities that you participate in.
This becomes a very powerful shift in your perceptions that will help you to become a non smoker for the rest of your life. And that’s why when you visit a smoking hypnotist for a smoking cessation hypnosis session you are able to leave the office becoming a non smoker very rapidly and without withdrawal of any kind. Allowing you the opportunity to then re-build the habits of a non smoker.