Self hypnosis for stopping smoking

Quit cigarette smoking with hypnosis

You are twice as likely to quit cigarettes by hypnosis than you are to stop smoking with any nicotine product such as patches and gum.

Hypnosis is a trance-like state that resembles sleep. This can be brought about by many means. People can be in a trance-like state while watching TV, dancing, walking, even driving. It is a state were the subconscious mind takes over from the conscious mind.

The subconscious part of the brain is also referred to as the Ed, the primal area. When in the hypnotised state, all distractions are blocked out and only the specific suggestions are taken in. But because these suggestions are taken in to such a deep, primal area of the brain, they really take root.

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Hypnosis is a trance-like state that resembles sleep

So, the question is how do you get into this trance like state so that you can feed suggestions to yourself in order to stop smoking? Do you want the hassle of finding a certified hypnotherapist in your area? Not to mention the expense? You’ve spent enough on cigarettes already!

The answer is that you can do it yourself. You can repeat these suggestions to yourself at times when you are most receptive and most relaxed – just before you fall asleep, for example.

One famous proponent and writer of hypnotherapy was Milton Erickson. He was so severely paralysed with polio that, one night aged 17, he heard doctors telling his mother that he wouldn’t make it through the night, “autohypnotic experience”.

“I was damned if I would die without seeing one more sunset. I saw that vast sunset covering the whole sky. But I know there was also a tree there outside the window, but I blocked it out. I did not do it consciously. I saw all the sunset, but I didn’t see the fence and large boulder that were there. I blocked out everything except the sunset. After I saw the sunset, I lost consciousness for three days. When I finally awakened, I asked my father why they had taken out that fence, tree, and boulder. I did not realize I had blotted them out when I fixed my attention so intensely on the sunset.”

Here we see that intense concentration caused Erickson to see something that wasn’t there. He had moved “out of himself”. Erickson saw that this shift in consciousness could be used successfully in therapy.

Your conscious mind says to you, “oh, I must do the washing up now” so you do the washing up. The subconscious mind makes sure you don’t forget to breathe while you do it.

So this oldest, basest, primal part of the brain is the part you want to talk to in order to give up smoking. So make the suggestions to your subconscious self.

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The Easy Way to Give Up Smoking

Stop cigarette smoking with hypnosis

So you want to quit cigarettes? Some people who want to stop smoking will rush down the drug store to buy patches and gum that the major pharmaceutical companies have spent billions of dollars marketing. Well, wait! What if they don’t work? Are the people at your local drug store going to refund the money? No.

Companies like Pfizer didn’t spend all that money so you could try their product once and then stop. They’re not going to invest large amounts of money in a miracle cure. That would mean everyone in the world who wanted to give up cigarettes suddenly stopped smoking. And then who would buy their products? Exactly…

So, don’t buy anything! Put that money back in your pocket where it belongs – believe me, you’ve spent enough on cigarettes already!

How to stop smoking easily

So is there an easy way to quit cigarettes? Yes. Forget about the patches, the gum and all the products. This is about you. It’s not external. You need to strip everything back and think about yourself.

Go into a darkened room when you’re not stressed, don’t have anything else to do and won’t be disturbed for 10-15 minutes.

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Sit down in this room, close you eyes and feel the relaxation increase in your body. This is the easy way to stop smoking.

Concentrate on now. Not of the past mistakes, past experiences and memories. Not on the future, what you’ve got to do and your dreams and aspirations. Forget all that and experience the feelings you have in your body at the present moment.

The universe is constantly changing and forever in a state of flux. There is and never will be one moment when everything does not change. And for this reason there is always something to experience while you have your eyes closed on your own in the darkened room.

Experience the feeling of your bottom against the seat of the chair, your feet on the floor, the air in your lungs being drawn in and out. This is what you should concentrate on and be mindful of other thoughts about the past or the future entering your mind. When they do, notice that they are there and continue to concentrate on your present experiences.

Once you start to do this you will notice that you are becoming more relaxed.

If this is the case then, congratulations! You are starting to control your mind. It’s your mind after all! This is how you begin to hypnotise yourself into living a happier smoke-free life!

What they don’t want you to know

How is this possible? How is one of the most difficult things in the world (stopping smoking) easy? It may be difficult to stop smoking but you (the power of your mind) is capable of great things. We all are. The trick is to harness that greatness. And the way to do that is not by trying. The way to harness the greatness of your subconscious mind is to stop thinking and let it work itself. It just needs a push in the right direction.

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More on Meditation to Stop Smoking

More on Meditation to Stop Smoking

Much of the hearsay evidence about smoking cessation is contradictory. How many people have you heard say “giving up smoking was the hardest thing I ever did”. On the other hand I’ve heard some say, “one day I just gave up”.

What seems to be for sure is that everyone is different and what works for one may not work for another.

I started smoking when I was 18 and very quickly developed a 20 a day habit. I immediately noticed a dip in my health – not to mention an increase in my asthma. But still I soldiered on. I tried to give up numerous times, sometimes using gum or patches, but it never worked. Whilst giving up I was incredibly depressed. Every minute of the day I thought about smoking, or felt awkward, or both.

Over three years ago I developed a passing interest in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and from that became interested in self-hypnosis and meditation. For other reasons I started practising self-hypnosis and meditation for a few weeks and then one day stopped smoking! I was 35. I have been free from cigarettes and the desire to smoke for over 3 years. And (whispers) it didn’t hurt!

Don’t put any pressure on yourself to quit – just know that it will come eventually. We need to add a 5 minute routine to your daily life which may increase to 10 or 20 minutes as time goes by.

During these moments, try to concentrate on the present. Don’t think about the past or the future. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

Relax! Just as you observe your breathing, observe that you are feeling clean and better and that you want to smoke less.

Through the day concentrate on what you are doing. If you are walking, concentrate on the sensations of you feet on the ground.

Try not to see yourself as an independent animal effected by, or even victimized by, his/her environment. Prefer to see the “outside” world as something that occurs and changes within you as, for all you know, that’s what it is.

All of life happens within this capacity of observation. The desire for a cigarette is just another little thing that goes on within this capacity and it will arise and pass just like your breath.

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How To Quit Smoking Cigarettes

How To Quit Smoking Cigarettes

Smoking is a habit that permeates every aspect of life; from nights out to breaks at work, it is easy to become reliant on cigarettes as a crutch. Now you want to break that habit and improve your health and wellbeing but it seems like a mountain to climb. With both the physiological and psychological addiction to tackle it may even seem insurmountable, it isn’t and with some simple techniques you can quit smoking today.

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Natural methods are best when quitting smoking

The first step, as with any addiction, is to plan how you will quit. Choose a day to quit whether that be today, tomorrow or next week and stick to it! Try making a wall chart or calendar to map your progress. It is very encouraging to tick off smoke free dates such as a day, a week, a month and eventually a year. Choose some of the below techniques that you feel are right for you and above all else, have faith in yourself to stick to quitting.

Create A Mantra

A great way to encourage yourself to quit smoking is to create a personal mantra or phrase that will remind you why you’re quitting. For example, ‘Each clear breath renews my health’, would remind you of the health benefits of quitting. This mantra will also be very useful in combination with other techniques you can utilise.

Meditation

Most smokers will tell themselves cigarettes help stress but this is actually a myth, the feeling of relief is only a physiological response to a nicotine craving. There are far better ways to reduce stress. Meditation is a great way to relax and can be fitted into any routine. To get started simply sit and focus on your breathing, try to clear your mind and focus on the sensation of breath going in and out. Once your body relaxes, you can focus on your personal mantra. In this state of relaxation, getting in contact with your subconscious will be easier and you will finish meditation feeling cleansed and pure and definitely not wanting a cigarette! There is a great deal of more detailed advice about meditation available online.

Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis

With hypnosis, one can convince the mind to not smoke again. You can get in contact with clinics that provide hypnosis sessions from professionals who will help you to quit smoking cigarettes, but there are also ways you can utilise self hypnosis. Self hypnosis takes time and effort, it’s something you will have to do every day. Start by repeating your mantra at every opportunity, when cleaning the house for example. This will begin to implant the idea of quitting in your subconscious. Utilise meditation and once you are completely focused, communicate with your subconscious. This will be difficult at first but over time, the idea to quit will flower in your mind and your desire to smoke will evaporate. Again, there is a wealth of knowledge about hypnosis available online, so research and find the technique right for you.

These are just some of the techniques you can use to quit smoking cigarettes but remember, most of all trust in your own will power. If you are struggling, find a likeminded friend to talk to, or better yet to quit with. A partner in quitting can be just what you need to really motivate each other.

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Quit Smoking Cigarettes with Affirmations

Quit Smoking Cigarettes with Affirmations

We have written many times on this site about using the subconscious mind when quitting smoking with self-hypnosis and meditation. But there is also much you can do to with affirmations to quit smoking.

I could simplistically describe affirmations as conscious commands to your subconscious. Just by saying something you can actually effect some negative habits locked in your subconscious.

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You can make affirmations by the sun or the star or other celestial objects

People use affirmations to create a positive mindset and live life more consciously instead of blindly following the well-trod paths of the subconscious which may be damaging.

Your thoughts are your reality – in a very real way. If you watch what you are thinking regularly you will be amazed how many negative thoughts and assumptions you make about your everyday life. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could turn them into positive ones?

Affirmations can allow you to disassociate yourself from negative habits. Your conscious affirmation will be at odds with your subconscious habit, forcing it from the shadows of your subconscious mind out into the open of consciousness where you can make a choice to discard it. It really is that simple.

How to make affirmations

When creating affirmations focus on what you want – not on what you don’t want. And focus on something you want to change about yourself.

Start by saying it to yourself over and over. Say your affirmations everyday, as often as you can. Say them in your head and say them out loud. You may even like to write them on a piece of paper and put them in a special place.

Visualisation can work for some people. Some people like to visualise themselves living their dream life already. I’m not so sure about this method as it seems a little like dreaming for me which is too subconscious. If you like to visualise make sure it is conscious visualisation.

Why not try all these methods?

Remember, thoughts are nothing but electrical impulses that form our perception of reality – or form reality. Make sure you are the conscious controller of your thoughts not your subconscious. You are responsible for your thoughts.

Some examples of affirmations

Here are some examples of affirmations.

“I breathe in only clean air” would be a good example of an affirmation for a smoker who wishes to quit smoking cigarettes. Another one of my personal favorites is: “every day in every way I’m getting better and better”.

Here are some more:

  • I am healthy and happy
  • Wealth is pouring into my life
  • I am surrounded by love
  • I deserve all good in my life

The list is really endless.

There is no reason to ever be bored. Whether you are queuing for something, walking, driving, meditating, you can make affirmations. Just make sure you are conscious of the moment you are in and that the affirmation is about yourself.

And, keep at it. It works!

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Quit Smoking Using Meditation and Self-hypnosis

Quit Smoking Using Meditation and Self-hypnosis

The use of meditation and self-hypnosis in quitting addictive habits such as smoking is sadly underplayed in today’s cynical and hard-nosed society. At the most basic level it is simply affirmation of your desire to quit and all the excellent reasons that you should, lending strength and determination to what we know will be a trying and difficult time.

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Many people include meditation and self-hypnosis (as well as regular hypnosis) in that group of incredible practises used by a semi-hysterical, airy-fairy section of the population; not something for sensible people with careers and responsibilities. This is unfortunate as the medical profession is gradually coming to appreciate just how little is known and understood about the workings of the brain and how it can influence the workings of the body. Scientists are now aware that the principle of mind over matter can have a quantifiable effect on disease and recovery, something ‘old wives’ have been aware of for decades!

What meditation and self-hypnosis does

In the case of an addiction, such as with nicotine, the brain is the affected body part and it is possible to loosen the grip of the substance with meditation or self-hypnosis. Within 10 seconds of lighting a cigarette the nicotine has reached the bloodstream and quickly finds the brain. The way nicotine works in the brain is by affecting the ‘reward’ centre, the place that makes us feel pleasure, releasing extra dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps us to feel well-being and satisfaction. The pleasant feeling does not last very long, so it becomes ‘necessary’ to repeat the act of lighting up over and over throughout the day.

When one meditates one stops thinking and concentrates on feeling. Therefore one is only aware of the very basest and oldest part of the mind – similar to the subconscious. This is the best part of the mind to communicate with when you want to stop bad habits.

The thought of giving up smoking can create feelings akin to panic even in people who are determined to give up the habit and this is also where self-hypnosis and meditation can come in so very useful in allowing the smoker to see through the confusion and stress of withdrawal to a time when cigarettes no longer exert such great control over them. It is easy for someone who has never smoked to say ‘Just give up; it’s expensive and bad for you and you will be happier and healthier without cigarettes in your life’, because they have little or no understanding of just how tightly the habit can hold a person.

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Many a smoker has worked themselves to the point where they agree, yes, it is a disgusting habit and causing smelly breath and browning teeth; yes, it is ruinously expensive, to the point that nearly all spare income is funnelled into the habit; and yes, they want to quit because they are a better person, they do not want to rely on a noxious weed any longer: only to crumble into self-loathing and doubt because they can not get through the week, day or even the next hour without a long satisfying drag on a cigarette at regular intervals…

How to do it

Incorporating meditation or self-hypnosis into a stop-smoking programme can be invaluably helpful and it can be easily and simply achieved. Some people need to have finished their last pack of cigarettes while others, once they reach the pre-specified time, are happy to bin the cigarettes they have left, still others prefer to keep that last pack or last cigarette as a souvenir. If you already meditate on a regular basis, you can begin to include an affirmation about not needing to smoke; about being strong enough to break the hold the habit has on you and about being a worthwhile person who deserves to be free of nicotine.

If you have never meditated before it will take some time to learn how. Once you have mastered the basics and have trained your mind to accept the fact that smoking will cease on such-and-such a day you will find it very much easier to let go of the habit and you will be able to break the binds of nicotine with relative ease. Good luck!

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Meditation to quit smoking

Meditation to quit smoking

There is no specific way to do a meditation to quit smoking. Just normal “mindfulness” meditation will work.

If you’ve tried meditation before and felt that it isn’t for you then it is never too late to start again. In fact, an old Buddhist monk told me once that no one actually “meditates”, people only “practice meditation”. You won’t sit down, close your eyes and immediately empty your mind straightaway, experience the enlightenment and become Buddha.

You try, you practice. And with practice, you get better – just like anything else.

So, don’t worry if you think you aren’t making any progress or if you think you are wasting your time. No time spent practicing meditation is a waste. You are always improving. Teaching your mind mindfulness.

What to do if my mind starts to wonder?

You may be sitting with your eyes closed and realize that, instead of meditating, you have been thinking about what groceries you need to buy. But don’t worry if that’s the case, we all do these things! Just put your mind back on your breathing.

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The best way to quit smoking is through mediation

Concentrate on the sensation of the breath going in and out of the nose. Watch your breathing and watch your mind. If you are completely in the moment of now – not dwelling on the past breath nor anticipating the next breath – you are doing it right.

It can be frustrating at first that your efforts in mindfulness are continually clouded by everyday thoughts but as long as you keep putting your attention back onto your breath you will start to improve you concentration.

How do I meditate in order to quit smoking?

There is lots of advice about what to affirm or imagine while you are meditating. For example, at the hiatus of your relaxation with the meditation you can affirm “I breathe easier and feel healthier every day” or visualize a mountain stream with crystal clear pure water. However, this is closer to self-hypnosis, as if you are affirming or imagining anything the you are not meditating.

Just the meditation alone will help you stop smoking. Remember to always meditate first thing in the morning before you’ve had a cigarette. Your lungs will be at their cleanest and you’ll will start to hate the thought of having your first cigarette after the meditation that has left you feeling so pure and clean.

Pretty soon, you’ll not want to smoke at all and leave out that first cigarette of the day. Maybe you’ll make it to lunch without having had one. Then see how you feel after lunch, see if you would want to smoke after the meal as normal.

But maybe you don’t want that one either! And so it goes on. See how long you can go without smoking. If you really want one, you can have one. But see if you can make it a full day without smoking.

If you can do that – last a whole day without smoking – then it’s likely that you won’t ever have another cigarette ever again.

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Meditation, Self-Hypnosis and Reality

Stop smoking with meditation

Many people often ask me what has meditation and self-hypnosis got to do with quitting smoking.

The answer is not a lot. Meditation, however, enables you to see life more clearly. It cuts back the filters, preconceptions and prejudices through which we view life and allows us to see things more clearly and make better decisions.

Ever since your very early years, you have been experiencing the world whilst your thoughts have been buzzing and whirring away in the background, clouding your consciousness. Meditation quietens them down.

Language, religion and reality

Between 20,000 and 50,000 years ago human beings in Africa invented a basic language which was a catalyst for human civilisation. During this time there were changes in human behavior including the creation of cave art and sophisticated hunting tools.

Language benefited humans by aiding communication and abstract thinking. However, words superimposed categories and value judgments upon a world that had been whole and perfect.

Just as they divided up the world and recognised the difference between “lions” and “tigers” they also contrived the difference between “good” and “bad”.

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – from Hamlet, William Shakespeare; Act II, scene ii

And not only was there are difference between “good” and “bad” but a difference between “you” and “me”.

It is interesting that also at this point, humans started practicing religion. The etymology of the word religion is also interesting, from the latin re-ligare (re: “again”; ligare: “bind, connect”) – to connect again back to something which we’d lost?

All the major religions of the world teach that a bad action against someone else is, in fact, a bad action against yourself:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” – Christianity
“What is hurtful to yourself do not to your fellow man.” – Judaism
“Do unto all men as you would they should unto you.” – Islam
“Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.” – Buddhism

Thus emphasising the oneness of the universe. The idea is if you hurt someone else (even whilst apparently benefiting yourself) you are hurting the universe and therefore hurting yourself.

Returning to the source

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The practice of meditation allows you to experience the world without the confusion of vocabulary. As you concentrate on your breathing and nothing else you begin to appreciate the perfect calmness there is when you are conscious of the present moment and nothing else.

And after regularly practicing meditation you will begin to experience this calmness in the rest of your life which has untold mental and physical benefits.

Self-hypnosis

If you do have a smoking habit – or in fact any other behaviour or habit you want to get rid of – you should start self-hypnosis in exactly the same way as you should start meditation. Sit down and try to concentrate on your breathing.

Although, the purpose of meditation is to try to concentrate on feeling the breaths go in and out and nothing else, with self-hypnosis it is to use self-suggestion at the moment when the concentration is at its most intense and at the point when the relaxation is most pure.

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Self Hypnosis to Stop Smoking

Stop smoking with hypnosis

There is no right or wrong way to do self hypnosis to stop smoking. However, it works. I know because I did it.

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Smoking, as you are no doubt aware, is a terrible habit and addiction and the reason it seems so hard to break is that it is lodged deep in the subconscious mind.

The conscious mind is the part of you that thinks you should get a new job, wonders if you’ll catch the train or enjoys a good TV show. Your unconscious mind, however, is concerned with things that you don’t necessarily think about, like breathing, using muscles in your legs to walk or feels fear in certain situations.

The subconscious part of your mind is the older, more primordial part – concerned with the basics of survival and living that beings on this planet have relied on for millennia. Pretty important stuff. Unfortunately, this is the part that is telling you to keep smoking.

Hypnosis works by suggesting to your subconscious self that you don’t need cigarettes. Rather than pay someone to hypnotize you it’s much better to learn how to do it yourself – this way you can tell your subconscious mind to do anything at all!

How to hypnotize yourself to stop smoking

First of all you need to prepare yourself and your environment. You need a quiet place and time where distractions are at a minimum.

Make sure you are feeling as relaxed as possible.

Place a chair with a back but without arms in the middle of a room with no electric lights on and no sunlight streaming through the windows. Make sure you turn off any electrical appliances that may be making a noise or disturbing you.

Now sit down on the chair, close your eyes, cup your hands together on your lap, relax and be aware of the sensations in your body.

Feel the weight of your body against the chair. Notice the sensations on the soles of your feet where they are touching the floor.

Try to clear your mind. We spend all our time worrying about the state of our bodies but incredibly little time working on our mind and yet it has to be one of the most important organs!

You will find that these moments of silence, far from being boring, are actually very relaxing and enjoyable.

Now, turn your attention to your breathing. Breathing is constant and concentrating on it is the best way to empty your mind and only be aware of the present moment and nothing else.

So, feel the sensation of the air going in and out of your nostrils and count the breaths from one to ten and then back again to one.

At first you won’t be able to concentrate on the breaths for more than a few seconds other thoughts will flit into your mind. But, with practice your mind will calm down.

There is much more to write on this subject and if you sign up for email updates here you will receive an e-book on how to stop smoking cigarettes that will explain this in greater detail.

Once you reach a very relaxed state where you mind is completely concentrated on your breathing you should start the auto-suggestion. This is planting thought into your mind, just by thinking while you are in this super-relaxed state.

This process is particularly good for giving up smoking as you are concentrating on breathing. So, deliberately think of the clean, perfect air going into your body, replenishing it and giving oxygen in order for you to function. And, then exhaling so as to get rid of the waste products, the carbon dioxide, away from you.

This appreciation of clean air may be enough to make you want to continue your life without smoking another cigarette.

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