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What is Hypnosis and
    How Can It Help Me Stop Smoking?


There are many definitions of hypnotism or hypnosis but we believe the simplest is often the best, so here is the simple definition of Hypnosis:

“Hypnosis is a method of communicating directly with the part of the mind responsible for habits.”

Humans are creatures of habit. Think about something you do automatically, like driving a car. You don't have to think consciously about accelerating, braking, turning, etc., because your unconscious mind takes care of it for you.

Your unconscious or subconscious mind is your auto-pilot. Its job is to take repetitive behaviors, i.e., things that you need to do over and over again, and make them automatic so that you can do them without thinking. 

Have you ever noticed yourself with a cigarette in your mouth and forgotten how it got there?  That's because smoking is an automatic behaviour. The process of lighting a cigarette and bringing it up to our mouth several hundred times a day (at an average of 10 puffs/cigarette and 20 cigarettes/day that's 200 times we lift a cigarette to our mouth) creates a very powerful habit.  

If smoking were a conscious behaviour, you just decide to quit smoking and you'd just stop, but it doesn't work that way because smoking is controlled by the unconscious mind.

The Unconscious Mind

You have 2 main parts to your mind. First, there is the conscious mind, which which is the logical part of the mind that we use to think with and plan. 

For example, right now you are consciously aware of reading these words, you may be thinking about how to quit smoking, or whatever else that your conscious attention is currently drawn towards.

When you first began to smoke, you didn't start out smoking 20 or 30 a day. You were very conscious of the fact that you were smoking and it took a lot of effort and will power. After a while your unconscious mind recognized that this was a repetitive behaviour, and it took over that repetitive behavior so your conscious mind was free to think about other things.  This is the point where smoking was something you were "just doing", and it was no longer easy for you to "just quit".

Many people try to change habits using conscious will power. Will power alone often proves to be not only ineffective, but extremely hard work.   What’s more, it can be frustrating when you try to stop and fail; try again and fail. 

Hypnosis is a method of communicating directly with your unconscious mind where habits are kept, then changing them in an easy and relaxed way. This is a far more healthy and positive approach than trying to force change to occur.

Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Those who understand hypnosis know that imagination is more powerful than will power. Imagination is of the subconscious mind; will power is of the conscious mind.

Your Typical Hypnosis Session

Working with a trained professional hypnotherapist, the object of hypnosis is to achieve an altered state of consciousness.

This is usually achieved by closing your eyes, relaxing the conscious mind, and then using the power of your imagination to communicate the change that you wish to occur to your subconscious mind.

Once the hypnotherapist has guided you into the state of hypnosis, then it's easy for you to influence your unconscious mind. You will be able to change life-long habits such as smoking, overeating, irrational fears, phobic responses, etc., with a minimum of fuss.

It's all done, not through struggling and forcing things, but through relaxing and enabling the more powerful, unconscious mind to assist you in whatever it is that you want to achieve.

Think of your unconscious mind as a miraculous computer that pretty much does everything for you. All that hypnosis does is enable you to reprogram your personal computer so that it is working for you rather than against you.

We are all creatures of habit, and habits, for better or for worse, control most of our lives.

When you can get control of your habits, then you have control of your life. Hypnosis is a method of communicating directly with the unconscious mind where habits are kept… so you can once again take control of YOUR life!

Hypnosis is not a method of mind control. No one can control your mind except you.  Hypnosis is merely a means through which you’re in control of your habits by re-programming your subconscious mind!

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