Hypnotherapy for the purpose of quitting smoking is probably the most well-known example of hypnosis within a therapeutic context. Generally speaking, if you have a genuine desire to stop smoking for your own sake, then hypnotherapy will definitely work for you.
If you’re a smoker, then it naturally follows that at some point in your life you made a conscious decision to start smoking. Having started, it then becomes an habituated pattern of behaviour that you don’t give any conscious thought to because it’s now become a subconscious behaviour.
You’ve probably tried to quit smoking using your willpower alone and found that you were unable to do so. This is because willpower dwells in the conscious part of the mind which accounts for only 5-10% of your total mind activity. This means that your subconscious mind, all 90-95% of it, is the real power behind your smoking habit. It rules the roost and supports your habit. So you continue to smoke, despite the fact that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that smoking is extremely harmful to your health. This means that your subconscious mind has its own reasons to continue. Therefore it is the subconscious mind that must be addressed in order for you to successfully quit smoking.
One of the characteristics of the subconscious mind is that it considers anything you develop as a habit as necessary for your wellbeing, especially if it fills an emotional need of some kind. So now that you’ve made a conscious decision to quit smoking, the first thing we need to do is to get your subconscious mind on board.
One definition of hypnosis is ‘a communication and re-education process which allows the conscious and subconscious to believe the same message’. Are you ready to get your subconscious and conscious mind on the same page?
Your new life awaits!