Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Stop Smoking for the New Year - Tip #6 - Tapping Your Subconscious Mind

A very warm welcome to my 6th and final tip in this series. I feel I have saved the best for last, as in my view this is probably the most important tip and insight that I have given. 

The first thing to remember is the dual nature of your mind. The subconscious mind is constantly amenable to the power of suggestion; Trust the subconscious mind to heal you. It knows much more than your conscious mind about healing and restoring you to perfect balance.
                             ― Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind 
You might be surprised to know that 'will power' has only 5% success rate in stopping smoking. Why? Because will power resides in the conscious mind. The conscious mind is the analytical, critical, and 'thinking' part of the mind that we make decisions with every day such as 'What should I eat?'; 'What should I wear?', etc. This mind shuts down completely when we are asleep and only functions in the waking state. The conscious mind is linear thinking and sequential (it can only think of any one thing at any one time). It likes logical order and is also responsible for our self -talk.

The subconscious mind is much more powerful than the conscious mind. The conscious mind is like a drop of water in the ocean, whereas the subconscious mind IS the ocean. The subconscious controls everything we do, feel, touch and smell. It is the source of our imagination and everything we do automatically on a daily basis, like walking, talking, reading and writing. It is also the source of our habits and behaviors. Now, most important to keep in mind (no pun intended!) is that if the conscious and subconscious minds are in conflict, the subconscious will always win out. 

Many people have tried and failed to stop smoking because they have done so strictly on a conscious level. They usually fail because that conscious decision comes into a conflict with the subconscious. When the message to stop smoking filters down to the subconscious it can meet resistance. Why? Because most smokers keep reminding themselves that they can't stop smoking. Every time they do that they are sending a suggestion to the subconscious which prevents them from being successful. Most smokers agree that smoking is not good for their health and hate the taste, but of course it is not a logical problem, but a subconscious emotional attachment. No matter how much a smoker wants to quit consciously, if the subconscious mind does not agree, then in most cases it will not work and the habit will remain.

The change to a non smoker happens when you really believe something with unqualified passion. Only then will that belief will go deep into our subconscious. It's important to convince your subconscious mind of the reality you desire. This happens by presenting your subconscious mind with new orders repeatedly. You can do this using 'self-hypnosis' everyday. Doing this exercise regularly helps develops a habit. All hypnosis is 'self-hypnosis' and the term 'self-hypnosis' involves actually placing yourself into hypnosis, where you can condition and program yourself with positive suggestions to stop smoking. Self-hypnosis is something I teach all my non smoking clients. All I ask is that client commit to doing the exercise every night for 21 days and they are always amazed by the results.

I hope you enjoyed this series of stop smoking tips. I have certainly enjoyed putting them together:) Many of these tips I give to my clients, many of whom I have helped stop smoking. Check out some of the feedback/testimonials I have received on my website: http://www.waterford-hypnosis.com/smoking.html

© Trevor Eivers 2014
My name if Trevor Eivers and I am based in Waterford, Ireland. I am a Certified Consulting Hypnotist (since 2010) with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), which is the largest hypnosis body in the world with over 14,000 members in 83 different countries worldwide. I am also a Certified NLP practitioner. I love my job in which I help everyday people with everyday issues. Here is a nice 8 minute video where I talk about my business:

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