My name is Dr. Robert Gatis. I am a Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Biomedical Hypnotherapist and Fellow in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine (FAARFM). My company name is Mind & Body Miracles and my office website is mindandbodymiracles.com. I am speaking to you today for only one reason – to help you use the power of your own Mind to STOP SMOKING FOREVER NOW. This Word Document is a hardcopy of the audio-recording or CD of Part One of my Two-Part Workshop called STOPPING SMOKING FOREVER NOW.
The Hypnotic state is a natural mind state that is one of the main ways that people like you who HAVE BEEN SMOKING UP UNTIL NOW can release yourself from your addiction permanently – once you understand what smoking addiction actually is – and what hypnosis is really is, for that matter. Rather than explain about hypnosis and smoking addiction during the first part of the workshop – which is what I usually do – I have decided to have you read a Word Document or listen a CD or audiofile ahead of time so when you come to the workshop you will already have the knowledge and the preparation to use the Hypnotic state and other Mind Technologies that are available to come to the workshop and free yourself of your addiction as you STOP SMOKING FOREVER NOW.
Long-term smokers have trouble believing that this is possible. So the goal of Part One of this presentation is to:
- Explain to you what Smoking Addiction is and some of the Myths and Illusions of the Smoker;
- Have you understand the basics of how the Mind works, and the differences between the Conscious and the Subconscious Minds;
- Explain about Neurotransmitters and their role in addictions – especially the role of Dopamine, and
- Explain to you what Hypnosis is and what it isn’t and its application for you to STOP SMOKING FOREVER NOW;
So let us go over the basics:
You have two minds: A Conscious Mind and a Subconscious Mind.
The Conscious Mind is the one we are all most familiar with. It is our logical, analytical mind and It is related to our will power, our voluntary actions, and our habits or conscious choices. For the Conscious Mind, time passes in a linear fashion and can recognize past versus present time. It may surprise you to know that the Conscious Mind accounts for only 10% of your overall mind’s action and has virtually nothing to do with your emotions or your emotional state. I will say this again. Your Conscious Mind has nothing to do with your emotions. The Conscious Mind is logical not emotional.
What about the Subconscious Mind, then? The Subconscious Mind in many ways is the exact opposite of the Conscious Mind. It is emotional rather than logical and is concerned with associations or the relationships between things. It is correlated to your Imagination, The Subconscious Mind has a non-linear time orientation. In other words it doesn’t separate out moments of time but experiences things in “all time” or “all-at-the-same-time”. It creates automatic actions and movements. Therefore, the Subconscious Mind is the mind creating your addiction – and it runs 90% of you. The Subconscious Right-Brain Mind creates the addictive or automatic behaviours. This is why the logical or Conscious Left-Brain Mind has a very difficult task – if it tries to override your smoking addiction. The Subconscious Mind created your smoking addiction not your Conscious Mind – and what is created in the Subconscious Mind is often below your Conscious Mind’s control. You all “know” from your Conscious Mind’s perspective that you shouldn’t smoke – given all the medical data available and all your own reasons – yet you continue to do so. To be fully free of the smoking addiction you must get your Subconscious Mind on side – because it is the Mind in charge of the emotions and the automatic responses.
Let’s talk about the Illusions (or as I call them the delusions) of you, the smoker. Cigarettes are only considered precious to the smoker when the he/she is prevented from smoking. When smoking, a smoker will consciously say…”I can take it or leave it” or “I can quit anytime I want to”. This is Conscious Mind bravado. Often smokers are barely even aware that they are automatically lighting up again because it is a below Conscious or a Subconscious phenomenon. It is only when smokers can’t smoke or are prevented from smoking that it seems appealing. This makes nicotine unique in the field of drug addiction. Alcoholics, heroin addicts, cocaine addicts and pot smokers like the effect their drug gives them and they enjoy these effects for their own sake. In other words, these addicts get “high” on their drugs. A smoker’s “high” is very mild compared to these other drugs. So what makes the difference?
The difference is in the speed of delivery of the drug. Nicotine is one of the fastest-acting drugs and the mild “high” produced by inhaling it in cigarette smoke happens almost instantaneously. The removal or withdrawal of the nicotine from your system is equally as fast. Another way to say this is that nicotine withdrawal is created almost as quickly as its effects. The only thing that the smoker ever does by lighting up again is to remove (temporarily, at least) the feelings of withdrawal created by the previous cigarette. You get to temporarily feel like a non-smoker again until the moment you stop inhaling. When you do stop inhaling, you are in an immediate state of withdrawal.
EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVE THAT SMOKING GIVES YOU, OR MAKES YOU FEEL, THE NON-SMOKER ALREADY HAS! THE CIGARETTE GETS THE CREDIT FOR EVERTHING AND THE BLAME FOR NOTHING! ALL SMOKERS WANT TO BE NON-SMOKERS!
This brings us to the Myths About Smokers:
- The first myth is that you are physically-addicted to nicotine. This is perhaps the hardest truth to understand since we are bombarded with advertisements and beliefs to the contrary. You are not physically-addicted to nicotine. I will say this again. You are not physically-addicted to nicotine! If you were, then we would have institutions dedicated to controlling the physical withdrawal symptoms when a smoker quits, or a pregnant woman could not choose to stop smoking for her entire pregnancy. More times than I can count, a former smoker who is NOW A NON-SMOKER – AS YOU WILL BE following Part Two – the hypnosis session – comments for months and even years after how they don’t yet fully (Consciously) understand how they could quit cold turkey with no cravings or side-effects from quitting. If they were truly physically-addicted to nicotine this would not be possible. Smokers are psychological addicts, rather than physical addicts, to the effects of nicotine.
Truly understand what I am telling you and you are well on the way to FREE YOURSELF FROM YOUR SMOKING ADDICTION NOW.
Let’s go over this again. Nicotine is a fast-acting drug – both in action and its elimination from the body. In other words, it produces its effects on the body and mind quickly and is eliminated almost as quickly. The “high” from the cigarettes is mild and short-lived compared to the other major addictions like heroin or cocaine. And here is the take-away:
The real reason why a smoker lights up again is to relieve the rapid withdrawal of the nicotine effects from the system – the empty, insecure, anxious feeling caused by the rapid nicotine withdrawal. The rapid withdrawal of the almost immediate mild “feeling good” sensation produced by the drug action of the nicotine creates an immediate state of Anxiety. ALL SMOKERS HAVE ANXIETY DISORDER. YOU SMOKE TO RELIEVE THE ANXIETY PRODUCED BY THE FIRST CIGARETTE. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “JUST ONE” CIGARETTE.
- The second myth of the smoking is that Smoking gives you something and that by being a non-smoker you will be deprived of something that only smoking can give you.
Were you deprived before you started smoking? The truth is that that you were a non-smoker first and smokers are being deprived of being non-smokers. The Subconscious Mind creates associations regardless of whether they make sense logically. In your case the Subconscious Mind has created the association…”I need to smoke to feel good”. With every cigarette that followed this was re-enforced to the point that the Subconscious Mind created another even deeper association – that “Smoking is the only way I feel good”. It is a trick of the Right Brain and Subconscious Mind – an illusion. You have been programmed with the belief that there is no other way to feel good but to smoke – and herein lies the problem and the root of your psychological addiction. From a logical point-of-view, you know that you don’t “need” to smoke to “feel good” or to alleviate anxiety – but you have been subconsciously programmed to “feel” that you do and you haven’t been given any other options!
You are suffering from an Anxiety Disorder created by your first cigarette– not a physical addiction to nicotine. You are psychologically-dependent – not physically-dependent. Having that first cigarette created the immediate withdrawal anxiety reaction that the following cigarettes felt like they relieved – when, in fact, they just created more anxiety.
Anxiety is anxiety – whether it is caused by life or nicotine withdrawal. This is why someone who has quit smoking for years may in times of high-stress crave a cigarette. As you dissociate or dissolve the Subconscious Association or Illusion of “need” between smoking and feeling good permanently now this can never happen to you.
The whole process of psychological addiction is so subtle that most smokers are completely unaware that they are “hooked” and now consider the state of withdrawal or anxiety to be their natural state. They tell themselves that they enjoy smoking and state emphatically that they can “quit anytime they want to” – until they attempt to quit and fail because they (or you) didn’t know until now what smoking addiction actually is – a psychological addiction driven by a subconscious illusion of need.
The sad truth is that smokers believe on some level that they are sacrificing something or depriving themselves of something when they quit smoking. The fact of the matter is that smoking doesn’t help you focus, doesn’t relax you, and doesn’t relieve boredom. It doesn’t give you anything good at all!
If your car breaks down, your pet dies, your mother or father-in-law comes to visit, you lose your job or have a bad hair day, does smoking a cigarette improve the situation or solve the problem? Of course not! Cigarettes give you only one thing…..NOTHING. Cigarettes have created the anxiety-void in the first place and continue to create the void, they don’t fill it. There are no advantages to smoking. In their heart of hearts, all smokers want to be non-smokers. SMOKING GIVES YOU NOTHING SO THERE IS NOTHING TO GIVE UP. Everything in your life feels better and goes better as a NON-SMOKER NOW!
- The third myth of the smoker is that there are going to be withdrawal symptoms to quitting smoking. The truth is simple. Since the smoking addiction is psychological rather than physical, there can be no physical withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking NOW. It is important to note, however, that the body may be toxic from years of smoking (since cigarette smoke has over 200 toxic chemicals in it not including the nicotine – and it is always recommended that the potential non-smoker begin the process of detoxing the body – if at all possible – before we detox the mind at the workshop.
- The fourth myth of smoking and smokers is that Stopping Smoking is difficult and requires Willpower. Yes you can quit using willpower – but willpower is a Conscious Mind function and is not needed to quit smoking. For YOU to HAVE THE DESIRE, THE INTENT AND THE EXPECTATION TO BE A NON-SMOKER NOW is all that is required. Part of you must be ready to free from the effect of cigarettes and take your life back when to you come to Part Two of the Workshop. Once we eliminate the fears and delete the illusionary associations, it is deceptively simple to STOP SMOKING FOREVER NOW.
Hypnosis is one of the great tools to help Smokers become Non-Smokers again – but before we talk about hypnosis we need to discuss stress and neurotransmitters (in particular, the neurotransmitter dopamine).
STRESS is our reaction to changes in our environment. Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you frustrated, angry, nervous or excited. The stress response (and the alleviation of it) is created by the effects of certain chemicals in our bodies called neurotransmitters.
A neurotransmitter transmits nerve impulses – usually from our brain to a target organ – to create a physiological effect on that organ or releases hormones that produce a particular effect in the body. For example, if you are in physical danger, the fight-or-flight reaction, is triggered. This releases certain neurotransmitters and hormones to increase your heart rate and redistribute blood to the muscles from the internal organs (so you can fight or run away), the senses become heightened, the pupils dilate and so on.
Different neurotransmitters create different physiological responses. Dopamine, for example, is a neurotransmitter that is involved in the regulation of pain and pleasure, motivation and the meaning of life events. Dopamine is the major neurotransmitter involved in addictions and – along with serotonin – in many types of depression. An extensive body of research has shown that all drugs of addiction increase dopamine levels in the brain – especially in the regions involved in motivation, drive and pleasure.
Common signs and symptoms of dopamine imbalance include: ADD, ADHD, restlessness, concentration difficulties, unable to relax, impulsive, trouble focusing, substance abuse (especially smoking and alcohol), impatient, low libido, obesity, depression and difficulty in feeling joy. Why is this important to you as a smoker? Nicotine stimulates a short-lived release of dopamine which temporarily counteracts the signs of dopamine deficiency. It isn’t the direct effect of the nicotine that a smoker desires, it is the release of dopamine. Therefore, in order to be a non-smoker, you must correct the dopamine deficiency first. That way the psychological withdrawal symptoms (many of which can be attributed to a lack of dopamine rather than nicotine) can be avoided.
In Summary then:
- Smokers are psychologically-addicted rather than physically-addicted to nicotine;
- All Smokers are suffering from Anxiety Disorder and probably a Dopamine deficiency;
- Addictions are a Right Brain Subconscious phenomenon;
- The Smoker from years of breathing in toxic chemicals may need to detoxify before and during the Smoking cessation period;
- The only requirements to quit smoking are the desire, intent and expectation to quit. Willpower is not required. It is often to your advantage to list the benefits to you of BEING A NON-SMOKER NOW and to plan on the ways to constructively fill the amazing amount of time that you will have available to you as Non-Smoker.
The state of Hypnosis is one of the ways to access (talk to) the Subconscious Mind and make positive changes to limiting beliefs and emotions and to establish new healthy associations – which create the desired and new behaviours.
What is Hypnosis, then ?
Hypnosis is a natural, self-induced mind-state that promotes your ability to accept positive suggestions for change. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. It is a safe, relaxing and pleasant experience of heightened awareness call “alpha-theta” which is a mind-state that you enter several times per day. If you have ever day-dreamed, lost track of time or had a waking fantasy then you have been in the state that we call “hypnosis”
What Isn’t Hypnosis?
In fact, Hypnosis is…
“not a state of unconsciousness…not being weak-minded…not a loss of self-control…not divulging secrets. No one can be hypnotized against their will or do anything in the state of hypnosis that would violate their moral, religious or personal principles”.
(Dr. R.D. Longacre, PH.D., F.B.H.A. in his book “Visualization and Guided Imagery for Pain Management”)
Your understanding of hypnosis may be based on perceptions derived from movies, newspapers, television or stage shows which have misrepresented the truth.
We will be using Hypnosis in combination with other Mind Technologies in Part Two – the in person segment of the Workshop.
If you are interested in detoxification before the workshop, please talk to the representatives at Nature’s Emporium for advice. If you want advice on how to raise Dopamine levels or ways to treat anxiety states related to stopping smoking, please contact my office and we will send you a list of supplements that are reputed to do with this. Please do your own research and take any supplements or herbs under the care of a qualified healthcare professional.
This is the end of Part One: The Preparation for the STOP SMOKING FOREVER NOW WITH HYPNOSIS workshop. If you have any further questions about the workshop, or any other questions about Functional Medicine or the role of the Mind (s) in modifying the disease process and restoring health, please refer to the website: mindandbodymiracles.com or contact my office.