Miracles are a matter of perspective. For example, if we visited some the world’s most remote areas and we told the local inhabitants about how we live in the Western world, they wouldn't believe us. Some of these people will have never experienced electricity. If we tried to explain to these people that we in the western world no longer work because we have electricity, they would be more than a little sceptical.
They wouldn't believe that we don’t have to walk all the way to the river with a heavy water container to fill and then all the way back again just to have a limited amount of water nearby. They definitely wouldn't believe that we can command water to pour out of the wall and into a basin just by turning the handle on a tap. After having a good laugh at us these people would ask how this is possible.
We could them explain to them that that electricity pumps the water up into high towers and that gravity causes the water to flow into the basin once the tap is opened. Of course we would then be asked to explain what electricity is.
We could then patiently explain that electricity is the movement of electrons in a good conductor and this movement does all the work for us now. Of course, then we would be asked to show these people what an electron looks like.
We could then try to explain to these people that electrons are invisible because they’re so small. Of course, this wouldn't help our cause and they’d look at us as if we’re mad and ask if we aren't perhaps talking about the spirits of our ancestors.
It’s only when we physically showed the effects of electricity that we’d have a breakthrough in understanding. We could demonstrate electricity to these people by asking them to switch on a light or something similar. Only then would they see that there may be some merit to what we’re saying. To these people, electricity is mysterious and miraculous!
Practicing hypnotherapy in the Western world is a bit like being a Westerner trying to explain what electricity is to the villagers living in the world’s most remote areas! Hypnosis is an invisible force for good and so some people don’t fully believe it and treat it with suspicion. This suspicion and scepticism dissolves quickly once hypnosis is understood and its benefits realized.
Basically there are two parts to the mind. There’s the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Most people believe that the conscious mind is the part that controls us, but this isn't true. It’s the subconscious mind that’s in control. Because we spend most of our time in the conscious mind most people aren't aware of this fact.
Some people may not believe this fact. If you have any doubt, watch short video below. It shows a mask that rotates slowly on its axis. Half the time you see outside of the face of the mask and the rest of the time you see the inside of the face of the mask. Because you never see the inside of someone’s face, your subconscious mind is in the habit of only seeing the outside. For this reason, when you see the inside of the mask during this video, your subconscious mind will force you to see what it wants - the outside. You will see the inside concave face as if it’s the outside convex face you are accustomed to. You are unable to see it the way it really is. Try to take control of your subconscious mind if you don’t believe me and see the mask as it should be.
If you took the time to watch the short video, you've proven to yourself that it’s your subconscious mind, and not your conscious mind, that’s in control of you. This is generally a good thing as the subconscious mind exists to keep you safe and to protect you from danger. Normally this works very well for us unless protecting ourselves becomes more important. Then it could become a problem.
For example, if an individual had witnessed many painful events involving the people closest to them, this individual may become afraid of viewing any more painful scenes. It might seem like a good idea to this individual’s subconscious mind to prevent this person from seeing completely, so as to protect this person from any more pain. To do this the subconscious mind could make this person blind or unable to open their eyes.
This is where hypnotherapy can be very handy. Using hypnosis a hypnotherapist is able to communicate directly with the subconscious mind and help the subconscious mind to remove this condition. Once removed, many people might consider this miraculous in the same way that people living in remote areas consider electricity miraculous. Of course this isn't true. Hypnosis is not miraculous, it just works the same as electricity just works once it’s understood and harnessed. Below is a letter I received from a client that beautifully illustrates this point:
"Approximately 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar Type I. Shortly afterwards I received the news of my sister’s suicide. After the funeral I discovered a continuous blinking of my eyes, as well as the eyelids closing slightly. My eyelids eventually closed completely, I was blind. During this time my son also committed suicide, which worsened the situation.
I consulted 6 Eye specialists and a Neuro Surgeon, each with a different diagnoses, from dry eyes, Blepharitis and Miastiania Gravis.
I was referred to Troy Robins. After the 1st session my eyelids slightly opened and gradually completely opened during the 2nd session."
Stop Smoking for Free!
There is no such thing as a free lunch, but there is always free cheese in a mousetrap. I know that there’s always an exception to the rule, but one always needs to apply caution when something is offered for free. Does it apply to stopping smoking for free?
In October many organisations are giving away free stop smoking packages and some of these organisations will also sell or recommend the use of nicotine gums and patches.
To stop smoking some people start by visiting their doctor, and most doctors will give two options or two methods to stop smoking; prescription nicotine gum and patches or going cold turkey. The purpose of this blog is to analyse these stop smoking methods and to offer some insight. Let’s start off with the nicotine patches and gum.
How Safe is it to Consume Nicotine?
Nicotine comes from the tobacco plant. The tobacco plant produces nicotine to discourage insects from eating it. Nicotine is a natural insecticide and it’s a fact that nicotine was originally used as an insecticide and is still used in this way today. Nicotine is a very powerful poison and is more lethal than both arsenic and strychnine. Nicotine is the reason most people decide to stop smoking; they realise its killing them! This is the reason most doctors will recommend that you stop smoking.
Oh, if there's a doctor or advisor that disputes that nicotine is a lethal neurotoxin, please give me a call. I'd love to meet you! I have a few drops of pure nicotine I've been saving for someone just like you! If you doubt that nicotine is poisonous, or even better, if you've been advising the public that its not a poison, lets test it on you! You don't even need to eat it. We'll just rub it on your skin and see what happens. You might want to watch this old video before you visit me though (Note: I don't endorse the harming of animals in any way. I don't even eat them. Unfortunately the video has been shot and the mouse is dead. Hopefully its death serves as a warning and saves some lives.)
Warning! Graphic and Grossly Unpleasant to Watch!
Most people know that nicotine is a poison and yet will still attach a patch that contains nicotine to their skin, or chew gum that contains nicotine, a lethal poison, just because their doctor told them to. Why would intelligent people do this? Of course I’m not suggesting that your doctor wants you dead. If we all died our doctors wouldn’t have any patients and this would be as disastrous to the medical industry as everyone being perfect healthy all the time! I think it’s because we all instinctively trust doctors? If you can’t trust your doctor, who can you trust? If you're a medical practitioner or a dispenser of medicine please re-evaluate your values based on this information.
Why Would a Doctor Prescribe a Poison?
In the original Hippocratic Oath it states “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect”, but doctors don’t swear the original Hippocratic Oath anymore. But most doctors didn’t become doctors so they could cause harm. Most doctors become doctors because they have a very sincere desire to help people and to make a difference. There can be no doubt that doctors and medicine do make a big difference. So why would they prescribe poison?
This is just my opinion, but I think it’s because doctors have been sold this method of stopping smoking with clever advertising. Using nicotine patches and nicotine gum is called “nicotine replacement therapy”. If the nicotine has been replaced then there is no danger from the nicotine, right? Wrong!
Think about it; what has the nicotine been replaced with? Well, it hasn't It’s the cigarettes that have been replaced. The gum and the patches are just another nicotine delivery method replacing cigarettes! Calling it nicotine replacement therapy is just a sneaky misdirection of attention. It should be called “cigarette replacement therapy” but that wouldn't sell as well! We are told that nicotine is addictive because it produces dopamine, a hormone associated with feelings of satisfaction. It’s as if the pharmaceutical companies want to cash in on how addictive nicotine is so they put it into gum and patches and sell it as “nicotine replacement therapy”.
If this method was so effective why don’t we help cocaine addicts to stop snorting cocaine by just chewing a little cocaine gum and slapping a cocaine patch on? We could call it “cocaine replacement therapy”. Obviously, if it’s the nicotine that we are addicted to, how on earth would it help to just give it to us in a different format? If that was true we’re just creating a new addiction to gum and patches. I wonder though, does the nicotine delivered from a patch or from nicotine gum also produce dopamine in the same way a cigarette does? Have you ever seen someone stick a nicotine patch onto their arm with a look of satisfaction on their face? There is more to this than meets the eye and I’ll enlarge on this concept in Part Two.
Going Cold Turkey.
Will power is a type of mental adrenaline. It is designed for short bursts and most certainly not for the long haul. Will power is a function of the conscious mind, and the conscious mind can only be in one place at a time. We can only focus on one thing at a time with the conscious mind. If you have any doubt at all watch this very short video:
As has been demonstrated, the conscious mind can only focus on one thing at a time. As long as you are focussing on not smoking, and continue to focus on not smoking, you will remain a non smoker. If you can keep this up for long enough it will become a habit and habit’s are second nature so you will no longer need to keep up this intense focus.
The trouble is that life does not stop just because you have decided to stop smoking. Life carries on and there so many things that require your undivided attention every day that makes going cold turkey becomes very difficult. Going cold turkey takes tremendous energy too. Every time you shift your focus to some other activity, you have to remember to refocus on being a non-smoker as soon as you have completed this activity.
The first time you attempt this is when you stand the greatest chance of success. But each time you fail, you have taught yourself that all the effort was for nothing, and so mustering more will power for the next time becomes more difficult and takes much more determination and desire.
Where to From Here?
For those people that seriously want to stop smoking, it should be obvious that we are not being given the whole truth as to what smoking really is and how best to stop. Companies have a vested interest in selling you their products and nicotine is product even though it’s a lethal poison. Maybe it’s time to discover the true reason people it difficult to stop smoking.
In Part Two of this blog we will explore the real reason people smoke. If you found this article informative or if you think this article could help someone, please share.
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Changing Habits - First you form your habits, and then your habits form you. There are only two types of habits; good ones and bad ones. This article describes how habits are formed and why it’s so difficult to change them once they’ve taken hold. It also explains how to quickly change habits using hypnotherapy.
All habits start out doing something you think is good for you at the time. For example, no one starts smoking to kill themselves. Initially people start smoking because they think it might make them appear more acceptable to their peers. It may also make them feel more secure. It’s only later in life that people realize that smoking isn’t doing them any good, usually because it’s harmed their health and is costing them a small fortune. Of course, by this stage it’s too late to easily change the behaviour as it’s become second nature. It’s a habit.
The process of thinking consumes energy and is time consuming. Nature is efficient. Nature will always strive to achieve the most affect for the least amount of energy in the shortest time possible. For this reason we have evolved with two parts to our minds.
One part of our minds is the thinking, analytical mind. This part of the mind is called the conscious mind. This is where our awareness is most of the time. This part of the mind can only focus on one thing at a time which means it can become overburdened quite easily. Once this mind becomes overburdened it doesn’t function very well which is the reason for the second part of the mind.
Once the conscious mind has performed a task a number of times and realized that it’s safe and works, it no longer needs to think about the task quite as much. The subconscious mind therefore begins to take over so as to unburden the conscious mind with tasks that don’t need full attention anymore. This allows the conscious mind to pay attention to other things which conserves time and energy. The more often these tasks are performed without conscious attention paid to them, the more of a habit they become. They become second nature.
The subconscious mind is the protective mind. Its job is to protect us from all danger. Once something has become a habit, the subconscious mind assumes it is safe. The subconscious is not able to think in the same way as the conscious mind and so when the conscious mind become aware that a habit is harmful, like smoking, it’s too late. The subconscious has made it second nature and protects the habit it assumes is safe. All the thinking in the world with the conscious mind will not change habits, as the habit is now locked in the subconscious mind.
There are two ways to change habits; the easy way and the hard way. The hard way is to just change your behaviour for long enough that the subconscious mind realises that the new behaviour is safe. For example, if you want to stop smoking the hard way, all you need to do is stop smoking for long enough that the subconscious mind realises that it’s safe to not smoke anymore. Of course, this is not easy. The subconscious is much more powerful than the conscious mind and so it’s a bit like trying to lift a boulder with a feather.
The easy way is to bypass the thinking part of the conscious mind and talk directly to the subconscious mind. Explaining that a habit is harmful to the subconscious mind turns the tables very quickly. As the subconscious mind is the protective mind and the more powerful mind, it then begins to work with the conscious mind and habits can be changed very quickly. The process of bypassing the critical part of the conscious mind and establishing acceptable information in the subconscious mind is called hypnosis.
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.