Hypnosis has the ability to change deep unconscious habits that seem outside of your conscious control. But there is a way to bring many habits under our control without resorting to fatigue producing “will power”. The process is called Mindfulness. I often encourage my hypnosis clients to practice a simple exercise in mindfulness. Mindfulness does not mean sitting cross-legged in meditating for hours. Instead, it is the very simple and intentional Act of paying attention. Putting all of your attention to what you are doing without judgement and without emotion. Mindfulness is the act of observing what you are experiencing with intense curiosity. When one practices mindfulness and applies it to habits like smoking, compulsive eating, anxiety or other seemingly subconscious processes, interesting things are uncovered. For the smoker, the Habit that used to happen automatically now is given awareness and the smoker begins to discover things they had not been fully aware of. The taste of the smoke is much less Pleasant, The Habit not really as urgent as it used to feel. Keep in mind, mindfulness does not mean trying to gain control over the habit, only to observe it with intense curiosity. By bringing awareness to the habit the habit changes on it’s own. By using your awareness in this way you can get yourself “unstuck” from long and persistent habits. There are other benefits to practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness can: help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties. Author David Barron is a 20 year veteran hypnotist with over 10,000 clinical hours helping people make change. You can contact David at this link.
I would like to describe my experience with hypnosis and serious drug abuse, specifically heroin and methamphetamine (meth). I’ve had experience working with drug addiction and want to share my insights with those who know someone suffering from addiction. Addiction is a profoundly painful condition. Withdraws from heroin can be extremely painful. For some people hypnosis can eliminate or reduce the discomfort of withdraw but it is not something I, as a hypnotist, want to deal with. There is a detox period of up to a week a heroin addict must go through to get over the physical withdraws. At that time I’m willing to help them get rid of the mental and emotional dependency with hypnosis. At that point hypnosis can be very helpful at building up a stronger sense of self as a person who is drug free. One should expect a lot of other work be done outside of the hypnotists office. Removing familiar triggers to use is important. Often that means changing the places one regularly visits where drug use happens and removing the people the user associates with. This alone can be a lot harder than visiting a hypnotist but the hypnosis will help provide good internal, mental and emotional support. I have helped people quit drugs with hypnosis alone but I remind people it’s best to build a very strong support system of family, friends and care givers. Every drug counselor will tell you quitting is easier when you have people behind you to help. When someone asks if I can help them get free of drugs I remind them I’m not a doctor or drug counselor and I’m very cautious taking on anyone with a serious drug problem. I will give my assistance only the right conditions. Many drug counselors will tell you [...]
“Giving up smoking is easy…I’ve done it hundreds of times.” ~Mark Twain It’s true. For a majority of my career as a hypnotist, while I was helping people quit smoking, I also smoked. I know that makes me seem like a hypocrite and I would agree. I started smoking a few years before I started my career in hypnosis. Smoking made be feel independent and rebellious. I also knew no good would come of smoking but, like every smoker, I suppressed that thought with a double dose of justification and denial. Also like many smokers, I quit smoking many times. What I want to share with you is what got me over the hump and made stay a non-smoker. The turning point came for me when I realized that, while I liked smoking, and sometimes really wanted/craved a cigarette, I liked being a non-smoker even more. The change happened when I made smoking about my self image and self-esteem. Many of us use a habit like smoking to distract us from something deeper, to keep us from facing a problem that might be easier to ignore. I thought I had a healthy self-esteem but I surrounded myself with un-supportive people and isolated myself from people who really cared about me. I was figuratively alone and used smoking to prop myself up and “be a man”. Even now it sounds kind of pitiable. Deciding to be a non-smoker and give up smoking was the most positive rebellion I could have designed against a half-lived life. When I quit smoking a lot of things changed. I began to treat myself with more respect and care. The most difficult part was ending the relationships that didn’t support my emotional well being. As a result of all that I’m more dedicated than ever to [...]
Are you shopping for a hypnotist? Are you wondering what you should pay for hypnosis? Let me offer a perspective that comes from 20 years as a professional hypnotist. It’s understandable that you be shopping for the best deal. What you’ll find in terms of payment for hypnosis services will vary widely. Here is what you may find: $50-$100 a session and recommend 5 sessions. One session $200-$500. Period. Often referred to as the “One Session Wonder”. Multiple sessions over weeks costing $1200-$5000. For a moment put aside any thought of what you’ll be paying. Consider what you want instead. Most people want a result. They want to be free of tobacco cravings, or anxiety. They want to get rid of their late night snacking habit or to deal with stress more productively. Think about the RESULT you want and ask yourself “how much would I pay for that”? Depending on how important the change is you might be willing to pay a LOT. What you want is a RESULT not just a good deal. There should be other considerations than price. Most importantly, you should feel confidence in the hypnotist you hire. Here’s what you can expect from New Hampshire Hypnosis when it comes to service and cost. The cost of a hypnosis program is $400. A hypnosis program includes three mandatory sessions and unlimited follow-up sessions as needed. As of today, June 2018, no one pays for hypnosis, they pay for a result. Sessions are usually a week apart. After the third session, if the client feels more work is needed there’s no additional charge. If you have any further questions about hypnosis, please call New Hampshire Hypnosis (603) 589-8033 and my secretary will transfer you directly to me, your hypnotist, David Barron. David Barron has helped [...]
I was recently working with a client for drug addiction. Anyone who recognizes they’re stuck in a problem starts working to get out of it. As you might guess, he spent much of his time and mental energy working to avoid using drugs and alcohol. This avoidance became a huge preoccupation. Of course doing this can work but such vigilance can make an exhausting amount of stress. A turning point happened in our work when he realized that it is easier and more enjoyable to focus on the things that he appreciates in life as opposed to trying to avoid using drugs and alcohol. The more he would be aware of the things he appreciates the less likely he is to think of drinking or using. Ultimately, if he thought about using intoxicants he realized they wasn’t appreciating the things his life as much as he could have. I regularly remind clients how quickly craving and habits can be eliminated. Sometimes, when a client gets the result they want they start to wonder how long it’s going to last. Early on I remind them how fruitless this direction of thinking can me. As long as they are worrying, their not focusing on the things for which they can be grateful. As a result, when I’m working with my hypnosis clients I put a strong emphasis on using gratitude to reinforce positive results. What I tell my clients is whenever they notice something we’ve done in hypnosis working to simply appreciate it, smile, do a happy-dance, pat your subconscious mind on the back and say ” ‘at a girl”. CONCLUSION The subconscious mind is incredibly smart and, like a very intelligent child, whenever you acknowledge it for doing something right it starts to do it more. This is true for ANYTHING [...]
I love that quote. Everyone I work with wants to do common sense things that should be easy to do. They want to stop smoking, eat right, control anxiety, focus on important areas of life and avoid distractions. All of these things are just common sense. It’s common sense to not smoke tobacco. It’s common sense to eat healthy foods. It’s common sense to get physical activity. It’s common sense that speaking to groups of people should be easy. These things should be easy … but they are not. If gaining this level of control were easy people wouldn’t need a hypnotist. A lot of people will explain that they “can’t get our of my own way.” Hypnosis is designed to create the “ideal conditions” where doing the commons sense things are simple, easy and automatic. People wonder what the experience of hypnosis is like to make such a dramatic, and common sense, change. I remind people that it’s all about directing the attention to the right things. The hypnotist is the tour guide, your job is to do the “heavy lifting” by simply following the hypnotists instruction. Most of the time the feeling you get in hypnosis is so positive and pleasant it’s amazing. A lot of people feel so dramatically better they’re smiling and laughing at the end of the session. Yes, it’s an “ideal condition” for being able to do what is just common sense. Give New Hampshire Hypnosis a call. Many of our clients work with us through video conferencing, making the process even more convenient. Call our office (603)589-8033