The Addiction Fallacy

When smokers say about how they simply cannot give up their habit, they often blame it on addiction.

If you suggest a powerful tool like hypnosis—in Gold Coast think Greg Thompson—they might say,

“That won’t do any good. I can’t quit. I’m addicted.”

That’s a fallacy.

Now it is true that smoking has an addictive aspect. If you have nicotine in your system, as it metabolizes it leads to withdrawal symptoms, and those can be unpleasant—fuzzy thinking, irritability, cravings for more nicotine, anxiety.

The thing is, once the nicotine is out of your system, those withdrawal symptoms disappear. On top of that, nicotine metabolizes very rapidly. When you smoke a cigarette, half of the nicotine is out of your system within about ninety minutes. When you go to bed at night after one last cigarette, by the time you wake up in the morning your system is essentially clear of nicotine.

The destructive power of smoking is not the nicotine addiction, it’s the habit.

The addictive aspect of smoking is not mythical. It is real, and hypnosis will offer you tools to end it; but hypnosis and hypnotherapy are even more important for breaking the destructive habit of smoking.

Start with the probability that, if you have been hooked on tobacco for a long time, even the thought of quitting makes you anxious. Aa skilled hypnotherapist like Greg Thompson is trained and experienced in techniques to nip that anxiety in the bud. He also has the tools to derail any lingering withdrawal symptoms you might have.

Most of all, a competent hypnotherapist like Greg has many different techniques and approaches to combat the destructive habit of smoking. Every smoker has different reasons for having started using nicotine, and different needs that have kept the habit growing. A skilled hypnotherapist knows how to identify those reasons and needs, and can thus pick the approach that will work best for each individual smoker.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are increasingly recognised as the most effective way to beat the smoking habit. If it is time for you to quit smoking—and you know it is—then it is also time to give Greg a call.

Can’t Exercise – Try This..


Everyone knows that exercise is an important part of losing weight, but why is it that so many people who want to lose weight, don’t?

Perhaps it’s to do with money. Going to the gym usually means paying a membership, but if you are on a tight budget this can be a problem

Maybe you have the money, but tried it before and ended up paying the gym tons of money and hardly ever went. Maybe seeing fit, athletic, perfect shaped people left you feeling inadequate, self conscious, fat and out of place.

In other cases it has to do with time. If you have a full-time job, kids to take care of, and a house hold to run, you want to be able to just kick back and relax in what little time you have.

The thing is, you don’t have to go to the gym or cgo running every day. There are ways to be more active without being involved in a formal regimen of exercise.

For example:

If you have a job, you get a lunch break. Go to the nearest park, and eat your lunch there.

When you go to the shop, you probably drive, park your car at the far end of the car park. This means you will have to walk a little more. Every step does you good.

If you catch the bus, get off several stops early and walk the rest of the way.

Avoid elevators. Take the stairs instead.

These are all small things, but they all add up, burning calories, increasing muscle, and boosting your stamina and energy.

The Gold Coast is a beautiful place with plenty of local attractions. Go somewhere this weekend!

Go to the beach. There are some lovely places to walk along Nobbys, Miami, or Burleigh, or if you would like a something a little quieter head up to Runaway Bay.

Try Mount Tamborine or Springbrook. Start with the easy walks first and work your way up to the longer ones. These places are not only great for your body but, like hypnosis, are great for your mind. Being in nature will lift your mood and help with depression and anxiety and is the perfect place for quiet reflection and to re-focus.

It is not uncommon for me to incorporate these places in my hypnotherapy sessions. These places are generally calming and peaceful and can help you relax deeper into your hypnosis experience.

Is Hypnosis Just Meditation?



Hypnosis and meditation have been around for a long time. Sanskrit writings describe hypnotic states and how to enter them. The Native American vision quest involves self-hypnosis. Meditation is practiced in various forms around the world, and it is described in ancient Chinese and Hindu writings.

It is also true that both meditation and hypnosis involve altered states of consciousness, and both use particular techniques to achieve these altered states. Meditators repeat mantras, focus on breathing or repetitive movements. Hypnotists use such things as eye fixation and hand levitation.

Hypnosis and meditation help to slow your brain waves. In meditation, it is common for the frontal lobes, is dominated by theta waves, slower slower than the alpha waves usually found in a relaxed but alert state. In hypnosis, the frequency of brain waves depends on the depth of the trance. In a light trance, where most hypnosis work is done, alpha waves are dominant. In a deeper trance, the kind you might use for past regression, theta waves are strongest. In the very deepest trances, where the person is unconscious of what is going on, they have reached delta brain wave frequency.

In addition, hypnosis and meditation have different objects and results. In meditation, the goal is to empty the mind, to have no thoughts, to lose awareness of any mental activity. Once you have done that, your job is done. In hypnosis, the task is not to empty the mind, but to focus it as sharply as possible in order to accomplish a specific goal, like to quit smoking, eliminating pain, prefer healthy food, or resolve an emotional trauma.

Hypnosis is a bit like shining a spotlight on some specific area in your mind, while meditation is a way to dim the light, or even turn it off. Meditation is great for achieving a sense of peace and calm. Hypnosis is a goal-oriented tool for achieving a specific outcome.

Is Hypnosis Safe?


Is there something you’d like to change in your life? Perhaps stop smoking, or lose weight, control anxiety, or ease depression? You’ve probably heard good things about hypnosis.

But, maybe you also have concerns about how safe it is. Could sitting down in that hypnotist’s chair be risky? Could you wind up leaving with more problems than you came in with? Perhaps you just finished watching the movie ‘Get Out’ and are worried that you could be turned into a slave and taken advantage of.

Here’s the truth. You cannot be made to go against your morals and values. Even if your hypnosis experience was so deep you couldn’t remember it. Your subconscious mind always wants whats best for you. Even when it is doing the ‘wrong’ thing.

Take smoking for example. If you are a smoker, your subconscious mind knows that the quickest way to relaxation is a cigarette. Say you are addicted to sugar, sugar gives you a feel good. Your subconscious is just trying to help you relax and feel good. Hypnosis can be used to reprogram your subconscious mind with healthier ways to achieve relaxation or feel good.

When you go into a trance you are on a journey of your own making. The hypnotist is a guide, someone who offers suggestions about where to go, and what you can accomplish. You are the one in charge. You decide if you are go into trance. You decide when you are going into trance. You decide what you will do while in trance.

It may not always feel like you are in charge. In a deep trance, your subconscious mind takes over and your conscious mind checks out. But your unconscious mind, is still you, and even in the deepest trance you are aware and in touch and aware of what is going on.

Two things to consider for a successful hypnotherapy session are. First, have an idea of what you need to change and you want to gain from hypnosis. Second, pick a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist. Unfortunately there are people that have done very little training and/or have little or no experience. Ring and ask questions. Speak with them, use your common sense and your intuition (gut instinct). Your intuition is your subconscious mind way of guiding you to make the best decision.