Archive for August, 2010

How to Quit Smoking

August 28, 2010

The following is a free public service and personal testimonial about the fastest, easiest way to quit smoking. It involves no cost for products or treatment specialists, and it will save today’s smoker thousands of dollars a year. It is based on the intersection of two insights well-known to science but, to our knowledge, never before presented to the public as a recipe for quitting smoking, or breaking any other undesired habit that resists conscious efforts to cease and desist. Our attorney advises us that this is not medical advice; however, the reader is encouraged to discuss the following suggestion with his or her healthcare provider. 

The two insights are: 

1. We humans make our big decisions while we sleep.

2. The mind is most susceptible to suggestion on the brink of sleep. 

These two truths are easily merged into a simple technique for breaking a habit or embedding any directive that the subconscious mind is predisposed to accept as a “good idea.” So, if you smoke but believe at a deep level that smoking is not a good thing for you to continue, you can follow this simple process and expect positive results. 

As you drift off to sleep, silently repeat the words: “Tonight, while I am asleep, I am going to decide to quit smoking.” You may need to repeat this process nightly over a period of two or three days. However, my personal testimony is that, in 1975, after having smoked more than one pack of cigarettes a day for more than ten years, I used this technique to quit smoking in one night. The morning after I said those words while falling asleep, I awoke to see my usual pack of cigarettes on the bed stand, accustomed as I was to lighting-up first thing every morning. Without any hesitation, I tossed the cigarettes into the nearby wastebasket. 

Were there side-effects? Yes. Over a period of a couple years, I stopped going to certain places, being with certain people, and doing certain things that had been directly associated with smoking. Did I miss the associations? Ultimately, no, but the process was socially awkward for a while. The fact that I was automatically experiencing such a large shift in lifestyle told me that my smoking had been more than a habit; it had been part of my enculturation from childhood. Was it difficult to resist the peer pressure to continue the habit? No, because the very desire to smoke was gone—like magic.