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Stop Smoking or QUIT Smoking


The Death Garden - Some people plant flowers - others work hard at planting themselves.
The Death Garden – Some people plant flowers – others work hard at planting themselves.

Stopping and Quitting…

It’s the same thing right? Not really. I listen to people tell me all the time how they stopped smoking…right before they started again. Our perception of the two words may differ, but let’s look at a comparison.

When you’re driving down the road, you come to a big red octagonal sign that says, “STOP”. What do you do? Hopefully you stop. Then, once you have a sense that all is clear, you begin your trip again. That’s often how it works with a smoker who intends to stop. Then some event, situation or trigger occurs and they restart their habit.

Compare that to QUITTING. Using the same driving example, when you decide that you’ve reached your destination, you’re done. You’ve turned the key – You have quit. The same is true for smoking. When you resolve that you want to quit, hypnosis can help you turn that key and neutralize the triggers that drive you to smoke.

The trigger is generally an emotion. It’s the emotion that quietly drives us to engage in the “Too much” habit. I’m talking about things like boredom or frustration or stress or loneliness or fear…or any number of emotions that we deal with.

tslof-bookAs humans, we are emotional beings. You see, addictive habits like smoking often become a band-aid to cover whatever it is we are feeling. People tell me “I want to stop smoking”. This is when I ask if they think it would be better if they “QUIT” smoking and I explain the emotional drivers that push them. It’s usually not until they read a small book called the ”Secret Language of Feelings” that they get it…and see how those things inside of them cause the habits that are slowly killing them. This is a small investment that I recommend if you “really” want to quit smoking. It costs about the price of 3-packs of cigarettes. What is the value of your life or someone you care about?

I had a man recently tell me, “That book doesn’t sound very manly”. I suggested that there are many men that suffered and died from heart failure, stroke, cancer or emphysema that wished they did the manly thing, stepped up and took control of their life. It’s not about ego – it’s about common sense and taking a proactive step to stay healthy and alive.

A closer look at the poison that steals the life of a smoker.
A closer look at the poison that kills a smoker.

I am all about helping people recover their lives and health, but it is a partnership. First, they have to want to gain that positive change that awaits them. Secondly, they need to follow the directions that will get them there.

So let me explain where I’m going with the concept of emotion and how I can help you not stop – but QUIT smoking. It’s been proven time and time again that hypnosis will help a person become tobacco free. Yet, as a 5-PATH® practitioner, I can take that process much further.

I sometimes get people who tell me they want to quit smoking, yet they don’t want to be part of the process. Sometimes they tell me, “I LOVE my cigarettes. I want you to make me quit.”

It doesn’t work that way.

If you’re serious about quitting smoking then we need to work on the emotional triggers. Without working on the cause for your habits, you may stop for a bit, then start right back up after another emotional trigger comes along. Then, you’ll be mad at yourself and the Hypnotist.

This is why the ONLY way I’ll see someone for smoking (or any other habit) is to do the Transformative Life Centering process that I’ve perfected. This goes after the fears, worries, angers, sadness, self-confidence issues or other emotions that will cause you to engage in a negative habit.

I’ve seen people successfully in the past for cigarettes. They were serious and we worked through the emotional triggers. I’ve had some that said they were serious about the real work only to find they didn’t want to be part of the process. So nowadays, I stick with Transformative Life Centering for habits.

So you might ask: “Are you saying you won’t see me unless I do a few sessions?”

That’s exactly what I’m saying. How much is your life and health worth? You might be spending 4 to 5 times my cost per year on cigarettes by burning your money and health away. I became a Hypnotist because I want to make a significant difference in people’s lives. I do that by working on the big issues that hold you back. Plus, I incorporate Success Coaching into the processes to move you forward. 

I recently saw a woman who smoked 3-packs a day. She also endured 30+ years of abuse. We dealt with the variety of emotional issues tied to the abuse (that subsequently caused the smoking) and she quit by herself because we got rid of the triggers.

Many hypnotists will successfully get a client into hypnosis, give them suggestions to provide change and make them stop. The common practice is to give direct suggestion, which can be very powerful and permanent for some issues. For instance, if a person came for hypnosis to assist with sports enhancement or test preparation, direct suggestion can be very helpful. Yet, even in those instances, if there’s any emotional component behind it, then 5-PATH® is the most effective process.

Underlying emotion often causes addictive habits and when present, direct suggestion will eventually fade, leaving the client capable of restarting their habits. A 5-PATH® practitioner goes further by exploring the subconscious and targeting the emotional component that is the underlying cause and driver of the addictive habit.

A Certified 5-PATH® practitioner neutralizes the internal perception of the driving emotion. The result is the freedom to step onto a clean path without hidden emotionally-driven habits or fear. It is the hidden “stuff” we carried throughout our life that has dampened our successes, made us wary of relationships or caused addictive habits.

5-PATH® gets to the root of the issue. And that’s why YOU CAN go beyond “stopping” and instead, “QUIT” smoking and live your life successfully without unnecessary baggage.


Anthony “Tony” M. Davis, BCH, MSCA

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Group or Individualized Sessions – Which is Best for You?


Over the last few months I’ve had people tell me, “I’m going to see that hypnotist that’s coming to….” and they mentioned a rented meeting room at a local hotel. Now I’m not going to bash another hypnotist as I don’t know them and they could be very good. Yet, with that said, there is a considerable difference between a group session and one that is designed for you personally. Given that, I’ll relay the conversations we had about the sessions. The following is more of a paraphrased version since it encompasses the dialog a few of us had together.


Our conversation went something like this:

Me: Why are you choosing a group session instead of one that is focused specifically on you?

Client: Well, they are inexpensive, only $65; that’s cheaper than you.

Me: Okay, Fair enough. What’s your goal?

Client: Each told me their hope to either quit smoking or lose weight.

Me: What are you getting for that?

Client: I don\’t know. I guess they are going to hypnotize us.

Me: (Knowing the answer to this question, I asked anyway). So, they are going to do a group session?

Client: Yes.

Me: Do you believe that all people are the same? I mean, do you think that everybody can be hypnotized to the same level and all the same way?

Client: Well…No.

Me: Then, if you are hypnotized easily and the person sitting next to you is quite there, how will the hypnotist know? And will the person sitting next to you be able to catch up? Or, what if they hypnotize easier than you, how would the hypnotist know to help you if they are not paying attention to your directly?

Client: Ummm, I don’t know.

Me: So, what I’m saying is that you are not getting an individualized session that ensures that you get the best care and attention.

Client: I guess not.

Me: Are they offering any aftercare in case you have problems with (Smoking / Weight Loss)?

Client: No. It says in the ad that it’s a one-time session.

Me: Did you know that in a group environment only about 10-Percent of the people in the room get hypnotized to a sufficient level to bring change?

Client: No.

Me: To give you and idea, suppose there are 50 people in the room, each paying $65. Collectively the room will have been charged $3,250 to possibly hypnotize 5-people. Does that seem like a good deal?

Client: No.

Of the five people I’ve talked with in the conversation above, two decided to go with the group session anyway, two decided to see me and another hasn’t decided if she really wants to quit smoking. After following up with the first two, one of them actually increased their smoking habit and the other hasn’t seen any significant gain or loss of weight.

The Reason Behind the Addictive Habits

The reason that people have addictive habits like smoking, drinking, overeating, gambling…any ‘too much’ habit is because there is something within them that drives the habit. If you are feeling sad or bored, or frustrated or experience any number of feelings, you might find that you try to mask those feelings with the habit. Then, when you light that cigarette or take another walk to the refrigerator, you find yourself frustrated or disappointed with yourself. Then…guess what? You go back and (smoke, drink, overeat, etc). It’s a never-ending cycle that, if left unaddressed can seem insurmountable.

A Closer Look at a Group Session

Because there is no individualized attention during a group session, the best a person is likely to get is Direct Suggestion. By itself, direct suggestion can be good for other things – but not addictive habits. A group session does not provide individual attention on each person and does not get to the root of the problem. If you don’t get to the problem, then you likely will miss the answer.

To be forthright and honest, I will say that I will do a group session with no more than 4 to 6 people at a time. People are important to me and I want to know that each person is getting the maximum benefit. In this group session, I am right there. They are in my face where I can see them. I will know when they are going into hypnosis and where they are. Also, in this small group session, it is only an introduction to hypnosis and I provide them with some confidence building and stress relief (something we all could use).

Then, as a follow-on, I schedule Individualized sessions, one-on-one with each person. Even if it is a husband-wife team, I see each one individually and each person deserves 100% of my time and attention.

Getting to the Root of the Issue

As a 5-PATH® Practitioner, I get to the root of the issues that might drive your habits or makes you believe the lie that you are incapable of enjoying love and success in life.

Read what I said again:

“I get to the root of the issues that might drive your habits or makes you believe the lie that you are incapable of enjoying love and success in life.”


If you allow yourself to believe negative talk that says that you are unworthy, then you need to come and see me. Because anything less than your being a successful, loving, happy person is just that…a lie. We all have carried hurts, disappointments, fears and incorrect perceptions that over time become insurmountable and negatively direct your life.

You see, this is where I come in as a 5-PATH® Practitioner. Direct suggestion found in a group session will eventually fade when there’s an underlying emotional component behind it. And…when it DOES fade, people are left without the confidence they need to enjoy a full life, full of love, happiness and success.

About 5-PATH®

Spa and aromatherapy oilsThe 5-PATH® process is a uniquely structured, insight-based method that draws the goodness that is already within you. Typically it requires five to six sessions but the significant difference is that unlike direct suggestion, the 5-PATH® process is capable of bringing permanent change. It is utilized worldwide and has brought people from struggle to success for many, many years. In Charlottesville, VA, I am the only 5-PATH® practitioner here in this immediate area.

We are all pulled in different directions by people and situations each day. 5-PATH® helps you respond with calm assurance amidst the chaos around us. When you invest in yourself, you are investing wisely. When you invest in yourself, I invest myself in you to get you to the level of success you are searching for.

 Anthony “Tony” M. Davis, CCH, MSCA
Certified 5-PATH® Hypnosis Practitioner

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