Most people in Cape Town take a number of sessions to quit smoking, unlike my UK clients, who usually stopped in one session. This is because there are more factors tying a Capetonian to smoking. So we are left with a dilemma. A smoker who wants to stop smoking needs some reassurance that the methods are working. But the methods are chipping away at the smoking in each session rather than releasing it all in one. So I have come up with a reduction plan, which is becoming increasingly popular. At the end of each session, I would sit down with the client and agree a maximum number of cigarettes a day that they felt they could cut down to, giving them the confidence that their treatment was working.
However, although most now ex-smokers on this plan have done very well, some smokers came back discouraged that they could not stick to the plan. The problem was that the reduction was determined by the the clients’ subjective wish to succeed, want to save money on sessions and cigarettes, and need to be in control. It was not an objective assessment of the state of mind of the client. It usually was perfectly spot-on and worked, but when it did not, that was not good enough for me. I started doing kinesiology-based muscle-testing to objectively find root causes of the clients’ smoking desire, and that was both full of great revelations to the client, and it was also a great way to go beyond denialism, the greatest block in any smoker’s path to recovery. Once the smoker was face-to-face with what their mind-body was clearly saying, they owned it and worked with me to let it go. This was a great success. And then, I thought why not use the muscle-testing for an objective measure of the reduction that is right for each particular ex-smoker-to-be?! Well, I am pleased to say that it is working a charm.
Kinesiology-based muscle-testing is a way of using a muscle to tell us objectively what is going on in the mind-body. This ranges from pathogens to food intolerance to emotions. Muscles used for this bio-feedback mechanism are usually in an arm or leg. The muscle chosen gives two types of feedback; strong, and weakened. “Marcelle” (not her real name) came to see me in my Cape Town treatment studio for stopping smoking. At the end of her session, I wanted to know how many cigarettes she could reduce to. I was concerned, because we had a holiday coming up when she had to wait longer for her second session that I would have liked. She smoked 15 cigarettes a day when she came to see me, so I was worried about gauging this correctly. The muscle-test came up with a strong muscle when she repeated “I can easily reduce to 12 cigarettes a day”. And so we used this number for moving forward. Had we not used muscle-testing, Marcelle may have tried to cut down further, only to end up disappointed. This way, we knew what we were dealing with.
The target of 12 a day had indeed been successful. And then Marcelle’s mother made a very abusive visit, and Marcelle turned to cigarettes as a way out of the distress. So we treated this, and at the end of the second session, We tested for number of cigarettes again. 14 Gave a strong muscle, as did 12. At 11 cigarettes a day, the muscle started to wobble, and at 10, the muscle lost its strength. So we agreed to cut down to 11-12 a day until the next appointment.
At the next appointment, I was delighted to hear that not only was the 11-12 a day target realistic, but it was even bettered. The reason why was that Marcelle had tapped during a mother visit where her mother was again being abusive. Marcelle told me that she asked herself whether it would be better to tap and look silly or smoke and feel defeated, and she decided to tap. And so she was able to remain strong and even exceeded our expectations. If you are not familiar with tapping, this is a revolutionary new self-help and practitioner-application method called EFT that can help make you stronger. At the end of this session, we muscle-tested again. A maximum of 10, 9, 8, and 7 cigarettes a day all gave a strong muscle. The muscle started to wobble at 6 cigarettes a day and went weak at 5. And so we set a target of 6-9 a day.
After this, an unexpected ongoing disastrous situation happened in Marcelle’s life which the muscle-testing could not have predicted. We then changed the treatment to one of disaster management rather than forward progress. When the situation finally stopped, Marcelle went back to the program with a plan of 7 cigarettes a day. We then kept reducing till Marcelle reached zero number.
The muscle-testing made a big difference in showing Marcelle what her subconscious mind really wanted. This is because you cannot truly stop smoking unless all parts of you are in agreement. And many a smoker who is unsuitable for a one-session stop smoking program wants to fool themselves that they will stop in one session, and then they feel hopeless and ashamed when they fail. This is not to say that many smokers quit in one session. Many do. Of course they do. However, in high-stress places like Cape Town, where Marcelle is, most smokers need a bit longer than one session. And this is where muscle-testing can really help the person move forward. When the smoker literally sees their subconscious mind speaking to them, they do listen. It is a very powerful tool indeed.
© Suzanne Zacharia 2011. My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is.
A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age. In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and I have outlived one doctor’s prognosis by many years now.
I am now a complementary therapist, author of the Stop Smoking E-book at http://www.quit-smoking-ebook.com and trainer specializing in energy healing. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE book “EFT How-To For You” at http://www.EFT-Scripts.com