More and more people are seeing the benefits of stopping smoking using EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques. “Marcelle” (not her real name) started seeing me after two of her relatives quit with me in Cape Town. One quit in 2 sessions, and the other quit in 3. Marcelle´s daughter had also seen me for EFT, and she is doing great. Marcelle´s stop-smoking journey is a little more challenging, but she likes doing it with EFT, because she is loving the side benefits of this method.
Marcelle arrived at her session with mainly good news. She is on my smoking-reduction plan, reducing the number of cigarettes smoked daily as her need for the habit declines with the EFT. This is what EFT does. It removes out of your system the irritation, nervousness, and other unpleasant feelings that are often mistaken for nicotine withdrawal. As an energy healer, it is my experience that these feelings are not nicotine withdrawal at all, but are the feelings that are conveniently drugged away by the nicotine whilst the person is smoking. When enough of these underlying unwanted feelings are removed with EFT, there is no longer a need to smoke, and the person quits smoking. Anyway, Marcelle´s plan in-between this and the previous session was a maximum of 6 cigarettes a day, and she had had days of 2 cigarettes and days of 5 cigarettes. This is good.
Amongst about 10 successes, there were a couple of hiccups. On two days, and only two days, since our last appointment 12 days previously, she had smoked an unusually high 10 cigarettes. So we set about working on those specific days. It transpired that on those days, her young children and her grandchildren, whom she was looking after during school holidays, were making a lot of noise, being over-active, and not wanting to go to bed after 9 pm. Marcelle would go and have a cigarette on those occasions, when the stress with all the children became too much for her. She did not enjoy those cigarettes but just reached out for them. “It’s a habit”, she said. I replied, as I tapped on her, that the habit was to reach out for a cigarette instead of using another coping strategy. I asked her on a scale of 10-0, if she were to relive that night, what number cigarette desire would she have? It was an 8. So we set about tapping. We tapped on aspects like “Even though they’re all so noisy, and it’s too overwhelming…”, “Even though they keep moving about, and it’s just too much energy to cope with…”, and “Even though they won’t listen…” and got it down to a 3 out of 10. Then we tapped around the thought that because her mother had abused her, Marcelle would never hit the children or shout at them. I suggested that maybe she felt like shouting but the cigarette calmed that down. Then we worked on better coping strategies for this situation. We found that an energy grounding visualization would be helpful, so we practised it in the session. The way it works is that Marcelle taps on her ColllarBone continuously without words, as she visualizes all the extra energy absorbed from the children flowing out of her body, from the top of her head, through the centre of her body, through her legs, through the soles of her feet, and into the ground. The energy would then be absorbed by Mother Earth, where it would be recycled into something more useful.
We worked in this way on the second children incident which triggered the second spike in Marcelle’s smoking. We got both of them down to about a zero. I then set Marcelle a new target of 2-5 cigarettes maximum a day. She happily and calmly accepted this new target. I gave her another progress sheet to fill in, and we had a pleasant conversation as she was on her way out. She is always relaxed after these sessions, and they are helping her to be a stronger and happier person overall. I love this added benefit of working with EFT. It strengthens you from deep within.
As well as EFT, Marcelle enjoyed a massage on this occasion. As a complementary health practitioner trained in the UK, I also do Deep Tissue Massage. Marcelle reported back pain when she walked, and so I gave her a back massage to start with. It only took 20 minutes of our session (my sessions are about 90-120 minutes each), and she reported much better ease of movement afterwards. Many thanks again to Marcelle for providing this case study so that others can benefit. you can follow Marcelle´s story on here. She will happily stop smoking completely. And I am so confident of her success that I am publishing her case study as it evolves.
If you attend a stop-smoking session with me, have an open mind and a willing heart. You too may end up with pleasantly surprising side-benefits!
© 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