Can Hypnosis Really Help You Quit Smoking?

The American Cancer Society doesn’t exactly recommend hypnosis as a reliable way to quit smoking. “For the most part, reviews that looked at controlled studies of hypnosis to help people quit smoking have not supported it as a quitting method that works,” it says on the ACS website. “Still, some people find it useful.”

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Hypnotist Rich Guzzi, 50, would argue a lot of people find it useful. A hypnotist of 30 years, he’s utterly convinced of the power of hypnosis as a method to quit (plus, celebrities like Matt DamonBen Affleck, andCourteney Cox have said hypnosis has helped them cut cigarettes).

Guzzi is even launching a tour on Nov. 21,, which happens to coincide with the ACS’s “Great American Smokeout,” and will travel around America, entertain audiences with his hypnosis show, and spread the word about this method for kicking the habit.

“You don’t even have to believe in hypnosis to make it work,” Guzzi says. “You just have to be willing to say, ‘I really want to quit smoking. Let me give this a shot.’ It’s worth trying.” Anyone who comes to one of Guzzi’s shows will get a free CD copy of his stop smoking program, he says. His goal is to help 100,000 people quit.

Guzzi spoke to Parade.com about how hypnosis works to help people kick the habit and what he says to skeptics.

How did you get into hypnosis?
“I was a comedian first. One day, I was doing a really terrible show—it was one of those tough nights where nothing’s going right. And I had learned hypnosis from reading a book when I was a kid, and I used to practice on my friends. During this bad show, I brought some people on stage, hypnotized them, and made them do goofy stuff. And then people started really laughing at it, and I thought, ‘I’m onto something here.’ So I kept on doing it, made it more elaborate, and as time went on, it really grew into something pretty good.”

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So what training do you have in hypnosis?
“I went to school for it later on. I became a certified clinical hypnotherapist. I am trained formally, but most of the stuff I do now is my own techniques that I’ve learned over the years.”

How did you transition your hypnosis comedy show into helping people quit smoking?
“I realized that in my comedy shows, I could make the volunteers do pretty much anything with hypnosis as long as I made the scenario real enough. Hypnosis is actually so powerful that you can actually do what are called ‘post-hypnotic suggestions’ for people to do good in their lives after the hypnosis is over—to get people to lose weight, to stop smoking, reduce the stress in their life, and maybe cure some fears and phobias. Eventually, the show evolved into not being a comedy show anymore. After the shows, people would come up and tell me they want to try it, so I’d be hypnotizing people at the bar and helping them quit smoking and lose weight.”

What motivates you to help people quit smoking?
“When I was a kid, my dad was a car mechanic, and he taught me how to be a car mechanic as well. I thought I was going to go into the family business. But my dad was a smoker. He was an old-school guy and he had some bad habits. My dad was my hero—we were like two peas in a pod. And he was never sick; he was always a healthy guy. And then one day, he said, ‘Man, I’m not feeling so great.’ It started to get really bad—he was sweating; he was in bad shape. We got in the car to go to the hospital, but we never even make it to the hospital. It was New York traffic at five o’clock in the afternoon—and he died right in the car.

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“It was a brutal experience. I was 20 years old. It was life-altering. I didn’t want to do the car stuff anymore. And that’s why I turned to comedy; to get me out of the funk. It was almost like my therapy. Now I’m in a position to help a lot of people, and I still dedicate every show to my dad, every night. This is a way for me to give back.”

Many people don’t believe hypnosis works. How do you deal with those perceptions?
“Hypnosis is almost like a dirty word, like it’s a card trick. There are still a lot of people who don’t accept it or don’t believe in it. And I know I’m partly at fault for that for doing hypnosis shows in comedy venues. But I see the people I help every night at my shows.”

So what do you say to the skeptics?
“Believe it or not, I turn skeptics around and make them my biggest fans. What happens is that we have fans that come to the show, and they’ll bring their friends. And some of the friends think it’s nonsense. They’ll come to the show, and the skeptic thinks, ‘He probably knows all these people.’ So they come back the next night to see if they use all the same people—and of course, it’s different people because I always use volunteers. So the guy goes, ‘I’m coming back a third time, and I’m going on stage, and I’ll find out it’s fake.’ So he goes on stage and he gets hypnotized, he wakes up an hour and a half later and doesn’t remember anything, and goes, ‘Holy mackerel, this is real!’ Then he brings his friends the next night, and the cycle keeps continuing.”

And that happens often?
“It happens all the time, it’s so cliche at this point. That’s how my fan base has been built up, from all the skeptics saying, ‘This can’t be real so I’m going to try to debunk it.’”

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How does your quitting smoking hypnosis program work?
“A person who smokes erroneously puts files in their subconscious mind next to each other that are wrong—like if they have a cup of coffee, they have to have a cigarette, or if they had a great meal, they have to have a cigarette. They’ve associated pleasurable experiences with the habit of smoking. I go into the subconscious mind and put in the files that are supposed to be there—that smoking can make your clothes smell bad, give you nasty breath, cost you a lot of money, and hurt yourself. By putting those new thought processes into your subconscious mind, you don’t smoke anymore, because your subconscious mind will be in unison with your conscious mind.”

It sounds like this is pretty rewarding for you.
“I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. If I can put hypnosis on the map as not just a carnival trick and something that’s really good that people should be using, I guess I did my job for the day.”

Hypnotist Marc Savard — from nearly fatal car crash to entertaining Strip audiences

It’s difficult to believe that adults can act like silly children onstage at hypnotist Marc Savard’s nightly shows at V Theater in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Smart women “go under” and become stripper-pole experts. Well-dressed businessmen wind up playing amorous porn stars with inflatable blow-up dolls. Who would imagine a 300-pound volunteer becoming a “Riverdance” genius or people fearing a belt has become a poisonous snake?

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These are not “plants.” These are not people on Marc’s payroll. They are volunteers, 30 of them at a time, from the audience who undergo a series of Marc’s hypnotic pre-trials until he whittles them down to eight subjects he believes will perform. The results are hysterical, and it’s a different eight every time as proven here in his YouTube videos.

This is the funny side of Marc, but he also is able to use his hypnotic skills to help people lose weight, stop smoking and build self-confidence.

He’s known as one of the world’s youngest professional hypnotists, but, at age 22, he fought for his life after being hit head on by a drunken driver, causing a broken back and a fractured skull. Doctors were baffled that he used the power of his mind instead of medication and how once almost given up for dead made a rapid and complete recovery.

After watching Marc, who served as MC of the most recent and third “Showbiz Roast, of the Quad headliner Frank Marino at the Stratosphere, perform his hypnotist act, I am still baffled as to how he pulls off what he does. I talked with him the next day after watching and laughing out loud at the show about his career and what I saw that mystified me.

How on earth did you know that you wanted to be a hypnotist?

I wish my answer was exciting, like I was hit by lightening or something, but that’s just not the case. It happened by accident, to be honest. I was trying to get into med school, and I was at the University of Alberta. I saw a hypnotist show at a nightclub and was fascinated how someone could use the power of words to influence someone else’s behavior. It seemed almost magical to me. I didn’t understand it, so I started doing my own research on it.

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My friends got wind of it and asked me to hypnotize them; I did, and it worked. From there it became a hobby. I never wanted to get into it as a career. People would ask me to do a little show at their house. So I did six shows the first year, 52 the next year and 115 the year after that. At that point, I decided to get business cards printed and call my parents and say, “Your son is not going to be a doctor; he’s going to be a freak show, sideshow variety entertainer.”

They were not impressed with that news, obviously, so they urged me to get something more solid under my belt. I went for hypnotherapy training, and that’s to do private sessions like to stop smoking, weight loss or seminar work. The rest, as they say, is history, and here we are 20 years later, my 20th year doing hypnosis.

And how many years in Las Vegas?

I’ve been living here 10 1/2 years, but I’ve been performing seven complete years in February.

My image of a hypnotist, and you have a hint of it in your show-opening imagery, is of the elderly grandfather figure waving a pocket watch in front of your eyes until you fall asleep. You don’t do any of that, though?

No, and that’s kind of the misconception of hypnosis. Two things cause people to go into hypnosis — fatigue or overload of the nervous system. Hypnosis happens not necessarily in the brain, per se, but the mind of the nervous system together. It mostly flies between the awaken state and the sleep state. So it has characteristics of being fully awake, yet characteristics of the dreaming capability. It can kind of resemble sleepwalking. People are fully able to handle a series of tasks and have no idea that they did any of it. The dreaming mind, or subconscious mind, handles those activities.

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What I’m trying to do as a hypnotist is lessen their consciousness activity and increase their subconscious activity. That can happen when you’re watching a movie. When you’re watching it and it becomes so emotional that you start crying with the character; well, you’re not in that character’s life, and you’re not in the movie, but you can sustain reality for a short period of time and become involved from the subconscious mind.

There are many ways to get to that; when someone goes into shock in a car crash, they, too, are able to maybe walk on a broken leg by shutting off the conscious stimulus and allow the subconscious mind to use pain control to bring themselves to safety. For example, my wife Joanna delivering all four of our babies, including our newest 2-month old Lorelle, using hypnosis by tapping into her own body chemicals by using a state of hypnosis and relaxation.

There are many ways to get there. The pocket watch is just a classic focus point. Really with hypnosis all I’m trying to do is get them so focused on an idea that the idea becomes the reality for that given time. Hypnosis is portrayed by Hollywood to be complete mind control, but it’s not. I don’t control anything; I put them in a dream state where I can control that dream.

Now if I asked them to go and kill somebody, they would wake up from hypnosis. They wouldn’t do anything against their moral belief system. Now is dancing on a stripper pole against your moral belief system? Not really, but if they were getting naked, some wouldn’t do it. Other people would because that’s just their personality. Everyone has their own personal set of rules.

That was like a layman’s technical explanation of what it is and what happens, but, in the end, it’s still entertainment, isn’t it?

Right, and ultimately hypnosis is very similar to alcohol in a performance sense because what hypnosis does is it takes away inhibitions and really allows the person onstage to be their truest personality without consequence. The people onstage who are hypnotized could absolutely care less what the audience thinks.

Because they’re in this semi zone of not awake but not asleep.

Right. Almost in a dreamlike state where reality doesn’t really matter.

So I watched the snake routine on YouTube before I came to actually see it for myself. It’s so hard for me to wrap my belief around the people who think that a belt was a snake and be scared out of their brains.

Think of it this way: Let’s pretend that there are 10 people onstage who are hypnotized. Let’s use a scale of measurement-like picture: a weight scale. The weight scale right now is conscience vs. subconscious. You’re in a state right now of 98 percent conscious and 2 percent subconscious.

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We’re having this conversation, it’s an analytical conversation, it’s very coherent with the ideas we’re talking about. Now the moment you get tired or emotional or relaxed or get into the zone, the conscious weight starts to lift a little bit, and the subconscious starts to come up, and, all of a sudden, let’s say you’re 70 percent conscious and 30 percent subconscious.

You’re emotional, watching a movie, getting engaged, etc. As that begins to change more and more, you fall into sleep, this dreaming; then when you hit the snooze button in the morning, you get that 9 minutes of snoozing, that’s when you have the craziest dreams. You’re kind of in it, you’re kind of not. You’re dreaming and then all of a sudden there’s a phone ringing in your dreams, but you realize all of a sudden you wake up, and it’s your phone on the night table that came into your dream and became a part of it.

That’s the closest real connection I can say to someone who hasn’t been hypnotized. Now here’s my point: At one point when it becomes 51 percent subconscious and 49 percent conscious, that’s when hypnosis begins to happen. Now out of 10 people onstage, three or four may be 70 percent subconscious, and their conscious mind is about 30 percent active. They’re kind of aware of what’s happening, they’re not really sure what’s happening, weird things are going on, they’re a little puzzled, they’re relaxed and delayed, whereas three or four people would be 90 percent subconscious and 10 percent conscious where they’re completely out of it.

Then there are one or two people who are 100 percent subconscious and have no idea what’s happened and have no clue where they are. They actually think it’s 100 percent happening. So when I bring 30 people up onstage, I’m narrowing it down to the people who are the highest ratio of subconscious vs. conscious.

So to answer your question with the snake, I’ve now narrowed it down to the best 10 who have these types of characteristics. Out of the group of 10 you saw, three or four were super, super hypnotized. Another three or four were pretty good, and there were one or two who were a bit lighter, but they’re still in that state.

When I make the sound with the snake, a very small percentage of people will actually hallucinate and see the belt turn into a snake. You’ll hear them after the show describe it. They’ll even say what color it was. The majority of people won’t see it visually, but they will still experience all of the emotions. You’ll hear them talking after the show, “I knew it was a belt, but I couldn’t stop my heart from racing and jumping back.”

The best way to describe that from an audience perspective is when you were watching it, their reactions are totally spontaneous. When I hiss, they all jump back immediately. How do you practice that? How do you think that? How do you time that? You can’t. That’s what shows the true power of what’s truly happening onstage.

You have the stripper pole and snake experiences; what’s another one that gets a great reaction from audiences?

The blow-up dolls on the stage, but we don’t post those on YouTube just because we respect them. If he’s a principal at a school, I don’t want him to lose his job because a video suddenly surfaces. We’re very careful about what we put on YouTube. I change the routines depending on the night.

A couple of months ago, I had a young guy come up, a war vet. He had an amputated leg, and during the warm-up routine when they play in an orchestra, he pops his leg off and starts playing his leg as a trumpet! I had never seen anything like that in my life. Then during the “Riverdance” number, his leg fell off!

Every night, you never know what you’re going to get from the audience. Another example is the backside pinching one. I shake the girl’s hand, and she thinks the person next to her is pinching her tush. So last night, I did it to a lady and normally when I move her, she thinks the person next to her did it. Well this lady wouldn’t let it go. She thought it was the first guy! So every time I would shake her hand, she would blame him even though he wasn’t anywhere near her. She would say, “I don’t know how he did it; it was him!”

Do you ever have nightmares that you bring 30 people up, and they all become duds?

Nope. To be honest, I’ve never had an issue where I couldn’t get anyone hypnotized because it is a natural state of consciousness. If you can sleep and dream, you can be hypnotized. It’s shocking that when I say who wants to participate, they swarm to the stage. They just swarm up there.

I shake my head sometimes about people ever volunteering for a show like this. Maybe with the popularity of “American Idol,” reality TV shows, “America’s Got Talent,” people will do anything to get onstage and let their inhibitions go.

When I write this, is it easier to explain that you are a navigator who takes people into a very natural state that you can have fun with?

I think that’s a great analogy. Hypnosis is such a terrible word. The Hypnos comes from the Greek goddess of sleep. These people aren’t sleeping; it’s a meditative state.

Is it true that every person can be hypnotized?

Yes, but in certain social environments. For example, Uncle Frank can be an attorney at a firm where he’s trying to make partner, and they’ve hired me for their Christmas party. They send him up onstage. He’s afraid of what he’s going to say, he doesn’t want to say anything that’s going to hurt his chances, he doesn’t want to insult the partners, he doesn’t want to do something too embarrassing, he can’t relax. He doesn’t enter the state of hypnosis very well.

A week later, they hire me for his family reunion, and now he’s Uncle Frank with a lampshade on his head who could care less about the things that we make him do while hypnotized.

Have you ever hypnotized yourself?

I have. I was in a car crash when I was 22. I broke my back, fractured my skull, and brain fluid leaked out of my nose. I got hit by a drunken driver and am very fortunate to be alive. I did all natural healing; I had just gotten out of that hypnosis training. It was that moment in my life where I could prove it or not.

Instead of teaching people about the power of the mind, here was an opportunity to use it. It was the time. I did all natural healing with no medication whatsoever and sort of became my own personal success story. I spoke about it a lot in high schools. I would tour around speaking about drinking and driving and the power of the mind and how I healed myself.

It’s a major part of my life and my wife’s life, and we’re implementing it into our children’s lives. I don’t hypnotize you; I bring hypnosis out of you. It’s an internal process.

Check out MarcSavard.com for Marc’s YouTube videos. His comedy hypnosis show plays every day except Fridays in V Theater. It features adult humor, so the audience must be ages 18 and older.

Questions You May Have About Hypnosis

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1.         EXACTLY WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?

Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness that occurs normally in every person just before he/she enters into the sleep state.  In therapeutic hypnosis we prolong this brief interlude so that we can work within its bounds.

2.         CAN EVERYBODY BE HYPNOTISED?

Yes, because it is a normal state that everybody passes through before going to sleep.  However, it is possible to resist hypnosis, like it is possible to resist going to sleep.  But even if one resists hypnosis, with practice the resistance can be overcome.

3.         WHAT IS THE VALUE OF HYPNOSIS?

There is no magic in hypnosis.  There are some conditions in which it is useful and others in which no great benefit is derived.  It is employed in medicine to reduce tension and pain which accompany various physical problems, and to aid certain rehabilitative procedures.  In psychiatric practice it is helpful in short-term therapy, and also in some cases, in long term treatment where obstinate resistances have been encountered.

4.         WHO CAN DO HYPNOSIS?

Only a qualified professional person should decide whether one needs hypnosis or could benefit from it.  The professional person requires special training in the techniques and uses of hypnosis before he can be considered qualified and certified.

5.         WHY DO SOME PEOPLE HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT HYPNOSIS?

Hypnosis is a much misunderstood phenomenon.  For centuries it has been affiliated with spiritualism, witchcraft, and various kinds of mumbo jumbo.  The exaggerated claims made for it by undisciplined persons have turned some people against it.  Some doctors and psychiatrists too doubt the value of hypnosis, because Freud gave it up 60 years ago, and because they themselves have not had too much experience with its modern uses.

6.         CAN’T HYPNOSIS BE DANGEROUS?

The hypnotic state is no more dangerous than is the sleep state.  But un-skilled operators may give subjects foolish suggestions, such as can be witnessed in stage hypnosis, where the trance is exploited for entertainment purposes.  A delicately balanced and sensitive person exposed to unwise and humiliating suggestions may respond with anxiety.  On the whole, there are no dangers in hypnosis when practiced by ethical and qualified practitioners.

7.         I’M AFRAID THAT I CAN’T BE HYPNOTISED?

All people go through a state similar to hypnosis before falling asleep.  There is no reason why you should not be able to enter a hypnotic state.

8.         WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE HYPNOTISED?

The answer to this is extremely important because it may determine whether or not you can benefit from hypnosis.  Most people give up on hypnosis after a few sessions because they are disappointed in their reactions, believing that they are not suitable subjects.  The average person has the idea that he will go through something different, new and spectacular in the hypnotic state.  Often he equates being hypnotised with being anaesthetized or being asleep, or being unconscious.  When in hypnosis he finds that his mind is active; that he can hear every sound in the room; that he can resist suggestions if he so desires; that his attention keeps wandering, his thoughts racing around; that he has not fallen asleep; and that he remembers everything that has happened when he opens his eyes.  He believes himself to have failed.  He imagines then that he is a poor subject, and he is apt to abandon hypnotic treatments.  The experience of being hypnotised is no different from the experience of relaxing and starting to go to sleep.  Because this experience is so familiar to you, and because you may expect something startingly different in hypnosis, you may get discouraged when a trance is not induced.  Remember, you are not anaesthetized, you are not unconscious, you are not asleep.  Your mind is active, your thoughts are under your control, you perceive all stimuli, and you are in complete communication with the operator.  The only unique thing you may experience is a feeling of heaviness in your arms, and tingliness in your hands and fingers.  If you are habitually a deep sleeper, you may doze momentarily; if you are a light sleeper, you may have a feeling you are completely awake.

9.         HOW DEEP DO I HAVE TO GO TO GET BENEFITS FROM HYPNOSIS?

If you can conceive of hypnosis as a spectrum of awareness that stretches from waking to sleep, you will realise that some aspects are close to the waking state, and share the phenomena of waking; and some aspects are close to sleep, and participate in the phenomena of light sleep.  But over the entire spectrum, suggestibility is increased; and this is what makes hypnosis potentially beneficial, provided we put the suggestibility to a constructive use.  The depth of hypnosis does not always correlate with the degree of suggestibility.  In other words, even if you go no deeper than the lightest stages of hypnosis and are merely mildly relaxed, you will still be able to benefit from its therapeutic effects.  It so happens that with practice you should be able to go deeper, but this really is not too important in the great majority of cases.

10.       HOW DOES HYPNOSIS WORK?

The human mind is extremely suggestible and is being bombarded constantly with suggestive stimuli from the outside, and suggestive thoughts and ideas from the inside.  A good deal of suffering is the consequence of “negative” thoughts and impulses invading one’s mind from subconscious recesses.  Unfortunately, past experiences, guilt feelings, and repudiated impulses and desires are incessantly pushing themselves into awareness, directly or in disguised forms, sabotaging one’s happiness, health and efficiency.  By the time one has reached adulthood, he has built up “negative” modes of thinking, feeling and acting which persist like bad habits.  And like any habits they are hard to break.  In hypnosis, we attempt to replace these “negative” attitudes with “positive” ones.  But it takes time to disintegrate old habit patterns; so do not be discouraged if there is no immediate effect.  If you continue to practice the principles taught you by your therapist, you will eventually notice change.  Even though there may be no apparent alterations on the surface, a restructuring is going on underneath.  An analogy may make this clear.  If you hold a bunch of white notepads above the level of the eyes so that you see the bottom notepad, and if you dribble drops of ink onto the top notepad, you will observe nothing different for a while until sufficient ink has been poured to soak through the entire thickness.  Eventually the ink will come down.  During this period while nothing seemingly was happening, penetrations were occurring.  Had the process been stopped before enough ink had been poured, we would be tempted to consider the process a failure.  Suggestions in hypnosis are like ink poured on layers of resistance; one must keep repeating them before they come through to influence old, destructive patterns.

11.       HOW CAN I HELP IN THE TREATMENT PROCESS?

It is important to mention to your therapist your reactions to treatment and to him, no matter how unfounded, unfair or ridiculous these reactions may seem.  If for any reason you believe you should interrupt therapy, mention your desire to do so to your doctor.  Important clues may be derived from your reactions, dreams and resistances that will provide an understanding of your inner conflicts, and help in your treatment.

12.       WHAT ABOUT SELF-HYPNOSIS?

 “Relaxing exercises”, “Self-Hypnosis” and “Auto-Hypnosis” are interchangeable terms for a reinforcing process that may be valuable in helping your therapist help you.  If this adjunct is necessary, it will be employed.  The technique is simple and safe.

Yoga Improves Your Mental Health

Should you trade in your antidepressants or sleep meds? Not exactly. But the benefits of yoga stretch beyond just stretching, says a new research review.

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If the winter blues have got you down, try hitting a yoga class at the gym. Busting through a strenuous, deep-breathing series of yoga poses could boost your mental health—while toning and stretching your body too.

Yoga has a long history (think: 5,000 years) of claiming topromote both physical and mental health, as well as spiritual growth. But how much of this is due to its recent cultural explosion in the U.S.?

new review of the best research on the health benefits of yoga, published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, aims to keep the truth about yoga from being stretched too far. Based upon the limited number of studies available, researchers from the Duke University School of Medicine concluded that yoga could be a promising treatment for some mental illnesses:

  • Mild depression: In several studies, yoga was effective at relieving the symptoms of mild clinical depression, even when people were not taking antidepressant medications.
  • Sleep complaints: Yoga helped people sleep better and longer, which—given the fact that 25 percent of U.S. adults take sleep medications—is nothing to snore at.

These mental health benefits of yoga are not surprising. Other studies have shown that yoga causes chemical changes in the body similar to antidepressants and psychotherapy—such as reduced inflammation and improved neurotransmitters.

More research is needed—most of the studies are small—but it may be time to give it a try. It could keep you smiling and sleeping well all winter long.

9 Reasons Why You Should Practice Yoga

Here’s how routine stretching and breathing can enhance your life, from better sex to injury prevention.

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Yes, the obvious is true: most yoga classes are attended by a majority of fit, flexible females in tight clothes. But, contrary to what you might think, it’s not just a sport for sexy ladies. And we have tons of reasons why you should be doing it—other than picking up women.

With yoga, you’ll hone your mental focus, rid your system of toxins, and maybe even boost your performance in the bedroom. You’ll even be able to touch your toes — improved flexibility is a bonus for just about every sport.

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Yes, the real results of regular yoga practice are quite practical, and you don’t need any special equipment—just a few square feet of space and a mat. Here’s how that extra bit of stretching will not only enhance your other workouts, but also your life.

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PSYCHEDELIC KRIYA YOGA : TANTRIC SEX & THE BODY OF LIGHT

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TANTRIC KRIYA YOGA

The Great Tantra of the conversion of the physical body into the body of light occurs from the identification of the mind with the explosive force of the openness to the light. This practice creates a new awareness that we are also a body of light. In the sexual act if our focus is on the energy moving throughout the body, in particular the spine and deep brain rapture. Both partners can practice this conductivity during the sexual act. It intensifies the sensual experience and allows the male to have control of giving the woman prolonged pleasure. The male may climax several times in the pleasure center in the head. Then the release as desired through the genitals. The woman feels greater sensation internally and is moved to the light.

We may see light especially when we release into a conscious climax. This is why sex and death are so closely related.

A Kriya technique is sitting crossed legged on each other during a psychedelic session and breathe rhythmically each other’s breath consciously. This produces the experience of the conductivity through both beings.

As we let go of our last breath riding the energy to the apex in the top of the head, called the crown chakra, we merge into the great light above the head. Bringing the energy to the head during the sexual act a inner climax occurs. Tantric yogis can do this again and again. Then a release can occur at will. Through this process multiple climaxes will occur. ‘The practice of Kriya yoga has an auto erotic quality, as the energy moves up from the gentalia region to the mid brain.

This process can be cultivated through Kriya Yoga while we are in this body. Whereby in our meditation we conduct the energy up and down the spine. Feeling and experiencing its resonance in our mid brain is a profound ecstasy.

KRIYA YOGA THE BODY OF LIGHT 

Eventually you will know yourself in a new form that of a light body. In the Tibetan tradition it is called rainbow body. The energy body or a body of light is within the capacity of the human experience. It can be crystallized by being aware of another dimension, which is beyond the mind.

The Yogi experiences a feeling of bliss, which is unifying by nature. It can be seen as light and often felt as Joy. And doing the practice of Kriya yoga, during the pause between breaths. There is a cessation of thought abiding in the presence of pure Being.

We become aware of worlds beyond mind and form as we know it. This becomes crystallized or held without any obstructions and is radiant light in all directions. From our present point of view. It is immortality. This is not a concept. It cannot be held by mind or memory. There is nothing to identify with. It simply is. A halo sometimes can be seen around the body being or at the least a sense of experience of a sphere of light. This is the Light body in the Tibetan tradition, the rainbow body. There may be psychedelic states in which this light body is momentarily revealed to us on experiential level. However, it is not held on to, or crystallized in this field of awareness. The Yogi knows this through the vehicle of the conductivity of the breath., and is able with practice to crystallize the rainbow body . You are this body of light. This world of the duality, is but a shadow world of thought, sound and form emanating from the body of light.

FEELING THE CENTERS

Each of the nerve plexus or Chakras in the body mind being can open to your higher emotional mind which allows us to perceive experientially a whole different dimension of reality beyond thought. This experience can become crystallized within the being and allow us to move into a body of light. The Kriya Yogi learns to master the movement of energy using the body as a vehicle to conduct the light through the centers. Each center has a distinct feeling and a higher emotional octave. In the lower center sex center one can feel the heat, and pleasure in the vital center just below the navel one can feel a sense of energetic vitality and strength. Then as one moves into the heart center we can feel a feeling of goodness of warmth of love that moves out beyond the confines of the physical body… The throat center often called the center of action has a vibrant quality of a different kind energy and felt as if to project out. Then we moved into the medulla oblongata at the base of the cranium this is where the pleasure center is located and the old brain a very important center to Kriya yogis since this is where you lift the muscles in the back of the neck. This activates the pleasure centers in the reptilian brain and contributes to whole brain rapture As this lifting process occurs we feel pressure on the pineal gland or third eye which feels like an opening to new sense of awareness the energy apex in the center of the head. This center is often depicted in Southeast Asian Buddha’s as a flame above the head. As these centers open we feel full body rapture. In yoga this is know as the bliss sheath.
A simple exercise to master the feeling of each center would be to take even breaths in and out feeling each of the centers independent of one another.

As you breathe in and out feel sense of pleasure in the coccyx. Then move the attention into the solar plexus, the stomach often drops as it relaxes and a sense of vitality and strength can be felt as you breathe in and out. Martial artist often practice this form of breathing. Now move the attention to the heart center you can feel it as deep emotional love. Then move to the throat center one feels almost a sense of vitality as you do from the vital center but different. Then breathe and feel the seat of consciousness the medulla oblongata. It can be felt as pleasure. this activation of the pleasure center can often bring the entire body energies unite and the whole brain feels that it is if it is lit up. Now breathing in and out through the penal body I you will feel distinct feeling and pressure their also a very peaceful enjoyable sense of self. Finally the crown center opens automatically but it feels is if something is rising up in and about the body like a flame this can be felt very subtle extremely subtle. Enjoy the breath and joy of your being.

The feeling of the centers is particularly acute under the influence of various phycedelic substances. As you become aware of these centers, it will contribute to the Kriya conductivity of the breath.

TRANSCENDENCE OF AN OPEN HEART

The art work below shows the energy moving upward from the heart to the head. The Ka or soul as the Egyptians called it.

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PSYCHEDELIC KRIYA YOGA

The use of psychoactive plants in the early history of mankind for spiritual and metaphysical purposes has been well documented in many of the ancient cultures. As I mentioned before the 18 Siddhas of southern India, the early Taoists use of various of chemical potions for immortality, and the unrecorded prehistory of literature seen in signs and symbols in the Mayan Aztec and Toltec cultures as well as your eastern Indian and Taoist cultures.

In using primarily psychedelic drugs today we are able to go within and be very sensitive to the movement of energies and feelings in the body and even have the experience all of the light body as well. But to use these chemicals whether they are natural or man-made without yoga is like a ship in a storm without a Rudder. It’s not that you can control the experience but you can participate with it in a particular way. As I mentioned earlier in feeling the various centers in the body when this practice is engaged in with the use of psychedelics, deep feelings and ecstasy is aroused from the various centers. This indeed is a fast-forward way of learning yogic practices. Unfortunately due to the social misinformation and fear of psychedelic drugs this use of learning and knowledge of an inner being has been dismissed and labeled hallucinatory. The idea of the modern Shaman or Yogi would be to be able to enter these non-ordinary states almost at will under
the right circumstances and enjoy the bliss and ecstasy at will without the use of drugs… This takes some practice while using psychoactive substances but is well worth while. To be able to enter the states of oneness and be opened to divine love is one of the greatest tasks a man can take with use of this body being.
Interestingly enough in my own case I had by chance or effort come to the end of the great search to find myself, to understand and to experience a direct relationship with God when the search ended my inner life really began without the limitation intention of trying to achieve a particular goal or state.


THE ALCHEMY OF KRIYA YOGA

The elixir of immortality is felt as the life force rising up the spine. Plant medicine and supplements assist in the alchemical transformation.
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In the ancient recorded traditions of Taoism and yoga often herbal and mineral mixtures were used along with elixirs, for good health, wellbeing and immortality. Many of these potions have been lost or hidden in symbolic rhetoric. Soma in India is a good example of this. Today we have smart drugs and supplements which affect master glands, the Pituitary, Pineal and hypothalamus which orchestrate our hormone secretions.
The brain is our greatest sensual pleasure organ when we learn how to activate through Kriya Yoga we can experience states of bliss and rapture at will.

This was my desire when I first started taking psychedelics since I would feel pressure in the pituitary region of the brain third eye and feel pleasure and intensity in the mid brain. There are a few herbal products that affect the mid brain directly much in the same way psychedelics do without the depletion that can follow a trip.

Dopa Bean Mucuna Pruiens, has a high degree of dopamine. High levels of dopamine improve sex drive and memory. It stimulates the Pituitary gland to produce growth hormone. Although dopamine is associated with movement the inner movement of Kriya Yoga is also amplified. Mushrooms and LSD cause a dramatic release of dopamine in the brain often when you are high you want to dance and you have a sense of vitality.
The yogi, through Kriya yoga is able to stimulate the pineal and pituitary gland using the breath and inner pumps to saturate the brain with nutrient laden blood.

By ingesting Dopa Mucuna and doing Kriya yoga the pituitary gland releases DMT. This would explain when doing the Kriya practice there is a flight into the light. There are a large range of anti-oxidants when delivered to the mid brain create an enhancement of the sensation of whole brain rapture. I use a large range of noontopics and supplements for longevity, health and a feeling of wellbeing. I suggest reading “Brain Longevity” by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa MD. This book describes in detail the health benefits and variety of brain mind products. Supplements react differently with each of us. You need to experiment and see what results you achieve. High doses of anti oxidants driven to the mid brain create a rapture. Some that I use regularly are DMG, Alpha Lipoic Acid. C Q 10, DMAE and Phosphatidyserine to name a few. I am always interested in new supplements for life enhancement.

Remember you are taking the supplements to the mid brain, with Kriya practice, where they do the most good.

INNER BREATHING

There are some very advanced techniques in Kriya yoga. A couple I like to discuss here. They are only advanced in as much as it is essential to feel the centers and feel the movement of the conductivity in the body that’s the primary basic practice of Kriya Yoga.

Inner breathing is a very deep internal movement in the body in the Taoist tradition is called bone breathing this is because your core essential nature is pulsating. This is prior than the function of the lungs but a deep inner movement.

One way of accessing this would be to do the bellows, followed by doing a Kriya on the last inhaled breathe.
Open the chest as you breathe in with a short than long double breath. Use a double breath so it fills the lower and upper cavity of the lungs and then exhale much in the same way is pushed out rapidly like a bellows. You can do several of these as many as you can handle. But be careful I’ve seen people come right off the ground and levitate while doing this. I myself when I first did it was thrown completely across the room. So go with care as in all yoga.

So one would do the bellows until you feel a fullness, where there’s no need to breath, usually on the inhaled breath. It is then held. As in the conductivity you turn the tongue to the upper palate. Then roll the tongue back and tightens the anal sphincter muscles or the yoni and comfortably holds the breath. This is then held and your lower center is felt.. Then let the energy rise up using the three pumps. The lower abdomen then through the heart and then pushed up using the jade pillow or muscles in the back of the neck by the Medulla into the midbrain. This is a very powerful exercise. The more you practice Kriya yoga you will learn how to draw this energy up and down in the body with or without the breath this deep or inner breathing. This practice takes you to unimaginable openings.

As I mentioned earlier I have practiced Kriya yoga for over 45 years it is a never ending process of continuous opening. If there is any form of evolution it certainly is not the being but the nervous system does involve. We become more sensitive and aware of our surroundings as I had mentioned. The various Sidhis or powers that sometimes arise as a result of these practices ultimately are simply a joyful expression of self realization.

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“I am John Krajewski, a visionary artist from back in the 60′s having done posters and Album covers. The rolling stone called my cover for “Iron Butterfly Live” mystical and visionary art. My art was a way to convey the ecstasy and experiences with psychedelic Kriya Yoga. My initial discovery of Kriya Yoga occurred under LSD. I have had initiations in this Sovereign Science by Masters through out the east. In India, Indonesia, and Burma. Forms of Kriya Yoga are known in all ancient cultures. I am forever grateful and deeply respectful to all the teachers I have met. In a forthcoming blog I will share some of these encounters. I have practiced steadfastly for over 45 years with and without plant medicine. The real initiation happens as you do the practice. Kriya Yoga is the real inner teacher. It is a love affair with the Divine.”

You can reach John at johnnykriya41@gmail.com or find him on Facebook …

A famous study by Dr. Masura Emoto

A famous study by Dr. Masura Emoto demonstrates that the energy of our thoughts has a direct effect on the geometric structure of water molecules within ice crystal formations. The hypothesis that water “treated” with intention can affect ice crystals formed from that water was pilot tested under double-blind conditions.

A group of approximately 2,000 people in Tokyo focused positive intentions toward water samples located inside an electromagnetically shielded room in California. That group was unaware of similar water samples set aside in a different location as controls. Ice crystals formed from both sets of. That group was unaware of similar water samples set aside in a different location as controls.

Ice crystals formed from both sets of water samples were blindly identified and photographed by an analyst, and the resulting images were blindly assessed for aesthetic appeal by 100 independent judges. In conclusion, the present pilot results are consistent with a number of previous studies suggesting that intention may be able to influence the structure of water. Here is a photo of the effects direct states of conscious intention had on the structure of water.

Consciousness has measurable effects on the geometric structure of water crystals. What does this tell us about the nature of consciousness? Is it possible that water is comprised of the same underlying “thing” as our thoughts are? 60% of the entire human body is water, while 70% of the brain is water. What can these thoughts do to our health? Here is a link to the study repeated.

http://media.noetic.org/uploads/files/Double-blind_water.pdf

http://www.creatingconsciously.com/books/emotowaterbook.pdf

What is Mesmerism

Five simple steps for re-discovering Mesmerism within yourself

What is Mesmerism? How its basic principles are useful in today’s world? What is the relationship between Mesmerism and hypnosis? How can we apply the basic principles of Mesmerism on ourselves?

Mesmerism was born out of the concept of ” lifeforce “.
Even if Franz – Anton Mesmer had theorized it, at the end of 1700, its origins are from a more ancient alchemical tradition.
Lifeforce is within us, independent of richness and exterior appearance.
But its effects are even more tangible.
It is the kundalini, the serpent of life- force of the indian traditions, which rises from sexual chakra, as well as it is the power of the hermetic caducy of the greeks, which can get awakened.

What is called Animal magnetism is a way for restoring energy of vitality, and our natural state of healthy, and at the same time recover our balance and harmony with universe ond others.
The idea is that the illness is a blockage of this energy, and mesmeristic practice helps in unblocking it.

The expression of Animal Magnetism, in our relationships with other people, finds origin in what is also called “personal magnetism”, a faster, natural and more sure way to approach other people.
Personal magnetism can be manifested through gaze (hypnotic gaze), touch (magnetic touch) and voice.

Mesmerism is the father also of what is called hypnosis.
But, while modern hypnosis evolved from mesmerism it is different from it.
As it is normally applied modern hypnosis is mostly intended as putting away the conscious mind through words, while mesmerism acts directly upon exciting the animal mind and restoring its power.

The animal mind is the immutable part under the veil of the civilized mind. more, modern hypnosis is mostly psychological, with theories being such as social compliance and others, while mesmerism is about energy and the fact that the true state of man is what is manifested through the power of animal magnetism while the everyday personality has just utilitaristic scopes.

Mesmerism affirms that the power to heal, the strength and the resistance in the different situations of life, the intuitive and clairvoyant power, are inborn capabilities of the human being. This is showed by the fact that sometimes they can manifest themselves spontaneously.
These capabilities in the contemporary world, are submerged by the thinking patterns and the chattering of our egos.
We can recover them only acceding our true self.

Mesmerism is accentued through the practice of self-remembering. and living in the present.
This practice consists in stopping your internal dialogue.
It will bring you in touch with the original power in the most interior part of yourself that man has, and has forgotten in today’s world. The opening up to the universe is impossible until our energy is drained up by our internal chatter.

We must develop our external immediate perception, a state also called ” presence “.
In presence we overcome the “body-mind” dissociation that makes man apparently different from animals.
When we walk, we feel ourself walking.
When we speak to somebody we listen to our voice.
We try always to remember us of ourselves.
And as we do so, also a new sense of ourselves begins to be present.

These techniques are simply, effective and immediately applicable.
As we will go back to our deep self, striking and immediate fast results can be achieved, and living in this deeper connection with our selves and the others allows also what can seem mind-to-mind communication.
Some people such as master Virgilio Torrizzano and Prof Erminio di Pisa are great examples
Prof. Erminio di Pisa practised it in the form of the “hypnotic gaze” or “fascination” for healing. He was as fast as lightning and he treated up to 300 persons in a single day with long-lasting results.

1 – The first step in rediscovering Mesmerism is to adopt a view of the Universe where man is a part of it.
Mesmer pointed out for example that for reaching this state of mind was easier pointing the attention to big elements,
as the sky, the earth, the rivers and the sea.
Trying to open up to the Nature is the first step. A new I will be opening up.

2 – A second step is understanding how man to man rapport is a matter of sharing.

Sharing is natural and inborn in man. We can see that the more people live in the present and the more they are able to get in touch with their body, emotions and energy the more sharing becomes natural.
Primitive people, as children also do with their parents, share emotions, personal belongings and don’t understand the need of seperatness. And this is another aspect of mesmerism where mind to mind communication take place.

As we magnetise a person, we create a “common space” where emotions and states of mind are transmitted from one to the other. Healing at this stage is very simple, as we must simply permit our subject to get in contact with his true nature.

A very striking application of this principle i when we do “fascination”, where we use what is called “hypnotic gaze”. Gaze is a powerful method of sharing emotions. If we feel something it will immediately transmitted to our subject.
To practice it exercise with a mirror. Stay at about 20 cm from the mirror and fix at the center of your eyebrowns without blinking. At the begin you will be able to stay only a few dozens of seconds without feeling the need to close your eyes. Progressively your gaze will become more steady and you will arrive to be able to stay even 10 minutes without blinking.

We have also a free course on fascination avalaible at mesmerismus_eng@getresponse.com .

3 – A third important step in developing mesmerismus is listening to our intuition and inner voices, and develop them through specific exercises.
In our practice of mesmerismus we have specific rituals, that are a way of educating our right hemisphere, and getting back in contact with some primitive and archetypal symbols that in turn, when energised through proper practices, can help in our evolution.

4 – The fourth step is stopping our internal chattering. Psychic gifts as thelepaty or clairvoyance, manifest at this point so easily in Mesmerism because man get in touch again with something that is his own from ever. We must overcome what has been called the “ego hipertrophy”. Ego hipertrophy is the dominance of the logical and categorizing part of our psyche on the animal part.

It begins right in child. Experiences are registered in the brain. The mind, living what are called Sigificative Emotional Events (SEE) freeze himself in automatic behaviour whose goal is to .
It is the part which our powers of logic, categorization and rationality stem from. It is the “I” inside our heads which makes decisions and plans, deliberates, worries and imagines, and which, most frequently – chatters away randomly to itself, sending an endless stream of memories, images, and thougts through our mind. But primitive men ruled themselves in a different way. They lived in a more perceptive way that we to we must try to rediscover.

5- The fifth step is developing even more our internal energy. Some practical exercises to begin can be done doing breathing exercices twice daily.
Fill completely your lungs, hold your breath for some moments, and after release it, completely emptying your lungs. Repeat one or two times.
Another useful exercise is doing “tension and release” exercises, on different part of the body. Begin by the right arm (excluding the hand), and after release them. Continue with the left arm, the right leg, the left leg. Release should be done slowly.

After some time of this preparatory phase, a new you can begin to be present, and you will feel more sure in your relationships with other.