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 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 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.

Rules of the Mind

Sam Javed – The Hypnotist


Your thoughts can affect all of the functions of your body. WORRY thoughts trigger changes in the stomach that in time can lead to ulcers. ANGER thoughts stimulate your adrenal glands and the increased adrenalin in the blood stream causes many body changes. ANXIETY and FEAR thoughts affect your pulse rate.

Ideas that have a strong emotional content almost always reach the subconscious mind, because it is the feeling mind. Once accepted, these ideas continue to produce the same body reaction over and over again. In order to eliminate or change chronic negative bodily reactions we must reach the subconscious mind and change the idea responsible for the reaction. This is easily done with self-hypnosis and auto-suggestion.

Rule Number Two


The brain and the nervous system respond only to mental images. It does not matter if the image is self-induced or from the external world. The mental image formed becomes the blueprint, and the subconscious mind uses every means at its disposal to carry out the plan. Worrying is a form of programming a picture of what we don’t want, but the subconscious mind acts to fulfill the pictured situation. ‘THE THINGS THAT I HAVE FEARED HAVE COME UPON ME.”

Many persons suffer from chronic anxiety, which is simply a subconscious mental expectancy that something terrible will happen to them. On the other hand, we all know people who seem to have the “Magic” touch.

Life seems to shower them with blessings for no apparent reason, and so we call them “Lucky.” What seems to be luck is in reality POSITIVE MENTAL EXPECTANCY, a strong belief that they deserve to be successful. ‘WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT.’

Our physical health is largely dependant upon our mental expectancy. Physicians recognize that if a patient expects to remain sick, lame, paralysed, helpless, even to die, the expected condition tends to be realised. Here is where self-hypnosis can become the tool to remove despondence and negative attitudes and bring about a hopeful positive expectancy – the expectancy of health, strength, and well-being, which then tends to be realised.

Rule Number Three


This is an important rule to remember when using self-hypnosis. REASON IS EASILY OVERRULED BY IMAGINATION. This is why some persons blindly rush into some unreasonable act or situation. Violent crimes based upon jealousy are almost always caused by an overactive imagination. Most of us feel superior to those who lose their savings to confidence men, or blindly follow a demagogue such as Hitler, or are sold worthless shares. We can easily see that such people have allowed their imagination to overcome their reason. But we are often blind to our own superstitions, prejudices, and unreasonable beliefs. Any idea accompanied by a strong emotion such as anger, hatred, love, or our political and religious beliefs usually cannot be modified through the use of reason. In using self-hypnosis we can form images in the subconscious mind, which is the feeling mind, and can remove, alter or amend the old ideas.

Rule Number Four


Once an idea has been accepted, it tends to remain. The longer it is held, the more it tends to become a habit of thinking. This is how habits of action are formed, both good and bad. First there is the thought and then the action, but the though or idea always comes first. Hence it is obvious that if we wish to change our actions we must begin by changing our thoughts. We accept as true certain facts. For example, we accept as true that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and we accept this even though the day may be cloudy and we cannot see the sun. This is an instance of a correct fact conception which governs our actions under normal conditions. However, we have many thought habits which are not correct and yet are fixed in the mind. Some people believe that at critical times they must have a drink of whiskey or a tranquiliser to steady their nerves so that they can perform effectively. This is not correct, but the idea is there and it’s a fixed habit of thought. There will be opposition to replacing it with a correct idea.

Now, in advancing these rules, we are speaking of fixed ideas, not just idle thoughts or passing fancies. We need to alter fixed ideas or to use them. No matter how fixed the ideas may be or how long they have remained, they can be changed with self-hypnosis and auto-suggestion.

Rule Number Five


A mental habit is easier to follow the longer it lasts unbroken. Once a habit is formed it becomes easier to follow and more difficult to break.

In other words, once a self-suggestion has been accepted by your subconscious mind it becomes easier for additional suggestions to be accepted and acted upon. This is why, when you are just beginning with self-hypnosis and auto-suggestion, we suggest that you feel a tingling sensation or a warm and pleasant feeling.

When these have been followed you can move on to more complicated suggestions. You should begin now with the suggestions that you will automatically awaken from self-hypnosis in ten minutes.

Rule Number Six


It has been acknowledged by many reputable medical men that more than 75 percent of human ailments are functional rather than organic. This means that the function of an organ or other part of the body has been disturbed by the reaction of the nervous system to negative ideas held in the subconscious mind. We do not mean to imply that every person who complains of an ailment is emotionally ill or neurotic. There are diseases caused by germs, parasites, virus, and other things attacking the human body. However, we are a mind in a body and the two cannot be separated. Therefore, if you continue to fear ill health, constantly talk about your “nervous stomach” or “tension headaches”, in time organic changes must occur.

Rule Number Seven


This proves why “will power” doesn’t really exist? If you have insomnia you’ve learned “the harder you try to go to sleep, the more wide awake you become”. The rule is, “When dealing with subconscious mind, TAKE IT EASY”. This means you must work to develop a positive mental expectancy that your problem can be and will be solved. As your faith in your subconscious mind increases, you learn to “let it happen” rather than trying to “force it to happen”.

Rules for Stucturing Successful Programming for the Mind in Trance

Sam javed – The Hypnotist

These are the rules you must follow if you are to get the quickest and most positive response from the subconscious mind.


Always form the idea as if it were already an accomplished fact: “YOU ARE CALM AND RELAXED”. The only exception to this rule is when you are dealing with a physical condition such as a broken leg. The progressive form of the present tense is used to by-pass the critical factor of the subconscious mind: “EACH DAY YOUR LEG GROWS STRONGER AND HEALTHIER”. If you were to say: “YOUR LEG IS STRONG AND HEALTHY”, the conscious mind will create resistance: “Then why am I wearing a cast?”. Even specific suggestions for future behaviour must be given in the present tense. For example: “Next Thursday when you stand to speak at the company dinner, you are calm and poised and relaxed”.

Never refer to past conditions in your affirmations. For example: “You are more tolerant and understanding of your family than you used to be”. This brings a dual image to the surface, the image of how one has been and how one wishes to be. Naturally the image of how one has been is stronger than the image of how one wishes to be.

An affirmation phrased in the future tense becomes just another “New Year’s Resolution”, easy to forget and not to be taken seriously. The future tense indeterminate. “Someday” cannot create a mental picture of one’s having already solved the problem. “Soon” does not convey the picture of the achieved goal.
Right: YOU ARE ……… IT IS ……… YOU FEEL ……..


Eliminate every possible negative word. DO NOT mention what the person is trying to move away from; rather, create a word picture of what he or she wishes to move toward. If you suggest, “You are not self-conscious with people”, you release the energy connected with feeling self-conscious and the memory of past experiences in which the person suffered from the self-conscious feelings. Instead suggest, “You like people. You enjoy the company of people. When you are with new people, YOU ARE CALM AND

POISED AND RELAXED.” Always use the positive antonym to create a picture of the person acting, feeling and behaving in the way he or she wishes to.





Choose ONE specific idea for improvement and CONFINE your suggestion to that one area of improvement. DO NOT give suggestions for 2 or 3 problems all at the same time. You can work on more than one problem by alternating your suggestions, but don’t hypnotise someone to get rid of a tension headache and then suggest that he/she is filled with confidence, sleeps perfectly every night, wears a size 12 dress, expresses love to the children and has given up cigarettes. You should choose one area in which the person wishes to change and work on that until some change is felt. Then move to the next goal. You may get results from your first suggestion; however, be prepared to use the same suggestion repeatedly before moving on to the next goal.


Analyse the goal and structure of the suggestion to cover every detail of the changed behaviour or attitude.

Right: You like people. You enjoy being with people. People are aware that you like them and they return the feeling. You especially enjoy talking to people. When you stand before an audience, you are filled with friendly feelings for them. You want to do things for them. You feel a wave of friendship and understanding flowing from every member of the audience. As you begin speaking, your lips are flexible, your mouth is moist, you breath deeply from the diaphragm. Your legs are strong beneath you. Your hands are poised and calm. The gestures flow spontaneously and freely. You have the undivided attention of the audience and it makes you feel secure and confident. There is a smile in your heart which comes to your lips at the proper times. You speak easily,
freely and confidently. You speak with a full release of your knowledge, skill and ability. When your talk is concluded, you are warm and gratified by the applause.
Wrong: You will be an excellent public speaker

Right: You are enthusiastic about your product and your customers respond to your positive feelings.
Wrong: Every day in every way you are growing better and better


Speak to the subconscious as if it were a bright 9 year old child. Avoid “literary expression”. This is not a thesis you are writing for a professor to score. Avoid long technical words and phrases and psychological and metaphysical terms. Simple words have the greatest energy. Ernest Hemingway became famous for the simplicity of his writing and yet it has tremendous power.


Be sure to get excitement and feeling into your affirmations. The subconscious is the feeling mind. Use words such as: VIBRANT, SPARKLING, THRILLING, WONDERFUL, POWERFUL, RADIANT, LOVING, GENEROUS, ABUNDANT, EXCITING, DELIGHTFUL, BEAUTIFUL, JOYOUS.


Let the suggestion describe an action, not an ability.

Right: Your family and your friends co-operate with you because you are interested in their welfare.
Wrong: You have the ability to understand others


If the desired result is one which can be measured, such as body weight, a gold score, a bowling score, suggest the EXACT improvement the person wishes to achieve. Don’t try to fool the subconscious by suggesting he or she will continue to lose weight until 50 kgs has been reached when the ideal weight is 60 kgs. The person then thinks that if only
partial success is achieved the goal will still be reached. But the subconscious is not fooled. Tell the subconscious exactly what is wanted.


There are circumstances where it is wrong to try to suggest perfection. “You always organise your time perfectly” is an impossible goal for a mother of 3 lively children. It would be difficult to visualise and could lead to frustration. “You are always enthusiastic” is a poor suggestion. Would one want to be enthusiastic at a funeral?


Structure your suggestions to change the person and his/her attitudes and actions. Don’t suggest a change in others. As changes occur, others associated with the client change.

Wrong: Your children always respect and obey you.
Right: You take a sincere and enthusiastic interest in your children, their activities and their friends, and you understand their point of view. You express love and approval of your children. It is easy for you to express your love for them.


After you have written your suggestion following these rules, find a word or short phrase which symbolizes the feeling and content. Finding the correct symbol is extremely important. In the next lesson, which deals with the technique of USING auto-suggestion, you will learn that the symbol is vitally important. If your suggestion is for overcoming feelings of inferiority, your symbol might be ‘DYNAMIC SELF-CONFIDENCE” or ‘POISE” or “BERT NEWTON”.

If you are overcoming insomnia your symbol might be “EASY SLUMBER” or “SLEEP LIKE A BABY” or “SUMMER HOLIDAY HOUSE” or “MOUNTAIN AIR”.

If the goal is to lose weight you might use “SIZE 10” or “SLENDER AND SEXY” or “SWEET SIXTEEN”.

Try to find a symbol which calls to mind a strong feeling or a vivid picture. The symbol doesn’t have to mean a thing to anyone but the person it is created for. It is personal, and what provokes a strong surge of feeling and energy or creates a picture for that person is the symbol you should use.

Questions You May Have About Hypnosis

Sam Javed – The Hypnotist



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


 “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.


Sam Javed – The Hypnotist

1. Always remember that you are in control, so take responsibility for your life and say ‘yes’ to your own personal power.

2. Your body craves –
a. Oxygen
b. Water
c. Vitamins and Minerals
d. Sucrose and Glucose

Therefore you must get into the habit of taking 3 deep breaths, drinking a lot of water, and giving yourself vitamins, minerals and glucose. The best source of glucose, sucrose, fructose is in your favourite fruit and vegetable drinks. Also taking a vitamin/mineral tablet 2-4 times per week is great.

3. Change your Environment
a. Get rid of all ash-trays, coffee cups, or anything else in your house, office, car etc, which reminds you of smoking.

4. Listen to the Self Hypnosis CD for 30 nights in a row. Track One is just a reminder of what Hypnosis is about. It’s Track Two that you really want to listen to.

Author By Kevin Grise

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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Heal your body on command


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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.


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.


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.


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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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 elixir of immortality is felt as the life force rising up the spine. Plant medicine and supplements assist in the alchemical transformation.
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.


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.


“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.”

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