It's all about activation - driving personal change

Posted at 1:46 pm on 05/30/2014 by Dave Greene RN, CWCC

​Friday, May 30, 2014 10:11 AM

What do you want to put behind you?

  • the act or process of rendering active.
  • the transformation of a proenzyme into an active enzyme by the action of a kinase or another enzyme.
  • the process by which the central nervous system is stimulated into activity through the mediation of the reticular activating system.
  • the deliberate induction of a pattern of electrical activity in the brain.

As you can see, activation is a fluid process of change.  In our program there is a focus on helping people personally activate to achieve the change they desire to stop smoking.  We combine a caring understanding of the difficulty they face in quitting, but infuse hope by providing scientifically proven tools that deliver an immediate lasting positive change.

First, we use an assessment that accurately identifies underlying motivations and strengths that act as the catalyst for the change.  Secondly, we use hypnosis to clear a pathway for the brain to accept messaging necessary to implement new behaviors and thinking that creates activation.

Here is a study that supports the first intervention, and speaks directly to the tool we use to help our clients assess their unique ability to make changes in their lives.

Next we deliver the change through hypnosis.  Let's look at the science behind hypnosis, and how it affects the brain in delivering new behaviors while preventing the old from reoccurring.  In the article "Hypnosis, Memory, and the Brain" by the Scientific American  the process of PHA (posthypnotic amnesia) is investigated as a means of how hypnosis can alter memories, and induce action.    

Hypnotists produce PHA by suggesting to a hypnotized person that after hypnosis he will forget particular things until he receives a “cancellation,” such as “Now you can remember everything.” PHA typically only happens when it is specifically suggested and it is much more likely to occur in those with high levels of hypnotic ability, or “high hypnotizable” people. Now a new study shows that this hypnotic state actually influences brain activity associated with memory....Mendelsohn et al.’s study is important because it demonstrates that hypnotic suggestions influence brain activity, not just behavior and experience.

This study helps to prove the power of hypnosis because we now see that clinical diagnostic pictures (MRI) are able to show that with hypnosis there is increased brain activation that leads to change.  If this is powerful in controlling memory wouldn't it be effective in helping individuals overcome unwanted action in their lives (smoking)?  The study appears to lead us to that outcome.

I hope you found this interesting, and help in your decision to choosing a method to stop smoking.  Please let us know if you have any questions or would like any specific information from us.  Thank you, and have a great day.

Dave Greene RN, CWCC

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