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Instant Results Are Not Always Possible

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If you smoke and want to stop, if you have anxiety that wears you down all day and night, if you have depression that makes you desperate for a way out, then the idea of an instant result is very attractive indeed. And we all know of companies on the internet that make a fortune selling pills, lotions and potions that claim to cure this that and the other.





If you smoke and want to stop, if you have anxiety that wears you down all day and night, if you have depression that makes you desperate for a way out, then the idea of an instant result is very attractive indeed.

And we all know of companies on the internet that make a fortune selling pills, lotions and potions that claim to cure this that and the other. Maybe you have succumbed to such blurb, only to find out that when you stop taking the medicines, the condition just comes back head-on, and you have run out of money to pay for more. Or maybe even the medicine did not work at all. There are of course many herbal and homeopathic solutions that work beautifully.

Then there is the medical solution. This is often the most attractive because of the relative price. Pop a pill and you will instantly feel better. And if that works, that is great. But what if the pill has side-effects that you can no longer bear? What if the doctor refuses to give another prescription? What if the pills stop working?

This is when most people start looking for something else; something other than, for example, what you can ingest through your mouth or apply on your body. And this is when you get a crossroads, a junction where you have many roads and you have to make a decision which one to take.

Some roads seem easy. They are paved with gold. They appear lined with beautiful scenery and all seems well, so you are tempted by the instant result. And some roads feel like hard work. They look rocky and uneven, and you know you will have to make an effort to walk that road. So which one is the road to success, you final destination? How can you tell which one of the many roads in front of you it is?

This is a very hard question to answer, especially when you are fed up and almost desperate for a solution. Let me illustrate with a few examples. I have changed the names to provide more anonymity.

Dee went to see a hypnotherapist for old-fashioned hypnotherapy in the hope that it will remove her phobia. In the old-fashioned hypnotherapy, the client is passive and all the work is done by the therapist. This is very attractive, especially when you see hypnosis shows where the participants seem to be unconscious and undergo a complete change of personality. But things are not always what they seem. After some eight sessions or so, there was absolutely no result whatsoever and Dee's health insurance would not pay for any more sessions. By a coincidence, Dee found out about a proactive method called EFT or tapping, where the client is actively engaged in a very effective technique. She contacted me and took some sessions. For the first time, Dee experienced reductions in her phobia, with increasing success as she attended the sessions.

Gavin came to see me for hypnosis to stop smoking. His family wanted him to quit. I asked him outright whether that was also his wish and explained that the hypnosis would not work if he did not want to stop smoking too. He insisted that he wanted to stop. He did not want to engage in the treatment himself and chose to only have the passive form of hypnosis. I worked very hard in hypnosis on getting him to trust me and engage with me more. However, he refused and insisted that I hypnotize him so that he stopped smoking. I did my best but it did not work. I found out afterwards that he had given me incorrect information at the very beginning, hiding the fact that he had deep psychological trauma from childhood, where he had seen one psychotherapist after another to no avail. Had I known this, I would have explained to him that this trauma needs to be treated first. But he had chosen to hope for an instant result instead.

Maureen was my first hypnotherapy client in the UK in 2002. She was a 40-a-day smoker who came for traditional old-fashioned hypnotherapy. She had no illusions about instant results and spent twenty minutes detailing to me her life history and personal situation, being totally frank and upfront about it. She was willing to work with me and give input into the situation. I decided correctly from her answers that she was indeed at the stage where she was ready to quit. After one hour, she became a non-smoker and two months later she referred a family member to me for the same.

Frank was referred to me for Reiki to heal his anxiety. He had spent good time researching his options and was attracted to the idea that Reiki was a holistic treatment and a way of life. After the initial consultation, I explained to him that although I channel the energy to him as the Reiki Master, it is he who can accept or decline it, he was in the driving seat, and everything went at the pace which he chose. He was happy with that and with the knowledge that the result was not going to be instant and that he had to allow the changes to occur. From my end, I put all my skills and experience into giving him the best that I could. In four sessions, he was relieved of his anxiety and went on to study Reiki himself, becoming a Reiki Master in due course and spreading the healing.

Four case studies. Your decision. So, which road do you take? It is ultimately up to you; you drive this process. I say give yourself time to heal, and you will be pleasantly surprised how much you will achieve. Rome was not built in a day, as they say. Or in other words, more haste less speed.

Wishing you peace and success always.

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