"Marcelle" (not her real name), was one of my most stubborn Stop Smoking cases that I have seen in my Cape Town clinic. She is now now free from this disgusting habit. Most people take about 3-6 sessions (women tend to be nearer to 6 than 3). It took Marcelle 14, and I want to say to anyone reading this and worrying about cost, that we found a treatment plan that worked for Marcelle´s budget. The more sessions someone needs to have with me, the more the price goes down, and I always find a plan to help.
When Marcelle first came to see me, she was
smoking about 15 cigarettes a day. The day before her 9th session, this
was down to 7 a day. And now, after a few weeks' stalemate, she has
succeeded to stick to her last reduction plan, which was 9 cigarettes a
day. Each cigarette represents negative emotion. We have been releasing plenty of these, and now, finally, the number is less than half what we started with. Marcelle was very proud.
you have been following this series of articles, I am also pleased to
report that the disastrous happening in Marcelle's life is now over. The
EFT we did has clearly helped her through it, as she has simply bounced
back to her usual cheerful self now.
Whilst Marcelle's relatives had quit with me in 2-3 sessions, including her husband,
she does understand the benefits of going at her own pace, and that
this is OK. Marcelle reported that she feels she has grown and developed
through this healing journey. She has become a stronger person and
feels different. This is what happens when you quit smoking using EFT,
Emotional Freedom Techniques, otherwise known as Tapping. It is truly a
journey to freedom from many negative emotions, so you feel lighter and
calmer as a result.
We started Marcelle's session with
kinesiology-based muscle-testing. This is a biofeedback mechanism that
gives information about the body and speaks with the subconscious mind.
The testing revealed an imbalance in neurotransmitters on the left part
of her brain. We proceeded to treat with a 635 nm cold laser.
came the emotional stuff underlying the smoking. I tapped on Marcelle
as she verbally walked me through her average day's smoking, from start
to finish. Her voice became strained and her shoulders looked stiff when
she came to one particular part, so we stopped there for tapping. The
situation was teaching her grandson and helping him with his homework.
The grandson insists that his teacher's way of doing things is the right
way and will not consider any other approaches that Marcelle takes. The
desire to smoke after this homework session started on a 9 out of 10
intensity. Marcelle said that after all that, she needed a treat. We
began tapping saying statements like "Even though I need this treat..."
and "Even though I don't want to deprive myself of this treat". The
intensity reduced to a 6 out of 10. And then I tapped on Marcelle
something like "Even though he insists his teacher is right, at least he
is respectful of his teachers, and that's a great attribute than many
kids don't have". Marcelle agreed, citing a story with one of her
daughters, and how she did better when she learned to like her teacher.
But still, Marcelle was unhappy about this teacher adoration, so much
so, she still wanted that cigarette. I asked her if there could be a
parallel in her own childhood and life where her mother favors her
sister all the time. She agreed and saw the connection straight away. So
we released this block with Inner Child EFT, and Marcelle no longer desired the after-homework cigarette. It was a zero intensity.
then carried on walking me through her smoking day. We came at a point
which I know from experience to be relevant. This was a cigarette smoked
with a favorite close person. The person in question was her aunt,
let's call her "Auntie Nelly". We started at a need to smoke with Auntie
Nelly of 6 out of 10, which went down to 5 after some tapping. I kept
tapping on Marcelle as I asked her if this aunt is like a mother to her,
since her mother was abusive and not like a mother. Marcelle agreed,
and we tapped on all aspects of this, until finally, the desire was
about a zero, and Marcelle could see herself happily just being with
Auntie Nellie as she alone smoked. The bond keeping the two so close
together was love, and there was no need to cement it with a cigarette.
we tapped on one more daily cigarette, and moved on to the
muscle-testing. 7 Cigarettes a day tested strong, and 6 and 5 a day were
weaker, so we set anew target of 7 cigarettes a day. Marcelle is truly a
good example for anyone with a stubborn addiction to learn from. I hope
this article has given you inspiration, I look forward to our next