It is with great pleasure that I write about Gary. Gary has every reason to want the world to know his story. He initially came to see me for weight loss. You may wonder what it has to do with smoking or other bad habits, so read on…
This story is one to inspire you and yours.
First of all, let me give you a little background about addictions or bad habits. In terms of your body’s energy disruptions, the addiction is due to the same reasons regardless of what the actual bad habit or addiction is. For example, someone may keep putting on weight due to overeating, whilst someone else may not be able to stop smoking. But the fact that they are both addicted is due to the same reasons.
So, back to Gary’s story. Gary came to see me for hypnotherapy to lose weight. I introduced him to EFT and added a little to our sessions at the beginning. He sometimes lost weight only to put it back on. He kept complaining that “this isn’t working” and that nothing works. I kept telling him that I was determined to solve his problem and to stick to the sessions so that together we can solve it. I was at the end of a long line of hypnotherapists he had been seeing for 12 years. When he finally told me he had been in therapy for this for 12 years with no lasting result, I switched the treatment to EFT-only and EFT in hypnosis and insisted that he stick to the treatment, promising I will keep going until we solve this. And he had been to some great hypnotists who had put him in deep trance to find out root causes, and still even his subconscious was in denial! Several sessions later (maybe 10), I finally got a clue. I noticed a pattern.
Gary drank a lot, which explained the weight problem, and when he drank, he over-ate in order to cope with the amount of alcohol in his system. I knew I had to bring him to a point where he would accept this news. By this time, the weight was piling on from session to session, and even I was panicking sometimes. A few EFT sessions later, he was finally in a head-space to accept this news. He initially denied it. But he did take it in. He went to the AA, like I advised, to get a second opinion. His life, his real life, began that day. Last week, I received a special honor from Gary. His special commemorative coin signalling 5 years of sobriety. It has pride of place in my clinic now for all to see. He told me that he remembers I was the one who said “I am going to get to the root cause of your problem”. I remember also saying something like “Just stick to the treatment, you will get there”. Gary took about a year with me to reach that point of freedom. I saw his latest picture last week. He has lost some weight since I last saw him. More importantly, he is free and enjoying his new life.!
Why am I telling you Gary’s story? Well, there are other people with addictions whom I have started helping but they decided “it isn’t working”. And unlike Gary, who stuck it out, they gave up and they are still to this day addicted. They may be addicted to cigarettes, sweets, alcohol, co-dependent relationships, or whatever it was they seeked help for in the first place. Gary was just as much of an addict as any of these equally lovely people. It was what he did that set him apart. The difference in what he did and what they did is that he trusted in the process and kept going. He kept at it until we solved his problem and set him free.
It takes longer for some individuals to get over the issue. This is because of many hidden root causes and extreme self-sabotage. If you are struggling to be free from an addiction or bad habit, you are not in a competition with anyone. It is up to you which person you choose to model your EFT treatment on – Gary the winner who stuck with the treatment despite a 12-year struggle, or the quitter who tells themselves “it’s not working” and uses that as an excuse to stop the treatment. I hope you will use Gary as your model. He is such an inspiration. Again, I want to make it crystal clear that I am not saying Gary is a better human being than others. I am certainly very proud of him but I do not compare people and neither should you. Do not fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others and feeling ashamed. What I am saying is that it is the action that Gary took that made him a winner. And if you do what Gary did, you too can succeed. You can win – but you have to accept that it may be a number of sessions before you can. Really all you need to do is simply attend sessions and engage in the EFT when you attend. That is not difficult to do.
Thank you Gary for allowing me to write about your success in order to show others the way.
Suzanne Zacharia 2010. Complementary and alternative health education and empowerment is my passion. My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to empowering people to take control of their health and wellness. A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age. In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and this is beyond a decade that I have outlived one doctor’s prognosis. I am now a complementary therapist, author and trainer. My big passion is to to help others stop smoking, as in my http://www.stop-smoking-ebooks.com.