Thursday, January 22, 2009

Stage Hypnosis Secrets Revealed... or, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hypnosis"

It's time to put to rest all those worries about losing control while hypnotized. Check out the podcast below where I talk in detail about how stage hypnosis works and why you don't have to worry about clucking like a chicken if you're there to stop smoking.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Barack Obama Doesn't Want to Quit Smoking

Look, as a therapist who helps people to quit smoking for a living, I am a compassionate guy. The headline above isn't intended to be a knock on the new President, it's a statement of fact based on my experience.

The reason I say he doesn't want to quit is this: here is a man who has demonstrated a degree of determination that is virtually unparalleled. To become President of the United States, you really have to want it... and that's an understatement.

When it comes to quitting smoking, or changing any habit or behavior, determination is the number one prerequisite for success. When I think of a man like Barack Obama, who has made so many sacrifices in order to achieve what he's achieved, I believe that when it comes down to it, he can do anything he truly wants to do.

About three years ago, my best friend quit smoking after 15+ years - cold turkey. He did it because he refused to smoke around his newborn son. He made a decision to quit, and he instinctively knew that nothing could ever make him smoke again against his will. He admits that at times he has missed smoking, and has really desired a cigarette, but he would never give in to the desire because he knows the consequences.

So when you read all the articles in the news about how Obama is going to "try" to quit... or he's "struggling" with his "addiction," keep in mind that no one is forcing him to smoke, that thousands of people quit every year - for their children, their families, themselves - and that any honest smoker must admit the problem isn't that they can't quit... it's that they haven't yet harnessed the right motivation.

If you can't see clearly the benefits of quitting... or the consequences of continuing to smoke... then you won't really want to quit.

Therefore, if Barack Obama truly wants to quit, then...

Yes, he can.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hypnosis FAQ: "Will I Lose Awareness While Hypnotized?"

This video is taken from my stop smoking hypnosis seminar on World Hypnotism Day - January 4th, 2009. Here, I talk briefly about the state of hypnosis and what it's like... and how you remain aware of what is happening throughout the process.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Promoting Chantix is a High-Paying Gig

This is from today's article at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

It really should set off warning sirens when you see a pharmaceutical company like Pfizer paying $1000/day to psychiatrists to talk about Chantix. If the drug is so wonderful and safe, shouldn't an honest psychiatrist be willing to speak about it for free? Of course, his time is valuable... but if he genuinely cares about people and believes in this drug, why would it cost Pfizer so much to get him to speak?

As a comparison, I gave a talk about the benefits of using hypnosis for smoking cessation last Sunday, and guess how much I was paid? Well, since it was a completely free event, I was paid nothing. Of course, I'm not completely innocent... I did make a bit of money selling hypnosis CD's afterwards. However, I also provided hypnosis services during the presentation, and I know for a fact that some people in attendance haven't had a puff all week.

So here's the story... just another example of a big drug company paying a reputable psychiatrist to push its latest wonder drug. It's really only notable because of the fact that since he gave the speeches, Chantix has emerged as the most dangerous new pharmaceutical drug on the market.

Just see this direct quote from the article:

"Chantix has been associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, blackouts and serious injuries."

Eric Heiligenstein, the University of Wisconsin-Madison psychiatrist who received large sums of cash to speak about the benefits of this dangerous drug, says he "doesn't have second thoughts" because... get this... another stop smoking drug also has serious risks.

Uh, Your Honor? I object.

Mr. Heiligenstein seems to be saying that it's okay to promote a drug that causes people to kill themselves because other drugs on the market also cause harm. I suppose that means it's always okay to promote any drug, even if it causes people to immediately jump off of tall buildings, simply due to the fact that other dangerous drugs have also been approved by the FDA.

Remember, these are the people who are telling you that pharmaceutical drugs are safe. Keep that in mind when making a choice regarding your mental and physical well-being.

Keep in mind that no hypnotist or hypnotherapist is getting paid $1000/day to speak out about the benefits of hypnosis. Yes, we might make a decent living by helping people to stop smoking and lose weight, but there is no multi-billion-dollar establishment paying us to push our wares.

Click here for the full article from the Journal-Sentinel.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Curious Case of How Brad Pitt Quit

No, he didn't use hypnosis. Surprised I'm mentioning it?

This caught my attention because the video clip in my previous blog post talks about this exact same thing: MOTIVATION. My best friend quit for the very same reason. Brad Pitt quit smoking because he had a compelling reason and he made a decision.

That's it. It can be that simple for you, too. You just need to have a reason.

Check out the story below:


BRAD PITT has thanked his kids for helping him achieve a long overdue New Year's resolution to stop smoking.

The movie hunk has been nicotine free for months and he credits his growing family for helping him ditch his bad habit.

He tells W magazine, "I quit smoking. That (kids) was the only thing that got me to quit. That was it. Done."

Click here for the story at the original link.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ex-Smoker: How I Quit with Hypnosis

Here's an interview I did with a client of mine who successfully quit smoking with the help of my Quit Smoking hypnosis CD. Listen in as he details how he went cold turkey during the first 24 hours, only to find himself so agitated that he thought about doing some pretty nasty things. Then he started using the CD, and has been smoke-free... and much calmer... ever since.

Monday, January 5, 2009

How to Think Like a Non-Smoker

Here's the first little snippet from my World Hypnotism Day Stop Smoking Seminar. I'll be posting many more of these in the days & weeks to come, so check back soon for updates.

In this one, I talk about a friend who quit smoking cold turkey... and get a few chuckles when sharing an amusing example of smoker's logic.


WHD Stop Smoking Event a Big Success

Just a quick mention of the free Stop Smoking event that took place on World Hypnotism Day - Sunday, January 4th. We had a great turnout and a lot of very happy ex-smokers left feeling much better about the future.

I'll have a full report very soon - including some youtube videos from the event that you'll be able to watch right here on this blog.

Have a great week and a healthy start in 2009-


Sunday, January 4, 2009

FREE Stop Smoking Event - How To Sign Up!

There are THREE WAYS to Sign Up for this Event:
  1. Phone: (678) 488-7362 (leave name, phone number & mention the FREE event)
  2. Email:
  3. (click this link for the sign-up page)
Here are the full details:

Who: 88 Future Non-Smokers
What: Stop Smoking Group Hypnosis Seminar
Where: Doubletree Hotel on Windy Hill Rd (Cabernet Room)
When: January 4th, 2009 @ 4:00pm
Why: World Hypnotism Day
Cost: FREE
Parking: FREE

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity... so register NOW to secure your spot!

Any questions? Email and I'll respond personally within 24 hours.

See you there!

-Sean Wheeler

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year! FREE Event Just 3 Days Away!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2009! Time to start looking forward to a full year of breathing clean, fresh, healthy air and saving about $2000 that used to be spent on cigarettes.

I'm spending the New Year up in the Windy City - Chicago, and when we stopped by a sandwich shop yesterday I noticed the cost of cigarettes was $8.49/pack. Wow! Based on a very modest cost of $5.00/pack, if you're an average smoker, you'll save between $1500-$2000 in 2009 if you successfully quit the habit.

Only three days remain until World Hypnotism Day - and my FREE stop smoking hypnosis event at the Doubletree Hotel on Windy Hill Road in Atlanta.

If you haven't signed up yet, do it now... and be sure to check out the tips for success before you head out to the event.

Follow these instructions, and you will put yourself in the driver's seat... giving you the absolute best chance you've ever had in your life to become a non-smoker for good.

No withdrawal. No cravings. No weight gain. No problem.

See you there!