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See each crave episode asEncountering and working through craves should be seen as a welcome and very necessary part of recovery. They are a sign of true healing. There's no need to fear getting better. Crave anxieties can flow from subconscious expectations conditioning or simple conscious fixation. One you get good at riding and the other you explore.
the true healing it reflects
The beauty of encountering a subconscious feeding cue is that it is always less than three minutes in duration unless of course you decide to tag conscious fixation to the end. But for some unknown reason the subconscious mind does not persist beyond three minutes if it does not obtain the expected result - more nicotine. Better yet, in most cases your subconscious breaks the association between the triggering event or cue and your brain's anxiety generator with a single encounter.
In regard to conscious fixation, undoing conscious expectations is very much within our ability to control. Not only can we gradually learn to control the amount of time we allow our mind to remain fixated on any thought, we can explore the root beliefs underling those expectations. For example, the tobacco industry spends billions annually to brainwash each of us into believing that we keep buying pack after pack after pack for flavor, aroma, adventure, to relieve stress, to keep our friends or for pleasure.
The billions and billions of dollars (or pounds) of point of sale (POS) tobacco advertising signs that time after time bombard your brain each time you buy gas, candy, groceries or go to the pharmacy are there because they work. The hundreds of tobacco ads your brain catches glimpses of in magazines each year are there because they work. From Salem's current "excite the senses" campaign to Marlboro's "celebrating fifty years of flavor," they provide a rich source of fuel for the addict's mind, a smokescreen that hides the truth.
The truth is that once addicted to stealing our neurochemicals it really didn't matter if our particular brand had the most tolerable taste/flavor/aroma manipulation that we'd yet identified. The truth is that once hooked on the alkaloid nicotine that acid generating stressful events quickly neutralized our body's nicotine reserves, compelling us to service our addiction before addressing the stressful event.
The truth is that the 90% of adult smokers are chemically addicted to smoking nicotine under DSM III mental health standards and smoke because we must - because the rising tide of anxieties hurt when we don't. The truth is that any moment in time 70 -71% of surveyed smokers will tell you that they want to quit but just can't seem to pull it off. Truth is that roughly 20% of smokers are either in a deep state of dependency denial or do not yet consciously realize that they're hooked.
This piece on embracing crave episodes was intended to help you be brave just once so that you could see how much of the anxiety filling the moment was self-inflected. It's intended to help you experience the glory of your own raw healing as you feel a subconsciously triggered episode come, grow and then go.
Use your conscious mind as a tool to help reassure and quiet your deep, inner primitive mind. The next crave episode is not an event to be feared but a wonderful moment of healing and one more step to again fully expecting to encounter every aspect of life as "you!"
You're going home to a lasting calm and deep inner quiet that was lost when nicotine's two-hour half-life became the basic clock governing your body's flow of over 200 neurochemicals. The endless roller-coaster ride is ending. The real quitting took place the moment you lost sight of beauty that was you. We invite you to complete recovery and see what it's like to relax for hours at a time when life's pace permits.
Millions of words here at Freedom but only one rule determining the outcome for all ... no nicotine just one day at a time, Never Take Another Puff, Patch, Dip, Drink, ****, Lick or Chew! John (Gold x5)