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When Grace Smith resolved to quit smoking in 2011, she began with the most common approaches: nicotine gum, the patch, going cold turkey (is there a vegan equivalent to that phrase?).

When a single hypnotherapy session led her to quit that same day, she turned from a skeptic into a avid promoter.

She shifted her career from the high-stress world of New York sales, got certified, and made it her mission to share the power of hypnosis with the world – in her words, “to make hypnosis mainstream.”

To that end, Grace founded GS Hypnosis, created a YouTube channel, wrote a book, and has led hypnotherapy sessions on major media and in front of large public gatherings. She founded Grace Method Hypnotherapy School, which trains women to become hypnotherapists. Her clients include CEOs, celebrities, athletes, and government officials.

Grace and I spoke over the phone about her journey, her mission, and the science and art of hypnosis. I'm happy to report that I have not felt a single urge to cluck like a chicken since our call.

We discussed:

  • the evidence for the efficacy of hypnosis to help people shed unwanted mindsets and habits
  • the damage of the Hollywood hypnosis myth (“the sunken place” from Get Out and stage hypnotherapists engaging in mind control)
  • “hypnosis has a PR problem”
  • hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state in which the body feels safe is isn't producing cortisol – becoming open to suggestions
  • “meditation with a goal”
  • surplus energy available to create new dendritic connections
  • the Harvard study that showed bones healing faster following hypnosis
  • hypnosis is the opposite of mind control – you have to want the result
  • hypnotherapy evidence: decreased pain, increased survival rate of surgery, overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • why focusing on willpower is a fool's errand
  • what about the placebo effect? – “If it works, I don't care what the cause is.”
  • laying down the tracks, and anchoring new behaviors
  • overcoming her fear of public speaking
  • “your fears are running the show”
  • discovering the reason for her smoking during hypnotherapy: a cloud of protection in the Lower East Side
  • the client whose recovery led Grace to “go pro”
  • the functions of various brain wave states
  • focusing on the issue that's causing the most pain
  • helping an employee of The Doctors overcome her sugar addiction – and having it hold a year later
  • selling 952 hypnotherapy sessions on Bloomspot in a single week
  • “my hypnotherapy school isn't cheap or easy” – how she maintains standards
  • and much more…

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Grace Smith Hypnosis

Close Your Eyes, Get Free – Grace's book on amazon

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CBS The Doctors episode with Grace

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