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Obesity “SPREADS through SOCIAL connections!”

 Talk about misery loving company…
Q: Are you prepared to let go of family & friends who cannot support your commitment to recover your health? (They may return to you at a later date; they may not…)
As reported by the National Institute on Aging, which funded this study published in the New England Journal of Medicine for July 26, 2007:

Findings include:

— A key participant’s chances of becoming obese increased by 57 percent if he or she had a close friend who became obese.

— In same-sex friendships, a close friend becoming obese increased a key participant’s chance of becoming obese by 71 percent. However, no such association was found in opposite-sex friendships.

— The perception of friendship also was an important factor. When two people identified each other as close friends, the key participant’s risk of becoming obese increased by 171 percent if his or her friend became obese. In contrast, a key participant was not likely to become obese if someone claimed a close friendship with him or her but the key participant did not report the friendship.

— Among pairs of siblings, one’s becoming obese increased the other’s chance of becoming obese by 40 percent. This finding was more marked among same-sex siblings than opposite-sex siblings.

— In married couples, one spouse’s becoming obese increased the likelihood of the other spouse becoming obese by 37 percent. Husbands and wives appeared to affect each other equally.

— Obesity spread across social ties, despite geographic distance from one person to another.

— Further, social distance the degree of social separation between two people in the network, appeared to make more of a difference than geographic distance in the spread of behaviors and norms associated with obesity.

— An immediate neighbor’s becoming obese did not affect a person’s risk of becoming obese.

— Smoking behavior was not associated with the spread of obesity from person to person.

This NIH News Release is available online at:



Movie, “TRANSFORMATION: The Life & Legacy of Werner Ehrhard” is In Your Face!

 As movie premiers go, this one was the un-premiere of the decade. Absolutely no one representing the film was there to greet ticket holders to the tiny theater on West 13th St. off Fifth Ave. The theater was about 70% capacity for the 2pm 1st show of the day. There was no opportunity for us to discuss the movie afterward as we were, literally, hustled out the door to make the room available for the next group. Opportunities were missed.
   I struck up a conversation with the woman behind me and her daughter, in from New Jersey. Turns out Mariella went through the est training in 1970 – when it was still in its formative stages. Her daughter, Julliana, had graduated from the Kids’ Forum and Teens’ Forum programs intends to become a Forum Trainer. Both were enthusiastic about their training experiences and the quality of their lives ever since.
   The movie begins with the trailer you can watch on this blog, and transitioned into the film itself. It hits the ground running and gallops exuberantly through the next 2 hours with ease, power and compassion.
   The documentary delivers value on so many levels:
  • The Whatever-Happened-To curiosity is sated, we not only see Werner, we get a very personal visit with him and his family;
  • What-Is-He-Doing-Now questions are answered as the film follows him all over the globe as he works with (primarily) non-profit groups using elements of the est training to break down the barriers of fear and misunderstanding creating violence in Northern Ireland and Palestine, for example;
  • We watch Werner work with a translater as he delivers an est-like training in Tokyo.
  • Correcting the Reporting Errors – journalists such as Don Lattin, SF Chronicle, Dan Wakefield, Jane Self and others cite the news media’s shameful record of publishing Scientology-engineered smears and IRS slanders and failure to print the later retractions and court-ordered reversals of fact.
  • We meet the key players in the est organization to get not only their firsthand view of the movement, but their reflections on what its legacy  is almost 40 years later!
  • We get to "see" what all the hype and controversy was about for ourselves;
  • We are permitted to learn from people no different from ourselves learn how to live their lives fearlessly with the intention and devotion to celebrate the beauty, nobility and courage of being authentically human – without masks or armor.

What happens to Robyn Symon’s clear-eyed, intimate and totally absorbing film depends on what kind of distribution deals it gets. Ultimately, it will be available on DVD with extra scenes cut from the movie.

If you’d like the movie to play at a theater near you, I challenge you to go to the official website and email Robyn! http://www.transformationfilm.org

This film is always "in your face" giving you the opportunity to let go of your judgements, props and self-sabotage and get a contact high off a program that truly embodied the idealism of the "human POTENTIAL movement."

Thanks for listenning!

Lauralyn, est grad, March "A" training, NYC, 1976

PS Shout out to Randy McNamara! Lookin’ good! You were the trainer for our 2nd weekend. You were awesome then. You’re awesome now!


It was 40 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band…”

"Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era"  
 "If you’re goin’ to [New York City], make sure to wear a flower in your hair…"
on Madison Ave. & 75th St!  
where, until Sept. 16th, you can indulge  in a long, lingering peep at the vivid, naive, romantic, violent, hopeful, angry, euphoric art and music, photography, counter-culture hedonism & gonzo journalism, fashion and politics of the US-dominated hippie movement of the mid-1960’s-to-70’s.
Three of the Whitney’s 5 floors are filled with black rooms where  light shows pulsate to the undulating riffs of rock guitars, insistently throbbing drums and raga’s sinuous sitars and chattering tablas. The only elements missing to insure a truly virtual  experience of the enchantment and disillusionment of the era are pitchers of cheap sangria  and marijuana smoke piped in so everyone can experience an approximation of the  altered states many of us born before1950 were in while staring at our mind-blowing record album jackets in our friends’ "crash pads."
If you can’t get to the exhibit, it’s cool, man, ‘cuz they gotta crazy wonderful package of 2 audio CD’s  and a DVD  for sale that commemorates this awesome survey of a truly enchanted moment  in American history. Call 1-800-944-8639 for more info or to purchase the 3-disc package. Peace and love.

A Psychiatrist Uses This Healing Prayer – on himself!!

The inspiring story about how "The Secret"’s Joe Vitale heard about, tracked down and learned from this remarkable doctor is captured in his just-released www.amazon.com bestseller: ZERO LIMITS.
Though the prayer is from a Hawaain kahuna, its structure is classic to Judaism and Christianity. One need not be a theist to receive the blessings of this spiritual practice.
Usher your attention into the Presence of the Holy/Source of Life/God;
breathe deeply, slowly, relaxing yourself.
Pause to breathe fully between each thought.
You can use it to heal a particular situation, condition or relationship by focusing on YOUR experience of the named factor.
I love you!
I’m sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you!


It’s one of those questions designed to give you permission to dream, right?

"If money were no object, I would [do _] [be_ ] [have _]."

Most of us will indulge in a bit of  daydreaming.  

A recent example: I asked a coaching client this question and as she began to drift into her reverie, she gave out a bittersweet, "Hah!I later asked what prompted the mirth. She confided the thought that first sprang to her mind: "I would do nothing!"  The notion still had the power to tickle laughter out of her.  

But, the screen of my imagination, usually alive with a cascade of images, suddenly went to white. "What would doing nothing look like?" I asked in genuine curiosity.

Her silence felt brittle to me. "You know, ‘NOTHING’!"

I grabbed a bit of hospital humor out of my subconscious: "Unless you’re in a persistent vegetative state, I don’t think it’s possible to do nothing!" She considered my words and began to edge out into her field of dreams and play with ideas.  

But before long, for most of us, Reality speaks up:  "Enough of that airy-fairy stuff! Back to reality!" We give a contented-if-wistful sigh and either file the dreams away or erase them.  

The Big Lie is we believe that Reality is more objective than our Dreams; yet, both states of thinking operate with very potent, subjective mental filters:     

The reality filter allows only the lacks, not enough’s, and a big, ugly pile of past "bad" experiences to be seen; in seconds it presents you with a thick catalogue of insurmountable obstacles, scary risks and impossibly steep costs.    

Dream coaching® employs a 2-filter system, sort of like those "3-D" cardboard goggles having one green lens and the other red; when you watch a special movie or read a specially printed comic book the images seemed to walk right out of the screen or off the page!   Go to: www.embodysuccess.com 

The first filter reveals your degree of actual commitment and certainty to achieving whatever it is that the apparent lack of money appeared to be withholding from you. This filters out our fantasies – wishes we have no control over, such as winning the lottery! What remains are dreams we have the possibility of accomplishing.

The second filter acts much like special night vision lenses that use heat to "see" what the darkness hides from our eyes, making it possible to "see" resources, solutions, contacts and strategies that could, if we choose to employ them, deliver those dreams front and center in our lives! 

So I’m ringing off a session with a coaching client last week, feeling good about what she’s accomplished, and the thought pops into my head, “If money were no object, I would still be dream-coaching others!” It was an exhilarating realization.

Before I could sink into a thick cushion of the warm fuzzies, I saw flashbacks of interviews with persons who sought me out because they were suffering from the spirit-killing effects of self-sabotage and had heard or read that teaching people how to overcome their history of failure was my specialty.  

But these memories were a particular subset of those consults: those persons who were excited about how Embody Success!© Coaching could transform their future and then suddenly seized on the idea that they were unable to afford the modest tuition for the Foundation Program. One after another, I “saw” them totally shut down any intention of brainstorming ways they might “find” the money.

Inspired by the teachings of one of my mentors, The Secret ‘s Joe Vitale, I had devised some enjoyable mind games to empower clients to experience the exhilaration of “thinking outside the box.” Those who were willing to play along were soon beginning their 12-session adventure jn the Foundation Program.

I wish there were some additional way I could help them remove the belief in the scarcity of money from their minds,” I thought; and with a deep sigh, turned my attention to retrieving my emails.  

There was a message from my friend Michael, an inspiring coach and author, who was enjoying his life as an abundantly prosperous entrepreneur. In a head-turning illustration of synchronicity (a meaningful co-incidence of events), he was dreaming for me what I was wishing for those potential clients!

A friend had introduced Michael to a program that provided a way of increasing his income while providing great information products to empower others. It did not involve ANY sales calling or hitting up relatives to buy vitamins, etc..

It was designed to be internet efficient and totally portable. It did not require his daily attention; he could go on vacation and the income would not only continue, but continue to grow! He had been using it for about a year, Michael continued, and he was blissfully happy with the total freedom it gave him to  be -, do- and have – whatever he desired; money was no longer an obstacle.

Given the wonderful books and coaching programs Michael has created in 2007 already, his life is a living testimony to the fact that he is now free to bank on his dreams!  

And live out his spiritual principles! 

Michael wrote about the terrible floods assaulting his part of Texas, and how grateful he was to have the financial resources to go out and help others in need of shelter, home repairs and other basic necessities!  

Can you picture this?

Michael is driving around Sherman, Texas during the fleeting "lulls" between the torrential downpours; he sees folks salvaging what’s left of their belongings from what remains of their home; Michael pulls over, gets out and talks to them; then writes a check to help out!

A gift! No strings attached! From a perfect stranger who knows the truth and seeks to practice it:  I am my brother’s keeper!   

To have the freedom to perform such “random acts of kindness” is a blessing to Michael.  

He urged me to click on the link he provided to watch a short movie about the program and then, if I needed to have any questions or concerns answered, to call him personally! As a friend and mentor, he was confident and excited to make this opportunity available to me.  

I clicked.

I watched. Three times.

I made a list of questions.

I phoned Michael and we talked.

One on one. No rush, happy to be of service.

I joined!

Haven’t had a moment of regret.

 This is the best way to coach – living it!

“Become the change you wish to see!”  

So now it’s my opportunity to reach out to you.

If you have dreams you’d like to live to enjoy, BUT…

I urge you to click on the link below and

watch this informative movie.

It’ll “cost” you about 14-minutes of the rest of your life!

Jot down any questions or concerns. See if the exceptionally clear website answers them. If not, call or email me with your questions. If I can’t answer them, Michael can!

Here’s your link to financial freedom, independence

and the rest of your life to live out your dreams!  

Right now! Click on:  http://www.embodysuccesspassport2wealth.com  

Sent in faith,