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The Pleasures and Perils of Enchantment

You can read my latest article,
"The Pleasures and Perils of Enchantment" 
in the Sept. 2007 issue of
"ORACLE 20-20" magazine!
Just click on this link:

Can you hear me now?

 If you were "lost in thought," what would be the best way
for me to get your immediate and receptive attention?
I mean, I don’t want you leaping for my throat!
For example, if I am "off in my own little world"
(as an exhaustive list of long-suffering teachers can attest)
you can wave your arms at me,  jump up and down,
clear your throat and even toss off a verbal cue,
("Will the daydreamer in the 3rd row, 5th desk care to
answer?) to no avail. I’m not so sure even blinking the lights
would get my attention.
But if you were to forcefully call out my name – LAURALYN!
in a nanosecond you’d have my total attention.
It may take an additional second to know where I am;
but I’ll instantly be engaged in waiting for your next
Some of us learn most effectively in that narrow-focused
intensity of attention – whether we’re one-on-one with a teacher,
coach or mentor; or alone with a book, a website, in a lab,
off in our  workroom, studio, practice room.
For us, moments of inspiration happen with the swift, sudden precision
of a laser knife slicing through a tangle of confusion. Place us in an
environment that encourages us to "shut out" all the background noise
and give us a teacher who is equally gifted at bringing that level of focus
and intensity to our session time and the opportunities for life-changing
inspirations cascade down like mana from heaven!
This mode of coaching I classify as: INTENSIFIED
Others are enthralled with a gifted lecturer who holds their audience in rapt attention.
They are excited to feel part of the audience/class and come to life
when the group is encouraged to ask questions and discuss things.
They assign significance or value to an idea or person when they
hear others voice it; or when the group takes an idea or problem
and spends time engaged in brainstorming it collectively. They are
energized when the class "comes to life."
Exposure to this collective energy is their catalyst for inspiration.
They will lose their attention, however, if the teacher focuses on a single student.
If the teacher appears to them to be tuning out the class,
they will tune out the teacher! What’s the best way to bring these folks
back into learning mode? Say or do something that provokes a class response
ideally, cracking a joke that causes hearty laughter will immediately yank
our group-oriented daydreamer back into the classroom. But it could also be
the announcement of a pop quiz that produces an immediate outburst
of groaning and protests.
Small group coaching is the optimal coaching mode for such persons.
Here energy is AMPLIFIED by the focused discussions of 4-6 participants.
Under the direction of a teacher/coach gifted at "reading" her
group’s energy and attention collectively and individually, their ability
to carefully listen to one another is nurtured. Ideally, the coach will
"conduct" the discussion as if it is a piece of chamber music and each
musician is committed to producing a harmonious musical conversation.
Members are rewarded for their heightened ability to listen as they
experience progressively more and more useful insights and inspirations
triggered by what they’ve heard others say. They come to realize that
another’s wisdom or thought could be the switch that turns on their
channel for receiving an insight that illuminates the nature of an obstacle,
the mechanics of a solution, or a life-changing inspiration!
Before I announce a BREAKTHROUGH in delivering EMBODY SUCCESS!
Coaching, I’ll return to my original question:
 If you were "lost in thought," what would be the best way
for me to get your immediate and receptive attention?
Your answer will tell you whether you would thrive in experiencing my powerful
in the INTENSIFIED mode of individual coaching; or,
the brand new AMPLIFIED mode of small group coaching!
For the 1st time ever, I am offering a few small groups tailored to
one’s TIME ZONE and ISSUE .
To learn more, email me now: lauralyn@embodysuccess.net
as group size is strictly limited!
You will enjoy the holiday season vaccinated against self-sabotage as you master
the ability to EMBODY SUCCESS!
What have you got to lose?
What are you waiting for?
You don’t have all the time in the world;
what you do have is  enough time to
love your life!

The Role of ENCHANTMENT in Dieting!

What is the key ingredient necessary to successfully embarking upon a diet?


What is the key factor in sabotaging that same diet?


What accounts for the unreasonable optimism of dieters

embarking on new diets in spite of our history of agonizing, humiliating failures?

The memory and promise of how pleasurable it is to be in a state of enchantment.


To begin the process of dieting is to enter a state of enchantment involving:

Ø       The mental/ emotional/ spiritual preparation as one embraces the discipline, denial of pleasure and delayed gratification of dieting;

Ø       Assembling the necessary tools – the food scale, the software program,                                                                     the diet diary, the workout clothes, etc.

Ø       Making a public declaration of our program’s imminent beginning with or without                                                          a petition for support from those with whom we curry favor and approval;

Ø       Plunging in with an intensity that makes our ordinary existence pale in significance;

Ø       Upholding the rituals of the program, including when, what, and how much to eat, when,                                           where and how to weight oneself and the meticulous recording of the data;

Ø       Experiencing the energetic exhilaration of following the protocol with encouraging                                               results on the scale and/or as we wear clothes that were formerly too small;

Ø      Enjoying the praise of friends, family and colleagues who marvel at our power                                                              to transform our bodies from one shape into another.


BUT, what if there was a third state of mind that could liberate us from the cycle of hope-and-despair?

What if we could learn a way of working with our biology, psychology and spirituality                                                              to step out of this either/or model and create a radical paradigm shift?

What if we could learn a collaborative method that trains the brain, the mind and our

unconscious/spirit to listen to, learn from and cooperate with one another to insure

the optimal life experience of the Self that each is a part of?

What if this third way made it natural and effortless for us to disarm the self-sabotage response

whenever it got triggered by our decision to achieve a new goal, live out a new dream,

follow a new vision, fall in love with a new person?


Who would have the courage to make such a leap of faith into an alternate way of experiencing one’s self?

Those who are ready to Embody Success!

To be continued…


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