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"Achieving Positive States of Mind and Body Again and Again"

Produced by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Psychologist, Life Coach, and Originator of THE ENCHANTED SELF(R)


Welcome to the monthly publication of The Enchanted Self's e-newsletter!  The following is what you will find in this month's issue.

Recipe for Enchantment #31

This recipe for Enchantment has been around the world on the web.  It is worth us 'cooking' with:

Miracle on ‘Death Lane’ – Part One

By Guest Writer, Felicia Weinberg

I hope you enjoy this beautiful story sent in by one of our Enchanted Self readers.  It is a tale of a very lucky young man who seemed to have been saved by a true miracle.  In this part we will share this young man’s quest.  Please come back next time to see how his miracle came to be.


Our son took a six month leave from college to work in a national park in Utah for two months.  He wanted to save his money and travel throughout the United States, to try to “find himself” (a question most 21 year olds have!), before returning to school. We were totally against this idea, but he persisted and paid for his adventure from his own funds, so we accepted his plan.

He bought a 1987 Ford Thunderbird, which took him successfully on his 12,000 mile journey, during which time he hit many national parks, saw the rain forests in Washington State, and stayed with friends in the middle of the Nevada desert.  His friends in Nevada had no phone or television.  Their bathtubs were outside where they filled them manually from a nearby hot spring and they had the proverbial outhouse.  Ed recalls this, along with their sweat lodge, as one of the major high points of his trip. He traveled through Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, etc. (not necessarily in that order!) and had several fun days in San Antonio and Austin, Texas before going on to New Orleans and home by way of the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

He got home safe and sound the night before Thanksgiving, which enabled us all to have a truly thankful day. He seemed more mature and at peace with himself, and in retrospect we agree with him that this particular pause was the right thing for him to do.

Three nights after he came home, he left at 11 p.m. to visit a friend about 20 minutes from us. He drove through the country lanes and came to a short stretch of road known as a heavy deer area.

Our phone rang a quarter of an hour later. It was Ed. A large deer had jumped onto the road on his left, out of his vision until the last moment, and hit his car hood--apparently on the latch locking his hood. The hood had flown up like a giant tongue, wrapping backward over the hood (effectively blinding his vision) and over the roof of the car.

Ed immediately hit his brakes and blindly steered to the right. The car went down a small incline and stopped. After he caught his breath and checked himself for injuries, he called us, assuring us that he wasn’t hurt, and that he had already called AAA to be towed out of the ditch. We ran out to our car, pulling our coats on as we went.

Please come back next time as we continue to share Ed's journey and the miracle that saved his life.


Felicia Weinberg, a former college administrator, has been enjoying her early retirement by writing, traveling, and going to concerts and the theater. If you have a few moments, check out her new web site: Rhymeniks.com, to see her latest interest, writing made-to-order poetry--whimsical, serious, or weird--all geared toward the magic self to be found within each of us.

How to Order Books, Audio Tapes and more

How about some autographed copies of 'Recipes for Enchantment' with a free copy of The Enchanted Self's paper newsletter and a bookmark?  Perhaps you would be interested my first book, 'The Enchanted Self', which is also available on audio tape?  Here are some ways to order:

Tip: When shopping online use keywords "recipes for enchantment" and "enchanted self" to locate the books.

E-group: Connect with others like you!

Find out "what's right with you--not what's wrong!"  Come chat with other "Enchanted Self-ers" at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/encself.  Membership is free and you will have access to our on-line calendar, message board, chat room, and more. It's a great way to connect with others who are exploring, creating and sharing their own positive and satisfying lives.  See you there!

Share Your Enchantment!

Share your positive stories and questions about enchantment with us and other Enchanted Self readers around the globe!  Our mid-month e-letter focuses on YOU and reaches a subscriber list of almost 700 people from the US, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and many other countries!  Please send stories, comments, and questions to encself@aol.com.

Quote of the Month

 "... we are members of the sacred hoop of life, along with the trees and rocks, the coyotes and the eagles and fish and toads ... each fulfills its purpose.  They each perform their given task in the sacred hoop, and we have one, too."    

  -- Wolf Song, Abenaki

Taken from The little book of Native American Wisdom, Steven McFadden publishers

Blessing of the Month

Enjoy life both in your dreams and in actuality. May you look at the world with new eyes each day and find possible adventure around every corner you approach.  May you choose to follow those adventures on a daily basis, even if they are only the adventures of your mind, enjoyed from the safety of the recliner in your own living room.

 -- submitted by Felicia Weinberg

Many thanks again to Felicia, our guest writer!


There is a free gift available to you from my web site at www.enchantedself.com/ordering.htm.  Available for download is a picture of an enchantress in the background of a lovely poem that you can print out and enjoy.


Enchanted Self concepts are now available for you to read on Whispers, an online magazine for women.  To access my latest article and enjoy the site, simply copy and paste the following link into your browser window.  http://www.cyberpathway.com/whispers/image7.htm

The Bright Side

When life is too much for you, visit my new column, 'A Happier Me' on the-bright-side.org.  Just copy and paste the following link into your browser window.  www.the-bright-side.org/site/thebrightside/section.php?id=664


Have an "enchanting" month.  I wish you all many enchanted moments!


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