I am one of the luckiest guys in the world because I have the Mother of all good fortune.
What more could a person ask for … growing up and living in this golden era… a wonderful wife… five healthy, independent, productive children, five beautiful grand children and a really great mom… who is still going strong!
Here is a recent shot at our Florida home of mom and Matilda our youngest granddaughter… the first and fourth of our living generations!
For me, thinking of mom is extra special now and helpful in adapting to the increased rapidity of change. This is because using logic with our thoughts is the basis of the Western mindset. Yet there is not much focus on how we process information to create thoughts.
Nor have many of us considered that we process information in different ways via different parts of our bodies at different times in our lives.
I have a theory about this. If correct, knowing the idea can help us enhance our intelligence. This is a theory pieced together from many sources…. living in Hong Kong with Chinese medicine and lore… from a Tibetan healer… from living, studying and traveling with Vedic physicians… from friendships with numerous Western MDs and chiropractors who look at holistic health… plus years living and working with an Andean Yatchak. Each provided pieces of of a puzzle that when put together all seem to fit.
Like many theories that have a huge impact on our lives (such as quantum physics that rule reality), there is no unification… but thinking these thoughts through may help make success one of your constants in an ever changing world.
Seven year cycles seem to have great importance in the way we process information. Jewish people (Bar Mitzvah) and Andeans (First Cutting of the Hair) and Latins all celebrate near and around age 14 for the coming of adulthood.
This piece of the puzzle appeared when Merri and I were invited to age 14 “cutting of the hair” ceremony at a sacred site in Ecuador.
Seven seems to be a pretty vital number in our reality. Seven days in the week. Seven original planets. Seven classical planets: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Our son-in law sent us this note about our five year old granddaughter yesterday…this thought she had about music came when the importance of “seven” arose. He wrote:
I was chatting with Sequoia the other day about octaves; she takes piano lessons and Teeka takes guitar lessons.
She realized that an octave is really 7 notes and we then discussed that the root of an octave also forms the ending of the previous octave.
So, 7 appears in music very clearly. It just needed a 5 year old child to point it out!
It occurred to me from various other experiences that we shift our major energy processing to a new energy point (chakra in Vedic terms, Acupuncture point in Chinese Medicine – Laguna del Luz in the Andes) each seven years.
For the purposes of this theory they are energy processing centers/main connectors you might say in the energy processing system (Chi meridians in Chinese medicine) in our body. Each of these centers is connected to the spinal chord which in turn directs the energy to one of our organs and glands.
There appear to be seven main chakras each processing data for one of the major organs or glands.
The theory is that every seven years one of these chakras acts as the main energy processing center.
Each seven year period has a purpose.
The first seven years is aimed at bonding us with our mother. No other relationship is as important during this time.
At around age seven, we shift chakras to another that is aimed at bonding us with our peers of same gender. Take a batch of ten year old boys and girls to a dance and watch them each rush to opposite ends of the room. Girls are sugar, spice and everything nice. Boys…spiders, snails and puppy dog tails.
Then at 14 we shift again. Age 14-21 bonds us with peers of opposite gender. Take the same boys and girls to a dance when they are 16 and watch out. You’ll need chaperones!
Age 21 to 28 is aimed at bonding us with our mate. Even the West recognizes 21.
This goes though a cycle of nine shifts. In Hindu astrology there are the Navagraha or “nine realms.” In the Andes there are the nine major points in the the rivers of light.
Andean philosophy is that there are nine main energy centers in the Chakras called Rios del Luz (Rivers of Light) At the end of around each seven years what we were doing, if done in harmony with what our body should be doing, grows pale. The way we think changes. Time to take a Sabbatical (from the word Sabbath or Seventh).
Sabbath is the seventh day off. Sabbatical the seventh year off. In the Jewish Faith the Sabbatical Year, is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle called Shmita, when the land is left to lie fallow and plowing, planting, pruning, and harvesting—is forbidden.
This theory can have profound consequences. Imagine every seven years we need to take time off and make some monumental shifts in how we think and what we do.
We have all heard of taking a sabbatical. This is the time when we leave the old cycle and rest before shifting gears and beginning anew.
We have all heard of the seven year itch. Is this the body saying, “Hey, Bud, time to shift”.
What does appear in many religions and philosophies is a major shift at age 50.
The Bible gives a clue about this in Leviticus 25:9-12 when it says.
“You shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return, everyone of you, to your property and everyone of you to your family. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you: you shall not sow, or reap the aftergrowth, or harvest the unpruned vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you: you shall eat only what the field itself produces.”
The Vedic and Andean philosophy is that at about this time we should leave the material aspect of our life and become more spiritual.
Life sciences from India and the Andes suggest that the first 50 years of life should take care of the material and the second 50, the spiritual.
In the Andean shamanic beliefs, the 8th cycle connects us to our souls, the 9th the infinite being.
This also ties into the Vedic idea that there are seven levels of spiritual enlightenment.
Our first seven cycles takes care of our material life. This gets us to age 50. Then we have the age 57 to 64 of a transition before starting the seven cycles again but these second seven cycles moves us towards deeper spirituality.
We go through the process of growing up, procreating, caring for our family and then in the second series of seven go through a similar process in a spiritual journey.
I do not think that this means we should necessarily stop working at 50. Work… Service… this is one of the eight paths to enlightenment.
However at 50 we may feel a natural urge to beginning preparing to change our goals. Merri and I certainly felt this and work now more for the fulfillment and whatever positive good we can create rather than the money.
Then at 64… we really can begin again… living a full life at a more spiritual level. We can work where “Action is our goal… reward truly not our concern”… we work with reality in order rather than our bank account.
Here is an example of how we are using this theory in practical day to day business and life. Merri and I are coming into our tenth cycle… the one that bonds us to our mother… so we should be focused more on maternal (and paternal) concepts. One way we use this thinking is that instead of expanding our seminar and course business we decided to train teachers and help them put on courses instead.
That is just one of many examples. Every day as we have ideas… opportunities… decisions to make… we are thinking about the maternal and paternal qualities of the universe and ask… “How can we use this part of nature in this logic?” Having rose colored glasses that tint our logic may be something that we as humans cannot help. But knowing the tint and why they are tinted can hone the power of our thoughts into correct logic.
This theory can have profound implications because it suggests that every seven years the way we think, our information processing system and even our thoughts change. When we understand this we can think more clearly and come to conclusions that lead to actions that are more supported by nature.
This can also help out thinking the social economic forces that bombard us with advertising dogma suggesting that we act in unnatural ways… out of tune with our nature… being more physically active… having more… doing more in the material realm as we age.
If you have seven year itches, acting on the desires we feel may help us remain in tune with nature. Our bodies are quite miraculous and few events take place are by accident. The way we age, the way our thoughts change may do so because that is the way our lives are meant to unfold.
When you are in tune with your genuine wants, needs and desires and those desires are in tune with nature… you’ll see that you are smarter as you enhance the mother of all good fortune.
On the subject of Mothers, see two ways to give roses for this Mother’s Day.
How to Have Real Safety
Regain Real Security
There is a path to true security.
I was reminded of this once when I made a horrible mistake. Almost!
The supposed error? Letting my mind wander six decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.
Learn from this near disaster, seven most powerful sources of wealth, health, security and fulfillment in this era.
The girl was pretty and blond. Terry was her name. My imagination spanned decades returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.
We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school. Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end. Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California. I started traveling the world. Never saw her again. I hope her life has gone well. But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in so many years.
What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart. Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.
We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path. Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road. Traffic was no problem, not many cars. Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd. There we passed an old clapboard candy store. I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees. Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile. There was Terry’s house.
I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost. There were dozens of paths made by who knows what. Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home alone from school. I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir. Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans). I was home!
Sweet simplicity, that dream. Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky. Pure innocence.
My tragic error was looking back. I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots. Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.
Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage. McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers. The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys. Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun. Good bye memories, good bye.
How can our kids walk in places like this? How can we return to those old feeling of security and comfort?
How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast? Then something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.
How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines? Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends? How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?
“There has to be places that are still innocent and pure”, I thought. “There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress”.
This thinking led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the decades. This started a search for a simpler way of life and a better place to earn and protect our wealth.
By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world I found that there are true paths to real security in the here and now. That knowledge helped me develop courses on how to have natural health, everlasting wealth and purposeful investments.
This knowledge helped Merri and me invest in stocks and real estate all over the world. It helped us find and develop Merrily Farms into a sanctuary here on Little Horse Creek.
That almost error led us to create an entire portfolio of information on how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society but, to enjoy life wherever you choose without having to move too fast.
I want to share this information with a special few in our summer course in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is dry, crisp, with a bright sparkling sun. Our North Carolina woods is a place where we can once again walk down sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths beneath huge, fat, green fir and hemlock.
We start the course with this question that can help us get our lives back.
“What would you think in the last 30 seconds of your life if you were the richest man in the world but were unhappy?”
This quote is from the opening slide of our Value Investing Seminar, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”. This a vital question because few investors think about the value of comfort and happiness. Yet the truth is, those who are comfortable and happy with their investments are likely to make good investment decisions. If not, no matter how much money an investors has, changes are, they’ll lose.
Bring Value and Purposeful Investing Together
Join us to learn how to make safety and profit easier and less time consuming so we can focus on our individual purposes in life.
Become an International Club member and join like-minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box for better health, greater income and safer, more profitable investments. Share ideas on how to add value to everything and make 2016 -2017 your best years yet.
In 2016 Merri’s, David’s and my mission is to share our 50 years of experience in international business, investing and living to make ourselves happier, healthier and wealthier.
To reach a wider audience we have shifted our seminars online. However we are conducting one in person seminar this year, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan” (August 12-13-14 2016). Attendance is strictly limited to the few International Club members.
Here is a partial syllabus of this seminar.
- Three common sense ideas: Avoid lines. Go where you are a name not a number. Decide who you are and what matters to you.
- Why three economic trends that have make smart investors rich every 30 years are ready for cashing in now.
- How to look for short term problems that create long term value.
- Update on the best ten markets for safety and profit.
- How to diversify in value with Country ETFs.
- The value of time in investing and life.
- The economics in cyber wars. How to look back at the economics of war to see ahead.
- Great new innovations that will ignite a 16 year bull market from 2016 to 2032.
- The next great fuel.
- Timing long cycles, economic cycles and seasonality.
- Investing in Demographics.
- Trading Down, the biggest global trend ahead.
- Hidden Inflation .
- How to protect against pension loss.
- The Silver Dip 20116. When and how to invest in gold and silver . How to double your position with loans.
- How to spot currency distortions and borrow low to deposit high.
- How, Why When & Where to bank abroad.
Join us for a high mountain retreat that is strictly exclusive to club members and save over $2,000.
Here is a group of International Club members meeting at our North Carolina farm.
Club membership is for an entire year and the seminar is just one high point.
In 2016 and 2017 we are conducting online seminars about value investing, natural health and how to wrote to sell.
International Club members receive all the online seminars free plus can attend the August 2016 Value Investing retreat which is exclusive to club members.
In addition club membership includes:
- Personal investing Course (Pi), normally $297, FREE
- Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher, normally $299, FREE
- Eventful Business, normally $349, FREE
- International Business Made EZ, normally $299, FREE
- Report “Three Economic Conditions for 50% or More Profit,” normally $29.95, FREE
- Report “Silver Dip 2015” normally $27, FREE
- Three online Value Investing Seminars, normally $477, FREE
- One online Natural Health Seminar, normally $119, FREE
- One online Writers Camp, normally $299, FREE
- Exclusive Value Investing Retreat in North Carolina, normally $799, FREE
- Three night’s accommodations at Merrily Farms, normally $315, FREE
This is every offer in our catalog. To purchase everything would cost $3,509.95. Club membership for 2016 is $1,199 so you save up to $2,310.95.
Merri and I have been organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking lifestyles for over 30 years. The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:
My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary. Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.
The International Club fee has been $1,799 but due to the savings of conducting our courses online, we have been able to reduce the fee to $1,199. This is less than the normal fee we have charged in past years from one seminar (without accommodations).
If you cannot attend the High Mountain Retreat, you are still entitled to a three night stay on a space available basis at the farm any time during the season we are open (June into October) or at our grove in the winter months.
Club members meeting at out home.
I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and a guest of your choice to join us for all our seminars including our exclusive August 2016 High Mountain retreat.
Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? Join us at our farm and online. We look forward to being with you.
Club members receive everything we offer in 2016, plus the exclusive High Mountain Retreat in August that includes the seminar and accommodations.
We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to add another personas email address to every single course or tour, plus bring a partner to the m,members only retreat. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO! You can enroll bring whomever you wish. Choose your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser to accompany you.