A previous article at this site looked at how we can use the power of ritual to create wealth and natural health.
One aspect of ritual is association. Thoughts are a bundle of frequencies created by association. These thoughts are totally subjective and completely unique to each individual. Take a ping pong paddle as an example. If one person played happy games of ping pong every day with their friends, every time they see a ping pong paddle their neural system is flooded with neural transmitters that enhance energy and flood the person with a sense of positivity and well being. Another person who was beaten with a ping pong paddle daily by their father… sees the same paddle and associates it with horror. Their body is flooded with enervating chemistry that can help lead to poor health.
So every day, I use my dad’s old fashioned shaving brush… an “Ever Ready Guaranteed” that he kept with an Old Spice shaving mug.
My father passed at an early age and I wish we had had more time together as grownups. Yet every day I start with some wisdom from him because I have a gift he left me… that brush.
Picking up that brush brings back a touch of the wisdom and good feelings he shared with me.
There is nothing spectacular about these ideas he gave but the powerful memory of being loved and remembering his touches of wisdom provide positive associations that start my day.
One way to being smarter… happier… healthier is to start every day with something that creates a happy association for you. Warm and fussy is good! Such associations are comforting and you are more likely to make wise decisions the day through based on what is right for you… instead of fear and dread. That’s darned important in these times in times of social and economic turmoil and change that creates so many threatening feels. This is fundamental to well being because these happy associations create positive attitudes and positivity cuts through the multitude of noise that an imbalanced society creates.
Now there is new exciting scientific evidence that the power of ritual can even improve our DNA.
Dr. John Douillard wrote about this recently at his www.lifespa site.
Here is an excerpt: In a new study set to be published in the Journal of Psychological Sciences, Harvard Business School researchers set out to measure the effects of ritual. A ritual could be singing happy birthday, or how you brew your coffee, or saying grace before a meal.
The study demonstrated that when a ritual was performed before eating, the food tasted better and delivered more satisfaction than when there was no pre-eating ritual.
In the study, participants cut a chocolate bar in half. First, they opened only one half and enjoyed that half. Then, they were allowed to open the other half and eat it – a very simple ritual.
Another segment of the study created a ritual around eating a carrot. Participants were asked to hit the table 5 times and close their eyes for 5 seconds before eating the carrot.
In both groups, the carrot and chocolate were enjoyed more as compared to control groups who did not take part in a ritual. Additionally, participants in the ritual groups took more time to eat and were actually willing to pay more for the carrot and chocolate after the experience of the ritual.
The latest research in the field of epigenetics has shown that behaviors and belief systems can actually change our DNA.
You can read the entire article at the link below.
This is one way to easily and gently create improvements in your life. No matter what your background… your genetic makeup… your circumstances… your good fortune or bad, you can make circumstances better by creating positive routines.
The study Dr. Douilard mentioned did have a caveat: the rituals have to be repeated steps, not random gestures, and you cannot watch someone else say grace or open a bottle of wine and expect to enjoy the meal or wine better. You have to do it yourself.
You can make your life better… no matter what circumstances exist. Just create simple, positive rituals that you use at the beginning of and throughout every day.
Create the ritual of meeting with Merri and me all year long to share ways to create pinnacle careers.
Belong to the International Club
We have added new courses for our 2014- 2015 schedule Super Thinking + Spanish July 18, 19, 20 and a Global Investing seminar in Montreal October 10, 11, 12.
International Club members can attend our seminars and course free.
Join Merri and me all year long and share ideas for better natural health… greater wealth…. as you serve the community and enjoy personal fulfillment. Learn how to enhance positive purpose…. enthusiasm… fulfillment… as you gain extra income, profits and fun.
I invite you to join the International Club for 2014 and winter of 2105.
Join us this summer in the Cool Blue Ridge in summer… plus Montreal and Mount Dora next winter.
West Jefferson Farmers market.
As a club member you save on seminars, courses, online courses plus Spanish lessons and Ecuador tours.
Join Merri and me for all the courses and seminars that we’ll conduct in 2014 and 2015 FREE. Gain positive solutions to your economic, financial and lifestyle concerns..
Here are the courses you can attend at no cost. (New seminars added are in bold).
June 13-14-15 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, North Carolina. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
July 18-19-20 Super Thinking + Spanish, West Jefferson, North Carolina. (Normally $899. Free for club members)
August 30-31-September 1 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, North Carolina. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
October 10-11-12 International Investing & Business Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
January 16-17-18 Super Thinking + Spanish, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
February 13-14-15 2015 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
Save $2,796 plus much more. Even if you attend only two seminars you save.
Members can attend the Super Thinking + Spanish course that Merri and I teach free.
We conduct most of our courses and seminars in the peace and quiet of Smalltown USA.
West Jefferson July Festival. Summer courses are held in West Jefferson North Carolina
February Mount Dora Arts Festival. Lake County (Mount Dora and Eustis Florida) is the site of our 2014-15 winter courses.
There are many benefits of membership.
Most members join us for at least three courses… one investing and business, one writers camp and one Spanish course. That alone creates a $1,198 savings. Some members attend every course plus more.
You (and a guest of your choice) can attend all of the seminars shown above in the year ahead FREE.
Join us for the leaf change and an international investing seminar in Montreal.
After Montreal we’ll ride Canadian Pacific Rail to Quebec City and spend the night at the Chateau Frontenac where we’ll talk about global economics, self publishing, super thinking or whatever.
As a club member you also receive seven online reports, courses and workshops FREE.
The first of these seven online courses is “Tangled Web – How to Have an Internet Business,” normally sold at $299.
The second is our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher”, which has a $299 value. I am sending you this extra course free as I think it will help you have greater success. This is an extra $299 savings.
The third is our online course “International Business Made EZ” sold at $299.
You also receive fourth the 50 minute video by our webmaster David Cross on “How to Get Your Web Business Started”.
Your fifth course is the 50+ lesson course “How to Create your Own Website Using Sitesell” by Michelle Toole. (We are proud that this course was written by a student of our courses showing how well the 43 years of knowledge that Merri and I have accumulated and put into these programs can help you start your own global micro business.)
Sixth, you become a beta member in our newest online course “Event – Full Business – How to have a Seminar and Tour Business” currently offered at $175.
When you enroll, we’ll send you a password that makes the online courses easy to access at the Club website. You can reserve as many seminars as you desire.
Five Positive Steps
Join Merri and me as we look at positive ways to prosper during 2014 and 2014. Here are five ways to gain from the forces of change.
#1: Having your own micro business for extra earnings, freedom, fulfillment and fun.
#2: Living and prospering in lower cost countries or small towns.
#3: Multi currency investing through US brokers and bankers abroad.
#4: Commodities that rise with inflation.
#5: Good value real estate…. especially multi dimensional and agricultural property.
We have specialized for over four decades in helping our readers excel in these five inflation beating opportunities.
The big benefits of belonging to the International Club are the power of repetition, updates and international friendships. As a club member, you become friends with other members as you meet again and again.
Your first saving is on waived seminar fees for the seminars over the next year.
As you will see above and below you can attend Florida & North Carolina seminars. If you attend just two of these seminars, the $1,799 membership fee will have already created a savings for you.
Yet there is more. Much more.
International Club members meeting in West Jefferson for a reception after the North Carolina seminar.
Make the Years Ahead Your Best Years Ever
The International Club brings together experienced, like minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box… in constructive, thoughtful, doable ways.
Being in the club surrounds you with successful… positive… like minded souls. This benefit alone is truly powerful stuff!
The courses you can attend free integrate Super Thinking with business and investing ideas and experience that enhance your health and wealth.
Focus on Ecuador & Smalltown USA & Canada
Learn how to create a BIG INCOME by thinking SMALL. At the seminars you meet speakers who are attorneys and real estate experts for both Ecuador and small town USA. You’ll rub shoulders with experts on global investing and pensions who can help you increase and protect your savings and pensions also how to increase the income you earn in positive ways you enjoy as you help your community.
Absorb through Osmosis
Merri and I are in our 45th year of organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking lifestyles. 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.
This delegate’s comments about “belonging and feeling like a brother” to the other delegates is a wonderful refrain we have heard from our readers, year after year.
24 years ago Merri and I created a way that readers can join us to be immersed in a year-long learning program through our International Club.
The ideas behind this program began all those years ago in Vienna, Austria while we were conducting a course there. One of our older delegates, had some sort of attack. The first fear was heart trouble. Several delegates took him to the hospital. Others stayed with him there. I don’t think that delegate was alone for a minute!
What impressed Merri and me was that no one asked the delegates to help this man.
The friendships of delegates sharing many courses had just grown so strong that it was a natural reaction, just as if a family member was ill. Fortunately, it was only travel fatigue and the delegate didn’t miss a session of the course!
When you join our International Club you become part of a special family. The very first member to join the club all those years ago wrote, Thank you for the enjoyable and informative courses. I am pleased to be part of your international family and look forward to continuing my education at the next course.
His feeling struck a familiar chord. It has always been one of my greatest satisfactions to see how much fun delegates have getting together, sharing information and making friendships as we learn how to improve our health and increase our wealth.
The courses draw like-minded souls. For this reason some delegates come back again and again. They come to learn, but also to be with their many friends made at the courses. When like-minded souls get together again and again to discuss a common purpose, magic happens! I can’t explain it in any other way-but it is true.
In a way our meetings are almost like family reunions. Perhaps it is getting together and reflecting on what has been said and what has been happening.
Learning with those who are also interested in the world creates thoughts that multiply the value of what we gain. This is hard to describe but results are most powerful and wonderful! This is to me is as important as the great financial benefit of attending many of our courses.
Another savings: Lifestyle for Two.
We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to bring another person to every single course or tour. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO! You can bring whomever you wish. Bring your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you. (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for members, delegates or their guests.)
The International Club fee of $1,799 is less than the price of two seminars.
I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and your guest of your choice to attend all of these courses and tours.
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 farms and visit Ecuador. We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you!
You and a guest can attend all of our seminars, courses online courses plus $1,246 of online value. Club membership is $1,799. If you attend only two courses or seminars the $1,799 is less than the price of two seminars… plus you receive all of the online courses and updates.
ONE MORE BENEFIT. Most years we add another course or seminar or two more than we planned. If we do, you can attend these free as well.
Bluegrass music performed FREE on summer nights in West Jefferson.
Save even if you attend only two seminars you save.
Yes, I want to become an International Club Member.
Mount Dora Florida.