Succeed on Aristotle’s Path


Aristotle’s Path shows how to have the greatest asset of all… usefulness.  We are social animals.  Whether in business, investing, with family, friends or strangers… at home or in our travels… when it comes to being valuable… usefulness reigns.

Whatever your path… pave it with usefulness.

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Pathway at La Mirage Spa and Garden Hotel in Ecuador

Aristotle defines the ingredients of usefulness as Ethos – Logos and Pathos.

Ethos is ethics… having character or credibility.  Logos is  logic… our ability to communicate via reason.  Pathos is emotion… the really driving force that shifts what is known… to what is desired.  If you can emotionally appeal to reason and be believed… your social interaction becomes truly useful.

The foundation for these ingredients is compassion that generates empathy…  your ability to project your personality into the objects, ideas, personalities or processes you view.

How do we gain compassion?   Most great meditative practices teach the importance of contemplating on compassion.  There are also scientific studies.

One published experiment “Meditation Increases Compassionate Responses to Suffering” by Paul Condon,  Gaëlle Desbordes, Willa Miller  & David DeSteno from Northeastern University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University (linked below) shows how to expand empathy.

Here is an excerpt (bolds are mine). 

Contemplative science has documented a plethora of intra personal benefits stemming from meditation including increases in gray matter density. Much less is known about the inter personal impact of meditation.  To address this gap, we utilized a design where individuals were confronted with a person in pain in an ecologically valid way.

Thirty nine individuals recruited from the Greater Boston community for an eight week study on meditation comprised the final set of Meditation and Compassionate Behavior participants.

Individuals were randomly assigned either to complete meditation classes or to be on a wait list control.

Following either eight weeks of meditation practice or approximately eight weeks after initial recruitment to the wait list, participants were scheduled to come to the lab under the guise of completing tests of cognitive ability.

Upon arriving at the waiting area participants sat in the last remaining chair. After the participant had been sitting for one minute, a third Meditation and Compassionate Behavior female confederate who played the role of the sufferer, appeared around the corner with crutches and a walking boot.

The sufferer, who visibly winced while walking, stopped just as she arrived at the chairs. She then looked at her cell phone, audibly sighed in discomfort and leaned back against a wall.

To assess compassionate responding, we measured whether the true participant offered his or her seat to the sufferer to relieve her pain.   If two minutes passed and the participant had not given up his or her seat, the trial was ended and coded as a non helping response.

Results and Discussion

Confirming the view that meditation directly enhances compassionate responding, meditators, by more than five times (odds
ratio=5.33), more frequently offered their seats to the sufferer than did non meditators from the wait list control.

Compassion is a natural power that makes social interaction so valuable to humans… but the frequency we call “compassion” is everywhere in nature.   Compassion is one of the Golden Words featured in my novel “The 65th Octave” (watch for it coming as a Kindle publication at Amazon.com) .

In this novel, the hero, Robin MacAllen, is with the Heroine, Talking Panther, and her sister, Silent Panther, on the Isle of Man near Maughold, an area near the ring of Neolithic stones called Cashtal-yn-Ard, an old Celtic name, meaning ‘castle on the height.’

Here is an excerpt:  All three sat sheltered from the wind in a small indentation in a rock, waiting the rising sun.  Talking Panther began speaking in a sweet, lilting chant and said:   “The Golden Words are of the spirits and we are here with the spirits of so many suns and sons. Here are the spirits for you and here are your Golden Words.”

Robin opened his eyes for a moment and saw Talking Panther unbutton her coat. Rays of sunlight flickered like jewels on her copper skin. He sank back into tranquility as Talking Panther began to speak again.

“The eighth Golden Word is Opossum. This spirit engenders compassion for even the most violent predator. By being willing to bare its throat to any threat, the opossum can live among ferocious beasts without use of claw, and walk among the most savage without fang. The eighth Golden Word is Opossum.”

The golden words are  a way of looking at and focusing on positive forces (or frequencies) of nature that we all have within.  By identifying what is naturally within us… we can steadily pave our path of usefulness.

Gary

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Learn Spanish in three days at the all-inclusive Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort on Panama’s Pacific coast.

Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own.  You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries.  You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA.  Spanish is the second most used language in the USA.  There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.  According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US.  This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.

You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish.  Yet there are more benefits.

An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence.  The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling.  It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English.  Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.  The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”

The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.

#1:  You become smarter
#2:  You build multitasking skills
#3:  You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4:  Your memory improves
#5:  You become more perceptive
#6:  Your decision-making skills improve
#7:  You improve your English

This is why you might want to visit Ecuador or Panama and learn Spanish in just three days.

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the old, traditional way.

However, there is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun.   This course works because it is education without stress!

This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov, who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.

Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades. It was a delight!

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and then applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.  You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org).  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How this Course Works in Just Three Days:

The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving.  The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

Learn Spanish at the all-inclusive Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort on Panama’s Pacific coast.  Super Spanish teacher, Rick Brown, will be teaching this Super Spanish course December 5-6-7, 2017. 

Enroll – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course $349.    Enroll for Two – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course Couple $499.

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Rick Brown, Super Spanish teacher.

The course will be conducted at the all-inclusive Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort on Panama’s Pacific coast.

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This Sheraton resort sits on a sprawling Panamanian beach along the serene Pacific Ocean and has everything you can want for total relaxation.

Nestled alongside the stunning beach the resort has 4 restaurants ranging from traditional Panamanian to Mediterranean to Japanese cuisines, a private beach, golf courses tennis courts, water sports, game room and kids club.

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The well-appointed rooms are 100% smoke free and have a balcony or terrace, all featuring breathtaking views of either the Pacific Ocean or the lush mountainside. Each room features the plush Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed.

A complimentary breakfast is served each morning.

Services include massages, facials, body scrubs, and body treatments. The ocean view spa is equipped with a sauna. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including hydrotherapy.

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Learn Spanish at the all-inclusive Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort on Panama’s Pacific coast.  Super Spanish teacher, Rick Brown, will be teaching this Super Spanish course December 5-6-7, 2017. 

Enroll – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course $349.    Enroll for Two – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course Couple $499.

Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

Learn Spanish at the all-inclusive Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort on Panama’s Pacific coast.  Super Spanish teacher, Rick Brown, will be teaching this Super Spanish course December 5-6-7, 2017. 

Enroll – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course $349.    Enroll for Two – Bijao Beach  Spanish Course Couple $499.

Gary

Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

Here is a  special offer from Panama.

Our site focused on the benefits of living in Ecuador for many years, but we have always had many readers ask about Panama.  That’s why we have worked closely with Jackie Lange at Panama Relocation Tours.

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A Panama relocation tour.

When Jackie suggested that Rick Brown conduct a Super Spanish courses right after her Panama Relocation Tour, we arranged the course for our many readers who had always wanted to check out Panama.  We have had a lot of interest (and signups).  Here are the delegates at the last Panama Super Spanish course.

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Now the opportunity is better because Jackie Lange sent this special offer.

Gary, I just sent out a promotion to my subscribers that I will give them $100 off  per person on our Panama Relocation tour if they also register for the Learn Spanish in 3 Days class.  Within 5 minutes I got 1 couple and 1 single person signed up for the tour.

They both said the Spanish class was the icing on the cake!

My December Panama Relocation tour is December 9-14 and the Super Thinking, Super Spanish seminar runs just before the tour, so it is perfect timing to add 3 more days for your class.   You are welcome to extend that same offer to your subscribers.

If you have always wanted to get to know Panama and learn Spanish as well, this is the perfect opportunity, and you can save an extra $100.

Get full details on how to save $100 per person on the December Panama Relocation Tours here.

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(1) www.telegraph.co.uk Benefits-of-bilingualism.html

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