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Rosaspamba Our Ecuador Sanctuary


Here is a shot taken from the front yard of our Ecuador sanctuary in the Andes.

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This land is part of a cloud forest and we are often truly above the clouds!

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Many valleys in Ecuador are famous for the longevity of the residents. Our search for such valleys led us to understand that we can use more than landscape to live better, richer and longer.

This article was written on May 2, 2009, on the 41st anniversary of starting my international business.  Yet I plan to keep writing and sharing information for 41 more years!

This was more than an idle boast.  The promise was made from a belief and understanding that  began to grow when we first arrived  in Ecuador and began searching for the longevity valleys there.

We purchased the 962 acre Hacienda Rosaspamba and lived and studied there for nearly a year with a Taita Yatchak and his apprentices.

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Here is another shot at Rosaspamba of one of the yatchak’s apprentices.

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Mountain mists are important to longevity.  One Ecuador shaman taught us that the hydrogen ions in the mists bond with free radicals on the skin to cleanse the body from the outside in.

Up here in these mountains people in decades and centuries past labored, breathed clean air, drank pure water and ate fresh food. These were hardy mountain people who worked hard, had little, ate little and with that made the most. Life was simple and they kept it that way.

The life here is healthy.

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There is fresh water.  Here is the yatchak at one of Rosaspamba’s water falls.

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Another waterfall at Rosaspamba.

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At the hacienda you are always walking up or down.

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Accommodations are primitive and…

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The property is very isolated.

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Here we are building some extra huts.

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Hiking from the top to the bottom.

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This is a grove of pineapples in the lower property.

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The land is remote about and hour and a half from Quito.

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The road in is primitive.

 

 

Super Thinking Creates Super Agers


You can use Super Thinking tactics to become a “Super Ager”, a person whose  brain and memory is younger than their age.

We invite you to join us in the Blue Ridge this summer to share the peace, quiet and beauty and learn more about how Super Thinking can use simplicity to bring everlasting wealth in our complex world.

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Waterfall at Merrily Farms

Learn how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society, but stop the world from moving too fast.  Learn how to keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines.  Learn how to find time for God, family, charity, and friends.

The ultimate answers of everlasting abundance lay within.

Investing and business are not normally considered an emotional event.  Yet my 46 years of global business experience and numerous scientific studies suggest that success and failure are not determined by external events.  This fact is summed up in a quote from Sir Arthur Keith, about the battles of WWII, “The course of human history is not determined by what happens in the skies, but by what takes place in our hearts”.

We can become “Super Agers”  from our hearts by controlling what happens in our brain.

A CBS.com article entitled “Scientists calling all “super agers” for brain study” tells how “Super Agers” are men and women who have brains and memories far younger than their age.

Researchers have been studying this rare group to help protect others from memory loss and found tantalizing information about how  these “Super Agers” have such good memories.

One discovery uncovered is that deep within the brain of “Super Agers”, a small region called the “anterior cingulate”, important for attention, is bigger than even those who are 20 and 30 years younger.

The studies also found that not just the brain of super agers is different.  They also have more energy and share a positive, inquisitive outlook.  Research found that being “cognitively active and socially engaged” is important.

An example is Edith Stern who at 92 years, is vibrant and helpful to most of the residents at her assisted living home, even though she lost most of her family in the Holocaust.

Stern says,  “I am young – inside. And I think that’s the difference”.

Helping others is important to her youthfulness.

She says: “When you get old, people are mainly interested in themselves. They talk about the doctor, what hurts,” she said. “You are not so important that you just concentrate on yourself. You have to think about other people.”

Scientific studies support the idea that meditation and music help the use of the anterior cingulate.

One study referenced at the National Institute of Health entitled “Short-term meditation induces white matter changes in the anterior cingulate” says:   The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is part of a network implicated in the development of self-regulation and whose connectivity changes dramatically in development.  In previous studies we showed that 3 h of mental training, based on traditional Chinese medicine (integrative body–mind training, IBMT), increases ACC activity and improves self-regulation.  We here report that 11 h of IBMT increases fractional anisotropy (FA), an index indicating the integrity and efficiency of white matter in the corona radiata, an important white-matter tract connecting the ACC to other structures. Thus IBMT could provide a means for improving self-regulation and perhaps reducing or preventing various mental disorders.

Music strengthens the use of the anterior cingulate cortex as well.

A study at SFU.edu entitled “Passive music listening spontaneously engages limbic and paralimbic systems” showed that listening to certain types of music activated the affective division of the anterior cingulate cortex.

We hold the keys to success inside and can insert these keys with Super Thinking.

Learn the art of Super Thinking.  This talent helps you break loose from the materialistic social view that has created crime, corruption, greed, fear and stress.  You are more than your mind.  You gain use of your full potential when you integrate the process of making and using wealth with fulfillment and service in a pinnacle career.

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Join us this summer in the Blue Ridge!

Gary

Learn how Super Thinking can also help you write to sell.

Learn Super Spanish in Ecuador

Learn Spanish in 3 Days – Cuenca Course – September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016

Learn how to speak Spanish in just three days in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Super Thinking tactics help us absorb… retain and recall information better and faster.  We prove this in our Super Thinking + Spanish course which teaches how to communicate in Spanish in just three days.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador, Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 30, October 1-2, 2016.  

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Rick Brown teaches 3 Day Spanish in Cuenca Ecuador.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador, over the  September 30 – October 1 -2 weekend.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

Save $148 when you enroll in Cuenca Super Spanish Course and Cotacachi  Ecuador Export Tour October 4-5-6 or an individual tour.

Cuenca is Ecuador’s most popular city, a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many beautiful colonial buildings.  Cuenca has wonderful architecture, tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels and night activity.

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Ecuador Living Club members can enjoy discounts at Cuenca hotels as well.

This course really works!

An M.D. who attended wrote:   We want to thank you plus all the others for making the class such a fun and rewarding experience.   I took Spanish as an undergraduate and lasted two days before dropping the class due to my own anxieties.  Over the years I have tried to learn French, Italian, and Spanish yet again using a variety of methods such as Rosetta Stone, Berlitz etc. and was never successful.  I finally feel like I can be successful at learning to converse at Spanish–in fact already feel successful!  Thanks so much for teaching an old dog some new tricks.  We’re both looking forward to continuing the learning process, having fun doing so, and taking more classes.

See a ten minute video of Gary Scott and Pronunciation coach Don Childs showing how to get started creating Spanish sentences right now.

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Click here for FREE Super Spanish video.

Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.

Super Thinking + Spanish course goes beyond just learning to speak Spanish.

There are numerous little known, but scientifically proven ways to enhance the speed, accuracy and efficiency of your decision making process for greater wealth, health and happiness. In just three days you can gain almost amazing learning skills.  Plus you become skilled in Spanish as a bonus.

In just three days?  Sound too good to be true?

This is not a gimmick nor a trick. At least three best selling books, Superlearning, the Mozart Effect and Superlearning 2000 have revealed insights about how we can learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  In 1980 Superlearning sold over two million copies and showed how the Lozanov learning system blended long-tested sciences of yoga with contemporary physiology and psychology so people could learn faster and better.

The 3 Day Spanish system includes some of Dr. Lozanov’s original work that uses music to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.  The course integrates the use of music with 17 lessons that teach you over 4,000 Spanish words.

Fluency in a language is considered to come when you know 1,200 words.  To prove that it is possible to gain this and much more, let me share just one of the 17 lessons.

Here are the thousands of Spanish words lesson #1:  All words in Spanish and English that end in ION are almost identical,  just pronounced differently. For example action is accion, education educacion, manipulation, manipulacion, etc.

Now you already literally know hundreds of Spanish nouns.  This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons you gain. The next lesson teaches you how to pronounce each of these nouns. Then you learn in a third lesson almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

You also learn how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds). This simple lesson leaves you sounding like a Spanish professor.

There are many other lessons. For example lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything you want in Spanish. Lesson six gives you the valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples your Spanish capacity with yesterday, now and tomorrow.

By the end of the three day course you will feel quite comfortable speaking Spanish without stress!

A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you.   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 Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.  In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) .   In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music.  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi

The Super Spanish helps you start speaking and understanding Spanish right away.  This can help you speak Spanish faster and make your traditional Spanish course easier and more effective. 

A Livescience.com article helps explain why this course works and how delegates are creating Spanish sentences by the first lunch break and can communicate well in Spanish after just three days.   This article by Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience Senior Writer, is entitled “CIA Seeks Anyone, Anyone Who Can Speak 2 Languages”.

Four important points in the article are shown in excerpts below with my comments to show what has been wrong with traditional Spanish courses and why the Super Thinking tactic is perfect for this program.

This three day course gets you speaking and thinking Spanish all the time so you can use and/or think Spanish every day… and communicating even from the beginning.  In this way the education grows even when Spanish is not being spoken.

The Super Thinking course first integrates the brain.  Students learn better with relaxed concentration. Then the course teaches them 17 simple lessons so they know 4005 words in Spanish and can use them to create sentences. In this way, you can communicate in just three days.

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

Gary

Here are what delegates wrote about a Super Thinking + Spanish seminar. 

“Hi Gary & Merri, You two are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Well, as you can see prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range. My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!” Suzy Kurinsky

Another wrote:  Thanks for the Spanish course.  This technique is truly a breakthrough in learning.  I believe I learned more Spanish in four days than I learned in four weeks in a previously attended Costa Rica language school.  The Costa Rica school taught a very limited number of memorized words and phrases. Ted.

Another delegate at a Super thinking plus Spanish seminar wrote:  The Super Thinking approach exposed us to a broad variety of works and the technique needed to expand the language.  Again, Thanks for the experience.

One attendee wrote: I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything during the seminar. You guys are indeed a shining example of having a business that truly serves others. And thanks for the extra time spent and good things taught to me personally. I have begun to implement them already and will continue to apply them. And you might be interested that waiting for my flight home I ended up sitting next to a woman from Quito and could understand some of what she said in a cell phone conversation. We talked a little and she said that I should visit Ecuador!  Thank you again for your real graciousness and acceptance! I will also write to Merri and thank her as well. And I wish that I could do something for you two!

Another wrote: Thank you!  We  always look forward to spending time and learning about so many fascinating things. Like Minded people and Vivaldi! What could be better?

Another sent this note: Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish!  I really enjoyed the workshop.

Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes.  I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra.  I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life.  I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.

Thank you for sending the file of the 4005 Spanish words.  This will be very helpful in my daily review of Spanish.

Another emailed this: Every day I’m becoming more proficient in Spanish.  As I get ready to do something, I think about how I would say it in Spanish.  Thank you again for a Super Workshop!  With love and blessings,

Another: It certainly was an interesting and intriguing four days for me.  I enjoyed the Spanish but even more so, all the tentacles that extended during those four days that went into so many different directions.

I grew up in a very SQUARE box with loving  and intelligent parents but my world remained within this box, unable to see beyond those walls, as I was never encouraged to “think outside the box”..  Mike has been opening doors and leading me outside this box but because of my upbringing I have not completely embraced or understood what was beyond those doors he opened for me.  As I have gotten older I have become more open to the world outside those doors yet those old tapes continue to play and I have not been able to completely release myself and experience all that can be.

Another shared this: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me,  I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible” and I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted.  I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.

I found all the information you offered on healing, realigning the body, nutrition, etc. so fascinating, have you ever thought about doing a course on just that?  With the aging population and the health care issues I think it would be not only an interesting course but one that would be very beneficial to so many.  I, personally, would love to learn more about what you talked about and plan on purchasing the book, “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Healing” for my Kindle.

Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

Another:  We had fun at Disney World on Monday and sat beside several Personnes Espaniol.  We could understand them however I couldn’t make sentences quickly, but could say one or two word phrases that were understood.  We arrived home at 3am yesterday – the airlines were very late in Denver due to a crew incident.

I found myself making up sentences all day yesterday as I was running errands.  John knows more vocabulary than I at this point as he has studied Spanish previously.  Today I will begin to review the lessons and construct sentences to send to you and the group – as you suggested below.  Es en BUENO sugestion!!!  I also received the email Merri sent with the 4005 words and started to scroll through those yesterday.

Another: Thank YOU for everything you have done to create and bring this wonderful experience to all of us.  It takes a well sychronized team of people to put on an effective, change producing seminar!  I have given many seminars and enjoyed the experience immensely.  The outcome is even better!  Estoy une infantil de Super Thinking and Spanish, y es possible aprender en tiempo.

John and I both thank all of you for the wonderful experience – we are working now to clear up things so we can leave for the Galapagos and Ecuador November 25th – December 20th.  Nosotros tiene muchos appreciacion!  Gracias y Abrazos,

Another:
  Muchas gracias para la informacion!  I had a wonderful time at the Super Learning + Spanish weekend!… excelente!

I was impressed with your depth of knowledge on numerous subjects and your ability to speak about them with exceptional recall.  Con mucho apriciar,  P.S. Yo estoy enteresado en Espanol #2.

One delegate even explained how after our course they ended up as the accidental translator: Gary,  I have sent a couple of messages, and  a story of Mike being able to translate yesterday for a Spanish person  who couldn’t understand what a man was trying to tell him!

We loved the seminar, and are excited to put the super learning to practice, and especially the great company of like-minded people (especially G & M!)  Muchas Gracias!  Tiene an excellante dias.

One delegate communicated entirely in Spanish…. after just our Super Thinking + Spanish seminar: Buenas dias nuestra maestra perfectamente, Merri!   Muchas gracias por la lista espanol.

Claro, David y yo aprendemous mucho espanol el fine de semana pasada. Gary y usted nos hacen espanol muy facil aprender. Es importante continuar a practicar espanol cada dia. Gracias tambien!  Buenas suerte…hasta la vista! Con mucho amor,

Comments from another delegate: I wanted you to know that the Spanish course has proven incredibly helpful. Dealing with internet service providers and shopping for appliances, etc., normally would have required me hiring a translator to follow me around. While it may not be pretty or 100% grammatically correct, I am understood. Thank you!  Saludos!

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Delegates during a relaxation session.

Another a dentist said: I was so delighted with my experience at the Spanish training.  I felt more confident of ability to pronounce Spanish than I ever was of French or German.  Funny… I did not think I remembered any French or German but when I cannot remember the Spanish words the German and French popped up.  Practicing my pronunciation made my trip home go faster. I never enjoyed pronouncing either of the other two, but this was fun. It is hard to fall asleep at the wheel when you are moving your mouth to speak Spanish. It does work your mouth in a different way.  I realized that you have to say each syllable slowly and correctly(until you get it perfectly) and when you do it is impressive.

It was amazing to see us all writing such advanced sentences after a few days and so much more enjoyable than having to go through the alphabet to build the words to build the sentences.

Rick Brown has created his own programs attending a one year Super Spanish training program from Merri and me. He has now been teaching this course for five years. He has moved to Cuenca Ecuador and teaches this course once or twice a year.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

The Course will be conducted at the beautful  American run B & B in Cuenca.  

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Cuenca Inn Courtyard.  Click to enlarge.

The Cuenca Inn B&B is located just outside the city center and is in a large home well back from the road, so you have maximum peace and quiet.

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View from near Cuenca Inn B&B.  There are plenty of very inexpensive taxis into the center of town.

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It has large luxury guest rooms, two with bathroom en suite and TVs.  There is  a wonderful large central covered courtyard with TV, a central fire pit and lots of plants.

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TV room for guests.

A guest living room with TV and big comfortable sofas adjoin the courtyard.

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There is also a small bar area just off the courtyard  that we all enjoyed.  The Inn is very well appointed and the ambiance is warm and conducive to the comforts of a home away from home.  Internet/WIFI is good and Magic Jack is available to guests for long distance calling, along with pyre-loaded local cell phones.

Delegates can  sit round the fire pit enjoying conversation.

The Inn’s manager Bill Dixon attended one of Rick’s first Super Thinking / Super Spanish courses prior to moving  to Cuenca.  He believes this was a really good investment on his part as he acquired the language basics he needed, and it gave him the confidence to make the change in his location and his life.

Cuenca Inn is offering a 20% discount on room rates and a hearty and warm welcome to Cuenca to course members .  You can make reservations or get further details  from Bill Dixon at billdixon700@hotmail.com.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

Save $148 when you enroll in Cuenca Super Spanish Course April 1-2-3, or October 2016 and Ecuador Export Tour April 5-6-7 or an individual tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists calling all “super agers” for brain study

Short-term meditation induces white matter changes in the anterior cingulate

Passive music listening spontaneously engages limbic and paralimbic systems

Andean Thoughts on Depression and Pinnacle Careers


Pinnacle careers can help us neutralize depressing events.

Many readers tell me they are depressed with the state of their nation.  This is not just an American comment.   I received messages from readers in Canada, Ecuador and all over Europe… plus a few from Asia… especially Japan and Singapore.

A common source of this depression is their view of the change that has taken place in the democratic process.

Here is how to make such a view better.

Merri and I lived and worked with a number of Andean shamans and one specialized in treating children who had depression.  His prescription was “eat well – sleep well and work hard with joy in the heart”.   He had them live in this routine and soon they were back to youthful brightness.  Perhaps the most important lesson we learned from the years with this yatchak was learning how to make work joyful.

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Shamans walking with views at our Andean hacienda.

One reader who moved to Ecuador for example wrote:  Many of us who served in the Viet Nam war are now in our sixties and can no longer afford to live in the country we served.  I was fortunate to have served in Vietnam, Beirut and Iraq.  I love what my country was, but have my doubts about America’s future.

This depressing view has been developing for a long time. This is a natural evolution.  My first book “Passport to International Profit” published in the 1970s, explained why this change would come when it defined  the “Concept Conversion Trick” and said:   “The Concept Conversion Trick begins when people agree on a good concept for working and living together. The people go to work and if the concept is good they will create a paradise. The government gives them a flag and a song. Then the government pulls the trick. The government convinces the people that the flag and song are important. Then while the people are busy watching the flag and singing the song, the government replaces the concept with a set of ever increasing written rules and regulations administered by bureaucrats and backed up by a police force.

If this writing sounds prophetic having been written 30 + years ago, it was not. A simple review of any previous great society shows this trick and the evolution brought by it.  Like the Roman Empire, things may get better for a while, then worse and then better again. In the long term, as societies age, they lose their original vibrancy and life.

This is the universal nature… to grow until the growth becomes so excessive that balance is lost.

This truth shows us the nature of mankind and every underlying force that goes from birth to continuity and then transformation. This is the way of life.  However when we recognize and accept this fact, we can adapt and do a lot to slow the rot and return our community into a more positive space.”

Read more from my 1970s book “Passport to International Profit” “Don’t be a sitting duck when the shooting starts“.

The Longer We Are On the Pond the Smarter We Can Be

Having decades of experience offers many benefits… inner growth, more focus on health and the ability to coax our community into a better place.

These separate subjects, actually tie together rather well in a pinnacle career.  Health, wealth, meaning and service are so inexorably linked that if you apply the process of having one it becomes easy to have the others.

This thinking came clear to me years ago when one small sentence in a book review about “The Wealthy 100” which showed the fallacy of working just for cash.

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The Wealthy 100 at Amazon.com

This book showed who the wealthiest people in the world were by looking at their wealth at the time of their death in relation to the GDP of the U.S.

John Jacob Astor was the wealthiest man in these terms as his wealth equaled 1/65th of the U.S. GDP.

The paragraph in that article that shook me to my roots was: “The stories of the Astors, Vanderbilts and Morgans have been fascinating. They were not always the smartest, or best educated, but possessed a single minded discipline. If there was a common denominator it was a passion they brought to business whether inspired by greed or desire to be the best.

The backlash; many lived unhappily.”

My immediate thought was, “How would I feel if in the last 30 seconds of my life I realized that I was the richest man in the world, ever and yet I had lived an unhappy life?

This is why pinnacle careers offer more power than any we have had in the past.  If we have a career doing what we love, we do better and joyfully, put in more energy, time and care.

This is nature’s irony; if we chase money, it seems to run away.  If we pursue our passion and work without concern for the cash, the wealth can’t resist us.

Now is a great time to know more about health and its relation to wealth because as the economic slowdown carries on, people feel worse. They look for new values and ways to feel better despite the negatives in the outside world.

We live in a holographic, fractal universe.

This quantum reality can be summed in the phrase, “As above, so below”.  Most humans on this earth are feeling the external turmoil within. We are all one and we are all connected. All the negativity that abounds in uncertain economic times impacts us all at some level.

There is no better way to overcome this, to make a positive statement in the way we serve others. Charity is not the main answer either. For success, we must be rewarded for our efforts.

“The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression” is a book on human behavior by Andrew Solomon. This book tells of a unique study that shows how people put meaning back in their lives after the most horrible of circumstances.

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The Noonday Demon at Amazon.com

The book reviews a study of Cambodian women who had survived the trauma of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge purge where 20 % of the population was destroyed.

The three-step plan used gives us a great insight into how we can have true wealth. First, the women were taught to forget, the psychotherapist Phaly Nuon, a woman who had lost her family as well says they used exercises each day to forget so that each day they could forget a little more of the things they would never entirely forget. They distracted with music or embroidery or weaving or whatever seemed to work. “The loss is under the skin”, she said “and we cannot take it out.” But they could forget that it was there, even though it was.

Second, Phaly Nuon taught them to work. They had to learn to work well, have pride in the work and to be paid. The receiving of energy as well as the giving of it was necessary to make this work. Finally, once they had mastered a trade or profession she taught them to love. She used a steam bath to do this, where the women could meet and give one another manicures and pedicures. Doing this made the women feel beautiful and put them in contact with the bodies of other people and to give up their bodies to the care of others. Grooming is one of the primary forms of socialization among primates and this return to grooming brings the women back to balance.

Finally, she taught the women one more vital lesson, that these three steps, forgetting, working and loving are not three separate skills, but part of one enormous whole. The practice of these three things together each as part of the other is what makes the difference.

I quote this book and Phaly Nuon: “It (this wholeness) is the hardest thing to convey” she laughed-“but they all come to understand this, and when they do-why, then they are ready to go into the world again.”

Wholeness in giving and receiving is the answer.  If we give too much without allowing others to return we manifest the parasitic element that lies within us all.

Solomon also wrote in his book “The people who succeed despite depression do three things. First, they seek an understanding of what’s happening. They then accept that this is a permanent situation. And then they have to transcend their experience and grow from it and put themselves out into the world of real people.”

This is good advice for viewing the changes that have taken place in our world.  Understand what has happened…  accept the change… and rise above it to make the existing reality more positive for all.

There is no more powerful process than serving through business.

Give.  Give in ways that support this earth and help the world.  Serve in a way that brings joy to your heart.   Your rewards will be better health and wealth.  There is no other model for success that makes more sense.

Gary

Learn how to serve by writing to sell.

Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

Here are seven secrets that can help you earn as a writer and self publisher.  

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When you write, you can work anywhere.  Here I am working in my greenhouse.

Gain the freedom  to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.

These seven secrets are important because growing numbers of unknown writers have become famous writers and rich by self publishing over the internet.

Take for example Amanda Hocking.  After self publishing her first book at Amazon.com in the spring of 2010 she became one of the the best-selling e-authors. In the next year her book sales grossed approximately $2 million.

In 2011, St. Martin’s press paid Hocking more than $2 million for the world English rights of a four book series.  In 2013 she sold another series to St. Martin’s Press.

E.L. James is another such story.  She sold 250,000 copies of “50 Shades” via Createspace and Amazon.com before publishers noticed her and published the erotic romance trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed which sold over 70 million copies worldwide, setting the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time.

Hugh Howey is a third example.  He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks. Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon. This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

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I know Hugh.  Sometimes we get together at my  farm and play chess (he beats me badly).

These writers are great inspirations.

Hugh’s success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person.  He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.

Neither you or I are likely to have this type of success. The good news is… we do not need this type of success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle.  Self Publishing offers so many opportunities that one can have a life that most people only dream of as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.

May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.

What most success stories like those of Hugh Howey or E.L James or Amanda Hocking rarely explain how many hours of writing each devoted before their self published book sales soared.  They were journeymen first… stars second.

The sevens secrets are the journeyman secrets… call them a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income and fulfillment.

Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.  

Merri and I are not writing stars.  We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in a year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.

Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars.  Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.

In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably for you too.  First some history.

Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts”  about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in.  This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.

My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.

Self Publishing has become a new business art form and the seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.

Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing.  Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology.  Everything seems new… except the seven secrets.  Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many.   We love it due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps.  The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.

The First P is Passion.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing.  This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted in life. Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all,  you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets on writing to sell.

You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget.  Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.

So the question is… What do you love to do?

What’s Your Passion:  An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain?  He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms.  For example: “What Is Whip Lash?”

The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read.  These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.

There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business.  It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.

Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings.  I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.

I’m passionate about investing, so I write and self publish ideas about investing.  Merri and I love Ecuador… so we wrote about Ecuador.

What do you love?  If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf.  Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art?  Write and sell publications in these fields.

Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues?  You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place?  Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.

This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers.  To be immersed in our passion and get paid well for it.  That usually enough.

The seven Ps are:

#1: Passion

#2: Problem

#3: Person

#4: Profitably Priced Product

#5: Prospecting Pathway

#6: Promise

#7: Presentation

In 1974,  I had a business that never got ahead. I was almost penniless, in debt and living from hand to mouth.  Then I discovered these seven secrets.  They helped me write and sell book after book and report after report.  Since then, our self publishing business has brought in millions.

One key to building a successful self publishing business is to use the Golden Rule of Simplicity and the 7Ps to create your publication.  The premise behind the Golden Rule is that if you have a passion… you have a problem.  Your problem is a desire to fill.

The Golden rule of writing uses a writer’s desire as a compass to direct the creation and sale of the publication.

Here is the Golden Rule of Simplicity:  Your Desires Are in Others.  Your Desires ID Markets.  Your Habits Reveals Pathways.  Your Emotions Create Stories.  Your Demands Create Publications.

This creative pathway works whether your publication is written by hand and sold on the street corner or published for Kindle at Amazon.com. These simple but basic fundamentals guide the creation of your works whether you use the most sophisticated equipment and algorithms  or are totally low tech.

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.  We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled.  People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.  We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.”  Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.

Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.

You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you.  The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop.   I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299.  You save $598.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .

These courses are not theoretical.  They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now.   We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.

This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course.  The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.  This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.

Here is a special offer.  We provide two emailed courses  “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.

We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell.  In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process. 

Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product. 

You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.

You can learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small.  From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business and Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry.  Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use.  In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.

There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding.  Expand your borders now!  Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.

If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days.  You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.

You also receive a report  “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.

Plus you get more in the program.

You receive the Report, “How to Finance a Small Business Overseas” (no extra fee).

Merri and I have always preferred to start our micro businesses  through cash flow.  However in the early the days of our business I found myself raising extra capital several times.  I have also helped numerous businesses raise money to get started.  This report shares several experiences to give a thumbnail sketch of how to raise money abroad.

In addition you receive any updates we make on any of these courses reports or recordings, free for a year.  Businesses usually need to evolve.  Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses.  Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year.  We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.

My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:

  • “International Business Made EZ” course
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
  • The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
  • Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund . 

To order International Business Made EZ and the entire “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program for $299.  Click Here.

See success stories from Self Publishers and a few who have attended the “Writer’s Camp” you can hear on MP3.

 

Longevity Adventure in a Global Lifestyle


Longevity is an important reason for having a global lifestyle.

We review longevity ideas in all our Super Thinking courses and there are fundamental sectors to longevity… consciousness… nutrition and exercise.

The catalyst for good consciousness is “happiness”.

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I grew up in the Cascade Mountains. From the minute I had a car… weekends were spent camping and hiking on mountain trails like this.

I couldn’t stop.   There was such a lure… this great temptation to see what was just around the next bend.

Isn’t this how life should be? Adventure, curiosity and mystery create such great energy… enthusiasm and excitement in a global lifestyle… all these bends in the roads ahead!

Life is an adventure and we are happiest when we are learning and growing.  This is one reason we loved Ecuador.

A reader sent me this note and photo a couple days ago.

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Mt. Chimborazo, Ecuador: Farthest Point from Earth’s Center

Because of the Earth’s equatorial bulge, the farthest point from the center of the planet is not Mount Everest, but the Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador. It is 3,967 miles from the Earth’s center. Everest is 3,966 miles.

Being mountainous… on the sea… in the Amazon and on the Equator makes Ecuador unique. There is almost no other country that has this entire combination.  This means that Ecuador really does have it all… the same bio diversity as going from the Equator to the Arctic Circle.

This is one of the features that attracted Merri and me to Ecuador.  We loved mountains and all the bends in the roads.  We loved the completely different mind set of the Ecuadorians.

We loved the fact that one can escape the tyranny of Western reason and live in new exciting ways.

There are so many different new adventures you can have in Ecuador.

You’ll Live Longer

A great article on longevity “The Longevity Expedition – Dan Buettner’s search for the fountain of youth” by Josh Dean and photographs by David Bowman is at National Geographic’s adventure website (linked below.)

The article says:  Here’s one thing I can tell you for sure—we know this from a big, global values survey: Taking the time to know what your values are and acting out those values are important ingredients in the formula for happiness. And we know that happier people live longer than unhappy people. That’s measurable. If your values include travel and a certain testing of your abilities and limits, you should invest time and money to do that. If that means climbing mountains or biking across continents or kayaking down rivers, by all means, do it. It’s probably worth the wear and tear on your body. But it’s not a universal to tell people that adventure is the key to happiness. Because other people find happiness curling up by a fire and reading a novel.

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Photo from the National Geographic Adventure website.

However, you do not have to go to Ecuador to find adventure. Adventure comes in so many ways.

Some of our readers and friends take amazing trips.  Ann Gallagher rode a bike 4,000 miles across Africa to promote tourism in Africa to help the poor there.  Here she is crossing the Nubian Desert!

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Way to go, Ann!

Ken and Audrey Wallace who attended our Super Spanish course last winter just wrote: Audrey and I were able to complete our cross Canada charity bicycle ride this summer. We rode 6300 km raising $100,000 to build a school in Ethiopia which will open this September.

Author Bob Gandt sent this note last week:  G & M,  Triathlon Glory! First (and probably last) triathlon: Clermont, FL 08/23/12. Results: Finish middle of pack (including kids and less superbly conditioned adults); First in over-70 group (mainly due to being the only one in the group). Best event: Bike; Worst event: Swim (water sucks).

Lesson:  Old guys rule.

Looking forward to joining you for the seminar in Oct.  Our plan:  flying Delta to Tri-Cities, arr: 10:46 4 Oct, will rent a vehicle and reach Finca Scott in the afternoon.  Leaving Mon. A.M.  Hope that fits.  Best, Bob and Anne

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Bob and Anne Gandt after triathlon.

Be sure to visit Bob Gandt’s website here.

Yet one does not have to run or bike or swim to have adventure either.

This is what we love about our North Carolina Mountain farm.

The Appalachians are as old as the Andes are new. They began about 480 million years ago when several mountain building plate collisions culminated in the construction of the supercontinent Pangea with the Appalachians near the center.

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The Appalachians.

The Appalachians were the centerpiece of Pangea, and rose to Himalayan heights, nearing at least 30,000 feet. 300 million years of erosion knocked about 4 miles of bulk off the top. It is extremely difficult to estimate exact height, but it is entirely possible that Mt. Mitchell, about 90 miles from our North Carolina farm has been the tallest mountain in the history of the earth.

For the last 100 million years, erosion has carved away the mountains, leaving only their cores standing. Erosion continues today and is constantly altering the landscape of the Southern Appalachians.

We love our gardening at our farm and this can enhance longevity as well.

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My sunflower garden.

The National Geographic Longevity Expedition article also shows how adventures in low impact exercise tacks on years. 

It says:  One of the greatest activities is growing a garden. You can say “That’s boring!” but you put it in your yard, and it requires physical activity to till the land, weed, water, harvest, fertilize. It’s there as a constant reminder to do a little bit of regular activity. It’s a range-of-motion activity, and it’s low intensity. And you emerge with organic vegetables. It’s something you have to do throughout the week for the entire growing season, and that’s important: subtle things that play out over time and not just fanatic exercise.

Here is the longevity formula.  Integrating consciousness… nutrition and exercise helps you live longer.   The catalyst is happiness.   Find an adventure that calls you just around the next bend. Follow it!  Go do things that make you happy (while helping others)… wherever  and whatever works for you.  This happiness will lead you to a lifestyle that helps you live longer.

Gary

Join us in October and meet interesting like minded souls as you learn longevity secrets from Super Thinking, plus International Investing and Business.

Learning in the mountains and nature is special.  Here is what a delegate at our course here in North Carolina wrote:

Dear Merri,   Once again, thank you, Merri and Gary, very much for a most enriching, informative and enlightening Writer’s Seminar which I was privileged to attend this past weekend at Merrily Farms in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  The peaceful ambiance was certainly conducive to the intellectual, and meaningful processing of the powerful insight, knowledge, and experience, shared.  For me, it reaffirmed the realization of just how utterly unimportant and destructive all the negative forces we allow to influence our inner calm on a daily basis, are.
 
I, for one, would certainly encourage many more people, Boomers, and especially thirty-something adults to attend a series of your seminars.  I think we all need to be reminded, and the younger generation guided, towards self-actualization in our professional, as well as our personal lives, by steadily pursuing, and focusing on, our own realistic dreams and goals – while deftly circumventing external, competitive and energy depleting forces.   In my personal experience as a parent, it has proved very possible to motivate young children to challenge and exert themselves to reach for “their” stars without proverbially elbowing everyone else out of the way.  By maintaining an uncluttered emotional state, the mind is capable of a much higher level of critical and creative thinking.
 
Thank you, also, Merri, for sharing your wisdom about issues relating to effective sleep and an overactive mind.  I am eagerly awaiting the products, and have also shared your thoughts with others, who share the problem.
 
Lastly, the food you provided for the whole group, was exquisite!!  Thank you!  I am now also a Quinoa-convert!!  Also, thanks for the mountain honey – I am savoring every mouthful!  You are both very special human beings!  Until we meet again,  Sincerely,

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Tuvindidor – Ancient Wisdoms II


Ancient wisdoms use sight, sounds and actions to get and stay in harmony with our natural being.

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National Geographic photo by of the Tuvan in prayer from the article “Vanishing Languages”.

What do Tuva, India and Ecuador have in common?  Could there have been a Tuvindidor?

See how ancient wisdoms use similar exercises for balance.

The July 2012 National Geographic article “Vanishing Languages” by Russ Rymer with photography by Lynn Johnson tells how  a language dies every 14 days and explains that by the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish.

The article ponders the question, “What is lost when a language goes silent?”

We can spot common threads that run through all ancient wisdoms.

Take action as an example.  These are a thousand year old symbol of the Knights Hospitaler (left) and an ancient Incan figurine showing a prayer position and exercise.

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See the similarities?

This is the second in a series on ancient wisdoms and how we can incorporate them for better lifestyles in the modern world.

See ancient wisdoms #1 here.

The importance of words in ancient languages and the connection between the frequencies we call sound and intelligence can turn our lifestyles up a notch or ten.

Ancient wisdoms can help tune us into reality because they all, at some level, reflect the same truths about the basics of everything in our physical world.  One way we can see this is through their commonality of sounds… how the ancients… though separated by vast distances use similar sounds to be aligned with nature’s truth.

For example at the language level, the root of Quichua in the Andes and Sanskrit in India are the same. Many words and sounds are identical.

Another example is the use of conch shell trumpets in so many ceremonies of ancient wisdom.

One way of looking at everything is as a collage of frequencies.  Good health is the body operating as a bundle of correct, natural frequencies.

Healers from the ancient disciplines globally use the frequency emitted from the conch shell because the form of these shells represent the Golden Mean.

In mathematics and the arts, the golden mean is the ratio of expansion in nature when all frequencies are in harmony. This mathematical constant is about 1.618033.

In other words each ring of a conch shell (that has grown in harmony) is about 1.6 larger than the last.

Non stressed flowers unfold on the Golden Mean.

Adolf Zeising, a mathematician and philosopher, found the Golden Mean expressed in the arrangement of branches along the stems of plants and of veins in leaves. Animal skeletons, the branches of veins and nerves expand on the Golden Mean.  The Golden Mean rules the proportions of chemical compounds and the geometry of crystals.   The Golden Mean is a universal law as Zeising wrote, “the ground-principle of all formative striving for beauty and completeness in the realms of both nature and art, and which permeates, as a paramount spiritual ideal, all structures, forms and proportions, whether cosmic or individual, organic or inorganic, acoustic or optical; which finds its fullest realization, however, in the human form.

Hearing the Golden Mean in music or sound helps balance our being.

Shamans in Ecuador begin ceremonies with the blowing of the conch because they know that the conch represents the Golden Mean, 1 to 1.6. the expression of nature… the rate at which nature expands.   Hearing this frequency helps integrate the brain, body mind and soul.

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Wise people from around the world blow the conch at ceremonies. Here is a picture of a Fijian ceremony beginning with a conch trumpet. (Photo from Vanuati pictures.)

In India the conch shell is an important ritual object in Hinduism. The shell is used as a ceremonial trumpet, as part of religious practices, for example puja.

We can become smarter and more productive  by dwelling upon and truly understanding the words used in ancient wisdoms.

See the conch used in Indian Puja.

Ancient wisdoms also use words and chants to establish natural balance.

For example a series of chants I was taught from the archives of an ancient prophesy were aimed at dwelling on words that reflected the spirit of friendliness, happiness and compassion.

As social animals in a crowded interconnected world there are few things we can do that will improve our lives more than being friendly, compassionate and happy to get others to cooperate with us and enjoy a better lifestyle.

Cooperation is a basis for survival and enrichment and there are few personal qualities more effective at gaining cooperation than friendliness, happiness and compassion.

The words in ancient levels can often express wisdoms at an even deeper level in reaching the full spirit of such concept as friendliness, happiness and compassion.

The National Geographic article for example reflects a clue into this deeper  wisdom when it explains the Tuvan word “khoj özeeri”.

An excerpt from this National Geographic article explains “khoj özeeri”:  One morning in early fall Andrei Mongush and his parents began preparations for supper, selecting a black-faced, fat-tailed sheep from their flock and rolling it onto its back on a tarp outside their livestock paddock. The Mongush family’s home is on the Siberian taiga, at the edge of the endless steppes, just over the horizon from Kyzyl, the capital of the Republic of Tuva, in the Russian Federation.

Khoj özeeri,  is the Tuvan method of killing a sheep.   If slaughtering livestock can be seen as part of humans’ closeness to animals, khoj özeeri represents an unusually intimate version.

The article also says:  Reaching through an incision in the sheep’s hide, the slaughterer severs a vital artery with his fingers, allowing the animal to quickly slip away without alarm, so peacefully that one must check its eyes to see if it is dead. In the language of the Tuvan people, khoj özeeri means not only slaughter but also kindness, humaneness, a ceremony by which a family can kill, skin, and butcher a sheep, salting its hide and preparing its meat and making sausage with the saved blood and cleansed entrails so neatly that the whole thing can be accomplished in two hours (as the Mongushes did this morning) in one’s good clothes without spilling a drop of blood.

Khoj özeeri implies a relationship to animals that is also a measure of a people’s character. As one of the students explained, “If a Tuvan killed an animal the way they do in other places”—by means of a gun or knife—“they’d be arrested for brutality.”

The Tuvan have carried this energy described in these sounds… friendliness, happiness and compassion… so far into their lifestyles that it turns the act of slaughter into a ceremony of kindness.

These are universal concepts that ancient wisdoms everywhere express so we can learn a lot by looking for ideas and concepts that ancient wisdoms share in common.

Merri and I observed this kind of universal cooperation in the chants and consequently mentality of the advanced Andean shamans…  that everything… “even the worms in the earth”  the shaman used to say is part of a universal cooperation.  When they plant their crops… they plant an area for themselves and a portion for the wild animals to eat because they are a part and parcel of our total being.

The sounds, the singing… the combination of the beats, rhythms, tones and words create a powerful useful meaning in the chants.

This is why we use music and rhythm in all our Super Thinking courses and seminars now.

Another quote from the National Geographic article explains the deep power within music: When I ask university students in Kyzyl what Tuvan words are untranslatable into English or Russian, they suggest khöömei, because the singing is so connected with the Tuvan environment that only a native can understand it.

The article tells about Andrei Mongush and his wife says:   They work as musicians in the Tuvan National Orchestra, an ensemble that uses traditional Tuvan instruments and melodies in symphonic arrangements. Andrei is a master of the most characteristic Tuvan music form: throat singing, or khöömei.

khei-àt means air horse  or a spiritual place within.

Ai-Xaan Oorzhak throat sings and plays the igil, or horse-head fiddle, with bow techniques like “make horse walk.” Singers use the term “air horse” to describe the spiritual depths they draw from to produce the harmonic sounds.

We can see how alike chants and songs from varied cultures are by listening to a Tuvan singer and then an Indian Vedic chant.

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Hear Tuvan throat singing here.

Hear the similarity of sound in an Indian Puja

If these thoughts make sense, then we may be able to at least partially answer this profound Vanishing Languages which asks, “What is lost when a language goes silent?”

The sad answer is that mankind loses a unique window into reality and a special way to state truth and we lose words that can lead us to truth.

Fortunately we can improve our lifestyles by gaining greater unison with positive truths when we look for agreements in the ancient wisdoms that we can apply to our daily activities in the modern world.

Gary

The National Geographic article also provided a clue about how to learn a language when it said:   Andrei and his wife also speak English, which they are teaching themselves with pieces of paper labeled in English pasted onto seemingly every object in their modern kitchen in Kyzyl.

The key to speaking a language well is to use it and use it and use it.

This is why our Super Thinking + Spanish courses use music to help the process of absorbing, retaining and recalling the language… plus create a mental bubble that keeps delegates think Spanish so they learn it even when they do not speak it.

Learn how to combine the power of music and 4005 Spanish words you already know as you learn Super Spanish.

Learn Spanish in the Amazon or Blue Ridge

We have added a  3 Day Super Thinking + Spanish Camp to be conducted September 21, 22 and 23 at our North Carolina farm  on Little Horse Creek.

(or learn in St, Louis, Vernon BC Canda or Washington DC)

In these busy times the farm is a peaceful quiet place to learn.

Here is Little Horse Creek.

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The creek starts on our land… fed by dozens of pure water springs. It feeds the pond below our main house where guests meet and flows past our deep woods seminar hall where we learn together.

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Creek below the seminar hall.

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The leaf change will have begun…(Saturday, Sept. 22 is the first day of Fall)…enjoy the beauty of golden leaves.

Enjoy sunrise views.

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and crisp mountain morns… maybe even a little frost.

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Yet afternoons are sunny so we can visit the views from the woods and even…

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take a little relaxation in the sun… since we use relaxation techniques in the teaching of Spanish.

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We’ll have picked plenty of mountain blackberries by then so I expect Merri will have a pie or two (maybe four) cooked up for us when we…

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come up to our house for afternoon tea.

The Super Thinking + Spanish course is the same as always but seriously limited to the number of delegates due to the nature of our seminar hall.

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Here is the inside of our seminar hall.

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A recent group at the camp.

We hope you join us for this Blue Ridge experience where you’ll enjoy nature and  learn Super Thinking + Spanish.

September 21-22-23  Merrily Farms Spanish Camp  Enroll for one $799 or Two $999

Or if you prefer the Amazon!  October 8 to 12 Glenn Sterling with conduct a Super Thinking + Spanish course in the Amazon.

Glenn Sterling sent us this report about the first Amazon Spanish Camp he organized and conducted.

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Here is a picture of lodge from the canoe on the lake.

One great way to get paid to travel to places you desire is as a Super Thinking + Spanish teacher.  Spiro Michas enjoyed conducting a Super Spanish course when he visited Uruguay. Glenn Sterling always wanted to visit the Amazon so he organized course there.

Learn how to become a Super Thinking + Spanish teacher during our September Blue Ridge Spanish Camp.

See below the schedule for Glenn’s next Amazon Spanish camp.

Here is a report from Glenn on the first Amazon Spanish Camp he conducted.

Getting There – To the Amazon or Bust

By Glenn Sterling

Arriving was 99% of the adventure.  We’d flown from Quito, Ecuador.

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Quito at night taken from Stubel Suites and Cafe.

We flew next morning for a half hour flight to Coca (named after a local Indian Community ) a city of about 60,000.

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This was our Aerogal flight to Coca.

This bus was waiting for us at the Coca Airport.

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The bus took us to Coca and once there we loaded onto a boat and donned life jackets.

Our seatbacks were slid into place and we began the 2.5 hour journey down the broad, shallow, silt-laden Napo River.

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The weather is never chilly here but is frequently blessed with warmish showers.  Our ride was no exception, so we were wet but warm and our rears comforted by the deep foam seat bottoms.

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There were lots of odd boats on the Napo, a tributary of the Amazon River. One had been a jet!

In the Amazon, the river IS the highway.

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Our guide, leader and naturalist, Rodrigo, showed us how to open a unique local fruit we’d found in our yummy, bagged lunches.  Bottled water accompanied our snack.

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We sped downriver dodging islands of debris, tree stumps, clumps of floating grass and other items.

The river was widening as its banks collapsed from swollen waters and frequent rains.  Daunesh said “Hey, it’s a rain forest.”  It was.

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Napo River bank.

We were never alone on the river.

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The ponchos kept us dry.

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Finally we felt alone in the jungle when we were led to a 15 minute walk down a boardwalk trail into the Amazon jungle.

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Daunesh was among the first to arrive at our canoes and soon our Armada struck off through a narrow waterway.

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The water way led to the open waters of Lake Garcocha (Heron lake in Quicha).

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In another 10 minutes we arrived at the lodge on the edge of the lake.

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They had refreshing drinks and mouth watering snacks awaiting us  and after the travel adventure our appetites were ready.

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For more details contact Glenn Sterling @ nnomad9@gmail.com)

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Benefits From Music


There are many benefits from music.

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So do Ecuador Andean musicians.

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This is because the  ancient wisdom recognized the healing benefits of music.

Merri and I listen to classical music as we write and work. We gain energy stamina and enjoy our work more.

I listen to classical music as I review my investment portfolio and make decisions about which bonds and shares to buy.  This helps me remain calmer and more objective about my investments regardless of whether they are up or down.

We use music because certain types of music help integrate the mental-emotional-physical connection so the whole mind works better.

In short a benefit of music is it can make us stronger, healthier and more intelligent.

Take for example this excerpt from an August 25, 2010 New York Times article: “Exercise with Music: A Potent Stress-Reducing, Health-Promoting Duo!” The article discovered that listening to music could prevent basketball players from “choking” while under pressure to perform and discusses several really interesting developments in the area of how music impacts physical performance.

Exercise is perhaps one of the most effective stress-reduction strategies there is. And, with or without exercise, music is also a great mood regulator in its own right.

Music Links Your Brain and Body

The New York Times article says:  No one can explain the exact mechanics of how music achieves what it does, but researchers consistently find that music has a major impact on exertion during exercise – and then some.

Motivation appears to be one factor. Different types of musical scores elicit different emotions, such as joy or melancholy for example, and certain types of music can motivate you to run faster, or keep going even though you’re fatigued.

However, a more intriguing connection may be the fact that you’re more or less “hardwired” to respond to musical beats.

“It may be that… your body first responds to the beat, even before your mind joins in; your heart rate and breathing increase and the resulting biochemical reactions join with the music to exhilarate and motivate you to move even faster.”

Dr. Mercola commented on this at his popular site:  In a recent study, researchers asked 12 college students to ride stationary bicycles while listening to music. They were given a selection of six songs with a range of tempos.

During one session, the six songs ran at their normal tempos. In other sessions, the tempo was slowed by 10 percent or increased by 10 percent. Their activity changed significantly in response.

When the tempo was slowed, their pedaling diminished in rate, their heart rates fell, and their mileage dropped. When the tempo was increased, they produced more power with each pedal stroke and increased their pedaling rate, and their heart rates rose.

The power and influence of music is being studied on several fronts, and its impact on human performance is nothing short of astounding. From helping you improve your math skills to getting your legs pumping and entraining your heart to beat normally, music is not to be underrated.

Exercise really is one of the single most important lifestyle choices you can make to improve your health. I have been exercising for 43 years and for the first 20 or so I exercised without audio. For the next 20 I listened to lectures that really helped me learn natural medicine and many personal development principles.

But more recently, especially since I have been using the high intensity Peak 8 exercise program, I find that music is an amazingly effective motivation to work out at a higher level.

It has a profound difference on how intensely I work out.

Music Can Also Improve Verbal Fluency

This New York Times excerpt helps explain how our “Super Thinking plus Spanish course” uses music to learn the language in four days.

Interestingly, while studies have shown that exercising alone has the capability to improve your mood and increase the speed of your decision-making process, listening to music while exercising has been shown to improve verbal fluency as well.

A 2003 study published in the journal Heart Lung found that listening to music while exercising boosted cognitive levels and verbal fluency skills in people diagnosed with coronary artery disease.

Coronary artery disease has been linked to a decline in cognitive abilities. In this study, signs of improvement in the verbal fluency areas more than doubled after listening to music compared to that of the non-music session.

This study did not offer any explanations for these findings. However,  it would seem reasonable to think that it has something to do with the automatic interplay between your body and brain when you hear music, which might allow your brain to process language easier, just as it can help improve math skills.

Whatever the mechanism, adding music to your workout routine with the hopes of boosting your verbal fluency surely won’t do any harm.

Whatever your desire… to be healthier, to invest, work or learn better it’s the music that can help.

Gary

Use music to learn to speak Spanish in four days

Learn Spanish in Three Days

Learn Spanish in 3 Days – Cuenca Course – September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016

Learn how to speak Spanish in just three days in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Super Thinking tactics help us absorb… retain and recall information better and faster.  We prove this in our Super Thinking + Spanish course which teaches how to communicate in Spanish in just three days.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador, Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 30, October 1-2, 2016.  

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Rick Brown teaches 3 Day Spanish in Cuenca Ecuador.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador, over the  September 30 – October 1 -2 weekend.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

Save $148 when you enroll in Cuenca Super Spanish Course and Cotacachi  Ecuador Export Tour October 4-5-6 or an individual tour.

Cuenca is Ecuador’s most popular city, a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many beautiful colonial buildings.  Cuenca has wonderful architecture, tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels and night activity.

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Ecuador Living Club members can enjoy discounts at Cuenca hotels as well.

This course really works!

An M.D. who attended wrote:   We want to thank you plus all the others for making the class such a fun and rewarding experience.   I took Spanish as an undergraduate and lasted two days before dropping the class due to my own anxieties.  Over the years I have tried to learn French, Italian, and Spanish yet again using a variety of methods such as Rosetta Stone, Berlitz etc. and was never successful.  I finally feel like I can be successful at learning to converse at Spanish–in fact already feel successful!  Thanks so much for teaching an old dog some new tricks.  We’re both looking forward to continuing the learning process, having fun doing so, and taking more classes.

See a ten minute video of Gary Scott and Pronunciation coach Don Childs showing how to get started creating Spanish sentences right now.

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Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.

Super Thinking + Spanish course goes beyond just learning to speak Spanish.

There are numerous little known, but scientifically proven ways to enhance the speed, accuracy and efficiency of your decision making process for greater wealth, health and happiness. In just three days you can gain almost amazing learning skills.  Plus you become skilled in Spanish as a bonus.

In just three days?  Sound too good to be true?

This is not a gimmick nor a trick. At least three best selling books, Superlearning, the Mozart Effect and Superlearning 2000 have revealed insights about how we can learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  In 1980 Superlearning sold over two million copies and showed how the Lozanov learning system blended long-tested sciences of yoga with contemporary physiology and psychology so people could learn faster and better.

The 3 Day Spanish system includes some of Dr. Lozanov’s original work that uses music to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.  The course integrates the use of music with 17 lessons that teach you over 4,000 Spanish words.

Fluency in a language is considered to come when you know 1,200 words.  To prove that it is possible to gain this and much more, let me share just one of the 17 lessons.

Here are the thousands of Spanish words lesson #1:  All words in Spanish and English that end in ION are almost identical,  just pronounced differently. For example action is accion, education educacion, manipulation, manipulacion, etc.

Now you already literally know hundreds of Spanish nouns.  This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons you gain. The next lesson teaches you how to pronounce each of these nouns. Then you learn in a third lesson almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

You also learn how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds). This simple lesson leaves you sounding like a Spanish professor.

There are many other lessons. For example lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything you want in Spanish. Lesson six gives you the valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples your Spanish capacity with yesterday, now and tomorrow.

By the end of the three day course you will feel quite comfortable speaking Spanish without stress!

A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you.   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 Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.  In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) .   In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music.  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi

The Super Spanish helps you start speaking and understanding Spanish right away.  This can help you speak Spanish faster and make your traditional Spanish course easier and more effective. 

A Livescience.com article helps explain why this course works and how delegates are creating Spanish sentences by the first lunch break and can communicate well in Spanish after just three days.   This article by Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience Senior Writer, is entitled “CIA Seeks Anyone, Anyone Who Can Speak 2 Languages”.

Four important points in the article are shown in excerpts below with my comments to show what has been wrong with traditional Spanish courses and why the Super Thinking tactic is perfect for this program.

This three day course gets you speaking and thinking Spanish all the time so you can use and/or think Spanish every day… and communicating even from the beginning.  In this way the education grows even when Spanish is not being spoken.

The Super Thinking course first integrates the brain.  Students learn better with relaxed concentration. Then the course teaches them 17 simple lessons so they know 4005 words in Spanish and can use them to create sentences. In this way, you can communicate in just three days.

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

Gary

Here are what delegates wrote about a Super Thinking + Spanish seminar. 

“Hi Gary & Merri, You two are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Well, as you can see prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range. My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!” Suzy Kurinsky

Another wrote:  Thanks for the Spanish course.  This technique is truly a breakthrough in learning.  I believe I learned more Spanish in four days than I learned in four weeks in a previously attended Costa Rica language school.  The Costa Rica school taught a very limited number of memorized words and phrases. Ted.

Another delegate at a Super thinking plus Spanish seminar wrote:  The Super Thinking approach exposed us to a broad variety of works and the technique needed to expand the language.  Again, Thanks for the experience.

One attendee wrote: I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything during the seminar. You guys are indeed a shining example of having a business that truly serves others. And thanks for the extra time spent and good things taught to me personally. I have begun to implement them already and will continue to apply them. And you might be interested that waiting for my flight home I ended up sitting next to a woman from Quito and could understand some of what she said in a cell phone conversation. We talked a little and she said that I should visit Ecuador!  Thank you again for your real graciousness and acceptance! I will also write to Merri and thank her as well. And I wish that I could do something for you two!

Another wrote: Thank you!  We  always look forward to spending time and learning about so many fascinating things. Like Minded people and Vivaldi! What could be better?

Another sent this note: Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish!  I really enjoyed the workshop.

Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes.  I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra.  I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life.  I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.

Thank you for sending the file of the 4005 Spanish words.  This will be very helpful in my daily review of Spanish.

Another emailed this: Every day I’m becoming more proficient in Spanish.  As I get ready to do something, I think about how I would say it in Spanish.  Thank you again for a Super Workshop!  With love and blessings,

Another: It certainly was an interesting and intriguing four days for me.  I enjoyed the Spanish but even more so, all the tentacles that extended during those four days that went into so many different directions.

I grew up in a very SQUARE box with loving  and intelligent parents but my world remained within this box, unable to see beyond those walls, as I was never encouraged to “think outside the box”..  Mike has been opening doors and leading me outside this box but because of my upbringing I have not completely embraced or understood what was beyond those doors he opened for me.  As I have gotten older I have become more open to the world outside those doors yet those old tapes continue to play and I have not been able to completely release myself and experience all that can be.

Another shared this: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me,  I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible” and I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted.  I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.

I found all the information you offered on healing, realigning the body, nutrition, etc. so fascinating, have you ever thought about doing a course on just that?  With the aging population and the health care issues I think it would be not only an interesting course but one that would be very beneficial to so many.  I, personally, would love to learn more about what you talked about and plan on purchasing the book, “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Healing” for my Kindle.

Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

Another:  We had fun at Disney World on Monday and sat beside several Personnes Espaniol.  We could understand them however I couldn’t make sentences quickly, but could say one or two word phrases that were understood.  We arrived home at 3am yesterday – the airlines were very late in Denver due to a crew incident.

I found myself making up sentences all day yesterday as I was running errands.  John knows more vocabulary than I at this point as he has studied Spanish previously.  Today I will begin to review the lessons and construct sentences to send to you and the group – as you suggested below.  Es en BUENO sugestion!!!  I also received the email Merri sent with the 4005 words and started to scroll through those yesterday.

Another: Thank YOU for everything you have done to create and bring this wonderful experience to all of us.  It takes a well sychronized team of people to put on an effective, change producing seminar!  I have given many seminars and enjoyed the experience immensely.  The outcome is even better!  Estoy une infantil de Super Thinking and Spanish, y es possible aprender en tiempo.

John and I both thank all of you for the wonderful experience – we are working now to clear up things so we can leave for the Galapagos and Ecuador November 25th – December 20th.  Nosotros tiene muchos appreciacion!  Gracias y Abrazos,

Another:
  Muchas gracias para la informacion!  I had a wonderful time at the Super Learning + Spanish weekend!… excelente!

I was impressed with your depth of knowledge on numerous subjects and your ability to speak about them with exceptional recall.  Con mucho apriciar,  P.S. Yo estoy enteresado en Espanol #2.

One delegate even explained how after our course they ended up as the accidental translator: Gary,  I have sent a couple of messages, and  a story of Mike being able to translate yesterday for a Spanish person  who couldn’t understand what a man was trying to tell him!

We loved the seminar, and are excited to put the super learning to practice, and especially the great company of like-minded people (especially G & M!)  Muchas Gracias!  Tiene an excellante dias.

One delegate communicated entirely in Spanish…. after just our Super Thinking + Spanish seminar: Buenas dias nuestra maestra perfectamente, Merri!   Muchas gracias por la lista espanol.

Claro, David y yo aprendemous mucho espanol el fine de semana pasada. Gary y usted nos hacen espanol muy facil aprender. Es importante continuar a practicar espanol cada dia. Gracias tambien!  Buenas suerte…hasta la vista! Con mucho amor,

Comments from another delegate: I wanted you to know that the Spanish course has proven incredibly helpful. Dealing with internet service providers and shopping for appliances, etc., normally would have required me hiring a translator to follow me around. While it may not be pretty or 100% grammatically correct, I am understood. Thank you!  Saludos!

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Delegates during a relaxation session.

Another a dentist said: I was so delighted with my experience at the Spanish training.  I felt more confident of ability to pronounce Spanish than I ever was of French or German.  Funny… I did not think I remembered any French or German but when I cannot remember the Spanish words the German and French popped up.  Practicing my pronunciation made my trip home go faster. I never enjoyed pronouncing either of the other two, but this was fun. It is hard to fall asleep at the wheel when you are moving your mouth to speak Spanish. It does work your mouth in a different way.  I realized that you have to say each syllable slowly and correctly(until you get it perfectly) and when you do it is impressive.

It was amazing to see us all writing such advanced sentences after a few days and so much more enjoyable than having to go through the alphabet to build the words to build the sentences.

Rick Brown has created his own programs attending a one year Super Spanish training program from Merri and me. He has now been teaching this course for five years. He has moved to Cuenca Ecuador and teaches this course once or twice a year.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

The Course will be conducted at the beautful  American run B & B in Cuenca.  

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Cuenca Inn Courtyard.  Click to enlarge.

The Cuenca Inn B&B is located just outside the city center and is in a large home well back from the road, so you have maximum peace and quiet.

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View from near Cuenca Inn B&B.  There are plenty of very inexpensive taxis into the center of town.

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It has large luxury guest rooms, two with bathroom en suite and TVs.  There is  a wonderful large central covered courtyard with TV, a central fire pit and lots of plants.

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TV room for guests.

A guest living room with TV and big comfortable sofas adjoin the courtyard.

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There is also a small bar area just off the courtyard  that we all enjoyed.  The Inn is very well appointed and the ambiance is warm and conducive to the comforts of a home away from home.  Internet/WIFI is good and Magic Jack is available to guests for long distance calling, along with pyre-loaded local cell phones.

Delegates can  sit round the fire pit enjoying conversation.

The Inn’s manager Bill Dixon attended one of Rick’s first Super Thinking / Super Spanish courses prior to moving  to Cuenca.  He believes this was a really good investment on his part as he acquired the language basics he needed, and it gave him the confidence to make the change in his location and his life.

Cuenca Inn is offering a 20% discount on room rates and a hearty and warm welcome to Cuenca to course members .  You can make reservations or get further details  from Bill Dixon at billdixon700@hotmail.com.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

Save $148 when you enroll in Cuenca Super Spanish Course April 1-2-3, or October 2016 and Ecuador Export Tour April 5-6-7 or an individual tour.


Read New York Times article “Exercise with Music: A Potent Stress-Reducing, Health-Promoting Duo!

Read Dr Mercola’s comments on the benefits of music.

How We Can Serve You


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

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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 including the seminar “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.

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 2016. 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.

Club membership is for an entire year and the recorded seminar is just one high point.

In 2016 and 2017 we are conducting online seminars about value investing, natural health and how to write to sell.

International Club members receive all the online seminars free.

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

Annual International Club (one year) Membership  $1,199

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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.

I invite you to be a member of the International Club.

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 online.

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Gary

Three Ecuador Longevity Tips


Here are three Ecuador longevity tips.

Ecuador is famous for the longevity of its residents. Here are three reasons why.

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Sunrise to…    (Sunrise at Inn Land of the Sun – formerly Meson de las Flores)

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sunset… Ecuador has a consistency of weather… light and dark.   Sunset at East Lake Groves.

The evenness of sunrise and sunset helps longevity. The sun in Ecuador rises every day at 6am and sets every day at 6pm… 365 days a year.  Temperature is moderate also and the body likes this regularity. Energy that would have to be expended adapting to changing weather and temperature is saved for other life needs… healing… growing…. resisting disease.

Fresher, more natural food and more walking also helps.

Here is a this less known but perhaps more important longevity thought that arose because Merri and I  live part of the year in the middle of an orange grove.

Oranges can teach us many lessons when time is taken to observe… and reflect.

One such lesson came from the spring aromas while sitting each morning on our lanai… writing, immersed in this delicate fragrance that is orange blossom.

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Ma in an orange grove by our house.

While soaking in this heady scent it was noted that citrus trees have learned to keep their ripe fruit on the vine while producing new blooms”.

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The old & the new together in an orange tree.

This is a wonderful lesson that also happens to be related to longevity in Ecuador.  An Ecuador shaman once told me that one problem in the Western world is that we do not respect endings.  No one respects the old.

The Ecuadorian indigenous style (the indigenous make up well over half of Ecuador’s population) is to revere age. The older you grow… the more respect you get.

The Ecuador shamanic traditions believe that the youth do the work… but the elders provide the wisdom.

Though all Ecuadorian children are supposed to go to school…  in reality many start working at quite a young age.

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The elders are usually provided with more spiritually oriented tasks… like this

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Taita Yatchak who conducts our

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Shamanic Minga on…

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sacred Lake….

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Quicocha.

When we are respected… needed, active…. and fulfilled… we live longer.

This is good news for those who cannot retire…  because of the global economic crash.

Retirement can be fatal! An important part of longevity, for those who retire or not, for those who work in Ecuador or not,  is to remain independent, challenged, active and needed.

One of the most important features that was found in the valleys of Ecuador where people rarely retire but live long lives, is that old age was revered.  In Ecuador old age its not viewed as bad…  Maturity is highly respected.  People at the age of 100, even 110 are known to still be active and working!  There is not the same old age glass ceiling as in the West.

If you plan to work beyond retirement age, why not provide your services in a place where you efforts are more appreciated?

One does not have to move to Ecuador to work.  There are innumerable stories worldwide of how staying at work extends life.

One non retirement story that motivated me is of Max Zimmer of Los Angeles.  Max came to the US from Austria in 1911 with only a two dollar bill. At age 103 he still had the same two-dollar bill and had built and still ran a multimillion-dollar business.

One MD who specializes in anti aging points out that most centenarians seldom spend much time with doctors. When they finally get sick, they die quickly and with little expense. They depend on themselves to remain healthy not others.

“Kazuo Inamori, the new chairman of Japan Airlines (Japan is another longevity country that respects age) is a good example.

Inamori is now 78-years old, has founded two of Japan’s largest companies and recently became the head of JAL to turn it around as it neared bankruptcy.  He is showing no signs of slowing down!   He is a great example of steady success and shows how continuing to work rather than retire enhances longevity.

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Inamori was born in  Japan and at age 27, he started Kyocera. His company is now a high-tech multinational maker of cellphones, office document equipment, solar power products and ceramic components that employs 66,000.  He founded KDDI in 1984, which is now Japan’s second-largest telecom network.

Yet he has not just followed the money.  He is an ordained Zen Buddhist monk. His priest name Dai-wa, means “great harmony.” 

We can adhere to longevity principles anywhere we live… eat better food… get enough exercise and remain engaged and productive in a fulfilling way. When you follow these principles in Ecuador you get extra bang for the effort from a society that respects age and a climate where there is direct sunshine 12 hours every day.

Gary

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See details about 50 Long Stem Ecuador Roses for Mother’s Day here.

Our April Ecuador export course is fully booked but you can still learn about Ecuador real estate.  See how to own the view above with these sunsets.

Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

Apr. 20-21  Coastal Mid Coast Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 23-24  Quito & Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

April 26-27 Cuenca Real Estate Tour

May 9-12       Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Cotacachi Ecuador

May  13-14    Ecuador Shamanic Minga

May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour

May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour

May  22-23    Quito Real Estate Tour

May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours.

Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more

Here is the balance of our 2010 schedule.

June 24-27 International Investing and Business North Carolina

June 28-29    Ecuador Travel & Andes

June 30-Jul 1 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 3-4      Coastal Real Estate Tour
July 6-7      Quito Real Estate Tour
July 9-10     Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Ecuador Shamanic Exercise


Ecuador shamanic exercises can increase intelligence.

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See why we take delegates on hikes into sacred valleys on our Ecuador shaman tours.

Keeping up with accelerating change is a key to reducing stress, having more wealth and enjoying life more.  We need to continually grow smarter and wiser.

A recent message Ecuador shamanic thought and the brain at this site showed how we naturally become smarter as we age if we remain busy and keep looking for new activities.

The search for expanded horizons also expands our ability to think!

Ecuador shamanic exercises can also strengthen our mental capabilities.

Research by neuroscientist Art Kramer, from the University of Illinois, has proven that our ability to grow and change — is improved as the brain ages if we stay fit.

In his studies on exercising the body, Kramer found that this exercises the brain as well and that memory can improve with treadmill workouts.

“Over a six-month to one-year period,” Kramer says, “three days a week, working up to an hour a day, people improved in various aspects of both short-term and long-term memory.”

Aging test subjects were given treadmill training. Then they had brain scans.   The subjects with the treadmill training had larger hippocampi, the brain area key for memory, then test subjects without the exercise.   Other brain regions too — central for decision-making, planning and multi-tasking — were also larger in the treadmill exercisers. “There are a number of regions,” says Kramer, “that on MRI scans tend to show not just stability but increases as a function of exercise in middle-age and older brains.”

The study suggests that both physical exercise and cognitive brain training working in combination are especially effective.

Kramer’s research shows that the combination of the two contributes to brain health.

One of the 58 year old scientists involved in the research for example does a New York Times crossword and numbers puzzle every morning, as well as a series of toning and stretching exercises and at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise each day.

Ecuador shamans have known this for centuries and teach their apprentices to do both physical and mental exercise.

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One of the most important exercises taught to us by the Ecuador shamans is the Llama Walk to strengthen the legs to better absorb the earth energy (frequency).  Here I am on one of our hand bridges in the Blue Ridge doing the Llama Walk.

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I no longer jog… but like walking and hiking… especially up and down hills. Here I am hiking up Mt. Cotacachi with our hound dog Ma.

This search for health, vitality and longevity is one of the reasons I really enjoy living out of the city in Ecuador, Florida and at our Blue Ridge Farm.

There is plenty  of space to roam, to walk and to explore.  Merri and I have long discussions on these walks that keep us filled with interest.

Are you getting older and sometimes forgetful?  Or are you young but feel under continual pressure and stress to adapt to change?  Be smarter. Beat the effects of aging and a faster world with exercises.

Gary

See a list of Ecuador gyms below.

Join our shamanic and Super Thinking courses in Ecuador this May (see details below).

Or join Merri and me  in North Carolina this June to learn more about quantum wealth and health. June 24-27  Quantum Wealth & International Investing and Business North Carolina

Learn how to gain earning freedom with Ecuador exports at our Ecuador Export Expedition Tour ($499 or couple $749)

Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 20-21  Coastal Mid Coast Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 23-24  Quito & Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

May 9-12       Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Cotacachi Ecuador

May  13-14    Ecuador Shamanic Minga

May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour

May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour

May  22-23    Quito Real Estate Tour

May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours.

Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more

Here is the balance of our 2010 schedule.

June 24-27 International Investing and Business North Carolina

June 28-29    Ecuador Travel & Andes

June 30-Jul 1 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

2010 Summer Schedule

July 3-4      Coastal Real Estate Tour
July 6-7      Quito Real Estate Tour
July 9-10     Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Sept.   3-6   Ecuador Export Tour
Sept.   8-9   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 11-12   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Sept. 14-15   Cuenca Real Estate Tour
Sept. 17-18   Ecuador Shamanic Mingo

Oct.    7     Quantum Wealth North Carolina
Oct.   8-10   International Investing & Business North Carolina
Oct.   11-12  Travel to Quito and Andean Tour
Oct.  13-14   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Oct.  16-17   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Oct.  19-20   Quito Real Estate Tour
Oct. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Nov.    4-7   Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida
Nov.    8-9   Travel to Quito and Andean Tour
Nov. 10-11    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 13-14    Coastal Real Estate Tour
Nov. 16-17    Quito Real Estate
Nov. 19-20    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Dec.   3-5    Ecuador Shamanic Mingo
Dec.   7-8    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Dec.  10-11   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Dec. 13-14    Quito Real Estate Tour
Dec. 16-17    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Western exercise is also available because Ecuador gyms are plentiful and inexpensive.

A reader recently sent this note:  Could you or a member of your staff provide responses to the following questions, which may be of interest to many of your readers:  1.  Is there a gym  or “fitness center,” or two located in Cuenca, Ecuador?  2.  If so, can anyone advise of average cost to join and monthly fees?  3.  Same questions with regard to Cotacachi?  A gym or “fitness center” or two (or more of them)  4. Average cost to join and monthly fees in Cotachachi?  Thanks very much for considering these questions.

Cotacachi has one gym I know of with fitness classes every morning.  This gym is primitive by US standards and costs $1.50 a day.

Cuenca has a Curves for ladies started by readers Bill & Leita Bush.    This is a US franchised operation and offers workouts and fitness classes for women only.

The Cuenca Curves is at #9 Remigio Crespo, Cuenca, Ecuador
Gran Colombia y Unidad Nacional 2 Piso Cuenca, Ecuador
Cuenca,
Telephone: (593) (7) 283 5322

There is also a Curves in Guayaquil at #16 Garzocentro, Guayaquil, Ecuador at
Av. Guillermo Pareja R. y Miguel Jijon (Altos de Fybeca)Garzota, Guayaquil ,Ecuador
Garzota, Guayaquil,
Telephone: (593-4) 2-245805

Gyms in Cuenca

Cam Gym offers up to date, clean equipment, showers, lockers

Nicolas Sojos L-2 y Gonzalo Cordero
Telephone: 7288-4118

The Olympic Sports Complex has  swimming.
12 de Abril near Unidad Nacional

The Cuenca Tennis & Golf Club has 9 hole golf course and tennis.

San Joaquin just outside of Cuenca off Autopista Cajas
Telephone: 289-4011 or 237-6506

Gyms in Quito

Extreme Motion
Aerobics, gymnastics
Bélgica E9-282 y Av. 6 de Diciembre
Telephone: 254-3222

Gimnasio Fuerza y Figura
Aerobics, sauna, steam bath
Av. Mariscal Sucre 2023 y Caranqui, Esq.
Telephone:265-0872

Janine’s Gym
Aerobics, dance exercise machines, weights
Plaza C.C. Cumbayá
Telephone: 289-3624

K. Nela Gym
Aerobics, dance, classes
Gaspar de Villaroel E11-14 y 6 de Diciembre,
Telephone: 226-2359