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Positive Longevity


There is longevity in positivity.

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Delegates in a super thinking session at our Spanish course.

Be positive… for your good health and for the health of those around you.

According to an article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology entitled “Positive emotions in early life and longevity: Findings from the nun study: by Danner, Snowdon and Friesen”, positivity can have an impact on longevity.

An abstract of the article says: Handwritten autobiographies from 180 Catholic nuns, composed when participants were a mean age of 22 years, were scored for emotional content and related to survival during ages 75 to 95.

A strong inverse association was found between positive emotional content in these writings and risk of mortality in late life.

As the quartile ranking of positive emotion in early life increased, there was a stepwise decrease in risk of mortality resulting in a 2.5-fold difference between the lowest and highest quartiles.

Positive emotional content in early-life autobiographies was strongly associated with longevity 6 decades later.

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Delegates in a Super Thinking session at a Writer’s Camp.

This is also why we use Baroque Music in the Super Thinking sessions at all our seminars and courses.  Super Thinking creates a state of relaxed concentration and reduces stress.  But one might ask how does this work.

Negativity and stress can be created by insufficient serotonin.

An article at womenshealth.com entitled “Negativity and Your Health – How Stress Can Make You Sick” says:  Stressful environments. Jobs that impose high demands for output of services or products but allow workers little control over how those demands are met have been termed high-strain jobs. Psychologists Robert Karasek, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts, and Tores Theorell, MD, PhD, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, have documented that people working in high-strain jobs are more likely to develop high blood pressure, infections, and job-related injuries, as well as heart disease.

This clustering may be the result of reduced brain levels of the chemical serotonin, a neurotransmitter that nerves use to relay messages to one another. When serotonin levels are low, we are more likely to be angry, depressed, and anxious; to be less interested in relating to other people; to have greater fight-or-flight responses when stressed; and to smoke, drink, and eat more than is good for us.

If true, this theory could point to the brain’s serotonin system as a key neurobiological mechanism that regulates our ability to be in control. Two studies have found weaker brain serotonin function in persons with lower income and education levels.

In his most recent research, Redford has begun to study how genes that are involved in regulation of serotonin affect all of these health-damaging psychosocial, biological, and behavioral characteristics.

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Delegates in a Super Thinking session at our  Investing and Business Seminar.

How are Baroque Music, Super Thinking and serotonin connected?

An article at classicalforums. com entitled “Effect of Classical Music on the Brain” helps us understand the connection between baroque music and serotonin.  Here is an excerpt (bolds are mine).

Classical music affects the brain’s organization and abilities, through its melody and rhythm.  The rhythm raises the level of serotonin produced in your brain.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, involved in the transmission of nerve impulses that helps maintaining joyous feelings. When the brain produces serotonin, tension is eased.

In fact depression is a consequence of the scarce production of this hormone. Serotonin is released when the brain is “positively shocked”. For instance: if we look at a splendid painting, smell a delicious scent, feel an extraordinary sensation, eat something delicious or listen to some charming music, then the brain lets off a certain amount of serotonin which arouses and maximizes pleasant feelings. Music’s rhythm can also stimulate other natural cadencies of the body, resembling the heartbeat, or the Alfa-rhythm of the brain, and this effect is used to counter the development of clinical depression. The melody instead, is the “sparkle” that catalyses the creative process in our minds.

One way we become more positive is with music.

Music opens our awareness in different ways depending on the type of music.  I am not sure anyone knows entirely why… but music has been used by cultures almost since time began.   The use of music can run from romantic to a military march to patriotic songs to music that helps us exercise better.

One fact about music that is known is that certain types of music affect humans in the same way regardless of color, race, religion.  Sad music can make all people sad. Happy music can make all people happy!

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Photo from Wall  Street Journal article entitled “Looking for a perfect tune for your workout?”

Here is an excerpt:  Researchers have identified the optimal tempo for music to improve exercise and shown that music can increase oxygen intake and stamina. WSJ Your Health columnist Sumathi Reddy reports.
Research has found that at the right tempo, music can reduce the sense of exertion as well as boost motivation. Costas Karageorghis, deputy head of research at the School of Sport and Education at London’s Brunel University, says the “sweet spot” for workout music is between 125 and 140 beats per minute when people aren’t trying to time their movements to the music. Previously, experts believed that the faster a person exercises, the faster the music tempo should be.

Other new studies have shown that when athletes synchronize their movements to a musical beat, their bodies can handle more exertion: Treadmill walkers had greater stamina and cyclists required less oxygen uptake. And swimmers who listened to music during races finished faster than others who didn’t.

“Music can alter emotional and physiological arousal much like a pharmacological stimulant or sedative,” says Dr. Karageorghis, who has worked as a consultant psychologist to music and sports-equipment companies and for Olympic athletes. “It has the capacity to stimulate people even before they go into the gym.”

Music can help you work out.  Music can also help you learn and know more.

Power in Baroque Music

To gain from these facts, Merri and I listen to 60 beat ten cycle classical music… recommended by Dr.Georgi Lozanov, the great Bulgarian educator.

You could count the number of times we have missed our meditation routine in the last 20 years on one hand.

The frequencies in silence, meditation and music have been proven many times, in many ways to improve health and intelligence.

Here are some ideas and music that could improve health and intelligence.

The system Lozanov utilized is three types of music in three phases to enhance absorption, retention and recall.

The first phase uses introductory music, along with deep breathing exercises, for relaxation and to move the mind into an Alpha state. This is where the health benefits seem to begin as well. Blood pressure can drop, heart rate slows and the mind becomes calmed.

Next, an active concert is heard. At this stage, the information to be learned is read.

Finally, a passive concert is used as the new information is again reviewed. This Baroque music and its beat help put the mind in a state where the information absorbed shifts into long-term memory.

For example, here are some ideas and music that can improve your health and intelligence and how I would research some new idea or study something new.

First, I would meditate (or practice some form of slow yoga or breathing exercise) for 20 minutes, then listen to relaxing Baroque music such as Handel’s Water Music. (Click to listen)

This process tunes our minds into nature’s deeper wisdom, tunes us into the wisdom of silence where the noise of our logic is not heard. This creates what seems to be extraordinary intelligence but is really just taking us to the deeper levels of wisdom we all (as creations of nature) possess.

Being positive is good for creativity, happiness and longevity… whenever you work or learn, it’s a good idea to find a way to gain super thinking and positive good health!

Gary

Be Happy – Inflate Your IQ

Join the top 3 percent of intelligent people in the world.

Be happier as you become smarter.

A study of 10,000 British people studied the pure relationship between intelligence and happiness stability.

IQ can predict the emotional ups and downs of life.   The research found that the lower the IQ,  the higher the ups and downs in life satisfaction.  The differences were not due to education, income, or jobs either, but simply IQ.

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Delegates at a Super Thinking course relaxing in their secret rose garden.

Become smarter, healthier, happier… in just weeks… hearing  a relaxation session that takes you into your secret rose garden.

Merri, David and I originally developed this session for our Super Thinking courses and have set it into an online workshop for you.

Listen… just 18 minutes day.  We guarantee your life will be better.

Inflate Your IQ.

When it comes to money… inflation is cheating.

That’s bad for you.

When it comes to intelligence… inflating is smart… fair… good for you and it’s good for the rest of the world.

Monetary inflation is a sneaky government and business trick.

What cost a dollar in 1965 can easily cost $15 now.

They promise you more.

Liars?

They devalue the currency so you get more dollars that buy less.  They can rip off your salary,  your pension…raise insurance, almost everything.

And they make you work harder… longer… for less.

Whittle, whittle, whittle.  Push, push, push.  That’s what monetary inflation does to you.

Fight back… overcome the inflation trick.  Inflate your IQ as you relax.

Gain more than IQ.

Be smarter… more energetic…. healthier.

That’s the way to get ahead!

Create more income opportunity.  Improve your health.  Be naturally smarter… use Super Thinking.

You can improve your IQ in just weeks.

You might well ask… How is this possible?

Here’s how the scientists say it is possible.

A Wall Street Journal article entitled “Ways to Inflate Your IQ”(1)  show how you can be smarter and actually add matter to your brainThe article says:

           Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait, like brown eyes or short legs: You’re born with it and you’re stuck with it.

Now, a growing body of research is showing that a person’s IQ can rise—and even fall—over the years.

Scores can change gradually or quickly, after as little as a few weeks of cognitive training, research shows.

British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later.  9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.

The study published in Nature said that on a scale where 90 to 110 is considered average, one student’s IQ rose 21 points to 128 from 107, lifting the student from the 68th percentile to the 97th compared with others the same age. 

MRIs in this study showed changes in gray matter in areas corresponding to fluctuations in the kid’s skills.

There are practical steps people can take to see longer-term IQ changes.  New tasks stimulate the brain most.  Young adults given just one month of intense training in juggling, found an increase in the corresponding gray matter in the brain as early as seven days after the training began.

Fluctuations in IQ scores over time underscore the brain-boosting benefits of musical training and new experiences throughout a lifetime.

Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life.  Six years’ lessons lifted children’s IQ scores an average 7.5 points.

 Improve the brain through music… without lessons.

Here’s the Super Thinking story…

The educational program Merri and I developed uses a form of brain wave integration that increases IQ.

Super Thinking uses frequency (in music and a number of other ways) to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.  The music creates the three C’s:  Calm, Clarity and Coherence.

This Super Thinking program is not a gimmick or trick… just advanced education.

Certain types of Baroque music are the base, and they make you smarter!

Proof?

At least four best selling books, “Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain”,  “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000″ showed how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.

This Baroque music tactic alone is so powerful that Small Business Innovation Research… an official site of the US government granted over $100,000 for the specific purpose they said was: to provide a method to remove barriers which hinder or prevent the employment of blind persons.  An innovative method, the Lozanov Learning System, is proposed to help train blind persons to become computer programmers and operators of automated equipment.

Merri was among just a few who learned this technique directly from Dr. Lozanov the time he visited the USA.

Our Super Thinking workshop enhanced this system with numerous other tactics.

We added slight alterations in nutrition that create a higher IQ.   Altered nutritional tips in Super Thinking can make anyone 25% smarter!

Baroque Music and nutrition are just part of seven, easy to use, learning techniques that make you smarter.

Gain any skill, from computers to athletics to conversational languages…in less time…two-to-five times faster.

Here’s a huge bonus.  Super Thinking also relieves stress.  Super Thinking is fun.

You can use a Super Thinking focus in everything:  health… earning… education… investing.

Super Thinking works on the learner first…the data second.  This system “grows the learner” rather than the information.

If you have 4.5 inches of information flowing through a 4 inch learning pipe, the solution is not to add another inch of information.  The answer is create a six inch IQ pipe!

Share our years of experience.

For nearly 50 years, Merri and I have conducted hundreds of courses and tours for tens of thousands, in dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain).  Our Super Thinking Workshop has been one of the most profound.  Now the workshop is even better online because it condenses Super Thinking so you can increase your IQ, at home… right away.

The workshop shows how these mind expanding tactics can be applied to starting and running a business for extra income, to forex trading and investing.  Athletes of all types… golfing being one common sport benefit.  Our Super Thinking plan goes far beyond Lozanov and allows you to rapidly get smarter in every part of your life.

For example, real estate broker, Suzy Kurinsky took the workshop to help her learn Spanish.

She wrote: “You 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. 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!”

Super thinking can improve almost anything you do… faster, better, more fun and with less stress.

Another attendee to the Super Thinking Workshop sent this note.

 Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish!  I really enjoyed the workshop and getting to know you.   I can see several ways to apply what I learned in the classes I teach.

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.

Super Thinking can help improve your health. Super Thinking can make you rich and add richness to your life.

However the time, travel expense and workshop cost (delegates have paid up to $999) have prohibited many from getting this benefit.

That’s why we have created the workshop in electronic form.  Get Super Thinking online for less than fifty bucks.

You can order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Relax in the Secret Rose Garden.

The workshop is divided into two parts.  Part one is the application… the sessions that tell you exactly what to do, what music to use and even includes two recorded sessions based around a secret rose garden that you can use.  We have kept this portion short and simple so you can easily start immediately.

Part two is a longer portion on theory.

Part one is enough.

Super Thinking is like jogging… giving results if you simply do it!

You do not have to know why Super Thinking works to increase your IQ.   But Part Two explains why you are getting the good results from Part One, if you want to know.

You might ask…”Will it work for me”?

The Super Thinking Workshop will help increase your IQ.

Our guarantee.

I guarantee it.  Order the Super Thinking Workshop.  Use it for two months.  If you are not totally satisfied… in any way, during that time, simply let me know and I’ll send a full refund… immediately… no questions asked.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Another Super Thinking workshop attendee wrote: 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”.   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.   Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

Inflation is a cheat… a crime when it comes to money.  Inflating your IQ to beat inflation is simple good sense.  Learn Super Thinking now with no risk.  Begin to increase your intelligence today.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop  $49.95.

Gary

(1) Read Wall Street Journal article Ways to Inflate Your IQ

(2) See government grant records on teaching blind persons with the Lozanov method

 

See how we use Baroque music to learn Spanish in three days.

Learn Spanish in Three Days ONLINE

The Learn Spanish in three day course is now available online.

Read below to see why we are offering our Super Spanish course online for the first time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Though you may choose to take more time using this course to learn Spanish, thousands of our readers have learned at our Spanish courses.

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

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

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

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

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

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How The Course Works

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

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

Here is the proof.

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

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

See examples of the words you already know below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Due to the difficulty of getting groups together to learn this valuable technique, we created an online program for subscribers to use the Super Spanish course at home.   This is available at the highly reduced price of $79.

I’ll be in touch personally via email with each person who signs up for this course to see how it works or what is required to make it better.  Once this test is complete, we plan to offer the program on a larger scale and at a much higher price.

The course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee.  Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund.

Learn Spanish online $79

Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn Spanish online $79

Gary

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

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

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

Learn Spanish online $79

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

Links for further research

How Stress Can Make You Sick

Effect of Classical Music on the Brain

The Power of Positive Resilience


How can we find positive solutions in a negative world?

I took this photo of a small shop in Mt. Dora, Florida because the sign was worth remembering.

Painters bench

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do”.   Having a way to do what you love brings positive energy.  When there is so much confusing data that our logic fails, escape the tyranny of reason by following your emotions and intuition.

This is part five of the 13 factors of resilience.  Resilience is armor against the changes in life that can wear us out.   Life is never ending change so we need ever lasting qualities that help us continually adapt and progress rather than be beaten down.  See links to Parts I through V on the “Factors of Resilience” below.

The fifth factor is a temperamental style that is fluid and easy, as opposed to erratic and brittle, acts as a facilitator of social involvement, adaptability, coping, belonging, and resilience.

The universe knows solutions to every problem because polarity is in the nature of the universe.  Since we are a part of this universe… we know  solutions if we can set aside our thinking and get in touch with our greater wisdom.  The essence of this bigger (and better) in-formation is our yearning of our heart’s desire.

We simply need to know how to know what we know in a usable way.

One way to be wiser at a deeper level is to integrate these four brain waves…. Beta… Alpha… Theta and Delta.

Our Beta waves tap into the local news. This is the part of our being that takes care of the here and now…the space around us.  This is what we call logic, and it is a vital tool. Nothing is more important than to know what conditions are in the here and now.  However mankind is so dependent on this logic that often the messages are ignored coming from our other brain waves which we can sum up by calling them intuition.

Our Alpha waves connect us to the regional news.  This is a much deeper and broader area of intelligence too vast for our prefrontal logical brain to compute on its own. When we tap into Alpha we get intuitive creative flashes we could never just think up.  If there is about to be an earthquake in our region, all animals know it. Dogs will howl.  Roosters will crow. Birds will fly away.  Humans have this intuition as well.  Yet we can be so steeped in our logic… that we ignore it.

Theta brain waves connect with the global news.   This is an even deeper vaster level of intelligence.  At some level we are in touch with anything and everything that happens wherever we are in the world.   Here we need the filter of our logic. For our mind to process all this data would be like running many yottabytes squared of information through a 64K processor.

At some level we are in touch with everything that happens in the world.

Delta waves are our connection to the universal news right down to our quantum state.   This is an intelligence so vast that we cannot even imagine it.  Here according to quantum science we are even in touch with the past and future…even other universes in a multiverse. We must be in a dream state where the physical boundaries strip away.  In Delta we can be in two places at once, know all things and even fly.

When we allow these waves to interconnect freely, we gain access to infinite knowledge and unimaginable intellect.

Merri and I tap into and integrate this knowledge in three ways… silence, music and theanine.

#1: Silence

One classic article I read and reread is a USA Today article entitled “Sphere of Silence” as it tells how a successful CFO uses silence in business and says:  Vijay Eswaran (pronounced Veejay Eeshwuhrn) is not well known in the USA , but throughout Asia he has become something akin to a CEO/spiritual guide. Picture a Kung Fu episode with David Carradine running Hong Kong telecommunications, travel, e-commerce, entertainment conglomerate, QI Group, a company less than 10 years old that is approaching $1 billion in annual sales. Eswaran, a Hindu Indian born in Malaysia, starts each day monk-like with an hour of silence, a practice detailed in his book “In the Sphere of Silence.”

To gain from silence, Merri and I meditate every day.

#2: Music

A comparison on the benefits of meditation and Baroque Music can help us see how to attain the state of relaxed concentration.  This study compares Transcendental Meditation. Since TM is the most documented form of meditation worldwide, it lends itself to a comparison with Super Thinking.

Below, we can see the physiological changes during sessions of listening to certain types of music as compared to TM Meditation.

Super Thinking Concert Meditation (TM)
Slow Baroque Music during Intense Mental Activity Reciting a Mantra
Alpha brain waves Increase by
an average 6%.
Alpha brain waves increase.
Beta Brain Waves Decrease by
an average 6%.
Theta Brain Waves unchanged. Some increase in Theta.
Pulse slows down by an average a mean decrease of 5 beats per minute. Decreases significantly with 5 beats per minute.
Blood pressure drops slightly. Tendency to decrease.
Awareness becomes relaxed concentration. Restful alertness.

Meditation creates a state of “Restful Alertness”…. which is great for tuning into deeper levels of intelligence.

Music, however, creates “Relaxed Concentration,” the state one wants to attain for study and action.

We listen to 60 beat ten cycle classical music… recommended by Dr.Georgi Lozanov, the great Bulgarian educator,  as we work.

You could count the number of times we have missed our meditation routine in the last 20 years on one hand.

#3: L-Theanine.

Theanine (chemical name: r-glutamylethylamide) is one of the chemicals found in green tea.  Theanine is used to reduce stress and anxiety without the tranquilizing effects found in many other calming agents.  Scientific evidence shows that Theanine stimulates the brain’s production of alpha waves, making the user feel relaxed but alert and not drowsy. It also helps the body produce other calming amino acids, such as dopamine, GABA, and tryptophan. As might be expected from a calming supplement, Theanine may be able to lower elevated blood pressure as well.

We buy theanine at the health food store under the brand name of Theanine Serene.

The universe is polarity in action, yin and yang…  plus and minus… positive and negative.  For every minus there is a plus and we, at some level know both sides.  Next time you are feeling negative… use the three steps above to get in touch with the  positive.

Gary

Be Happy – Inflate Your IQ

Join the top 3 percent of intelligent people in the world.

Be happier as you become smarter.

A study of 10,000 British people studied the pure relationship between intelligence and happiness stability.

IQ can predict the emotional ups and downs of life.   The research found that the lower the IQ,  the higher the ups and downs in life satisfaction.  The differences were not due to education, income, or jobs either, but simply IQ.

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Delegates at a Super Thinking course relaxing in their secret rose garden.

Become smarter, healthier, happier… in just weeks… hearing  a relaxation session that takes you into your secret rose garden.

Merri, David and I originally developed this session for our Super Thinking courses and have set it into an online workshop for you.

Listen… just 18 minutes day.  We guarantee your life will be better.

Inflate Your IQ.

When it comes to money… inflation is cheating.

That’s bad for you.

When it comes to intelligence… inflating is smart… fair… good for you and it’s good for the rest of the world.

Monetary inflation is a sneaky government and business trick.

What cost a dollar in 1965 can easily cost $15 now.

They promise you more.

Liars?

They devalue the currency so you get more dollars that buy less.  They can rip off your salary,  your pension…raise insurance, almost everything.

And they make you work harder… longer… for less.

Whittle, whittle, whittle.  Push, push, push.  That’s what monetary inflation does to you.

Fight back… overcome the inflation trick.  Inflate your IQ as you relax.

Gain more than IQ.

Be smarter… more energetic…. healthier.

That’s the way to get ahead!

Create more income opportunity.  Improve your health.  Be naturally smarter… use Super Thinking.

You can improve your IQ in just weeks.

You might well ask… How is this possible?

Here’s how the scientists say it is possible.

A Wall Street Journal article entitled “Ways to Inflate Your IQ”(1)  show how you can be smarter and actually add matter to your brainThe article says:

           Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait, like brown eyes or short legs: You’re born with it and you’re stuck with it.

Now, a growing body of research is showing that a person’s IQ can rise—and even fall—over the years.

Scores can change gradually or quickly, after as little as a few weeks of cognitive training, research shows.

British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later.  9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.

The study published in Nature said that on a scale where 90 to 110 is considered average, one student’s IQ rose 21 points to 128 from 107, lifting the student from the 68th percentile to the 97th compared with others the same age. 

MRIs in this study showed changes in gray matter in areas corresponding to fluctuations in the kid’s skills.

There are practical steps people can take to see longer-term IQ changes.  New tasks stimulate the brain most.  Young adults given just one month of intense training in juggling, found an increase in the corresponding gray matter in the brain as early as seven days after the training began.

Fluctuations in IQ scores over time underscore the brain-boosting benefits of musical training and new experiences throughout a lifetime.

Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life.  Six years’ lessons lifted children’s IQ scores an average 7.5 points.

 Improve the brain through music… without lessons.

Here’s the Super Thinking story…

The educational program Merri and I developed uses a form of brain wave integration that increases IQ.

Super Thinking uses frequency (in music and a number of other ways) to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.  The music creates the three C’s:  Calm, Clarity and Coherence.

This Super Thinking program is not a gimmick or trick… just advanced education.

Certain types of Baroque music are the base, and they make you smarter!

Proof?

At least four best selling books, “Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain”,  “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000″ showed how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.

This Baroque music tactic alone is so powerful that Small Business Innovation Research… an official site of the US government granted over $100,000 for the specific purpose they said was: to provide a method to remove barriers which hinder or prevent the employment of blind persons.  An innovative method, the Lozanov Learning System, is proposed to help train blind persons to become computer programmers and operators of automated equipment.

Merri was among just a few who learned this technique directly from Dr. Lozanov the time he visited the USA.

Our Super Thinking workshop enhanced this system with numerous other tactics.

We added slight alterations in nutrition that create a higher IQ.   Altered nutritional tips in Super Thinking can make anyone 25% smarter!

Baroque Music and nutrition are just part of seven, easy to use, learning techniques that make you smarter.

Gain any skill, from computers to athletics to conversational languages…in less time…two-to-five times faster.

Here’s a huge bonus.  Super Thinking also relieves stress.  Super Thinking is fun.

You can use a Super Thinking focus in everything:  health… earning… education… investing.

Super Thinking works on the learner first…the data second.  This system “grows the learner” rather than the information.

If you have 4.5 inches of information flowing through a 4 inch learning pipe, the solution is not to add another inch of information.  The answer is create a six inch IQ pipe!

Share our years of experience.

For nearly 50 years, Merri and I have conducted hundreds of courses and tours for tens of thousands, in dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain).  Our Super Thinking Workshop has been one of the most profound.  Now the workshop is even better online because it condenses Super Thinking so you can increase your IQ, at home… right away.

The workshop shows how these mind expanding tactics can be applied to starting and running a business for extra income, to forex trading and investing.  Athletes of all types… golfing being one common sport benefit.  Our Super Thinking plan goes far beyond Lozanov and allows you to rapidly get smarter in every part of your life.

For example, real estate broker, Suzy Kurinsky took the workshop to help her learn Spanish.

She wrote: “You 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. 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!”

Super thinking can improve almost anything you do… faster, better, more fun and with less stress.

Another attendee to the Super Thinking Workshop sent this note.

 Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish!  I really enjoyed the workshop and getting to know you.   I can see several ways to apply what I learned in the classes I teach.

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.

Super Thinking can help improve your health. Super Thinking can make you rich and add richness to your life.

However the time, travel expense and workshop cost (delegates have paid up to $999) have prohibited many from getting this benefit.

That’s why we have created the workshop in electronic form.  Get Super Thinking online for less than fifty bucks.

You can order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Relax in the Secret Rose Garden.

The workshop is divided into two parts.  Part one is the application… the sessions that tell you exactly what to do, what music to use and even includes two recorded sessions based around a secret rose garden that you can use.  We have kept this portion short and simple so you can easily start immediately.

Part two is a longer portion on theory.

Part one is enough.

Super Thinking is like jogging… giving results if you simply do it!

You do not have to know why Super Thinking works to increase your IQ.   But Part Two explains why you are getting the good results from Part One, if you want to know.

You might ask…”Will it work for me”?

The Super Thinking Workshop will help increase your IQ.

Our guarantee.

I guarantee it.  Order the Super Thinking Workshop.  Use it for two months.  If you are not totally satisfied… in any way, during that time, simply let me know and I’ll send a full refund… immediately… no questions asked.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Another Super Thinking workshop attendee wrote: 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”.   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.   Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

Inflation is a cheat… a crime when it comes to money.  Inflating your IQ to beat inflation is simple good sense.  Learn Super Thinking now with no risk.  Begin to increase your intelligence today.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop  $49.95.

Gary

(1) Read Wall Street Journal article Ways to Inflate Your IQ

(2) See government grant records on teaching blind persons with the Lozanov method

 

 

Part I – II and IV looked at four factors of resilience.  

You can read Part I at  The Joys and Necessities of Taking Risk.

Part II Make America Happy Again.

Part III The Benefit of Self Awareness.

Part IV Temper Resilience

Ecuador Thanksgiving Roses


Bring Ecuador into your home this Thanksgiving with fresh Ecuador roses delivered by Fedex or  UPS.

Order this week for Thanksgiving.

Merri and I will have fresh Ecuador roses as our Thanksgiving decoration.

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bloom.

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Fedex or UPS delivers them in the afternoon and we immediately put them in fresh water.  By the morning they are fully opened and incredible!  This is only a third of one order.

You can now have fresh Ecuador roses on your Thanksgiving table or send them as gifts as well.

Our rose supplier just sent this note:  Gary, Thanksgiving is on Thursday November  24th so we will deliver roses on Tuesday, November 22nd.  and price when we let the farm choose the colors sent..  We will close sales at midnight EST this Friday… November 18th.

Ecuador roses have extra large heads that open fully.

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The colors are more intense.

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You can have 25, 50 or 100 fresh cut (four days) roses from Ecuador delivered to any zip code in the USA…including Hawaii or Alaska but must order for Thanksgiving roses before midnight EST November 15.

Merri and I love Ecuador for the warmth and friendliness in the hearts of its people. We also love Ecuador’s beauty.  When an opportunity to send Ecuador roses and raise money for the poor occurred, we grab the chance.

I wrote about the roses, made a special offer and sold over 15,000 roses that raised $6,000 to help Ecuador’s poor. The money was used to provide schooling for gifted indigenous children and to buy an InFocus projector used in our free English classes for Ecuadorian children that the foundation provides.

So when a chance to offer Ecuador roses regularly, I thought, “Why not?”

There and then I decided to make a special offer. Here it is.

The cost of roses, and especially delivery, has been rising, but we still offer four ways to get  fresh cut roses to your home at really low rates and help create employment in Ecuador in the process.

I regret that Fedex cannot deliver the roses in Canada or elsewhere outside the USA.

Fedex will deliver them to you within four days of being cut in Ecuador.  Open them. If you are not satisfied that these are truly remarkable roses, give them back to the Fedex driver and let me know.  I’ll give you a full refund.

To assure the refund you must inspect the flowers with Fedex when they are delivered.  If you are not satisfied, they must be returned at the time of delivery.

There are four ways to obtain 25, 50 or 100 fresh cut roses and save.

#1:  Order 25 fresh cut Ecuador roses farm choice of color ($80).  To order, click here.

#2: Order 50 fresh cut Ecuador roses farm choice of color ($90).  To order click here.

#3: Order 100 roses farm choice of color insteadThis reduces shipping and the price is only $140 for 100 roses. You save $40 from the 50 rose price.  To order click here.

#4:  Order 50 Thanksgiving Mix (2 different colors) 1 high & magic + 1 hot pink. ($99).  To order click here.

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Hot pink and Bicolor orange.

Colors come in batches of 25.  Orders of 25 have one color. Orders of 50 have two colors. Orders of 100 have four colors.

This is a batch of 100 fresh Ecuador roses that Merri and I enjoyed.

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To order, click on your choice above.  Your order will be taken to our flower supplier who will follow your order from the farm to your home.  He will first email you a Fedex tracking number to coordinate your delivery time.

Unless otherwise arranged, and subject to weather permitting, Fedex will deliver your roses to you or your recipient on Tuesday, November 22nd.

Premium Quality Roses

I inspected all the major websites offering roses and found when shipping was calculated, prices ranged from $259 to $135 for 50 roses from the best ranked websites.  These prices are far above ours because this is a service Merri and I offer to our readers and the people of Ecuador. We are not in the rose business and don’t have to add markups.

Fresher Quality Roses

You do not give up quality for the lower price.  In fact the quality of your roses rises.

Most roses go from Ecuador to Miami by air are stored in Miami then shipped by truck until they sit in a store. They can be a week or more old when you see them. The roses you receive from this offer are cut and stored overnight, driven by refrigerated truck to Quito Airport and flown to Miami to a special refrigerated Fedex facility then flown to your Fedex destination for immediate delivery to your home or office. This means they last longer.

The longevity of the roses depends on the conditions they are kept and their care so a special instruction is included with your roses on how to make them last.

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Here are some of my previous Thanksgiving roses.  The head size is much larger than anything you see in a store and Fresh Ecuador roses last much longer.

There are four ways to obtain 25, 50 or 100 fresh cut roses and save.

#1:  Order 25 fresh cut Ecuador roses farm choice of color ($80).  To order, click here.

#2: Order 50 fresh cut Ecuador roses farm choice of color ($90).  To order click here.

#3: Order 100 roses farm choice of color instead. This reduces shipping and the price is only $140 for 100 roses. You save $40 from the 50 rose price.  To order click here.

#4:  Order 50 Thanksgiving Mix (2 different colors) 1 high & magic + 1 hot pink. ($99).  To order click here.

Environmentally Clean Roses

The roses you receive are certified by Veriflora. The VERIFLORA seal is a real,
green program that regularly spot check farms for ecologically sound systems that include:

1- Water and ecological conservation: implementing water management systems to prevent depletion of fresh water supplies.

2- Product quality: implementing practices to ensure the quality of the product through the whole chain of delivery to the final consumer.

3- Advanced agricultural practices: integrating organic practices wherever possible. To only use approved green label certified pesticides. To allow no discharge of pesticides run off into the environment.

4- Waste management: recycling and composting as well as the proper disposal of agricultural chemicals.

Certification means the growers have met or exceeded the requirements. There is no middle ground with Veriflora, no differing levels of certification. You either are ecologically sound and certified, or you aren’t.

That means you receive environmentally friendly roses.

We use fresh Ecuador roses at home and in business.

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Roses at  one of our seminars.

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We received three varieties and put micro bouquets on each table.

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Fair Trade Roses

In addition the Verflora seal requires the rose grower to be socially responsible adhering to recognized labor and community standards, specially pertaining to health and safety, work conditions, hiring practices, discrimination, harassment and fair pay.

The growers offer every single one of their workers:

-free doctor and medical treatment at the farm for workers
-day care facilities for infants
-free breakfast and lunch (and dinner when they work late)
-free sports and recreation facilities
-small business loans -when workers want to leave to set up their own small holding farm
-workers fund -for financial help with school fees to buy a car, etc
-complete health and safety equipment provided free -helmets , gloves, masks, etc
-paid maternity leave with a guarantee of work when they want to return
-overtime paid over and above the legal requirements
-Christmas parties, summer holiday excursions, sports tournaments
-a safe and secure work environment with job satisfaction and potential for personal development

There you have it…three great reasons to experience the warmth of the people and beauty of Ecuador…the freshest…best roses…and you help the environment and the poor by having them delivered into your home.

There are four ways to obtain 25, 50 or 100 fresh cut roses and save.

#1:  Order 25 fresh cut Ecuador roses farm choice of color ($80).  To order, click here.

#2: Order 50 fresh cut Ecuador roses farm choice of color ($90).  To order click here.

#3: Order 100 roses farm choice of color instead. This reduces shipping and the price is only $140 for 100 roses. You save $40 from the 50 rose price.  To order click here.

#4:  Order 50 Thanksgiving Mix (2 different colors) 1 high & magic + 1 hot pink. ($99).  To order click here.

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These are fresh Ecuador roses delivered to our North Carolina office.

Longevity

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Ecuador roses keep on giving.  After they fade, I put them in a bowl like this and for many more days of enjoy their beauty.

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Then I hang them in the kitchen to dry.

Dried-roses

We make our roses last a very long time because after they begin to wilt, we dry our fresh Ecuador roses as they age and continue to use them. Here are 100 dried Ecuador roses on our stair case in North Carolina.

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Here are photos from our home of  different Ecuador roses that give a comparison of the colors you can receive.

Other roses in farm choice include these wonderful…bicolors…

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in red and orange.  They are spectacular. Here is…

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a dozen of the red/orange bi color roses.

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25 red roses.

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Red roses.

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White roses in our dining room.

There are four ways to obtain 25, 50 or 100 fresh cut roses and save.

#1:  Order 25 fresh cut Ecuador roses farm choice of color ($80).  To order, click here.

#2: Order 50 fresh cut Ecuador roses farm choice of color ($90).  To order click here.

#3: Order 100 roses farm choice of color instead. This reduces shipping and the price is only $140 for 100 roses. You save $40 from the 50 rose price.  To order click here.

#4:  Order 50 Thanksgiving Mix (2 different colors) 1 high & magic + 1 hot pink. ($99).  To order click here.

 

The Value of Chicken Little


Hope springs eternal and value is a signpost that leads along the hopeful path.  One of the key themes in my first book, Passport to International Profit, (published in the 1970s) was “The sun always shines somewhere”.  This thought has been in and remains a foundation of everything I do.

Decades of studies of global stock market cycles suggest we’ll see a serious short term equity correction.  The current market rise has lasted much longer than history suggests.  This means a sharper, faster contraction will take place when it comes.

This means enormous opportunity is ahead.  The most important lesson I have learned in fifty years of writing and speaking about investing and actually investing globally for 48 years is to invest as much as is possible during stock market crashes.

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This chart shows the entire real-time forecasting history of Keppler Asset Management Inc. for the KAM Equally Weighted World Index.  Keppler’s projections are based on relationships between price and value over the previous fifteen years.  These are moving forward in monthly increments so they thus evolve steadily to an ever-changing norm.  Starting in October 2008, the actual performance of the index fell below the lower forecast band, where it stayed through April 2014 (5 years and 7 months). Since then, the Index  has fallen below the lower forecast band again this year in February as well as in May and June. In the past, index levels below the lower forecast band turned out to be attractive entry points for long-term investors.

Look at how well long term investors who added extra investments during the 2000 and 2007 crashes have profited.

Create a strategy of having fun by investing in what you know.  Knowing the basics behind your investments is important because belief in the idea is vital.  Yet risk is always our partner.  Even when we invest in what we know, there will be events we cannot see or expect.  Integrating what we love and know with value, reduces risk.

Embrace risk.  Adapt.  Look for contrasts and trends.  Seek value.  Bet the most on the positive when events are the most negative.

Expect that the World Will Remain Standing!

The press always focuses on doom and gloom.  Current news always makes the world seem about to end.

Yet despite all the negative headlines, we have lived through the Cold War and MAD, Y2K, GridX II, the Peak Oil Crisis. etc. etc. etc.  Chicken Little is always out there, selling the sky is falling.  Don’t buy into this story!

History suggests that there will always be opportunity.  The sun always shines somewhere.

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See three economic events where the forecasts and news got it seriously wrong (from Wall Street Journal article below).

Brexit is the latest example of how negative news can blind us to reality.  After Brexit, the advice in our Purposeful investing Course  (Pi) was “Invest More” in the UK.    This is because we rely on financial news instead of economic news.

A Wall Street Journal article last week, “When Economic Doomsayers Stumble: Cautionary Tales From Brexit, Grexit and U.S. Budget Battles” (1) firmed up why numbers should be trusted more than conjecture and opinion.

The article says: Experts often look to stay ahead of worst-case scenarios, building up a long list of cataclysms that never were.

It’s early, but data so far suggest the British decision to leave the European Union could be another example of a recurring phenomenon: expert predictions of dire consequences to political decisions that end up proving overheated.

“Forecasters often feel incentivized to pump up the probability of worst-case scenarios” said Philip Tetlock, an expert in political forecasting at the University of Pennsylvania. Forecasters may inflate the probability of disasters, as a way to increase the salience of a warning, or because they believe that proving prescient will be something they can boast about, while proving mistaken will be something most people forget. “Over time, this has some corrosive effect on trust in the expert community,” he said.  In the immediate aftermath of the vote, many market economists forecast recession would begin almost immediately.

It’s now been two months since British voters on June 23 cast their ballots to exit from the European Union, and it’s becoming unclear if the recession so many feared will materialize—at least in the near term.  The FTSE 100 (The London Stock Market Index) climbed to near-record levels by the middle of August.  Nor has the wider economy shown many signs of a coming downturn.  The leading U.K. home builder, Persimmon PLC, said interest in home buying has remained “robust” and predicted good autumn sales.

The Brexit advice at this site was not based on our knowledge of the UK economy.  We did not turn to a review of European history.  We did not simply take a contrarian view.  The UK was a good value market, before, during and after Brexit.  Consequently  UK shares were already part of  our portfolio.  Brexit simply improved the value.  Based on this, our advice was “Don’t sell UK shares.  If you want some extra speculation, buy a bit more”.

A comparison from the “Keppler Asset Management Summer 2016 Developed Market Analysis” shows why it was easy to recommend a UK country ETF  as an equally weighted  part of a good value portfolio.

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Shares in the UK were selling at 1.74 time book and 21.5 times price earnings.  The average dividend yield in the UK markets was 4.15%. Compare this to the US share average of 2.83 times book 22 times earnings and  with a 2.13% average dividend.

In other words UK shares were selling for almost 40% less price to book than US shares and paying almost double dividends.

The Pi strategy is to hold equally weighted amounts of  country ETFs in good value developed and emerging markets (70% developed and 30% emerging).  Brexit  made no change from that basic platform.  The fall of the British pound created an extraordinary opportunity for those who wanted to speculate.  Our Pi course reviewed two opportunities, add an extra weighting of the British market ETF, or even riskier but with greater potential, add an extra weighting of the British market ETF using a US dollar margin  loan.

We live in a very positive world.  So many incredibly wonderful events take place every day that it is not worth mentioning in the news.  This leaves a void filled by the worst negative drama enhanced by opinion and conjecture.  Bad news sells papers (and visits to websites) while financial news can be boring.

Take advantage of the fact that as the thundering herd panics and rushes from one potential cliff to another, it is usually wrong.  There is no cliff.  The signs created by panic are simply deviations that eventually lead back to the true path to profit best signposted  by good value.

Gary

(1) www.wsj.com Forecasts of brexit gloom may be overdone

Water Investment Opportunity


As the world grows more complex the simplest investments can be the best.

Not much can be simpler than food, shelter and water.  This is why our sites have long looked at the benefits of investing in water and why at the International Club Retreat we’ll look at the potential available in owning a North Carolina spring water company.

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Image from circleofblue.org article “Price of Water 2015: Up 6 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 41 Percent Rise Since 2010” (1).

When Merri and I began looking for land with two goals, having an altitude (to avoid air conditioning in summer and mosquitoes anytime) and having an abundance of water. We certainly attained both at Merrily Farms.

Owning water makes sense.  We, humanity, are too many.  We are too dirty. Our water is too little.

One way is to own land with water. That’s why Merri and I decided to go to the source and buy land with natural springs .

Each of our houses on the farm has its own gravity fed water supply from one of four separate springs. There are dozens of other springs on the land plus three rushing creeks.

This is one way we invest in water. But where else can we invest?  This is a tricky question for me as I lack experience in the water industry.

However, I recently came across a North Carolina spring water company for sale.  The owner will be at our upcoming retreat this August so we can look at the potential of this opportunity.

Here are a few other thoughts. Look at any industry that deals in water filtering or purification. Companies that build desalination plants would make sense and of course the bottlers of water.

There are numerous problems in the world’s water supply that create opportunity.  One problem is pollution in the water.  Another is not enough fresh water for drinking, cleaning and irrigation.  Another problem is not enough of the right types of water in the right place.

Each of us has a unique perspective that can help us spot unique situations take almonds as an example.  Almonds require enormous amounts of irrigation.  This has caused the price of almonds to rise.  Someone in the food industry might notice an alternative to almonds.  That would be a unique way to spot an opportunity ultimately created by the rising costs of water.

To invest in water was good advice when we began writing about water investments more than a decade ago.  To invest in water is even better advice now.

Much of America’s water infrastructure was built after WW II.  That system, thousands of miles of distribution pipes beneath city streets, the lengthy water transport and treatment infrastructure are now cracked or brittle.  It is time to rebuild and the price will not be cheap.  The economic of treatment, pumping, and supply is rising far faster than inflation.  The average monthly cost of water for a family using 100 gallons per person per day rose six percent last year compared to a 1.8% rise in the Consumer Price Index including food and energy which fell by 0.1 percent.

“We expect water rates to continue to grow above inflation for some time. We don’t see an end in sight.”  –Andrew Ward, Director of U.S. Public Finance Fitch Ratings.

Merri and I have invested in water in numerous ways.

First, we have purchased land with water in Smalltown USA and Ecuador.

Good water was a main prerequisite when we searched for our Smalltown USA farm.

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Little Horse Creek on our farm.

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Mossy Creek on our farm.

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A sacred spring called the Indian Trough is a historical site on our farm and along with dozens of other springs  is our source of water… for drinking.

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Water flowing from the sacred Indian Trough Spring.

The spring feeds our deep woods, Ofuru, our pond and helps fill the creek.

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Merrily Farms Ofuru… we soak at 107 degrees.

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Our pond at Merrily Farms.

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Our home in Lake County, Florida is surrounded by water.

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This is our Florida back yard.

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Ecuador shaman at one of the numerous water falls at our Ecuadorian Hacienda, Rosaspamba.

In a world where very few things seem transparent, one fact is clear.  If you heed the mathematics of good value, investing in water, especially clear water is a no-brainer in the long term.

I consider the opportunity of owning a spring  water company unique and look forward to learning about it at our International Club Retreat this August 12, 13, 14.  Hope you will join us.

Gary

(1) www.circleofblue.org Price of Water Up

 

The Importance of Investing Purpose


Here is an example of how value investments can be safe, profitable and have purpose.

Merri and I care about the sustainability of essential oils.  Aromatherapy has become such a fast growing way to help maintain natural health that many essential oils have become very expensive and the root plant has become threatened.  Sandalwood is such a oil.  When I read that sandalwood was so threatened that there were smuggling wars over it, I began researching for ways to support sandalwood sustainability.

I found a way with the TFS company in Australia.

On February 13, 2014, I wrote: 

“Sandalwood’s place within science and scent make it interesting as a medicine and an investment.”

Sandalwood is used in perfume, fine furniture and carving, religious ceremonies but has extra demand potential due to its great medicinal qualities.  Sandalwood oil has been used traditionally by herbalists to treat skin diseases, acne, dysentery, gonorrhea, and a number of other conditions.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, sandalwood oil is considered an excellent sedating agent.  Sandalwood is already accepted as a medicine in Germany.  As  health care costs rise… the demand for sandalwood is most likely to increase as well.

The research found that the only public company in the world with sandalwood plantations was in Australia, TFS Corp. Ltd.  I also saw that there was potential for 1,000% appreciation in the next ten years.

As the chart below from finance.yahoo.com shows, the TFS Corp. Ltd. share price was $1.06 at that time (Feb 13, 2014).  Over the next eight months, this price skyrocketed to $2.22, a 107% gain.  Wow!  Was that investment good!  This could make a person feel good, supporting a belief and doubling one’s money.

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TFS Corp Ltd (symbol TFS) chart at www.finance.yahoo.com

I warned back then, in 2014, that this type of investments was not without uncertainty.   This is a volatile long term investment.

As the chart shows, I was also correct about this.  Since that first message about sandalwood, the price has been as high as $2.22 and as low as $1.11 and is currently around $1.50.

In this last two years, this investment in shares of TFS Corp has more than doubled, then lost half and is now in between.

How have I reacted as the shares have moved?  Not at all.  I have not cared about the volatility because this investment was made to support a worthy cause, was chosen for its good long term potential and has the potential, sometime in the next decade, to really skyrocket.  This is such a volatile, speculative investment that one should ignore the ups and downs and not create a stop loss.  This is a lose or win big investment.  So far the price has risen almost 50% since our first message about this share.  Tomorrow this could double or dramatically fall.

What makes an investment in TFS Corp. safe is when the investment is very long term and is a small part of an equally weighted globally diversified good value portfolio.

This is how I add purpose in my portfolio.

How to Learn More about Sandalwood Investing

Most brokers can buy Australian shares for their clients and should be able to purchase TFS corp. shares. You can research this business on your own (the company is called TFS Corp. and it is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange) or to save you endless hours and numerous calls to Australia you can order the report at Amazon.com.

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Sandalwood Investing Report

Gary

We’ll look at TFS Corp and other sustainable resource investments at the International Club retreat this August.  If you plan to attend, do not delay as there are only a few spaces left.

 

Gain From Knowledge through Action


Here is why we need knowledge and action for economic freedom. 

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(See an excerpt from my novel that shows how to become profitably useful.)

The key to economic freedom is useful action.  Promises of economic security are rarely sincere.  For example last week 400,000 retirees protested pension cuts due this July.  A little-noticed act (the Multistate Employer Pension Reform Act) hidden in a huge 2014 end-of-year spending bill allows pension funds to renege on their promises if they are near insolvency.  The huge Central States Pension Fund is projected to be insolvent within a decade, so the Act has kicked in and severe reductions are being made.  For example a former trucker will see his $2,200 monthly pension fall to $1,200.  Some will see even larger cuts.

The recipients of these pensions often worked their entire lives based on the promise of a pension.  Now the guarantee of economic security in the golden years has been broken.

Congressional representatives who voted for the act are back pedaling.  They say the law was not presented on the level and never had its day in the sun.

These pension cuts must be approved or rejected by the Treasury Department May 7.  Watch for the decision as it could have huge ramification on your wealth.

The beneficiaries of this pension did nothing wrong.  They worked hard and relied on these promises made for their retirement.   Poor financial management by the pension plan’s trustees, the investment banks and other financial professionals that managed the fund let them down.  Now government pension guarantees are being eliminated.

This type of tale will grow.   The only way to assure a sound economic and happy life is to be profitably useful doing what you love.

I wrote the 65th Octave because in my first decades of global investment research I unearthed five golden investments that were among the century’s best.  Some readers made millions.  Yet a haunting question gnawed at me.  Information I gave delegates was the same, yet some investors earned fortunes, others made only a little and some lost!

“What was the difference between those who won and those that failed?”

This question haunted me.  Finding the answer became an obsession!  I reviewed thousands of economic experiences, talked to portfolio managers globally, even trekked jungles, through deserts and climbed high mountains to ask economic questions of wise men, Christian ministers, Incan Yatchaks, Andean Shamans, African missionaries, Hindu pundits in India, Sufi masters of Baghdad and Buddhist Llamas from Brazil.

The realities I saw could not be sent to my readers as fact so I spun what I learned into a novel, “The 65th Octave”.  My goal was to make the process of understanding abundance entertaining.  I threaded pieces of my research and years of experience into a story so readers could learn ways to fill their day-to-day business and investment activity with greater success, deeper social meaning and fulfillment without trying.

The 65th Octave, is an economic-thriller with a holistic quantum scientific twist.  Robin MacAllen, is a global consultant who lives in Florida and protects big banks and big investors from scams.  His friend stumbles onto an unbelievable con in England and is kidnapped.  MacAllen travels from Florida’s Everglades to a mysterious Celtic Isle and into the heart of England’s mystic lands to help.  The story takes a quantum twist when Robin is attacked by invisible, mystic forces.  He enlists the help of two Seminole Medicine Women, Talking and Silent Panther, to fend off the attacks.  They reveal an ancient cult, 65 controllers secretly taking over the financial world, cornering gold, stock markets, currencies and political power.  Beset by metaphysical attacks and chased by Florida’s most corrupt sheriff, Jimmy Ray Burnett, Robin learns Golden Words to beat the controllers and liberate his friend.  This story entertains as it shares deep economic wisdom derived from my years of working with investing gurus and shamans.

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 30 of the 65th Octave when Talking Panther tells Robin MacAllen about Golden Words that can bring him success. 

The only difference between an illiterate man and a scholar is education.  Not all scholars are wise, though.  The difference between a scholar and a wise man is truth.  But not even scholars who have heard truth are wise.  The difference between a fool and a wise man is action.   The key to action is knowledge, knowing.  Our silence needs to rest in truth.  This leads to action harmonious with the forces of nature.  Many men hear truth but fail to understand it or know it.

The blank look on Robin’s face prompted Talking Panther to continue. ” The Golden Words will give you an education in truth and the laws of nature.  The key to using this truth is understanding, and it is understanding that leads to action.  You will gain truth, but will have to act to apply that truth to your own existence.”

She closed her eyes again as she spoke.  “If I tell you how to ride a bicycle, you can learn all about it.  You could learn all the truths of how to ride that bicycle, the details, the techniques, what to say, do, wear.  But will you then know how to ride the bicycle?”

“I could still break my neck trying,” he replied.

She opened her eyes, looking directly at him and asked, “What must you do to know how to ride?”

He thought for a moment. “Ride,” he said.

She leaned closer to him now and her voice lowered to almost a whisper. ” Exactly!  You have to ride, to have the action of riding.  You have to act so you can combine your thoughts and your actions.  Until you do this, all you have are thoughts.  Thoughts without truth and action are like a rudder without a boat, a compass without stars.

“Thoughts are the source of action, but in our present world they are rarely united with action.  What we call knowledge is just speculation.  We speculate about the panther’s roar, but until we meet him face to face and feel his hot breath and experience his malignant claws, we do not know the panther.  Knowledge that has never been turned into action through experience is just speculation.”

The way to have economic security is to be profitably useful.  The way to attain this usefulness is to turn your passion into profit.  Come up with ideas about what you would love to do. Use these ideas to create income and something good from your service.  Once you have the idea… go ahead and do something.  Act.

Gary

Good Fulfilling Friday


Good Friday is a day focused on the importance of giving.    Giving is good.  When we make our lives, business and investing centered around a fun and fulfilling service we increase positivity and happiness.  This joy is the most powerful force in the world!

Good Friday, in Ecuador, is remembered in different, distinct ways by the indigenous.

On Good Friday and several other sacred days during the year, the Indigenous believe that their friends and families who have passed away want to come back to this world and visit them. As a result they visit in huge numbers to Cotacachi cemetery.

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Indigenous family at Cotacachi cemetery

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Simple but well-tended crosses

Easter in Cotacachi has its own distinct flavor; for example it is totally natural for the Indigenous to consider taking food and drink to offer to their deceased and while I was there I noticed a very light energy about the cemetary.

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Indigenous girls at the cemetery

Serious prayers were taking place, but there is a contrast between the sorrow and grief of the elders and the vigour and light-heartedness of the younger generations.

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Indigenous man reflects silently

Amongst the community there are certain elders who are recognized as being especially devout. They attend and pray for the recently deceased on behalf of family members. The elders, often lacking materially, do this in return for alms.

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Indigenous elder prays

Ice cream also seem to be a traditional food on this day.  The ice-cream vendor in the cemetery was doing a roaring trade at 25 cents for an ice-lolly. Ice lollies consumed, food offered and prayers recited .. it’s time to head for Cotacachi’s main square to see the impressive processions.

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Indigenous ladies leave cemetery

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Indigenous Culture – young vitality

Yet even on the holiest of holy days… business goes on… even at the cemeteries.

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Ice cream seller in cemetery

Masapan is one business that grew from cemetery celebrations and creates a way to have micro business that provides charitable benefits as well as income.

There are more explanations about why it is good to remain active are below.

A special art form called Masapan, made from bread dough is made into almost anything and is great as an export.

Masapan evolved from Ecuador cemetery celebrations which include giving to the spirits of their departed loved ones.   The celebrants gave food, leaving it at the graves… usually bread and fruit.   Since most of these celebratory dates are in the rainy seasons the bread was quickly dissolved and left a mess. Someone created the idea of making the bread so hard it was impervious to the wet.  Next someone thought of shaping them like fruit and painting them.

Viola!  An art form began.

Here is it is as tiny fruits…made into pins, fridge magnets and such.

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Over the years the rat evolved into many different forms but it is good to remember Masapan’s root… a focus on giving.

Looking at the giving of a business is important because the great pleasure of service we can gain makes business better for everyone.  Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers-The Story of Success”, explains numerous studies have shown that those who have a fulfilling business are happier and healthier as well as better off financially.

The three keys for a business to be satisfying are:

#1: Autonomy.

#2: Complexity

#3: A direct relationship between effort and reward.

This is why earning in Ecuador or globally offers such satisfaction.  This method of earning fits all three requirements.

A reader recently sent this note:  Gary, I learned that you have helped many communities in Ecuador. I admire that. At the end of the day, helping people other than oneself is when one really makes a difference. People feel good helping others and seeing communities thrive.

There is a lot of poverty in Ecuador.  I am a firm believer that education can alleviate it.

As you know, there is an impoverished province in Ecuador, Esmeraldas, from which many of the soccer national teams players come. A handful of them have even made it to intl’ teams. Unfortunately not everybody can be a soccer star so to get out of poverty everybody else needs to get an education. The problem is that many kids barely finish high school and have no way to go to college. Attending college in the big cities of Quito or Guayaquil is usually an elusive dream.

Moved by the situation, an old Italian priest put together a program sponsored by some of his Italian friends to bring youngsters from Esmeraldas to Quito and help them get through college and obtain a degree and a job. A beautiful initiative that has produced a few graduates that now are helping their families. The challenge is that his old friends are passing away and the new generations are not carrying on the funding. I have personally being helping with my own money to keep the project running but there is just so much a person alone can do. I think there are many other people that would be delighted to help such an effective program grow to new levels. We are teaching these kids how to fish, not giving them the fish in a Venezuelan wellfare fashion.

What would be a good way to give some of your 30000 readers the opportunity to help this project and feel good about it? You are a wise man that went through a lot of trials and tribulations and hence will sympathize with this cause. Please advise me on how to grow this initiative and do more good for the Ecuadorean youth.

Here is my reply: Jean, congratulations on your good work.

Because there are so many charitable causes looking for funding, we do not ask our readers for donations even for our projects.  We are asked regularly to give and how would it be possible to say no to one and yes to another?

Instead we donate all the profit… plus quite a bit more of our other Ecuador profits from our flower sales and hotel instead.  Our total donations are nearing a million dollars now… more than we have earned in Ecuador so this makes us feel really good.

I recommend that you create a micro export business… some product from Ecuador that you can sell and donate the proceeds.  Regards, Gary

Helping the poor is a global social economic concern we all need to be involved with.   There is a growing trend of people wanting to see the whole picture and do more than just earn.

For example, when people previously went for a cup of coffee they wanted the best coffee, served in the least expensive, fastest, most convenient way.  Now more and more buyers want more.  They want to know where the coffee was grown, what type of coffee… what did the growing process do to the environment…  how were the processors and growers of the coffee treated?

They ask what will the coffee do to the body and environment? Was the cup organic? Is the cup recycled and so forth?

Starbucks is a good example.  They launched an aggressive plan to ensure that its coffee came from environmentally friendly farms paying workers a fair wage.

They were setting up strict rules on everything from forestation to pesticides to labor practices.

Starbucks made this move because they have suffered bad publicity from coffee drinkers who wanted more than just a cup of coffee.

People today:

*See a bigger picture.
*Consume and invest in values not just material value.
*See connections.
*Are highly sensitive to being mislead.
*Are willing to pay a bit more for a whole product.
*Want authenticity.
*Are getting organized.

So if you have discovered that due to, what seems like misfortune, you have to work more… be happy. You may live longer, healthier and happier.

Back to Masapan.

Here is how to turn bread into dough…  the cash kind by making fund raising products out of dough.

Roberto Ribadeneira’s export service helps delegates visit the village of Calderon and look at masapan.   Masapan is made from bread dough that is glazed and baked rock hard. Delegates see all types of goods being made.  Masapan offers excellent Ecuador exports opportunity because it can be shaped into almost any form ranging from beautiful flowers to toys, nativity sets and much, much more.

Masapan products are excellent Ecuador exports because they are light and compact for low cost shipping, the product is inexpensive but with a little value added can be marked up enormously.

As Ecuador exports they have be made into pins, refrigerator magnets, necklaces, earrings and ornaments.   Exports delegates get to see how these Ecuador exports can be merchandised in many ways.

One delegate who owned a  number of Hampton Inns in the USA had masapan flowers and llamas created to use at his hotel as a turn down treat.  So many guests asked for them that he created a small leaflet and began selling them.  Later he began wholesaling to other hoteliers.

The last time I talked to this exporter he was having pins made in the form of his University Alma Mater mascot to sell at college ball games and such.

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There is also a masapan factory near Cotacachi (Quiroga) and near the colonial Inn Land of the Sun.

Gary

Persistence VI – Belief in Strategy


One of the most important elements of persistence is belief in a strategy.   This is why one rule of investing we stress is invest in what you like and know.

We do not have to give up good performance by sticking to our beliefs.

For example, socially responsible investing makes sense.   This is good long term thinking.  Numerous actively managed funds have good intentions and have performed well.

There are numerous ways that fund managers screen the investments they will invest in.  Some filter out companies involved in alcohol, tobacco, gaming and weapons.  Other funds invest in self sustaining products. Here are three examples.

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See the current Portfolio 21 charts at www.finance.yahoo.com here

Portfolio 21 (symbol PORTX) looks for opportunities to invest in companies that develop ecologically safe products using renewable energy except nuclear power or efficient manufacturing processes and does not invest in companies normally filtered out from socially responsible funds. This fund has an expense ration of 1.42%.

The Appleseed Fund (symbol APPLX) has an even lower expense ratio of 1.24%

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See the current Appleseed chart at www.finance.yahoo.com here

Appleseed does not invest in companies that generate revenue from alcohol, gambling, pornography, tobacco or weapons. They look for good value investments in good companies that have had a short term problem.   The fund managers also look for good price to earnings ratios.   Regretfully they have a big holding in Coca-Cola, which I think is one of the worst chemical companies in the world.   However many readers would not agree.  To each his or her own.

The Parnassus Equity Income (symbol PRBLX) has a really low expense ratio of 0.87%.

The manager of this fund looks indepth at companies it invests in to weed out heavy polluters and business involved in alcohol, gaming, tobacco and weapons.  Over five years this fund’s performance is in the top 1% of funds that invests in large cap shares.

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See the current Parnassus chart at www.finance.yahoo.com here.

The fund has a concentrated portfolio (less than 50 stocks) and a majority of the  holdings pay dividends.

A key to persistence is belief.   Let’s all examine our own beliefs carefully.  Decide what is really important and become persistent in standing up for these beliefs in the way we do business, invest and live.

See Persistence VII

Gary

Omega-3 Inhibits the Spread of Cancer


Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the growth and spread of prostate cancer.

A website for the Journal of Pharmacology  (1) reports that according to a study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, researchers at Washington State University found a mechanism by which omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the growth and spread of prostate cancer cells. These findings support the theory that omega-3s help reduce the risk of prostate cancer, and that they are effective in inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells.

Gary

Report at Journal of Pharacology that Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the growth and spread of prostate cancer