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How to Stay Calm in the Eye of an Economic Storm


Be ready for some economic storms in 2016.   Zero interest on savings has packed more investors than normal into the US stock market so US shares are overpriced.   When stock prices run higher, stretch beyond good sense based on price to book, price earning and dividend yield, they will correct.  The only question is when.

Such corrections are generally not gentle.  Some negative event:  economic, military or political can act as  a trigger.  Though the event is fundamentally not very important, the fear it creates is.  That fear can set off a secondary wave of computer driven programs that accelerates the fear.  The crash then spirals into a rout.

Millions could see their savings wiped out but panicked markets create value and make fortunes for those who are calm despite the bad news.  These downturns are the best times to make good investments.

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The Power of Music at Amazon.com

How can we stay calm?

Our recent message “Anger – Cost Vs Value  (1) explains that anger and fear are created by an asymmetric left side cerebral response (the left side of the brain taking over) which takes over in a fight or flight response.  One sided brain thinking throws us out of balance and can muddy our thoughts. We make wrong decisions in many parts of our lives including investing.

That article showed that being in nature helps balance left and right brain activity so we think more clearly and can focus on productive rather than destructive solutions to change.  But we can’t always get out and walk in the woods.  Since we can’t always just drop everything and go for a stroll, we need other ways to balance our brain so we can gain the benefit of whole, left and right brain thinking.

“Listening to music lights up the whole brain” (2)

That’s the title of a Science Daily article that tells how Finnish researchers developed a new way to study how the brain processes different aspects of music-such as rhythm, tonality and timbre (sound color) in a realistic listening situation.  The results show for the first time that musical features activate emotional, motor and creative areas of the brain.

Another article at NPR.org “The Power of Music” (3)  reviews the book with this title.  Science all but confirms that humans are hard-wired to respond to music. Studies also suggest that someday music may even help patients heal from Parkinson’s disease or a stroke.  The author, Elena Mannes, tracked the human relationship with music over the course of a life span.   Her studies found that infants even just a few weeks old react to some of the basic intervals common to Western music.

She also shows how scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.

Music can help make our brain whole and more effective.  Though we cannot control the news, we can control the music.

History suggests that Nero played his fiddle while Rome burned.  This is a story that shows we should not do something trivial and irresponsible in the midst of an emergency!  Nero may have been a poor decadent leader, but he was at least correct, listening to music when there was panic.  Had he used that calm to act, who knows,  we might be speaking Latin now.

Gary

(1) http://www.garyascott.com/2016/02/29/46134.html

(2) https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111205081731.htm

(3) http://www.npr.org/2011/06/01/136859090/the-power-of-music-to-affect-the-brain

Join Merri and me this year learn how to combine music and mathematics to find good value in investing and business to protect and increase income and savings.

Why Investing is Sticky

Have you ever felt that making investment decisions is like swimming in syrup?

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This syrup is a sign of hidden inflation.  Cracker Barrel syrup used to be 100% pure maple syrup.  Now 45%  of the ingredients is cane syrup but the price of breakfast has not dropped.

See how bad thinking caused me to miss nearly $200,000 of profit I encountered one May. 

May 2016 is my 50th anniversary of being in the investment & finance business. This is the 48th year since I started talking about international investing, (I started a Hong Kong mutual fund business in May 1968).

Since that time, my investing goals have been based around spotting contrasts and trends.  For example, one trend I spotted one May many years ago is how trading down hides real inflation.  Air tickets cost the same but seats are smaller and luggage not included.  Coffee is no longer included free with a restaurant breakfast.  There are many little examples of how our lifestyles are diluted such as the reduction of maple in Cracker Barrel syrup.

Once we spot a contrast or a trend, we need a strategy to take advantage of what we see.  This is where most investors (including yours truly) can get it wrong.

A perfect example of my wrong thinking was when I gave up nearly $200,000 when looking at shares of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.  This company started in Tennessee in 1969, operating restaurants combined with gift stores based on a traditional Southern cuisine and theme.  The decor is designed to resemble an old-fashioned general store.  The restaurant/stores began on or near Interstate highways in the Southeastern US.  There are now more than 630 stores in 42 states.

Since the early 1990s, every May,  Merri and I have driven  up the East coast of the US headed for our home in the North Carolina mountains.  On those trips we would stop at Cracker Barrel because they offered books on CD (formerly CD tapes).  We would buy a story and listen on the day long drive north.

In May 1993 I noted that these Cracker Barrel stores were exceptionally busy.  “Hmmm,” I thought, “maybe I should invest in some Cracker Barrel shares”.   I checked them out thinking I might plunk $50,000 into the Cracker Barrel.   I looked.  The price was $32.75 a share.  “Nope,” I decided.  “These shares have already risen too much.  The profit potential is gone.”

The shares had been $13.56 two years earlier in May 1991.  The price had nearly tripled.  I thought I had missed the golden opportunity.  As the chart below shows the share price has since risen five times to $150 a share.  Had I invested that $50,000 it would be almost a quarter million today.  The share price has outperformed the NASDAQ index (the red line in the chart), plus the company has paid a multitude of dividends (the blue diamonds on the bottom of the chart).

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Click on chart from www.finance.yahoo.com to enlarge.

But did I give up almost $200,000 in profit?   Or did I save $35,000?

The difference is simply time.  Had I invested in May 1993 at $32.75 and held the shares for 23 years I would have made alms $200,000 of capital appreciation.

Chances are, however, I would have shortened my time dimensions and lost.  Those $32.75 shares dropped to $24.38 by May 1998.  Back then, I invested on economic news.  My thinking would have been, “Yikes, I have lost almost half my investment”.  Maybe I would have held in 1998 because the NADAQ Index was bubbling up then.  Maybe not, but by February 2000 the NASDAQ Index had collapsed and Cracker Barrel shares had dropped to $10.  “Oh No, I would have lost two thirds of my investment!”   I am pretty sure I would have bailed by then taking as much as a $35,000 loss.

What was the difference between a $35,000 loss and a $200,000 profit?  A strategy and 16 years.

How can we know when to hold a share or cut our loss?  The answer is “Have a value based mathematically driven strategy”. 

The first step is to each understand our own unique time horizon.  This can be minutes and seconds (if we wish to trade) or decades.  The horizon does not matter.  Having a strategy that suits our individual circumstances and having tactics that adhere faithfully to the strategy are everything.

My strategy is based on a long time strategy using mathematically driven perspectives.  The core of my strategy suggests the US stock market will contract soon.  The uptick on Wall Street for the last seven years has simply been the last wave of a much longer downward trend.  The market has risen but when you look at numbers instead of media guesswork, the facts are pretty easy to see.

The Dow took 18 years from 1926 to 1944 to re-achieve its high point hit in 1926.  Then there was a 22 year real bull market until 1966.  The Dow hit a new highest peak every long term upswing.   A bear started in 1966.  It took the Dow another 18 years (1984) to re-achieve its 1966 high.  That too was followed by an amazing 17 year bull market, followed by the 2000 market collapse.  US stocks have been in a bear trend since.

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Click on chart to enlarge.

You may be thinking, “It looks like the Dow shot well past its peak of 2000”.

Did it?  If interest rates had not been ground down to almost zero, would there be so much pressure in the stock market now?

If the US dollar had not been rising and European interest rates even below zero,would there be so much buying pressure on US shares?

If we look at the valuations of US shares compared to European shares, we see that Wall Street is dramatically overpriced  in every fundamental way.  The Morgan Stanley MSCI Index USA currently sells for 2.81 times book value, compared to the MSCI Europe Index that sells for 1.68 times book value.  The US PE Ratio is 21.2 versus 18.2 in Europe and the average US dividend yield is 2.15% versus 3.69% in Europe.  Shares in Europe on average are a far a better value.

When you use a long time dimension and diversify correctly, value always comes through.

I use this strategy because it takes the least work and has the lowest stress!  Look at the benefits you gain from this 30 year perspective.  While most of the market worries about the end of a non existent bull, you are waiting for the real bear to end.  While most investors worry about the next bear, you can’t wait for the upcoming bull.  The 30 year long term perspective gives you a contrarian view, and contrarians almost always have the best results when investing.

We can also gain short term profits from watching long term trends.

For example, last September 2015 I spotted two distortions.  They were just like contrasts that  had reaped huge rewards for me and many of my readers 30 years ago.  I quickly issued two reports, one for each trend.  Just six months have passed.  One of the distortions has already returned 62.48%.  Both contrasts have even more potential in 2016.

One of the reports released last September, “Silver Dip 2015” looked at potential profits in silver because when the US stock market falls, the price of gold and silver rise.  I have been a gold bug for almost 50 years and spotted this fact long ago.

The “Silver Dip 2016” report reviews a way to profit from silver and gold because of a mathematical, historical fact.  When the silver/gold ratio rises over 80, silver is more likely to rise than gold.  That ratio is even higher now than it was in 2015 but gold also makes good sense as a speculation now.

The second distortion, explained below, has greater long term potential and all but guarantees short term profits in gold and silver.

There is no question that a correction is coming.  Only the full timing can be in doubt.  The question we must ask is, “Could the big break come in 2016 and could it break upon us right now?”  The answer is “Yes”.  When the bubble bursts, it can cause the perfect economic storm that makes a few investors, who are ready, rich.

I have been warning readers about this stock market correction (and how to profit instead of lose), since  January 28, 2015.

There are numerous indicators.

Zero interest is the first sucker punch in a one-two-three combination that can devastate millions of investors.  This is a Ponzi scheme where governments rob money from the future and spend it badly in the here and now.  Each downward economic wave of the last 30 years has created a larger mountain of debt that brings the world closer to an economy where there is no more future money to steal.  The only way governments can afford to borrow more is to take it for nothing.  That’s zero interest.  In worst case scenarios, governments can charge you to borrow your own money.  In Europe some bonds now have negative interest.

Next an IMF led second punch, is a most damaging regulation adding fuel to the fire of disaster.  This regulation allows governments to decide where and when we can spend and invest our personal money.

The leaders of the IMF have been saying that global investing freedom is not always good and is especially wrong in a crisis.  Recently the current IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, stated the governments realized there is a  short-term nature and inherent volatility when investors have the freedom to invest where they choose.  Her exact words were  “Freedom of investing of global capital flows are problematic.”  My translation is “Big Sister thinks she knows how to spend my money better than I do”.

Such thinking is permeating governments.  The Governor of the Bank of Japan, for example, suggested that China might benefit from stricter capital controls.  The “more government control” thinking is spreading.  India has tightened restrictions on its citizens’ access to foreign currency.  Simply put, the Indian government forces its citizens to keep more of their money in India.  That’s two of the three largest economies in the world  already regulating where their citizens can invest.

The US is also under attack.  Ms. Lagarde of the IMF stated that countries such as the U.S. should consider new regulations and tax policies that curb short-term debt flows and stimulate longer-term equity investments.

The IMF has been endorsing and even recommending the use of monetary controls in some cases to slow destabilizing inflows of investment.  What that means is governments, not the market, should decide when we can cash in on successful investments and governments should decide if we can move our profits and investments back or not.

Such thinking completes the second sucker punch that rips at the purchasing power of our savings and wealth.

We all work hard to earn.  We sacrifice to save, so we can put capital to work for a better life better…or maybe to retire.  Then the government decides that our capital shouldn’t pay us anything.  Even worse they could charge a negative interest rate on our bank accounts and lock our money into the system.  The alternative is to invest in a risky, over priced stock market and morbidly weak currency.

Over priced stocks and an over priced US dollar are the third sucker punch!

To date we have been able at least to choose where and in what currencies we invest.  This is where we encounter the one-two-three punch.  The zero or negative interest rate destroys the purchasing power of our savings.  Capital controls lock us into a weak currency or market so we cannot take profits or protect our purchasing power from this inflation and currency loss.

Our savings, pensions and wealth can be floored by a combination of a falling stock market, crashing US dollar and inflation.

The purchasing power of the US dollar will fall.   Trading down is working in many ways.  Even if  pensions can pay what they have promised, the money in dollars won’t buy as much.  Coffee isn’t free with meals.  Many ordinary foods (tomatoes, peppers, almonds and walnuts as an example) and yes, maple syrup become luxuries.

Social Security won’t be as useful either, if it is paid at all.  Could Social Security really default?  The answer is “Yes, it could”.  An October 8, 2013 Reuters article at finance.yahoo said:  “President Barack Obama warned last week that Social Security benefits might not go out ‘on time’ if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling.  Should seniors and disabled Americans really be worried about their benefits if the U.S. government runs out of borrowing capacity later this month?  The answer is YES.”

I can make these predictions based on 30 year trends because I have been writing and teaching global investing for almost 50 years.  Long term experience helps me spot distortions and cycles that have been building for even as long as 30 years.   This experience has helped me steer my readers in the right direction again and again.

I invite you to join me and a small selective group who for the next year will participate in an intensive program called the Purposeful investing Course (Pi). The purpose of Pi is finding value to protect our savings, pensions, income and wealth from these two devastating economic conditions.

I’ve been watching this 30 year distortion take shape and believe that 2016 could very well be the year of a huge shift.

Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  They create a Behavior Gap, that causes investors to underperform in any market good or bad.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.   Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of a Primary Pi Model Portfolio, called the Pifolio.  There are no secrets about this portfolio except that it ignores the stories from economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based mainly on good math that reveals the truth through financial news.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my (almost) 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends).

The Pifolio analysis begins with a continual research of international major stock markets that compares their value based on:

#1:  Current book to price

#2:  Cash flow to price

#3:  Earnings to price

#4:  Average dividend yield

#5:  Return on equity

#6:  Cash flow return

#7:  Market history

We combine the research of several brilliant mathematicians and money managers with my years of investing experience.

This is a complete and continual study of what to do about the movement of international major and emerging stock markets.  I want to share this study throughout 2016 into 2017 with you.

This analysis forms the basis of a Good Value Stock Market Strategy.  The analysis is rational, mathematical and does not worry about short term ups and downs.  This strategy is easy for anyone to follow and use.  Pi reveals the best value markets and provides contacts to managers and analysts and Country Index ETFs so almost anyone can create and follow their own strategy.

A country ETF provides diversification and cost efficiency by spreading one simple, even small investment into a basket of equities in a good value stock market.  The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat.  Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund.

Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.  The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.

Pi opens insights to numerous long term cycles that most investors miss because they have not been investing long enough to see them.

For example, in the 1980s, a remarkable set of two economic circumstances helped anyone who spotted them become remarkably rich.  Some of my readers made enough to retire.  Others picked up 50% currency gains.  Then the cycle ended.  Warren Buffett explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview.  He said:  Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!

I did well then, but always thought, “I should have invested more!”  Now those circumstances have come together and I am investing in them again.

The circumstances that created fortunes 30 years ago were an overvalued US market (compared to global markets) and an overvalued US dollar.  The two conditions are in place again!   There are currently ten good value (non US) developed markets,  plus 10 good value emerging markets.

Pi shows how to easily create a diversified, worry free portfolio in some of these good value markets using Country Index ETFs.

The current strength of the US dollar is a second remarkable similarity to 30 years ago.   The dollar rose along with Wall Street.  Profits came quickly over three years.  Then the dollar dropped like a stone, by 51%  in just two years.  A repeat of this pattern is growing and could create up to 50% extra profit if we start using strong dollars to accumulate good value stock market ETFs in other currencies.

This is the most exciting opportunity I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago.  The trends are so clear that I have created a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More.”   This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small investments.  I kept the report short and simple, but included links to 153 pages of  Good Value Stock Market research and Asset Allocation Analysis.

The report shows 20 good value investments and a really powerful tactic that shows the most effective and least expensive way to accumulate these bargains in large or even very small amounts (less than $5,000).  There is extra profit potential of at least 50% so the report is worth a lot.

This report sells for $29.95 but you’ll receive the report, “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” FREE when you subscribe to Pi.

Plus get the $27 report, “The Silver Dip” free.

With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events.  The price of silver dipped below $14 an ounce as did shares of the iShares Silver ETF (SLV).   The second event is that the silver gold ratio hit 80 and has remained near this level, compared to a range of the 230s only two years ago.

These two events are a strong sign to invest in precious metals.

I prepared a special report “Silver Dip 2015” about a leveraged silver speculation that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.  The purpose of the report is to share long term lessons about speculating in precious metals gained through 30 years of speculating and investing in gold and silver.

The low price of silver offers special value now so I want to send you this report because the “Silver Dip 2015” offers enormous profit potential in 2016.

Save $428.95 If You Act Now

Subscribe to the first year of the Personal investing Course (Pi).  The annual fee is $299, but to introduce you to this online course that is based on real time investing, I am knocking $102 off the subscription.  Plus you receive FREE the $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More”, the $27  report “Silver Dip 2015” and our latest $297 online Value Investing Seminar for a total savings of $428.95.

Triple Guarantee

Enroll in Pi.  Get the first monthly issue of Pi and the report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” and the online Value Investing Seminar right away. 

#1:  I guarantee you’ll learn ideas about investing that are unique and can reduce stress as they help you enhance your profits through slow, worry free purposeful investing.

If you are not totally happy, simply let me know.

#2:  I guarantee you can cancel your subscription within 60 days and I’ll refund your subscription fee in full, no questions asked.

#3:  I guarantee you can keep “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More” and “Silver Dip 2015” plus the Value Investing Seminar as my thanks for trying.

You have nothing to lose except the fear.   You gain the ultimate form of financial security as you reduce risk and increase profit potential.

Subscribe to a Pi annual subscription for $197 and receive all the above.

Gary

 

 

How to Remain Balanced in a Tilting World


2016 could be a very emotional and damaging year.   Massive waves of worry and fright will upset the balance in the thinking of most investors.  They will lose, sometimes everything,  because they act on emotion instead of  logic.

We need every tool we can employ to maintain our equilibrium when the world goes wild.  The question is not if we will see a downturn.  The correction has already started and is here.  What counts now is how we act during the crisis.

So what can we do?  We can use music to balance the brain.

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Delegates listening to balancing music at a Super Thinking course.

Americans listen to music nearly four hours a day.

The three highest senses are seeing, hearing and smell.  They are the basic fundamentals of life.

Though each sense is important, sound and smell have the greater effect in maintaining balance in our lives.  If you go to a theater and no matter what you see on the screen, if you smell smoke and someone shouts first, the visual impact is controlled by the sound and smell.  Then everyone is looking only to see an exit.

Put up a sign on the theater screen that says, be calm. It will be ignored.

Music is the highest of the arts for the same reasons that sounds are more powerful than visual images.

We have lots of posters and hundreds of thousands pack into a stadium to hear them.  However,  we see very few great painters show their wares in the Half time of Super Bowl!

Music is one of life’s supreme sources of pleasure and emotional power. We marry to music, graduate to music, mourn to music. Every culture makes music.  Some of the oldest artistic objects found are 40,000+ year old mammoth bone flutes.

A New York Times article “New Ways Into the Brain’s ‘Music Room” (1) shows that scientists have taken a step closer to understanding why music plays such an important role in balancing our brain.

Scientists discovered that the brain has six audio pathways so when the auditory nerves are stimulated by frequencies we call sound all six respond.  Four of the pathways respond to general physical properties such as pitch and frequency. The fifth deals with the brain’s perception of speech.  The sixth, activated by any type of music stimulates a previously unknown neuronal hot spot in the major crevice of the auditory cortex.

Any music:  classical, bluegrass, rock, hip-hop, big band, sitar, you name it works.   A listener may lie or hate the sound but regardless, when a musical passage is played, a distinct set of neurons tucked inside a furrow of a listener’s auditory cortex fires in response.

Other sounds, by contrast — a dog barking, a car skidding, a toilet flushing — leave the musical circuits unmoved.

However, there is a specific way we can use Baroque Music to attain a state of relaxed concentration.

Listening to Baroque Music (the Largo beat) can help us see how to attain the state of relaxed concentration.  This music increases Alpha Brain Waves by an average 6% as it decreases Beta Brain Waves by an average 6%.  The pulse slows by an average of 5 beats per minute. Blood pressure drops slightly and awareness is described as relaxed concentration.  This state of “Relaxed Concentration” is the state one wants to attain during study and action.

Concentration is the most rewarded ability on earth…the longer one can concentrate on one thing… the more one can accomplish… the more the knowing… the better the understanding… the wealthier each act.   This ability is of special value during times of turbulence when fear causes the masses to think less.

Turn the stress of 2016 into your greatest opportunity ever.  Use the wonder of music to create harmony in a rocking world.

Gary

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/09/science/new-ways-into-the-brains-music-room.html?_r=0

Be More Intelligent With Super Thinking

Here is a way to increase intelligence and reduce fear.

Two points almost everyone agrees on about the future are… first we need to be smarter to keep up with the faster pace of change… and second the world’s economy has and will continue to globalize.

Be smarter as the world turns faster.  Super Thinking tactics in our courses help create new income opportunity and also can improve health.

A Wall Street Journal article entitled “Ways to Inflate Your IQ” 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.

In the latest study, 33 British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later by researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London; 9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.

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, says Cathy Price, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the center and co-author of the study, published last month in Nature.

Swings in individual IQ scores are often written off as the product of measurement error or a test subject having a bad day. But MRIs in this study showed changes in gray matter in areas corresponding to fluctuations in the kids’ skills, Dr. Price says.

There are practical steps people can take to see longer-term IQ changes. A 30-year study at the National Institute of Mental Health found that people whose work involves complex relationships, setting up elaborate systems or dealing with people or difficult problems, tend to perform better over time on cognitive tests. Test scores of people whose jobs are simple and require little thought actually tend to decline, according to the research, published in 1999 in Psychology and Aging.

New tasks stimulate the brain most. When researchers at the University of Hamburg subjected 20 young adults to one month of intense training in juggling, they 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 a complex job, musical training, advanced schooling and new experiences throughout a lifetime.

Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life, according to research by E. Glenn Schellenberg, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Six years’ lessons lifted children’s IQ scores an average 7.5 points.

Super Thinking Tactics improve the brain through the use of music.  The Super Thinking Story.

The educational program Merri and I have developed uses a form of brain wave integration that opens enormous opportunity for expansion, understanding, peacefulness as well as greater wealth. We are sharing this in depth program that teaches Super Thinking.

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. This brings forth the three C’s: Calm, Clarity and Coherence.

How the Super Learning History Brings Opportunity to You Now:

Our Super Thinking programs are not gimmicks or tricks… just advanced education.

Merri and I are explorers. Our business began 46 years ago (May 1968) and we continue to always look for what’s next… trying to stay on or ahead of the leading edge.

This process helped us create the totally unique system we use that incorporates numerous tactics.

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.

This one 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 call the Lozanov learning system is proposed to help train blind persons to become computer programers and operators of automated equipment.

Merri was among just a few who learned directly from Dr. Lozanov the one time he visited the USA and is licensed in these techniques.

Merri has enhanced this system with numerous other tactics. One is to make slight alterations in nutrition. Altered nutrition can make anyone a person 25% smarter. These two tactics are just part of seven, easy to use learning techniques that help gain any skill, from computers to athletics to conversational languages… in much less time than traditional learning techniques… often two-to-five times faster, in exciting and innovative ways…but most of all it is a system that is stress free and full of fun.

Our Super Learning System helps in innumerable walks of life. This is why the second year of our teaching program offers extra opportunity for you now.

Problems Can Create Opportunity

There is a huge and growing problem of accelerating change that requires accelerated learning. You can use a Super Thinking focus in every aspect of your life including your business… shifting our mental process into overdrive.

Super Thinking works by focusing on the learner first… the data second. This system “grows the learner” rather than just expands the information. The explosion of data we must all process every day means there is too much information to process already. Let’s view this learning in terms of plumbing to outline what “Growing the Learner” means.

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 to first create a six inch pipe and then an even larger pipe…a never ending expansion of abilities!

We have integrated this process into our Super Thinking + Writing as well As Super Thinking + Spanish.

Share our 49 years of Experience

When it comes to having a micro business in online publishing, seminars, courses and tours, there are few people with more experience than Merri and me.  Over 49 years we have organized, marketed and conducted thousands of tours for tens of thousands in dozens and dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain).  This course shares how we have done this… what we did right… what we did wrong… and what you can do better.

Super Thinking Goes Way Beyond Spanish

Our training teaches an effective way to teach languages but covers much more many… perhaps all fields of education.

For example. We teach Super Thinking Business seminars that show how these mind expanding tactics can be applied to starting and running a business, to forex trading and investing. Athletes of all types… golfing being one common sport benefit. The Soviet Union… even though a third world country… excelled in the Olympics… as well as beating the USA into outer space… because it integrated FM teaching tactics as developed by Dr. Georgi Lozanov (one of Merri’s teachers) into its educational system.

Our Super Thinking plan goes far beyond Lozanov and allows you to enhance every part of your life.

Order our online report with Super Thinking Relaxation session here ($19.95)

Gary

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

Read Wall Street Journal article Ways to Inflate Your IQ

Ecuador Music for Learning


There are many benefits from Ecuador music.

Ecuador shamans and…

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shamanas… from the Andes to the…

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Amazon, dress in white. So do Ecuador Andean musicians.

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This is because the  ancient wisdom recognized the many benefits of music… one becomes wiser with music.

Scientific studies help clarify why music is healthy and can help you learn Spanish. See why below.

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Views from Palmera Beach.

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Palmera Beach is the second beachfront development in Puerto Cayo .

The area is fast becoming the vacation and 2nd home haven for the Ecuadorian elite. Many people looking to relocate or retire to Ecuador have found that there is no other town on the coast that offers what we have found in Puerto Cayo.

Palmera Beach offers affordable lots in a beautifully appointed environment.  Please visit our website at    www.palmerabeachecuador.com

The first custom-home, beach-side development in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador was a resounding hit among expatriates around the world, and in just one year, owners Gary and April Scarborough had every lot  marked as “sold” !!!!

“We’ve been thrilled that families around the world are finding Las Palmas. It’s rapidly becoming an amazing development, and the lot owners are some of the nicest families we’ve ever come across.”

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Las Palmas  —–  All Sold Out

Two key developments have prompted rapid sales. An aggressive social media marketing campaign initiated through their website at www.laspalmasedcuador.com, and an ever growing desire for quality community lots on the Pacific Coast has resulted in tens of thousands of hits from potential expatriates.

The sites, updated daily, offer important information and project updates in real time.

Maybe even more important to the exposure at Las Palmas was the October 4 airing of House Hunters International, featuring Gary, April and children Peyton and Carson, in a 30-minute show that chronicled their move from Atlanta to Cuenca to Puerto Cayo and their ultimate calling to create the magnificent development in the quaint fishing village of 3,000 residents. Since that show, there have been a total of 3 House Hunter episodes filmed in Puerto Cayo .

Get a behind-the-scenes account of their House Hunters International filming, check out this link.

Just more than 45 minutes south of Manta and 30 minutes north of Puerto Lopez, Puerto Cayo is far enough away from the big city of Manta to give you that quaint small town feel, yet close enough for all of your shopping and personal needs.

With controlled access and full-time gardener, Palmera Beach offers the security and beauty of  a 1st class resort community. With only 33 lots, we offer a very close knit community feel. “ We sold out so quickly in Las Palmas, that we realized we needed to begin another community.” So, Palmera Beach was born.

Las Palmas Community features a clubhouse, swimming pool, and tennis court. With concrete curbing and sidewalks, owners enjoy walking in the community and getting to know their neighbors. And, with miles of private  beach, you feel as if you are in your own personal paradise! Las Palmas offers underground utilities (water⁄power) which preserves its natural feel. The streets are compacted, with crushed natural red volcanic rock. This aids in natural water filtration and prevents damaging water “run-off.”

Palmera Beach has 33 lots, all the same amenities:  Pool, clubhouse, Sports Court, Gym, 24 hr Guard, Gated Entrance, Under Ground Utilities, etc .

Prices start at $17,900 for nice size lots . Where else can you buy a lot in a gated beachfront community for $ 17,900?

Please visit our website at   www.palmerabeachecuador.com   for pricing and availability .  We can assist you in all of your design, building needs. From the planning stage and construction, all the way to decorating and furnishing, our craftsmen and professional team will make building your dream home an easy process.

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For direct inquiries contact Gary Scarborough  Gary@palmerabeachecuador.com . Phone inquiries may be made at 678-712-4121 (U.S.), or at 593-99407-5922 (Ecuador).

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence and always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. Also we want to be sure that you check the claims of the developer/seller and make sure that you are satisfied. We also recommend that you rent before you buy and become familiar with Ecuador.

Music… Learning…. Health

An article at Baseline Health entitled “Rhythm and Language Abilities” by Beth Levine (see link below) says:  Following a beat is an important part of playing numerous musical instruments as well as busting some moves on the dance floor. Not all of us are equally skilled in this area, and clearly we can’t all become famous musicians or compete on So You Think You Can Dance. But we might want to consider making some effort to improve our sense of rhythm now, since a new study has found that this ability may be associated with the brain’s responses to speech as well.

The research, which took place at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, discovered that those who can move along with the beat have more consistent responses to speech than those who have trouble keeping the beat. Therefore, the scientists drew the conclusion that musical training may be a means to improving language processing abilities and responses in the brain.

This suggests that a common element between music and language is the ability to hear and discern rhythm. Therefore, the researchers drew the conclusion that musical training, particularly that which focuses on rhythm, may help to improve a person’s skills and facility with language since rhythm is a key component of all languages, and each language has its own rhythm.

This study builds on previous findings that have shown that the cerebellum region of the brain is involved with both balance and coordination as well as discerning rhythm, and in a 2003 study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, researchers found that musicians’ cerebellums are typically five percent larger than the cerebellums of non-musicians.

Whether those with a talent for keeping a beat came by their skill through training or through their genes, it does give the rest of us hope that by studying music we might improve other functions and brain health as well. If musical training can strengthen our reading abilities or our talent for speaking well and keeping our audience engaged, or even learning new languages, for example, it may be well worth the effort. And, since even just listening to music was shown in a 2011 study at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, to stimulate the release of dopamine in the brain, providing a sensation of pure pleasure, spending more time surrounded by music should offer plenty of enjoyment too…as long as your significant other can endure a little wild drum banging or crashing piano keys as you practice.

Scientists are telling us that music can help us learn.  Philosophers have told us this for millennia. Plato is quoted as saying “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

Next time you want to learn…. listen to the music.

Gary

Use music to learn Spanish in three days.

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

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

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

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

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Rick Brown teaches 3 Day Spanish in Cuenca Ecuador.

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

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

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

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

This course really works!

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

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

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Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you.   After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!  Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.  In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) .   In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music.  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi

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

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

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

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

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

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.

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

Gary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Delegates during a relaxation session.

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

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

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

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

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

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Cuenca Inn Courtyard.  Click to enlarge.

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

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

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

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TV room for guests.

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

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

Delegates can  sit round the fire pit enjoying conversation.

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

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

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

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

“Rhythm and Language Abilities” by Beth Levine

Doorways to Better Learning


The more we are, the better.   The better we learn, the more we are.

Quantum science suggests, however, that in reality we already know everything.  This means that learning is not a process of acquiring but is a process of access and transformation.

Our intuition defines a scrap of the infinite.   Our logic converts this piece of reality into something useful in our material world.

This is why the more we know, we know and the more we know how we know… the better.

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For example have you ever walked into the kitchen opened the fridge and then stood there staring… and wondering… “What am I doing here?” (Photo from Getty Images.)

There is good news. The “What am I doing?” refrigerator stare is more likely to be caused by a highly valuable learning mechanism in the brain that helps you retain information.

A Scientific American website article “Why Walking through a Doorway Makes You Forget” by Charles B. Brenner and Jeffrey M. Zacks can help us understand why this art of forgetting current information is a perfectly normal event.

Here is an excerpt (bolds are mine):  Scientists measure the “doorway effect,” and it supports a novel model of human memory

Doorway to Blame for Room Amnesia

You’re sitting at your desk in your office at home. Digging for something under a stack of papers, you find a dirty coffee mug that’s been there so long it’s eligible for carbon dating.  Better wash it. You pick up the mug, walk out the door of your office, and head toward the kitchen.  By the time you get to the kitchen, though, you’ve forgotten why you stood up in the first place, and you wander back to your office, feeling a little confused—until you look down and see the cup.

The common and annoying experience of arriving somewhere only to realize you’ve forgotten what you went there to do.  We all know why such forgetting happens: we didn’t pay enough attention, or too much time passed, or it just wasn’t important enough.  But a “completely different” idea comes from a team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame.  The first part of their paper’s title sums it up:  “Walking through doorways causes forgetting.”

As the title said, walking through doorways caused forgetting: Their responses were both slower and less accurate when they’d walked through a doorway into a new room than when they’d walked the same distance within the same room.

This “doorway effect” appears to be quite general.  It doesn’t seem to matter, for instance, whether the virtual environments are displayed on a 66” flat screen or a 17” CRT.

Is it walking through the doorway that causes the forgetting, or is it that remembering is easier in the room in which you originally took in the information?

Psychologists have known for a while that memory works best when the context during testing matches the context during learning; this is an example of what is called the encoding specificity principle.  But the third experiment of the Notre Dame study shows that it’s not just the mismatching context driving the doorway effect.  In this experiment (run in VR), participants sometimes picked up an object, walked through a door, and then walked through a second door that brought them either to a new room or back to the first room.  If matching the context is what counts, then walking back to the old room should boost recall. It did not.

The doorway effect suggests that there’s more to the remembering than just what you paid attention to, when it happened, and how hard you tried.  Instead, some forms of memory seem to be optimized to keep information ready-to-hand until its shelf life expires, and then purge that information in favor of new stuff.  Radvansky and colleagues call this sort of memory representation an “event model,” and propose that walking through a doorway is a good time to purge your event models because whatever happened in the old room is likely to become less relevant now that you have changed venues.

Other changes may induce a purge as well:  A friend knocks on the door, you finish the task you were working on, or your computer battery runs down and you have to plug in to recharge.

Why would we have a memory system set up to forget things as soon as we finish one thing and move on to another?  Because we can’t keep everything ready-to-hand, and most of the time the system functions beautifully.

We use the importance of context in the super thinking sessions of our courses and seminars.   Plus the super thinking learning system accounts for the fact that you smell, hear and the colors you see all have an impact on how well we learn and recall.

One way we learn better 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 know is that certain types of music affect humans in the same way regardless of color, race, religion.  Sad music makes all people sad. Happy music makes 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 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 is 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.

Merri and I want to help you retire or expand with an everlasting income and extraordinary lifestyle at any age. To do this we are offering a report entitled “How to Gain Everlasting Health & Wealth”.

I’ll be selling this report for $49 but before it is complete I am offering this report free to get feed back from you, our loyal readers.

One of the things that this report explains is why after listening to music from composers like Handel,  I then would listen to more active music.

You can hear all of this music in the free report described below.

This report is about how to absorb, recall and retain information but can also be important if you have any health concerns.  The report tells how music has helped with memory problems and says:

The man had not spoken in three or four years. An older man in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, he could no longer care for himself and required a high level of assistance in his daily activities of living.

But on one particular day, Concetta Tomaino, DA, a certified music therapist, offered a different kind of dementia therapy-she sang an old Yiddish song to him and some of her other patients. “You could tell by his face that he was watching,” recalls Tomaino. From a man in his condition, attention was a lot to ask for.

“Whenever I got a chance I played this song to him and sang to him. Within a month of doing this, he was making an attempt to speak, and he eventually started singing the song himself. He also started talking again. He continued talking and lived for many years after that.”

 “How to Use Super Thinking to Gain Everlasting Health & Wealth” free in this very limited time offer.

This report will sell for $49 but  during the beta period, you can have it FREE by clicking here.

Please enjoy and share how you feel and let me know.

The more we know, we know, the better we are.  Now we know how we know better with music and I hope this knowing helps make this day for you… and everyone after… better.

Gary

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Learn how to use music and super thinking to write to sell.

Writer’s Camps – Join Us & Learn to Write to Sell

Attend our Writer’s Camp in Florida this winter.   When you enroll, you start immediately with our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” (normally $299) which we send FREE.

Our Writer’s Camps help you learn writing to sell… the business of writing and how to publish.  

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

My wife, Merri, and I have possibly the smallest… yet one of the highest earning… self publishing company in the world.

Our high earnings come from writing, self publishing secrets we learned and refined over the past 45 years of writing to sell.  These secrets have worked so well they have earned extra millions for Merri and me and we share them at our writer’s camps..

Our goal at the camps are to help you “Get Started”… but to “Start Small” and maybe like us stay that way… small… tightly focus but highly profitable.

45 years ago I started writing because I was broke.  These problems over 40 years ago affected me for life.  In fact I am so hung up on this that that Merri and I (we are so thankful that we can) give away money to help create jobs… we have now donated close to a million dollars in our quest to reduce joblessness.

Fortunately we do not have to work for money now.  In fact we kinda retired almost 20 years ago. Now we do what we love and that happens to be writing!

Merri and I are writers and self publishers.  Merri and I began publishing with no money and little background. We started small! As already mentioned, I was bust and had no background in writing. I did not finish college.  Yet we have earned as much as $20,000 for a single day’s work… and have earned consistently year in and year out… while we do what we love… because of a few secrets.

Our self publishing business has brought us millions. We own five houses, a farmhouse, six cabins and over 1,000 acres of land. Plus more money than we can spend, in the bank… safe, secure bonds and shares… no mortgages… no credit card bills and zero debt! We always make an annual six figure income but some years we bring in seven figures…over a million dollars.  That’s because we figured out that the lion’s share of income earned from writing goes to the publisher.

Now we write to be self fulfilled… to share what we have gained from living, working, investing and writing all over the world.

We want to share these secrets with you so you can make a strong income and follow your destiny in a way that suits you and that you love.

There is more good news than the money.  The secrets we share make working fun. You are your own boss. You gain respect so your ideas are listened to.

Most important you can be self fulfilled as you make the world a better place by writing.

We want the work on your publication to begin right away…. tomorrow even.  I’ll explain how you can begin right away in a moment.

Now let’s get to the important stuff.  Our life is less stressed (not stress free – every business has stress) but Self Publishing can be a low stress business… no commuting… choose your own hours… immersed in your passions with like minded souls. Work at home. How refreshing!

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Here I am at our Florida home… at work?

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Here I am at work in the Blue Ridge.  Better than a cubicle for sure!

You can have fun every day doing what you love as you accomplish goals that are important… to you… and are a service to your community.

What do you love? Why not make the kinds of money I’ve just mentioned publishing your passion and do something good for the world at the same time?

Your passion and self publishing create…magic, wealth, happiness.

Three other things you gain.

#1: Respect. If you are not a recluse like Merri and me, you’ll find yourself the center of attention at social events and with your friends and in business because publishing is highly respected.

#2: Power. Everyone wants publishers to distribute good information about them. And everyone fears publishers a bit. The pen IS mightier than the sword!

#3: Protection. Writers are protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. You do not need a license to publish. There is no government watchdog nor do you have bureaucratic red tape involved in publishing. Publishers enjoy almost more freedom than any other occupation because of the Freedom of the Press. This is so powerful because the first amendment is actually a part of the Bill of Rights. Just in case you missed this in school (as most students did including me) here are the exact words of this amendment:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

You become the press and you are set free. You cannot get more protection than that.

You can enjoy this wonderful lifestyle.  Married, single, rich, poor, in good and bad health, educated and not, travelers and those who want to just stay at home. This is who self publishing works for… those who want a gradual part time improvement in life and those who want to make big enhancements now.

This workshop appeals to anyone who would like to write or publish or both.  We will look at how published products can include compilations, catalogues, CDS, interviews. Plus we’ll look at how to develop treks, tours, visits, products and services.

For example, you’ll see below how one delegate who attended the workshop used her publication to sell real estate.

This course is for individuals and couples. We include those who want their own publishing system together as a family business.

This workshop is not theory. Merri and I share our real time experiences. We start at the beginning over 40 years ago but mainly look at how we earn hundreds of thousands and even millions a year in our exciting lifestyle…right now.

We study and listen to many other self publishers as well.  I invite them to our home… to see what ideas we can share and how we can learn from one another.

Self employed, retired, professionals and those who are employed who want to add extra income or who want to change their life entirely will benefit. Previous course delegates have included investors, chiropractors, doctors, dentists, lawyers, architects, other professionals and those who already own their own business and of course retirees.

Which would you rather have… 6% of $10 or 70% of $3?

The math to this question brings an obvious answer and creates opportunity for those who want a writer’s life.

Starting with online books allows you to lower price…  increase volume and cut out a publisher, distributor and book store who normally absorb up to 88% of the income created by a book.

You can start self publishing with no printing costs, no shelf space, no inventory, no postal delivery.  Most of the publishing expenses are eliminated.

The writer keeps 70%.

Amazon keeps 30%.

You gain freedom because you can write anywhere… even part time.

The first step in this process is to focus on a niche and create trust with the readers in that niche.

The eBook revolution makes this entire process easier because Amazon sales can be like prospecting tools.

Some amazing websites and businesses have been and will continue to be built using eBooks.  Kindle sales act like a search engine.  They are the starting point that attracts the original readers who become the nucleus of your success.

Technology especially favors small publishers today. Portable computers, the internet, wireless access, on demand printing smart phones and electronic readers all create enormous new potential for small publishers.

At the camp you’ll learn the importance of writing a lot for your niche.   The increased number of publications will allow you to keep your price low, but generate income that keeps you writing as you build inventory so any bigger success can grow in exponential bonds.

You can also self publish at any age.  A number of our friends who have used our writers course to self publish are in their 70s and 80s.  Yet college students have self published as well.

Small self publishers are in a win – win situation for many reasons.  If you love to travel self publishing can help make this possible and… by the way… perhaps turn your trips into a tax deductible expense.

The workshop provides a Path called the seven Ps. They provide a simple, small and easy path for starting your own publishing business.

The writer’s camp refines both Merri’s and my 40 years of experience into its most essential points. All of us will have to work intensely to cram everything into three days.

This workshop is conducted by Merri and me.  These camps are intimate which allows us to personally work with each delegate to assure that all who attend can create their own publication.

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

Please note which camp you’ll attend in the comments section.

We’ll send you an email giving you details and your preparatory assignments for the camp, travel, etc.

We’ll set up our line of communications as well as deliver our online Self Publishing course.

We’ll send you what you need to get started. We’re going to be learning from the first minute, and we want you to be ready.

Get started and work with us and the online course until the camp begins.

Best regards,

Gary

P.S. This is a chance to experience the dream life of a writer and self publisher.

We are going to work hard the entire time from now until the camp but the effects of this retreat won’t end on day 3. They’ll just begin.

One of the finest benefits you gain will be new like-minded friends. Our previous workshop delegates have stuck together…formed support groups and helped each other develop, grow and profit. This is called an “old boys network” in some places. Every major university and educational system has one…this invisible power because “who you know”, not just “what you know” works. We’ll encourage this so your alumni group can enhance your efforts whenever required.

May I share three final examples of how big, your little self publishing business can become from our workshop?

A long time friend, who had just retired from a 30 year career in the oil industry joined our program. His passion was to learn more about health and looking at the deep, more spiritual aspects of life since he had ended a financially successful career. He has gone on to publishing the leading healthy living magazine where he lives.

Not only was he able to publish 20,000 copies of a 48-64 page magazine on healthy living every month, he was able to meet and work with leading health and spiritual leaders like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dwyer and even the Dali Llama. What a thrill.

Michelle Toole, an at home mother, made a fateful decision… to attend our self publishing course.

Michelle was disabled when she took the “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” camp.

She took what she learned from our publishing courses and created her own successful global micro website.

Michelle wrote:  “I have some great news, my web site  http://healthy-holistic-living.com is now getting on average 2,000 visitors a day! Yup my little one man show web site now gets close to 60,000 visitors each month!  The power of the internet is amazing as well as the opportunities.  We have said it before but it deserves saying again the internet is truly the great equalizer.

“My web site is at a point now that it is growing without much effort and produces a nice passive income allowing me to continue working on my second site http://home-remedies-and-natural-cures.com and to get my third site up and running.  I am also working on various joint ventures with other web sites focusing on helping others start their own web business. I am doing monthly webinars helping disabled individuals start their own business on the Internet and will be starting a coaching club in the new year.  The opportunities are only limited by one’s imagination.

“Again I can not thank you and Merri enough, I look forward to many great adventures and new experiences in the coming years!”

See dozens more self publishing & writing success stories here.

We share David Cross videos and Skype sessions at the camp.

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David has an unparalleled, hands-on marketing experience spanning 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small. He’s guided many companies and individuals to success in business and helped them achieve their marketing goals, both online and offline.   He started working with the internet from the getgo and we have been lucky that he helped us start our website in the 1990s.  He was also Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD.  David worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and over an 8-year period helped to propel Agora’s online revenues to over $300 Million in 2009 until he came to work with Merri and me full time.

Save the $299 and receive the online course now before you attend the camp.

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

A scientific  American website article “Why Walking through a Doorway Makes You Forget”

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Mark “Tain”


Mark my word Tain and old books are important to know.  But who is “Tain”?   We should know since we are always inviting  him into our lives!

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1950s books for entertainment for kids

Enter Tain

We can learn a lot when we dwell on the roots of words.

In – formation

Re – creation

Re – tire

Enter  – tain

Tain is with us a lot  de tain, ob tain , main tain.

So what does Tain mean  Wiki answers says:

Entertain comes from Medieval Latin intertenere “to hold inside”, from inter- “inside” + tenere “to hold”. The Indo-European root of tenere is ten- “to stretch”.

The change in meaning from “stretch” to “hold” presumably occurred as one has to “hold” something in order to “stretch” it. When the word entered English from French in the late 15th century, it meant “to maintain, to keep up”.

By Shakespeare’s time, the word had acquired a meaning of “engage or keep the attention of a person”: “I thinke the best way were, to entertaine him with hope” (from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1598). Sir Francis Bacon used the word in 1626 to mean “to amuse”: “All this to entertain the Imagination that it waiver less”. It is that meaning which seems to have stuck, though we also find the word used in such phrases as “I will entertain the suggestion of…”, etc.; that usage arose in the early 17th century.

In other words Entertain can mean to “stretch inside”.  That makes sense.  Many shows, games and books stretch our imagination.  (We’ll split up and dwell on that word image – nation another time).   Today a great deal of entertainment can stretch us out of shape!

We need to fight this… from within at least.   Too much of our entertainment is really loud… physically… emotionally… and ethically.

When noise becomes the dominating feature of entertainment there is only one way to compete… be louder.

For example the Hunger Games Trilogy are three books written for young adults about kids being forced by their government to kill other kids.  This is big time “entertainment” and in my opinion… it’s horrible for kids to read… if for no other reason is it creates too much stretch inside… way too much emotional noise with too much tension and conflict.  This blows out the adrenals if nothing else.

I have been collecting and reading old baseball books that I read as a kid.  This is a form of bibliotherapy and entertainment.

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My latest addition “The Big Stretch” by Duane Decker 1952.

I find these books very quiet.  Some would call them boring except in the silence of boredom we can stretch ourselves in a good way.

Rereading these books after 50 years is helpful to me in several ways.

They show me how the world has changed.

They provide great reflection. Old words and paragraphs jump out with meaning that I am more prepared to process now… but missed 50 years ago.   Old thoughts in these books turn mental garbage carried for decades into valuable, useable thought.

They give me a feeling of contrast between the now and then… plus help me understand how the world that read these books 50 years ago might be thinking today.

I recommend this… read old books you once read as a child.  You’ll learn a lot and perhaps be entertained.

The impact of the past is such a powerful truth that marketeers depend on the power of old music to mold cultures. There is even a psychological (or marketing) name for the impact of old music on cultures, called “Cohort Synchronization”.

Cohort Synchronization says that we… as age groups… are affected for life by what happens to us at around the age of 18. For example Jonesers (people born 1952-1956) think differently than boomers, (born in 1946 through 1952).  Boomers were promised the world and we got it. Jonesers were promised the world but came onto the job market during a recession caused by the oil crisis.  Thus Jonesers have always been more conservative, price conscious buyers than Boomers until recently. Suddenly when they approached the age of 50, they thought that  life was passing them by and started buying things to get them while they can still enjoy.

Cohort synchronization works with music.  Music that was popular when we were about age 18 maintains high emotional impact. This music has a profound impact on the way we think and act our entire lives!

This is also true with reading old books we read before.  They contain emotional impact but as we read them now we have decades of experience we can add into the reflections we gain.

To see the future from the past and to see who and why we are what we are… read books you read as a kid.  This reflection will not only lift inner veils but will help you understand your cohorts who likely read the same books.  This can help you spot contrasts and distortions that will lead to trends and make you smarter about the future as it unfolds.

Finally. you gain some real insights on change.  Read a book you read as a kid and then read a book written for the same age groups of today.

The wealth building trick of observing music to understand society is nothing new.

As in Music – So in Life! Emperors in China understood this.  David Tame’s book  “The Secret Power of Music” brings forth an interesting insight:  Each year in the second month Emperor Shun could be found journeying eastward to check upon his Kingdom and to assure that everything was in order in the vast land. Yet he did not do so by auditing the account books of the different regions.  Neither by observing the state of life of the populace, or by receiving petitions from them. Nor by interviewing the regional officials in authority.   According to the ancient Chinese text “Shu King” the emperor Shun went about the different territories to test the exact pitches of their note of music.

Tame goes on to say that when the Emperor wanted to measure the efficiency of his central government he listened to and checked the five notes of the Chinese musical scale.

Tame says: He had the eight kinds of Chinese musical instruments brought before him and played by musicians. Then he listened to the local folk songs and the tunes which were sung in the court itself, checking that all this music was in perfect correspondence with the five tones.

According to the basic philosophy of the ancient Chinese music was the basis of everything.  In particular they believed that all civilizations are shaped and moulded according to the kinds of music performed within them.  Was a civilization’s music wistful and romantic?  Then the people themselves would be wistful and romantic.  Was it strong and military?  Then the nation’s neighbours had better beware.

They believed if  the type of music a nation listened to were changed, then it would change the nation!  Merri and I found this wonderfully astounding.

We can also change ourselves when we reread old books.  In fact we can change our entire lives… the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act by controlling how we entertain… (“stretch within”) ourselves.

Mark Twain had an opinion about Tain when he said “Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.

So next time you think about being “Enter Tained”… watch out for the noise and look more for information that stretches you in a good way within.

Gary

We use old Baroque music in our Super Thinking + Spanish courses and have just added a three day Spanish camp to be conducted at Merrily Farms in the Blue Ridge.

Learn Spanish in Three Days

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

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

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

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

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Rick Brown teaches 3 Day Spanish in Cuenca Ecuador.

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

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

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

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

This course really works!

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

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

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Click here for FREE Super Spanish video.

Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you.   After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!  Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.  In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) .   In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music.  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi

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

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

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

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

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

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.

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

Gary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Delegates during a relaxation session.

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

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

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

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

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

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Cuenca Inn Courtyard.  Click to enlarge.

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

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

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

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TV room for guests.

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

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

Delegates can  sit round the fire pit enjoying conversation.

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

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

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

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

Gaining from Cultural Exchange


One of the great ways to expand horizons is through a cultural exchange.

One of the most fascinating parts of travel is finding important things in other cultures that do not exist at all in ours.  Even better is seeing how cultures do perfectly well without aspects in life that our culture is uptight about!

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Bob Dylan singling “One more cup of coffee for the road”.

This applies to gains form cultural exchanges in music as well.

I was reminded of this fact last week when a reader sent this note:

Good Morning Gary and Merri,   Your zest for life and success is beautifully defined in the first of Bob Dylan’s quotations from Van today.  The message you sent today, which serves to prove to me, what you and Bob Dylan believe is from the heart. Thank YOU for making this world a better place!

What a great way to start the day reading a note like that. Dylan’s quotes which were:   What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.



People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.



People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around – the music and the ideas.


Money doesn’t talk, it swears.
     All from Bob Dylan

I replied:  Interesting you mention Dylan. He sings one of my favorite renditions of a great song.  I wrote about this a couple of years ago.

Here is that message with a connection to Andean Music.

Andean music has had a powerful impact on Western Culture.

The people of the Andes love traditional music.

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Some Andean music, like the ancient poetry opera called Harawi from the Incas. This is hard for me to understand.

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Yet Western Opera is hard for me to appreciate as well.  Yet Western musicians have turned a lot of traditional music into modern.

Take Bob Dylan’s One More Cup of Coffee for the Road. This song… even Dylan’s look and feel (right down to the rose in the hat) resemble Harawi. The violin music is almost, if not, the same.

Music can be looked at in two forms, modern music and traditional music.

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Andeans love traditional music pre and post Spanish. Pre Spanish Andean music has a much smoother melody.

Modern Music emerged when composers began to put their names to their scores.  Since that time composers have wanted their music to be theirs, about them and about their times.

This allowed their songs, concerts and symphonies to be at the forefront of the evolution of humanity. Such music foments change. From Beethoven, Bach, Mozart to Elvis, these people created music that led the population to think, feel and question “Who am I, what am I doing, what is right and wrong?”

Traditional music is older and quite different, rarely given to one composer, and used for the exact opposite purpose. The melodies and rhythms of Traditional music tell historical stories and binds cultures by inhibiting change. Traditional music creates a message of comfortable belonging.

The flesh is mortal but these songs are everlasting, connecting members of cultures into the deepest mists of their history.  Individuals come and go, but the traditional songs and their binding force remain. They unite the future and past in an endless tune.  Take the ancient African rituals with their deep soul grabbing beat as an example. Feel how their beat melds our hearts with the group and pulls one into the sweet embrace of nature’s deepest roots.  There is sweet comfort in this belonging.

We can learn a lot about a society… about the current times… about how people in that society are feeling… and even where economies might head by listening to how the music of a culture is evolving.

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Andeans play music everywhere and for everything. Here is the opening of a local soccer match.

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When El Presidente came to Cotacachi…

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The local band was there.

Cultures that are immersed solely on traditional music often use a circular, non lateral thinking mind set.  Merri and I learned this while living with American natives in Ecuador. Their haunting, beautiful music tears the heart and heightens every emotion-sweetness, joy, love, pain, melancholy. There is a song for every occasion, each full of lessons. They play the same songs again and again, as have their past ancestors, year after year. They live and think in the same way, in a circular mode without innovation. They have little expectation of change or betterment in their lives.

This maybe one reason the Andeans are so sweet.  They play music…

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and old.

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The Andeans…

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are often intense about their music and…

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they work…

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hard at their music.

Yet they always seem…

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to have fun and worry more about today than the future.

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This circular way of life, Merri and I learned from the life we had with the shamans and the Andean clouds, is a sweet, easy, low stress way of living.  Yet this thought process is not very effective at keeping up with changing times.

Is that bad… or good?

One of the ancient Andean legends tells of a time when the Eagle of the North and the Condor of the South will fly in the skies together.  This means a tie when mankind will integrate his heart with his mind… more feeling… less logic perhaps.  Live a little more for today and a bit less for the future.

El Cóndor Pasa (Flight of the Condor) is an example of traditional music turned modern. It is one of the Andes most famous songs composed from the zarzuela El Cóndor Pasa by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomía Robles in 1913 and based on traditional Andean folk tunes. It is possibly the best-known Peruvian song worldwide due to a cover version by Simon & Garfunkel called “I’d Rather Be a Hammer than a Nail.”

Sometimes I wonder if simple is not a better way?

Since later today we are announcing a complicated, logical schedule, of 52 courses and tours in 2009, this morning I would like this morning to share here a simple tune that stimulates the heart perhaps more than the head…  El Condor Pasa… the song of the Andes.

Why not click on this tune and take three minutes to just relax.

Gary

2016 Schedule

How to Have Real Safety

Regain Real Security

There is a path to true security.

I was reminded of this once when I made a horrible mistake.  Almost!

The supposed error?  Letting my mind wander six decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.

Learn from this near disaster, seven most powerful sources of wealth, health, security and fulfillment in this era.

The girl was pretty and blond.  Terry was her name. My imagination spanned decades returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.

We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school.  Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end.  Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California.  I started traveling the world.  Never saw her again.  I hope her life has gone well.  But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in so many years.

What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart.  Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.

We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path.  Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road.  Traffic was no problem, not many cars.  Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd.  There we passed an old clapboard candy store.  I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees.  Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile.  There was Terry’s house.

I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost.  There were dozens of paths made by who knows what.  Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home alone from school.  I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir.  Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans).  I was home!

Sweet simplicity, that dream.  Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky.  Pure innocence.

My tragic error was looking back.  I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots.  Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.

Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage.  McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers.  The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys.  Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun.  Good bye memories, good bye.

How can our kids walk in places like this?  How can we return to those old feeling of security and comfort?

How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast?  Then something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.

How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines?  Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends?  How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?

“There has to be places that are still innocent and pure”, I thought.  “There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress”.

This thinking led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the decades.  This started a search for a simpler way of life and a better place to earn and protect our wealth.

By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world I found that there are true paths to real security in the here and now.  That knowledge helped me develop courses on how to have natural health, everlasting wealth and purposeful investments.

This knowledge helped Merri and me invest in stocks and real estate all over the world.  It helped us find and develop Merrily Farms into a sanctuary here on Little Horse Creek.

That almost error led us to create an entire portfolio of information on how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society but, to enjoy life wherever you choose without having to move too fast.

I want to share this information with a special few in our summer course in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is dry, crisp, with a bright sparkling sun.  Our North Carolina woods is a place where we can once again walk down sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths beneath huge, fat, green fir and hemlock.

We start the course with this question that can help us get our lives back.

“What would you think in the last 30 seconds of your life if you were the richest man in the world but were unhappy?”

This quote is from the opening slide of our Value Investing Seminar, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.  This a vital question because few investors think about the value of comfort and happiness.  Yet the truth is, those who are comfortable and happy with their investments are likely to make good investment decisions.  If not, no matter how much money an investors has, changes are, they’ll lose.

Bring Value and Purposeful Investing Together

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Join us to learn how to make safety and profit easier and less time consuming so we can focus on our individual purposes in life.

Become an International Club member and join like-minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box for better health, greater income and safer, more profitable investments. Share ideas on how to add value to everything and make 2016 -2017 your best years yet.

In 2016 Merri’s, David’s and my mission is to share our 50 years of experience in international business, investing and living to make ourselves happier, healthier and wealthier.

To reach a wider audience we have shifted our seminars online.  However we are conducting   one in person seminar this year, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan” (August 12-13-14 2016).  Attendance is strictly limited to the few International Club members.

Here is a partial syllabus of this seminar.

  • Three common sense ideas:   Avoid lines.  Go where you are a name not a number.  Decide who you are and what matters to you.
  • Why three economic trends that have make smart investors rich every 30 years are ready for cashing in now.
  • How to look for short term problems that create long term value.
  • Update on the best ten markets for safety and profit.
  • How to diversify in value with Country ETFs.
  • The value of time in investing and life.
  • The economics in cyber wars. How to look back at the economics of war to see ahead.
  • Great new innovations that will ignite a 16 year bull market from 2016 to 2032.
  • The next great fuel.
  • Timing long cycles, economic cycles and seasonality.
  • Investing in Demographics.
  • Trading Down, the biggest global trend ahead.
  • Hidden Inflation .
  • How to protect against pension loss.
  • The Silver Dip 20116. When and how to invest in gold and silver . How to double your position with loans.
  • How to spot currency distortions and borrow low to deposit high.
  • How, Why When & Where to bank abroad.

Join us for a high mountain retreat that is strictly exclusive to club members and save over $2,000.

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Here is a group of International Club members meeting at our North Carolina farm.

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

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

International Club members receive all the online seminars free plus can attend the August 2016 Value Investing retreat which is exclusive to club members.

In addition club membership includes:

  • Personal investing Course (Pi), normally $297, FREE
  • Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher, normally $299, FREE
  • Eventful Business, normally $349, FREE
  • International Business Made EZ, normally $299, FREE
  • Report “Three Economic Conditions for 50% or More Profit,” normally $29.95, FREE
  • Report “Silver Dip 2015” normally $27, FREE
  • Three online Value Investing Seminars, normally $477, FREE
  • One online Natural Health Seminar, normally $119, FREE
  • One online Writers Camp, normally $299, FREE
  • Exclusive Value Investing Retreat in North Carolina, normally $799, FREE
  • Three night’s accommodations at Merrily Farms, normally $315, FREE

This is every offer in our catalog.  To purchase everything would cost $3,509.95.  Club membership for 2016 is $1,199 so you save up to $2,310.95.

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

Annual International Club (one year) Membership four quarterly $375 payments

Merri and I have been organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking  lifestyles for over 30 years.  The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:

My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group.  You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon.  You made us all feel so welcome and cared about.  You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport.  They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it.  Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary.  Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life.   I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.

The International Club fee has been $1,799 but due to the savings of conducting our courses online, we have been able to reduce the fee to $1,199.  This is less than the normal fee we have charged in past years from one seminar (without accommodations).

If you cannot attend the High Mountain Retreat, you are still entitled to a three night stay on a space available basis at the farm any time during the season we are  open (June into October) or at our grove in the winter months.

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Club members meeting at out home.

I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and a guest of your choice to join us for all our seminars including our exclusive August 2016 High Mountain retreat.

Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year?  Join us at our farm and online. We look forward to being with you.

Club members receive everything we offer in 2016, plus the exclusive High Mountain Retreat in August that includes the seminar and accommodations.

We want couples!  As a member of the program, you are entitled to add another personas email address to every single course or tour, plus bring a partner to the m,members only retreat.  The cost for that extra person will be ZERO!   You can enroll bring whomever you wish.  Choose your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser to accompany you.

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

Annual International Club (one year) Membership four quarterly $375 payments

Gary

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Music for Better Health


Music for Better Health.

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Many are using music for better health.

This is certainly much much better than…

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this!  Photo from www.clevelandorchestrablog.com

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Photo from www.laspositascollege.edu

A reader just sent me this note:  “Gary,  Didn’t know if you had seen the USA Today article “Music can heal mind, body, soul” this morning.  Sounds like they had been reading your many music listening articles.  Take care.”

Here is an excerpt from “Music can heal mind, body, soul – The therapy lifts spirits while helping retrain an injured brain” by Karen Weintraub Special for USA TODAY:  R&B is Carey Gordon’s pick-me-up music. When he’s feeling stressed, annoyed or sorry for himself, he turns on the radio or pops in headphones, and the music “just hits that nail right on the head for me.”

Gordon can’t afford to get stressed or angry; strong emotions might trigger dangerous seizures.

But music is his antidote, as he discovered in 2004, soon after several major surgeries to correct the malformed blood vessels in his brain that had been triggering headaches and seizures. Music also helped him recover some dexterity after damage from the seizures partially paralyzed his right side. He can hold his beloved chef’s knife again, though he isn’t strong enough to work a full shift in a commercial kitchen anymore. And music gave Gordon back his upbeat attitude.

The smile returned

“It was music that got me into that jolly, fun-loving (mood again). And it helped me to help other people change their mood as well,” he says. “I was able to get up in the morning smiling. Music therapy is what did it.”

Music therapy is increasingly used to treat a wide range of physical problems, from brain injury to aging to cystic fibrosis.

The most famous recent music therapy patient is U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was shot through the left side of her brain 10 months ago. Her therapists have used music to help her learn to walk and speak again, as well as give her an emotional boost along her stunningly difficult path.

Music holds a unique role in human life. Its rhythms help organize movements — almost no one can resist a good beat. Music brings up memories. And music, it seems, can help retrain the speech centers of the brain.

Using an approach called Melodic Intonation Therapy, therapists can retrain an injured brain like Giffords’ to circumvent the damage. Take the word “hello.” A therapist might teach a patient to sing the two syllables, first a high note, then a lower one. With practice, the patient could slowly phase out the musical notes, first saying the word in a sing-song fashion and then speaking it directly.

That’s pretty much how Giffords spent January to June, in a Houston rehabilitation facility, where she received several hours a day of that and other kinds of music therapy.

Her therapist, Maegan Morrow of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital, also sang popular songs and left out one word: “Girls just wanna have . . . .” Giffords could then produce the word “fun,” even when she couldn’t speak.

A ‘go signal’ for the body

This kind of automatic response is usually controlled by the right side of the brain, while speech is usually centered in the left, says Gottfried Schlaug, director of music neuroimaging and stroke recovery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Melodies also trigger the right side of the brain.

Tapping a finger at the same time turns on the brain’s movement centers, which control the tongue and lips, promoting speech, says Schlaug, whose research at Harvard Medical School shows these kinds of activities can rewire the right side of the brain to look like a healthy left.

Music is a “go signal” that can help get limbs moving even when the analytical parts of the brain have trouble sending those messages, says Suzanne Hanser, chair of the music therapy department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

“There are so many areas of the brain that are triggered and activated through music,” she says. “Just listening to a single phrase can trigger all those things without our thinking of it, willing it or concentrating on music.”

Small steps make big difference

The right combination of therapies over time makes a huge difference, Morrow says. “I used to think if I had a horrible brain injury, I don’t want them to keep me alive.” But “I’ve been here for eight years, and I see how people really can come back to life.”

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Photo from USA Today article photo by Erich Schlegel for USA TODAY

Caption: “On a good note: Music therapist Maegan Morrow helps Celest Powell, a cystic fibrosis patient and lung transplant recipient, at Houston’s TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital. Playing keyboard improves Celest’s finger dexterity so she can regain her fine motor skills — and it sparked a new interest in learning piano.”

Music is frequency and one way of observing the universe is as a mixture of frequencies.   Any bundle of frequencies that attract… inspire… fill with joy are positive energy. This describes music!  Music can help you relax… march… dance…. learn and heal.

Merri and I hope you have good music, good health and prosperity in your life.

Gary

Learn Spanish in Three Days

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

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

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

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

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Rick Brown teaches 3 Day Spanish in Cuenca Ecuador.

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

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

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

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

This course really works!

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

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

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Click here for FREE Super Spanish video.

Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you.   After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!  Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.  In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) .   In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music.  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi

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

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

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

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

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

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.

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

Gary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Delegates during a relaxation session.

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

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

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

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

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

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Cuenca Inn Courtyard.  Click to enlarge.

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

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

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

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TV room for guests.

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

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

Delegates can  sit round the fire pit enjoying conversation.

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

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

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

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

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64th Symphony


Happy New Year’s Eve…Chances are tonight you’ll be listening to some music.

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Merri’s and my music will come from a symphonic orchestra somewhere because I understand the power of music and how Largo Baroque music especially does the body and mind good.

You may not even be aware of the musical impact… but the frequencies that you hear and feel will have an enormous impact on you so we have attached a New Year’s gift below.

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 who failed?” This 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 research led me to learn a lot about the power of frequency and music.  Listening to the correct music can make us smarter… more energetic… more romantic, happier, etc.

I wrote part of what I learned in my first novel, “The 65th Octave”.  I tried to make the process of understanding abundance and affluence more entertaining!

Now I am researching more and writing my next novel… a sequel, the “64th Symphony”… a fun way I hope to consider the power of frequency especially the spectrum that stimulates the human auditory level.

The long and short of it is that music can balance… enhance and make us better.  Merri and I use this technique all the time as we work…  turning on music to speed us up… create focus… or calm us down.

For example one of my favorites when I need a super charge is March Slav a Slavonic March in B-flat minor composed by Tchaikovsky.

March Slav for me is better than a latte!  An auditory Red Bull that may actually be good for the body as well as it stimulates the soul.

This March, often called a funeral dirge, also is a great connector springing from the war in the late 1870s, between Serbia and the Ottoman Empire. Russia, supported Serbia, and the Russian rulers asked Tchaikovsky to compose an orchestral piece for the benefit of wounded Serbian veterans.

Tchaikovsky referred to it as his “Russo-Serban March” which would later to be known as “Marche Slave” as well.

I find the March moving… which is what I suppose marches are supposed to do.

The connections between this period… this music and our lives today is also fascinating.  March Slav was written for the Slavic conflict that led to the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878 a battle between the Ottoman Empire and the Eastern Orthodox coalition led by the Russian Empire and numerous Balkan countries. Fought in the Balkans and in the Caucasus, its origins lie in the wake of nationalism in the Balkan region as well as in the Russian aspiration of recovering territorial losses it had suffered during the Crimean War. The discontent from these conflicts helped fuel the Balkan Wars that were fought in Southeastern Europe in 1912 and 1913.

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This war caused many divisions such as the emblems of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement which continues to this day. The Red Cross, a color reversal of the flag of neutral Switzerland, the sole emblem of protection for military medical personnel and facilities reminded the Ottomans of the Crusades; so they replaced the cross with the Red Crescent instead which in most Muslim countries is the emblem of protection.

More important perhaps is that discontent and distrust remained in the entirety of Europe… enough to start WWI which laid the groundwork for WWII which let the Truman Doctrine leading to a war in Korea, Vietnam and now here we are.

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I wonder if this man… Gavrilo Princip listened to some marching music before he shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, a shot that was known as the spark that ignited WWI.

The Four Seasons creates quite an opposite effect and I wonder how the world would have differed if Princip listened continually to this calming/balancing music.

The Four Seasons was composed by Vivaldi in 1723 and consists of four violin concertos.  This is among the most popular pieces of Baroque music for a reason.  The largo movements within the concertos are especially powerful at creating alpha waves in the brain.

Largo movements are 60 cycle music, and they promote relaxed concentration as the mind has increased Alpha and deeper frequency bursts.  Health benefits are gained as blood pressure can drop, heart rates slow and the mind becomes calmed and better for relaxed concentration.

Achieving this is as simple as listening to relaxing Baroque music such as Handel’s Water Music. A few others compositions at this cycle include Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Violin and Orchestra in No. 2, 8, 5, 9. or J.S. Bach’s Fantasy in C Minor and Trio in D minor or Vivaldi’s Five Concertos for Flute and Chamber Orchestra.

Music has been used for centuries to induce states…babies being lullabyed to sleep, sea chanteys and harvesting songs to ease workers while laboring. Eastern mystics and South American shaman have used music to carry them to unusual states of consciousness.

Your body relaxes and your mind becomes alert in these simple forms of relaxation.

Soviet psychologist, I.K. Platonov, found it was possible to just use a metronome beating at 60 to enable the mind to take in and hold more strongly.

In choosing a recording of a slow movement, simply check that the tempo is about 60 beats a minute. When a composer writes a piece of music, he indicates the speed at which he wants each of the different movements or segments to be played.

These indications of tempo are generally given in Italian. You will often see them on the different movements of a concerto. For instance, allegro indicates a tempo of around 120 – 168 beats to the minute, andante around 76-108, adagio from around 66 to 76, larghetto 60 to 66 and largo 40-60 beats to the minute. Some performers and conductors may set a tempo somewhat faster or slower than what the composer indicated. To check out the tempo of a recording, be sure it’s at around 60 beats a minute if you want to achieve that desired state of alpha…relaxed concentration.  You can check it with a metronome or against a clock with a second hand.

Here is a portion of the music list provided in our FM (Frequency Modulation) Plus seminar.

Bach, J.S.: Largo from Concerto in G Minor for Flute and Strings. Bach and Telemann Flute Concerts and Aria to The Goldberg Variations.

Corelli, A.: Sarabanda (largo) from Concerto #7 in D Minor.

Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi op.5

Handel, G.F.: Largo from Concerto #1 in F. Music from the Royal Fireworks.

Telemann, G.: Largo from Double Fantasia in G Major for Harpsichord.

6 Fantasias for Harpsichord Vivaldi, A.: Largo from Winter and Spring. The Four Seasons

To celebrate 2011 here I have linked two symphonies below for you… “March Slav” for energy and the “Four Seasons Spring” when you desire to feel more calm, when you desire to reach that state of relaxed concentration.    See the links below.

Gary

Our Super Thinking + Spanish courses uses Frequency Modulation so you can learn Spanish in Four Days. Learn more about Super Thinking plus Spanish here.

Learn about our FM Plus Teacher Training program here.

Listen to  March Slav

Listen to Four Seasons Spring

Need a quick, 2 minute, mental tune up?

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Go to Wikepedia at the link below and click on the Largo Spring Movement at the box shown above.

2 Minute Spring Largo here Four Seasons Largo

Profits in Turmoil


How to make profits in turmoil was the focus of our International Investing and Business seminar that ended yesterday… here in the Blue Ridge.

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Delegates came out to our farm on Sunday for lunch and private discussions with our speakers.

During the seminar delegates studied how to adapt to today’s rapid economic change by “investing in turmoil”.

During the conference we looked at specific investments including those in my portfolio, how that portfolio has adapted over the past two years and saw how the recent economic turmoil and US dollar crash increased it by 12.94% in just the last month.

We also looked at over 60 investments that can profit in turmoil and a dollar drop now.

Here are seven of these shares we reviewed in extra depth.
 

American Water Works Co USA USD  provides drinking water, wastewater and other water-related services in multiple states and Ontario, Canada. The Company’s primary business involves the ownership of regulated water and wastewater utilities that provide water and wastewater services to residential, commercial and industrial customers.

E.ON AG E.Germany EUR operates in power generation and gas production businesses.
The Company’s operations include electric generation at conventional, nuclear, and renewable-source facilities; electric transmission via high-voltage wires network; regional distribution of electricity, gas, and heat; power trading and electricity, gas, and heat sales.

Endesa, S.A. Spain EUR generates, distributes, and trades electricity in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, North Africa, and Latin America. The Company distributes natural gas, operates co-generation plants, and treats and distributes water.

Enel S.p.A. Italy EUR 3 generates, transmits, distributes, and trades electricity.
The Company operates hydroelectric, geothermal, and other generating plants. Enel, through subsidiaries, also provides fixed-line and mobile telephone services, installs public lighting systems, and operates real estate, factoring, insurance, telecommunications, and Internet service provider businesses.

Veolia Environnement France EUR operates utility and public transportation businesses. The Company supplies drinking water, provides waste management services, manages and maintains heating and air conditioning systems, and operates rail and road passenger transportation systems.

Land Securities Group Plc UK GBP a property investment and management company. The Group invests in real estate, including offices, shops and shopping centres, out of town retail locations, supermarkets and industrial/warehouse facilities throughout the United Kingdom. Land Securities’ portfolio also consists of a small percentage of hotel, leisure and residential properties.

Suntec REIT Singapore SGD is a real estate investment trust.
This Asian company was  established with the objective of investing in income-producing real estate properties which are used primarily for retail and office purposes.

You can get the report on 54 high yielding shares from Thomas Fischer at fischer@jgam.com

We also looked at economic philosophy and concepts outlined by Confucius who said:

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.” Confucius

In these times of transition… when chaos seems to be the order… when sound bites and spin seem to rule…. rather than truth, law and order… where can we go… who can we look to for guidance?

One ray of wisdom and truth that has survived the tests of time are the quotes of  Confucious.

Here are seven of his thoughts that spotlight a wise course of action for good health and everlasting wealth… always have and always will.

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”

“He who will not economize will have to agonize.”

“They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”

Let’s focus on two Confucian reflections of truth.

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”

“When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.”

Thousands of years ago Confucius recognized the awesome power of music to create balance… restore harmony and make profit from turmoil.

Merri and I believe this as well… which is why we have increasingly devoted our time to our Super Thinking courses where we let music help students improve their ability to absorb, retain, use and recall information….PLUS learn how to communicate in Spanish in four days.

Doing well in turmoil requires the ability to adapt and this requires three things, understanding, communications and inspiration.

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We learn these skills at our Super Thinking Plus Spanish course in Mt. Dora, Florida.  Here are delegates intent on absorbing Spanish.  Many are learning before they head for Ecuador.

The importance of knowing Spanish goes beyond Ecuador.  Spanish is the second largest language in the world. Chances are a huge Spanish speaking population lives south of or around you. Yet our language system did not teach us how to communicate with or understand this culture.

Learning Spanish is valuable and important.  Now there is way, to enjoy a long weekend in as you learn Spanish at a very affordable price.

The 40 delegates at the last course enjoying a coffee break.  Delegates help each other learn.  They came from all over the world…  The USA, Canada, Europe…even South Africa. Sri Lanka & China.

To learn in the sun is fun! Enjoy the sun and solve one of the biggest communications problems that faces a great deal of the English speaking civilization.

By simply changing your music inside and out you unlock universal power.

Merri was trained in the system by the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Giorgi Lozanov, who altered the face of education using music in teaching, so she could use music to help you learn.

Super Thinking teaches the first step in listening to music to gain power.

You can attend this course on its own or as part of our Super Thinking + Spanish Course that uses music to help you learn Spanish in just four days.

Attend Super Thinking + Spanish November 4-7, 2010.

Course for one $799. Enroll here

Course for two $999. Enroll here

In times of transition… as we are living now, chaos is the order.  Turn that chaos into order… better health… everlasting wealth and happiness with the secrets of power in music.

Here is some more wisdom from Confucious.

“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.

“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.

“Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.

“Study the past if you would define the future.

“To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

“To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.

“When anger rises, think of the consequences.

“When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

“By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

“Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.

“He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.

“He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.

“He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed.

“Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

“I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.

The great violinist Yehudi Menuhin talked of the power of music in another way.

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As in music… so in life.

Yehudi Menuhin expressed the power of music in his book “Theme and Variations” this way: Music creates order out of chaos; for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity of the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.  Thus a confusion surrenders to order and noise to music, and as we through music attain that greater universal order which rests upon fundamental relationships of geometrical and mathematical proportion, direction is supplied to mere repetitious time, power to the multiplication of elements, and purpose to random association.

In times of transition… as we are living now, chaos is the order.  Turn that chaos into order… better health… everlasting wealth and happiness with the secrets of power in music.

Join us the November for “Super Thinking plus Spanish.”

Attend Super Thinking + Spanish November 4-7, 2010.
Course for one $799. Enroll here

Course for two $999. Enroll here

Gary

Learn Spanish in Three Days

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

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

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

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

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Rick Brown teaches 3 Day Spanish in Cuenca Ecuador.

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

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

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

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

This course really works!

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

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

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Click here for FREE Super Spanish video.

Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you.   After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!  Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.  In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) .   In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music.  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi

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

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

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

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

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

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.

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

Gary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Delegates during a relaxation session.

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

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

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

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

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

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Cuenca Inn Courtyard.  Click to enlarge.

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

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

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

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TV room for guests.

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

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

Delegates can  sit round the fire pit enjoying conversation.

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

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

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

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

Benefits From Music


There are many benefits from music.

Ecuador shamans and…

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shamanas… from the Andes to the…

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Amazon, dress in white.

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So do Ecuador Andean musicians.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music Links Your Brain and Body

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music Can Also Improve Verbal Fluency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary

Use music to learn to speak Spanish in four days

Learn Spanish in Three Days

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

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

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

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

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Rick Brown teaches 3 Day Spanish in Cuenca Ecuador.

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

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

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

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

This course really works!

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

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

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Click here for FREE Super Spanish video.

Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you.   After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!  Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.  In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) .   In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music.  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi

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

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

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

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

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

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.

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

Gary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Delegates during a relaxation session.

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

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

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

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

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

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Cuenca Inn Courtyard.  Click to enlarge.

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

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

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

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TV room for guests.

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

cuenca inn

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

Delegates can  sit round the fire pit enjoying conversation.

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

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

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

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


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