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A Christmas Gift Secret, Huge Savings and Success


Hemingway’s Secret

 

Here’s a great Christmas gift idea.  You can give Hemingway’s secret of success.

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Was Ernest Hemingway’s secret to success being able to write in English or Spanish?  

‪There may have been many reasons why Hemingway liked Cuba but he already had access to most of them in Key West.  Why go the extra 104.91 miles to Cuba?

Perhaps he knew that speaking a second language makes you smarter.  Perhaps he realized that he could think and write better in English when one learns Spanish.   In 1939 he moved to Cuba and wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls” which  became a Book-of-the-Month Club choice.  The book sold half a million copies almost instantly, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and cemented Hemingway’s reputation as one of the great writers in the English language… at a time when he was speaking two languages.

You can be be smarter and incidentally… provide a Christmas gift and save $178.90 in the process.

This offer makes a great Christmas gift.  I’ll explain how in a moment.

You might ask… “What the heck does speaking Spanish have to do with being more successful.

Well… to start, being smarter means you gain greater intellect.  You can be smarter with Super Thinking.   Super Thinking tactics integrate brain waves so absorption, retention and recollection of  information improve… a lot.   Most important of all, Super Thinking helps you synthesize what you learn so you can connect dots and use the knowledge you gain to achieve your goals.

In short, Super Thinking makes you smarter.. a lot!

Super Thinking 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 master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri was among those few who learned how and is licensed to teach the Lozanov system.  She has organized a practical course on how to learn faster and better.  With her modified system, you discover how to think more powerfully in just three days…and experience the wonders of superlearning.

When I figured this out, my first thought was… “Why not help readers learn Super Thinking AND Spanish?”  There and then was a two for one deal.

Enroll for our Online Super Spanish Course and you gain a the Super Thinking Workshop for Greater Intelligence workshop (a $49.95 value) FREE.

We will also deliver both the Spanish course and the workshop to someone of your choice by email on Christmas morning or Christmas Eve.

You save $178.90 total!

Still you ask… “Why Spanish for greater intellect and success?

Spanish is the second most spoken romantic language.  Chances are a huge Spanish speaking population lives near you.  Speaking Spanish can be helpful in innumerable ways just from this fact.

There is more.  Learning a second language makes you smarter and healthier.

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Image from Telegraph article “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism”. (2)

The Telegraph article (linked below) entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism says (bolds are mine):  Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt.

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.

You can read the entire article at the link below but to sum it up it shows seven ways that learning a second language improves your intellect and health:

* You build multitasking skills

* You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia

* Your memory improves

* You become more perceptive

* You become smarter

* Your decision-making skills improve

* You improve your English

A better command of English… used by a smarter, more perceptive person who can remember details and multi task.

With this. I rest Hemingway’s case.

Learn the power of Super Thinking.  Gain the seven benefits of being bilingual. 

Order the Super Spanish Course online for $79 and get the online Super Thinking Workshop  (normally $49.95) FREE

Plus I’ll email another Super Spanish Course and Super Thinking Workshop to another person of your choice as a Christmas gift so you save an additional $128.95 ($178.90 total savings).

The Super Thinking Workshop can help you join the top 3 percent of intelligent people in the world.

Be happier as you become smarter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inflate Your IQ.

When it comes to money… inflation is cheating.

That’s bad for you.

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

Monetary inflation is a sneaky government and business trick.

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

They promise you more.

Liars?

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

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

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

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

Gain more than IQ.

Be smarter… more energetic…. healthier.

That’s the way to get ahead!

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

You can improve your IQ in just weeks.

You might well ask… How is this possible?

Here’s how the scientists say it is possible.

A Wall Street Journal article entitled “Ways to Inflate Your IQ”(3)  show how you can be smarter and actually add matter to your brain.  The article says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Improve the brain through music… without lessons.

Here’s the Super Thinking story…

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

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

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

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

Proof?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share our years of experience.

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

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

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

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

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

Another attendee to the Super Thinking Workshop sent this note.

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

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

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

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

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

Relax in the Secret Rose Garden.

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

Part two is a longer portion on theory.

Part one is enough.

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

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

You might ask…”Will it work for me”?

The Super Thinking Workshop will help increase your IQ.

Our guarantee.

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

Order the Super Spanish Course online for $79 and get the online Super Thinking Workshop  (normally $49.95) FREE.   

You’ll receive your Super Spanish Course and Super Thinking Workshop by email immediately.  Plus I’ll send you a personal note telling you how to direct me to email a personal Christmas greeting (either on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning EST) from you along with the Super Spanish Course and Super Thinking Workshop to a person of your choice.

You save $178.90 total savings.

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

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

Order the Super Spanish Course online for $79 and get the online Super Thinking Workshop  (normally $49.95) FREE

You’ll receive your Super Spanish Course and Super Thinking Workshop by email immediately.  Plus I’ll send you a personal note telling you how to direct me to email a personal Christmas greeting (either on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning EST) from you along with the Super Spanish Course and Super Thinking Workshop to a person of your choice.

Gary

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

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

(3) Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism

 

 

 

Be Smarter, Happier… Healthier


Mozart as Medicine


Mankind has been using music for the past 40,000 years.  Talk about sticky.  Anything that lasts that long must have incredible stickiness and power.

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A group at a Super Spanish course responding to Baroque music.

In fact 40,000 years only relates to sophisticated music.  40,000 year old flutes have been found in Germany.

Music actually goes back 600,000 years.  Neanderthals and the first humans most likely enjoyed music.  Animals even use a sort of music.  For example, primates use tempos and pitch ranges to signify danger and safety about whether to approach or avoid certain areas.  They have emotional responses similar to human’s reaction to music.  Take the famous shower scene from the movie Psycho, Violin phrases create a response similar to screams, a clear danger sign for many animals.  In order to see how music affects us in this way, watch that Psycho shower scene scene at Youtube (1).  You’ll see how violins can set us on edge!

Music can enrich us.

Music has made a few people, like the Beatles,  Jimmy Buffet and Lady Gaga, really rich,  (see the 21 richest musicians below) (2).  There must be something to it!

Music helps us beyond money… it has been proven to even make us smarter.

Music is also a powerful medicine.

The article “Mozart as Medicine” (3) compared the calming effects of music versus a Valium-type drug midazolam (sold as Versed) and said: A study from Sweden sought to determine if relaxing music has a greater anxiety-reducing effect than a standard dose of midazolam.  Researchers whipped out some Kenny G, and the music worked significantly better than the drug.  Those listening to Mr. G had lower anxiety scores, heart rates, and blood pressures.  This is perhaps the first report of any anti-anxiety therapy working not only as well as, but even better than, benzodiazepine drugs.

These facts come from NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG, a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos.

That post goes on to show the subconscious power of music.

The article says: Well, if you take someone with a latex allergy and inject their skin with latex, they get a big, red, angry bump. But if you repeat the test after they’ve been listening to Mozart for 30 minutes, they develop a much smaller bump (as you can see in my video, Music as Medicine).  That is, they have less of an allergic reaction.

Banned from Marathons.  Scientific research has shown music has such influence on competitive performances that at times there has been a USA Track & Field ban on music during competition.

Music can even help us lose fat!

Music even super charges our metabolism. The research on music found that listening to music increases our metabolic rate so we burn an average of 27.6 more calories a day just lying in bed.

It is estimated that 3,436 to 3,752 calories creates a pound of fat. This means that if you do nothing but eat and exercise as you have been but listen to music, you’ll lose a pound every 4 and a half months or so.

Wait a minute…

Dance a little… even by yourself.  Throw in the exercise, and the weight loss may be more.  Plus listening to music can help you feel good so maybe, just maybe the right tune can help you avoid comfort food as well.

Gary

PS. Life of course is never quite as simple as turning on the music.  Researchers doing the latex allergy test found that the reducing effect on allergic responses may be specific to Mozart.  Music composed by Beethoven, Schubert, Hayden, and Brahms didn’t work. The subjects had the same reaction before and after listening to that music.  Music can be used as medicine, to make us smarter and stronger, but the key is knowing which music to use  for each benefit.

See below how we use specific types of music to help learn Spanish in just three days.

(1) Youtube.com: Psycho shower scene

(2) 21 Richest Musicians

(3) Nutritionfacts.org: Mozart as Medicine

 

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Free Night Galapagos Stay


About 20 years ago, we took one of our first top to bottom rides along Ecuador’s coast with our friend Kjetil Haugan.   Merri and I and Kjetil had all recently discovered the amazing values in Ecuador and were seeking knowledge and bargains.

We found them aplenty and since the three of us took that trip Kjetil has created a luxury hotel & spa, and a housing development on Ecuador’s coast, opened the best jungle lodge in the Amazon and offers Galapagos cruises on three of the most luxurious vessels in the islands.

Now he has added more Ecuador service, a luxury Galapagos hotel.

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Kjetil recently sent me this note.

We are proud to share with you our latest venture in providing the highest quality of luxury services in the Galapagos Islands. What was previously the Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge will now be known as the Red Mangrove Hotel by Haugan Cruises.

As you know, Haugan Cruises operates three motor catamarans of the highest luxury standard.  Now, the Red Mangrove will be added to this list of Galapagos products with the added plus of guaranteed excellence you already know Haugan provides.

Rooms are sold by night and guests have the option of purchasing 4 and 5 day packages.  They can do this with activities included at popular attractions found on Santa Cruz like the Charles Darwin Station, beautiful beaches, and more.

The hotel, located on oceanfront property with direct views of Academy Bay, is surrounded by lush gardens, mangroves and the occasional visit of friendly sea lions and marine iguanas.  It is a traveler’s delight to visit and relax at the hotel, and perfect because of so many activities like snorkeling and hiking can be done within five minutes from our location.

Throughout the year we will renovate the entire hotel in order to offer the same standards of luxury Haugan Cruises is known for.  Meanwhile, we will be operating as normal with availability beginning May 2nd, 2017.

Be part of this new adventure with us and take advantage of our Special Kick Off Promotion at the Red Mangrove Hotel where guests can reserve 2 nights and receive the third night free!  Contact us directly via email or telephone today to learn more!

For details contact Kathy Lasso. Her email address is redmangrove@haugancruises.com

Call US Toll Free 1.877.319.0324 or Direct US 1.917.259.1055. The local line in Ecuador is: +593.2.514.8605

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Orders for fresh Mother’s Day roses will be accepted through Monday May 8, 2017.

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See details on how to order fresh Ecuador Mother’s Day roses here.

Special Offer in Panama


Here is a  special offer from Panama.

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

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A Panama relocation tour.

When Jackie suggested that Rick Brown conduct a Super Spanish course right after the June Panama Relocation Tour, we arranged the course for our many readers who had always wanted to check out Panama.  We have had a lot of interest (and signups).  Now  the opportunity is better because Jackie Lange sent this special offer.

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

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

My June tour is the 10th – 15th so it is perfect timing to stay 3 more days for your class.  You are welcome to extend that same offer to your subscribers.

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

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

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Relax & Learn More


How do we get to the core of true success in learning?

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Super Spanish delegates listening to Baroque music and Spanish phrases.

One path to Super Thinking and better learning is music.

Research at a University of North Carolina website entitled “Music Can Help You Study” (1) says: Did you know music can help you study?  Studies have shown that the right kind of music can help you relax your mind which enables you to concentrate better.  Perfect to studying, doing homework or studying for a test or exam.  It cuts down on distractions and helps you focus on your work.

The most cited study is the “Mozart Effect” a set of research results that indicate that listening to Mozart’s music may induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as “spatial-temporal reasoning” which is the ability to think out long-term, more abstract solutions to logical problems that arise.

What Kind of Music Helps You Study?

There are many types of music that have been shown to put your mind in study mode. Here are a few of the most mentioned:
Baroque classical music is said to have mind-boosting effects. Productivity writer, David Allen, of “Getting Things Done” fame has said he prefers music like Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” “Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3”, and other Baroque tunes. Others say that music at 60 beats-per-minute is required to put the brain in a “bright and breezy” frame of mind. In this state your thinking and creativity are said to be easier. Concertos for Recorder – Telemann & Vivaldi is recommended.

How does this work?

Music helps settle the mind into a state of relaxed concentration.

Concentration is the most rewarded ability on earth.  The longer one can concentrate on one thing… the more one can accomplish and learn.

There are three steps to being unbelievably smarter in a relaxed way… #1: having correct thoughts… #2: being able to focus on these thoughts and #3: being able to stay focused on these correct thoughts.

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

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

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

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

Baroque music, however, creates “Relaxed Concentration” the state one wants to attain during study and action.

We can use Baroque music to help us learn just about anything but especially lends itself to learning languages.  We use this technique in our Super Spanish course.

Listening to Baroque music and Spanish phrases at the same time tunes the mind to the language.   This is one of three steps we use that makes Super Spanish completely different than traditional Spanish courses.

Relaxed concentration is one reason you can learn Spanish in three days.  See the other reasons below.

Gary

(1) University of North Carolina: uncc49er.com – Music can help you study

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Increase Income – Reduce Stress- Multi Task


There are many benefits from enhanced multi tasking through frequency modulation and meditation.

In today’s era of accelerated change, we can multi task to create multiple streams of income.  When we learn to control, extend and guide the depth and length of our focus  we can dramatically increase productivity and reduce stress.

This photo from the El Cajon Ford blog shows the really WRONG way to benefit from multi tasking.

Most multitaskers make a really big mistake.  They multi task on the small stuff.  This creates a negative and often dangerous downward spiral.   The driver shown above may be trying to gain five minutes at the risk of life and limb… his and anyone else unfortunate enough to get in the way.

Merri and I used to be alert for weaving drunk drivers when on the road.   Now we are also always on the lookout for texting drivers.  Several times we have nearly been rear ended by multitaskers whose eyes were on their phone rather than the red light ahead.  This type of multitasker is getting it wrong.

Reserve multi tasking for the big stuff.  Multi tasking the big stuff can help you prosper during the social economic technological shifts we are encountering now.

Our business is one big multi task of focus… serving information on how to prosper during change through multi currency investing, international micro businesses ideas,  with self publishing and… earning from a seminar business… as well as how to have an internet business and how to live anywhere and earn everywhere. Whew!  One could get tired just thinking about all these different directions except… for the benefits.

We gain multiple streams of income by writing about and teaching at our seminars about the techniques we use in our lives, yet we remain relaxed.

One technique I use to improve multi tasking and remain in a state of relaxed concentration is listening to specific types of Baroque music as a form of meditation.

We teach how to use this technique in our Super Thinking + Spanish course.  Delegates learn how to communicate in Spanish in just three days… but learn much more.

For example initial results from a study at University of Washington of the effects of meditation confirm that this improves multitasking performance.

An excerpt from a study (1) at the University of Washington says: This paper reports initial results from a study exploring whether training in meditation or relaxation can improve office workers’ ability to multitask on a computer more effectively and or with less stress.  Human resource (HR) personnel were given 8 weeks of training in either mindfulness meditation or body relaxation techniques, and were given a stressful multitasking test both before and after training.  (A third group, a control group, received no intervention during the 8-week period but was tested both before and after this period.)  Results indicate that overall task time and errors did not differ significantly among the three groups.  However, the meditation group reported lower levels of stress and showed better memory for the tasks they had performed; they also switched tasks less often and remained focused on tasks longer.

Here is a new, better way to look at multi-tasking.   The downside to multi-tasking is that one act can detract from the other.  However there are ways to multi-task that actually make each process better.   There are numerous classical music techniques that enhance multi-tasking.

Numerous messages at this site have looked at how we can use baroque music to gain balance.    Another message on multi-tasking looks at how I use classical music when meditating and also when using a chainsaw to cut wood.   My Bose sound cancelling headphones help protect my hearing from the loud chainsaw, and the unique music I listen might actually help improve my hearing and help me stay focused on the chain saw.

There are numerous risks to our hearing, such as loud music or loud chainsaws.  Improperly used ear buds, iPods, MP3 players and mega speakers in automobiles for example increase the risks of hearing loss.

I multi-task with a form of sound therapy based on the work of ear specialist, Dr. Alfred Tomatis.

This therapy has helped some people correct hearing problems because there are numerous contributing causes to not hearing well.  Four main factors of loss are prolonged exposure to loud noise, lack of high frequency sound,  poor muscle tone in the middle ear, (from stress or poor diet) and poor central auditory processing.

Dr. Tomatis was a French inventor and MD trained at the Paris School of Medicine. He specialized in disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck.  He created an alternative approach to improving hearing and listening known as the Tomatis method.

The son of an opera singer, he gravitated to treating opera colleagues with vocal problems and found traditional treatments lacking.  He came up with the idea that vocal problems were often hearing problems.  “The voice does not produce what the ear does not hear” became central to his research and healing.

To help his patients hear better (so they could sing better) he developed an electronic device that exercises the ear with alternating high and low frequencies.  The exercise strengthens the muscles of the middle ear so they once again process missing frequencies.

The Tomatis therapy uses classical music filtered through a specialist device using specific algorithms and activation filters that stimulate the entire auditory system for natural hearing improvement.

In short, I attach a MP3 player to my Bose headphones and play a recording of classical music that has been manipulated to include frequencies that match a sound the human auditory curve.  The brain likes listening to classical music, so is open to the deficient frequencies which ride along with the music.  This enables the brain to  hear these frequencies as a normal ear would hear them.

This is a long term process, which when carried out consistently has helped retrain the brain to permanently hear the higher frequencies.

The Tomatis processed classical music presents fluctuating sounds, alternating through high and low channels so the ear constantly adjusts between high and low tones.  This gives ear muscles, cilia, auditory pathway and auditory cortex a complete work.  Such work-outs can help return muscles to their natural tone and provide physical improvement for better hearing.

Tomatis therapy (as are so many integrative health disciplines) is controversial.  My beliefs are based on my personal experience, and I have no scientific evidence to prove its validity.

My hearing  have been bad for decades, especially on my left side (as is my vision).  Years ago I purchased Tomatis Sound Therapy Tapes and began listening originally with a Sony Walkman.  Later I transferred the music to a Sansadisk MP3.   When I meditate and or cut wood or bush hog, weed eat, shoot or do anything that involves loud noise, on goes the headphones and the Tomatis music.

Unlike compensating with a hearing aid, Tomatis music aims to improve the ear’s natural functions by resolving root causes of hearing loss.  This can be useful for those with and without hearing aids.

I recently took a hearing test and though my left ear still has a high frequency deficit (due to causes beyond age), my right ear is very much in the normal range.

The downside of using Tomatis music is minimal.  After the basic cost (I believe I paid about $400 for the original tapes), all that’s required is to listen.  I listen when I write, when I meditate and when I am involved in loud noise.  I also listen when on flights.

This is not really a task.  I enjoy the music.  Plus there is plenty of scientific evidence that classical music does help balance the brain.  The listening helps me write better.  The listening keeps me alert and aware when working with fast moving, sharp, dangerous equipment. This is not a bad idea.

Certain types of classical music create a state of relaxed concentration, that lowers blood pressure and enhances the mind.

This is how to refine the art of multi tasking.

We are healthier and more productive in a state of relaxed concentration so let’s introduce a new word for the type of multi tasking where each task reinforces, rather than distracts, from the other.  We could call it BMT (Booster Multi Tasking).  Each task boosts the other.  The task of listening does not detract from the other tasks.  Instead it makes them better.  Listening to Tomatis music helps me write better.  Listening makes my meditation deeper.  Listening makes the chain saw, weed eater and bush hog safer.  Listening to this music protects my ears from loud noise and appears to even make my hearing better.

In most things there is an element of good and bad.  This is true in multi-tasking.  Do not text when you drive.  Do not put on sound cancelling headphones when you drive either.  But classical music, that does not interfere with your awareness, can help to be more comfortable and alert and help to drive better.  Using classical music in the correct circumstances is a benefit and better way to multi-task.

Gary

(1) faculty.washington.edu/wobbrock/pubs/chi-11.13.pdf