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How to Control Self-Control


Exercise can increase self-control.

A new health study shows that exercise can increase our willpower in unexpected ways.  It can improve our moods and sense of what we are capable of doing.

New evidence suggests that it can also improve how we control impulses.

Volunteers were studied for their “delay discounting” ability.   Delay discounting measures our ability to put off pleasures now for greater enjoyments in the future.

Volunteers undertook a two-month walking and jogging regimen maintaining a pace that felt difficult but sustainable.

75% of the volunteers developed significantly greater self-control.

The more sessions the jogging pace increased, the greater the improvement in the delay-discounting score.

The gains also remained for a month after the jogging sessions ended training and the subjects slowed or stopped their exercise.

The study entitled “Maintained Physical Activity Induced Changes in Delay Discounting” was published, and you can read an abstract at the National Institute of health – US National Library of Medicine’s website. (1)

It says: “Those who discount the subjective value of delayed rewards less steeply are more likely to engage in physical activity. There is limited research, however, showing whether physical activity can change rates of delay discounting.  In a two-experiment series, treatment and maintenance effects of a novel, effort-paced physical activity intervention on delay discounting were evaluated with multiple baseline designs. Using a lap-based method, participants were instructed to exercise at individualized high and low effort levels and to track their own perceived effort.  The results suggest that treatment-induced changes in discounting were maintained at follow-up for 13 of 16 participants.  In Experiment 2, there were statistically significant group-level improvements in physical activity and delay discounting when comparing baseline with both treatment and maintenance phases.  Percentage change in delay discounting was significantly correlated with session attendance and relative pace (min/mile) improvement over the course of the 7-week treatment. Implications for future research are discussed.”

Another study, “The Vivid Present: Visualization Abilities Are Associated with Steep Discounting of Future Rewards” (2) also available at the NIH website shows that visualization also improves our will power.

The abstract of that study says:  “Humans and other animals discount the value of future rewards, a phenomenon known as delay discounting. Individuals vary widely in the extent to which they discount future rewards, and these tendencies have been associated with important life outcomes.  The current study examined if individual differences in visualization abilities are linked to individual differences in discounting and whether practicing visualization can change discounting behaviors in a lasting way.  Consistent with this relationship but again to our surprise, visualization training tended, albeit weakly, to increase discount rates.”

Increase your delay discounting.  Improving our ability to put off pleasures now for greater rewards in the future can make our lives better in a multitude of ways.

For example:

Delay eating so you feel fresher, stronger, clearer and thinner next day.

Delay borrowing to spend.  Wait until you have cash to pay.

Delay expectations of fast return by investing in good value for higher long term returns.

Using exercise and visualization to increase will power is so important that for this weekend only, I am sending “Three Shamanic Natural Health Reports”, a $39.99 value FREE to everyone who orders our Super Thinking workshop.  

See details below.

Gary

(1) www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28033718/

(2) www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28321198

You Don’t Have to Fake It!


The key to perfect health is also the secret of everlasting wealth.

Some years ago Merri and I dropped out of our publishing – seminar business and lived at our hacienda, high in the Andes, with an Ecuador healer and his apprentices.

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We cooked and ate in this house.

There was no electricity…  no real creature comforts but all of us were really content… really happy

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The views were incredible. This was our front yard.

But there was no hot water.  No radio, no internet, no TV.

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We bathed in this waterfall.

No sounds, but nature.

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It was almost an hour to the nearest store.  This road in and out was narrow, rutted, prone to landslide and sat along a sheer drop … hundreds of feet straight down.  We did not have many visitors!

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This was our nearest neighbor.

 

We lived round a camp fire at night, slept early and were up and about before dawn.

The healer was a wise man.  He taught us a lot about health.

We learned incredible tips on nutrition… exercise and purification.

One day I asked him… “What is the one most important rule for health?

His reply, “Don’t live on the fence”.

Here is how he explained this.

In earlier days, life was simple…. black and white.

Really… everyone dressed in black or white.  Society recognized that there were two approaches in life… one material… one spiritual.

Both approaches to existence were absolutely fine.

They were not only okay… one could switch whenever one desired…. from material to spiritual at any time.

When you felt material, you dressed in black.  Spiritual…. white.

In each town there was a place where all those in black congregated.   Another place was there for white.   How you dressed determined where you went.  Both options were completely natural and entirely okay.

The only trouble came if you wore black and went where you were meant to wear white… or vice versa.

Nowadays, he explained “people are confused”.

We do not know  how to separate black from white.  We do not know how to dress or where to go.  We try to combine black with white.

Straddling the fence between black and white creates a grey existence.

This creates conflict in our cultures, between our cultures and most of all within.  Our minds, bodies and hearts are in conflict and this causes  weakness.

Weak thoughts.

Weak immune systems.

Weak actions.

In other words “be true to yourself”.  Integrate your beliefs into your thoughts actions, health routines and business.

Integrate… is the root of the word integrity.  Know what you love, what you believe and act with integrity to yourself.

Don’t straddle the fence.  But understand that the people o the other side of the fence are also okay.

Gary

One way to integrate thoughts with action is with super thinking through baroque music.  Learn more below.

 

Positive Longevity


There is longevity in being positive.

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Delegates in a super thinking session at our Spanish course.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is also why we use Baroque Music in the Super Thinking workshop to help inflate IQs and relieve stress at the same time.  Super Thinking creates a state of relaxed concentration and reduces stress.  But one might ask how does this work?

Negativity and stress can be created by insufficient serotonin.

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

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

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

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

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

How are Baroque Music, Super Thinking and serotonin connected?

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

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

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

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

One way we become more positive is with music.

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

One fact about music that is known is that certain types of music affect humans in the same way regardless of color, race, religion.  Sad music 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 of three types of music in three phases to enhance absorption, retention and recall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary

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

Links for further research

How Stress Can Make You Sick

Effect of Classical Music on the Brain

A Million Lost U.S. Jobs


The storms of the last month will create a lot of jobs. 

Hundreds of thousands will be rebuilding in Houston and Florida.

Here is a worst storm… a natural disaster that could eliminate a million US jobs.

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Or worse.

The trouble is a natural, man-made disaster created by artificial intelligence.

Wal-mart has 2.1 million employees. Artificial Intelligence could wipe out half of them.

An article “I Tried Shoplifting in a Store without Cashiers and Here’s What Happened” (1) at MIT Technology Review explains:

Grocery buying is about to get a big boost from artificial intelligence.

At a prototype store in Santa Clara, California, you grab a plastic basket, fill it up as you amble down an aisle packed with all kinds of things—Doritos, hand soap, Coke, and so on—then walk to a tablet computer near the door. The tablet shows a list of everything that’s in your basket and how much you owe; you pay, and you leave.

Amazon is running a private beta test in a store in Seattle for a very similar project, Amazon Go. A Stockholm-based startup called Wheelys is testing a similar store in China.

I grabbed a shopping basket to try it out myself. The results, while a little rough, were still impressive. I wandered down the aisle, placing Nilla Wafers, bottles of Coke, and other items in my basket, then taking some out and leaving them behind. I quickly shoved a can of Red Bull up my shirt in hopes that the cameras would miss it, and loaded up on similar-looking items (a bag of Doritos and a bag of Cheetos, as well as two different kinds of Mrs. Meyer’s liquid hand soap).

When I was done, I walked over to a tablet that showed me a list of all the items Standard Cognition thought I had in my basket. It missed one of my two bottles of Coke and added an additional bottle of soap—things we could edit in the checkout app on the tablet. But the list was mostly correct, and, to my chagrin, it caught that Red Bull, too.

Will Walmart do it?

They are already using artificial intelligence.  An article “Walmart will scan for unhappy shoppers using facial recognition (cue the apocalypse)” (2) says:

Walmart is about to use artificial intelligence in the worst way possible. According to a patent filing, the largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the world (likely looking for ways to compete with Amazon) is developing a technology that can identify whether customers are unhappy or frustrated. It will likely use existing security and checkout cameras to read the faces.

This job loss will have devastating consequences on the labor market and the drivers who bring goods to Walmart are at risk as well.

An NPR article “Will Self-Driving Trucks, Now A Reality, Unseat Truck Drivers?” outlines the problem when it tells how last year a big rig, carrying 2,000 cases of Budweiser beer, made a shipment in Colorado with no driver at the wheel.  Anheuser-Busch called it the world’s first commercial delivery by a self-driving truck.

This company Otto, which Uber recently purchased, they argue that the human truck driver, at least in the foreseeable future, in the next, perhaps, 10 to 20 years, the human truck driver won’t be completely eliminated from the truck. So on residential streets, on other streets where it’s both more difficult to drive a truck, the human truck driver might still be necessary at that point. And the truck driver does other things like unload the vehicle, perhaps, fill out the paperwork, you know, do a lot of white-collar type work in the cab.

How will this change the entire social structure in the USA?

Jobs in trucking and in retail organizations like Walmart create a bulk of the jobs for non college educated workers.

Farm labor is also being hit.

A UK article “Autonomous Robots Plant, Tend, and Harvest Entire Crop of Barley” (4) tells about a UK university managed to plant, tend, and harvest an acre and a half of barley using only autonomous vehicles and drones.  During the Hands Free Hectare project, no human set foot on the field between planting and harvest—everything was done by robots.

The article said: Farming robots are only going to get more affordable and efficient, and our guess is that it won’t be long before fully autonomous farming passes conventional farming methods in both overall output and sustainability

The changes ahead are hard to imagine, but one fact is clear… the change hurts the middle class the most.  Artificial intelligence will create enormous opportunity for those who adapt, but many people poorer.

The progress of automation is having impact on every aspect of our lives already.   factory jobs are gone and going.  Now service jobs will be replaced as well.  More change is coming and many of the old rules for success will not apply.

One of the most important assets to survive and prosper from these shifts will be a creative, calm and clear mind.

Look for ways to improve your thinking, your health and energy so you can turn these problems into opportunity.

Gary

(1) www.technologyreview.com: I tried shoplifting in a store without cashiers

(2) venturebeat.com: Walmart will scan for unhappy shoppers

(3) www.npr.org: Self driving trucks

(4) spectrum.ieee.org : Autonomous robots farm entire barley crop

 

Labor With Creativity


Labor Day in the US and Canada celebrates the labor movement and the contributions that workers make to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of their country.

Happy Labor Day!   Enjoy the holiday…

However, devote some free time to creativity because we are at the end of labor… as we know it.

It’s being replaced.  You can use creativity… (and need to) to prosper from the labor that comes next.

Take trucking as an example.  Trucking provides million of jobs.  This is one of the few middle class salaries still available for workers without a college degree.

Wanna be a truck driver? That’s not always a good idea.

Now, they’ll be replaced by self driving trucks.

There are huge opportunities instead in new fields of transportation technology for those who are creative.

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An MIT article “How Technology Is Destroying Jobs” (1) shows how automation is reducing the need for people… period.

Look at the chart above from this article.

Here’s labor’s fate.  Advanced technology is ominous news for workers.  Manufacturing, clerical and retail workers suffered first.  Now labor in professions such as law, financial services, education, and medicine are losing ground.

After WWII businesses generated more value from labor in ways that created more-good paying jobs.  The economy grew richer.  The middle class prospered and grew.

Beginning in 2000 productivity continued.  Increased employment opportunity for better jobs did not.

By 2011, you see a huge gap appearing between productivity and job creation.   Economic growth climbed… but not more decent jobs.

People are falling behind.  Technology is advancing so fast they cannot keep up.   A few creative people (who create, control and run the technology) earn more.  Most work more… and earn less.

Less job opportunities, stagnant income and worsening inequality have arrived.

Let’s don’t expect them to go away.

Jobs at risk from technology are everywhere.

Newspapers use software programs to write up simple news items.

Radio and TV jobs have been hit as well.

Visit, our home town of  Mount Dora, Florida and listen to the local radio station WVGT at 99.5.  This is a Golden Oldies station with zero live announcers.  All the voices are computer generated.

Bye bye disc jockey, good bye.

This shift affects us all, working or retired.  Entire sectors of commerce will evaporate.   Markets will crash. Panic, fear and divisiveness will grow.

Pensions, insurance companies and governments won’t keep promises.

Even currencies will fail us.  They won’t deliver the purchasing power we expect or need.

The rich will get richer.  The poor… more so.

Eventually labor will catch up.  Stronger job markets will emerge.

We’ll have more freedom, better working conditions, less stress and worry.

This will take time… more than many of us have so we need to move ahead now.  Use two assets that technology can’t replace, at least in our life times… a healthy body and a clear, mind bursting with vibrant creativity.

Creativity is what you want and need not just in the future but in the here and now.

Shifts in labor are not coming.  They started over a decade ago and really accelerated in 2011.  The way you, I and the world, works, lives and plays has to adapt.  Those who survive and gain from the new labor of technology are those who encourage creativity.

Learn how to gain Super Thinking and creativity below.

Gary

(1) www.technologyreview.com: How technology is destroying jobs

(2) www.nytimes.com:  Artificial intelligence regulations

Be Smarter, Happier… Healthier


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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

How Super Thinking & Super Spanish Began


Here is how our Super Thinking  story began in Ecuador.

While living and working with Ecuador shamans for over a decade, we learned ways to combine modern ideas with ancient wisdom for everlasting wealth, better health, less stress and a lifestyle that is fulfilled.  During our years in the Andes, along Ecuador’s Pacific coast and Amazon, we helped thousands of readers explore and invest in this amazing country.  We also met and studied with some very special men who were from long lineages of healers.  They received such intensive training they became Taita Yatchaks, Father of Fathers-Healers of great purity.

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Rosaspamba, our Ecuador hacienda where we lived, worked and studied with a Taita Yatchak.

One yatchak shared a 500 year old Andean prophesy and urged us to use the connection between the heart and the brain to help restore the equilibrium of mankind.

How Super Thinking began.

Ecuador, around 1997.   A bite of chilled wind swept the broad Andean marsh where diamond sun rays sparkled and danced on a frying pan lake below. Damp odors of ooze, mud and grass were mixed in harmony to the taste of my blood, my senses concocting strange mixtures in the altitude-thinned air.

High on a mountain slope overlooking the Llanganatis Valley, the sun filled the Amazonian Valley below.  Who was to know that the discovery of one of South America’s most ancient secrets for vitality and good health lay just ahead?  Breathing heavily in the 14,000’ rarified air, we rethought how this trip has evolved.  My wife, Merri, and I, along with two medical doctors (who specialize in anti-aging) and friends, walked toward a sacred valley where western man had never been invited before.

This was an unusual beginning for a couple who had devoted their efforts to the hard facts of making money with international business and investing. 

Forty nine years ago I began a business-speaking and writing about international investing.  This led me (and later my wife, Merri) from helping readers find and invest in real estate and other investments in Hong Kong, to London, to the Isle of Man, then the Dominican Republic and finally in the mid 1990s to Ecuador.

We became involved in creating a foundation to help the indigenous of Ecuador and because of this the Taita Yatchaks asked us to help them fulfill a task to bring secrets from the South to the North and to bring important knowledge from the North to the South.  The Yatchaks told us there was a 500 year old prophesy that states when the Eagle of the North and the Condor of the South flew in the skies together, a greater equilibrium would exist for mankind.  People of the north live too much in their brain.  People of the equator live too much with their hearts.  When we integrate our intuition and our logic we become wiser, more intelligent and take on expanded horizons.  The quest of the yatchaks is to help accelerate the evolution of man’s intellect.  They asked if we could help fulfill this prophesy.

To be part of a prophesy unveiled five hundred years ago is humbling at the least.  Scary is probably a better word.  Yet we felt compelled to accept and so with several friends, we started helping these healers meet people from the North, not knowing the best was yet to come.

The Yatchaks explained there was a sacred preserved valley where no man was allowed to live and where no westerner or outsider had ever been invited.  The Yatchaks were protectors and kept it carefully guarded.  Part of their prophesy was when the time was right they would take a westerner to open secrets from this valley to the rest of the world.  We were told that our efforts to help them were signals that we should go into the valley.

We had no idea then how special this valley was.  Only later did we learn that even in colonial times the Spanish knew of it and believed that the valley contained the fountain of youth.  The valley is considered to be a spiritual rejuvenation.  This valley was also said to contain a hidden treasure of the assassinated Incan emperor, Atahaulpa.  The Spanish had tried to find this valley but the natives would not reveal its location.  Hundreds accepted enslavement, torture and even death, rather than disclose its secrets.

This was to be the first time these protectors had ever taken an outsider into the valley.  We did not know this when Merri and I arrived with several friends including Dr. Jay Glaser and his wife, Danielle, and another medical doctor who also was studying longevity.  This was a good thing because our arrival was with a sense of foreboding.  We felt almost frightened rather than thrilled.

Several villages held a special meeting of the protectors to perform a rite of permission.

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Gary and Merri Scott after a purifying bath in a sacred spring before beginning the journey.

Only then did we discover that even native Ecuadorians had never been allowed to know the location of this valley.  Only the healers and spiritual leaders of the Andes went there.

The other M.D. researching longevity traveled with us but rather than visit the valley visited another valley where there are healing thermal pools. While there he told the owner of the hotel where we were going and was told we would never ever be seen again alive! The owner told our friend he (as a young man) had once tried sneaking into the valley, had been caught, stripped naked, hogtied and dumped on a lonely road.  The man’s effects had all been dumped in a bundle at the hotel with a note saying where to find him with a warning of the dire consequences to anyone who tried to go in the valley.

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Merri, Danielle, Jay and I didn’t know this as we headed into the valley.

We started our journey at 4:30 a.m. riding up into the mountains to a hiking point with six llamas that carried our food, two young boys to herd the llamas, a cook, the Taita Yatchak and his son and daughter.

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We began hiking at about 10,500 feet, tramping through deep Alpine marsh for six hours as we ascended to 14,000 feet. Here we drank from a spring that formed part of the head waters of the Amazon Basin and then descended straight down (4,000′) on a hidden mud animal trail for three hours into a virtually impenetrable cloud forest, ripped by thorns, cut by razor grass, soaked, and caked in mud.

Here we are after the day’s hike at the lip of the valley,

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Then we moved down into a dense jungle.  Here is Merri and me in the thick of it with the Taita Yatchak.

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By the time we arrived in the valley, it was just minutes before dark. We were fatigued more than I can describe, by the high altitude, bone weary from our heavy packs, every muscle aching from fighting all day, in the altitude thinned air, the sucking mud (which had regularly pulled off our boots).

We stayed in a floorless, leaky thatch hut, sleeping on dirt, no heat except the cooking fire, no running water, nothing.  We were continually cold, wet, dirty and cramped-all 12 of us in this tiny hut with its earthen floor.  The next morning, to our surprise we all felt wonderful!   We had no aches, no pains and each of us looked glowing and wonderful.

Here is the group!

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We explored the valley which is perpetually wrapped in mist and fog.  We swam in small icy, deep blue lagoons and did ancient exercises while the Taita Yatchak talked with us about longevity and health.

None of us had ever had so much fun!  There is something about the valley that one cannot explain, an abounding energy and peacefulness.  Even at times when we were really worried about some of the party who had gone into shock from fatigue, there was never a moment of regret.

We discovered a magical quality to this Sacred Valley and after our return found powerful emotional and physical evolution happening to all of us.  Merri and I, along with the others, felt physically stronger, more alert, more positive, more active and yet more serene than ever before in our lives.

This feeling of well-being was physical as well as emotional.  We found that though our stay had been short we lost weight, increased muscle mass and were stronger, more balanced and our bodies and mental state felt better in almost every way.

This is the magic of the Andes, merging the spirit of the condor, the most powerful intelligence we have, our intuition, with our logic.

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Merri and I conducted dozens of Ecuador shamanic tours.

We learned that when the heart and brain work together, we gain the magical quality called Super Thinking.

We brought thousands of readers to the Andes and we brought yatchaks to the USA.

Merri and I are now both well past retirement age and though we have no plans to slow down our business activities, we are focusing more of our time where our grandchildren live.  This means we are not in Ecuador much.  Yet the teachers we have trained can help you learn Super Spanish in Ecuador.

We also share the experiences we gained from our 49 years of global business and investing merged with the wisdom of the Andes.

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Here we are with an Ecuador Yatchak conducting a purifying ceremony at our North Carolina Farm.

Use Super Thinking to live better in this era of cynicism.

Super Thinking helps create a lifestyle that unites the mind and the heart, uniting the logic and intuition that leads to wiser action.  We look forward to using what we have learned so far about action through Super Thinking, learning more and sharing what we learn with you.

Gary