Real Freedom

There are some moments, always remembered. Peak experiences. Never forgotten spots in our existence that become crossroads that forever dictate the direction of our lives. Sharing such a memory from 30 years ago may help you gain more freedom now.

A low rumble, the crowded city below, muffles through thick foliage and vibrates over the thin ribbon of asphalt that winds, flat as a snake, through the jungle ahead. Warm fog sweeps in from the South China Sea and hangs like a humid blanket in the air.

Bowen Road, mid levels, Hong Kong 1973. This narrow path flows through the middle of a thick boscage that looms above the most crowded city in the world. The green, freshness and cacophony of birds brought us here each morning, Amahs that stretched on bent iron pipe handrails, ancient wrinkled men carrying caged sparrows and all types of early risers moving like shadows against the verdant forest in their motions of Tai Chi. Me? I jogged. 25 years old, this was the day when divorce papers were served and I also learned I was broke. Working from the age of 21 for a new hot company (the whole story is at my stock options made me a paper millionaire at age 24. This unexpected wealth created bad spending habits and without the sense to sell, this portfolio was nothing but paper that became worthless. Plus the ambition and my month-at-a-time tours to Asia had ruined my marriage as well.

So that day I stumbled more than jogging wondering what would happen now! Everything seemed gone and for the first mile or so, I was just running and afraid. The second mile absorbed me in a lot of self-pity but by mile three I started to get over this as I began to sweat. Finally by the fourth mile I was taking stock. My two kids were smart, strong and already used to my being away. My soon-to-be-ex had the house, two cars, the boat, all the furniture and the 14 apartments we had managed to buy. They would be okay. So what about myself? On the fifth mile I analyzed my position... No cash, no way to pay next month's rent and no job. I was 12,000 miles from home. Most of my clients were unhappy campers focusing their anger on the only Guello (foreign devil) who had not fled the city (me). Yet as one foot plodded in front of the other, there were several things I realized that I did have. Energy and the ability to work. I had my good health.

I jogged along thinking about my many wealthy customers who had tons of cash and gobs of assets, but were mostly overweight, exhausted and consequently perpetually afraid. If anything went wrong, their business, banking or the economy and politics, they were doomed. They could not build again. Life for them was just the paper they had already accumulated. They were always bound up by that because they feared they could never last out tough times or rebuild. They were trapped by their wealth and rotting lifestyles.

Suddenly as I returned the next five miles I felt extremely rich and free! That was the moment when I realized the basis of real freedom is good health. Money can come and go, but if we are physically fit, with stamina and good energy we can always rebuild wealth.

That's the moment I have never forgotten and over the past 30 years in my global travels I have kept a continual watch for new ways to be stronger, more flexible, in better shape and more immune from disease. This search for health, vitality and longevity is one of the reasons why I really enjoy Ecuador. Being on the equator is healthy because of the seasonal regularity (the body loves ritual), plus the organic foods grown in the rich volcanic soils give a great boost to feeling good. Ecuador is one of three places in the world where residents have super longevity. This is where the stories of the fountain of youth began.

Having lived with the indigenous here, Merri and I learned that good health and longevity come from more than just the sun and soil. The Andean people have an incredible science of living that includes very special exercises and nutrition.

This is why Merri and I decided to conduct health as well as wealth tours in Ecuador. Therefore I am pleased to announce the schedule of our next three health conferences. We have scheduled them so you can attend along with our upcoming International Business Made EZ courses in Quito (or attend just the health tour).

The course includes workshops on Andean diet, exercise, Amazon health supplements and healing substances and the scientific foundations of shamanic healing. You can also enjoy a healing ceremony with local shamans. The tours will be conducted at The Garden Hotel and Spa La Mirage, which is one of the most luxurious spas in the world. This is one of the few Relais and Cheateau listed hotels in South America and guests like the Queen of Spain are not unusual here. Attention to detail is everywhere. In the lush gardens (where organic vegetables and fruit are grown) numerous varieties of hummingbirds play and breakfast is served in an all glass aviary so the birds accompany your first meal of the day. The fresh fruits and juices, farm eggs and Andean grains are served in impeccable and delicious ways. Each exquisite suite is unique with fireplaces that are lighted with the aromatic eucalyptus for you. Service includes hot water bottles at the foot of your bed and rose petals scattered on your robe and pillow at night! The food without parallel and the perfect service on silver is by young Otovalan ladies in local costume. Spa facilities include swimming pools, rose petal covered Jacuzzi with views overlooking broad valleys, steam bath, sauna, facials, volcanic hot stone, Swedish or special Andean shamanic massage. There are also rose oil soaks, volcanic mud wraps so the visit to this wonderful site is worth the trip alone. The knowledge Merri and I will share with you in the workshops can be worth a fortune, even your life. We'll talk about all the little health secrets we have learned in our global travels and have used over the past thirty years. We have conducted several of these tours and delegates report that they were life changing for them.

What a bargain! There is a wonderful savings as the entire tour, including five nights hotel, five full breakfasts, four sumptuous dinners (really feasts) and all ground transportation...which costs less than a night's stay at many U.S. and European spas. Believe me, there are no skimpy rabbit feeds at this spa. We'll visit the Equator, the most famous market in South America (Otavalo) and the well known leather town of Cotacachi. We'll be staying in the most beautiful province, Imbabura, with its sacred mountains in view. With this kind of luxury, you would expect to pay even thousands a night in comparable western spas.

You arrive in Ecuador January 10 (we'll pick you up at the airport) and the tour finishes in Quito on January 15 making this schedule convenient to those who plan to attend our January 17-18-19 International Business Made EZ course in Quito. To enroll, go to our secure order site.

Until next message good health to you!