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Ecuador Shamanic Thought & the Brain


Ecuador shamanic thought can help us live longer… more fulfilled lives by using our brains better.

Our friend and astrologer Blaine Watson sent Merri a link in his recent daily message to  an NPR article “The Aging Brain Is Less Quick, But More Shrewd” by Michelle Trudeau (see how to receive Blaine’s daily message below).

Excerpts from this article can show us how to enjoy a happier, lower stress life with greater success.

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Here are delegates with Clemencia the Shamana of Zulatea in a photo from our most recent Ecuador Shamanic Minga conducted by Jean Marie Butterlin.

Here are excerpts from the article “The Aging Brain Is Less Quick, But More Shrewd” and thoughts on how this knowledge and shamanic thought can make our lives better:  For baby-boomers, there is both good news and bad news about the cognitive health of the aging brain.

Brain researcher Gary Small from UCLA conveys the bad news first: “Reaction time is slower,” he says. “It takes us longer to learn new information. Sometimes it takes us longer to retrieve information, so we have that tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon — where you almost have that word or that thought. As we age, our ability to multi-task diminishes.

“We’re quick, but we’re sloppy when we’re in middle-age. We make more errors when we’re in middle age,” says Small.

The Older, But Wiser, Brain

But Small has found that it’s not all bad news. He points to a continued improvement in complex reasoning skills as we enter middle age. Small suggests that this increase may be due to a process in the brain called “myelination.” Myelin is the insulation wrapped around brain cells that increases their conductivity — the speed with which information travels from brain cell to brain cell. And the myelination doesn’t reach its peak until middle age. By this point, says Small, “the neuro-circuits fire more rapidly, as if you’re going from dial-up to DSL.” Complex reasoning skills improve, and we’re able to anticipate problems and reason things out better than when we were young.

And, Small adds, there’s another area of improvement as we age: empathy — the ability to understand the emotional point of view of another. Empathy increases as we age.

‘Your Brain On Google’

One of the great discoveries from recent neuroscience research is that the human brain is always changing, from moment to moment and throughout life. It continues to develop, and even continues to grow new brain cells.

In a recent study that Small refers to as “your brain on Google,” healthy, middle-aged volunteers, all novices on the computer, were taught how to do a Google search. They were told then to practice doing online searches for an hour a day, for seven days. After the week’s practice, the volunteers came back into Small’s lab and had their brains scanned while doing a Google search.

The scans revealed significant increases in brain activity in the areas that control memory and decision-making.

In short… we can keep growing in wisdom no matter what our age.

The message is keep growing… remain active… never stop learning.

This is one reason we conduct our Quantum thinking seminars and shamanic tours.  These seminars and tours help people learn how to use frequency to integrate brain patterns for better health, calmer emotions and to be able to absorb… retain and recall data better. In other words they help people… young and old grow, smarter and healthier.

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Delegates on our Shamanic Minga visited this sacred site for a flower ceremony.

They also visited a scared grotto for…

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this…

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ceremony.

Shamans use many techniques to gain altered states of being that allow them to help other become wiser and healthier.  Thus we have found that these ceremonies change lives… at any age… young or old.

Here is what some previous delegates have said about our tours.

These tours change lives in more than just monetary ways as some of the delegates who have attended previous courses have written.

“Hi Merri,  I just wanted to say thank you for everything this past week.  It was great to meet you and Gary and go through the Spanish program.  I’m excited to try using Baroque music in other parts of my life now, too.

The attendees all left rave reviews and a few of them mentioned possibly coming on the trip again.  We’re creating a video of our time there, so I’ll share that with you when it’s finished.  We showed the first version of it at the end of the workshop and a few people teared up.   It really was a wonderful time.

Thanks again for everything that you do.  You and your wonderful staff make everything easy and fun.” D.H. New Jersey

Another comment about a Ecuador shamanic minga tour.

“For years and years I have searched for truly like- minded people to play with and work with… people who are deeply and honestly SPIRITUAL.”  J.M. Texas

Here is another rave from a delegate:

“People who, among other things, are active and productive and creative and resourceful, whose word can be counted upon; People who realize that spirituality DOES NOT mean sitting in a cave contemplating your navel and weaving baskets, nor does it equate in the Western culture with living in abject poverty. People who realize that abundance is not a dirty word. People who understand that we are here to ENGAGE life, not to submit to circumstances out of fear and ignorance and apathy; People who don’t just use the most current “buzz words” so they can feel like they are part of the group, but who actually DO something… Builders. Thank you for showing up in my life.” E.W. Nevada

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Here is a sacred valley we visit on our Ecuador shamanic tour and another rave”

“The life path altering effects from the weekend with you and Merri continue. Thank you again. I have begun to change my diet. Bless you! “ D.B. Connecticut

Here is what another delegate said.

“You are indeed a spiritual pioneer, blending disciplines to create tools and resources for success in this new land of opportunity. Anyone who thinks this is just all about money is missing the real message: This is about life in its most profound implications.” W.P. Australia

Here is another endorsement:

I want to thank you for the wonderful time. I traveled from California to hear you convey your knowledge in the way you do so well, and I wasn’t disappointed. The amount of information in the sessions was almost overwhelming, but it’s exactly what I went to hear. When I try to engage intelligent, educated people on these subjects here at home, I usually get a blank look or “That’s interesting, but why are you thinking about that? “The setting at the farm felt like we were all sitting in the den after dinner discussing things among friends. The relaxed atmosphere seemed to encourage people to participate, asking pointed questions and relating personal experiences. The international flavor and attitude of the group was very stimulating, particularly when we split up into discussion groups. Those groups, taking walks together, allowed us to get to know each other on a personal level. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, that’s the most fun I’ve had for four days straight in along time! Thanks again.” B.R. California

One more comment from a delegate:

“A special warm ‘thank you’ to Merri for the wonderful cooking and the ‘feel at home atmosphere!’ I like to give a few comments about the past weekend.. It was relaxing, inspiring, informative and a spiritually balanced atmosphere with all these different, same thinking, like people. The technical information I gathered was most not new to me, but I like to compliment you for putting it all in the right perspective and to make it very understandable to all. What was a tour opinion one of the most important gaining of these 3 days is the opening of the new world, this new circle of what you call “normal” people! (I call us ‘not normal’ as a matter of respect to the majority. ) But as we know, all is relative and depends at the point of view of each, His spiritual mind and his opinion about the senses of our being.”

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Having special places to go and relax… like La Mirage Spa in Cotacachi shown here… help longevity and better thinking as well.

Delegates on our shaman tours can meet Estrella and order private treatments (not included in the tour) from this shamana at La Mirage.

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Gary

Learn secrets of better thinking on our Ecuador Shamanic Minga Tour.

May 13-14.  (Arrive May 11. – Depart May 16)  Single $499 For Two $749

Sept. 17-18. (Arrive Sept. 15. – Depart Sept. 19)  Single $499 For Two $749

Dec. 3-5.  (Arrive Dec. 1. – Depart Dec. 6)  Single $499 For Two $749

See more details on our Ecuador Shaman Minga tours here

You can sign up to receive Blaine Watson’s daily message by contacting him at blainepw@gmail.com

Read the entire NPR article The Aging Brain Is Less Quick, But More Shrewd

Ecuador Shamans & Pyramids


Ecuador shamans often visit pyramids built in Ecuador.

Yesterday Blaine Watson began began his two day course that will be followed by an Ecuador shaman tour.

We began Blaine’s course with a a tele conference and  spoke to the group about Quantum mechanics… about Dan Brown’s new book… “The Lost Symbol” that explains how America’s founding fathers used astrology in many ways including how and when to set the cornerstone of the White House.

We also talked about the irony of science and human knowledge. During George Washington’s era or perhaps a bit before… had I suggested that I could sit in Florida and see and be seen and hear and be heard instantaneously by a group of people in Ecuador, I might have been burned at the stake for witch craft.  Yet astrology then was a common tool of knowledge.   Today we take tele conferences for granted… yet many equate astrology  with witchcraft.   Funny isn’t it?

Blaine sent this report:

I reached Ecuador last night and arrived in Cotacachi after midnight.  The sun is shining very brightly this morning so it is not possible to sleep in in spite of the time zone difference.  I never cease to be attracted to the beauty of this country, the volcanoes, even in the dark, blue in the full moon light and reaching for the sky, the quietness of the countryside, the openness of the faces and the relatively stress free eyes.

The first three photos are taken from the balcony outside my door at Meson de las Flores.

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Gary has many more beautiful shots of this area in his newsletter but this is what I see when I look out.

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I am up on the 3rd floor so it is very pretty.

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The town of Cotacachi is a primarily indigenous town situated between two volcanoes. I have written of this before and how sacred it is here at the center of the earth.

Mid afternoon yesterday I joined Bonnie Keough (who will guide the shaman tour after my course) to visit Cochasqui.

Gary had been telling me about this for a while now. It is an ancient pyramid site, pre-Incan, which was discovered only as recently as 1962. There are 15 pyramids ranging from small to large.  Five of these Ecuador pyramids still have the dirt ramps leading up to the top platform. What I was not able to find out is whether the ramps were part of the original construction or put there when the people who built them covered them with earth to hide them from the Incans.

The significance of this place is astronomical, literally.   Two of the pyramids that have been partially excavated were the lunar and solar pyramids.  All of the pyramids are constructed of fired volcanic earth rather than stone.

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The top platform of the solar and lunar pyramids are covered with a 3-4 inch thick ceramic calendar, circular in shape. There is a lunar calendar at the top of the lunar pyramid.

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Lunar calendar.

There is a solar calendar for the solar pyramid.

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Solar calendar.

This is the largest solar calendar in the Americas.  The site is located at 0 degrees 0 minutes and 3 seconds of latitude so virtually on the equator.

Because of the relative physical stillness of the location, no centrifugal force or precessional movement, it must have been very easy to observe the stars clearly. The pyramids are at an altitude of over 9,000 ft.  From here you can see Cayambe (more on this in a second), Quito and virtually all of the major volcanoes in the region. The site was the capital of the people who lived in the area and the most important period of the years from what I was able to understand was the Spring Equinox.

The llamas in the photos are part of a herd of lamas that was grazing there.

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This is a photo of one of the larger pyramids.

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I was curious about the meaning of Cochasqui as there is no lake nearby at all. in Quichua, the indigenous language, Cocha means lake. I have sent out photos before of Cuicocha, the lake of the gods which is near here, about 20 minutes away.

The word Cocha is contained in the name Cochasqui. Yet there is no lake at Cochasqui.  It means the Lake of the Stars.  From here you can see the ocean of the sky.  So it means the Lake of the Stars brought here to earth. For an astrologer this is a bit like coming home.

I have yet to get to Cayambe which is very close by as well. You can see why this place is so sacred,  About 40 minutes from here, perhaps midway between Cotacachi and Cochasqui, is a place called Cayambe. Here at this spot you can see all of the stars of the northern and southern hemispheres simultaneously.  It gets cloudy at night so far so I have not been but if there is a clear night I will go for sure.
So, literally, a very heavenly place
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Gary

Cotacachi Shaman Thinking


Change, though often feared, is our friend because it opens fields of opportunity… if we can trust our intuition and integrate it with our logic.

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Here are photos I took on our last shamanic tour.

Without change, we could never progress.

Problems arise when our thought process resists rather than embraces change.  Combining our logic and intuition assures that this is less likely to happen.

Our Ecuador course on Super Thinking helps delegates learn how to absorb, retain and recall more information.  This helps improve our logic.

Delegates at a previous Ecuador Super Thinking plus Spanish course we conducted in Cotacachi.

Yet to go beyond logic we need to combine our thinking with intuition.

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Many Ecuador shamans and shamanas teach the Eagle & Condo Prophesy… a time will come when the eagle and condor fly in the skies together.   Many believe that the eagle represents logic and the condor intuition.  The prophesy says that sharing of indigenous knowledge with the technologies of science will help balance mankind.

One way to blend intuition and thinking is through intellectual gaming.

A game is a structured activity, with a set of rules. This is important… because when we game… we can create a set of rules that is beyond the norm… outside the box of logic…  so our information processing and decision making can escape the tyranny of reason.

Gaming is usually undertaken for enjoyment.  This makes gaming important as well.  When we do something fun… without risk…we do it better.  We can let our imagination soar so we can see eventualities in enjoyable, non threatening ways.

Games are formalized expressions of play which allow people to go beyond their immediate imagination and direct physical activity to see life’s potential in different ways.

When games eliminate play… they lose impact… thus the demise of professional sports which are no longer games… but business.

Gaming allows us to use disambiguation in resolving future conflicts.  This is because our future is always ambiguous… even if we think not.   Our life can take any number of  paths that lead in different directions… at any time.

This leaves us asking, “What should I do?”

Gaming allows us to create a set of out-of-the-box rules that direct us in ways we would never logically reach but can imagine.  Because it is fun and without threat… we can see future opportunity in numerous expanded ways.

One way we can game is to form ideas from our intuition. Then we apply the game’s set of rules that change the circumstances of the idea.

There are two ways to let our intuition to kick in.

One way is to let outward events kick start our intuition… such as spotting birds.

Recently I mentioned how I use the heron as an intuition initiator.

Other birds are meaningful to me also.  Doves, for example, are a sign of “Thinning the veil”.  “Crows represent “Magic & Creation.”  These concepts represent archetypes that we can apply in an out-of-the box game.

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One game that the Ecuador shamans taught us to play to increase and trust our intuition is to hike steep trails with our eyes closed.  This is the first time we received this lesson when Merri and I along with our friend, Dr. Jay Glaser, and several others hiked into the sacred Llanganatis Valley in Ecuador.  This was a narrow trail on a steep edge. What a game!

Merri and I have found Vedic Astrology an incredible help when it comes to making decisions that we cannot make with logic.

For example when our daughter Elle graduated from University in London with a degree in dramatic arts. Her question to Merri and me was “Should I go for a career in singing or go on and get a teacher’s certificate in Physical Education?” (She is a superb athlete as well as an aspiring singer.)

We all agreed that becoming a singer is a long shot. Teaching is safe. But we knew that her passion is to shoot for being a star. So how would she feel in later life if she didn’t try?

So Merri had Blaine Watson, our Vedic astrologer check her Vedic chart. The astrologer knew nothing about Elle but said at that time she had just moved into a cycle for three years when her best thing would be the performing arts, entertaining, etc. That was enough to convince us. “Go for it”, we said and we encouraged her. “You’re young, try it for three years and if this does not work then, let’s look again”.

Within a week she was picked as a backup singer with a popular English rock group.

Her first gig was before 4,000 fans! In the ensuing year she was able to meet many of her rock star heroes as work associates. This was an incredible experience for her, but as mentioned the entertainment business is a long shot. Some stars may become rich but backing vocals…so she had to work elsewhere to survive. Her “make money” jobs included handing out pamphlets, selling credit cards by phone and teaching dance at a franchised performing arts school called “Stagecoach”.

She enjoyed this experience enormously and cut a couple of great CDs with a group. Then she began to tire of being poor and looked around for a better way to enhance her wealth.  Her teaching job at Stagecoach led her to look at owning a school and at the ripe age of 23, she took the plunge.

May I say with due respect that Eleanor is the last child that we ever thought would be a business woman. No logic could have shown us this.

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On many of our shamanic tours we visit Quicocha Lake for a shamanic ceremony.

Our daughter  approached this business with incredible discipline and dramatically expanded the school. In her first year her profits were in six figures. Her second year took her well into six figures. Today at 26 she lives in a very expensive home on the River Thames. She has a new car, new kitchen, everything she wants and an income in the top 5% of the world.

Had anyone suggested that Eleanor could or would have traveled this path, all of us who knew would have laughed. Her success has been beyond logic!

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Alberto Verdezoto (in purple) leads the tour with…

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The yatchak and…

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his wife.

Yet we supported our daughter’s success based on the realization that every moment there are possibilities that our logic just cannot see but that Vedic Astrology can. The inability to measure the results of astrology used to bother me enormously until years ago I read an article about Aristotle Onassis, the ultra rich Greek shipping magnate. He gave the secret of being a billionaire that helped me look beyond my logic.

“Certainly one does not need an astrologist to become a millionaire.” Then he quickly added that “to become a billionaire, it is essential.” This statement was made long ago when being a billionaire was pretty darn rare.

Onassis’ statement really struck a chord with me as my many years of residence in Hong Kong had exposed me to many businessmen who looked beyond logic. I heeded the astrological advice because the Chinese are very into what some might consider offbeat and unreal thinking, but there were more billionaires per capita in Hong Kong than anywhere else in the world!

In fact the more I thought about this, the more it made sense. To make billions one has to take enormous risks and see a big picture far into an invisible future.

We all have to make some decisions based on events we cannot totally predict, but successful billionaires make huge decisions based on enormous unknowns. It requires incredible faith to take incredible risks. None of us can see the whole picture but Astrology, albeit vaguely, helps us see the biggest picture of all.This did not matter for me anyway, as I do not use astrology as a predictive system.  I find the data extremely useful gets me to think outside the box.

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This is a fun ceremony filled with…

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beauty.

As international investors, we are forced to deal with forces beyond our understanding and control. We must find simple ways to make decisions about complicated problems, knowing that many of the facts are unknown.   We have to deal with the future in terms of our past experience.

Astrology presents a “what if” that pushes our thought process beyond past experience and encourages us to think in new ways to deal with future events.

This has nothing to do with the supernatural. This is just another simple way to add an extra dimension into your process of thought.

Blaine Watson teaching his Beyond Logic course… always one of our most popular courses each year.

Merri and I read Blaine’s ezine daily.  It is full of beautiful, lively, deeply interesting (and as you can see above), very valuable information for life, for investing, and for fun.  You can learn more from Blaine at blainepw@gmail.com

We have been able to organize one more Beyond Logic and shamanic course for December 2009. See details here.

December 6-8 Beyond Logic Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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Gary

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador Seminar

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador seminar or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

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We invite villagers to join us… family and all.

Cotacachi Shamanic Tour


We are repeating our Beyond Logic & Cotacachi Shamanic Tour this December 6, 7 and 8, 2009 because the most successful thoughts come from Beyond Logic.

This may be why the Beyond Logic & Cotacachi Shamanic tour has been one of the must successful of our 2009 tours. Due to this demand we are repeating this course… plus adding optional Andean real estate plus a free Christmas shopping extension for December 2009.

The Ecuadorian shamanic thinking process can help us learn how to advance and prosper during this economic downturn.   Three shamanic lessons below show why. These lessons are outlined in a moment.

First may I introduce the course “Beyond Logic” conducted by Blaine Watson this December 2009.

Because the last Beyond Logic course was one of our most popular this year, we have added a three day ‘Beyond Logic” Course to be conducted in Cotacachi December 6, 7 and 8, 2009.   Ecuador Andean and coastal real estate tours will follow (more on this in a moment).

The first two days will be conducted by Blaine Watson. Here he is conducting a course here in North Carolina. He is in our teaching kitchen because nutrition is part of the course.

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Blaine’s portion of the program includes a personal reading (one per single or couple – a second reading is extra) based on your time, day and place of birth. We’ll get your birth time in advance so he can bring your chart with him. You’ll have your reading either after the course or later by phone.

Here is the course schedule.

Day One. Sunday…Dec. 6, 2009 – Blaine Watson

A detailed description of the 12 signs, the 9 planets and their significations and the 12 houses, how they come into being and the significations of each one, as the basis for interpreting the horoscope and making predictions.

Day Two. Monday…Dec. 7, 2009 – Blaine Watson

In-depth analysis of the of the planets and how to interpret and predict from their placements in the 12 signs and the 12 houses.

Day Three. Tuesday…Dec. 8, 2009 – Quantum Lessons from the Yatchaks. Delegates will visit a sacred valley near our village for a shamanic mingo…just beyond this field.

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We’ll hike in (but can also bring those who desire to come by truck) here…

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Here is a shot I took of Merri and Don Jose when we hiked in on a previous Mingo.

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We’ll reach this grotto where the water springs from the cave…

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the color of gold.

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Shaman Don Jose will conduct a purification for those who choose to have it.

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as I am doing here.

You can enroll in Beyond Logic here.

Here are the three shamanic lessons.

Recessions and depressions destroy many investors and businesses. Yet these times of cleansing are also the breeding ground for the next group of extreme rich.

Why do some succeed when so many fail?

They have different ways of thinking…gaining energy and seeing beyond the accepted logic.

No one can see the future. It is hard to be energetic and forward moving in tough times. Perhaps this is why only a few become rich and healthy.

The thought process, processing knowledge and natural health have always fascinated me as have the legends of Old Ones the “Abuelos” who live high in the Andes hiding sacred knowledge for longevity, high energy and success.

Merri and I were so intrigued that we bought Hacienda Rosaspamba, high in the Andes and lived with a Taita Yatchak and his apprentices to learn more.

Here is the hacienda and the view we enjoyed each day as we rose.

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The Taita Yatchak invited Merri and me to hike into the mists and clouds of the Llanganatis, the sacred valley, which legends say contain hidden Incan gold. I suspect the gold is golden knowledge…not the yellow metal!

To find out, and learn more on how to think for true success…in health and wealth, we invited friends, two MDs and a Sanskrit scholar to hike in with us. Here we are, on top of the world, starting that trek.

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The first shamanic lesson was to trust our inner vision. The picture below shows Merri and me with Dr. Jay Glaser an MD, Ayurvedic physician and Sanskrit scholar overlooking the sacred LLanganatis Valley.

Here is how we learned this lesson. The yatchak put us on a path like above. Told us to look ahead. Then close our eyes and walk the path. “Trust your inner vision,” he said.

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Here we are with the Yatchak in the jungle during that hike.

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The second shamanic lesson was to purify oneself from the outside in and the inside out at the same time. Be pure in eating, action and thought. Always keep cleansing…mind and body.

For example, we stayed in an open air hut during our time in the LLanganatis. The mists there have negative ions that neutralize free radicals in the skin.

Here we are with the Yatchak and our friends at the hut.

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We brought a Sanskrit expert because the Andean language is based on Sanskrit, a language from India. What made this tidbit special was that we were already studying Ayurved, the Indian science of life…health…pure thought.

We learned for example that the name “Llanganatis” is linked to Indian philosophy. Llanganatis means “Repeated Sacred Action” (the Sanskrit word is Yagya). This led us to a third shamanic lesson…”See beyond logic”.

This helped Merri and me understand how to use Vedic Astrology to see a bigger picture beyond logic. The Indians were able to maintain their ancient wisdom in a more refined and usable way than the Andeans, mainly because the Spanish destroyed most of the Andean Quipos, (knotted cords of different colors used by the ancients to store knowledge).

We learned to integrate the wisdom we have gained from India and the Andes to think and act Beyond Logic.

Our astrologer is Blaine Watson who has been an incredible help when it comes to making decisions that we cannot process just with logic. Blaine is an expert in the wisdom from India and Ayurved.

For example, our daughter Elle graduated from University in London with a degree in dramatic arts. Her question to Merri and me was “Should I go for a career in singing or go on and get a teacher’s certificate in Physical Education?” (She was a superb athlete as well as an aspiring singer.)

We all agreed that becoming a singer was a long shot. Teaching was safe. But we knew that her passion was to shoot for being a star. How would she feel in later life if she didn’t try?

We had Blaine check her Vedic chart. He knew nothing about Elle but said at that time she had just moved into a cycle for three years when her best thing would be the performing arts, entertaining, etc. That was enough to convince us. “Go for it”, we said and encouraged her.

Within a week she was picked as a backup singer with Modern Romance, a popular English rock group with many top hits in the UK including the theme song from the movie, “Shrek”.

Her first gig was before 4,000 fans! In the ensuing year she met many of her rock star heroes as work associates. This was an incredible experience for her and led her to buying a franchised performing arts school called Stagecoach, where see now earns hundreds of thousands a year.

May I say with due respect that Eleanor is the last child that we ever thought would be a business woman. No logic could have shown us this. Yet she approached this business with incredible discipline and dramatically expanded the school. In her first year her profits were in six figures. Her second year took her well into six figures. Today at 27 she lives in a very expensive home on the River Thames. She has a new car, new kitchen, everything she wants and an income in the top 5% of the world.

Her success has been beyond logic!

Yet we supported this success based on the realization that every moment there are possibilities that our logic just cannot see. Vedic Astrology helped us tap into a bigger picture.

The inability to measure the results of astrology used to bother me enormously until years ago I read an article about Aristotle Onassis, the ultra rich Greek shipping magnate. He gave the secret of being a billionaire that helped me look beyond my logic. “Certainly one does not need an astrologist to become a millionaire.” Then he quickly added that “to become a billionaire, it is essential.”

Onassis’ statement really struck a chord with me as my many years of residence in Hong Kong had exposed me to many businessmen who looked beyond logic. I heeded the astrological advice because the Chinese businessmen are often considered superstitious due to their belief in astrology. Some might consider their sight beyond logic, offbeat and unreal, but there were more billionaires per capita in Hong Kong than anywhere else in the world!

The more I thought about this, the more it made sense. To make billions one has to take enormous risks and see a big picture far into an invisible future.

We all have to make some decisions based on events we cannot totally predict, but successful billionaires make huge decisions based on enormous unknowns. It requires incredible faith to take incredible risks. None of us can see the whole picture but Astrology, albeit vaguely, helps us see the biggest picture of all.

During economic downturns, times seem even more uncertain. Previous history is of little use so these deeper, more subtle ways of processing information become even more important.

This may be why one of our most popular courses we offer is conducted by Blaine Watson, our Vedic Astrologer. Many of our readers also use Blaine and rave about him.

During times of contraction…those who profit most are those who expand…but in the correct way. This course “Beyond Logic” can help you think better, have more energy, natural health and purity to pursue your inner vision, that sees a bigger picture of health and wealth for all.

I invite you to join Blaine Watson for

Beyond Logic Three Day Course – Dec. 6-7-8 2009 …$749 for one

Beyond Logic Three Day Course – Dec. 6-7-8 2009 …$999 for two

The course fee includes meeting at Quito airport (day before the course)…transportation (by group bus) to Cotacachi and back to Quito. Course fee does not include air fare, accommodations, food or individual transportation.

Stay on and enjoy our Andean real estate tour.

We’ll meet here at the museum and…

at Meson de las Flores.

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These are times of rapid change beyond our logic and  hope that the wisdom shared in this course can help you.

Gary

December 9-10, 2009 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

See real estate for sale like this on the Imbabura Andean tour.

On the Imbabura Real Estate Tour… we’ll see new premium houses…

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designed by one of Ecuador’s most famous architects who designed the house above and this one…

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now being built that you could own at a discount with…

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this view through your front window.  Tour delegates can get a discounted price at $70 a square foot.

We’ll see Andean condos and studios in the $40,000 to $50,000 range like this.

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with fireplaces and…

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views like this.

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Learn more about the December 9-10 Imbabura Andean real estate tour here.

Attend two or all three tours at a discount and save.

Attend two December Ecuador seminar or tours…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Free Christmas Shopping Extension

Pay for your tours with Christmas shopping savings

On Saturday December 5th, 2009, we’ll take delegates on an extensive shopping trip to see:

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Workshop of Jose Cotacachi. A delegate poses alongside Jose after purchasing the center wall hanging.

We’ll shop all day, plus for reasons of time, space we just can’t visit all the producers in the area on this art and crafts tour so we’ll invite them to Meson de las Flores.

When word gets out we are having an exposition at the hotel so many craftspeople apply that we turn away disappointed artisans because there just isn’t the space.

We’ll see art from Montero.

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Artist Montero produces exquisite watercolors for as little as $25 such as those below

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Local weavers will display tapestries.

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Hand knit woollen sweaters prove a big hit time and time again at $15

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Totally natural medicinal and beauty products from the Amazon are distributed by our very good friend Alberto Verdezoto. Prices are eye extremely low.

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Mario a local jeweler with fantasy designs always realises several sales of pieces such as those below

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Juan produces wonderful pre-colombian designs on recycled card

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A local family of musicians make and sell instruments, pan pipes at $2 each at a local workshop

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display them .. the large tubular horns at left are small compared to the 35 foot horns used ancestrallt to announce village meetings

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……..and then the same group comes to play and dance during supper – using the very same hand made instruments.

Delegates who enroll in any of the December tours above are invited to this free Christmas shopping extension on Saturday December 5, 2009. No Extra Charge.

International Investments Beyond our Control


There are many international investment fundamentals beyond our control.

This message contains three sections:

#1: International investment fundamentals.

#2: Thomas Fischer’s new report “Money & More” & JGAM international investment portfolios.

#3: An Ecuador ice cream business idea.


There are many international investment fundamentals beyond our control. Take for example, the full moon.

Full moon photo I took overlooking the Pacific.

Merri and I do not sleep well on a full moon. Ever since I worked in a restaurant as a teenager I have known what an effect the moon has on us. Full moons were dreaded in the restaurant as it seemed to bring in what we called the “crazies”. Perhaps I was prepared even then to believe that we could be impacted by the movements of the planets and stars.

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Full moon shot I took from Meson de las Flores in Cotacachi. See hotel savings at Meson here.

Yet few know that eclipses also have an impact.  I have read about this human impact for years and so I looked closer when our friend and Vedic astrologer, Blaine Watson, set this note:

Gary, I found this on Jeff Kern’s Board: (Conclusions below.)

“I recently re-read an article about Autumn Selling Panics in the stock market after a total solar eclipse followed by a lunar eclipse within 6 weeks in the same calendar year. So, I did some research using data provided by www.nasa.gov and discovered these recent occurrences within the past 10 years:

Jul 1, 2000 partial solar eclipse the NDX closed at 3763.79.
Jul 16, 2000 (Sun.) total lunar eclipse — the NDX closed at 4061.88 on Monday Jul 17th. The NDX hit an intra-day low of 3341.83 on Aug. 3rd for a 17.7% decline in 13 trading days. For the record, the NDX closed Nov 30th at 2506.54 for an overall decline of 38.3% from the lunar high on July 16th. (Autumn Selling Panic.)

Jun 21, 2001 total solar eclipse the NDX closed at 1751.22.
Jul 5, 2001 partial lunar eclipse — the NDX closed Friday Jun 29th at 1832.75 (3 trading days prior to the lunar eclipse). On July 24th, the NDX closed at 1604.86 for a 12.4% decline in 16 trading days. For the record the NDX closed Sep. 21st at 1126.95 for an overall decline of 38.5% from the Jun 29th high close. (Autumn Selling Panic.)

Dec.14, 2001 annular solar eclipse the NDX closed at 1605.67.
Dec.30, 2001 (Sun.) penumbral lunar eclipse — the NDX closed Friday Jan.4th, 2002 at 1675.03 (3 trading days after the lunar eclipse). On Thursday Feb. 21st, 2002 the NDX closed at 1348.25 for a 19.5% decline in 32 trading days from the market high 3 days after the lunar eclipse.

Jun 10, 2002 annular solar eclipse the NDX closed at 1135.62.
Jun 24, 2002 penumbral lunar eclipse — the NDX closed Monday June 17th at 1149.91 (5 trading days prior to the lunar eclipse). The NDX closed Aug. 5th at 857.08 for a 25.5% decline in 34 trading days from the market high prior to the lunar eclipse. The final Autumn Selling Panic resulted in a calendar year low of 807.42 on Oct.9th.

Apr. 19, 2004 partial solar eclipse the NDX closed at 1473.50.
May 4, 2004 total lunar eclipse — the NDX closed at 1497.00 on Friday April 23rd (7 trading days Prior to the lunar eclipse). The NDX closed at 1382.47 on
Monday May 17th for a 7.7% decline in 16 trading days.

Oct.14, 2004 partial solar eclipse the NDX closed at 1425.21.
Oct. 28, 2004 total lunar eclipse —the NDX closed at 1487.12 on Wed. Oct. 28th. The NDX Closed Tue. Dec. 14th at 1627.46 for a gain of 13.6% in 35 trading days following the low of 1432.57on Mon. Oct. 25th (3 trading days prior to the lunar eclipse).

Oct. 3, 2005 annular solar eclipse the NDX closed at 1605.59.
Oct.17, 2005 partial lunar eclipse — the NDX closed at 1521.19 on Wed. Oct. 12th (3 trading Days prior to the lunar eclipse). The NDX closed at 1709.10 on Fri. Dec. 2nd for a 12.4% gain in 36 trading days.

Feb. 7, 2008 (Thu.) annular solar eclipse the NDX closed at 1753.30.
Feb. 21, 2008 total lunar eclipse — the NDX closed Feb. 13, 2008 (5 trading days prior to the lunar eclipse) at 1823.00. On Mon. March 10, 2008, the NDX closed at 1673.03 for an 8.2% decline in 17 trading days.

Aug. 1, 2008 (Fri.) total solar eclipse the NDX closed at 1826.56.
Aug.16 (Sat.) partial lunar eclipse — the NDX closed Aug. 14, 2008 (2 trading days prior to the lunar eclipse at 1964.38). On Mon. Sep. 29, 2008, the NDX closed at 1496.15 for a 23.8% decline in 21 trading days. An Autumn Selling Panic saw the NDX decline to 1036.51 on Nov. 20th for an overall decline of 47.2% from the Aug. lunar eclipse high.

Jan. 26, 2009 (Sat.) annular solar eclipse the NDX closed at 1184.56.
Feb. 9, 2009 (Mon.) penumbral lunar eclipse — the NDX closed that day at an intermediate term High of 1281.65. On Mon. March 9, 2009 the NDX closed
At 1043.87 for an 18.5% decline in 19 trading days.

July 22, 2009 (Wed.) total solar eclipse the NDX closed at 1565.00. The NDX closed Tuesday August 4th at 1628.49 (2 days prior to the lunar eclipse).
Aug. 6, 2009 (Thu.) penumbral lunar eclipse — Odds favor an intermediate term market top some where between 7 trading days prior to, up to 3 days after the August 6th lunar eclipse.
There were no solar eclipses followed by lunar eclipses (within 6 weeks of the solar eclipse) during the calendar years 2003, 2006 or 2007.

Conclusions:

1.) In 10 out of 11 instances, the stock market as measured by the NDX rallied between the solar eclipse and the subsequent lunar eclipse that followed within six weeks during the past ten years. (It’s doing that now.)

2.) In 8 out of 10 occurrences, the NDX declined substantially after passage of the lunar eclipse. 4 of the declines (i.e., 50%) were full blown Autumn Selling Panics witness 2000 –38.3%, 2001 –38.5%, 2002 –25.5% and 2008 –23.8%.

3.) In the 2 situations where this solar/lunar combination produced double-digit market gains after the lunar market low, both occurred in October of the calendar year. Also, these abnormally large gains were produced in 36 trading days or less.

4.) The NDX declined 100% of the time when this planetary combination occurred in a calendar month other than October during the last 10 years. All of these abnormally large declines occurred within 34 trading days of the market high near the lunar eclipse.

5.) The evidence discovered suggests these events are not random.

6.) No one can know the future with absolute certainty, but this research suggests there should be a substantive market correction beginning in early August ‘09 with the NDX bottoming around late September to early October.

It appears the total solar eclipses caused the biggest declines among the solar ones.
It appears the penumbral lunar eclipses caused the biggest declines among the lunar ones.

This one now is the first one to combine a total solar eclipse followed by a penumbral lunar eclipse.

For the record, in 1929 a total solar eclipse occurred on May 9th followed by a penumbral lunar eclipse on May 23rd. Of course the market didn’t peak until September, and the bottom didn’t occur until 6 months after the lunar eclipse.

If the moon affects our moods, this could enhance the warnings we have already seen about current market risks.

Blaine has helped us numerous times over a dozen years to expand  our economic thought process.

For example in February 2007 he wrote:  “Since December 20, 2006 a Jupiter cycle has been running on the 3rd level. Jupiter is a planet that signifies banks. He is placed in a house of change and transformation and vulnerability. This cycle ends on February 7. This is interesting timing based on the fact you asked me to introduce this perspective at this time.

“This means there is very little time remaining for the Japanese government to bring about a reasonable and well thought out solution to the problem of a strengthening yen. On February 7 a Saturn cycle begins on the 3rd level. This cycle runs from February 7 and April 5, 2007. Saturn is fortunate for this chart and is extremely well placed in a house of gains. Saturn produces his results slowly and with great effort. This will be a fortunate cycle for the country although short being only 2 months long. A fortunate cycle for the country would logically mean a strengthening currency and a time of building and construction.

“In a word, this horoscope confirms what you and others are suggesting. Over the next 2 months there could very well be a strengthening of the yen, which as you has told me, is not good for anyone who has borrowed heavily on a weak yen.

The yen did rise after that… a lot.

It is important to note that the yen did not rise exactly as predicted but  predicting country economic momentum in this way is immensely complex.

This did not matter for me anyway, as I do not use astrology as a predictive system.  I find the data extremely useful gets me to think outside the box.

As international investors, we are forced to deal with international investment forces beyond our control. We must find simple ways to make decisions about complicated problems, knowing that many of the facts are unknown.   We have to deal with the future in terms of our past experience. Astrology presents a “what if” that pushes our thought process beyond past experience and encourages us to think in new ways to deal with future events.

For example, in the case of the yen… what that prediction did was stat me thinking about my yen loan position and its risk.   After reviewing the yen’s potential… my financial goals and all the other investment and economic fundamentals and alternatives,  I decided to pay off all of my yen loans.  And I wrote about this in my newsletters.

As you can see from the graph below from yahoo.finance this saved me a fortune as shortly after the yen skyrocketed and has remained strong.

A look at one’s horoscope might not predict anything but might suggest it is a good time to take risk or not. This suggestion might as it did for me start a path of thought about “What will happen to my investments if the yen becomes strong. What will the transaction do to the overall financial balance?”

This has nothing to do with the supernatural. This is just another simple way to add an extra dimension into your process of thought.

Blaine Watson teaching our Beyond Logic course… always one of our most popular each year.

Merri and I read Blaine’s ezine daily.  It is full of beautiful, lively, deeply interesting (and as you can see above), very valuable information for life, for investing, and for fun.  blainepw@gmail.com

In the case of the eclipse review above, other more traditional forms of economic observation back up the fact that we could see a market correction right now.

See a warning I recently issued about this potential correction here.


Money & More

To help readers understand international investments even more, Thomas Fischer at Jyske Global Asset Management  (JGAM) sends out a periodical Money & More missive to our readers.  Here is money-and-more-august-2009

Here is Thomas Fischer teaching at one of our International Investing and Business Seminars  (IBEZ).

Also if you missed Sunday’s announcement about Jyske TV, see Jyske TV for North Americans here.

Currently JGAM does not see inflation in the foreseeable future.  They believe there are long term concerns of  future inflation created by present fiscal and monetary stimulus.  However, they state, “these concerns do not belong to the economic situation we are in today.”

JGAM portfolios are underweight in the US dollar as they expect the greenback to be in a long term downtrend against other major currencies.

The JGAM portfolios have neutral position on bonds and they favor high-quality corporate bonds because of attractive yield spreads against government bonds.

JGAM portfolios have an underweight position in equities, but they are ready to increase equity exposure,  maybe late summer or autumn.

Their portfolios are overweight in alternatives, including  gold to hedge against an increase in risk aversion and to take advantage of safe haven movements in the market.

JGAM is  ready to increase exposure in commodities when they think the present price correction is over with and they stay with a small overweight in cash.

The most profitable of the Jyske portfolios is their low risk portfolio with a one times leverage (100% loan) and they are keeping their loans in Swiss francs and US dollars at this time.   They are keeping their leverage below maximum levels as they maintain a cautious investment strategy.

The leveraged low risk portfolio rose 11.4% in the first six month of 2009 and JGAM  expects this bond dominated portfolio to continue to do well in the next six months. However JGAM emphasizes that
this leveraged portfolio is only suitable for investors with at least a medium risk profile.

For example the Low Risk portfolio currently has 80% in bonds denominated in US dollars, British pounds, euro, Danish kroner and Australian dollars.

9.32% is in equities denominated in Swiss francs and euro

Gold ETFs represents 4.48% of the portfolio.

6% of the portfolio is in cash.

Learn more from Thomas Fischer at fischer@jgam.com

There are many international investment fundamentals beyond our control.  However if we use good economic research, balanced investment fundamentals and a sound, conservative investment manager, plus keep an open mind to outside the box thoughts, our savings and wealth should grow long term.

Learn more at our Multi Currency Portfolios course.

Combining good international investing with the greatest asset of all, the ability to earn wherever you live,  brings everlasting wealth.

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Ecuador Ice Cream Business

Here is a great Ecuador business idea in ice cream.

This is why we offer our course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.

A clear mind and healthy body are also a vital assets… plus a second language is a powerful diversification tool.

This is why I am willing to pay you $300 to attend either our Ecuador Super Thinking plus Spanish seminar in September or our North Carolina International Business & Investing seminar in October.  Sign up for either seminar and I will email you our Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course (offered at $299) free plus I’ll knock an extra dollar off your seminar fee…. to round up the $300 savings.

See details of the two seminar below.

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Thomas Fischer teaching at our IBEZ seminar.

Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of JGAM, our webmaster David Cross and me in North Carolina this October and enroll in our emailed course on how to have a web business free.  Save $300.

Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business and diversification in Ecuador at the seminar.

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Here is an email for a recent seminar delegate: Hello Gary and Merri,  I have wanted to write to tell you how much we enjoyed your IBEZ seminar, and to thank you both for inviting us all into your lovely home for lunch last Sunday.  Merri, again, thank you for taking the time to prepare foods especially for me; they were delicious, and I appreciate your effort!  Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable, very well done, stimulating seminar.  I came away not only with all the notes provided, but also with many ideas which I plan to begin working on now that we are back home.  Wishing you all the best,

Or join us in Ecuador and learn more about living and retiring in Ecuador.

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We take delegates on our Ecuador seminars to Otavalo markets.  Many buy enough goods to resell in North America to pay for their entire trip.  These woolen and mixed scarves are one of the most popular items.

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador Seminar
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador seminar or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

Retire in Ecuador – Joyfully


Whether we retire in Ecuador… in another country or at home, we should do so joyfully.

This is one thing we love about Ecuador… the joyfulness of the people, as I hope these shots I took in Otavalo and Cotacachi show.

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Old ones.

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Families.

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Young ones.

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Men and women.

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Workers and…

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Vendors.

Matter of fact we should do everything joyfully because joy is what life seeks. When we open ourselves to it… abundance also flows.

On the subject of joy, our friend Blaine Watson sent this note:

Remember, the purpose of life is joy, not growth……..growth is a result of the pursuit of joy.  Below is a hilarious story that fits this point.  Keep focused on the humor…..there is very little that deserves “righteous” attention.  Read the little story below….just great… because it reminds us that joy sometimes comes in the simple things.

I was having an out-of-body experience and almost astral-traveled away yesterday, so I grounded myself and got centered with the help of my spirit guides and then the phone rang, and sensing the negative vibrations, I threw the I-Ching and checked my numerology chart, nearly having a primal, but  my energy was too blocked. So I did bioenergetics and self-parenting, took some flower essences and ate an organic oat bran ginseng muffin, but my inner child wasn’t feelingnurtured yet.

To fix this, I had a Rice Dream Frozen Pie, which, of course, made me hyper, so I did the relaxation response technique I had just learned at the Self Healing Angst Tree Defoliating Center while listening to my subliminal tapes. But that left me feeling depersonalized, so I did some polarity work, foot reflexology, and past life regression, then rebirthed myself, and called Moon Beam, my body worker, to make an appointment for a Shiatsu/Reike/Rolfing/Feldenkreis/Swedish/Japanese deep tissue massage. Unfortunately, she flaked out and never returned my call, so I decided to energize my crystals and do some positive imagery because all my visualization techniques and affirmations made my space feel invaded. So to get empowered, I got a psychic reading from Mother Heart Love around the issue of my assertiveness so I could feel my radiance and have some energy for my psycho calisthenics and inversion swing before my harmonic brain wave synergy session.

This made me more focused for my  actualization seminar, holistic healing class and dream workshop, which in turn made me clearer for my Gestalt behavioral cognitive transpersonal Rechian-Jungian-Freudian-Ericksonian session at the hot springs, but my aura was too weak for my trance channeling group, so I fasted until noon to recharge my chakras. At that point, I sensed my intuition was high and my cycle was focused, so I turned on my ion generator to open up for my Neural Linguistic Programming session. But I needed to have my pyramid recharged before my guided synchronicity meditation, so I got some craniosacral therapy, which aligned me for the fire walk between my tarot card reading and my sensory deprivation tank appointment. But even after all that, I felt what I truly needed was a meaningful relationship to mirror myself, so I went to my personal shaman, and then to my guru, but they were no help, so instead I went to the Intensive Whole Life Earth Rebirth Cosmic Expo Symposium Workshop to find someone who really knew what was going on.

That didn’t help either, so I locked myself in a calcium coated Orgone Box and meditated until 9PM.

None of it really worked for me, so I got stoned  on chocolate and went bowling  — and dude . . . did I feel right with the world! —

Blaine is our astrologer and sends out a small idea each day about paths to joy. You can enroll by contacting him at blainepw@gmail.com

Joy to you this Sunday.

Gary

Our 2009 course and tour schedule.

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.

Ecuador Shamans & Purification


Ecuador shamanic purification techniques can help enhance life and longevity.

See below how this meadow and Ecuador shamanic purification can enhance your well being.

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Merri and I lived and worked for years with the Taita Yatchak,  a very advanced healer.

For a great deal of that time we lived with this Ecuador shaman and his apprentices at our Andean hacienda. Here is a shot of the hacienda…very remote… and pollution free.

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During that time we found that he was fanatical about three things.

Ecuador Shaman Health Fundamentals:

#1: Proper exercise.

#2: Correct nutrition.

#3; Purification.

The first two foundations of help reduce toxins our body creates. The third basic helps remove the toxins that are created.

He worked with us in numerous ways to help purify our bodies. One was a heavy steam discipline for five days… nothing as severe as the scientology purification rundown… a more gentler form… and consequently safer and probably in the long more effective.

The results are amazing so every few years I like to do this… sit in a steam bath for four hours every day  (you should not do this without the guidance of your medical care giver) for almost a week. (This is of course a slow build up of time…not to jump in to that long of a time immediately.)

However in recent years there has been no way to etch out fours hours a day. We have just been too darn busy.  I tried… putting my extensive reading material in plastic baggies so I could sit in the steam and read.  Baggies, steam and clarity do not go together!

We have both a steam bath and infrared sauna at our home and recently the idea occurred to me… would the purification work if I used the infrared instead of  steam?

I asked my medical care giver… an MD who as also specialized in complementary modalities for over thirty years.

Here is his reply.

Gary,

I have done research on  Infra Red Sauna  vs. Steambath.  The end result
appears to be the same; excellent release of toxins via the skin (largest organ in the body).

Both induce sweating with excellent therapeutic benefits, including:

* Improvement in blood circulation.

* Cleansing and rejuvenation of the skin, hair and nails.

* Muscle tension reduction.

* Immune system boost.

* Excretion of toxins.

* Promotion of a sense of well-being and relaxation.

Infra-red sauna has the following  advantages:

*Can be portable with no need for plumbing.

* Conserves water, an increasingly precious natural resource.

* The “inside” heating action of sauna may be superior to the “outside”
heating action of steam.

*  There can be an issue with bacteria and mold with steam rooms if not
maintained properly).  This is not true with infra red saunas.

* The far infra red unit allows one to bring in I pods, reading material, etc as it is quiet and dry.

* One must be sure that the water used in the steam production is toxin and chemical free.

On the other  hand,  steam rooms would be better for those with sinus problems, asthma and bronchitis.  The  sweat room would wash away  toxins a bit better, but both sauna and steam require showering to insure riddance of the toxins from the body surface.

Some people use both.

One final consideration. If you are aware of your Ayurvedic  body
constitution, you might choose sauna versus steam based on what would be most balancing.

I’ll give it a try and let you know at our upcoming shamanic mingo this June 12-14, 2009, (Arrive June 11. – Depart June 16).

Here are details about this tour.

Single $749
For Two $999

Our Greatest Promise Yet. Absolutely Nothing… Guaranteed!

Our Greatest Promise Yet. Absolutely Nothing… Guaranteed!

Would you like to be guaranteed everything, better health, more worth, wealth, wisdom and wonder?

Then may I invite you to our newest shamanic tour? It’s about nothing.

This nothing is something Merri and I always wanted to do for 13 years. Yet how could we describe nothing that offers everything?

Then our friend and astrologer Blaine Watson sent this quote of Anthony de Mello:

“The governor on his travels stopped in to pay homage to the Master. ‘Affairs of state leave me no time for lengthy dissertations,’ he said.  “Could you put the essences of religion into a paragraph or two for a busy man like me?”

“I shall put it into a single word for the benefit of your highness.” “Incredible!

What is this most unusual word?”

“Silence.”

“And what is the way to silence?”

“Meditation.”

“And what, may I ask, is meditation?”

“Silence.”

This quote finally gave me permission to describe a Shamanic Mingo about nothing.  Mingo means circle or gathering. This is what our upcoming shamanic tour will be, gatherings around shamans in the sacred area of Cotacachi. That’s all we know will happen because this is the way the good ones are, in the here and now where in the moment forms the actions, teachings and the tour.

So little is so powerful!

For example, we took a group with a shaman to the sacred Ingapirca below for a Mingo. We traveled half the day and arrived at this beautiful spot.

Here is a photo of us lining up for that Mingo. The shaman lit the ceremonial fire. The fire went out. He lit it again and again it went out. “The fire has never gone out before,” the shaman said. “We should not proceed.” We had just a small ceremony instead and he focused on one special person with us, who had been ill. What he did seemed like nothing. Then we spent the rest of the day going home.

Our lives however were somehow turned around from…nothing. The mother later sent us this note.

“Hi Merri and Gary: Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Our daughter called me from the airport so it is going to be a long stressful trip for her, but she was very happy, excited and told me all about the wonderful time. She could not stop talking about you guys, about the seminar and about the whole positive experience.

“We want to thank you both so much for your support and care and for the wonderful attention you gave. I don’t think she could have made it without your help. Her health is so unpredictable…. She can be fine for a few weeks and then she has a relapse….and, of course, traveling is very stressful for her. But she has a wonderful attitude and is so looking forward to get her business off the ground…this is the first time in over 6 years that she has been able to “get back to work” and she is full of optimism. Thanks again for being so understanding and helpful. I just don’t know how to express our thanks other than to send you both a big warm hug!”

Merri and I have spent months over the years traveling, working, studying and living with Taita Yatchaks, Yatchaks, Shamans, Shamanas and Curanderos. We learned they work from nothing. Here we are with Aldemar a yatchak in the Amazon.

The real shamans are unpredictable because they gain their energy form their environment and from the here and now. They never know how the spirit will guide them so we genuinely do not know what will happen on our upcoming shamanic mingo tour. Expect nothing and you are almost guaranteed to get something and maybe….everything.

Here is Merri and me with a Taita Yatchak deep in the sacred LLanganatis. They say anyone who goes in there dies from a stake in their heart or goes mad. We found this not quite true. Though I assure you our hearts were affected in the most profound ways. You can read about this trip at https://www.garyascott.com/archives/2003/03/27/792/

Perhaps this is how legends arise. Maybe in the LLanganatis your heart will be destroyed to be born again! Or the mind will go mad from resisting the evolution. We will not make it to the LLanganatis on this tour, but we will be with shamans and though we’ll be steeped in nothingness I surely expect our hearts will soar.

We have found that shamans who ask “how much will you pay,” or “what do you want me to do” are not the ones we want.

The real healers are the ones who do not know what they will do and believe that the forces of nature will care for them, so they let the greater powers decide how, how much and when they are compensated and what they will do.

This should not be surprising. Looking for nothing to find everything is suspiciously similar to what quantum science suggests we should do.

Quantum physics indicates that all matter springs from nothing, just energy or wavelengths and that reality manifests from wavelengths in the mind and soul.

This science says illusions are solid. Reality is space. We are composed of molecules, small bits of something spinning around and separated by vast amounts of relative space. Yet molecules are not solid either. They are composed of atoms, even smaller bits spinning around and separated by vast amounts of relative space. Yet atoms are not solid either, but are composed of protons, electrons and neutrons, even smaller bits spinning in vast spaces. And these are composed of even smaller bits, muons, quarks of several spins, also spinning in vast spaces. Super string theory suggests that these bits are even tinier particles composed of smaller one dimensional strings of vibration that are the smallest bits which humanity has been able to conceive.

Where do all these tiniest super strings come from? Nothing but silence and space frozen in solid illusions from our observation, intention and consciousness. In short, our thoughts are the existence that creates the universe. This is the wonder of true quantum research and shamanism too.

The shamans get in touch with the nothingness to alter and heal. When they touch the infinite with their hearts and minds wonderful things happen to those with them.  Healings and awakenings spring from their touch…no scalpels, pills or radiation required!

To accomplish this Shamans have to be in touch with nature, not the schedule of a tour.

So our upcoming Shamanic Mingo is a tour about nothing with no schedule at all. Actually not quite. There are some things we will be sure to do. We just do not know when or where. Instead we’ll arrive in innocence, expect nothing, get our feet in motion and lay our path open to fate. This, I warn you, is a powerful mixture so shed your expectations but prepare for more than you can imagine.

We’ll  visit the sacred Quicocha lake for a shamanic study and perhaps a ceremony.

On another day we’ll cross this meadow… looking at herbs there.  Then…

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Hike (or ride-your choice) down this road.

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into this sacred valley where…

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there is an almost unknown shamanic grotto hwere we’ll have a purification ceremony.

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We’ll also visit Iluman the village that is famous for its traditional healers who drive away sickness using ancient rituals and their vast knowledge of local herbs and plants, some of which are now used in Western medicine.

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Here is another Iluman Shaman on one of our previous Ecuador Shaman Mingos.

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We’ll also visit the Shamana of Peguche.  Here is her apprentice preparing a sacred fire.

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for the Shamana.

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Merri and I know numerous Taita Yatchaks, Yatchaks, Shamans, Shamanas and Curanderos. You’ll learn which is which and we’ll visit a number of them. Here I am with Don Carlos, a Taita Yatchak.

We’ll soak in the sacred volcanic hot springs at Chachimbiro.

We’ll learn about a variety of shamanic healing plants such as Datura, Dulcamaras, Una Del Gato and Sangria Drago.

There you have it, a course Merri and I have wanted to conduct for years but have not because it is nothing. If you feel like doing nothing, join this tour here in Cotacachi , Ecuador . You’ll do nothing together. Who knows, you might accomplish everything, better health, more happiness and certainly we will broaden your horizons!

June 12-14, 2009, (Arrive June 11. – Depart June 16)
Single $749
For Two $999