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Economic Labyrinth


Follow the money three words that form an economic labyrinth and have the potential to destroy the world.

Actually those words create an economic maze not a labyrinth.

Labyrinths are often confused with mazes, but a maze is a  puzzle that confuses the path and direction; Labyrinths have only a single path to the center that are unambiguous ways to the center and back. Labyrinths are not designed to be difficult to navigate.

The Western economic model of working mainly for money to have lots of things and to eventually retire is flawed.

So too is the social concept that having more is better.

The combination of these flaws have hurt the environment…perhaps badly…not to mention our social order.

Now the entire concept is falling apart because bigger is not better.

Correcting this will create some fortunes for those who see ahead.

Environmental investing is one area that is and will continue to prosper.

Shifting China and the US to European/Japanese conceptual models of “smaller is better” will help as well.

A July 7, 2008 USA Today article entitled “New cars will skimp on fuel but not on amenities” by Sharon Silke Carty gives an example when it says: “Automakers are working as fast as they can to meet a new consumer landscape: Buyers want not just fuel-efficient cars but also the same amenities they had in their hulking SUVs.

“It’s a change from how most cars have been set up in the USA.

“If gas prices stay high and demand remains strong for smaller engines, auto executives say the U.S. market will start looking more like Europe’s, where what is considered a small car here is seen as a family sedan.

“People are starting to look at their four-cylinder cars like they did their luxury cars, with leather seats and creature comforts,” says Mike DiGiovanni, General Motors’ executive director of global market analysis. ‘Think about this: The price of fuel in Europe is $7 a gallon, and the industry has survived nicely with smaller vehicles that are loaded up.'”

Automakers that shift fastest to this euro model will clean up.

One way to prosper is to look at how crowded Europe and even more crowded Japan deal with the different supply and demand. The US, Canada, Australia and China all have learned to squander having huge natural resources and space.

No more.

However there is another flaw in the relation to work, fulfillment and living. The idea of having the biggest house on the bloc and “he who has the most toys wins” isn’t working so well anymore.

Bonsai is an example, a Chinese invention that became big in Japan…perfect for limited resources and space.

The Japanese rock or Zen garden, often small, containing sand, gravel, rocks, and occasionally grass and/or other natural elements, with the sea symbolized not by water but by sand raked in patterns that suggest rippling water. Compare this with the large water consuming grass lawn requiring plenty of gasoline to mow.

The Japanese tea ceremony is another…lots of pleasure from limited resource expenditure.

Global shifts in resource supply and demand are creating new lifestyles via economic crisis that will bring a post consumer society.

This shift will be easier than most realize because it is human nature to feel best when working with a sense of purpose. Current shifts are so profound that societies will have to live more purposeful lives.

We try to watch for, adapt to and reflect these shifts in everything we do in our work, play, business and social interactions.

Yet it is not always easy to change after 61 years of doing things one way!

This is why we are busy here at the farm making a number of changes. One was to enhance our labyrinth.

The history of labyrinths dates back into the mists of time, but their religious and spiritual aspects became most noted during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries when many Christian gothic cathedrals installed them in England, Italy and France.

Labyrinths help connect the spiritual side of consciousness in a physical way.

Walking or tracing a labyrinth unites the physical with the spiritual. It brings the inner spiritual life into the outer physical world. We operate in a more holistic way when these inner and outer worlds are united.

Labyrinths represent an easy to follow series of twists and turns from the outer to the inner and back..200% of life, in spirit and material wealth.

Environmentally speaking, labyrinths are great places for exercise as well. They provide the longest amount of walking in the smallest possible space.

We have had a seven circuit classic labyrinth carved in one of our upper, hidden meadows for a numbers of years, but it had grown a bit worn and the meadow overgrown

So Richard and I jumped in my 22 year old Suzuki Samari and headed to the meadow.

samari

We cleaned up.

old labyrinth

Then we called our friend of decades, Chuck Hunner, a master labyrinth builder who had laid out this labyrinth in the first place.

Chuck drove up from his home in Asheville and the three of us enhanced this labyrinth…a lot…including with another good and essential friend John (Deere) putting a heavy stelae in the center.

stellae

The labyrinth is beginning to look better!

labyrinth-taking-shape

You can see the entire process and many pictures of our Merrily Farms Labyrinth being created in Chuck’s Labyrinth Journal.

Chuck is a craftsman with 38 years of experience making art with his hands. For the last 10 years he’s made labyrinths.

His ‘career’ in labyrinth making started when Richard Anderson taught him to
scratch the labyrinth pattern on the beach. The first time Chuck walked into
the pattern he immediately felt the same effect that 15 minutes of deep
meditation gave him.

He makes labyrinths because he knows that they can influence the way people think and feel…this has been for hundreds of years. Walking a labyrinth automatically balances and enhances the way we think. Labyrinth walkers report feeling calm, clear headed and focused. Some experience a catharsis moving old emotions out so that they can see new solutions to the confines of their past. Breakthroughs are almost automatic.

Chuck says he loves labyrinths because they free up his own creative process. A long walk in this small space gets the creative juices flowing and allows new ideas to bubble up into awareness. Ideas come and make life better.

Man working with the environment. Logic uniting with intuition. Work becoming part of play.

There is huge change coming. The change is good. Understanding and adapting to it can help bring profits and help make life better as well.

Gary

Join us and stay at our farm. Enjoy the mountain cool and summer views as you learn.

Or sit at our waterfall.

waterfall

Walk the labyrinth with us during Susan Rotman’s business intuition course.

Or walk the Labyrinth during the splendor of the Blue Ridge leaf change as you learn at our October 3-5, International Business and Investing Made EZ North Carlolina Course.
Labyrinths…lots of walk…little space…uniting the mind, body and emotion. They are springing up all over the US …another sign of how the Western world is changing.

You can see many permanent labyrinths in hospitals, churches and schools near you. Chuck Hunner has helped create many. Try a long walk in a small space.

Labyrinths are another sign of how Western concepts are changing.

Here is a list of Labyrinths that Chuck as worked on in the past few years.

Yanney Park, Kearney, Nebraska
Memphis, Tennessee Cancer Survivors’ Park
Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, Utah.
Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, California.
Trinity United Methodist Church, Ruston, Louisiana.
Labyrinth at Bright School, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois
First United Methodist Church of Ventura, California
First Presbyterian Church, Livermore, California
Central Park Labyrinth, Burlington, Ontario,Canada.
University of Redlands, Redlands, California.
All Saints Cemetery, Salina, Kansas.
Boone Medical Center, Columbia, Missouri..
Church of the Good Shepard, Augusta, Georgia.
Maxey-Gregg Cancer Survivor Park, Columbia, South Carolina.
Trinity Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara, California.
St. Dominics, Houston, Texas.
Danville Labyrinth Project, Danville, Kentucky.
Kanuga Conference Center near Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Dolores, Colorado – Sophia Retreat Center

See pictures of these labyrinths

Financial Anxiety Cures


The cures to financial anxiety come from more than just good investing. We need to stay tuned to the world but see the illusion of bad news. Trouble requires solutions. These solutions create opportunity. Tough times are the richest for those who look for solutions rather than drown in financial anxiety.

This is why I have declared this week Anti Panic Week!

Easy said but not always so easily done. However there are ways and today Merri shares five specific ideas on how to be calm and gain opportunity during the perfect financial storm.

Gary Scott

Anti Panic Solutions

By Merri Scott

As you know, Gary has declared this Anti Panic Week! What a grand plan.

Headlines are screaming disaster, recession, depression everywhere. Even we have had to watch ourselves. One way we handle this is what we call the “Ecuadorian Path”…that is to just laugh out loud at whatever happens…whether it be a flat tire, a slip in a mud puddle, a new headline of depression/recession.

This always helps!

However, our other secret that we have written about before is the balancing of our brain waves through the use of Baroque Music, which honors the natural rhythms of nature. It works for babies, it works for animals and it certainly works for us.

This type of Super Thinking is taught in our Spanish Courses but each and every day (at home, in our office, in our car or while traveling) we actually manipulate (you might say) our own brain waves through the patterns of music.

Right now, I am listening to a series of Gymnopedies, by the French composer Erik Satie first published in Paris, 1888. These are patterns and repetitions that make the mind relaxed and move us into that endless stretch of life where not only is there NO panic but there is NO stress.

Things flow and sort themselves out…great worries from our mind cease their chatter and even little anxieties become nothing…all moving into a stream of the clear consciousness of being.

It is more than magical because it works every time in every way for every purpose.

The beginning of this was the roots of mathematics and evolved into patterns of (as I am hearing now) repeated refrains and gradual movements of joy and calm in Baroque music.

One of our readers sent me this great website:  www.sundaybaroque.org which can of course be heard any day, any time.

There is a lot of scientific evidence behind this theory. Ten years of brain-wave activity by the Tokyo researcher, Dr. Norio Owaki, was based on certain kinds of sound patterns that can induce alpha brain waves.

That certain sound patterns can affect consciousness is no surprise to students of music lore. A specific story was told about Bach. Count Kayserling employed Johann Goldberg, a musician to play on the harpsichord a composition written for the Count by Johann Sebastian Bach. This was music for insomnia, for feeling rested and less tense.

Kayserling was so pleased with the curative effects of this music that he rewarded Bach with a lavish gift of gold. The composition has come to be known as “The Goldberg Variations”. Music history tells us that Bach designed much of his music to appeal to the mentality. With this music, the body relaxed and yet the mind became alert.

Dr. George Lozanov begin studying Bach and other composers of the 16th to the 18th centuries written in the same musical tradition and found that they had similar effects. This music-Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Corelli, Handel – is called Baroque. It was the slow (largo) movements of the Baroque concertos that were tested. In the slow movements, we find a potent, familiar rhythm …60 beats per minute. This Baroque music has a very slow bass, beating like a slow human pulse.

Your body relaxes and your mind becomes alert with these simple forms of music. Also, the Soviet psychologist, I.K. Platonov, found it was possible to just use a metronome beating at 60 to enable the mind to take in and hold more strongly.

The effect of music in super learning is to give a “sonic massage”…eliminating the stress of hard. This reverie state is highly orderly because of the highly structured nature of the music. See more below.

What Gary is advising and what we are doing, living and being as the world whirls around us…is to create a state of softness of beauty where there is no noise.

This is surprisingly easy to achieve. Here are the practices that we follow:

1 – Cease speaking of loss, tragedy, trouble or problems.

2 – Eliminate the influences that might drag you into the rhythms and patterns of negativity.

3 – Change the channel…by just quietly changing the subject.

4 – Allow peace to be your friend and stop associating with disaster or panic.

5 – Allow the patterns and rhythms of nature and its music to sweep over you.

Celebrate Anti Panic Week by just slipping into another way of life…one which brings the power of being. This is where the true nature of the essence of wealth, worth and wonder abides.

Merri

Join Gary and me as we look at financial anxiety solutions.

Join us and stay at our farm for Susan Rotman’s business intuition course.
Enjoy the mountain cool and summer views as you learn, plus enjoy the special features at the farm that you won’t find anywhere else…including our new “High Meadow Labyrinth.”

Here is Gary with Richard and our friend, Chuck Hunner, hard at work making the farm special for you.

Farm-work

They moved over a ton, stone to place in a mystical place where we can walk to unite the body and thought to eliminate anxiety. Here is the “High Meadow Labyrinth” being formed.

Farm-labyrinth

Or join us September 23 to 27 for our last of the year “Super Thinking + Spanish” course where we use Baroque music to become fluent in one week. Here are delegates from our last course.

Spanish-course

I continually hear from guests and course delegates about how much they love our hotel El Meson de las Flores and Cotacachi.

One guest recently said: “Merri, El Meson and Cotacachi were all of what you said it would be and much much more!”

Another guest who is there now just wrote today:

Merri, Steve and John are FANTASTIC — and you guys are doing far too much for us — we feel like royalty. We had an exceptional day with John today visiting Old Town Quito and tomorrow we go to Coatacachi and we are so much looking forward to it. Again, I don’t know how to thank you — you and Gary are very, very wonderful special awesome people (and so are your guys here) and we wish you were here with us! MANY HUGS.

Here are two of our servers, Eduardo and Consuelo, at one of our Spansih Course coffee breaks. Our sweet and caring staff look forward to serving you at our next Ecuador Spanish Course

spanish-course-coffee-break