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A recent message about our Ecuador Spanish Course looked at how our Super Thinking Course differs from regular Spanish programs because it focuses coordinating brain frequencies for learning.

This is important because change can create a brain drain when our brain frequencies are not integrated.

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Delegates at our Super Thinking + Spanish Courses and our Shamanic tours learn about incorporating frequencies of thought. Here delegates get ready for a shamanic ceremony.

During these times of rapid change most of us have ups and downs in our lives so we need a zone defense to keep up, adapt and move ahead.

Excerpts from a Time magazine article entitled “Getting and Staying in the Zone” by Alice Park explains how to gain an edge.

Elite athletes talk a lot about being in the zone, that magical place where mind and body work in perfect synch and movements seem to flow without conscious effort. Major-league pitchers, NBA stars, pro golfers and Olympic hopefuls dedicate their careers to the search for this elusive feeling, devoting hours of training to “listening” to their body and “reading” their muscles—trying to construct a bridge between mind and body sturdy enough to lead them straight to athletic nirvana.

But the truly great athletes, those with long careers and performances that fans talk about for generations, know that maintaining a competitive edge is less about keeping it honed to perfection at all times than realizing they can lose the edge every once in a while and still get it back.

Athletes in the throes of a slump will swear that it came all of a sudden, out of nowhere. But psychologists say the episodes are less mysterious than they seem. They usually stem from a failure to prepare mentally for the pressure of athletic competition. “Training is about strengthening the mind-body connection,” says Kirsten Peterson, sports psychologist for the U.S. Olympic Committee. “Athletes need to train their mind with the same discipline that they train their bodies.”

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Delegates head onto the lake for the ceremony.

Super Thinking helps us learn how to integrate brain wave frequencies so we can get into the zone as we learn Spanish or learn or do anything.

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Off they go…

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headed for…

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a frequency ceremony at this shore.

There are at least three simple ways to turn on this super thinking ability:  meditation, listening to 60 cycle music and taking Theanine.

Being in the zone comes when we integrate four categories of brainwaves, ranging from beta waves, the fastest of the four different brainwaves to alpha, theta and the final brainwave state, delta. Delta brainwaves are of the greatest amplitude and slowest frequency.  Deep dreamless sleep takes you down to the lowest frequency.

When we allow these waves to interconnect freely we gain unimaginable intellect.

Merri and I meditate twice every day to tap into this energy.

Plus we listen to 60 beat ten cycle classical music as we work. You could count the number of times we have missed our meditation routine in the last 20 years on one hand. This has helped us enormously.

60 cycle music, along with deep breathing exercises for relaxation moves the mind into Alpha and deeper states as well.  Health benefits are gained as blood pressure can drop, heart rates slow and the mind becomes calmed.

This is a simple as listening to relaxing Baroque music such as Handel’s Water Music. A few others compositions at this cycle include Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Violin and Orchestra in No. 2, 8, 5, 9. or J.S. Bach’s Fantasy in C Minor and Trio in D minor or Vivaldi’s Five Concertos for Flute and Chamber Orchestra.

Music has been used for centuries to induce states…babies being lullabyed to sleep, sea chanteys and harvesting songs to ease workers while laboring. Eastern mystics and South American shaman have used music to carry them to unusual states of consciousness.

Your body relaxes and your mind becomes alert in these simple forms of relaxation.

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.

In choosing a recording of a slow movement, simply check that the tempo is about 60 beats a minute. When a composer writes a piece of music, he indicates the speed at which he wants each of the different movements or segments to be played.

These indications of tempo are generally given in Italian. You will often see them on the different movements of a concerto. For instance, allegro indicates a tempo of around 120 – 168 beats to the minute, andante around 76-108, adagio from around 66 to 76, larghetto 60 to 66 and largo 40-60 beats to the minute. Some performers and conductors may set a tempo somewhat faster or slower than what the composer indicated. To check out the tempo of a recording, be sure it’s at around 60 beats a minute. You can check it with a metronome or against a clock with a second hand.”

Here is a portion of the music list provided with that study.

Bach, J.S.: Largo from Concerto in G Minor for Flute and Strings. Bach and Telemann Flute Concerts and Aria to The Goldberg Variations.

Corelli, A.: Sarabanda (largo) from Concerto #7 in D Minor.

Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi op.5

Handel, G.F.: Largo from Concerto #1 in F. Music from the Royal Fireworks.

Telemann, G.: Largo from Double Fantasia in G Major for Harpsichord.

6 Fantasias for Harpsichord Vivaldi, A.: Largo from Winter. The Four Seasons

A third avenue that helps the mind slip into the zone is Theanine (chemical name: r-glutamylethylamide) one of the chemicals found in green tea. Theanine is used to reduce stress and anxiety without the tranquilizing effects found in many other calming agents. Scientific evidence shows that Theanine stimulates the brain’s production of alpha waves, making the user feel relaxed but alert and not drowsy. It also helps the body produce other calming amino acids, such as dopamine, GABA, and tryptophan. As might be expected from a calming supplement, Theanine may be able to lower elevated blood pressure as well.

These Super Thinking tools integrate brain hemispheres and improve the way the left brain, the body and the right brain working together.

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In the ceremony…

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the three spears…

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represent the union of the body mind and soul.

It might help to think of an orchestra: brass, percussion and strings. When the horns are featured, the drums and violins don’t try to pound and saw against them. Nor do they go rambling off on their own. They play in concert. Logical mind, body, creative mind…you may be focusing with one, but because you are a whole person the other parts are there, and they are in resonance. They can create disharmony. Or, they can play in concert.

Usually in our efforts to learn and live a smooth life, we’ve separated ourselves into pieces.

This separation is especially stressful during times of great change. During change many of the pieces we adhere to in our daily routine lose their dependability.

Super Thinking allows us to operate as a whole, pulls the pieces back together, coordinates, refreshes and renews them.

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Unite the mind…

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joyfully.

When this happens, seemingly inexplicable things can happen.

A woman studying a foreign language suddenly finds her sinus trouble has disappeared.

A man learning chemistry realizes his intuition has accelerated. An athlete doing body-training techniques finds his concentration improved in academics. As obstructive divisions dissolve, all areas of the person can be strengthened. It’s similar to light striking one facet of a crystal; soon it then lights up another and another and another….

Let’s look at a comparison on the benefits of meditation. Since TM is the most documented form of meditation worldwide, it lends itself to a comparison to Super Memory. Below, we can see the physiological changes during sessions of listening to certain types of music as compared to TM Meditation.

Supermemory ConcertMeditation (TM)
Slow Baroque Music during Intense Mental ActivityReciting a Mantra
Alpha brain waves Increase by
an average 6%.
Alpha brain waves increase.
Beta Brain Waves Decrease by
an average 6%.
Theta Brain Waves unchanged.Some increase in Theta.
Pulse slows down by an average a mean decrease of 5 beats per minute.Decreases significantly withof 5 beats per minute.
Blood pressure drops slightlyTendency to decrease
Awareness becomes relaxed concentrationRestful alertness

The philosopher Heraclitus stated reality correctly when he said… “Nothing endures but change”.

Henry Thoreau made the more important comment about life:  “Things do not change; we change”.

So during times of great change, we can change in ways that improve our health, increase our wealth and provide better lifestyles.   Super Thinking helps and you can also learn Spanish in the process!

Gary

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Learn more on the power of coordinated brainwaves.

Read the entire Times article Getting and Staying in the Zone

Learn more at Global Investing Balance.

Calmly Adapt


Calmly adapt to change. This is the formula for success in this great age where change befalls us at an ever increasing pace.

Change is here. It will not stop

Here is a great philosopher complaining about paraphrased.

Our life is broken into more and more petty pieces, with the puzzle always in change. The nation itself, with all its so-called internal improvements, which, by the way are all external and superficial, is just such an unwieldy and overgrown establishment, cluttered with furniture and tripped up by its own traps, ruined by luxury and heedless expense, by want of calculation and a worthy aim, as the million households in the land; and the only cure for it, as for them, is in a rigid economy, a stern and more than Spartan simplicity of life and elevation of purpose.

We live too fast.

Men think that commerce and exports and rapid communication and fast transportation are essential.Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. Men say that a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitches today to save nine tomorrow. No one has time fr a nap. Everyone is always asking “What’s the news? Tell me anything new that has happened to a man anywhere on this globe” — and he reads it over his coffee and rolls, that a man has had his eyes gouged out not knowing that he has but the rudiment of an eye himself.

Obviously this philosopher is fed up with the ever increasing pace of change. He was Henry Thoreau and this was written about how busy Concord Massachusetts and America had become in around 1854 in “On Walden Pond” chapter two.

The point? Man has always faced change.  Most resist a faster pace…and are diminished by their inflexibility.   Those who look forward to change and calmly adapt are those who gain the greatest opportunity.

More change means more opportunity.

Another great philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson said this in another way. “No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.”

Here is how Thoreau actually wrote this thought so eloquently

“Our life is like a German Confederacy, made up of petty states, with its boundary forever fluctuating, so that even a German cannot tell you how it is bounded at any moment. The nation itself, with all its so-called internal improvements, which, by the way are all external and superficial, is just such an unwieldy and overgrown establishment, cluttered with furniture and tripped up by its own traps, ruined by luxury and heedless expense, by want of calculation and a worthy aim, as the million households in the land; and the only cure for it, as for them, is in a rigid economy, a stern and more than Spartan simplicity of life and elevation of purpose. It lives too fast. Men think that it is essential that the Nation have commerce, and export ice, and talk through a telegraph, and ride thirty miles an hour, without a doubt, whether they do or not; but whether we should live like baboons or like men, is a little uncertain.If we do not get out sleepers, and forge rails, and devote days and nights to the work, but go to tinkering upon our lives to improve them, who will build railroads? And if railroads are not built, how shall we get to heaven in season? But if we stay at home and mind our business, who will want railroads? We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us. Did you ever think what those sleepers are that underlie the railroad? Each one is a man, an Irishman, or a Yankee man. The rails are laid on them, and they are covered with sand, and the cars run smoothly over them. They are sound sleepers, I assure you. And every few years a new lot is laid down and run over; so that, if some have the pleasure of riding on a rail, others have the misfortune to be ridden upon. And when they run over a man that is walking in his sleep, a supernumerary sleeper in the wrong position, and wake him up, they suddenly stop the cars, and make a hue and cry about it, as if this were an exception. I am glad to know that it takes a gang of men for every five miles to keep the sleepers down and level in their beds as it is, for this is a sign that they may sometime get up again.

Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. Men say that a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitches today to save nine tomorrow. As for work, we haven’t any of any consequence. We have the Saint Vitus’ dance, and cannot possibly keep our heads still. If I should only give a few pulls at the parish bell-rope, as for a fire, that is, without setting the bell, there is hardly a man on his farm in the outskirts of Concord, notwithstanding that press of engagements which was his excuse so many times this morning, nor a boy, nor a woman, I might almost say, but would forsake all and follow that sound, not mainly to save property from the flames, but, if we will confess the truth, much more to see it burn, since burn it must, and we, be it known, did not set it on fire — or to see it put out, and have a hand in it, if that is done as handsomely; yes, even if it were the parish church itself. Hardly a man takes a half-hour’s nap after dinner, but when he wakes he holds up his head and asks, “What’s the news?” as if the rest of mankind had stood his sentinels. Some give directions to be waked every half-hour, doubtless for no other purpose; and then, to pay for it, they tell what they have dreamed. After a night’s sleep the news is as indispensable as the breakfast. “Pray tell me anything new that has happened to a man anywhere on this globe” — and he reads it over his coffee and rolls, that a man has had his eyes gouged out this morning on the Wachito River; never dreaming the while that he lives in the dark unfathomed mammoth cave of this world, and has but the rudiment of an eye himself.

Merri and I send our best wishes and hopes that you gain great joy on this day of rest as you calmly adapt.

Gary