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Shine a Light on Health & Wealth


Here is some information about light and its positive impact on our health and wealth.  This site first posted details about the health benefits of far infrared light in 2003 (1).  Further posts have repeatedly outlined the benefits of infrared wavelengths.

I start most days with meditation and an infrared sauna.  This image is from this site’s 2014 post “Telomeres Can Make Older Better” (2).  That article focused on the 2009 Nobel prize winning studies of telomeres by Elizabeth Blackburn.

meditation

Now, Aziz Sancar, a research scientist at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  received a third of the 2015 Nobel prize in chemistry for his research on the involvement of light and how cells continually repair themselves.

Research shows that one effect of infrared wave lengths on multiple cell and tissue types is increased ATP synthesis in mitochondria — in essence, an energy jolt for the cell.  This is especially important to the central nervous system because daily toxicity to brain neurons can result in impaired energy metabolism.  Research suggests that near-infrared light raises the energy level in cells and keeps them functioning.  In other words, infrared and far infrared light may counterbalance the effects of damage.

Early research on the healing benefits of light discovered that any single frequency light can stimulate DNA in damaged cell tissue.  However with the far infra red spectrum, the rate of cellular regeneration increased.  A single frequency in the green range for example might improve by making kidney healing 40 times better.  Far infrared can increase the healing rate by 4,000 times.

More research found that infrared  wavelengths in the range of 6 microns (micrometres)causes the fastest regeneration of  tissue.  This frequency is close to the resonance of cell tissue and is absorbed better in hemoglobin.  This is part of the far infrared wavelength.   An injury that might normally recover in ten days, can actually recover in two days with far infrared.

Numerous researchers suggest at least seven health benefits from far infrared light.

#1: Far infrared light (in the 660 micron range) stimulates the basic energy processes in the mitochondria (energy compartments) of each cell by activating color sensitive chemicals (chromospheres, cytochrome systems) inside the cell.

#2: This type of light also helps heal wounds and fights bacteria by increasing oxygen in the blood. The added oxygen kills viral, bacterial, and fungal toxins.  Studies have shown that far infrared light begins healing from first exposure and has a cumulative effect with multiple treatments.  Infrared light can even kill the most resistant types of bacteria.

#3: Other studies show that the far infrared wavelengths of light can cause cells to develop as much as two hundred times faster.

#4: Another benefit is that the transportation of nutrition and waste elimination are improved.

#5: Another advantage is that new capillaries are formed which replace damaged ones.  Collagen production is also increased to mend or replace damaged tissue.  RNA and DNA synthesis are also enhanced so injured cells recover more quickly.

#6: Far infrared therapy increases lymphatic activity which reduces inflammation.

#7: In addition to the benefits about, these wave lengths of light create negative ions so the body responds by creating positive ions.  This stimulates nerves and helps reduce pain.

In short, the use of far infrared light can increase energy, clarify thinking and improve the healing response as it causes us to look younger and slows aging.   That why light shines when it comes to improving health and wealth.

Gary

(1) https://www.garyascott.com/2003/02/18/669.html

(2) https://www.garyascott.com/2014/11/24/39594.html

(3) https://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2015/october/unc-scientist-aziz-sancar-wins-nobel-prize-for-chemistry

How to Kick Start Higher Vitality

Vitality and a good start to the day are the foundations of health and wealth.  Good heart health creates this vitality by sending a strong flow of blood to and through the body and brain.  I believe so much in this fact that I take a supplement called Vitality Force first thing in the morning.  Modern living often inhibits a strong flow of blood and the World Health Organization says that 17 million people die every year from heart disease. Fortunately there is a simple, inexpensive way to kick start a positive heart spiral.

llama walk

After taking Vitality Force, I meditate, have an infrared sauna and do some gentle exercises such as this LLama Walk.  This process gets my mind active and my blood flowing.

Take light exercise (perhaps an easy walk) after eating.  Research has found that timing meals and exercise is important for glycogen loading, muscle maintenance and nutrient uptake and use.  The research suggests that even a little light exercise creates healthy hormonal shifts that improves the way nutrients are metabolized.  The exercise appears to help balance triglyceride and glucose levels which reduce the cravings for between meal snacks and the desire to eat rich, sugary foods.

Vitality Force is my kick start to make sure I have the vitality to take that walk.  This supplement has a powerful precursor to a single simple molecule that can increase vitality and feel like getting a good start.  Vitality Force provides L-arginine. This is theprecursor to nitric oxide.  The medical establishment has known about the benefits of nitric oxide as nitroglycerine which create a flood of nitric oxide.  Nitroglycerine has been used in medicine for over a century.

In 1998, three research scientists won the Nobel Prize in medicine when they discovered that nitric oxide is essential to a vital natural cycle at the cellular level.  The nitric oxide cycle, especially helps the heart.  Nitric oxide is the simple molecule that can help improve the flow of blood to the body and brain as it increases energy and stamina, relieve  stress, strengthens the immune and digestive system, plus improves clarity of mind.  Over the past decade, 92 studies examined the role of nitric oxide in modulating the severity of certain heart problems and 73% concluded that nitric oxide has a protective effect.

An Abstract at US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health of a scientific research entitled  “The effect of nitric-oxide-related supplements on human performance” (1)  says:  “Nitric Oxide has led a revolution in physiology and pharmacology research during the last two decades.  This labile molecule plays an important role in many functions in the body regulating vasodilatation, blood flow, mitochondrial respiration and platelet function. Studies involving untrained or moderately trained healthy subjects showed that nitric Oxide donors could improve tolerance to aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

Nitric oxide makes you feel better when you exercise more.  It helps you want to get enough exercise.

The Pritikin Longevity Center website explains the importance of Nitric Oxide in simpler terms in an article, “Sex, Nitric Oxide, and Your Heart” (2) and says: Nitric oxide is a very simple but important molecule.  It is not the same as nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.” The nitric oxide story is no laughing matter; it will determine how long you live.  And it’s an integral part of sex and heart health.  

The article tells how nitric oxide improves the health of the inner wall of a blood vessel, keep vessels pliable and elastic, dilates blood vessels keeping blood flowing smoothly, relax blood vessels, keep platelets and white blood cells calm and prevent them from sticking to the vessel wall, prevent oxidation, slow plaque growth, suppress atherosclerosis and melt away plaque that already exists.

One way to get more nitric oxide into our system is with a small scoop of powdered Vitality Force.

Vitality Force provides arginine, a semi-essential amino acid that has shown promise in the prevention of blockage of the arteries.  L-arginine is a precursor of nitric oxide.  After arginine is consumed in foods and in supplements, it makes its way into the bloodstream and circulates throughout the body.  As it enters the cells that line the smooth muscle walls of blood vessels, an enzymatic reaction converts arginine to nitric oxide.  Rising arginine levels increases production of nitric oxide, which improves your cardiovascular health and makes you feel better.

There are over 85,000 medically published clinical studies attest to the fact that arginine will help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglycerides, improve diabetes, improve sexual function, reduce blood clots and strokes, improve congestive heart failure, improve wound healing, improve liver and kidney function, improve memory and cognitive functions, increase human growth hormone (HGH), improve muscle growth and performance, and much more.

Vitality Force, is much more than just a solution for cardiovascular health.  The formula includes the highest quality arginine, vitamins, minerals, and other immune boosting ingredients.  It works by dilating the blood vessels to allow more oxygen and nutrients to flow freely throughout the body.   This helps improve the  bioavailability of all nutrients and helps enhance your other supplements that you may already be taking.

I like the powdered form because research suggests that consuming liquid nutritional products provides significantly improved absorption, (80% vs. 20% from tablets).

Vitality Force supports:

* Cardiovascular health

* Healthy immune function

* Anti-aging properties

* Improved energy levels

*  Dilated blood vessels to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to muscles and cardiovascular system

* Increased efficiency of oxygen utilization for energy production

* Enhanced numbers of mitochondria to actually produce energy

Vitality Force includes:

L-Citrulline

L-Citrulline is an amino acid which promotes energy, stimulates the immune system, and detoxifies ammonia, which damages living cells.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D, calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin. D3 is normally produced in the skin by the action of sunlight.  The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant that protects cell membrane from environmental pollution and from dietary and metabolic free radicals.  This prevents the oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids and cholesterol.  By decreasing LDL cholesterol and plaque deposits on the walls of the arteries, it is one of the most important nutrients in reducing probability of heart attack, stroke and atherosclerosis.  Vitamin E also helps alleviate respiratory problems and boost your immune system’s ability to fight off infectious disease.

Vitamin C (50% ascorbic acid & 50% Ester C)

Vitamin C works both inside and outside cells as your body’s first line of antioxidant protection.  Not only does it neutralize harmful free radicals, it also prevents the formation of free radicals that initiate artery blockage by damaging artery walls.

B1 (thiamine)

This vitamin enhances circulation and assists in blood formation, carbohydrate metabolism, and the production of hydrochloric acid, which is important for proper digestion.  Thiamine also optimizes cognitive activity and brain function.  It has a positive effect on energy, growth, normal appetite, learning capacity and is needed for muscle tone on the intestines, stomach, and heart.  Thiamine also acts as an antioxidant, protecting the body from the degenerative effects of aging, alcohol consumption, and smoking.

B2 (riboflavin)

This vitamin is necessary for blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration and growth.  It alleviates eye fatigue and is important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts.  It aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.  Vitamin B2 is essential for energy production and in regenerating glutathione, one of the main cellular protectors against free-radical damage.

B3 (niacin amide)

This vitamin is needed for proper circulation and healthy skin.  It also aids in the functioning of the nervous system.  This vitamin is an antioxidant and is involved in the regulation of blood sugar and detoxification.  It has been shown to exert a favorable effect on cholesterol levels.

B5 (pantothenic acid)

This vitamin is involved in energy production and is considered the “anti- stress” vitamin because of its importance for optimal adrenal function.  It is required by all cells of the body and is concentrated in the organs.  It is also involved in the production of neurotransmitters.

B6 (pyridoxine)  

This vitamin is involved in more bodily functions than almost any other single nutrient.  It affects both physical and mental health.  Vitamin B6 is extremely important for the formation of proteins and structural compounds, neurotransmitters, red blood cells and prostaglandins.  It is also critical in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function.  Vitamin B6 plays a role in cancer immunity and aids in the prevention of arteriosclerosis.  It inhibits the formation of a toxic chemical called homocysteine, which attacks the heart muscle and allows the deposition of cholesterol around the heart muscle.  Vitamin B6 is also helpful in the in the treatment of allergies, arthritis, and asthma.

B12 (methylcobalamin)

This vitamin plays a critical role in proper energy metabolism and immune and nerve function.  It is essential to the manufacture and normal functioning of blood cells and for the production of nucleic acids, which make up DNA.  B12 also helps maintain proper mental functioning and mood.

Folic Acid

This vitamin is considered a brain food and is needed for energy production and the formation of red blood cells.  It is the most commonly deficient vitamin in the world.  Studies have demonstrated that it is difficult to get an adequate amount of folic acid from food alone because it only 50% absorbed.  As a supplement, however, folic acid is 100% absorbed.  Taking supplemental folic acid, along with B6 and B12, will substantially reduce your homocysteine levels.  When homocysteine builds up inside cells and spills into the bloodstream, it damages arteries and reduces the integrity of vessel walls, laying the groundwork for the accumulation of deposits and blockage of the arteries.  Only folic acid, taken as a supplement, has been shown to substantially reduce the risk.  Folic acid may also help depression and anxiety.

CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 is involved in energy production at the cellular level, is vital for sustaining life and is found in greatest abundance in the heart. The heart requires more CoQ10 to provide energy needed to pump blood throughout the body. It is also most sensitive to CoQ10 deficiency. Numerous clinical trials have shown that patients with congestive heart failure have low CoQ10 blood levels. Generally, the worse the heart condition, the lower the CoQ10 level. In addition, studies have shown that when administered orally, CoQ10 is an effective therapeutic agent in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

Clinical studies have also shown that CoQ10 can treat periodontal disease. CoQ10 is also being investigated in treating cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s and even immune system disorders including AIDS.

Omega 3

Omega EFA’s (essential fatty acids) are vital to good health, but they must be acquired through our diets or supplementation because the body is unable to manufacture EFA’s itself.  Leading doctors estimate that upwards of 80% of North Americans are deficient of these Omegas and there is a direct correlation with this deficiency in Omegas and the modem proliferation of fat-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer and adult onset diabetes.  Furthermore, these doctors believe that by simply supplementing the Omegas into one diet can dramatically reduce the onset of these deadly diseases.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is known for anti aging and may confer special protection on the heart.  Research has found that low doses of resveratrol mimic the effects of what is known as caloric restriction – diets with 20-30 percent fewer calories than a typical diet – that in numerous studies has been shown to extend lifespan and blunt the effects of aging.

Potassium

This mineral is important for a healthy nervous system and regular heart rhythm.  It helps prevent stroke, aids in proper muscle contraction, and works with sodium to control the body’s water balance.

Potassium is important for chemical reactions within the cells and aids in maintain stable blood pressure and in transmitting electrical chemical impulses.  It also regulates the transfer of nutrients through cell membranes.

Chromium Polynicotinate

Because it is involved in metabolism of glucose, chromium (sometimes called glucose tolerance factor or GTF) is needed for energy.  This essential mineral maintains stable blood sugar levels through proper insulin utilization, and can be helpful for people with diabetes and those with hypoglycemia.

A deficiency of chromium can lead to anxiety, fatigue, glucose intolerance (particularly in people with diabetes), inadequate metabolism of amino acids and an increase in arteriosclerosis.

Chromium has been used successfully to control blood cholesterol and glucose levels.  It also promotes the loss of fat and an increase in lean muscle tissue.  Studies also show chromium may increase longevity and help fight osteoporosis.

Magnesium

Magnesium is essential for healthy heart function. It is crucial to produce the high-energy bonds that drive the energy machinery of your cells.  More specifically magnesium reduces blood pressure,

Selenium

Studies now show that people living in areas with low levels of selenium in their soil have increased incidences of cancer and heart disease.

Selenium has important antioxidant properties and studies have shown a link between low levels of Selenium and a high rate of heart disease and that individuals suffering from heart disease responded well to Selenium supplementation.

OPCs
Oligomer proanthocyanidins (OPCs) are naturally occurring substances found throughout plant life; however, the two main sources are pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) and grape seed extract.  They are unique flavonols that have powerful antioxidant capabilities and excellent bioavailability.  Clinical tests suggest that OPCs may be 50 times more potent than vitamin E and 20 times more potent than vitamin C in terms of bio-available antioxidant activity.  In addition to their antioxidant activity, they strengthen and repair connective tissue, including that of the cardiovascular system, as they moderate allergic and inflammatory responses by reducing histamine production.

Fulvic Minerals

A natural extract from ancient plant deposit that was created 75 million years ago in the upper cretaceous period, consist of an immense arsenal and array of naturally occurring phytochemicals, biochemicals, supercharged antioxidants, free-radical scavengers, super oxide dismutases, nutrients, enzymes, hormones, amino acids, antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals.  Fulvic Acids greatly enhance the bioavailability of important trace minerals.

AstraGin™

AstraGin™ is the first and only natural food ingredient that has shown in cell, animal and human clinical studies to significantly improve the absorption of many life supporting and health promoting nutrients; such as, amino acids, glucose, and vitamins, into cells, by allowing greater amount of these nutrients to pass from the blood stream into cells.  AstraGin™ provides for truly improved bioavailability and hence improvement in overall health, fitness, energy, endurance, sense of well being, blood sugar balance, and lean body mass.

Fructooligo Saccharide

Fructooligosaccharide is a unique prebiotic fiber blend with various sweet characteristics that are used for growth and multiplication by beneficial bacteria (bifidus) in the digestive tract.  A healthy population of these bifidus in the digestive system enhances the digestion and absorption of nutrients, detoxification and elimination processes, and helps boost the immune system.

Stevia

Stevia Rebaudiana is an herb in the Chrysanthemum family which grows wild as a small shrub in parts of Paraguay and Brazil.  The refined extracts of Stevia called steviosides (a white powder, 85-95% Steviosides) claim to be 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar.   In one study on stevia, participants who consumed stevia before their meals, felt satisfied with fewer calories and did not eat more food throughout the day.  In that same study, the stevia group showed lower after-meal glucose and insulin levels.

All of the above ingredients are in Vitality Force so it packs a lot of positive health spiral into one scoop!

I take mine first thing each morning and feel a big difference in my vitality.

The Ultimate Key to Vitality

Vitality is gained by being vital.

The use it or lose it law is always a part of nature’s play.  Nature is efficient.  Nature does not expend energy maintaining things not used.

Vitality begins with activity including physical activity.  Many factors in modern living inhibit our physical activity.  There is a lot of stress to maintain a lifestyle.  Modern conveniences like the computer, electricity and car make it easier not to exercise.  There is also a difficulty in obtaining vitamin filled and rich, healthy food.  All of this saps vitality and can lead to a negative health spiral.  We feel badly so we eat comfort food and sit.  This makes us feel worse and the negative spiral deepens.

One way to break bad habits and a negative health spiral is to generate more nitric oxide.

One way to generate more nitric oxide is simply by taking a scoop of Vitality Force each day!

vitality Force

Click on image to enlarge.

Learn more or order the food supplement Vitality Force.  The price is $44.95 when you order one container.  I recommend ordering two. The price drops to $37.95 and two months supply will give your vitality kick start a better chance.  To order Vitality Force click here

Gary

Learn more about Vitality Force here.

(1) NCBI – Effect of Nitric Oxide Related Supplements on Human Performance

(2)  Pritikin Longevity Center – Sex, Nitric Oxide, and Your Heart

 

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.

Ecuador-shaman

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.

Ecuador-shaman

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…

Ecuador-shaman

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

ecuador-shaman

into this sacred valley where…

Ecuador-shaman

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

Ecuador-shaman

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.

Ecuador-shaman

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

ecuador-shamans

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

ecuador-shamans

for the Shamana.

ecuador-shamans

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