Everlasting Wealth

by | Dec 22, 2003 | Archives

Ever had an investment hunch that you ignored? Next time think twice. Quantum scientists are quietly proving that intuition and prosperity go hand in hand. Studies in non-linear dynamics (also called Chaos Theory) suggest there is more to our gut feelings than we think.

The last two messages focused on the pros and cons of soy. Is it good or bad. That depends. Depends on what? Soy’s goodness or badness depends on infinite possibilities. This infinity is a fact which makes most Western thought processes fall short. Take most Western investment and business planning as an example. Our thought is usually conducted through a logical, linear progression that separates and catalogues all things. This process is flawed because chaos theory shows reality is not linear. Nothing in the universe is separated from the whole.

Take the linear process of driving from home to work. Throw in a fender bender and you go places you would never expect.

This is true of investing and business as well. The best laid plans are usually altered dramatically by one small unexpected event. True wealth comes more easily if you blend intuition with your logic because the non-linear dynamics within us tap into infinite knowledge and make connections our reasoning process cannot always fathom.

An example of how chaos theory works can be seen by how our wellbeing, lifestyle and wealth today are dramatically affected by a Dutch Man of War raid on one Portuguese cargo ship in the Malacca Straits in 1604.

This caused such an international fuss that the Dutch hired a man named DeGroot, to write a legal opinion to justify their actions. He created the concept of the Open Seas, stating they were free and no nation could control them (which the Portuguese had been doing).

DeGroot however carried on and wrote international law. This created many concepts about juries and laws that a Frenchman, Blaise Pascal used to develop a system that explained how juries would act. This caused trouble. His thoughts on probability were frowned on by the church which was not a good thing in those days. He became associated with a freedom of consciousness group, the Jansenists. The Church in France attacked them seriously. They had to flee, hide or die.

One way Jansenists hid was in monasteries where they pledged silence and could only communicate with hand signals. One French Jansenist monk, Lipet, started a sign language school that became so successful it eventually gained endorsement by the Pope.

Then a rich American, Samuel Morse's partner, Amos Kendall, became interested and gave enough money to start Gallaudet College the first university to give degrees to deaf students. At this college a Scottish elocution teacher learned that he could teach deaf people to make sounds using this sign language. While this Scotsman's son was teaching sign language to deaf people in Boston, he came across a French invention that allowed deaf people to speak down a horn. This caused a membrane to vibrate and traced a wiggly line on smoked glass, allowing the deaf to see the wave created by the sound!

The son suddenly had another idea. If one could speak down a horn and get a metal membrane to vibrate a bit of iron in and out of a copper coil attached to a battery, could it be possible to generate a wavy bit of electricity that would go down a line? This concept he dared would cause the reverse to happen at the other end and reproduce the original sound.

This son's name, of course, was Alexander Graham Bell and his thoughts created the telephone.

You can see in this way non-linear dynamics and those Dutch pirates created the telephone dramatically altering our lifestyles today.

But the pirate raid does not end its influence there. Those wiggly lines on smoked glass were turned into another phonetic code called shorthand by a devoted pacifist, Issac Pittman. He tried to use his phonetic short hand as a universal language to improve global communication and understanding. The idea created such a wave of enthusiasm that some governments gave grants for scientific studies of the idea.

One grant led to research studied by a fellow named Reynolds, who took this information and worked out formulas known as “Plates Reynolds Numbers”. These numbers were deeply studied by two brothers who ran a bicycle shop in North Carolina. Their names? Orville and Wilbur Wright. They used “Plates Reynolds Numbers” to fashion their airplane which was the first in flight.

That's non-linear dynamics! This is why we need intuition to assure our wealth. Things do and will change in ways we cannot logically figure out. Yet we can indeed know and feel what is coming through our intuition.

Could our logic have told us in 1604 that a Dutch pirate raid would lead to the telephone and airplane? Probably not, but our intuition is connected to everything and it could have led us to know what was coming next.

So the reality of soy (and really everything) is one that changes infinitely every moment. The way to know whether it is good for you or not at any specific time is through your feelings at that time as well as your logic.

This is how the universe really works! When it comes to creating wealth or health, our logic is not always enough. Next time you have an investment hunch or decide that a soy breakfast burger feels better than a Jimmy Dean sausage, think again. Your intuition may be leading you towards never-ending wealth and health that is ion tune with the ultimate reality.

More on how we think tomorrow.