By Gary Scott
I have been an investment newsletter writer and publisher for nearly thirty years who specialized in the international aspect of investing so I continually look for new places to invest.
A totally new adventure in how to invest began when I spotted business and investing opportunities in Ecuador.
Ecuador is a tiny South American country but has one of the most incredible diversities in the world. Because this country sits on the equator but is mountainous, it has the same bio-diversity as all the territory ranging from Ecuador to the Arctic Circle.
Ecuador is the closest source of 365 days a year direct sunlight to the U.S. so offers some unique touristic, agricultural and environmental assets.
The country is a tourist delight offering sights, sounds and goods at prices so low it is hard to believe. As an emerging economy, the place is ripe with business potential. Everyone in Ecuador wants things from America and from Europe.
When, from my research, I learned all these facts in 1995, we immediately started taking groups there for seminars on real estate, business and investing in Ecuador and South America. that I figured would help my readers make a small fortune and also help the country.
I could never even begin to imagine the benefits I would gain beyond this! Our Ecuadorian journeys would change our entire way of life and included the beginnings of the Inspired Investing portion of this website.
After several journeys to Ecuador, we learned that great spiritual leaders of the native indigenous people (who compose over 65% of Ecuador’s population) lived in the Andes. We heard so many wonderful things about these philosophers and healers that we felt compelled to take a special trip into the Andes to meet them.
A couple of months later we flew with 14 of our friends to Quito and then bused to a village in the mountains to a village near several of theses great people. There we learned about Taita Yatchaks (father of fathers) and their apprentices who begin their educational processes at very early ages. They often travel to many countries, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Central America and Venezuela to train with the greatest healers in each country. They are often third or fourth generation healers.
We also discovered that there was a special group of leaders called Abuelos (old ones) in the Andes that had been given a 500 year prophesy (handed down generation after generation) that a time would come when the Eagle of the North would fly together with the Condor of the South. When this happened a great new equilibrium would be given to mankind. This was a message of how to balance the heart and the mind.
In 1989 the Shamanic Council of South America decided the time for this prophesy to take place was near. This meant it was time for them to release secret knowledge to the western world which they have possessed for eons. They began looking for westerners who would accept the responsibility of bringing the Condor’s message to the industrialized world.
Because of work we had done in Ecuador to help the poor in this country, the Abuelos asked us to help them fulfill this task. They gave Merri a Grandfather’s healing stone, one of a Taita Yatchak’s most prized possessions and gave me a special healing feather, gifts we were told were very sacred. We were pretty puzzled, amazed and honored to say the least. To be part of a prophesy which was unveiled five hundred years ago is awfully humbling! Scary is probably a better word. Yet we felt compelled to accept.
When we started helping we did not know that the best was yet to come.
On our next trip we took a group of seminar delegates and booked a beautiful hacienda where we could all stay and meet with the “old ones” there.
After our financial sessions we met on the lawn under a huge willow tree by the river and listened to a Taita Yatchak tell us secrets about health, longevity, wealth, our past and our future. This was a man of wisdom and everyone was touched.
Then something special happened.
I had arranged for a special feather from North America to be presented to the Taita Yatchak as a token of appreciation for the feather that had been given to me. When it was presented to him, the look of wonder on his face was such I don’t think there was a dry eye in the crowd (and we had some tough, hard as nails business people with us).
The Taita Yatchak told us he was touched because this gift filled a prophesy which had been given to him years ago, one he believed would never happen.
He explained there was an unoccupied valley where only shamans had been allowed and no westerner or outsider had ever been. The old ones were protectors of this valley and kept it carefully guarded. But part of this prophesy was that when the time was right he would take a westerner to open this valley to the rest of the world. He said the feather we had brought was the signal that Merri and I should go into the valley. I had no idea then how special this valley was. Only later did we learn even in colonial times the Spanish had heard of this valley and believed it contained the fountain of youth. The valley is considered a spiritual center for the people in the Andes. They wanted to go to the valley but the natives would not reveal its location. Rather than disclose information on this valley, hundreds accepted enslavement, torture and even death.
This was to be the first time these protectors had ever taken an outsider into the valley. We did not know this when Merri and I arrived with six friends including two who are medical doctors studying longevity.
Our arrival was one almost of foreboding. I cannot explain why I felt this way rather than thrilled. Eleven villages held a special meeting of the protectors to perform a rite of permission. Only then did we discover that even the Ecuadorians themselves had never been allowed to know the location of this valley. Only the healers and spiritual leaders of the Andes went there.
One of the six friends, an M.D. who is also researching longevity, traveled with us but rather than visit the valley visited another valley where there are healing thermal pools. While there he was told by the owner of the hotel after hearing where we were headed that we would never be seen again alive! The owner told our friend he had once tried sneaking into the valley many decades ago, had been caught, stripped naked, hogtied and dumped on a lonely road. The man’s effects had all been dumped in a bundle at the hotel with a note saying where to find him and a warning not to return to the valley.
Thank Goodness we didn’t know this as we headed into the valley. We started our journey at 4:30 a.m. riding up into the mountains to a hiking point with the six llamas that would carry our food, two young boys to herd the llamas, an apprentice shaman, Taita Yatchak and his son and daughter.
We began hiking at about 10,500 feet, tramping through deep Alpine marsh for six hours as we ascended to 14,000 feet. Here we drank from the head waters of the Amazon Basin and then descended straight down(4,000′) a hidden mud animal trail for three hours into a virtually impenetrable cloud forest, ripped by thorns, cut by razor grass, soaked, and caked in mud.
By the time we arrived in the valley, it was just minutes before dark. We were fatigued by the high altitude, bone weary from our packs, every muscle aching from fighting all day with the sucking mud (which had regularly pulled off our boots).
We stayed in a floorless, leaky thatch hut, sleeping on dirt, no heat except the cooking fire, no running water, no nothing. The next morning, to our surprise we all felt wonderful! We explored the valley which is perpetually wrapped in mist and fog. We swam in small icy, deep blue lagoons and did ancient exercises while the Taita Yatchak talked with us. We were continually cold, wet, dirty and cramped-all 12 of us in this tiny hut with its earthen floor. You can see some pictures of our journey and the hut here.
- Jay Glaser MD and wife & Danielle with Gary in deep jungle on way into valley
- Entire crew in front of straw hut in valley
- Getting ready to start at 11,000 feet
- Half way Gary, Merri and Jay Glaser above sacred valley
We discovered a magical quality to this Sacred Valley and after our return have found powerful emotional and physical evolutions happening to all six of us. Merri and I, along with the others, feel physically stronger, more alert, more positive, more active and yet more serene than ever before in our lives.
Because of this remarkable 500 year old prophesy and our involvement in it, we are now able to share our experiences with those seeking health and those who want to learn the spiritual value of the Andes. There truly is magic there and we have created an entire system which begins at the Natural Awakenings magazine and website.
The second circle is at the Healthy Awakenings Sanctuary our farm on Little Horse Creek and the third circle is in a valley at the Hacienda Rosaspamba in Ecuador where Natural Awakeiings is building its southern sanctuary and where we have let shamans and their apprentices live and study.
See the photos:
- Yatchak Inti overlooking panorama at Rosapamba
- Gary & Merri at construction site at Rosaspamba
- Gary in low meadows at Rosaspamba
- Gary, Merri, Yatchak Inti and apprentice hike the virgin cloud forest at Rosapamba
These three circles are places where ideas of the Eagle (mind) and Condor (heart) can be shared and brought together. The sanctuaries and our trips to Ecuador are to learn secrets for extra energy, strength, vitality and happiness, as well as money!
We hope to share all this with you.