A midnight breeze kisses hemlock and pine in the deep embrace of an amber moon. Dark clouds race and churn this lunar cream into mottled flashes of night. Night sounds are softened on pine carpet. The cemetery is just ahead. Standing in a cemetery deep in the woods near midnight does not seem like a really normal thing to do, but who can sleep on a full moon? Besides my mind was racing to create this message.
Mountain cemeteries are dotted everywhere along the Blue Ridge . They are apart and parcel of life and the local folks still bury their loved ones at home in the family plot.
This burial ground where the thin flashlight beam shone is surrounded by our farm. Actually when we bought the land we asked that it be deeded to the heirs. They hardly visit and we keep the place up, but that’s okay. The cemetery land is theirs and we are just guests. Still this is a great place to sit against a pine and ponder about those who lie here. They have a message to tell with their headstones. Their story is about what life was back then. Arthur is there. He passed at age 91 and his wife Maude, aged 95. Two more of the same family name, but an era earlier, were aged 86 and 100 at death. Plus the oldest headstone that can still be read says Ida died at 115.
Then there are the kids, the young ones, four years olds and several young men who didn’t make it out of their twenties. One died around the time of Korea ‘s conflict, the other Vietnam . Each had a story to whisper quietly in that midnight wind.
Each tale was told but the moral from all was clear. “Life in those times was tough, but good. If you made it out of childhood, got past the rigors of war and inexperience of youth, a long life usually lay ahead. Quadruple bypasses, pace makers, chemo, radiation and all the modern drugs were not needed for these long lives. Not up here in these mountains where they labored, breathed clean air, drank pure water and ate fresh food. These were hardy mountain people who worked hard, had little and with it made the most. Life was simple and they kept it that way. Longevity was their reward. Sitting there, listening to these stories they tied perfectly into some special secrets about longevity from Ecuador . Why are people so long lived still today in the Andes and why not here in the Western world? With better medicines, more access to doctors and such fine hospitals, why don’t westerners live so long? What has changed?
Visit this site, but if not, here is one of the phrases it offers, “Why is it that people lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health?”
So many of us work so hard to build financial security then lose it through lingering illness or even worse death, heart attacks – stress, diabetes -bad diet, cancer – over-aggression. The list goes on and on. Even more live and keep some wealth but can’t enjoy it, suffering from pain, inability to walk, think clearly and so forth.
Does this lifestyle make sense?
The answer to this question and one other event caused Merri and me to sellout, pack up, leave the stressful city and move here to our secluded Blue Ridge farm and Andean plantation.
That other event is called ” Chernobyl “. Merri and I happened to be near for the meltdown and we remained in Europe through a time when there was such heavy radioactive fallout that the entire lamb production was slaughtered on the small isle where we had lived. Only through good fortune (the US doctor we visited happened to be treating other radiation patients) did we figure out why we were feeling so poorly.
As with so many misfortunes, that setback turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to us because it set us on the path to learning about longevity.
As promised above, there are three secrets in this message about longevity. These come from untold hours shared with clients and friends who are expert in all types of healing. These secrets come from years of experience with disciplines like acupuncture (when I first lived in Hong Kong ) when they were still considered witchcraft in the Western world and visits to sacred valleys where the residents are attributed (by National Geographic) to live much longer (up to 130 years) than in the West. These secrets are the distillates gleaned from months spent with healers from Indian and Andean medicine men who specialize in longevity and rejuvenation and from a continuing research about people who are active and aged over 100. I share these as a layman, but also one who has watched his weight melt from 220 to 145 pounds. They are shared by a 55 year old male with a pulse of 99 over 60 something and a resting heartbeat in the low 60s whose energy is always high, stamina incredible. These secrets have caused people to often misjudge my age by ten or more years and have kept me from having to visit an M.D. for illness in more than a decade.
The secrets are not shared just to help you from getting sick either. They are to help you have more stamina, vitality, energy, endurance as well as longevity so you can make, keep and enjoy more wealth!
The first secret is not a secret at all, but a simple reality that almost everyone ignores. Restrict your diet. Cut down your caloric intake. This is the only factor that I have studied that has been scientifically supported. Plus the residents in the three valleys where National Geographic documented extra longevity had caloric intakes ranging from 1,200 to 1,800calorie a day. For example in Vilcabamba (the valley where Merri and I stayed) over one person per thousand lived to be 100. In the U.S. the figure is one per 33,000! The average caloric intake in this valley is about 1,200 calories a day.
Secret #2 is to have more than a routine. Create ritual! Those who live extra ordinarily long lives seem to share this common trait. Whatever they do they do in moderation, in a very similar way and with great gusto. For example, if they drink an ounce of whisky every day, at six o clock, they do not do this at five some days and eight others. They do not have a half ounce one day and two another. They tend to have one ounce at six p.m. every day. This instills discipline, keeps life simple (very important) and allows the body to get used to doing whatever it is it has to do. Take Chris Mortensen one of the oldest documents men in the 1990s who at 113 said of his weekly cigar, “If you take my weekly cigar away from I am going to die”. The anticipation and ritual of whatever pleasure he receives from this is far more life giving than the stress. The world’s oldest documented woman in the 1990s, Jeanne Clement, at age 122 drank cognac and ate a pound of chocolate a week (but never two).
Secret #3 is to remain independent, challenged, active and needed. One of the most important features that was found in every valley where people live long lives was that old age was revered. Often people at age 100, even110 are still active and working! Max Zimmer of Los Angeles came to the US from Austria in 1911 with only a two dollar bill. At age 103 he still had the same two-dollar bill and had built and still ran a multimillion-dollar business. One MD who specializes in anti aging points out that most centenarians seldom spend much time with doctors. When they finally get sick, they die quickly and with little expense. They depend on themselves to remain healthy not others. Having a good savings and investment plan for old age is also an important factor to remaining independent. Are any of these factors in your routine and plans? Most of us answer no. This is why Merri and I moved to our farm in North Carolina and Ecuador and have worked at instilling these simple formulas(and many others) into our lives. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
There is such an important connection between good health, longevity and wealth that Merri and I incorporate a longevity session into every course we conduct at the farm.
Our investment and business courses are special because they are designed to help each delegate attain independence. While at the course you will be immersed in good health routines. See Our Product and Services Catalog
Plus we have health courses as well. See Ayurvedic Cleanse
These courses change lives in more than just monetary ways as some of the delegates who have attended previous courses have written.
“For years and years I have searched for truly like- minded people to play with and work with… people who are deeply and honestly SPIRITUAL.”
“People who, among other things, are active and productive and creative and resourceful, whose word can be counted upon; People who realize that spirituality DOES NOT mean sitting in a cave contemplating your navel and weaving baskets, nor does it equate in the Western culture with living in abject poverty. People who realize that abundance is not a dirty word. People who understand that we are here to ENGAGE life, not to submit to circumstances out of fear and ignorance and apathy; People who don’t just use the most current “buzz words” so they can feel like they are part of the group, but who actually DO something… Builders. Thank you for showing up in my life.”
“The life path altering effects from the weekend with you and Merri continue. Thank you again. I have begun to change my diet. Bless you! “
“You are indeed a spiritual pioneer, blending disciplines to create tools and resources for success in this new land of opportunity. Anyone who thinks this is just all about money is missing the real message: This is about life in its most profound implications.”
“I want to thank you for the wonderful time. I traveled from California to hear you convey your knowledge in the way you do so well, and I wasn’t disappointed. The amount of information in the sessions was almost overwhelming, but it’s exactly what I went to hear. When I try to engage intelligent, educated people on these subjects here at home, I usually get a blank look or “That’s interesting, but why are you thinking about that? “The setting at the farm felt like we were all sitting in the den after dinner discussing things among friends. The relaxed atmosphere seemed to encourage people to participate, asking pointed questions and relating personal experiences. The international flavor and attitude of the group was very stimulating, particularly when we split up into discussion groups. Those groups, taking walks together, allowed us to get to know each other on a personal level. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, that’s the most fun I’ve had for four days straight in along time! Thanks again.”
“A special warm ‘thank you’ to Merri for the wonderful cooking and the ‘feel at home atmosphere!’ I like to give a few comments about the past weekend.. It was relaxing, inspiring, informative and a spiritually balanced atmosphere with all these different, same thinking, like people. The technical information I gathered was most not new to me, but I like to compliment you for putting it all in the right perspective and to make it very understandable to all. What was a tour opinion one of the most important gaining of these 3 days is the opening of the new world, this new circle of what you call “normal” people! (I call us ‘not normal’ as a matter of respect to the majority. ) But as we know, all is relative and depends at the point of view of each, His spiritual mind and his opinion about the senses of our being.”