Inspired Investing: Better Living in Balance!

by | Jan 1, 2005 | Archives

I made a horrible mistake. Almost!

Dear International Friend,

The supposed error? Letting my mind wander four decades back to an hour I spent with a girl. You can learn from this near disaster as I did, the most powerful sources of wealth, health and asset protection, security and fulfillment of this era. You can learn how to live better!

The girl was pretty and blond. Terry was her name. My imagination spanned 40 years and saw her like she was then. We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school. Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school's end. Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California. I started traveling the world. Never saw her again. I hope her life has gone well. But until that reflection I'd never thought much of Terry in 40 years. What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart. Two kids, walking on a crisp, autumnal afternoon. We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path. Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road. Traffic was no problem, not many cars. Young kids could walk safely miles from home.

Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd.

There we passed an old clapboard candy store. I heard its wooden sidewalk slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees. Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile. There was Terry's house. I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost. There were dozens of paths made by who knows what. Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home from school. I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir. Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans). I was home! Sweet simplicity, that dream. Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky. Pure innocence. My tragic error was coming back. I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with my kids to show them this part of their roots. Following the route, Terry and I had walked, the old school and those huge gentle trees were gone.

So too the candy store, Grange Hall, old wooden buildings and their homespun honesty and charm. Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage. McDonald's, KFC, strip shopping centers. The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys. I started to cry. Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun. Good bye memories, good bye. How can our kids walk in places like this? How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that's moving so fast? Something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we've lost over the past forty years,” I swore to myself.

That thought started a quest that can help bring you greater prosperity, security and happiness. That thought eventually led Merri and me to sell our huge house at the beach in one of the nicest cities in the world (Naples, Florida) and move to Merrily Farms a 250 acre ramshackle farm on Little Horse Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now we can invite you to join us here at Little Horse Creek to share the peace, quiet and beauty. See more at

We have divided our site into five categories: The first category is International Investing and how to invest better. The second category is Great Places To Be. The third is Global Health Secrets

The fourth section is International Business Made EZ and the fifth section here is Inspired Investing.

This section helps you learn how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society, but stop the world from moving too fast. How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines? Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends? How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?

This question led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic experiences I have shared with readers over the past thirty years. Looking for answers I started digging, asking and observing as I traveled and talked to investors and investment managers all over the world. I found many answers. All suggested that this puzzle was not one of knowledge or information. The difference between success and failure was a matter of spirit. The keys to great sustained wealth cannot be picked up from our outside world of economics, business and finance.

The ultimate answers of everlasting abundance lay within. This surprised me at first. Investing is not normally considered a spiritual event. Yet everything I learned from continued questioning suggested that success and failure are not determined by external events. This fact was summed up when I read a quote from Sir Arthur Keith, about the battles of WWII “The course of human history is not determined by what happens in the skies, but by what takes place in our hearts”.

The keys to success are something each of us holds inside. But I was not satisfied with this fact and started asking economic questions of spiritual leaders, Christian ministers, British missionaries from Africa, Shamans from Ecuador, Hindu Pundits from India, a Sufi master from Bhagdad, a Buddhist lama from Brazil. I wanted to develop an understanding about the kinds of spirit which might control investing success.

But religious leaders did not have the answers either. Where I found the clues was between the lines. After so many different types of investment strategies, philosophies and religions; I began to see a connection between all of them. These connections were areas of agreement that seemed to operate below the obvious. It occurred to me that these areas were the truths which affect all things, including our spirits.

In this way I was able to start threading pieces from many sources into a logic which modern man can use in his day-to-day business and investment activity.

Finally all this research came together as Merri and I were hiking with one of South America's best known indigenous healers. We were high in the Andes, had hiked to nearly 14,000 feet and then dropped down to the headwaters of the Amazon. I realized there are seven specific steps we as investors and businessmen can take to raise our spirits for better living. These steps can bring us everlasting wealth.

This section humbly tries to blend the hard facts of business and investing with some of the world's greatest wisdom. It is my hope we can learn how to avoid the fate of most investors who are doomed by never-ending fluctuations of fear and greed, two false masters rising from the same source. These illusions are the result of low spirits and always bring failure.

7 Steps to Everlasting Wealth

We can live better when we break free of the illusions about money, profit and wealth that our material society has caused to blind most of the world. There is a natural, easy, stressless way to make and easily use money. This site is aimed at helping learn to use our total mind-body to gain greater understanding of the forces which drive the world. With this knowledge, investors can easily and naturally build wealth in rational, profitable ways that eliminate the fear, greed and stress from investing.

Most western investors use only their minds. They try to collect as much economic data as they can and make investments based on the information. There is too much information! New information comes too fast. Few minds are quick enough to succeed. None can know it all.

Let's look at seven fundamental laws of investing and the steps to take.

The 7 Fundamental Laws

Knowing these laws gives us the seven steps we can take to unlock our mind-body connection. Doing so calls on a vast pool of inner intelligence that leads easily and stresslessly to better investments and more comfort with our wealth.

#1: All Investments are Controlled by just a Few Natural Laws

Step to take: Look for fundamental economic laws which serve society rather than just for hot investments.

“The ideals which have lighted my way to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth. The trite subjects of human effort-outward possessions, outward success, luxury have always seem to me contemptible.” Albert Einstein

#2: All Natural Laws of Economics are Dynamic

Step to take: Look beneath the balance sheet.

“What have you in your houses? And what is it you guard behind fastened doors? Have you peace, the quiet urge that reveals your power? Have you remembrance, the glimmering arches that span the summits of your mind? Have you beauty, that leads the heart from things fashioned of wood and stone to the holy mountain?

“Tell me are these things in your houses? Or have you only comfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest, and then becomes the host and then a master?

“Ay and it becomes a tamer and with hook and scourge makes puppets of your larger desires. Though its hands are silken, its heart is of iron. “It lulls you to sleep only to stand by your bed and jeer at the dignity of the flesh. Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul and then walks grinning in the funeral.” Kahil Gibran

In Western society, we are fooled by triple illusions of material wealth. These illusions are net worth, balance sheets and money. These are measures that never show true wealth and can change quickly.

Such undependable measures of wealth lead to never-ending restlessness. They are like looking at a picture of a picture of a picture and treating this picture as if it were real.

We look at how all investments are ideas and how dynamic nature is so too must our portfolios be.

#3: All Wealth is Within

Step to take: Listen to your inner intelligence.

“The course of human history is determined not by what happens in the skies but by what takes place in our hearts.” Sir Arthur Keith

#4: All Economic Laws are Ruled by Cause and Effect

Step to take: Learn to give.

“It is truly one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

#5: The World's Economy has Infinite Abundance

Step to take: See the infinite possibilities.

“Water is everywhere around you but you see only barriers that keep you from the water.” Rumi,

#6: All Economic Laws are Simply Energy and Desire

Step to take: Give attention to intention.

“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Swami Sivanada

#7: The Only Certainty is Change

Step to take: Embrace change.

“Do everything with a mind that lets go.” Achaan Chah.


This section is about being different and bold. It's breaking loose from the materialistic social view that has created crime, corruption, greed, fear and stress. We are more than our minds. We should use our full potential in the process of making and using wealth.

May all your investing be inspired!