At our recent Shamanic Mingo tour we looked at some of the reason behind Ecuador health and helped our readers learn the difference between Cuanderos, Yatchaks and Taita Yatchaks.
To begin on day one we visited the village of Iluman to learn about shamanic healing and Ecuador health. This healing has, for a millennium, been the traditional way to cure physical and spiritual illnesses. The knowledge of the shamans has been passed from generation to generation.
For centuries however the Spanish banned this form of healing in Ecuador. The shamans had to practice in secret at night. Only in the last two decades have these healers once again been able to perform their ceremonies in the open. To help realize the potential of these ancient and natural ways and to rediscover their values, the village of Ilumán (long famous as a healing village) started an Association of Iluman Shamans which is recognized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health.
The Association sets down rules to assure authentic practice and to attract people to the “Shaman’s House” or “Yachak Huasiman” (Quechua). This is where our journey began. Here is a wonderful shot of the entrance taken by a delegate who has kindly donated these pictures.
In Iluman we met three healers. Here is one.
And a Shamana:
Both are using the fire to cleanse energy or information processing centers in the body.
During these mingos we also looked at quantum mechanics so that we can understand from a Western scientific point of view how the techniques of the healers work. We also invited along doctors from Western modalities to integrate this knowledge with modern thought.
One this tour Dr. Joe Culbertson was with us and he shared some interesting insights about health. One important health idea Joe shared relates to the switch off mechanism which shamans try to switch back on!
Here is what Joe shared.
The Switch-Off Mechanism – Part 1
One key to health, wealth and happiness is a strong, clear mind and effective memory. Yet as we age, mental capacity seems to diminish. In fact most of us suffer some mental shutdown in situations that make us nervous, unsure, or downright afraid. Our loss of mental capacity in times of stress can even become a self-fulfilling prophesy. We worry, and this reduces our ability to deal with our concern. Hence the problem grows.
This mental shut-down is caused by a primordial mechanism at the top of the neck, just before the spine connects with the skull. This is one of the most important defenses in our body. This point forms a dynamic unit that immediately responds to our thoughts and reactions toward everything we experience. This point especially responds to fear, from simple embarrassment to ‘real’ scary moments.
This defense mechanism dates back to ancestral times when running for one’s life was a primary form of stress. Imagine your ancestors racing through the jungle with a giant beast hot on the trail. They were running as hard as their body could manage, but with every stride their energy drained more. They could go no further. Their pursuer closed the gap. They stumbled, fell, and just as the predator pounced, this defense mechanism kicked in.
I call this response the “Switch-Off Mechanism”. This takes over when escape becomes impossible. When our ancestors were are about to be eaten, the occiput, atlas and axis jammed together neurologically and muscularly. This scrambled the circuitry of the hindbrain and shut down half the blood flow to the entire brain. The effect was that our great-great grandparents did not even notice the final act of this jungle chase.
The problem is, we are no longer chased through the jungle. Instead we often live in a world of mini stresses that have us literally “running” for our lives. We rush to work, rush home, rush to pick up the kids, to pay bills, to do all the things we can hardly get done. This constant barrage of mini stresses creates a flow of mini activations of this switch-off mechanism. How this affects us will be my topic for our next installment. Dr. Joe Culbertson”
More Low Cost Fares
Low Ecuador Fares Again: Low fares go and come…some within hours. The other day I mentioned a fare of $288 but by the time readers had reached the site it had popped back up to $612. Some of these great bargains last a very short while. Right now, fares to Ecuador from JFK are consistently very low and from Miami and Atlanta fluctuating from hour to hour! Today there is a Miami fare for $228. Here is how we spot these great deals.
Go to www.farecompare and type in the outbound airport and the destination you are seeking such as Atlanta – Quito or Miami – Quito or Houston – Quito, etc. and then register. When the fares drop, you will receive the alert and can act quickly. Another system that consistently produces great airfares is www.kayak.com Try both and come down soon!
Join Steve, our man in Ecuador, April 20 – 25, Friday to Wednesday for the Ecuador Spring Import-Export Course.
We have created www.EcuadorLiving.com and have launched our Ecuador internet research service to the public. We just finished the last of five courses in a row and Steve, our man in Ecuador, will soon begin traveling this part of Ecuador to sniff out special opportunities that we will share with our EcuadorLiving.com subscribers. You can subscribe to Ecuador Living here.
Pounding Away at Wealth
One really important decision required for preserving purchasing power is choosing which currencies to hold.
A recent message showed that the currency breakdown of my portfolio is currently:
|Breakdown by Currency|
Many readers asked why I held such a large percentage in British pounds.
There are several reasons. First, note that I hold almost few US dollars. 46% pf my portfolio is in real estate denominated in US dollars so only 19% of the portfolio is in greenbacks. This is only this high because I am building up cash to buy more Ecuador real estate.
One reason for my pound holding is that I am not that fond of the euro. The Germans and French are pulling it down. Nor do I like the yen. There is just too much turmoil there that I cannot know. So I have a large portion of fringe Europeans currencies: the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish kroner and British pound.
Another reason is that the pound pays the highest interest of this lot.
A third reason is personal. I have expenses in pounds. I lived there for years and two of my children still reside in England.
Finally pound fundamentals still look good.
Jyske Bank recently wrote: “We recommend investors to sell EUR against GBP at the current level (68.00). However, if the top of the range is breached (68.75), a further weakening of the pound cannot be ruled out in the short term. For the long term, a new test of the bottom of the range (65.25) is expected.
“Stronger GBP in store – Just about and nearly…. does not throw a man off his horse – nor the pound. By the end of February, the pound plunged along with the other high-yielding currencies, when risk aversion became an issue again in the financial markets. Now that risk aversion is on the decline again, the British
currency is back in its stride and is strengthening quietly. If investors decide to go for the pound, they should be aware that patience is required.
“In addition, the interest-rate level is relatively attractive and will become even more attractive according to our interest-rate expectations, since we still expect the BoE to raise interest rates by additional 25 bp in May.”
Our next Borrow Low-Deposit High Update will look at the reason behind the pound’s recovery. You can learn how to subscribe to these international investments updates.
And don’t forget to join us along with Thomas Fischer in the Blue Ridge for the May International Investing and Business Made EZ. May 25, 26, 27. We will update our International investment portfolio.
Until next message, may you find all your investing and business pounding with success!