Ecuador Shamanic Thought & the Brain

by | Mar 24, 2010 | Archives

Ecuador shamanic thought can help us live longer… more fulfilled lives by using our brains better.

Our friend and astrologer Blaine Watson sent Merri a link in his recent daily message to  an NPR article “The Aging Brain Is Less Quick, But More Shrewd” by Michelle Trudeau (see how to receive Blaine’s daily message below).

Excerpts from this article can show us how to enjoy a happier, lower stress life with greater success.


Here are delegates with Clemencia the Shamana of Zulatea in a photo from our most recent Ecuador Shamanic Minga conducted by Jean Marie Butterlin.

Here are excerpts from the article “The Aging Brain Is Less Quick, But More Shrewd” and thoughts on how this knowledge and shamanic thought can make our lives better:  For baby-boomers, there is both good news and bad news about the cognitive health of the aging brain.

Brain researcher Gary Small from UCLA conveys the bad news first: “Reaction time is slower,” he says. “It takes us longer to learn new information. Sometimes it takes us longer to retrieve information, so we have that tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon — where you almost have that word or that thought. As we age, our ability to multi-task diminishes.

“We’re quick, but we’re sloppy when we’re in middle-age. We make more errors when we’re in middle age,” says Small.

The Older, But Wiser, Brain

But Small has found that it’s not all bad news. He points to a continued improvement in complex reasoning skills as we enter middle age. Small suggests that this increase may be due to a process in the brain called “myelination.” Myelin is the insulation wrapped around brain cells that increases their conductivity — the speed with which information travels from brain cell to brain cell. And the myelination doesn’t reach its peak until middle age. By this point, says Small, “the neuro-circuits fire more rapidly, as if you’re going from dial-up to DSL.” Complex reasoning skills improve, and we’re able to anticipate problems and reason things out better than when we were young.

And, Small adds, there’s another area of improvement as we age: empathy — the ability to understand the emotional point of view of another. Empathy increases as we age.

‘Your Brain On Google’

One of the great discoveries from recent neuroscience research is that the human brain is always changing, from moment to moment and throughout life. It continues to develop, and even continues to grow new brain cells.

In a recent study that Small refers to as “your brain on Google,” healthy, middle-aged volunteers, all novices on the computer, were taught how to do a Google search. They were told then to practice doing online searches for an hour a day, for seven days. After the week’s practice, the volunteers came back into Small’s lab and had their brains scanned while doing a Google search.

The scans revealed significant increases in brain activity in the areas that control memory and decision-making.

In short… we can keep growing in wisdom no matter what our age.

The message is keep growing… remain active… never stop learning.

This is one reason we conduct our Quantum thinking seminars and shamanic tours.  These seminars and tours help people learn how to use frequency to integrate brain patterns for better health, calmer emotions and to be able to absorb… retain and recall data better. In other words they help people… young and old grow, smarter and healthier.


Delegates on our Shamanic Minga visited this sacred site for a flower ceremony.

They also visited a scared grotto for…






Shamans use many techniques to gain altered states of being that allow them to help other become wiser and healthier.  Thus we have found that these ceremonies change lives… at any age… young or old.

Here is what some previous delegates have said about our tours.

These tours change lives in more than just monetary ways as some of the delegates who have attended previous courses have written.

“Hi Merri,  I just wanted to say thank you for everything this past week.  It was great to meet you and Gary and go through the Spanish program.  I’m excited to try using Baroque music in other parts of my life now, too.

The attendees all left rave reviews and a few of them mentioned possibly coming on the trip again.  We’re creating a video of our time there, so I’ll share that with you when it’s finished.  We showed the first version of it at the end of the workshop and a few people teared up.   It really was a wonderful time.

Thanks again for everything that you do.  You and your wonderful staff make everything easy and fun.” D.H. New Jersey

Another comment about a Ecuador shamanic minga tour.

“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.”  J.M. Texas

Here is another rave from a delegate:

“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.” E.W. Nevada


Here is a sacred valley we visit on our Ecuador shamanic tour and another rave”

“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! “ D.B. Connecticut

Here is what another delegate said.

“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.” W.P. Australia

Here is another endorsement:

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.” B.R. California

One more comment from a delegate:

“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.”


Having special places to go and relax… like La Mirage Spa in Cotacachi shown here… help longevity and better thinking as well.

Delegates on our shaman tours can meet Estrella and order private treatments (not included in the tour) from this shamana at La Mirage.



Learn secrets of better thinking on our Ecuador Shamanic Minga Tour.

May 13-14.  (Arrive May 11. – Depart May 16)  Single $499 For Two $749

Sept. 17-18. (Arrive Sept. 15. – Depart Sept. 19)  Single $499 For Two $749

Dec. 3-5.  (Arrive Dec. 1. – Depart Dec. 6)  Single $499 For Two $749

See more details on our Ecuador Shaman Minga tours here

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Read the entire NPR article The Aging Brain Is Less Quick, But More Shrewd