Easter is a deeply religious celebration in Cotacachi Ecuador…with few chocolate Easter bunnies.
However this Easter message, was given to me before I moved to Ecuador, many years ago. This idea enforced by Ecuadorian thought has become a cornerstone in my living, investing and business philosophy.
The sharing took place many years ago at a sunrise service… in Naples, Florida at Unity Church.
Sunrise at Easter
Jack Kern the Unity minister, after building and being head of Unity in Naples for decades, was retiring. This was to be his last sermon and in the tradition there the service was outside… in a pine woods… around a bonfire. Taking in the morning chill… the rising moist and bird song… we waited.
Then Jack began… a message to me about renewal of life and a major shift of rejuvenation at age 50.
Jack began by sharing a Bible verse Leviticus 25:9-12 which says:
“You shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return, every one of you, to your property and every one of you to your family. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you: you shall not sow, or reap the aftergrowth, or harvest the unpruned vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you: you shall eat only what the field itself produces.”
A year of jublilee… at age 50. What a nice thought… a powerful thought of renewal and growth at any age.
This thought helped me understand the important of keeping one’s activities… one’s business and lifestyle in balance with the rhythms of nature.
International investments are thoughts. Thoughts are everything when it comes to any type of investing, business or real estate.
Thoughts are pretty important things. They can make a difference between a good or bad investment. Thoughts can make the difference between the between the rich and the poor, the happy and the sad, the healthy and the sick.
However, few of us ever think about how we process information to create thoughts. Nor have many of us considered that we process information in different ways via different parts of our bodies at different times in our lives.
I have a theory about this: if it is correct, the idea is momentous. Yet it’s just a theory pieced together from many sources. Bits and pieces of information have pieces of a puzzle that seems to fit. The keystone though was Jack’s Kern’s Easter Sunrise Sermon.
So here goes…theory…keep this in mind.
Seven year cycles seem to have great importance in the way we process information. Jewish people (Bar Mitzvah) and Andeans (First Cutting of the Hair) celebrate age 14 for the coming of manhood. One of the first pieces of the puzzle appeared when Merri and I were invited to one of these age 14 ceremonies at a sacred site in Ecuador.
It occurred to me from various other experiences that we shift our major energy processing to a new chakra each seven years.
Chakras? What are these? For the purposes of this theory they are energy processing centers in our body. Each chakra is connected to the spinal chord which in turn passes the energy to one of our organs and glands.
There appear to be seven main chakras each processing data for one of the major organs or glands.
The theory is that every seven years one of these chakras acts as the main energy processing center.
Each seven year period has a purpose.
The first seven years is aimed at bonding us with our mother. No other relationship is as important during this time.
At around age seven, we shift chakras to another that is aimed bonding us with our peers of same gender. Take a batch of ten year old boys and girls to a dance and watch them each rush to opposite ends of the room. Girls are sugar, spice and everything nice. Boys, spiders, snails and puppy dog tails.
Then at 14 we shift again. Age 14-21 bonds us with peers of opposite gender. Take the same boys and girls to a dance when they are 16 and watch out. You’ll need chaperones!
Age 21 to 28 is aimed at bonding us with our mate. Even the West recognizes 21 and so forth. Look at what we must do in life and it is pretty easy to start seeing what how nature intends us to process information in each seven year cycle.
Imagine this. If a five year old sees a glass of milk, his or her thought is, “Let’s have a drink with mommy”.
A ten year old is more likely to think “Let’s get together with my gang (girls for girls and guys for guys) and have a party”.
The sixteen year old thinks, “Let’s have a glass of milk with my date”!
This theory can have profound consequences. Imagine every seven years we need to make some monumental shifts in how we think and what we do.
The importance of seven is pretty clear… Sabbath is the seventh day.
We have all heard of taking a sabbatical. This is the time when we leave the old cycle and rest before shifting gears and beginning anew.
We have all heard of the seven year itch. Is this the body saying, “Hey Bud, time to shift”.
There are many parades in Cotacachi Ecuador at Easter.
The Vedic and Andean philosophy is that at about this time we should leave the material aspect of our life and become more spiritual.
Life sciences from India and the Andes suggest that the first 50 years of life should take care of the material and the second 50, the spiritual.
Here is what Jack’s Easter message meant to me. There is a time and place for everything. Our being has been created with a incredible gift… a great inner wisdom that helps us to to take different steps… accomplish different goals at different times in our life.
If we recognize and take advantage of this inherent intelligence within and use it in our entire life….including business… investing and lives, we’ll do better and find life more fulfilling.
Merri and I, whatever your religion, culture or circumstances send our best wishes that this will be a joyous day of renewal for you.
Gary & Merri