The oldest tree in the world is a Great Basin Bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) in the white mountains of California in Inyo National Forest. This gnarled old tree has been named Methuzelah and is estimated to be about 4,845 years old, which dates back to roughly the same time period as Noah’s ark.
The First Secret to Longevity
The Great Basin Bristlecone pines are well known for their great age and the fact that they thrive in adverse growing conditions.
The harsh environment in which most bristlecone pines grow is the key to their age and the first secret.
These pones grow in isolated groves at the very top of the treeline. Harsh conditions, with cold temperatures, a short growing season, and high winds force the Bristlecone pines in these high-elevation environments to grow very slowly. Slow growth makes their wood very dense and resistant to insects, fungi, rot, and erosion. There are few trees or surrounding vegetation so there is little chance of fire.
When Bristlecone pine seeds are dropped by birds at lower elevations, they grow more rapidly in more “favorable” environments but do not achieve their legendary age.
That’s the first secret. Get away from the madding crowd and don’t get caught up in trying to have what the crowd call the good life.
The Second Secret to Longevity
After a recent message at this site, “The Seven Year Itch” (1) that looked at several ancient disciplines that suggest we should live to be 120, a reader sent this note.
Gary, you don’t need astrology to get to 120 when Jews wish each other a happy birthday it’s “Happy Birthday…until 120!” which is supposedly how long Moses lived. This greeting embedded in the culture may pre-date your astrological version.
The point is that many ancient dialogues of wisdom all tell us that we have the potential to live long lives. and they tell us to have a purpose.
The secret to longevity is a purpose that fills you with joy.
Merri and I lived and worked for years with a very wise healer in the Andes. He used to say “Have a purpose instead of a goal.“
I spent a lot time pondering this before it had meaning to me. Goals are what we make with our logic. Yet logic is never enough. There is way too much we do not know to have the consequences of our goals turn out as we expect.
A purpose is far wiser… infinitely more flexible… but indelibly durable… capable of rolling with punches and shifting with change.
The economic and lifestyle goals of many will change with the economic turbulence ahead. Those who are strongly cemented in a broad purpose have an advantage. They might be knocked sideways by changing financial tides, but they’ll get up… dust off and move on with their purpose… because a purpose is not limited by size… duration or magnitude. We can move on with a purpose regardless of external events. Action in down times is easier… more productive and can take advantage of the value created on the downside of every curve. Those depending on goals and mathematical bottom lines can be stricken by their shattered logical goals.
This is why we try to invest and do business with a purpose and always remember the quote I have framed on my desk… “Action is Thy Duty… Reward Not Thy Concern”. We keep moving forward with our purpose without great concern with where the currents carry our correct actions.
A recent article by Ken Fisher in USA Today “Here’s the secret for living longer and loving retirement” (2) confirms the this link between longevity and purpose and joy.
The article says: Do you want to avoid dying early? If so, it’s time to rethink retirement.
Early retirement is a popular dream with a whole movement devoted to it: FIRE, or financial independence, retire early. Advice abounds for retiring at 60, 50 even 35. Soon, people will push for 25, I’m sure. But be careful. Recent research shows early retirement kills. Literally.
For years, conventional wisdom – plus research – supported FIRE’s momentum. Studies showed early retirees living longer and were happier. Newer research disagrees.
A December 2017 paper by Professors Maria D. Fitzpatrick and Timothy J. Moore for the National Bureau of Economic Research showed male mortality rates rose 2% starting the month men turn 62. After analyzing data deeper, they blamed heightened mortality risk on “retirement from the labor force and associated lifestyle changes.”
Those changes included less physical activity, mental stimulation and social interaction. Last October, Alice Zulkarnain and Matthew Rutledge, researchers for the Boston College Center for Retirement, documented working longer equals living longer.
To me, the lesson isn’t to work longer or shorter. Rather, have spirit. Find something you enjoy doing. Then work at it, whether for money or not. If you like your 9-to-5 gig, and the camaraderie and intellectual stimulation, keep going. But if your job is merely for money, and you’re desperate to quit once you’ve saved enough, turn in your retirement letter and plot your labor of love. You could volunteer, change fields or start a business doing something that jazzes you.
Regardless, the key is to retire from joyless work – and work at something joyful.
So how can we define a purpose?
Winston Churchill is quoted as saying: It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.
One way to look further than we can see is through understanding the ups and downs of cycles. When we know where something is in its cycle, we can accurately predict what it is likely to do.
All of life… every event… the fauna and flora, even the universe flows in cycles. When we understand and tune into cycles we begin to spot trends that will help us achieve greater happiness… better health… more success.
Here is how to get traction with all this infinite knowledge we can tap when we relax… and concentrate at the same time. This is so simple… it is hard to believe but is amazingly powerful.
This technique works when we are willing to go with the flow.
Merri and I use this system continually to unlock our higher forms of intelligence that we cannot access in lingual form. We practice this technique in our Frequency Modulation Workshop during our seminars.
Here are the three steps in this technique (which can be used anywhere):
Step #1: Write by hand for five or ten minutes everything you can about a business idea. This connects the the mind/body functions.
Step #2: Take a ten minute meditation or sit quietly for 10 minutes listening to Baroque largo music. Relax and let your mind wander… use innocence with no expectations.
Step #3: At the end of ten minutes write down whatever is on your mind at that time. Write as much about it as you can. Just let it flow.
In the thoughts…in the visions that you have at the end of the ten minute meditation or in the quiet listening, there will be an out of the box idea to dwell on… often in graphic form…a picture rather than words. Dwell easily on the pictures and the thoughts as they are a path to your purpose.
We have developed a “Frequency Modulation Workshop” to help use the three step process. You can see details below.
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A study of 10,000 British people studied the pure relationship between intelligence and happiness stability.
IQ can predict the emotional ups and downs of life. The research found that the lower the IQ, the more stress and higher the ups and downs in life satisfaction. The differences were not due to education, income, or jobs either, but simply IQ.
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Merri, David and I originally developed this session for our Super Thinking courses and have set it into an online workshop for you.
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Inflate Your IQ.
When it comes to money… inflation is cheating.
That’s bad for you.
When it comes to intelligence… inflating is smart… fair… good for you and it’s good for the rest of the world.
Monetary inflation is a sneaky government and business trick.
What cost a dollar in 1965 can easily cost $15 now.
They promise you more.
They devalue the currency so you get more dollars that buy less. They can rip off your salary, your pension…raise insurance, almost everything.
And they make you work harder… longer… for less.
Whittle, whittle, whittle. Push, push, push. That’s what monetary inflation does to you.
Fight back… overcome the inflation trick. Inflate your IQ as you relax.
Gain more than IQ.
Be smarter… more energetic…. healthier… more relaxed.
That’s the way to get ahead!
Create more income opportunity. Reduce stress. Improve your health. Be naturally smarter… use Super Thinking.
You can improve your IQ in just weeks.
You might well ask… How is this possible?
Here’s how the scientists say it is possible.
A Wall Street Journal article entitled “Ways to Inflate Your IQ”(1) show how you can be smarter and actually add matter to your brain. The article says:
Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait, like brown eyes or short legs: You’re born with it and you’re stuck with it.
Now, a growing body of research is showing that a person’s IQ can rise—and even fall—over the years.
Scores can change gradually or quickly, after as little as a few weeks of cognitive training, research shows.
British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later. 9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.
The study published in Nature said that on a scale where 90 to 110 is considered average, one student’s IQ rose 21 points to 128 from 107, lifting the student from the 68th percentile to the 97th compared with others the same age.
MRIs in this study showed changes in gray matter in areas corresponding to fluctuations in the kid’s skills.
There are practical steps people can take to see longer-term IQ changes. New tasks stimulate the brain most. Young adults given just one month of intense training in juggling, found an increase in the corresponding gray matter in the brain as early as seven days after the training began.
Fluctuations in IQ scores over time underscore the brain-boosting benefits of musical training and new experiences throughout a lifetime.
Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life. Six years’ lessons lifted children’s IQ scores an average 7.5 points.
Improve the brain through music… without lessons.
Here’s the Super Thinking story…
The educational program Merri and I developed uses a form of brain wave integration that increases IQ.
Super Thinking uses frequency (in music and a number of other ways) to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated. The music creates the three C’s: Calm, Clarity and Coherence.
This Super Thinking program is not a gimmick or trick… just advanced education.
Certain types of Baroque music are the base, and they make you smarter!
At least four best selling books, “Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain”, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000″ showed how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.
This Baroque music tactic alone is so powerful that Small Business Innovation Research… an official site of the US government granted over $100,000 for the specific purpose they said was: to provide a method to remove barriers which hinder or prevent the employment of blind persons. An innovative method, the Lozanov Learning System, is proposed to help train blind persons to become computer programmers and operators of automated equipment.
Merri was among just a few who learned this technique directly from Dr. Lozanov the time he visited the USA.
Our Super Thinking workshop enhanced this system with numerous other tactics.
We added slight alterations in nutrition that create a higher IQ. Altered nutritional tips in Super Thinking can make anyone 25% smarter!
Baroque Music and nutrition are just part of seven, easy to use, learning techniques that make you smarter.
Gain any skill, from computers to athletics to conversational languages…in less time…two-to-five times faster.
Here’s a huge bonus. Super Thinking also relieves stress. Super Thinking is fun.
You can use a Super Thinking focus in everything: health… earning… education… investing.
Super Thinking works on the learner first…the data second. This system “grows the learner” rather than the information.
If you have 4.5 inches of information flowing through a 4 inch learning pipe, the solution is not to add another inch of information. The answer is create a six inch IQ pipe!
Share our years of experience.
For nearly 50 years, Merri and I have conducted hundreds of courses and tours for tens of thousands, in dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain). Our Super Thinking Workshop has been one of the most profound. Now the workshop is even better online because it condenses Super Thinking so you can increase your IQ, at home… right away.
The workshop shows how these mind expanding tactics can be applied to starting and running a business for extra income, to forex trading and investing. Athletes of all types… golfing being one common sport benefit. Our Super Thinking plan goes far beyond Lozanov and allows you to rapidly get smarter in every part of your life.
For example, real estate broker, Suzy Kurinsky took the workshop to help her learn Spanish.
She wrote: “You are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range. My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!”
Super thinking can improve almost anything you do… faster, better, more fun and with less stress.
Another attendee to the Super Thinking Workshop sent this note.
Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish! I really enjoyed the workshop and getting to know you. I can see several ways to apply what I learned in the classes I teach.
Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes. I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra. I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life. I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.
Super Thinking can help improve your health. Super Thinking can make you rich and add richness to your life.
However the time, travel expense and workshop cost (delegates have paid up to $999) have prohibited many from getting this benefit.
That’s why we have created the workshop in electronic form. Get Super Thinking online for less than fifty bucks.
Relax in the Secret Rose Garden.
The workshop is divided into two parts. Part one is the application… the sessions that tell you exactly what to do, what music to use and even includes two recorded sessions based around a secret rose garden that you can use. We have kept this portion short and simple so you can easily start immediately.
Part two is a longer portion on theory.
Part one is enough.
Super Thinking is like jogging… giving results if you simply do it!
You do not have to know why Super Thinking works to increase your IQ. But Part Two explains why you are getting the good results from Part One, if you want to know.
You might ask…”Will it work for me”?
The Super Thinking Workshop will help increase your IQ.
I guarantee it. Order the Super Thinking Workshop. Use it for two months. If you are not totally satisfied… in any way, during that time, simply let me know and I’ll send a full refund… immediately… no questions asked.
Another Super Thinking workshop attendee wrote: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me, I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible”. I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted. I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow. Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!
Inflation is a cheat… a crime when it comes to money. Inflating your IQ to beat inflation is simple good sense. Learn Super Thinking now with no risk. Begin to increase your intelligence today.
(1) Read Wall Street Journal article Ways to Inflate Your IQ