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Ecuador Shamanic Fractals

Cotacachi shamanic fractals can help us see beyond logic for retirement in Ecuador… or wherever.

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Ecuadorian wise men of the past had a deep understanding of nature… astronomy and sense of place as this positional structure at the entrance of Cotacachi shows. That wisdom can help us think beyond logic.

Recent messages have reviewed thoughts on Ecuador retirement.  Deciding where to retire is difficult because of the chaotic state in the world.

Yesterdays message  at www.garyascott.com said:  The mindset of the West world is  indoctrinated on these 3 Ps…position, possession and popularity.  These concepts form the foundation of many lives and they are the precursors for stress, tension and poor health as well as financial doom.   These structural flaws in our social economic morality create a template for self slavery and a potential failure.  We voluntarily become chained to our desk or jobs and are willing to even cheat (ranging from small fibs on loan applications to doctoring books) to gain the 3Ps.   The weakness in this framework of thought also leaves us open to fraud.

The framework of this materialistic mindset goes way beyond the creations of our personal risks as well.  The framework reaches to the very core of world’s  geo-political tensions and chaos.

In a moment we’ll look at Surviving in a Predatory World.

Let’s begin though with a note that a reader sent this note in response to yesterday’s message:  HI GARY; AS ALWAYS I ENJOYED YOUR ARTICLES AND  TRANSPARENCY,  THIS SENTENCE GOT MY ATTENTION: “‘Both America and Ecuador have some great problems.  But really… will they affect the life of a simple retired gringo?

I AGREE TOTALLY WITH YOUR ARTICLE, WHATEVER HAPPENS IN SOUTH AMERICA WILL NOT AFFECT  RETIRED “GRINGOS”?
HOW ABOUT EXTRANJEROS ? .. I BELIEVE THAT MORE THEN 10K KILLINGS IN MEXICO IN THE LAST 3 YEARS, NOT ONE RETIRED USA OR OTHER EXTRANJEROS CASUALTIES. I THINK?  AM I CORRECT ?

I believe this reader is correct and rises the important issue of what statistics in life matter to us personally.  We have to ask… what crime… what tension… what politics…. what wars and poverty and doom and gloom matter in our lives at all?  How can we get rid of the poverty that ignites all these problems?

I do not think we can rid ourselves of poverty in our lifetimes… if ever..  There will always be problems.   Deuteronomy 15:11 clarifies this fact when it says: There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.

In our lifetimes we”ll probably not see a perfect world… we’ll not find a perfect places without poor.. without fear… without crime… without tension.

What can we do to live and retire amidst all this stress without letting it get us down?

First to live a calm life in a world of stress we can develop a historical perspective on the world’s problems creating by this eternal jockeying for the three Ps… possessions… position and power.

To get one perspective let’s follow a vine of social discontent back about a hundred years to WWI as it impacts our forward thinking on where to invest… where to do business…. where to live and retire now.

This vine leads us to WWI and the Balkans.

According to Wikepedia: The causes of the military conflict, which began in central Europe in August 1914, included many intertwined factors, such as the conflicts and antagonisms of the four decades leading up to the war. Militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism played major roles in the conflict as well. However, the immediate origins of the war lay in the decisions taken by statesmen and generals during the July Crisis of 1914, the spark (or casus belli) for which was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrilo Princip, an irredentist Serb.[1] However, the crisis did not exist in a void; it came after a long series of diplomatic clashes between the Great Powers over European and colonial issues in the decade prior to 1914 which had left tensions high. In turn these diplomatic clashes can be traced to changes in the balance of power in Europe since 1870.[2].  Fundamentally the war was sparked by tensions over territory in the Balkans. Austria-Hungary competed with Serbia and Russia for territory and influence in the region and they pulled the rest of the great powers into the conflict through their various alliances and treaties. The topic of the causes of, or guilt for, the First World War is one of the most studied in all of world history. Scholars have differed significantly in their interpretations of the event.

If so, tensions in the Balkans were a driving force in social military tensions at the turn of the last century.

The Balkans include:

*  Albania
*  Bosnia and Herzegovina
*  Bulgaria
*  Croatia
*  Greece
*  Kosovo
*  Macedonia
*  Montenegro
*  Serbia

Other countries sometimes included are:

*  Moldova
*  Romania
*  Slovenia
*  Turkey

The problems remain with us today, plus according to many  WWI was the root of WWII. Winston Churchill described the treaty of Versailles, “monstrous” and “malignant.”

WWII created such tension that Harry Truman and many others were so paranoid about Communism that the Truman Doctorine evolved which led to the Korean and the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War kick started America’s drug problem which has created such wealth that Mexican and Colombia drug lords can undermine federal authority and even create risk in places where Americans typically retire… Southern California… Arizona… South Florida.

The LA Times has a huge section in its paper entitled “The drug war at our doorstep”.

An NPR.com article entitled “Mexican Drug War Brings Violence To Arizona” says: Home invasion and kidnappings are on the rise in Arizona. State authorities pin the blame on Mexican organized crime. Host Cheryl Corley speaks with Ariz. Attorney General Terry Goddard about how he hopes to address the problem.

This problem hit South Florida first. When enforcement efforts intensified in South Florida and the Caribbean, the Colombian organizations formed partnerships with the Mexico-based traffickers to transport cocaine through Mexico into the United States and spread the drug wars across the American south.

This is one vine of history in a thick foliage of reality that is so dense it creates a dark jungle that no amount of logic can penetrate.

In this darkness are the answers to questions like “Where is it safe to go?”…  “Where  will we be able to afford to live?”… “Where will we find peace?”…

How can we figure out these answers?

We cannot.  Logic is a deficient tool in our universe where chaos rules along with order.  This graph from Jame’s Gleick’s book “Chaos, Making a new Science” shows how everything in our universe moves from states of order to disorder.

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Mark Twain expressed this reality nicely when he said: He is now rising from affluence to poverty.

The logic of logic shows why it will not work in our quantum world.  Logic in the form of deductive reasoning concerns what follows necessarily from given premises (if a, then b).  Logic requires seeing a reliable given premise a to understand b. Quantum mechanics suggests that reality is too complex for our minds to see enough facts.  There is too much information to process to come up with accurate premises.

If we cannot think our way to a happy lifestyle… what can we do?

First, we can accept that everything is in perfect order and remember the importance of attitude.  Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese poet, stresses attitude’s value nicely:  Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

Second, we can add the concepts of shamanic vision into our armory of thought process to expand our vision when outside events are so unpredictable we cannot depend on logic.

When we think as the shamans of the Andes, we see events…fate…and our free will as being connected. The shamans call this “following the forces of nature”.

The circular thought of the shamans is sometimes difficult to grasp.  Some shamans will say something that seems it has no logic…until one day an event…act or an aha starts to make sense.

For example, their concept of fractals is that everything is part of a sacred geometry that leads us to where we should be.  They observe what they see and look for hints or clues as to where they should go from what they see.

Here is an example that has been meaningful to me.

The shamans say that any mountain near us when we grow up is our mother (Pacha Mama).  They believe that she guides us on our life’s way.

This never made much sense to me until one day when we were visiting our daughter, son in law, grandkids and my mom in Portland Oregon, where I was born and raised.

Each day I walked out my mom’s front door (she has lived in the same house for 50 years) and enjoyed the view where I grew up.

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Mt. Hood… my Pancha Mama. Something was gnawing at me…where had Mt Hood led me? I missed that connection until…

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I returned to Cotacachi and noticed the equivalent geometry. This is Mt. Cotacachi that I see each day from my Cotacachi front door.

This did not hit me fully until we took my mom to a favorite beach of ours that is our historical escape on Oregon’s coast.  I took this photo  as I looked down the beach.

This made me think even more about where I had been led.

Mt. Hood and this coastal view were a big part of my youthful formation… pictures I saw as I grew.

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Then I realized how similar this geometry is to our beach escape in San Clemente, Ecuador.

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Our life in Ecuador is filled with abundance. Did the sacred geometry of my youth lead me to  Cotacachi and San Clemente?  Did we make our decisions to live in these wonderful places because of some impression beyond logic…some deeper message given by Pacha Mama long ago?

I don’t know the answers to these questions, but do know that the biggest joys in my life come from making decision that are Beyond Logic.

This is why we are conducting three courses this May and June  2010 that help us learn how to blend our logic, intuition, experience, education and deeper wisdom into an information processing system that brings us greater health and wealth.

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Learn how to live better in a predatory world.

Gary

Join us in North Carolina this June 24 to 27 to learn more about Quantum Wealth. June 24-27 Quantum Wealth and International Investing and Business North Carolina

Our North Carolina courses in 2010 will be conducted in the new…

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West Jefferson Hampton Inn.

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Just opening this June 2009 with very nice rooms and…

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really great…

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views.

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During this course we’ll enjoy an organic  wine tasting at the New River Winery. Here are delegates at a previous wine tasting.

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We’ll also have an informal afternoon tea at our summer home in the mountains. Here are delegates at our house with Lucy our Appaloosa.

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May 9-12       Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Cotacachi Ecuador

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Here are Merri, Shaman apprentice Don Alfonso with Jean Marie Butterlin, who will conduct our May Super Thinking + Spanish and Shamanic courses.

May  13-14    Ecuador Shamanic Minga

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You can also enjoy a May or June Ecuador real estate tours and save on multiple tours.

May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour

May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour

May  22-23    Quito Real Estate Tour

May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

June 30-Jul 1 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 3-4      Coastal Real Estate Tour
July 6-7      Quito Real Estate Tour
July 9-10     Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Mother’s Day roses in Ecuador.

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Read:

Surviving in a Predatory World

The LA Times “The drug war at our doorstep

Mexican Drug War Brings Violence To Arizona