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Ecuador Shamans Use Science

Ecuador shamans and yatchaks use science or perhaps I should say that science is working towards learning and duplicating what shamans do.

See here how shamans and science can help us enjoy a more balanced life.

Good health and vital energy are the most important assets for everlasting wealth.

Shamanic ceremonies help balance and integrate brain patterns for better health, calmer emotions and the ability to absorb… retain and recall data better.  In other words they help people… young and old grow, smarter and healthier.

This helps us to serve, survive and enjoy life in society as well as earn more money and understand true value.


Delegates on our Shamanic Minga visit sacred sites flower ceremonies.

They also visit a scared grotto for…






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

Shamanic Whole Brain Thinking can improve learning. Today’s fast pace demands that we learn new things… again and again. The trick is to learn many new things not the same lesson again and again.  This means we need every tactic we can muster to be smarter.

In Ecuador…


many shamans and shamanas teach the Eagle & Condo Prophesy… a time will come when the eagle and condor fly in the skies together.   Many believe that the eagle represents logic and the condor intuition.  The prophesy says that sharing of indigenous knowledge with the technologies of science will help balance mankind.  Logic is an ingredient of the left brain… intuition of the right brain.

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This is one reason why graphic and musical forms are important to learning.

We can see below how some of the most important publications recognize this fact in excerpts from the book, “All the Art That’s Fit to Print (and Some That Wasn’t)” by Jerelle Kraus who was a delegate at our most recent Super Thinking plus Spanish course.

Jerelle is an award-winning New York Times art director whose thirty-year tenure includes a record thirteen years at Op-Ed.

She’s also been an art director at Time & the art director of Ramparts Magazine & of  Francis Ford Coppola’s City Magazine.


Cover of All the Art That’s Fit to Print (and Some That Wasn’t): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page.  Order here at Amazon.com

Jerelle wrote in here book: In 1970, the New York Times launched the world’s first Op-Ed page, a groundbreaking phenomenon that transformed journalism and-by providing a platform for anyone with an opinion-0p-Ed prefigured, by decades, the Internet’s blogosphere. Not only did the new page’s nonstaff bylines shatter tradition, but its picturesCover of  were revolutionary. Unlike anything ever seen in a newspaper, Op- Ed art became a fertile, globally influential idiom that reached beyond narrative for metaphor and changed the very purpose and potential of illustration.

Once I began this book, I approached a literary agent. “It’s about Times Op-Ed,” I told him. “Great,” he said. “I’ve been reading it for twenty years.” It gives the story of the page, I explained, from the vantage point of its art. “Are you telling me,” he responded “there are cartoons on the Op-Ed page?” Beyond the fact that these drawings aren’t cartoons, his reaction spotlighted the need to document Op-Ed’s history in order to underscore that while the texts reach the brain’s logical left lobe, the art links direction to the cerebrum’s right hemisphere, which processes intuitively, visually, and subliminally.

We refer to the holistic right lobe when we say, “Do you get the picture?”  So powerful are graphics that even if we say only “That’s cute; there’s a picture on the page,” the image registers in our brain.  The impact of visuals isn’t lost on Times editors, who are the trustees of the paper’s standards.

Here is why graphics and music can be so important to learning.

In general the left and right sides of the brain process data in different ways.  Most people process incoming signals using a dominant side.  This habit causes the learner to lose the whole.   Learning is improved when both side of the brain participate in a balanced manner so the learner sees a bigger more whole picture.

The left half of the brain takes care of the linear portion of data mining processing from part to whole. The left takes pieces, lines them up, and arranges them in a logical order.  Using this process the left brain helps draw conclusions.  The left brain processes in sequence. This is the part of the mind that is used to make lists, create schedules and conduct daily planning.

This part of the brain connects the dots.

The right brain works more holistically processing from the whole into pieces.

The right brain sees the picture and creates dots!

The right brain sees the whole picture, not details.   Right brain work gets done in seemingly random ways without having listed priorities.

Benefits of Whole Brain Activity

Activities that integrate the right and left brain improve learning. For example painting… playing music stimulate the whole brain.

Juggling can stimulate a tactile right brain response.

In each of these activities learning begins as a left brain, logical, analytical, and narrowly focused exercise.

You look at musical notes and think about which fingers to move. You look at the canvas and think about what to paint or draw.

Once you have practiced the brain moves into right brained mode thinking, the side that is more intuitive and holistic. When this happens, the practice becomes and art automatic and relaxing. Some call it a moving meditation. The left and right movement across the body literally changes our focus from left to right and back again.

Research has shown that there is a direct relationship between hand-eye coordination and the ability to read and write.

Music and art of course have long been used. Now some schools are even teaching juggling as a way to enhance academic learning. The eye crosses midline and the movement improves concentration, encourages sequencing, and increases tracking.

Research has shown that anyone can benefit from integrating the brain hemispheres because it is never too late to grow dendrites or connective cells in the brain.  Nerve cells are stimulated by new input which in turn builds a richer brain structure. New learning creates a reserve of dense connections partially protecting us from cell loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers say that the brain benefits the most from learning that which is “exotic and unusual.”

If you do not have a right brain activity, look for one that you consider fun.

Whole Brain thinking can improve learning and if you find an activity that you find exotic unusual and fun…

Excerpts from a 2010 interview article in the Washington Post, “Why fun is important in learning” by Valerie Strauss supports this fact and says:  Is there any evidence to back up the notion that learning can and should be fun, or is this a deviation of our Protestant and Puritan heritage that declares that fun is the work of the devil and so anything worthwhile cannot be also fun?

Brain research suggests that fun is not just beneficial to learning but, by many reports, required for authentic learning and long-term memory.

Neurologist and educator Judy Willis’s bookResearch-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher” (ASCD, 2006) is one of many that have highlighted the learning benefits of fun. Here are just a few excerpts:

The truth is that when the joy and comfort are scrubbed from the classroom and replaced with homogeneity, and when spontaneity is replaced with conformity, students’ brains are distanced from effective information processing and long-term memory storage.

The highest-level executive thinking, making of connections, and “aha” moments are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of “exuberant discovery,” where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.

So fun actually seems to promote learning. It increases dopamine, endorphins, and oxygen!

The human brain and body respond positively to laughter with the release of endorphin, epinephrine (adrenaline), and dopamine, and with increased breathing volume (more oxygen). When a lesson starts with humor, there is more alerting, and the subsequent information is  attached to the positive emotional event as an event or flashbulb memory.

Look for and engage in a right brain activity that is fun… you’ll become smarter. In this rapidly changing world smart and learning fast are really important to us all.

We need your help.

The demand for our Learn to Communicate in Spanish in Four Days is growing, and we are planning to add a couple more courses… one in Ecuador, one in Seattle and one in Asheville, North Carolina. If this course is of interest to you and you have a time preference, please send us a note.  We’ll try to schedule around the most requested dates.

See more on the these Spanish courses here.

There is fullness in frequency as the result from our last Super Thinking plus Spanish frequency modulation course shows.

These courses always have such an interesting group of people. We had doctors, dentists, business people, personal trainers, teachers, an award winning journalist who was the New York Times art director and even a Pilates teacher who had trained with the founder of the Pilates technique.

Here are  few of the comments we have received from those who attended.

One delegate wrote: Dear Gary,  I intended to give it a few days before I wrote to you about my experience in the Spanish + SuperLearning Course. However, I had such dramatic results today, in the physical rather than the cognitive realm, that I had to share this immediately.

I started my day with Baroque music. Before I began my Spanish lesson, I went through the Mayan Waves Brain Refresher (Brain Sync). I also played an alpha wave composition while I completed a lesson in the morning. I repeated the process this afternoon. Before my high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout in the evening, I put on a gamma brain wave video from you tube fater reading gamma waves help with exercise. I preformed the “Halo Of Sweat” workout from an online fitness site. Around the world, people complete the workout and posts their scores, striving to meet or beat the personal trainer. Frankly, my reps have rarely come close to the reps of the woman featured in the video nor have I ever beat her. Until today.

Not only did I come close to her performance, I surpassed her quite significantly with several exercises. I performed my best in the last exercise, Abs Burn Out. Her scores were 38, 34 and 33 and mine were 60, 40 and 47!

I believe several factors allowed me to achieve this acceleration in athletic ability today:

1. My left and right hemispheres are now harmonizing.
2. The meditation and relaxed concentration techniques I learned are coming more easily to me and effective.
3. My focus and concentration are greatly enhanced.

I am a Pilates professional so to have my exercise regimen improve so swiftly is remarkable. Not only am I now able speak Spanish but I am experiencing optimal health as well. I am deeply grateful to you and Merri for your SuperLearning instruction.  Be well,

Another, a dentist wrote: Merri,  I was so delighted with my experience at the Spanish training.  I felt more confident of ability to pronounce Spanish than I ever was of French or German.  Funny… I did not think I remembered any French or German but when I cannot remember the Spanish words; the German and French popped up.  Practicing my pronunciation made my trip home go faster. I never enjoyed pronouncing either of the other two, but this was fun. It is hard to fall asleep at the wheel when you are moving your mouth to speak Spanish. It does work your mouth in a different way.  I realized that you have to say each syllable slowly and correctly(until you get it perfectly) and when you do it is impressive.

It was amazing to see us all writing such advanced sentences after a few days and so much more enjoyable than having to go through the alphabet to build the words to build the sentences.

Cotacachi and the area surrounding it are special shamanic places. The province of Imbabura is known in Ecuador as the Sacred Province.

To help understand the importance of why some areas have more value (energy, power), let’s look at the Cotacachi area in ancient sacred terms… as well as in modern times… a brief review of Latin American history is worthwhile.

Eons ago, the indigenous cultures in South America had great wisdom when it came to astronomy, agriculture and sense of position.  I have never heard a name given to this knowledge in the Americas but in China this knowledge is called Feng Shui and in India Vaastu Shastra.

Wise people everywhere understood that the stars, the mountains, the sunrises and sunsets… the positions of water and much more had an impact on the energy of property and great sciences based on mathematics were formed.

The traditional Indian science of Vaastu Shastra connected stars and architecture.  Early Indian astronomical texts named “Vedānga Jyotiṣha” date back to around 1200 BC and were found abundantly reflected in the architectural and sculptural expressions of temples, forts, palaces, town and city layout of ancient India.  In the 8th century BCE, the Baudhayana Sulba Sutra, contained examples of simple Pythagorean triples and a statement of the Pythagorean theorem for the sides of a square.  The Satapatha Brahmana in 9 BCE contained rules for ritual geometric constructions.

Then came the Spanish and their history in the territory we now call Latin America and their history linked with the Catholic Church thrust us into the modern age.

The Spanish imposed a different religious philosophy on the area.  When this began, the Inquisition in Spain had become a reign of terror.   The impact in the New World was included in the razing of Aboriginal Temples.  Indigenous religions were viewed as spawned from the devil.  Out went all that old knowledge… officially at least.

The Jesuits following St. Thomas More’s concepts of Utopia moved to remote parts  of the New World to do their work undisturbed, protected from other Spaniards by a land grant and space.  They created centers in small, provincial towns, providing banking facilities and forums for the resolution of local problems.  They built roads which led spokewise from hubs to all parts of their  territory and established postal centers complete with messengers, guards and a type of pony express.

They spread into areas now called Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Panama and began by pacifying the locals in numerous ways.

They replaced human sacrifice with the idea of consumption of the body and blood of Christ.

They replaced native ideas in art with Christian ideals, but the native style was retained.  Native deities and ways were destroyed and replaced by Christian saints… but in a way that blended with local beliefs. For example in what is now Paraguay, the predominate Guarani community believed that the yerba-mate tea  had magical powers since the yerba is a stimulant. The Jesuits could not persuade them that it was not magical so they created a myth that a Saint had given supernatural power to the tea and brewed it for converts.

The indigenous used the pots and pans, needles, clothing and other western goods.

The priest learned the local languages. Then they printed books in the local language printed from wooden fonts carved by the Indigenous.   Prayers, hymns, theater were created in dialogues that the community could understand.

The Jesuits were also great students of geography and the natural history of the areas in which they worked.   They knew and used the climate, flora, fauna and the ethnography of the lands and took advantage of the indigenous experience in these areas.

The church also built their Cathedrals on the sites of the old native worshiping grounds.  Whether they did this because it was just easier to get the locals to church if it was located on a familiar spot… or because the church had learned that these ancient sites had been chosen with wisdom is the question.

Perhaps the Spanish had come to understand how the indigenous communities had a great understanding of astronomy, agricultural and man’s relationship to the forces of nature and simply took advantage of this knowledge to construct their places of worship on special sites.


Cuicocha Lake near Cotacachi for example was always viewed as a sacred place where wise men conducted purification ceremonies..

Here is a group of…


delegates on a Ecuador shaman minga tours that include a ceremony on…


a secluded beach on Lake Quicocha with this yatchak.


In another shamanic example in this area are the remains of ancient pyramids called Cochasqui near Cotacachi.  Cochasqui means “Lake of the Stars” and  contains solar and lunar calendars.


Solar calendar.

This is the largest solar calendar in the Americas.  The site is located at 0 degrees 0 minutes and 3 seconds of latitude so it virtually on the equator.

Because of the relative physical stillness of the location, no centrifugal force or precessional movement, it must have been very easy to observe the stars clearly. The pyramids are at an altitude of over 9,000 ft.  From here you can see the town of Cayambe.

This is a photo of one of the larger pyramids.


Midway between Cotacachi, Cochasqui and Cayambe is a spot where you can see all of the stars of the northern and southern hemispheres simultaneously.  The area around Cotacachi is a very heavenly place and the indigenous treated it as such.

Entrance to Cotacachi, Ecuador.


Cotacachi Ecuador has always been a special village and this symbol at the village entrance from the Pan Am Highway represents nine important mid-points that the Indigenous saw that intersect in this small village.

First, the four cardinal points East, West, North and South intersect with a fifth midpoint an altitude that is mid way between the sea and the highest mountains here.

This intersection is further defined by a sixth point that comes from an alignment directly between Lake Cuicocha (20 minutes from us) and Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Incan nation. According to the legend, it is where Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo emerged from the sacred Lake Titicaca to found the Inca Empire, making this lake to lake alignment especially important as Cuicocha was named at that time Achicocha, which meant “Lake of the Gods.” This lake, like Titicaca was considered to be sacred, and used for purification rituals. To this day ritual baths take place there.

Our Ecuador shamanic Mingas have purification ceremonies on Lake Cuicocha.

The seventh alignment is that Cotacachi is in a direct line with Cuzco (Inca’s southern Capitol) – Quito (Inca’s Northern capital) and Yucatan which the Incans saw as the home of the original most important civilization.

The eighth alignment is that Cotacachi lies between Father Mount Imbabura and Mother Mount Cotacachi. These two mountains represent the masculine and feminine energies of nature.


they have views like this.  Mt. Cotacachi viewed from our hotel Inn Land of the Sun.


Mt. Imbabura viewed from the hotel.

These eight intersections are enlivened and unified by the universal being, the ninth most infinite creator.

These nine energies represent a fractal reflection of man and his nine “Rios de Luce” (Rivers of Light) or nine major energy processing points. The points are respected in many disciplines, by many names being called chakras, acupuncture points, chi centers, etc.

The Incan beliefs were that these nine intersections formed four axes that created the basic functions of the universe. What better place to take a deeper look at our existence!

I suspect this is why the church built such a huge Cathedral in Cotacachi when it must have been a tiny village (the population now is only 6,000 or so).


Cotacachi Cathedral interior.


Cotacachi Cathedral dome and altar of gold.


Cotacachi Cathedral seen from the houses above.


Cotacachi Cathedral at dawn.

Ecuador shamans are in tune with nature. They listen to more than words.

The real shamans are unpredictable because they gain their energy form their environment and from the here and now. They never know how the spirit will guide them so one cannot genuinely not know what will happen when with them.

For example, below is one of the shamanic groups with a shaman at the sacred Ingapirca ruins below for a Minga. They traveled half the day and arrived at this beautiful spot.

Here is a photo of everyone lining up for that Minga. The shaman lit the ceremonial fire. The fire went out.

He lit the fire  again and it once more went out.

“The fire has never gone out before,” the shaman said. “We should not proceed.”

The group had just a small ceremony instead and the shaman focused on one special person with us, who had been ill. What he did seemed like nothing. Then the group spent the rest of the day going home.

Lives however were somehow turned around from…nothing. The mother of the delegate the shaman focused on later sent us this note.

“Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Our daughter called me from the airport so it is going to be a long stressful trip for her, but she was very happy, excited and told me all about the wonderful time. She could not stop talking about you guys, about the seminar and about the whole positive experience.

“We want to thank you both so much for your support and care and for the wonderful attention you gave. I don’t think she could have made it without your help. Her health is so unpredictable…. She can be fine for a few weeks and then she has a relapse….and, of course, traveling is very stressful for her. But she has a wonderful attitude and is so looking forward to get her business off the ground…this is the first time in over 6 years that she has been able to “get back to work” and she is full of optimism. Thanks again for being so understanding and helpful. I just don’t know how to express our thanks other than to send you both a big warm hug!”

Merri and Gary Scott spent years traveling, working, studying and living with Taita Yatchaks, Yatchaks, Shamans, Shamanas and Curanderos.  They learned to work from nothing and developed this tour which I took over and began conducting in 2010.

Here is Gary Scott with Aldemar a yatchak in the Amazon.

Here is Gary & Merri Scott with a Taita Yatchak deep in the sacred LLanganatis. They say anyone who goes in there dies from a stake in their heart or goes mad.  They found this not quite true. Though their hearts were affected in the most profound ways. You can read about this trip at http://www.garyascott.com/archives/2003/03/27/792/


Here is the importance of this information.  The ancients had it right!  These locations of  unique energy are good places to be.

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