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Ecuador Avoids Doom

Many readers move to Ecuador to avoid doom and expectations of doom create the desire for alternative income sources.

Personally I believe it is better to move to Ecuador because you love the place.  It’s better to move to joy rather than away from fear.

This is the third message in this alternate income series.  See part 1 here. See part II here.   During this series it’s worth remembering some good advice that most Americans began getting as far back as 1955 from the spokesman of one of the most successful magazines in the world.

“What, Me Worry?” Alfred E. Neuman in Mad Magazine coined the phrase.

Alfred E Neuman

Silly? This wisdom is a lot less stupid than a lot of the daily bad stuff news…doom and gloom that shuts the creative flow and life energy down.

The idea of the series first came when a reader sent me a page from the Naturalnews.com website.    This is a good site and Mike Adams, the creator offers some great information.  He has followed (probably unknowingly) in many of my footsteps moved to Ecuador for several years. Then he moved on…  I believe to China for awhile but finally ended back in the USA.

He wrote about his overseas experiences in :   One of the most common questions I’m asked today from people who are aware of what’s really going on is, “Should I leave the USA to get away from the coming police state?” Three years ago, I would have said YES, but today, after having experienced such an effort myself and now having a clear understanding of the ramifications of such an effort, I must urge people to reconsider. As you’ll read here, you may ultimately be far safer and more successful living right where you are, in your “home country,” even if that home country becomes a police state.

He shared five reasons why he returned to the USA and wrote:  I share with you five powerful realizations you need to keep in mind when considering where to locate (or relocate) before the collapse becomes a reality. (Time is growing short, so read up…)

For starters, there is a universal truth you must accept if you hope to make a truly wise decision about where to locate: Corruption is everywhere.

Realization #1 – Corruption is far worse outside the USA

Realization #2 – Many cultures do not practice long-term preparedness thinking

Realization #3 – Don’t be the foreigner

Mike also wrote: Realization #4 – You cannot escape the global police state

Realization #5 – You are far safer to hunker down than try to go mobile

Safer?  Safer from what has to be asked?   Merri and I have a farm deep in the Blue Ridge with our own spring water, alternate energy options as well as abundant food and neighbors who know how to live off the land.   We dd not choose that farm as a escape hatch though. We moved there because we love the place. Just as we shifted to Ecuador because we love this country… just as we purchased real estate in London, the Dominican Republic because we really wanted to be in these places.

We have always believed that life is too short to do something just for the money.

Mike has some good points, but we see them from a different and point of view.

We agree that home… family and the USA have great appeal… but for very different reasons.  Those who have been reading this site for some time know that we dramatically increased our US focus earlier… beginning back in 1999…  yet there is a difference between our thinking.

First… time is not growing short.  We have at least all of 2012…maybe even 2013.

Second…  We do not believe that there will be a collapse.  Time is not running out before everything falls apart.   If there is a shortage of time, it is a limit on how much time we have to get ready for the next, “bigger than ever”,  boom.    History strongly supports the view that we are just about at the end of a natural 15 year bear market that began in 1999 and the next 15 year bull will be the strongest ever.  I am not surprised that younger people miss this fact.  They did not live through the third worst recession of the last 100 years in the early 1970s.  I did and I was sure the collapse was coming then.  Only after the 4th worst recession in the 1980s did I figure the “it gets better after it gets worse” part out.  Since It took me 20 years to figure out the power of cycles… I am not surprised that so many who have not had this global experience of 40 years are seeing this recession in such a negative way.

The chart below of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1900 shows this trend… shows the bear markets 1906 to 1915,  1929 to 1942, 1966 to 1982 and 2000 to now.

Dow Charts

Graphical Evidence that doom is not ahead and the bear is nearly through.

Third… we never have relied on any one country.  Like others we have lived all over the place… Asia, and Europe as well as the USA… looking for the best place.  Then we realized there is no best place. The sun always shines somewhere…  but nowhere… all the time.  

Success and happiness come from taking what we have within to take advantage of what is without… wherever and whenever we are.  The conditions around us are not what are important.  Our correct view of condition and reaction to them are what count.

Those who have been readers since our print days know that in the late 2007 we sold all our Florida real estate.  People thought we were nuts!  We were buying Ecuador real estate while that country went through its most terrible economic crash in its history.

Everyone there thought there would be a total Ecuadorian collapse.  In a way there was. The country ran out of gas.  All the banks closed. The president then truly was crazy. They called him El Loco and he was said to be corrupt as well.  The country then went through a string pf Presidents and disasters.   We kept buying real estate until the country sorted itself out and a wave of expats moved in.   Ecuador became known as the best to retire in the world.  We began selling real estate there (which was looking really good) and buying back Florida real estate where there once again was disaster.

This does not mean we abandoned Ecuador. We still have a hotel, a 962 acre hacienda. numerous houses  and condos plus a very active Ecuador business.  Ecuador is a great place to be but we have less weighting there in good times than bad.  I fully suspect given the grace of God that in another decade I’ll be buying back there again and selling in Florida.

Or… with Europe’s problems I may find myself buying back into the London real estate market in 2013 or 2014.

What you can be sure of is that our residences and investments will be in places we love first and see as opportunities second.

The history of mankind suggests that economies and societies go through these regular cycles dictated by the laws of nature.  Successful businesses look for these cycles and buy when everything looks bad and sell when everything looks good. History also suggests that most investors and businesses do exactly the opposite of this.

You can gain everlasting income from capitalizing on cycles and from having alternative sources of residence and incomes.   Since the 1970s our publications have urged readers to be multinational.  In Merri’s and my case we have interests in Europe,  the UK… Ecuador and the USA.  Our buying and selling is all based around weighting.

We have never had everything out of the USA or Europe or Ecuador.  At times we have more weight in one place or the other… but  we always keep something going in each place so we have alternatives.

The best way to make your alternative income sources successful is to create them in place where you want to be.  Follow your desires rather than your fears.

This is Merri’s and my 43rd year of global investing and business. Few have a longer experience and what we have seen is that fear and contraction is almost always wrong in this expanding universe.  Growth and evolution are the attributes that bring the greatest success.

History agrees, as shown in the chart above, supports our thinking.  From every fall… every war… every plague came a great new Phoenix.

In this time of greatest fear. At the end of the darkest hour… when doom and gloom are in full bloom.  Invest in fear. Embrace change.  Be bold and take a positive view.

Some great minds agree as you can see in these quotes below.

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.  A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.  ~Mark Twain

We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears.  We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.  ~David Sarnoff

Men fear Death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.  ~Francis Bacon,

Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.  ~Henry Van Dyke

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.  ~Leonardo Da Vinci

One of my favorite quotes is from Ashley Montagu… The idea is to die young as late as possible.

There is a wonderful translation of a Rumi poem by Coleman Barks:

Once a sheikh and a disciple were walking quickly toward a town where it’s known there is very little to eat. The disciple says nothing but he is constantly afraid of going hungry. The teacher knows what the student thinks. How long will you be frightened of the future because you love food? You have closed the eye of self-denial and forgotten who provides. Don’t worry, you’ll have your walnuts and raisins and special deserts. Only the true favorites get hunger for their daily bread. You’re not one of those. Whoever loves the belly is brought bowl after bowl from the kitchen. When such a person dies, the bread itself comes to the funeral and makes a speech. “O corpse, you almost killed yourself with worrying about food. Now you’re gone and food is still here, more than enough. Have some free bread. Bread is more in love with you than you with it. It sits and waits for days. It knows you have no will. If you could fast, bread would jump into your lap as lovers do with each other. Be full with trusting, not with these childish fears of famine.”

Regardless of your view now is a good time to act.

If you believe that time is short before a collapse… then figure out what you can do… that you love… to invest in the collapse.

If you believe as Merri and I that we are nearing the end of a natural… expected… good 15 year bear cycle… then invest in the recovery. The key is… take a view… figure out what this will mean and enjoy the evolution.


We created a Super Thinking +Spanish teaching program so readers can create an alternative source of income that helps people adapt to any situation.  Spend the next year with us learning how to earn anywhere in the world as a Super Thinking teacher below.

Ecuador FM Income Opportunity

One way to have an alternative income is by tapping into two of the future’s hottest trends as an FM teacher. See why below and see how to learn a special ways to teach increased intelligence and Spanish.

One way to use FM is to teach Spanish.

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Our 2011 Super Thinking FM teachers learning and developing alternate sources of income.

Two points almost everyone agrees on about the future are… first we need to be smarter to keep up with the faster pace of change… and second the world’s economy has and will continue to globalize.

This is one reason why we combined the Super Thinking tactics we teach with learning Spanish.

First, we need to be smarter.  Super Thinking tactics we use help us that and create a new income opportunity.

A Wall Street Journal article entitled “Ways to Inflate Your IQ” 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. The increases are usually so incremental that they’re not immediately perceptible to individuals, and the intelligence-boosting effects of cognitive training can fade after a few months.

In the latest study, 33 British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later by researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London; 9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.

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, says Cathy Price, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the center and co-author of the study, published last month in Nature.

Swings in individual IQ scores are often written off as the product of measurement error or a test subject having a bad day. But MRIs in this study showed changes in gray matter in areas corresponding to fluctuations in the kids’ skills, Dr. Price says. Although the sample size is small, the study drew wide attention because it is among the first to show how changes in IQ scores may be reflected in actual shifts in brain structure.

There are practical steps people can take to see longer-term IQ changes. A 30-year study at the National Institute of Mental Health found that people whose work involves complex relationships, setting up elaborate systems or dealing with people or difficult problems, tend to perform better over time on cognitive tests. Test scores of people whose jobs are simple and require little thought actually tend to decline, according to the research, published in 1999 in Psychology and Aging.

New tasks stimulate the brain most. When researchers at the University of Hamburg subjected 20 young adults to one month of intense training in juggling, they found an increase in the corresponding gray matter in the brain as early as seven days after the training began. The added gray matter receded when the training was stopped, although the participants were still able to juggle, says the study, published in 2008 in PLoS One.

IQ tests don’t measure such abilities as creativity, common sense or social sensitivity. They do assess many kinds of knowledge and abilities, including abstract reasoning skills. Rising scores in abstract reasoning are the main reason average IQ scores have been increasing by about three points every decade since the 1930s, based on studies by James Flynn, a professor emeritus of political studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand. That may be partly because children spend nearly twice as many years in school, on average, than children decades ago, says Wendy M. Williams, a professor in the department of human development at Cornell University.

Fluctuations in IQ scores over time underscore the brain-boosting benefits of a complex job, musical training, advanced schooling and new experiences throughout a lifetime.

Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life, according to research by E. Glenn Schellenberg, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Six years’ lessons lifted children’s IQ scores an average 7.5 points; those gains eroded to two points by college age, says a study published in 2006 in the Journal of Educational Psychology.

FM stands for Frequency Modulation to improve the brain in three ways… one being through the use of music.  So FM Super Thinking tactics, first of all, helps people become smarter.

Second, our FM program teaches Spanish in four days… to prove the power of the technique.

Spanish courses offer a strong income potential because globalization, particularly in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico (due to NAFTA and massive immigration) make it more important to be able to communicate with people from other countries.  Increasingly, the second language U.S. citizens are choosing to learn is Spanish.  Americans and Canadians are studying Spanish in record numbers.  According to Businessweek, for example, more students studying for an MBA in today’s world are choosing to become trilingual by learning English, French, and Spanish.

Moreover, two of the top ten MBA schools outside the U.S. are located in Spain.

There are many other reasons to learn Spanish… about 500 million reasons… the global population who speak Spanish.   About half of the people in  the Western hemisphere speak Spanish, as many people as those who speak English.    Within the USA Spanish is the second language after English—by a wide margin.  According to Wikipedia Spanish is the most commonly spoken language in the world after English, Chinese, and Hindustani.

In the U.S., it is easier to get a job if you speak both Spanish and English.

Having an alternative language can help you have an alternative income.

FM teaching turns your income up and education upside down!  See below how our Spanish teachers earn income but are forbidden to speak Spanish when they teach.  They must teach Spanish in English, but they can teach English to Spanish students as well… in English!

The FM Story

In telecommunications and signal processing, FM stands for frequency modulation that conveys information over a carrier wave by varying its instantaneous frequency.

The educational program Merri and I have developed uses a different form of frequency modulation we like to call “Full Mode” that opens enormous opportunity for expansion, understanding, peacefulness as well as greater wealth.  We are sharing this in depth program with a select few through our new teacher program.

FM teaching 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.  This brings forth the three C’s:  Calm, Clarity and Coherence.

How the Quantum Learning History Brings Opportunity to You Now:

Our FM programs are not gimmicks or tricks… just advanced education.

Merri and I are explorers. Our business began 44 years ago (May 1968) and we continue to always look for what’s next… trying to stay on or ahead of the leading edge.

This process helped us create the totally unique system we use that incorporates numerous tactics.

The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process. At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000″ have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.

This one 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 call the Lozanov learning system is proposed to help train blind persons to become computer programers and operators of automated equipment.

Merri was among just a few who learned directly and is licensed in these techniques.

Merri has enhanced this system with numerous other tactics. One is to make slight alterations in nutrition. Altered nutrition can make anyone a person 25% smarter.  These two tactics are given in seven, easy to use learning techniques that help gain any skill, from computers to athletics to conversational languages…  in much less time than traditional learning techniques… often two-to-five times faster, in exciting and innovative ways…but most of all it is a system that is stress free and full of fun.

The third tactic builds on the first two and uses 17 unique lessons to provide a vocabulary of over 4,000 words that brings Spanish fluency in a short time.


Bob and…


Lorraine Shane replaced Merri and me and taught in Seattle last September.

Our Quantum Learning System helps in innumerable walks of life.  This is why the second year of our teaching program offers extra opportunity for you now.

Problems Can Create Opportunity

There is a huge and growing problem of accelerating change that requires accelerated learning.  Learning Spanish is just a tiny part of the demand this problem creates.  Expended learning capacity is far more valuable than just being able to speak Spanish.  So we are expanding the FM focus in our business… shifting into overdrive you might say with what we call FM Plus.

FM Plus Frequency Modulation/Full Mode Plus

FM Plus works by focusing on the learner first… the data second.  FM Plus “grows the learner” rather than just expands the information.  The explosion of data we must all process every day means there is too much information to process already.  Let’s view this learning in terms of plumbing to outline what “Growing the Learner”  means.

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 to first create a six inch pipe and then an even larger pipe…a never ending expansion of abilities!

FM Plus incorporates Frequency Modulation…  7th degree exploration and Core Revelation (wormholes – universal expansion and shortcuts) to expand the learner’s thinking and information processing ability.

We’ll do this through our FM Plus Process which we have been using in our Super thinking Plus Spanish course. Now we are integrating this process into our International Investing and Business courses as well.  This means we’ll provide this training six times in the US in 2012.

The demand for FM far exceeds the numbers Merri and I can handle in six seminars a year.  Because we don’t have time to do more seminars, we have been adding a teacher training program to replace ourselves.

The teacher training program is described below.  This is our second year. Last year was our initial  Beta program and though we are always learning and teaching we had never trained teachers before. You’ll see some results below.

We accepted 12 trainees in 2011 for our first FX Plus training plan. Now we are accepting 12 more for 2012.  Trainees can attend all the seminars we conduct in 2012.  They are asked to attend at least four of these seminars.  As a teacher you are also a member of our International Club and gain the following benefits.

Benefit #1:  You (and a guest of your choice) can attend all of the seminars we have already set plus any others that we’ll conduct over the year ahead worth a total value of $6,993 or more.

Benefit #2:  As a club member you receive FREE seven reports, email courses and workshops that would cost $1,265 if ordered separately.

The first online course is “Tangled Web – How to Have Your Own Web Based Business”, normally sold at $299.

The second is our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher”. which has a $299 value. I am sending you this extra course free as I think it will help you have greater success. You get an extra $299 savings.

The third is our online course “International Business Made EZ” sold at $229.

You also receive fourth the 50 minute video by our webmaster David Cross on “How to Get Your Web Business Started”.

Your fifth course is the 50+ lesson course “How to Create your Own Website Using Sitesell” by Michelle Toole.

We are proud that this course was written by a student of our courses showing how well the 43 years of knowledge that Merri and I have accumulated and put into these programs can help you start your own global micro business.

Sixth, you become a beta member in our newest online course “Event – Full Business – How to have a Seminar and Tour Business” currently offered at $349.

Seventh, you receive our Multi Currency Portfolio service that is normally $79.

January 12-15, 2012  Super Thinking + Spanish, Mt. Dora, Florida ($999)

Feb. 10-12, 2012  International Investing & Business Made EZ,  Mt. Dora Florida ($999)

March 8-11, 2012  Super Thinking + Spanish, Mt. Dora, Florida ($999)

June 22-24, 2012 International Investing & Business Made EZ,  Jefferson, NC. ($999)

July 20-22 Writer’s Camp, Blue Ridge North Carolina. ($999)

October 5-7, 2012 International Investing & Business Made EZ,  Jefferson, NC. ($999)

Plus all the additional seminars, courses and workshops we’ll be announcing which brings the total seminar and course savings to $7,259.

International Club members and teachers meeting at our Florida home after a seminar in Mt. Dora.

You save by being a teacher.  $6,993 of seminars and courses for $2,900.  This saves $4,003 … plus there is $1,265 more savings in online courses you also receive free.

However the teacher training is the real value you receive in this program.  You learn at the courses and seminars and we have special trainee sessions during each course that are invaluable.

FX Plus training plan teaches how to teach and how to create your own business simultaneously.  We also teach trainees
how to earn from seminars courses and tours.  See how we have earned as much as $200,000 for a weekend’s work. (Once $135,000 in two days.)

Share our 44 years of Experience

When it comes to having a micro business in online publishing, seminars, courses and tours, there are few people with more experience than Merri and me.  Over 44 years we have organized, marketed and conducted thousands of tours for tens of thousands in dozens and dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain).  This course shares how we have done this… what we did right… what we did wrong… and what you can do better.

We have worked with our first group of teachers since last November and are pleased enough with the results that we are inviting 12 more teachers to begin now to prepare for 2012.

Our goal is for these teachers to work in their own ways and methods.  Some of the current teachers have chosen to teach our Super Thinking Spanish course. To date trainees have taught three Super Thinking + Spanish courses, two in Ecuador and one in the USA with very good results.  Our current plans are for several of the 2011 trainees to conduct regular seminars over the next year.


Rob Girga (right) and Glenn Sterling (2nd left) replaced Merri and me and taught Super Thinking plus Spanish in Cotacachi, Ecuador this year in the same hotel as a Miss Ecuador pageant.  Here they met with the contestants.

Teachers of our Spanish program do not have to speak Spanish during the course by the way.  In fact even Merri and I prohibit ourselves from speaking Spanish when we teach.  This is because the course uses and FM teacher and a pronunciation coach who must be a native born Spanish speaker.

Picking up pronunciation from an English born speaker is like recording a tape from a previous recording. Quality is lost!  The FM teacher… including Merri and me work in English and work with a pronunciation coach who does all the Spanish speaking.

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Merri teaching with our pronunciation coach, Don Childs.

Others are teaching their own programs using the tactics they learned to help their own business. For example it is quite easy to reverse the process we use and teach Spanish speakers to communicate in English in just four days.


Alberto Verdezoto has been our pronunciation coach in Cotacachi, Ecuador for the last 5 years.

Since this is a Beta program it will continue to evolve. We cannot guarantee who we will work with and who won’t.   Becoming a trainee does NOT guarantee that you will become a teacher in our program.  Indications after 10 months are that eight of the 12 trainees in 2011 will be involved in teaching our Super Thinking course but this is no assurance for 2012.

The FM Plus Plan Goes Way Beyond Spanish

Our training will teach you an effective way to teach languages but covers much more many… perhaps all fields of education.

For example.  We teach at the International Business & Investing seminars we conduct a workshop on how FM Plus can be applied to starting and running a business, to forex trading and investing.  Athletes of all types… golfing being one common sport benefit.  The Soviet Union… even though a third world country… excelled in the Olympics… as well as beating the USA into outer space… because it integrated FM teaching tactics as developed by Dr. Georgi Lozanov (one of Merri’s teachers) into its educational system.

Our FX Plus plan goes far beyond Lozanov and allows you to enhance whatever subject you wish to teach.

Training begins now in January 2012. 

Couples are priced as one.  Merri and I have worked for 30 years as a couple. Our business would not exist without both of us… so a couple can attend for one fee.

You can enroll with  whomever you wish… your spouse, or business partner, even an adviser.  Two can be trainees for the price of one.  (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for trainees, delegates or their guests.)

There are two payment plans:

#1:  The fee is $2,900

#2: $259 per month for 12 months.

New Enrollment. $2,900 .

Monthly Payment Option: $259 a month for 12 months

We hope you’ll join us as a trainee in our FM Plus (Frequency Modulator) training plan and learn how to create extra income in two of the hottest trends ahead.


See government grant records on teaching blind persons with the Lozanov method

Read Wall Street Journal article  Ways to Inflate Your IQ

See the Naturalnews site mentioned above at http://www.naturalnews.com/034404_preppers_collapse_bugging_out.html