Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Art of Staircase Climbing

Question: How do you explain the fact that elderly mountain farmers climb up steep hillsides effortlessly every day without experiencing knee problems, or that Sherpas carry heavy loads to base camps without any prior physical training? Why do so many young people have knee problems and lack endurance?

Little by little we will provide answers to these and other questions. Today, however, we would like to disclose a secret that, at first glance, seems hardly to be headline material. Still, you will understand its significance immediately. In the long term it will have a positive effect on your daily life. The secret that mountain farmers and Sherpas know, next to healthy living, is the correct way of climbing!

Whether it is mountains or stairs, over the years we observed just how little is known about this technique. Even in mountain regions today, the “art of climbing” is frequently unknown among young people. When we are young, there are no serious consequences. Our body is strong and can tolerate bad posture and unnatural moves. Only in the evening we may notice that we have overexerted ourselves. Discs, muscles, tendons, bones and cartilage may have been overtaxed, but the true long-term effect is often not felt until our thirtieth birthday has passed. By then, the old habits are so ingrained that correct climbing must be learned anew.

Let’s put it in a different way: If you were to know how to climb correctly, you could climb the endless stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower without aching knees, without breaking into a sweat, and with no risk of a heart attack. And you could do that at any age. That is a promise. We could, of course, better show you this miracle technique with photos or in a video, but let’s try it here anyway. Its most important element is a “mental trick”, a feeling that you should take a look at.

Let’s start with an exercise in sensing. We are asking for your personal body awareness. Stand totally relaxed – knees slightly bent. Keep your body from your hips up balanced and straight in such a way that you do not need to tense any muscles above your hips in order to remain upright. Slightly move your upper body back and forth in order to find this center. You found it? Wonderful!

Keep reminding yourself that you never need to leave this center, whether you are climbing steep or shallow steps, gently sloping roads or steep terrain. If you climb without this technique, you can still do it, but you will need strength and lots of it!

So you are now focusing on the center. Combine the feeling of the center with the movement of climbing. Here, too, you need to learn only a feeling. It does not require a special performance or physical effort. This is how it is best done:

You are standing at the bottom of a staircase. You are standing straight and centered. Raise the leg with which you would normally begin climbing stairs and put it on the first step. Remain upright and relaxed. Do not bend forward, not even slightly. Remain centered and balanced – mentally and physically. And here is the “trick” that for centuries has allowed mountain dwellers, young and old, to climb the highest heights. Instruct the leg that is resting on the first step and therefore slightly bent to “straighten slowly”. Don’t tell it “lift me” – only tell it “straighten”.

Now, straighten the leg and remain centered. You have already conquered the first step. Put the other leg on the next step and repeat the thought “straighten slowly”. The second step is reached. You are essentially using natural hydraulics to steer your knee joint. Please continue slowly until you feel “I am centered and my legs must only straighten in order to lift me.”

There is no effort involved, no exertion, no burden, no groaning. Simply put, it is not difficult for your leg to straighten from a slightly bent position to lift your weight, even if it is a lot of weight. Meanwhile, your other leg can relax, since it must only lift its own weight to the next step.

Practice this for a little while – straighten your slightly bent legs. Your upper body need not do anything other than to feel balanced (and keep the balance) and to pick the spot for the next step or to enjoy the view. Practice and enjoy what you are experiencing. For many people this is an eye opener.

Experiment also to see what happens when you don’t tell your leg to straighten. Instead tell it to lift your entire body. Feel the difference that these two thoughts bring about, even though your leg    appears to be doing the same thing. It is important that you never take two steps at once even if you can do so effortlessly. We tend to do this when we are young, often as a sign of exuberance and strength. However, this creates unnecessary stress on muscles and tendons, and is a waste of energy. In the long run, this practice leads to overexertion.

Some time ago a 92-year old participant in Johanna’s wellness week mentioned that he had been feeling great since he started following our recommendation not to eat animal protein. The only problem he had was climbing the stairs in the hotel, since there was no elevator. Johanna showed him how to climb properly. He was so excited that he was not out of breath that he climbed the stairs of the four-story hotel twice – from cellar to attic.

Some things are so simple that they are very difficult to grasp. We think too much and observe to little. Once correct climbing has become second nature to you (and your body will see to that), then you most likely will take a closer look when you see in old movies how a Sherpa or a true mountain farmer moves and works.

Old Wisdom for New Beginnings

So you started full of optimism into this year 2012, did you? You may have had a pocket full of New Year’s resolutions for a better you and/or a better world. Almost 90 % of all New Year Resolutionists will have failed by now, a few days into the year and chances are, you are one of them.

Good news, no need to worry!

New Year’s day 2012, like most of the first days of any year, was not very helpful when it comes to “energies in the air” conducive to starting anything new successfully.

There are such days, and one of them is coming up on the 23rd of January. It’s a day of the New Moon, which helps to start something new and to get rid of the old and outdated and superfluous and destructive. Every New Moon day has that quality.

Adhering to this rule is comparable to summoning a steady-blowing favorable wind. Set sails now and head for your goal, you will have this wind in your back like a good friend for company.

You like skiing? Starting something new on a New Moon day is like receiving your skis back from the service, expertly waxed and providing a happy downhill feeling even on level ground.

Of course there are no warranties. The most favorable breeze has to blend in with the expertise of a skilled captain. His common sense shouldn’t stay behind on the shore. Lastly, if smoking is what you want to give up on the 23rd or on the next New Moon (New Moon in spring is the most powerful) then don’t forget that you should drive extra carefully during the first three days.

Birthday Numbers – There`s more than meets the eye

Our first book for an US-American readership: “The Code – Unlocking the Ancient Power of Your Birthday numbers“, published by BeyondWords Publishing. Here is the introductory article we wrote about it:

The Code – A Key to your Dreams

Some people seem to sail through life’s calm waters and life’s storms, minor or raging, with true peace of mind. As if they were born with the delight of being a seasoned captain who loves his job, who follows his true calling with all his or her heart. A joy to have them around, a more or less silent envy in the eyes of others, who trudge and tread through life with their glasses half empty at all times and without ready access to the sources of optimism and love for life. Follow me for a few minutes and I will acquaint you with one of the major reasons for this difference and I will disclose a working access Code to cross over into the coveted company of the great captains of life and you won’t have to spend a fortune, be it time or money. Hidden talents exist within you, you were born with them, they showed up in your earliest dreams, and they deserve to come to light. No longer will you have to pay the price for ignoring them.

In 1991 my wife Johanna Paungger and I achieved an extraordinary breakthrough. We made available to the public an ancient knowledge Johanna had grown up with in a Tyrolean mountain farmer’s family – a knowledge pervading all walks of life, from the beneficial timing of surgeries right down to the art of cutting hair in harmony with natural rhythms. Our ten books on the subject so far became the basis for a minor revolution. Today millions in the German speaking countries consult them before visiting a surgeon, a hair dresser, a dentist, a carpenter. We had presented a 1001 small ways and methods for improving and transforming anyone’s life for the better. Today, after over 20 million copies sold in 24 languages, we are extremely happy to offer one of these treasures for the first time to an American readership. What has been passed down from a long lineage of the wisdom of our forefathers we are blessed to pass on to you.

Our tenth book “The Code – Unlocking the Secret Power of your Birthday” (Beyond Words) deals with the most exotic part of the ancient lore. To sum it up: Each number in your birthdate points to a very special set of talents that you were born with from day one. The challenge and blessing involves their harmonious discovery and unfolding in the course of your life. The structure of this Code can be understood easily. Numbers are assigned in pairs to one of five groups. Each group represents very different characteristics. Altogether, there are 31 possible group combinations, the so-called Signatures. When looking at individual birthday numbers for evaluation do not count the first two numbers of your birth year (19 or 20). And when there are zeros before the day or month of your birth (e.g., 05/05/2008), only the actual number of the day or month is used (e.g., 5/5/08). Here is an example of the promise of the Code, see if these brief descriptors relate to you. If any of these numbers exist in your birthday they can help describe most of your major strengths, whereas the missing numbers point to some of the opposing forces:

Birth numbers 1 and 6: Provide stepping stones into the public eye. Don’t work behind the scenes, openly show your talents! These numbers impart vibrancy, curiosity as well as visionary qualities and courage. Occupations: Writer, attorney, politician, positions in public relations, media, inventor, etc.

Birth numbers 3 and 8: Provide sensibility and the ability to see through people and things. Empathy, tolerance and creativity are part and parcel of your innate talent set. Occupations: Healer, musician, nursery school teacher, caretaker, preacher, singer, organic farmer, etc.

Birth numbers 7 and 2: The “People of the South” tend to be naturally vivacious. They are entertaining, communicative, energetic, independent, enthusiastic and thrifty. They love change and are rarely bored. Occupations: Architect, researcher, painter, minister, dancer, singer, etc.

Birth numbers 4 and 9: Cause to be ambitious, success-driven, clever and efficient. You are born with a knack for finances and rarely lack assertiveness. Occupations: Manager, craftsman, inventor, engineer, athlete, etc.

Birth Numbers 5 and 0: Impart stability on their bearers. There is little that will ruffle these people. They are generous, sensible and helpful and display strong principles and practical thinking. Occupations: Gardener, geologist, forester, organic farmer; jobs that require patience.

Sounds familiar so far, when looking at your numbers? Who am I? What is my mission in life? How do I fulfill it? In what mysterious way have I attracted the people in my close surroundings and why? Is it merely by chance? Is it a big test or could it even be destiny? Even the staunchest realists are confronted with such existential questions time and again. In the alpine valleys of Tyrol a century-old treasure has been unearthed that can help us to discover and better understand the purpose of our existence, our relationships and our personality. With its help anyone can quickly find out what they are best suited for, and where their weak spots lie. You can better assess talents and abilities and make small and large changes in your lives. One look at the date of birth of a baby for example and it is obvious whether it is sensitive, fearless, dreamy, curious, musical, etc. Which traits should be encouraged and what should be kept in check shows up at a glance. Parents, children, colleagues, bosses – the Code switches on a different, more tolerant and compassionate light.

 You can quickly counteract, support and move things forward in all areas of your life. Countless professions could benefit from the Wheel of Numerology, human resources professionals, teachers, educators, healers, etc. The Code provides a key to true contentment at any age. The great and able captains of life only wait for you to join their ranks and reclaim what is your birthright: A life lived in loving harmony and at peace with yourself no matter what your station or profession, rank or status.