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Welcome to Arboleña


The Gratitude Empowerment Country


Arboleña - Is Your Open Door To Join An Online Empowering Gratitude Community and Make Friends Everywhere

Welcome to Arboleña


The Purpose Of Arboleña

We all seeking to find a way to make our lives work. Many of us have tried many ways to build successful careers or businesses. Some of us are immigrants who have left one country behind and travelled to another for a better opportunity. Many of us have found the same problems afflicting us wherever we have gone. We have tried many ways to build our lives but just haven't found the key to our empowerment. Chances are most of us are well enough off to live well, have a car, a home and nice things. But we never have reached our potential. There always seems to be something missing, something we haven't yet figured out.


In Arboleña we tell the story of how people who have very little by our standards learn how to become empowered through gratitude. Through the development of a gratitude empowerment culture, they find the key to the success of many people who previously had very little.

The problem stemmed from the fact that a few controlled all the resources and did not share with the others who needed help. The problem we have in a global world, is that we are encountering more and more people every day who do not have as much as we have. They are not our problem, we say, they are not like us, and so we reject them, do not want to interact with them. But we have to to create a peaceful world. We have to find a way for all of us to learn to work together for a group goal. We want to create a world where all of us learn to live together in harmony through Gratitude Empowerment.


In the Gratitude Empowerment country of Arboleña, we learn to be grateful for the unique characteristics and abilities of each person. Everyone  is making some contribution to our lives and we learn to be grateful for their contribution, no matter how small. All are necessary to create the whole. That is what we do in each episode in the Novella, "A Passion for Gratitude".

Where is Arboleña

Arboleña is located in Cyberspace. It is ostensibly located in Central America. It is a short, wide country that spans from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. If Arboleña really existed, it would be located between Guatemala and Belize on the South, and Mexico on the North . See a map of Arboleña and a listing of the cities.


Many of the citizens of this Cyberspace country have immigrated to the USA and live in the cyberspace city, NuCyber City.

Arboleña is located in Cyberspace. It is ostensibly located in Central America. It is a short, wide country that spans from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. If Arboleña really existed, it would be located between Guatemala and Belize on the South, and Mexico on the North.  In this Cyberspace country we will take a backward, poverty stricken country though the steps to sustainable development though Gratitude though the programs, philosophy service and classes of the Society of the Faith Master. We will see how developing sustainably with self-esteem building enriches everyone from aristocrats to peasants. We will learn about and discover how to implement many kinds of sustainable business development projects from ecocharcoal to tropical food production.


While this process is started by Luis Sandoval, the driving force and power behind the scenes is the aristocratic Alicia Calderon.  For development to occur, the upper class, the middle classes as well as the peasants must participate and have a better life. Leadership is the key and it is provided by the  Sandovals, the Calderons and their close friends and relatives. Our classes will all be taught through Edutainment using Karaoke and other Edutainment methods such as theater.

Why did we create Arboleña?

We created Arboleña as a safe space, a space where you and I together can explore ways of Gratitude Empowerment focused interaction around the world.

We set up all sort of situations which involves the need for solutions to communication and cross cultural business problems, interpersonal relationships, bringing together all ethnic groups, establishing worker-manager relationships, women’s access to resources, etc.

In many countries these are political issues. We happen to believe they all relate to economic development and lack of resources to provide basic needs for all people. We are constructing Arboleña based on our perceptions of how these needs can be met through gratitude based entrepreneurship.

In these novellas or soap operas, we will examine everything through the development of friendships, love relationship, family business dynamics, political maneuverings as well as export focused technologies and system.

Arboleña will develop an entrepreneurial culture based on the Gratitude Business Model. It will take many years for Arboleña to become the potentiated country it can become.

Together we will explore the mistakes and problems as well as the successes as Alicia Calderon, the Arboleña aristocrat, drives development in her reach for super rich status.

We will see that providing the basic needs of the poor need not change the social levels nor will it interfere with the life styles of the rich. Indeed development in

Arboleña will enable the present aristocrats and elites to have an even more luxurious lifestyle. Without fear of guerrillas, revolutions or coups. Arboleña is our vision of how a country through The Gratitude Business Model can meet basic needs, provide for the upward mobility drive of a growing middle class at the same time it retains the status and privileges of the elites.

IGEI is a Social Enterprise Corporation

Our Mantra - Always Be Grateful! Always!

The International Gratitude Empowerment Institute  (IGEI) is a social enterprise corporation that has social benefit purposes. The International Gratitude Empowerment Institute (IGEI) sells products and services for creating a gratitude immersion world. In addition to our profit motive, we are creating a gratitude immersion worldwide community based on the Way of Success through Gratitude.

The Way of Success through Gratitude includes these gratitude components:

  • Gratitude Healing Ways

  • Gratitude In Business

  • Gratitude & Spiritual Healing

  • Gratitude Communication Skills

  • Earth Gratitude

  • Society of the Faith Master

In addition to our profit motive, it is a social purpose corporation with these additional social benefits and goals:


1) Community: To create and provide an environment for low and middle income people to learn how to work together positively by teaching personal self-esteem building and how to build self-esteem in others, thus developing a community based on faith and gratitude resulting in a gratitude immersion culture.


2) Youth: To empower girls and women through special programs including sports and entertainment projects for self-esteem building and character development. To enable them to have a superordinate goal of giving to the world with no expectation of personal return such as tree planting projects to fight climate change. To use gratitude in sports to give strength to women and girls to heal from sexual abuse and domestic abuse.


3) Entrepreneurship: Develop social entrepreneurship projects through micro-financing of small and medium-sized enterprises including entrepreneurial training programs.


4) Technology: To teach skills to minorities, women and youth to become Mobile Entrepreneurs through technologies such as Skype, webinars and podcasts anywhere in the world. Today’s entrepreneur needs to master these skills even if they have a brick and mortar outlet for their business. We will teach them how they can use these new technologies to build their business.


5) Spiritual Development: Through our self-esteem building programs we will increase personal fulfillment, enable people to create peaceful loving relationships. When we build self-esteem, we build a person's spirit. Spiritual development is the key to bringing us all together to work and live together in a peaceful world. Spiritual development in our workforce makes people want to be productive, to be creative and to give their loyalty to each other and their employers. Without spiritual development it is difficult for people to lead productive, happy lives.


6):  Spiritual Therapy Programs: Many people understand how important it is to build the self-esteem of young people and working age people. But many people don't understand the needs of the Elderly, Disabled and Wheelchair Rider populations. Some see them as unimportant or nonproductive. But many people don't understand how they feel and the benefits we all can gain from them. The fact is, in the IGEI Gratitude Immersion World, we understand that these populations have a great deal to offer. The fact is they have much they can learn, much to feel, and much to share which can help us understand gratitude in many ways.


There are many stories of people who are not in wheelchairs but are bedridden, who make their families' lives happy by their cheerful, loving, giving, and self-esteem building personalities. Everyone has something to give. But the fact is, no one can give from an empty dish. No matter where you live there are others around you who need positive energy. How do we give them a way to build their own self-esteem so they can give to their world?


Through spiritual therapy you will learn how to use gratitude as a power to build your own self-esteem and reach out into the world to give to others. One way is by being in the outdoors, fishing and being close to nature where you rebuild your wholeness. By creating intergenerational volunteer programs you practice the gratitude skills you are learning. We share with them the spiritual therapy programs of IGEI.


Spiritual Therapy is a spiritual healing method that focuses on the rebuilding of inner wholeness. Techniques include gratitude practices, self-esteem building, meditation, affirmations, and reprogramming your subconscious mind. These techniques are based on repetitive actions and interactions, building new connections in your brain, to help yourself and others to grow, become more creative and develop spiritual health. Rebuilding your self-esteem is a vital part of spiritual therapy because high self-esteem is the basis of wholeness.


Spiritual therapy is best performed in nature because in nature you are able to reconnect with Mother Earth, become grounded and feel the energy around us. Our original way of life was immersed in the natural world. Once cities formed when agriculture developed, the clearings of civilization through the development of urbanization separated us from our connection with the earth. Spiritual therapy through fishing is designed to reestablish that connection.  Water Gratitude includes fishing as an important ecospiritual component of IGEI. Fishing teaches people to hope, to keep trying over and over again.


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The Society of the Faith Master is our optional non-secular gratitude outreach. Gratitude is the Survival Lightkey for us all, empowerment for all, whether you have a religious belief or do not have any such beliefs. All are acceptable in the gratitude immersion world we are building, with those who are willing to live their lives with gratitude.

This society is for those who seek the religious dimension of faith and gratitude. We have a strong dogma or code of belief in the inherent goodness of our species and its future as spiritual beings. Our society is designed to be a high energy place, a happy place, based on building self-esteem, gratitude, praise and faith.

The purpose of our worship services and classes is to enhance the quality of life of our members and to help our members develop community, structure, meaning and a superordinate goal. That means helping our members develop faith, building their self-esteem, teaching them how to use the Gratitude Law of Attraction, and giving them the other teachings of the society such as communication skills, entrepreneurial skills and others.

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