Celebrating Joseph Chilton Pearce

“The whole is always found within any of its parts. I am both this individual, isolated, sniveling, scared little part and at the same time I’m also the whole. It’s impossible not to be.” Joe frames the human intellect as representing the separate, autobiographical individual and the intelligence of the heart as the representation or expression of the universal, transpersonal whole. “The heart [intelligence] is both me and the totality. I am that but as part relating to whole from here. From the heart I’m that as the whole relating to the individual part up here [referring to intellect], still that reciprocal interaction. That, to me, takes my breath away.” In this sequence Joe also explores what science calls the ‘field affect.’ In the same way our personal thoughts affect the body, the intelligence of the heart accesses and expresses universal fields.

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fields of intelligence

Celebrating Joseph Chilton Pearce

As we continue Joe develops a number of themes all centering on the long term consequences of not being nurtured. ‘The child who is nurtured and bonded and given that safe space from the earliest developmental period can move away from the safe space carrying that same state of mind with him and is ready to move on into the higher realms of human possibility.  Whereas the majority of us lacking that safe space never move on. We try to repair or build for ourselves the safe space to be.  It’s a safe space that we either carry with us and are - or not at all, yet we are trained to believe we can create the safe space by following all the appropriate cultural directives and every cultural directive drives us into an ever increasing unsafe positions and we feel more and more threatened by the world.’ Here again, Joe turns our cultural assumptions upside down. Rather than culture being the sanctuary it pretends to be, culture is the source of our greatest trauma and pain.

Michael Mendizza

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male vulnerability
culture

Celebrating Josephh Chilton Pearce

Continuing to focus on the way culture shapes our reality Joe notes: ‘One of the things that culture brings about is the idea that without its guiding filters we would be like beasts in the forest, savage, uncivilized, murderous, etc. The truth of the matter is, culture is what makes us savage, vicious, murderous, war after war after war because of the restrictions and restraints imposed by culture. Both neural scientist James Neal and Alan Shore question: “Will we survive the current situation?” And both Neal and Shore, said “Only if we can produce males capable of nurturing their offspring.” And this sets the stage for a radically different view of the nurturing role of males.

Michael Mendizza

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culture
violence
male vulnerability

Celebrating Joseph Chilton Pearce

One of the most deeply penetrating insights that emerge from Joe’s vision of imagination is how it manifests as both our individual self-image or ego and the culture we live in. One is a personalized micro view and the other a collective macro view of essentially the same field, each giving rise to the other. The Greek word persona comes to mind, persona being the cultural mask our authentic nature wears. We must conform to culture to belong and therefore survive and by doing so we limit and constrain our true nature and potential. Here rests another pillar in Joe’s overarching framework.

Michael Mendizza  

Themes: 
culture
identity

Celebrating Joseph Chilton Pearce

In Joe’s world true imagination is causal, meaning creative. We can literally enter into the ontological structure of reality itself (ontological meaning the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being), and we learn to do this first with storytelling and imaginative play, but that is just the beginning. The very top of Tibetan meditation practices develops this capacity. The child will maintain that great capacity for imagination if it’s encouraged. If it’s discouraged there’s no payoff. Fear of being rejected replaces true development of this extremely high and powerful capacity. This concept is one of the great pillars of Joe’s collected writings.

Michael Mendizza

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imagination

No! It Is Not Easy

Love transforms effort and attention into near constant nurturing, and nurturing is a transformative practice. Years ago Joseph Chilton Pearce described how all learning in the early years involves movement and, at seventeen months, Carly Elizabeth is in near perpetual motion. She never stops! She weighs twenty-two pounds and I, a strapping one-hundred and seventy. You would think I could keep up. Not a chance. It takes a village.

Themes: 
parenting
trust
respect

Celebrating Joseph Chilton Pearce

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brain development

Celebrating Joseph Chilton Pearce

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Still Reaching Beyond Magical Child Joseph Chilton Pearce Turns 90

Joseph Chilton Pearce turns 90 today!
With his distinctive turning up of his nose Joe reminded me in a recent conversation that he dreaded getting ‘old.’ Then he said, “It isn’t as bad as I thought.”

Most of us worry and fret about our day to day affairs and this dominates our feelings about what life is all about. Beginning at a remarkably early age Joe realized that the game of life is all about discovering and developing capacity. We are creation and creation is a completely open-ended affair. The meaning of life therefore, is what we make of it! And yet, what we make of it is often predetermined by the environment, predominantly the virtual reality we call culture.

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joseph chilton pearce

Something we can all do…

I wish it were not so but we often don’t say what we mean and mean what we say. I remember with fond admiration and scoops of respect sharing time with Marshal Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent Communication. ‘Look beyond the words and respond with empathy to the feelings and needs that are the true meaning of what is being said,’ he said. Oh, but we get triggered. Then we are pushed and pulled around by our frazzled emotions, and for what; justifying, defending, proving ‘who’s right?’ I can’t remember one time when playing ‘who’s right’ actually resolved a conflict. Marshal pointed to a better way.

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nonviolent communication

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