The Inner State of the Union

Yuval Noah Harari describes in a recent book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind how ‘story,’ the capacity to imagine and share meaning through symbols and images, is the defining capacity that sets Sapiens apart from all other species. When focused inwardly ‘story’ sculpts the social-image we believe ourselves to be, what we call ‘me.’ When directed outwardly this same story creates culture. Culture and our social image are reciprocal mirrors of the other, each giving rise to the other, reincarnating the enchantment moment by moment. Both are stories, images, but we treat the image is if it were an independent, concrete reality. This is our basic flaw.

Themes: 
culture

Count the Smiles Remember the Laughter

If my worth as a father and parent can be measured, let it be by the smiles and laughter Carly Elizabeth, my wife Z and I share together. I happen to be fond of the Buddhist tradition where one, with conscious intent, negates suffering in ourselves and therefore in others. Joseph Chilton Pearce and I often shared the irony that most of our suffering is self-inflicted. In the East there are two icons for wisdom, the Contemplative Buddha and the Happy Buddha. In a casual way we can say that negating suffering leads to happiness, that ultimate wisdom is happiness.

Themes: 
parenting
imagination and play

Featured Insight - Unfolding Language

I loved this insight when we first recorded it and I love it today. Here Joe describes the origins of language itself. We all know that the use of symbols and metaphors is the defining capacity that distinguishes human beings from all other species. What we take for granted is the awesome computing power needed to describe how to get to the market and to decode and understand the message. It’s almost unbelievable. Our use and misuse of this truly miraculous capacity is both our saving grace and our downfall. Language opens the door to the causal nature of consciousness and it is the source of fearful selfish egos that will sell another’s soul for a nickel. At thirteen months young Carly Elizabeth is beginning to understand ‘let’s read a book.’ She doesn’t know what that means in a literal sense but she does know it means sitting in my lap and turning pages.

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language

New Featured Weekly Insight

New Featured Weekly Insight

My life and my understanding of how I became who I am has deepened beyond measure by recording and editing hundreds of personal interviews with people like Joseph Chilton Pearce, Ashley Montagu, David Bohm, J. Krishnamurti, Gabor Mate, James W. Prescott, Jean Leidloff, Bev Bos, Suzanne Arms, the list goes on and on. The Academy was created to share these collected insights today and into the future.

We are beginning a weekly Featured Insight series to highlight the depth and rare wisdom these interviews hold. The first is from Joseph Chilton Pearce as he describes Bonding and the Intelligence of the Heart. Please enjoy and share this weekly series with others.

Michael Mendizza
Founder, Touch the Future

Marinated Minds

My wife and I went to a meeting for several hours. When we returned we both remarked that Carly Elizabeth had changed and indeed she had. No surprise here. She is changing every moment. We simply aren’t acute enough to notice. This morning she climbed the wood stairs hefting one of my shoes then scooted down, face first, carefully and skillfully on her way to the leather sofa that she now uses like a baby trampoline, exploring the bounce and uneven surfaces, smiling and uttering a variety of sounds as if to say, “there!” It was only a few weeks ago that she began to walk. Today it is a near constant joyful run. That is how fast her constant changing is.

Themes: 
attention
technology
child development
media
screen time

More Precious Than Gold

Themes: 
parenting
attention
listening

Like A Tsunami

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parenting

The Best of Bev Bos

Now Live in The Academy

I consider Bev Bos and Joseph Chilton Pearce the perfect complement of theory and hands on experience. The Academy features a Bev Bos Library. We just added over two hours of clear, passionate insights with Bev in her home. What a treasure! This rich collection compliments, deepens and builds on our original interview and What Every Preschool Could Be, a guided tour of the renowned Roseville Community Preschool Bev founded years ago.

Radiant Attention

The shared attention between parents and children, between all of us really, I maintain, is telepathic. Recall Rupert Sheldrake’s studies on feeling watched and with animals. The question, of course, is the degree that we are sensitive and attentive to this subtle radiant communication. Sadly, mostly we are not which leaves our young children, who are innately sensitive and aware, stranded and disconnected.

Themes: 
attention
parenting
media
technology

Poison Food And Our Children

Themes: 
nutrition
behavior

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