Suzanne Arms

Author: 
Suzanne Arms

Suzanne Arms describes the challenges the natural birth movement has faced and continues to face.

Suzanne Arms

Author: 
Suzanne Arms

Since 1973, Suzanne Arms has been an outspoken visionary, multi-book author, photojournalist, inspired teacher and public speaker: wise, passionate and compassionate. She synthesizes earth-based wisdom and modern science about how best to bring humans into the world and care for the mother-baby bond, so that everyone benefits and families can thrive. Her perspective is both broad and deep, as she weaves history, politics, economics, psychology, spirituality, public health, cross-cultural issues, eco-feminism and the feminine into a beautiful tapestry of knowledge.

Ashley Montagu

Author: 
Ashley Montagu

Our first Touch the Future interview was recorded in my home with Ashley Montagu in 1994, an anthropologist and humanist who popularized issues such as race and gender and their relationship to politics and human development. Ashley authored over fifty books including Life Before Birth, Touching, On Being Human, The Nature of Human Aggression, The Natural Superiority of Women, Growing Young and many others. In 1995 The American Humanist Association named him the humanist of the Year for revolutionizing our understanding of human nature.

Continuum Concept 04

Nobody's born rotten but we can make them bad
Jean Leidoff

The first job you have on Earth, which is dictated innately, is that of an explorer. You go around sniffing and tasting and touching and looking at everything. And people say don’t touch, it’s dirty; don’t touch that; be careful, you’ll hurt yourself; don’t do that, you’ll break it—all of which constantly undermines your feeling of competence.The little ones are learning from the older children or from the adults, but nobody’s teaching. They’re learning on their own initiative, which is so powerful. You don’t have to augment it. In fact you can’t really augment it. There’s no way you can make a child learn better than he would if left alone.

The first job you have on Earth, which is dictated innately, is that of an explorer. You go around sniffing and tasting and touching and looking at everything. And people say don’t touch, it’s dirty; don’t touch that; be careful, you’ll hurt yourself; don’t do that, you’ll break it—all of which constantly undermines your feeling of competence.

When you get to school people say sit still when you don’t want to sit still, fold your hands, don’t talk to your neighbor. You want to talk to your neighbor because you have something to say. But you’re not supposed to. Whatever you’re doing they say stop.

Whatever children are doing—is learning. That’s all they do. They’re just learning like little sponges all the time. But they’re told, “Stop it because this is worthless. What is important is this. Pay attention. ‘A’ is for apple.” Everything else is undermined and pronounced worthless. “A” isn’t even for apple. It could be for aardvark, it could be for God knows what, anything you like. But they arbitrarily tell you that “A” is for apple and nothing else counts. And they persist. All your authority figures tell you that your nature, which is to explore, is worthless.  If they don’t teach you it is not learning. 

I’ve recently come to the rather startling but obvious conclusion that learning occurs naturally, but teaching isn’t natural at all. I can’t remember ever seeing any of the people I’m talking about (who live so successfully) teaching. The little ones are learning from the older children or from the adults, but nobody’s teaching. They’re learning on their own initiative, which is so powerful. You don’t have to augment it. In fact you can’t really augment it. There’s no way you can make a child learn better than he would if left alone.

Continuum Concept 02

Blinded by Preconceptions
Jean Leidoff

It was a long time before I really began to notice what was right before my eyes.  One thinks, well these are little savages. They’ve got on red paint and little loin cloths, so they’re not people. Of course they are people. They’re exactly the same species as we are, except that they are behaving the way we evolved to behave. While we are completely crazed by being mistreated as infants and children, treated inappropriately for our species. As a result, we have actually created an anti-social population. It’s not an accident. Nobody’s born rotten. You just don’t have bad kids. It’s not true. There is no such thing. But you can make them bad.

I was living for literally three years, looking straight at these Indians and not seeing because I was so blinded by preconceptions. I didn’t even notice that, amazingly enough, the children never argued. They played together all day unsupervised, all ages, from crawling to walking to adolescence. Not only did they not fight; they never even argued. This is not what we have been taught as human nature—or boys will be boys—at all. So I said well, boys won’t be boys. There’s something wrong here.

It was a long time before I really began to notice what was right before my eyes.  One thinks, well these are little savages. They’ve got on red paint and little loin cloths, so they’re not people. Of course they are people. They’re exactly the same species as we are, except that they are behaving the way we evolved to behave. While we are completely crazed by being mistreated as infants and children, treated inappropriately for our species. As a result, we have actually created an anti-social population. It’s not an accident. Nobody’s born rotten. You just don’t have bad kids. It’s not true. There is no such thing. But you can make them bad.

Our social nature is actually what develops human beings that way; we meet the expectations of our elders. Whenever this reversal took place and our elders stopped expecting us to be social and expected us to be anti-social, just to put it in gross terms, that’s when the real fall took place.

See the full transcript: https://ttfuture.org/academy/jean-leidoff/jean-liedloff

Continuum Concept 01

We have made a terrible mistake
Jean Leidoff

How could we conceivably believe that we have evolved over millions of years without somehow solving the problem of digesting our own mother’s milk? No other animal has this problem.

Normal is how we think children are, or should be. This includes things like three month colic, where babies are constantly throwing up, vomiting. They call it spitting up so it doesn’t sound like a desperate illness, but it is an illness. It’s painful. It’s not okay. This happens even when babies are drinking mother’s milk. They’re still throwing up, they’re still violently ill. There are contractions and a lot of pain.

How could we conceivably believe that we have evolved over millions of years without somehow solving the problem of digesting our own mother’s milk? No other animal has this problem and it stands to reason that our mother’s milk is digestible to us just as it is to every other animal.

Why do we have indigestion? Why are babies are so stressed that they can’t keep their food down. Mind you, the people that I saw in the jungle never had indigestion unless they were violently ill with fever. Babies never threw up. They were not wriggling and struggling and arching and flexing and squeaking like ours do normally.

The tragedy is that we call this normal because we’ve never seen a comfortable baby. It also helps to have the babies nursing vertically rather than horizontally as we do, for some reason. Some male pediatrician probably told us to do it that way. It’s not logical to have a baby nurse lying down. It’s just as illogical as having a mother lying flat on her back with her feet in the air when she’s trying to give birth to something downwards. It doesn’t make any sense at all. But of course, this was something imposed on us by obstetricians who like to take over completely and present us with a bouncing baby, while getting rid of our husbands as much as possible. I hope that there is greater understanding today that this is not the most sensitive of appropriate way for most births to take place. 

Are there other examples of the difference between natural and normal.

We oppose the baby from the start, coached by experts and the society around us, not by our own feelings. We wage a war of wills.

See the full transscript: https://ttfuture.org/academy/jean-leidoff/jean-liedloff

We can't solve a problem at the level of the problem

Forgive me for restating the obvious. It is really very simple. Rape, domestic violence, child abuse, depression, addictions, chronic anxiety, fear, rage, most chronic diseases; diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, many hormonal cancers; breast, testicular, heart disease, ALS, attention disorders, bullying, gangs, male-female inequity, poverty, the failure of education, corporate exploitation of human beings and the environment, you get the point, are expressions of failed or impaired capacity to relate nonviolently with other human beings, society, culture and with nature. All are attachment disorders, attachment being attuned, empathic, respectful, caring relationships.

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culture
parenting
self image

Krishnamurti

 

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I have known, traveled with, interviewed and directed a number of documentaries on the life and insights of J. Krishnamurti, and have done so for more than thirty years. Below is The Mind of J. Krishnamurti, a 60 minute documentary. The best introduction to the man and his insights avilable. mm

 

Krishnamurti with Michael Mendizza

M The world crisis is unquestionably growing more and more acute. You have said that the outer crisis, in society and the world, reflects an inner crisis in human consciousness. What do you mean by that?

Chamberlain Mind of the Prenate

Author: 
David B. Chamberlain

In this 75 minute up date and companion program to Babies Know More Than You Think - David B. Chamberlain, PhD explores the present state of pregnancy and birth in America. He describes how birthing practices have been influenced by Obstetrics rather than Obstetrics being shaped to meet the needs of babies, mothers and families. The key insight being explored in this very candid and compelling program is startling and transformative. Very early in the program David explains why the mind of the baby is not in or dependent on the brain.

The Continuum Concept Leidloff

Author: 
Jean Leidoff

This is the best interview with Jean Leidloff, author of the Continuum concept, anywhere. We have made a terrible mistake about what human nature is. We are under the misapprehension that we're born bad, or in the official words of the Church of England, innately depraved, and that is simply not true. I was living for more than two years with Stone Age Indians, looking straight at them and not really seeing them, because I was so blinded by preconceptions. I didn't even notice that, amazingly, the children never fought.

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