Prompted by the attempted rape and murder of a female colleague in 1981, Michael embarked on The Betrayal of Intimacy, an independent research and public awareness project to prevent sexual violence. The sociopath, rapist, and abusive male are most often themselves victims of early childhood abuse, humiliation, and neglect. It is this betrayal of intimacy that creates a foundation for violence. If the absence of nurturing is a major contributor to juvenal and adult patterns of violence, then feeling safe, physical affection and play in early childhood will help prevent violence. In 1987 Michael founded Touch the Future, a nonprofit learning design center, upon this simple observation.
As documentary filmmaker Michael has traveled extensively researching sensitive issues: domestic violence and rape, the impact of media on learning, cultural and human development, the nature of intelligence, holistic learning models, the changing family, prenatal learning, creativity and peak performance. For two decades Michael has gathered and published interviews with more than fifty researchers, scientists, authors and performance specialists, including extensive works with renowned physicist David Bohm, J. Krishnamurti, Ashley Montagu and Joseph Chilton Pearce. Working closely with Pearce and performance specialists, Michael developed a revolutionary parenting and coaching model that applies the psychology of optimum experience, what athletes call The Zone, to parenting and to education.
Magical Parent - Magical Child, the Optimum Learning Relationship, a book written in collaboration with Pearce, offers this model of peak performance and optimum learning to parents, preschool, Head Start, and child care providers, public educators and amateur athletic coaches. Michael has presented these and related works at national and international conferences in the United States, Eastern Europe, The Netherlands, in India and the United Kingdom.
The Life and Insights of Joseph Chilton Pearce: Astonishing Capacities and Self-Inflicted Limitations
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A comprehensive guide to social visionary Joseph Chilton Pearce’s work on the transcendent and magical potential of the human mind
• Explores Pearce’s most influential books, including Magical Child, sharing his life-changing insights into why we have become what we are, contrasted with the miracle nature intends us to be
• Features essential passages interwoven with Pearce’s own commentary, drawn from personal conversations and unpublished material
• Shows how Pearce’s key insights build across his books and break down core assumptions about reality and human potential
An expert in child development, Joseph Chilton Pearce (1926-2016) devoted his life to exploring the optimum development and astonishing capacities within each individual human being. Across his 12 visionary books and thousands of lectures, he blended cutting-edge science with spirituality and explored the amazing power of imagination for both children and adults--the space where we are able to play with our reality--inspiring millions to discover the human birthright of a more magical world.
In this guide to Pearce’s complete vision of transcendent human potential, Michael Mendizza explores 7 of his most influential books, sharing insights and expertise from Pearce’s full range of interests, from child development and conscious parenting to psychic phenomena and altered states to the power of the mind to shape reality.
Offering essential passages interwoven with Pearce’s own commentary, drawn from personal conversations and unpublished material, this book shows how Pearce’s key insights build across his books, breaking down core assumptions about reality and human potential. We see the importance of imagination and empathic, non-verbal forms of wisdom, which have been long overshadowed--to the peril of humanity--by verbal-intellectual skills with their abstract concepts and ideological perspectives.
Presenting Pearce’s vision of human potential from the 1950s until the end of his life, this book shares Pearce’s life-changing insights into why we have become what we are, contrasted with the miracle nature intends us to be, allowing each of us to break through our self-inflicted limitations and realize our amazing and magical potential.
Michael is the author of Magical Parent, Magical Child, with the iconic Joseph Chilton Pearce; Playful Wisdom: A Father's Adventure; and Always Awakening: Buddha's Realization, Krishnamurti's Insights, with the foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Read more about Michael's books here.
As a documentary film maker Michael has interviewed hundreds of remarkable human beings and "I consider everyone a teacher. Some I call mentors because the trust, respect and friendship we develop becomes a constant source of life-changing insight and inspiration. Joseph Chilton Pearce and I have such a relationship. There are others..." View a collection of Michael's interviews here.
After forty years, being a slow learner, Krishnamurti’s core insight - conditioned memory and reflexive thought is limited, mechanical, not intelligence, and therefore undistilled, is profoundly dangerous - can be summarized with a simple metaphor.
The activity of conditioned memory and thought, which is nearly always reflexive and mechanical, can be compared to the flashing lights and ringing bells of a pinball machine in Las Vegas. The flashing lights and noise fill our attention like the city lights in Las Vegas flood the night sky with artificial light, rendering the Milky Way above invisible. Step away from the city, a metaphor for emptiness or silence, and attention, no longer overwhelmed with self-generated activity, suddenly expands, potentially infinitely, and experiences the galaxies and the heavens screaming with explosive depth, wonder and meaning. In this case, the vast night-sky is a metaphor for our deepest nature: true living intelligence, expressing as the core capacities that define being human:
Empathy, altruism, wonder, curiosity, not as a concept, but a quality or state of attention, authentic play supported and enhanced by refined, mindful imagination, and a deep, embodied realization that we are entangled and interdependent with all of life.
Though concepts can be formed around each of the above, the true nature of each is not a concept, rather, a direct experience, a quality or state of attention.
Memory and habituation are great for tying shoes. They are however, disastrous and profoundly dangerous when the same habits are applied to abstracted, psychological images and the emotions they trigger, unconsciously and falsely reified as independent realities, the social ego and its cultural twins.
What Krishnamurti called silence and the Buddhist tradition calls emptiness, is this stepping away from the bright lights and noise constantly generated by our Las Vegas habits of mind. When the bling and buzz we call thought ends, only then can we experience directly the vast intelligence implicit in our true nature, which is nature. After all, we are a fractal of the universe.
The meaning or intelligence of the universe is hidden from a mind preoccupied with its own, conditioned, self-generated buzzing, flashing images, ideas and beliefs. The process that creates all the noise, makes even more noise trying to be still. It can’t meet this challenge, no matter how hard it tries. Something other is needed, a completely different approach.
Krishnamurti and David Bohm, along with the Dalai Lama, understand that silent-attention represents an essential reset, like a magnetic field organizing chaotic iron filings. An energy thought can never touch or understand brings a new and critical order to what we think, our psyche, emotions and human consciousness, which then resonate outwardly, as society and culture, something thought can never do.
Perceiving directly the limitations of thought reveals the magician’s sleight-of-hand or the self-deception that has defined our lives for centuries. And in that flash the illusion pops. Suddenly, everything looks different. Simple and pure attention opens, expands, inspiring and guiding the causal-creative power of creative imagination, distilled, awake and unfettered by phantom images, to spontaneously act, always moving towards wholeness and wellbeing, because there is nothing else to do.
Unconditionally Free unfolds this core insight.
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