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• Features essential passages interwoven with Pearce’s own commentary, drawn from personal conversations and unpublished material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Offering essential passages interwoven with Pearce’s own commentary, drawn from personal conversations and unpublished material, this book shows how Pearce’s key insights build across his books, breaking down core assumptions about reality and human potential.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.
About the Author
Michael Mendizza is an entrepreneur, author, educator, documentary filmmaker, and founder of Touch the Future, a non-profit learning center focused on optimizing human potential beginning with the parent-child relationship. He had a deep friendship with Joseph Chilton Pearce spanning nearly 30 years and together they coauthored Magical Parent Magical Child. He lives in Solvang, California.
“The Life and Insights of Joseph Chilton Pearce, edited by Michael Mendizza, reveals how Pearce, a modern-day sage, endowed with the courage, strength, and perseverance to challenge conventional worldviews, offered humanity original and penetrating insights into our transcendent nature and vast creativity. Joe’s brilliant and original works represent a profound and important contribution toward healing our global dysfunction and ensuring the healthy development of future generations.” — Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., author of The Biology of Belief and The Honeymoon Effect
“For many of us, Joseph Chilton Pearce’s 1971 book, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, was an early introduction to the mystery and awe of creation. The journey he took through his subsequent books is even more astonishing. This brilliant recap and summary of his work is a must-read for anybody interested in finding the deeper meaning of life and life’s experiences.” — Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
“Joe Pearce’s rare genius was the way he applied his multidimensional wisdom to a deeper understanding of a child’s total development. In my case, he was literally the teacher’s teacher. I will never forget him once telling me, ‘Teachers teach who they are, not what they know.’” — Chris Mercogliano, author of In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids’ Inner Wildness
“What a gift to have this distillation of so many of Joe’s insights in one place! Being with him was an experience of ‘the model imperative’ that we all must have. His writings represent a unique contribution to the deepening challenges we all face today.” — Rahima Baldwin Dancy, Waldorf educator and author of You Are Your Child’s First Teacher
“Joe remains a giant. The Life and Insights of Joseph Chilton Pearce is priceless. Joe validated, enriched, and added practical substance to my lifelong quest to better understand the critical importance of play. Without Joe’s clear descriptions that play is learning, my explorations would have been less complete. Joe was inspiring, a role model and mentor.” — Stuart Brown, M.D., founder and president of the National Institute for Play
“Joseph Chilton Pearce’s insights into what human beings can be inspired the founding of Kindred World. Michael Mendizza guides us through Pearce’s decades of synthesized, cross-cultural fields of science and deeply integrated wisdom toward a welcome and truer vision of humanity’s amazing capacities. This book describes the new story we all need right now.” — Lisa Reagan, founder of Kindred World
“When I first found Pearce’s work after training as a psychological researcher, I was enthralled. As I moved away from a rigid mindset, oriented toward material measurement and control, and back to an interdisciplinary perspective where all truth exists, the seeds planted by Pearce are now reaching fruition at the Evolved Nest. I am forever grateful that he had the courage to share his wisdom and that Michael Mendizza has kept it alive.” — Darcia Narvaez, professor emerita of psychology at the University of Notre Dame
"This is a priceless compilation of thoughts from Joseph Chilton Pearce. I remember that reading his book, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, in 1971 was the beginning of a personal journey for myself. We are in dire need of more authors who are willing to put it all on the line to say what must be said and do what must be done to make the world a better place for future generations. If you’re looking for ways to break through the limitations of your personal development and leave this world in a better state…this is your chance." — Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide
"Joseph Chilton Pearce (1926-2016) was an expert in child development who devoted his life to exploring how we could actualize our highest potential and capacities while drawing on the power of imagination and play. We now find ourselves in the dangerous situation of having created what Pearce calls a cultural counterfeit in virtual reality, which constitutes ‘about 90% of a young person’s entire experience on a sensorimotor level in this world.’ The book contains important messages which we neglect our peril." — Paradigm Explorer Journal