Episode 242: Michael Mendizza - The life and work of Joseph Chilton Pearce

This Episodes guest is Michael Mendizza founder of the Touch the Future organization. 

In 1987 Michael founded Touch The Future, a nonprofit learning design center whose mission is to promote Optimum Learning Relationships between adults and children. A five-year exploration of optimum states of learning, wellness, and peak performance led to a revolutionary parenting and coaching model the authors call The Intelligence of Play. Touch the Future's top agenda is to provide a lasting foundation for Pearce's legacy and to extend this model for Optimum Learning Relationships to specific populations: preschool, Head Start, and child care providers, public education, and amateur athletics.

A documentary and educational filmmaker, Michael has researched and explored 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, the roots of violence, creativity and peak performance. For two decades Michael has gathered and published interviews with more than fifty researchers, scientists, authors and performance specialists, including David Bohm, J. Krishnamurti, Ashley Montagu and, of course, Joseph Chilton Pearce. Michael and Joe have been close colleagues for years. The unique tone of Magical Parent - Magical Child is an expression of their long-standing friendship and shared passions. Copies of the full interviews featured in Magical Parent - Magical Child gathered by Michael can be found at www.ttfuture.org.

On this episode Michael and I discuss:

  • Michael's background
  • I ask Michael how he became aware of the works of Joe Pearce, J. Krishnamurti, and Paramahansa Yogananda?
  • I ask Michael about his current meditative practice
  • Michael introduces us to Joe
  • Michael shares with us his thoughts on "inculturation"
  • Michael discusses the concept of the "model imperative"
  • We discuss "conscious parenting"
  • I ask Michael to discuss the environments impact on the fetal's epigenetic expression and long-term health and well-being
  • I ask Michael about his newest book - "The Life and Insights of Joseph Chilton Pearce: Astonishing Capacities and Self-Inflicted Limitations"


Show Notes:

Website - michaelmendizza.com

Website - www.ttfuture.org

Facebook - Michael Mendizza

Twitter - @MendizzaMichael


Audios Mentioned:

Joseph Chilton Pearce and Bruce Lipton - Post Modern, Post Darwinian Vision of Evolution

Books Mentioned:

All of Joseph Chilton Pearce's Books 

The Life and Insights of Joseph Chilton Pearce: Astonishing Capacities and Self-Inflicted Limitations


Podcasts Mentioned:

The Wisdom Podcast:  Michael Mendizza: Conversations with Samdhong Rinpoche and J. Krishnamurti


Videos Mentioned:

What Babies Want- Documentary


People and Resources Mentioned:

Joseph Chilton Pearce

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Paramahansa Yogananda

David Bohm

Ashley Montagu

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jean Piaget

Maria Montessori

Paul D. MacLean

Bruce Lipton


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