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Exploring the Life and Insights of Joseph Chilton Pearce

Perhaps the greatest obstacle we each face is the open-ended nature of true intelligence and wisdom, as opposed to knowledge and imagination. Real development is not the accumulation of knowledge. He or she with the largest flash drive is not the most developed, the best human possible.

What does it mean to be a human being? What are the astonishing capacities that make being human unique in all the world, perhaps in all the worlds? What are the self-inflicted limitations that prevent those capacities from unfolding? Is there anything that can be done to take the lid off of our own, and our children’s, true development? Why, after millennia haven’t we become more than we are? Is it becoming even harder, with each new development, to discover, awaken and develop the miraculous gifts nature has hidden in each of us? Which side is winning; the dark or the light?

Joseph Chilton Pearce

The Essence of Krishnamurti’s Teachings

All 250,000 pages can be summarized in a few words.

Freedom from the Known. One enlightenment, not 31 flavors. Truth is a Pathless Land and Choiceless Awareness. When two people observe with the same intensity, freedom and clarity, they see the same thing. JK


Joseph Chilton Pearce His Life and Collected Insights

Postponed by unprecedented global events, we are now ready…

A Different Kind of Greed

More presence.
More depth.
More clarity.
More insight.
More beauty.
More compassion.
More truth.

More stillness.

Ryan Holiday

Keep a copy of Ryan’s book ‘Stillness’ by your bed.
Read it each night like a prayer.




Those driving the brand called COVID are like termites. The real damage is done in darkness, beneath the surface, relentlessly. What we see, 99.99% scripted media, is all surface. A dreamlike-nightmare. Everything is twisted; good is bad, bad is good, counting cases not illness, sleepwalking psychoses, sane is crazy and crazy insisting it is sane. The new normal.

Like the US Civil War, the lines have been drawn. Hidden behind useless masks it’s hard to tell; Yankee or Rebel? But then we see a glimpse:

Rediscovering Our Missing Mind

Civilized societies, which began perhaps around 10,000 years ago, make up less than one percent of humanity’s presence on the planet. Prior to the gradual emergence of herding and farming communities, over 95% of humanity’s existence was spent as small-band hunter-gatherers. As the neocortex grew, with its astonishing capacity to create inner images not present to the senses, abstracted images filled human consciousness, pushing aside nearly all ‘other’ ways of knowing and relating. As abstract knowledge grew, so did its power to enchant. We lost track of what the mind is doing and assumed the image is real. Reification created a false virtual reality, mistaken as real, in which past knowledge, culture, personal identity, and ego, with their implicit conflicts, dominate. Technology magnified the excluding nature of this virtual reality, amplifying and broadcasting it simultaneously around the world, capturing humanity in a homogenized Global Brain, that is dominated by an easily manipulated artificial reality.

embodied intelligence

Language, Consciousness, and Identity

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Preface: Human development is model-dependent. Of near-unlimited possibility, only those capacities that are modeled in the environment will open and develop. No model, no capacity; summarizing Joseph Chilton Pearce on the ‘Model Imperative.’ Joe often shared that a lack of modeling can cause a complete capacity to disappear in one generation, with the new generation not missing or even being aware of what has been lost. This sets the stage for what we describe below as ‘The Missing Mind’ and the way symbolic-metaphoric language, science, and technology empower and blind.

The overwhelming power of the neocortex to create mental images shapes human consciousness. Language is a defining force. The form, structure, and pervasive use of language pre-defines and organizes what we perceive, including how we perceive ourselves, and this, of course, implies how we relate to everything.

Physicist David Bohm described how matter dissolves seamlessly into energy. There are no sharp edges that define a ‘thing’ from something else. Edges that define are more a statement of the observer’s point of view than the ultimate nature of what is being observed. The structure of the human eye, for example, persistence of vision and other qualities, ‘represent’ the swirling movement of energies, two-parts hydrogen plus one part oxygen, as a stream. There is no stream as an independent ‘thing.’ What we experience as an independent thing, a stream, is a representation, an appearance. The movement of various energies ‘appears’ to be independent and solid. That ‘thingness’ disappears at finer resolutions.


Believing The Script

It is astonishing the number of people who compulsively wear their facemask, like zipping up their pants, driving alone in the car, or walking down the street. Like the frog in the pot story, habits form quickly and become reflexes. What was unimaginable a short time ago becomes the new norm and people don’t seem to notice the difference. Even our representatives in Congress.

Congressman Salud Carbajal
360 South Hope Avenue, C-3
Santa Barbara, CA 93105


December 8, 2021


Like the Serenity Prayer

Our challenge is inner, not outer
to not identify with what Buddhists call ignorance
that fundamental misperception of our true nature
with its implicit evil brewing in ourselves, others, society
what we do to the earth and every living thing

Only then, free from ignorance
can we see clearly and do what must be done
without creating more of what we shun