Last week I sat down for a telephone conversation with Joseph Chilton Pearce, an author who has had a big influence not only on my work, but on the way I have raised my children. He alerted me early on to the damage that hospital birthing, day care, television, and modern schooling do to the developing brain. A World War Two veteran, he could be considered one of the elders of the human potential movement, although he brings to it a sobriety bordering at times on pessimism. His books include The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Magical Child, and many more. His most recent is The Heart-mind Matrix: How the Heart can Teach the Mind New Ways to Think.
Charles Eisenstein: I just wanted to tell you, your work has had a huge impact on me.
Joseph Chilton Pearce: Oh, thank you, thank you. It has me too. (Chuckles)
I often feel like things I write are from a place that I haven’t arrived at yet, and that they’re coming from a field, and the writing of those works is what pulls me to that field, even if I’m not there yet when I write it. Do you ever experience that?
Very, very much so. Something very similar to it. In fact one of the things I have found most surprising is to pick up my last two or three books and re-read them, and be so surprised at what I had said. I think, my god, where did this come from? Its as though it was the first time I’ve heard that, whatever the particular thing is. In fact, I think the business of memory…I’ve been wanting to do a paper on memory and duration. I think we need to expand our term “duration” to include an awful lot. Its a great extension and far more creative than our notion of the Akashic Records. And there really is something very similar to the Akashic Records. And that is involved in duration. Duration is really the source of all creativity. What I’ve been calling duration. We have no real term for it….If I could I would certainly try to get that little essay down about creativity and duration and what duration really means.