The first of these talks was presented by Joe Pearce on April 25th and 26th, 2009 at The Monroe Institute in Faber Virginia. Joe has penned eight books, with his ninth forthcoming, on a variety of really interesting subjects, but notes that his most recent focus has been on “the biological nature of the mind-heart connection and the manifold states of the consciousness inherent within each of us”. The workshop will discuss nature’s ‘biological plan’ for human development, a genetically inherent design for open-ended creativity and freedom, and its conflict with our dominating cultural-societal demands for conformity. The presentation will draw on neuroscience, nero-cardiology (the “brain” in the heart), the evolutionary nature of our fourfold brain, and the sequential or “stage-specific” development of those inherent structures from birth. We will explore how nature’s plan can be preserved and developed in a child, or recovered in adults in the midst of the mounting hostility, chaos, confusion and danger present in today’s world.