Candice O’Denver is an innovator in the practical application of philosophy as a means to benefit all. Candice invented Balanced View, a standardized education in the nature of mind used throughout the world. Balanced View’s unique methodology applies algorithms to reach the consistent result of the beneficial empowerment of mind, speech, body, qualities, and activities. Comprehensive order becomes spontaneously obvious through recognizing intelligence as inexhaustibly open in a vast space that is not restricted by the body.
As a young girl, Candice O’Denver was living in Bermuda and went to Port Royal Academy located on a hillside overlooking the ocean, where she would spend hours sitting on the hill watching the whales go by. When Candice was seven years old, a neighbor read her, “Awareness Nakedly Seeing” from the Oxford University translation of “The Tibetan Book of the Dead.” The clear perspective of mind as an inexhaustible open intelligence was newly invigorated in her upon hearing this important text. It gave Candice courage to continue in her firmly held belief that everything is beneficial by nature. She found no distinction between Tibetan timeless awareness and the Christian God that was so important to her family. Candice O’Denver learned that each culture has its own system for bringing out the best in people and that each is a perfect fit for that particular culture. She felt a strong urgency to bring unity to the people of the world through a standardized means of bringing out the best in people.
In Bermuda, European Catholic pageantry and British royals were blended with celebratory Caribbean Christianity and early steel drum music — the roots of reggae, rapped out on large discarded oil cans. Every night, the sound filled the air, from nightfall until 2am, becoming the vibration of the Caribbean countries and their people, including Candice.
Although the time period of the 50s was after World War II, Jewish people were not permitted entry to the country or its lodging through a variety of devious means. Candice O’Denver’s parents gave refuge to visitors and immigrants who were not allowed in Bermuda, giving all six of their children a rich background in international community and friendship.
Candice O’Denver studied in a Yale mathematics program for gifted children. At the age of 18, she attended a UCLA international program for young philosophers where she focused on the pragmatic application of philosophy to be of immediate, permanent benefit. Bypassing undergraduate school, O’Denver was accepted into and completed graduate school, studying both critical theory and fine arts with a variety of professors at California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.
Early in childhood, Candice O’Denver was introduced to computer science and the use of original algorithms to reach consistent results. In the seminal years of computer history, her father began the high level design of the first international computer network for food distribution. He later led the team that developed and implemented this system when technological innovations matched his aspirations. Inspired by her father’s drawings of bar codes and stories about a future of food distribution to everyone in the world based on the bar code, Candice became very familiar with the axiom of the reducibility as a concept for working with information and reducibility became Candice’s natural way of problem-solving.
Candice O’Denver is particularly interested in utilizing the philosophy and mathematics of computer science as the basis for a revolution in social science, particularly philosophy of mind, which always has been left to vague levels of abstraction with no result of permanent benefit. She applies precise levels of organization and explanation used in computer science to arrive at specific results in the philosophy of mind. Advancing theories of information, reducibility, organization and explanation, she began a comparative analysis of all the trainings in the nature of mind and human nature. This analysis is ongoing for forty years. From that Candice put together a comprehensive map of what a training would look like that would actually draw out the beneficial potential in people.
In terms of her own research, Candice felt very responsible for providing a vehicle that works—an indestructible vehicle, one that would actually lead to a result. This indestructible vehicle is now known as the Four Mainstays.
Heartfelt gratitude to Jochen and Kathy Raysz, Mia Castle and Heather Byrne who join her in the Balanced View management team and who prove the great benefit existing in each one of us. Her husband Robert, sons David and Matt, eight grandchildren, and siblings Mary, Colleen, John, Kevin and Patricia, along with their spouses are sheer delight. Boston terriers Rudy and Baby Kazooti are perfect examples of loving spontaneity.
Candice O’Denver is the founder of Balanced View. Balanced View offers a vital and new education in the nature of mind. It allows us to recognize our greatest potential and to be of benefit to all. This grassroots movement empowers people around the world to see their talents and strengths and contribute them for the benefit of all. It allows people to enjoy an increasing happiness and joy by tapping into their potential for living life in a deeply caring and beneficial way.
Balanced View’s Education in the Nature of Mind can be broken up into These Elements:
- Short Moments: A simple practice that can be relied upon in each moment of everyday life. Short moment of open intelligence, repeated many times until benefit is pervasive at all times.
- Trainers: Experienced trainers are available 24/7 through email and live chat.
- Training: Free media online and formal trainings in person, through tele-conference and online.
- Community: A worldwide community of people thriving with life satisfaction and a passion for making powerful changes in the world that is of benefit to all.
This support network is known as the Four Mainstays.