Born in the barrio of Carlsbad, California in 1940, Victor Villaseñor was raised on a ranch four miles north in Oceanside. Since his parents were born in Mexico, Villaseñor spoke only Spanish when he started school. After years of facing language and cultural barriers, heavy discrimination and a reading problem, later diagnosed as dyslexia, Victor dropped out of high school his junior year and moved to Mexico. There he discovered a wealth of Mexican art, literature, music, that helped him recapture and understand the dignity and richness of his heritage.
Victor returned to the U.S. at the age of 20. He began to feel the old frustration and anger return as he once again witnessed the disregard toward poor and uneducated people and especially toward the Mexicans. Then a chance encounter with James Joyce’s Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man, changed Victor’s life. It awakened a desire to confront through literature the problems associated with his cultural heritage that continued to plague him.
After producing 9 novels, 65 short stories, and receiving 265 rejections, Villaseñor sold his first novel, Macho!, which the Los Angeles Times compared to the best of John Steinbeck. This began a journey that would eventually lead to the publication of the national bestseller Rain of Gold. Used by thousands of teachers and school systems across the nation as required reading, Rain of Gold tells the story of Victor’s family, taking the reader from war-torn Mexico during the Revolution of 1910 to the present day.
Villaseñor’s body of works includes a number of nonfiction books, all used in schools throughout the country: The first family trilogy Wild Steps of Heaven, Rain of Gold, and Thirteen Senses; the second family trilogy Burro Genius, Crazy Loco Love, and Beyond Rain of Gold. Other books: Jury: The People vs Juan Corona; Macho!; Lion Eyes. Several titles are national bestsellers and Pulitzer Prize submitted. Walking Stars is a little book of nine short stories written especially to inspire youth. And a collection of award winning children’s books, written for ages 2 to 200, each teach an important life lesson: The Frog and His Friends Save Humanity; Goodnight, Papito Dios; Little Crow to the Rescue; Mother Fox and Mr. Coyote; and The Stranger and the Red Rooster. The screenplay for The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, starring Edward James Olmos, was also written by Victor.
A miniseries on Rain of Gold, and Thirteen Senses is in the works.
Villaseñor’s acclaimed written works, as well as his inspiring lectures, have earned him numerous awards and endorsements, including the Founding John Steinbeck Chair appointment.
A gifted and accomplished speaker, Victor Villaseñor, in his candid and heartfelt manner, brings a fresh perspective to a number of universal themes, including pride in cultural heritage, the strength of family, dedication to education and personal achievement, the power of the written word, world harmony and peace.
Villaseñor’s commitment to world harmony and peace is demonstrated through Snow Goose Global Thanksgiving, his nonprofit organization established to promote peace and harmony throughout the world. His self-published book, Snow Goose Global Thanksgiving, describes a simple philosophy that it’s time in human story for women and children to start leading, with men ‘following in front’. Villaseñor’s motto has become “We are all one race. The human race!”
Victor Villaseñor continues to live on the ranch where he was raised.
Victor and Dyslexia
Victor Villaseñor first came upon the concept of reading in the second grade. He would read the simple “Jane saw Spot” and he could understand, but as soon as the sentences became more complex, he lost all understanding. Reading the simple order of the days of the week was too great a confusion to his young mind. He would hide or change seats to avoid being called upon to read. He lived in a secret world of terror.
Villaseñor flunked the third grade. He would have also flunked the fourth grade had his father not given some homegrown avocados to the teacher. Victor copied and cheated his way through school.
At the age of twenty he decided he really wanted to learn to read. He would read for 5 minutes and get tremendous headaches. His eyes would hurt and his mind would reel. He would stop and do push-ups, breathe deeply and try again. Sometimes this would work, other times he would almost pass out. He would circle words that he did not understand. He would look each one up in the dictionary and then write the new word down 5 times, “pressing real hard”, so he could “press” the new word into his mind. This went on for years.
In his late twenties, Villaseñor heard about dyslexia. He knew he had the symptoms. He was terrified. He heard it was genetic and he was afraid to ever have children. When he met his wife, he was glad to learn that she could read normally. They had two sons. When the boys began reading, there were some problems. Victor took the opportunity to have both his sons and himself tested for dyslexia. The boys were mildly dyslexic, but Victor was “off the chart”.
What the test revealed was that Victor had severe visual and audio dyslexia. He was told that it was a miracle that he ever learned to read or write. It was a surprise that he could even listen and understand! He learned about dyslexia. He understood how he was different. He finally understood about his childhood reading problems and his unbearable fear at school. He realized that he had a unique reading and hearing disorder and that this was the cause of his failures. It was not that he was stupid.
Victor Villaseñor now considers his dyslexia a “saving grace”. He views it as the means by which he has become an original thinker. He realizes he sees the world differently from other people. He goes deep within himself to unfold the mysteries of life in his own unique way. These observations and discoveries are reflected in his literary works, but are even more revealed and shared with audiences in his speaking engagements.
Both of Victor Villaseñor’s grandmothers were Indigenous American Natives, one from Oaxaca, Mexico and the other originally from Sinaloa, Mexico. Through all his writing, Villaseñor anchors his work to the Sacred Knowledge that he received from his parents about his grandmothers.
The trilogy—Rain of Gold, Thirteen Senses, and especially Wild Steps of Heaven—shows the Feminine-Based Energy of Indigenous People all over America and our entire planet.
Please go to Dolphin Miracle plus your own Key to Living Miracles and you will find indigenous Terms and Concepts that are outside of Western civilization and give you access to the pre-Colombian Native Wisdom of the Americas.
For instance, in pre-Colombian times there was a Red City in Central America where Sacred Native Elders and Healers would come from all over South and North America. For 10 years they would exchange sacred knowledge of this planet and our Six Sister Planets. Then they’d go north and south to share this knowledge for 10 years. These 20 years were called “the living tree of ancient wisdom” and/or our Original Instructions. Parrots accompanied these Keepers of Wisdom, and that’s why, even today, feathers and carcasses of parrots are found in northern Canada. Truly understand, once you learn these native terms and concepts, you will see that Indigenous People the world over weren’t savages, but highly sophisticated people of sustainable knowledge in harmony with nature.
There’s only One Race, the Human Race, once we activate our Original Instructions.
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