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• Explores the lifestyle of indigenous peoples of the world who exist in complete harmony with the natural world and with each other.

• Reveals a model of a society built on trust, patience, and joy rather than anxiety, hurry, and acquisition.

• Shows how we can reconnect with the ancient intuitive awareness of the world's original people.

Deep in the mountainous jungle of Malaysia the aboriginal Sng'oi exist on the edge of extinction, though their way of living may ultimately be the kind of existence that will allow us all to survive. The Sng'oi--pre-industrial, pre-agricultural, semi-nomadic--live without cars or cell phones, without clocks or schedules in a lush green place where worry and hurry, competition and suspicion are not known. Yet these indigenous people--as do many other aboriginal groups--possess an acute and uncanny sense of the energies, emotions, and intentions of their place and the living beings who populate it, and trustingly follow this intuition, using it to make decisions about their actions each day. 

Psychologist Robert Wolff lived with the Sng'oi, learned their language, shared their food, slept in their huts, and came to love and admire these people who respect silence, trust time to reveal and heal, and live entirely in the present with a sense of joy. Even more, he came to recognize the depth of our alienation from these basic qualities of life. Much more than a document of a disappearing people, Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing holds a mirror to our own existence, allowing us to see how far we have wandered from the ways of the intuitive and trusting Sng'oi, and challenges us, in our fragmented world, to rediscover this humanity within ourselves.

Synopsis:

• Explores the lifestyle of indigenous peoples of the world who exist in complete harmony with the natural world and with each other.

• Reveals a model of a society built on trust, patience, and joy rather than anxiety, hurry, and acquisition.

• Shows how we can reconnect with the ancient intuitive awareness of the world's original people.

Deep in the mountainous jungle of Malaysia the aboriginal Sng'oi exist on the edge of extinction, though their way of living may ultimately be the kind of existence that will allow us all to survive. The Sng'oi--pre-industrial, pre-agricultural, semi-nomadic--live without cars or cell phones, without clocks or schedules in a lush green place where worry and hurry, competition and suspicion are not known. Yet these indigenous people--as do many other aboriginal groups--possess an acute and uncanny sense of the energies, emotions, and intentions of their place and the living beings who populate it, and trustingly follow this intuition, using it to make decisions about their actions each day. 

Psychologist Robert Wolff lived with the Sng'oi, learned their language, shared their food, slept in their huts, and came to love and admire these people who respect silence, trust time to reveal and heal, and live entirely in the present with a sense of joy. Even more, he came to recognize the depth of our alienation from these basic qualities of life. Much more than a document of a disappearing people, Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing holds a mirror to our own existence, allowing us to see how far we have wandered from the ways of the intuitive and trusting Sng'oi, and challenges us, in our fragmented world, to rediscover this humanity within ourselves.

Synopsis:

Deep in the mountainous jungle of Malaysia, the aboriginal Sng'oi exist on the edge of extinction. Psychologist Robert Wolff lived with the Sng'oi, and came to love and admire these people. They respect silence, trust time to reveal and heal, and live entirely in the present with a sense of joy; they also recognize the depth of our alienation from these basic qualities of life." Original Wisdom" holds a mirror to our own existence, and challenges us, in our fragmented world, to rediscover this humanity within ourselves.

About the Author

Robert Wolff was raised by his Dutch parents among the indigenous peoples of Indonesia. A psychologist and educator who has lived in Suriname and in Southeast Asia, he has taught at the University of Hawaii and currently lives on the Big Island.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Assumptions

Draw Something, Anything

Bali and the Barong

Different Realities

Succession

Dimensions of Healing

The People

The Real World, the Shadow World

Reading and Writing

Trees in the Jungle

Slaves

The Mango Tree

Shaman

Learning to Be Human Again

Privacy and Alienation

What Do Those Hundred Men Do?

We Take Care of Each Other

Afterword

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beambc, October 9, 2006 (view all comments by beambc)
Such a good insight to what other cultures are like. Great book I recomend it
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780892818662
Foreword:
Hartmann, Thom
Author:
Hartmann, Thom
Foreword by:
Hartmann, Thom
Foreword:
Hartmann, Thom
Author:
Wolff, Robert
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Location:
Rochester, Vt.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Indigenous peoples
Subject:
Ethnopsychology
Subject:
Ethnophilosophy
Subject:
Inspiration & Personal Growth
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Senoi
Subject:
Mysticism
Subject:
Religion Western-Mysticism
Subject:
Indigenous Spirituality
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
52/2001
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.53x5.17x.55 in. .52 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , • Explores the lifestyle of indigenous peoples of the world who exist in complete harmony with the natural world and with each other.

• Reveals a model of a society built on trust, patience, and joy rather than anxiety, hurry, and acquisition.

• Shows how we can reconnect with the ancient intuitive awareness of the world's original people.

Deep in the mountainous jungle of Malaysia the aboriginal Sng'oi exist on the edge of extinction, though their way of living may ultimately be the kind of existence that will allow us all to survive. The Sng'oi--pre-industrial, pre-agricultural, semi-nomadic--live without cars or cell phones, without clocks or schedules in a lush green place where worry and hurry, competition and suspicion are not known. Yet these indigenous people--as do many other aboriginal groups--possess an acute and uncanny sense of the energies, emotions, and intentions of their place and the living beings who populate it, and trustingly follow this intuition, using it to make decisions about their actions each day. 

Psychologist Robert Wolff lived with the Sng'oi, learned their language, shared their food, slept in their huts, and came to love and admire these people who respect silence, trust time to reveal and heal, and live entirely in the present with a sense of joy. Even more, he came to recognize the depth of our alienation from these basic qualities of life. Much more than a document of a disappearing people, Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing holds a mirror to our own existence, allowing us to see how far we have wandered from the ways of the intuitive and trusting Sng'oi, and challenges us, in our fragmented world, to rediscover this humanity within ourselves.

"Synopsis" by , Deep in the mountainous jungle of Malaysia, the aboriginal Sng'oi exist on the edge of extinction. Psychologist Robert Wolff lived with the Sng'oi, and came to love and admire these people. They respect silence, trust time to reveal and heal, and live entirely in the present with a sense of joy; they also recognize the depth of our alienation from these basic qualities of life." Original Wisdom" holds a mirror to our own existence, and challenges us, in our fragmented world, to rediscover this humanity within ourselves.
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