Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing by Robert Wolff

By Robert Wolff

• Explores the life-style of indigenous peoples of the area who exist in entire concord with the flora and fauna and with every one other.

• finds a version of a society equipped on belief, endurance, and pleasure instead of nervousness, hurry, and acquisition.

• exhibits how we will reconnect with the traditional intuitive knowledge of the world's unique humans.

Deep within the mountainous jungle of Malaysia the aboriginal Sng'oi exist at the fringe of extinction, although their lifestyle may possibly eventually be the type of life that would permit us all to outlive. The Sng'oi--pre-industrial, pre-agricultural, semi-nomadic--live with no autos or mobile phones, with no clocks or schedules in a lush eco-friendly position the place fear and hurry, festival and suspicion should not identified. but those indigenous people--as do many different aboriginal groups--possess an acute and uncanny experience of the energies, feelings, and intentions in their position and the dwelling beings who populate it, and trustingly stick to this instinct, utilizing it to make judgements approximately their activities every day.

Psychologist Robert Wolff lived with the Sng'oi, discovered their language, shared their meals, slept of their huts, and got here to like and appreciate those those who admire silence, belief time to bare and heal, and dwell totally within the current with a feeling of pleasure. much more, he got here to acknowledge the intensity of our alienation from those uncomplicated traits of lifestyles. even more than a rfile of a disappearing humans, Original knowledge: tales of an old manner of Knowing holds a replicate to our personal life, permitting us to work out how a long way we've got wandered from the methods of the intuitive and trusting Sng'oi, and demanding situations us, in our fragmented international, to rediscover this humanity inside of ourselves.

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She paused to take a deep breath, and went on. “Now you come. You rip her out of her home, out of the village. ” Again she took a deep breath. “Maybe this is the end of the world . ” She paused only briefly, to go on almost immediately. “What right do you have to take her away from husband, children, the kampong? She is sick—she needs us, all of us, around her. Now she is all alone with strangers. She should be with her family, her friends in her kampong. Instead she is in this stone building, with nobody to give her the food 40 D i ffe re n t Re a l i t i e s she likes.

Near that village there was a guesthouse where some of us were staying. ) The woman was in the hospital. I was exhausted, but felt a sense of accomplishment. I do not believe I thought in terms of saving her life, but I definitely felt pleased. I had won, and probably I imagined that I had done what every normal (white) person would have done. The doctor at the hospital had confirmed my guess—she did have an ovarian cyst. They would remove it surgically early the next morning. I felt good. It was dark, perhaps seven o’clock in the evening.

For important decisions I have come to trust my intuition, my dreams, a feeling that I should turn this way rather than that. We have designed a society that puts choices in our way all the time. We must choose services: a doctor, a lawyer, a plumber. Have you ever moved to a new city and had to choose a doctor at night? Or agonized over how to choose an electrician or a carpenter in an emergency? How do we choose a profession? What criteria do we use to choose a mate? How do we choose a religion?

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