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INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITY "It will fill you with hope for a human future more in line with what it means to truly be human. Read it, dream about it, and share it with your friends. This is a message the world must hear."--(Thom Hartmann, author of _The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight_) "Each chapter in this book contains help, knowledge, and a new perspective. Even though the author is warning us about many dangers we face these days, this book is full of hope, affirmation, and love. I hope you will plunk it down on...
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Overview

INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITY "It will fill you with hope for a human future more in line with what it means to truly be human. Read it, dream about it, and share it with your friends. This is a message the world must hear."--(Thom Hartmann, author of _The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight_) "Each chapter in this book contains help, knowledge, and a new perspective. Even though the author is warning us about many dangers we face these days, this book is full of hope, affirmation, and love. I hope you will plunk it down on your kitchen counter or bedside table and read into it for as far as it takes you. That may be to a new and better world."--(Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of _Connect and Human Moments: How to Find Love and Meaning in Your Everyday Life_) "Robert Wolff's moving autobiographical narrative takes us back to an older, wiser human time, when people knew that spirituality was not apart from the naturalness of things. This book demonstrates how the legendary "dream people" were not at all ephemeral, but vulnerably and exquisitely human."--(Stephen Larsen, author of _Fire in the Mind_) The aboriginal Sng'oi of Malaysia--pre-industrial, pre-agricultural--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. These indigenous people--as do many other aboriginal groups--understand themselves to be part of all things, living and nonliving. From this understanding comes their acute and uncanny sense of the energies, emotions, and intentions of their place and the beings who populate it, and their willingness to follow this intuition and use it to make decisions about their actions each day. Psychologist Robert Wolff, who has spent a lifetime with indigenous people from many parts of the world, lived with the Sng'oi during the years he spent in Malaysia. He learned their language, shared their food, slept in their shelters, 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 ways of living. Much more than a collective document of a disappearing people, these stories hold a mirror to our own existence, allowing us to see how far we have wandered from the ways of the Sng'oi. And ultimately they challenge us, in our fragmented world, to rediscover within ourselves the Sng'oi's humanity, trust, and sense of connection to all creation. ROBERT WOLFF was raised among the indigenous peoples of Indonesia. A psychologist and educator who has lived in Suriname, Southeast Asia, and Europe, he has taught at the University of Hawaii and currently lives on the Big Island.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594776717
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 551,025
  • File size: 347 KB

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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.

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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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