Original Thinking offers a radical revisioning of how we think and what it means to be human. It invites us to reintegrate our hearts with our heads and to expand our self-imposed narrowing of consciousness. In doing so we reconnect with the living, original source--nature and her interconnected elements and cycles--and embrace the communion of old and new, rational and intuitive, and masculine and feminine. Ultimately, Parry shows us how to create the tapestry of truly original thinking and to restore thought as a blessing, as a whole and complete transmission from Spirit.
PART ONE (ORIGIN): Is it possible to come up with an original thought?
Chapter 1. Original Thought, Time, and the Unfolding of Consciousness
Chapter 2. Looking Backward to Go Forward
Chapter 3. Wheels Within Wheels
Chapter 4. It's About Time
PART TWO (DEPARTURE): What does it mean to be human?
Chapter 5. Purpose, Potential, and Responsibility of Being Human
Chapter 6. Rational Thought and Human Identity
Chapter 7. Re-thinking Language
Chapter 8. Beyond Rationality
Chapter 9. A Tale of Two Directions
PART THREE (RETURN): How has our thinking created the world today,
and what is emerging?
Chapter 10. The Essence of Thought
Chapter 11. To Make Thought Whole Again
Chapter 12. To Think Without Separation
Chapter 13. Re-Thinking the "Dismal Science"
Chapter 14. Toward An Original Economics
PART FOUR (RENEWAL): Can education promote the renewal of original thinking?
Chapter 15. Education as Renewal
Chapter 16. Childhood and Education
Chapter 17. Higher Education
Chapter 18. A New (and Ancient) Vision
Chapter 19. A Vision for Higher Education
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Table of Contents
Foreword James O'Dea xi
Part 1 Origin: Is It Possible to Come Up with an Original Thought? 1
Chapter 1 Original Thought, Time, and the Unfolding of Consciousness 3
Chapter 2 Looking Backward to Go Forward 17
Chapter 3 Wheels within Wheels 27
Chapter 4 It's About Time 45
Part 2 Departure: What Does It Mean to Be Human? 55
Chapter 5 Purpose, Potential, and Responsibility of Being Human in the World 61
Chapter 6 Rational Thought and Human Identity 71
Chapter 7 Rethinking Language 91
Chapter 8 Beyond Rationality 111
Chapter 9 A Tale of Two Directions 125
Part 3 Return: How Has Our Thinking Created the World Today, and What Is Now Emerging? 135
Chapter 10 The Essence of Thought 141
Chapter 11 To Make Thought Whole Again 155
Chapter 12 To Think without Separation 163
Chapter 13 Rethinking the "Dismal Science" 175
Chapter 14 Toward an Original Economics 185
Part 4 Renewal: Can Education Promote the Renewal of Original Thinking? 205
Chapter 15 Education as Renewal 211
Chapter 16 Childhood and Education 217
Chapter 17 Higher Education 227
Chapter 18 A New (and Ancient) Vision 235
Chapter 19 A Vision for Original Thinking 249
Circle for Original Thinking 305
About the Author 307
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Glen Aparicio Parry has written an extremely important and timely book, Original Thinking. It does for consciousness studies what On the Origin of the Species did for natural sciences. Darwin’s observations and insight changed the way we see our cosmology, our understanding of origin and the meaning of humanity. Parry proposes a radical new way of envisioning consciousness and its relationship to our unfolding cosmology that could dramatically change the way we see ourselves in relation to our universe. In this visionary work, he addresses our misguided conceptions of time and space caused by a split between mind and nature that he proposes began early in our western consciousness. Parry points to the shaping of western consciousness from this fragmentation as responsible for many challenges we face today. The way we view the world, and ourselves in it, has shaped the way we have interacted with it on every level, from spirituality to the technology. Parry delves deep into our origins and weaves together a coherent picture of our divergence from the original knowledge we have lost. Through wisdom and insight of his Native American teachers, Parry has realized that their cosmology is more aligned to a true understanding of reality that is being revealed by post Newtonian, quantum age physics. As many native language envision time, space and matter as non-linear, entangled and synchronistic, rather than linear, reductive and random, Parry points out that many concepts inherent in their languages and spirituality contain the seed of original wisdom that is crucial to the evolution of humanity. He reveals that our stages of evolutionary understanding are leading us back to a connection with the original consciousness, that place outside of our concept of time and space that holds the seed of creativity. He points out that our perspectival consciousness, always looking forward, makes our concept of progress problematic and dangerous because of its lack of context. It is this original knowledge that can inform our creativity, and make our technology more symbiotic. Parry has crafted a brilliant trans-disciplinary journey, covering diverse subjects expressively and accessibly, to elucidate the transformation that leads us back to an expanded awareness of our humanity, our place in the natural world as creators and a necessary embrace of original wisdom in cultivating a more symbiotic relationship with our universe. He is a profound thinker with an invaluable message for our age.
Deep thinking about who we are and our place in the world. Glenn Aparicio Parry has written a philosophical book that shares insights about common assumptions in the western world about the nature of ideas, rational thinking, and the concept of original thought. Intriguingly, while the phrase “original thought” might bring creativity and “new” ideas to mind, there is a deeper significance to the title of this book with a very different meaning from the idea of the sense of origins, and already existing—that which originally existed, and is already here. Parry makes a case for rational thought being a subset of a greater awareness, and for benefits of restored balance being possible when we allow for larger awareness to move through us. As founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry organized a series of Language of Spirit conferences between indigenous elders, scientists, linguists, and philosophers. These dialogues provide the basis for many of the stories, quotes, and ideas in “Original Thinking.” I am grateful for having participated in the Language of Spirit conferences, and can attest to their ability to illuminate hidden truths and transform peoples’ lives. By delving into the nature of reality and consciousness, the basic concepts explored in those conferences were life changing for me personally, as I experienced a quality of shared awareness with others, and participation in perception of original thought. “Original Thinking” contains a great deal of the same sense of clarification and transformative presence that I felt while attending the Language of Spirit conferences, and I am grateful to Glenn Parry for sharing highlights of insights from the dialogues in this remarkable book. Parry has a gift for sharing down-to-Earth descriptions of his personal experiences with original thought that gives readers a sense of sharing the journey with him. “Original Thinking” is the perfect book for anyone interested in indigenous philosophy, consciousness, nature, and environmental awareness. This is the kind of book that can change the world, when read by new generations who wonder how original indigenous peoples were so tuned in to plants, animals, and the natural world. “Original Thinking” will be a beloved reference book on my bookshelf to be savored as initiating a very special kind of meditative journey into original thought. Highly recommended!