Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing

Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing

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

Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing

by Robert Wolff


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892818662
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 08/01/2001
Edition description: Original
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 637,769
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robert Wolff (d. 2016) was raised by his Dutch parents among the indigenous peoples of Indonesia. A psychologist and educator who lived at times in Suriname and in Southeast Asia, he also taught at the University of Hawaii.

Table of Contents



Draw Something, Anything
Bali and the Barong
Different Realities
Dimensions of Healing
The People
The Real World, the Shadow World
Reading and Writing
Trees in the Jungle
The Mango Tree
Learning to Be Human Again
Privacy and Alienation
What Do Those Hundred Men Do?
We Take Care of Each Other


What People are Saying About This

Stephen Larsen

“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.”

Thom Hartmann

“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.”

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