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The most trenchant wisdom can be found in some of the most primitive people on Earth, as Robert Wolff demonstrates in Original Wisdom. Wolff, once a government psychologist in Malaysia, fell in love with a Stone Age people called the Sng'oi, a people who "had no neuroses, no fears ... had an immense inner dignity, were happy and content, and did not want anything." But he was mystified by their seemingly superhuman powers of knowing. Finally, in an experience of what he calls "oneness," ordinary distinctions dropped away, and he learned that there was a way of knowing beyond thinking. Wolff also describes his encounters in Suriname, Indonesia, and the Pacific islands, demonstrating that far from being primitive, original tribal societies are the last bastions of true humanity. Wary of both anthropologists and shaman wannabes, Wolff follows a middle path of down-to-earth storytelling, making Original Wisdom an original find. --Brian Bruya
“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 Ev)
“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)
“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)
.. And how the latter usually inspires to seek the former. Every school ought to put this book in their curriculum.Published 28 days ago by camilla rye
I have worked in and among various Aboriginal groups for over a decade. I found this to be a most interesting read. Granted, it is not the best of writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jason Watt
There aren't really words to express the level of peace, curiosity, and wisdom that reading a book such as this can bring you, but suffice it to say it's well worth reading for the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Juvi Guevara
Just simply the most beautiful, mystery filled, perception altering, make you want to move to a hut-in-the-jungle book, I have ever read !!!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by jorma
Very kind-hearted book. My soul rested. Worth reading.Published 3 months ago by Viktoria Miranovich
Original Wisdom is an unforgettable book. Like all humans, author Robert Wolff was born a wild animal, ready to enjoy a pleasant life, romping around in a tropical wilderness. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard Reese (author of Sustainable or Bust)
Very thoughtful and amazing book! Wolff takes you on a journey to learn what the human experience was always intended to be. Highly recommend!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer