I like reading aloud. So during this time when much of Australia’s population is in lockdown I thought it would be a nice offering to record myself reading a book that has inspired me and will hopefully inspire others. I’ve already uploaded a few chapters on my private Facebook profile, but here I’m making them available to everyone. I’ll keep adding a couple of chapters each day until the book is complete.
The book is called Original Wisdom – Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing by Robert Wolff, a psychologist who spent some time living with and getting to know the Sng’oi – the indigenous people of Malaysia’s rainforest.
From the blurb on the back of the book: “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 recognise 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.”
I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed reading it.
i) Introduction by Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
Chapter 1. Assumptions
Chapter 2. Draw Something, Anything
Chapter 3. Bali and the Barong
Chapter 4. Different Realities
Chapter 5. Succession
Chapter 6. Dimensions of Healing
Chapter 7. The People
Chapter 8. The Real World, The Shadow World
Chapter 9. Reading and Writing
Chapter 10. Trees in the Jungle
Chapter 11. Slaves
Chapter 12. The Mango Tree
Chapter 13. Shaman
Chapter 14. Learning to Be Human Again
Chapter 15. Privacy and Alienation
Chapter 16. What Do Those Hundred Men Do?
Chapter 17. We Look After Each Other
Chapter 18. Afterword