Other Ways of Knowing

Recharting Our Future with Ageless Wisdom
By (author) John Broomfield
Other Ways of Knowing
Recharting Our Future with Ageless Wisdom
By (author) John Broomfield

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Pages : 272

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892816149

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : June 01, 1997

Format : Paperback Book

Our environment and our civilization are in crisis. But the wisdom to chart a new course is available to us from unexpected sources, including the sacred traditions of our ancestors. From the Polynesian technique of remote viewing to the formative causation theory of Rupert Sheldrake, Other Ways of Knowing examines perceptions and practices that challenge the narrow perspective of the West.
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About Other Ways of Knowing

A powerful exploration of diverse world views long ignored by the Western world that suggests possible solutions to the environmental and social problems that face us in the next millennium. 

Our civilization is in crisis. Overpopulation and overconsumption have jeopardized our survival and the great promises of technology have resulted in environmental disaster. This situation, says author John Broomfield, results from the serious error the Western world makes in equating one way of knowing with all ways of knowing--mistaking a thin slice of reality for the whole. Broomfield argues that the necessary wisdom to chart a new course is available to us from many sources: the sacred traditions of our ancestors; the spiritual traditions of other cultures; spirit in nature; feminine ways of being; contemporary movements for personal, social, and ecological transformation; and the very source of our current crisis, science itself. Other Ways of Knowing shows us the wisdom of other cultures who may hold the knowledge necessary to arrest our headlong race toward destruction. 

From the ancient Polynesian navigational technique of remote viewing to the formative causation theory of Rupert Sheldrake, Other Ways of Knowing examines perceptions and practices that challenge the narrow perspective of the Western world and provide answers to the complex questions that face us as we move into the next millennium. 

Table of Contents

Table of content


Acknowledgments

Introduction


1. Dancing with the Past
2. The Frail Hero and the Small Demon
3. The Legend of the Green Earth
4. All That Exists Lives
5. Our Medicine, Their Medicine
6. Is There Any Time but the Present?
7. The Mahatma and the Shrewd Peasant
8. Whole Education for a Whole World

Conclusion: Love Is a Cosmic Force

End Notes

Bibliography

Index
Author Bio
John Broomfield was Professor of modern Indian history at the University of Michigan for twenty years and has written extensively on the impact of the modern West on non-Western peoples. He has studied shamanism with Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerman and was President of the California Institute of Integral Studies from 1983 to 1990. He now lives in New Zealand.
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Book Praise

Book Praise

"From his planet-wide explorations across times and cultures, John Broomfield has woven a marvellous multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary web of hopeful knowledge and inspiring teachings that will surely help us find our way again to a more balanced relationship with the Earth and all Her beings."
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., psychologist, author of The Well of Remembrance

"Other Ways of Knowing is a thoughtful presentation of a new paradigm for humanity.  Weaving a synthesis of observations from science, nature, philosophy, mysticism and personal experience, Bloomfield presents us with a vision congruent with the realizations which are coming to us all through spiritual awakening."
Shared Transformation

"Broomfield gives us the pattern that connects. A wide-ranging, erudite work. Broomfield writes exquisitely, his knowledge is huge."
The Book Reader
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NEW SCIENCE / INDIGENOUS CULTURES

OUR CIVILIZATION IS IN CRISIS. Overpopulation and overconsumption have jeopardized our survival while technology’s great promises have resulted in environmental disaster. This situation, says John Broomfield, results from the serious error of the Western world in equating one way of knowing with all ways of knowing and mistaking a thin slice of reality for the whole. But the wisdom needed to chart a new course is available to us from many sources: from the sacred traditions of our ancestors; from the spiritual traditions of other cultures; from feminine ways of being; from contemporary movements for personal, social, and ecological transformation; and, surprisingly enough, from the very source of our current crisis, science itself.

Other Ways of Knowing examines perceptions and practices that challenge the narrow perspective of the Western world, and provides answers to the complex questions that face us as we move into the next millennium. Instead of trying to master nature and suffer the consequences which that entails, we can follow the example of the Lakota shaman and work with nature, knowing that the world is forged of relationships. Other Ways of Knowing gives us the wisdom necessary to arrest our headlong race toward destruction by rediscovering the ancestral teachings that guided humanity for millenia.

JOHN BROOMFIELD was Professor of Modern Indian History at the University of Michigan for twenty years and has written extensively on the impact of the modern West on non-Western peoples. He has studied shamanism with Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerman and was President of the California Institute of Integral Studies from 1983 to 1990. He now lives in New Zealand.

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