Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature

Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature Hot

Miriam Knight   April 30, 2015  
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Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature
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April 14, 2015

In Original Thinking, Glenn Aparicio Parry delves into the evolution of Western thought to recover the living roots of wisdom that can correct the imbalances in our modern worldview. Inspired by groundbreaking dialogues that the author organized between Native American elders and leading-edge Western scientists to explore the underlying principles of the cosmos, this book offers a radical revisioning of how we think. Asking questions such as, Is it possible to come up with an original thought?, What does it mean to be human?, and How has our thinking created our world today?, Parry challenges us to consider many of our most basic assumptions. To think originally--as in thinking new thoughts that have never been thought or said before--is according to Parry, largely an illusion. So, too, is the idea of linear human progress. Most of us have traveled far from our ancestral lands, and in so doing, lost connection with place, the origin of our consciousness.

LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH GLENN 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.


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(Updated: May 07, 2015)
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Original thinking by Glenn Parry
This book is modest and intimate in tone, but vast and lofty in ambition. History and folk tales weave through the narrative like warp and weft, while nature provides the ancient patterns that we have forgotten. Parry explores the devolution of our relationship with nature from regarding her as mother and teacher to becoming a source of riches to be plundered or an adversary to be mastered. Original thinking perceives life as an integral whole, fed by knowledge and inspiration from the natural environment.

There was a turning point in art history when the ability to depict perspective took us outside of the frame where we became the observer rather than an integral part of the picture. This illustrated both a conceptual and spiritual separation from what was observed that culminated in the age of reason, and the dominance of rational thought over feeling and intuition. While we gained the ability to develop science, mathematics and technology, it came at the cost of our estrangement from nature and from ourselves as spirit.

Not seeing ourselves as a part of the flow of creation and kin to all life cuts us off from the source of love that sustains our balance and vitality. Parry urges us to reconnect to the ground of our being with our roots firmly planted in the soil of compassion and love for ourselves and for all of nature.

Parry is very passionate about rethinking our system of education. When we look at the process of education as a way to learn from but not be bound by the past, we encourage curiosity and exploration of ideas, unshackled by academic conventions and received wisdom. Higher education is not serving us well because of the division of academia into more and more specialized disciplines; this encourages myopic thinking and leads people to lose sight of the interconnections among all subjects and the cross-fertilization that would leave all minds enriched. Parry urges us to see education not just as a path to earning a living, but as an initiation into one's life purpose. It should be a system that maximizes our creativity and encourages the use all of our human aspects – our spiritual, intuitive, mental and physical selves – as an integrated whole.

This book is a clarion call to nourish our roots before they wither. It has the air of ancient tales told around the fire, drawing us into the beauty that is our birthright, and a sense of relationship and community with all of life. Aho.

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