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.
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 1983-1990. He now lives in New Zealand. Visit the author's web site at http://www.eagle-tours.co.nz/other.htm.
"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."