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The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman

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As modern interest in indigenous wisdom grows, more and more spiritual seekers are turning to Hawaiian shamanism for its remarkable ability to reveal our inner divinity to us. With The Bowl of Light, paleoanthropologist Hank Wesselman, PhD, provides a rare glimpse into the heart of this tradition as he unveils the teachings passed down to him from the great Kahuna elder, Hale Makua. Before his passing, this revered shaman and wisdom keeper granted Dr. Wesselman permission to share sacred spiritual knowledge seldom imparted to outsiders, including:

  • The "Bowl of Light"—the vessel for our divine essence and how we must care for it to sustain our natural radiance
  • The three directives of the spiritual warrior—love with humility, live with reverence, and know with self-discipline
  • Rare descriptions of rituals used by Hale Makua for communing with nature, receiving wisdom from the spirit world, purifying our consciousness, and more
  • The Ancestral Grand Plan—exploring the path our ancestors set in motion millennia ago and how the Plan is playing out across the world today

In the oceanic islands where the flow of primal energies has created unparalleled natural beauty, one of the world's most advanced spiritual cultures remains largely unknown to the West. With The Bowl of Light, Hank Wesselman offers a privileged and intimate view into the mind of an authentic Hawaiian kahuna—for the time has finally come for the world to hear the wisdom that this profound tradition offers.

Some Thoughts from Makua

Hank and Makua"It’s not the year 2012 that is important. It’s 2013,” said Hale Makua to a group of students in 2002, as recounted in the book, “For this is when we will begin the next cycle of ages. This means that we have to create a new foundation for the next cycle, and what we decide to build on will determine the spiritual focus as well as our lifeways for much of the next several thousand years."

"We have some hard decisions to make, and we have to make them now,” Makua laughed softly. “We are now in the position to create a new world for our descendants, and especially for the next seven generations. This will require a massive shift out of the negative and into the positive polarity, and at all levels of our lives."

What People Are Saying

"This book moved me to tears of joy with the depth of its compassionate wisdom and spiritual good humor. A series of philosophical dialogues between Hank Wesselman, a visionary anthropologist, and the revered Hawaiian elder Hale Makua, The Bowl of Light reveals the profoundly beautiful cosmology of the ancient Polynesian, ocean-spanning culture. May it serve as an inspiration for all seekers in our turbulent times!"
-RALPH METZNER, PHD, author of The Expansion of Consciousness

"Anthropologist Hank Wesselman shares the ancestral wisdom of Hawaiian elder and spiritual teacher Hale Makua with enormous eloquence, grace, precision, and depth. Always the consummate storyteller, Dr. Wesselman braids his discourses with this remarkable man into a powerful narrative that communicates the magical context of their friendship."
-NICKI SCULLY, author of Alchemical Healing and Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt

"The Bowl of Light provides powerful teachings of deep and profound Hawaiian ancestral wisdom to the ever-growing numbers of students of the mysteries of our ancient world. Another fantastic book by Hank Wesselman!"
-LYNN ANDREWS, author of the Medicine Woman Series

"A fascinating tribute to the life and teachings of a great Hawaiian spiritual warrior. in this literary luau, you'll be fed rich stories of the life in a stone, of why dolphins and whales are keepers of memory, and of why you should put on slippery oil if you are traveling among troubled spirits. This book is a treasure chest of magic that can transform your life!"
-ROBERT MOSS, author of Conscious Dreaming, Dreamgates, and Active Dreaming

"The Bowl of Light is a treasure. Revealing profound principles of indigenous Polynesian wisdom, it gets richer and richer by the page as we look through Hank Wesselman's eyes into a body of knowledge we might otherwise never see, and through it our spiritual understanding and empowerment of ourselves can only deepen."
-BROOKE MEDICINE EAGLE, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing

Listen to Hank's interview on Michael Stone's Conversations radio program (52 minutes).

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