The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman
by Hank Wesselman, PhD
Synopsis: An intimate view into the mind of an authentic Hawaiian kahuna elder—with shamanic insights for connecting with the wisdom of our ancestors and our own divine nature.
- Press release for The Bowl of Light (Word doc)
- Author website: sharedwisdom.com
- Shortlink to this presskit page: http://wp.me/P64an-GD
About the Book
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.
About the Author
Hank Wesselman, PhD, is a paleoanthropologist and shamanic teacher who has worked with noted anthropologists in Ethiopia investigating the mystery of human origins in the Great Rift Valley. In addition to his scientific publications, his seven books on shamanism include the Spiritwalker trilogy (Bantam, 1996) and Awakening to the Spirit World (with Sandra Ingerman, Sounds True, 2010). He teaches at internationally known centers such as the Esalen Institute and the Omega Institute and lives in Hawaii.
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 Kahuna Memory-Keeper Hale Makua, The Bowl of Light reveals the profoundly beautiful cosmology of the ancient Polynesian, ocean-spanning civilization. May it serve as an inspiration for all seekers in our turbulent times!”
–Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., author of The Expansion of Consciousness
“In The Bowl of Light, 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, Wesselman braids his relationship and philosophical discourses with this remarkable man into a powerful narrative that communicates the magical context of their remarkable friendship.”
–Nicki Scully, author of Alchemical Healing and Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt
“The Bowl of Light provides powerful teachings of deep and profound ancestral wisdom to the ever-growing numbers of students of the mysteries of our ancient world. Another fantastic book by Hank Wesselman!”
– Lynn Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of the Medicine Woman Series
“Here, Hank Wesselman has written a fascinating tribute to the life and teachings of a great Hawaiian spiritual warrior. The Bowl of Light brings fire and light to our understanding of the communication between our past or future selves and of how physical events manifest from the Dreamtime. 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 bad spirits. This book is a treasure chest of magic that can transform your life!”
– Robert Moss, author of Active Dreaming
“The Bowl of Light is a treasure. Revealing profound principles of indigenous Polynesian wisdom, it gets richer and richer by the page. We have the good fortune to look through Hank Wesselman’s eyes into a cultural knowledge we might otherwise never see, and through it our spiritual understanding and empowerment can only deepen.”
– Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing