Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman

Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman

I recently started reading an amazing book called The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman by Hank Wesselman, PhD. Many incredible passages from this book have glued me to the pages, highlighter in hand furiously highlighting, my jaw flung open and my brain lit up with a lightning storm of insights.

One thing that resonated with me was when the author says,

“[People] are very much aware that our old myths are no longer serving us. [They are] well-informed individuals who know clearly that the time has come to write a new story—a new cultural mythos that encompasses a new view of who we are, who we are becoming and what our purpose is, our destiny for being here.”

While weaving the fabric of a new cultural mythos is no small feat, what better time than the New Year to reflect upon aspects of our modern-day culture and daily lives that truly feed our spirits, and the aspects that truly don’t… those that would be better left behind and replaced by new, more meaningful traditions, rituals or work. By introducing new habits and traditions into our lives, among our friends and within our families, we bring greater depth and richness to our lives and to our relationships. The bonds between us become stronger, our sense of purpose and place expands, and we ultimately walk further down the path towards fulfilling our own special destiny for being here.

In Bowl of Light, the shaman Hale Makua says, “What is coming into being is all part of the plan that was set into motion by the ancestors long ago. None of this has happened by accident. There is a hidden agenda at work here, one of which you and I can only be partially aware…[and] everything appears to be right on track!”

With the start of a beautiful New Year, on this gem of a planet and the gift that it is to live on this island, so continues this Great Mystery of Life of which we are all apart. My wish for us all this New Year is that we, as the descendants of the ancestors Hale Makua refers, are able to continue on our path towards fulfilling our destiny with humble gratitude, faith, fortitude and the compassion that is all so necessary to bring forth more goodness into the world.

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