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H
ank Wesselman, Phd,
is a paleoanthropol-
ogist and shamanic
teacher who has in-
vestigated the mystery of human
origins in the Great Rift Valley
of Ethiopia. In his seventh book,
The bowl of Light, dr. Wessel-
man provides a rare glimpse into
the heart of hawaiian shaman-
ism as he unveils the teachings
given to him from the great Ka-
huna elder, hale makua. before
his passing, this revered shaman
and wisdom keeper granted dr.
Wesselman permission to share
this sacred spiritual knowledge,
which is seldom imparted to
outsiders.
Randy Peyser: The bowl of
light is one of the most fas-
cinating books I've ever read.
how did you come to meet hale
Makua, the Kahuna elder?
hank Wesselman: Hale Ma-
kua had read one of my earlier
books, Spirit Walker, which led
him to find me. In Spirit Walker,
I described my visionary experi-
ences from the 1980's in which
my mind, in an altered state of
consciousness, would spontane-
ously re-geography itself into the
body of another man.
I looked through this man's
eyes into a world I'd never seen
before. I listened to his thoughts
and tapped into his memories. I
was stunned. For 20 years, I had
ongoing connections with this
man who lived after the fall of
Western civilization.
I had a look at the future. This
future was seen through the eyes
of one of my descendents, this
man with whom I seemed to
have achieved these visionary
connections. I believe -- and he
believes, because he is aware of
me now -- that I am the ances-
tor and he is the descendent in
an ancestral-descendent lineage.
Randy: how did you know this
man was aware of you?
hank: He began to find his
mind re-geographied into mine.
He would have dreamlike exper-
iences in which he found himself
in the body of a man who was
living in the Hawaiian Islands in
the ancestral past. His thought
was that I must be one of his an-
cestors. I had never considered
the possibility that he might be
one of my descendents.
Since I was living in Hawaii,
this experience drew me toward
the knowledge of the Kahuna
mystics of Polynesia. Then in
1996, I was invited to speak on
the Big Island. I was about to
start when a Hawaiian man who
was half a head taller than me
and who outweighed me by 100
pounds walked in. He had a big
beard, a long white ponytail,
and he held a beautifully-carved
walking stick.
I knew one of the Kahuna
families would eventually find
me because I revealed Kahuna
knowledge in Spirit Walker and
many indigenous people don't
appreciate outsiders trespassing
in their spiritual traditions.
Hale Makua was one of the
major spokespersons for the
Indigenous People's Science
Network, where he sat on stage
with the Dalai Lama at the Uni-
ted Nations as one of the Peace
Keepers. When he entered the
room, along with several other
Hawaiian men, I realized this
was the day and this was the big
Kahuna.
Randy: how did you feel
about his entrance?
hank: I was nervous. But he
put a beautiful lei around my
neck and my wife's neck. As I
spoke, I got this impulse that
he'd come to say something, so
I said, "Elder Makua, I'm getting
a feeling there's something you
wish to say. Would it be correct
for me to ask you if you wish to
speak?"
This man, Makua, was a man
who traveled with many gen-
erations of his ancestral spirits
in constant attendance upon
him. They served as his advi-
sors and his guides. I watched
as he altered his consciousness
as though he were listening to
something in the far distance.
At first he listened with one ear.
Then he listened with the other
ear. Then he smiled and stood up
and said, "A friend of mine sent
me your book and I read it."
This was the moment of truth.
He said, "I read it again to make
sure I got it right. Then I went
to the beach and I plunked your
book down on the sand, and I
called in the ancestors and we
had a talk about you."
He smiled. "The ancestors
asked me what your name was
and I told them, `Hank Wessel-
man.' The ancestors told me I
wasn't pronouncing your name
right. They said that your name
is really `Vessel Man.' You are
a vessel, like the canoe. The an-
cestors told me to say to you
that everything you wrote in
Spirit Walker is true, and that we
Hawaiians need to support you
since you are making our work
easier."
For the next eight years, Ma-
kua shared the deepest wisdom
Accessing the Knowledge of the
Ancient Hawaiian Wisdom Keepers
An Interview with
Hank Wesselman
, PhD
by Randy Peyser
(Continued on page 10)