The day after my encounter with the two Hawaiian spirits I got online and looked for books on Hawaiian spirituality. I ordered three and they arrived within a few days. The book that helped me discover my path was The Bowl of Light by Dr. Hank Wesselman. Dr. Wesselman is a cultural anthropologist who encountered shamanism and has written several books on the subject. The Bowl of Light describes how he formed a friendship with Hale Makua, an important figure in Hawaiian spiritual culture. The story of this friendship helped me understand that shamanic practice was the path I needed to know more about. Reading all three books kept me busy through most of May, 2011.

May 26th I searched online for books on shamanism and came across “Awakening To The Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation” by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman. The book arrived on May 29th and I started reading it right away. I didn’t know it when I ordered it, but the book comes with a CD that has four sound tracks of drums and other instruments to facilitate shamanic journeying. I listened to the first track that prepares you for your journey and then gave a quick listen to the other three tracks to get a feel for what they offered.

While listening to track one I ‘encountered’ a very old American Indian man who was sitting in front of me. At first I was tempted to reject the image but then I just let things happen. Since this was my first journey, though I didn’t realize it at the time, I acknowledged him respectfully with a nod and just listened to the rest of the track. The little I heard of the beginning of Track 3 actually gave me a tingling sensation over my heart. Later as I read the book it advised that we need to breath into our hearts while journeying because the shaman “sees” with his/her heart.

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