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I'm a scientist. I mention this because I do not feel that I was in any way predisposed for what was about to occur. In fact, my scientific training would seem to have preprogrammed me against such an exp "I am about to tell you a most unusual story, a chronicle of something that happened to me while I was living on the flank of an active volcano on the island of Hawai'i.
In fact, my scientific training would seem to have preprogrammed me against such an experience. Not since Castaneda's tutelage under the Yacqui Indian guide Don Juan has there been a spiritual autobiography quite like Spiritwalker.
Hank Wesselman's incredible story of a series of encounters that would forever change his life began with what he at first tried to explain away as particularly vivid dreams, but which grew increasingly intense and insistent, ultimately propelling him on twelve fantastic journeys across time and space. Over the next three years, his journeys proved to be far more important than mere reason could explain.
Eventually, Dr. Wesselman became convinced that he'd been granted a visionary encounter with what tribal people from millennia past have called the "spirit world. Wesselman met shape-shifting entities, spirit helpers, and guardians, and found himself traversing a mental, physical, and spiritual landscape on a path intersecting that of a fellow traveler, a Hawai'ian kahuna mystic named Nainoa.
Five thousand years into the future, Nainoa had been sent by his Chief on a journey into what used to be America, a once-powerful land of machines and magic, from which no previous voyagers had ever returned. What did Nainoa seek from Dr. What did the anthropologist have to learn about his own world from this exotic traveler from another time and place?
Together, scientist and mystic are initiated into knowledge of non-ordinary levels of reality and given foreshadowings of imminent environmental, political, and spiritual challenges to their civilization.
Without abandoning his scientific objectivity, Dr. Wesselman abandoned himself to the mystical, sometimes frightening, yet always luminous experiences that brought him beyond the boundaries of ordinary consciousness. The result is a fascinating and suspenseful adventure, an exciting and important archeological discovery, and the story of how a hard-headed scientific-realist stumbled on an important piece of the puzzle of human evolution.
Socially urgent and disturbingly prophetic, Spiritwalker has a universal mythic resonance and an undeniable relevance for today as it challenges our perceptions of our world, our reality, and our future. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 1st by Bantam first published July 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Spiritwalker: Messages from the Future. Aug 01, Lia rated it really liked it Shelves: library.
While I found that I couldn't quite believe that the shamanic journeys into Nainoa's head were "real" maybe my mind just doesn't work the same way I found that I did connect with the underlying messages about the nature of consciousness and spiritual realms. I feel like I learned a lot. I haven't heard of some of it, even though I've been studying spirituality and shamanism for awhile now.
Several sy While I found that I couldn't quite believe that the shamanic journeys into Nainoa's head were "real" maybe my mind just doesn't work the same way Several synchronicities happened to me while reading this book. The spirit helper of the author was a leopard man, which I didn't read about until hours after having sat reading the book beneath a life-size leopard man on display in the children's library, that had felt like it was watching me.
One part took place at Sand Mountain in Nevada. I happen to have some sand from Sand Mountain The author mentioned his experiences started when his life was in upheaval It will be interesting to see if my experiences confirm what the author has said. I do want someone who has read it to talk to. I found the concepts fascinating I would have rated it at a five if it weren't for the way the adventure tale style of recounting the journeys rubbed me wrong. But the book was a monumental revelation for me.
I have to buy it, and read Wesselman's other books. Jun 19, Michael rated it liked it. This book was a fun read, but the question of authenticity will be up to the reader.
What I mean to say is that you will be introduced to a person who is of a science background and how over time starts having visions of future events seen through a man who is described as an ancestor to him.
He credits this to a form of religion dealing with shamanism. This brings about a new worldview for Hank, the author, and his family.
If you don't believe, or at least have an open mind to these ideas, you w This book was a fun read, but the question of authenticity will be up to the reader. If you don't believe, or at least have an open mind to these ideas, you won't like part of this book. If you can read his experiences from his visions and not be closed minded, you will get a really good story out of it, at least. As far as I know, I have never experienced anything like the author has so I'm not about to say that this stuff doesn't happen, but I do find it unusual that at the end of the book he is pushing his presentations and workshops.
I would be less skeptical, if he told his story and didn't throw in pitches for his workshops, etc. I also noticed he is continuing his writing of these experiences in another book I think someone told me he has a third one out as well? Is this becoming a way to make money for him? I would think that someone who feels like they are a follower of shamanism, that he would not make his visions into books and use it as a source for financial needs.
I got the impressions from the book that visions were to be kept amongst the shaman and not flaunted and to use them as a helpful guide and not for financial reasons? Anyway, if you read it as a great story, it is that. If you get bogged down with the validity of a belief system, then don't bother reading the book. May 25, Mary Fahnlander rated it it was amazing. Whatever you thought you knew before you read this book will be revised drastically. In the 80's Wesselman and his wife return to some property in the Kona area of Hawaii that has been left untended for some time.
During their 4 years there he has a number of altered state experiences that take him into the body of a young man years into the future in what was once California. He reflects on and documents the encounters in an attempt to understand something that seems impossible to his scientific view as an anthropology professor.
It reads like a suspense thriller as he recounts those episodes, like a dramatic warning for our current environmental and political course, and philosophy as he reflects on how the world's religions relate to his revelations.
Spiritwalker was written in Can't wait to read the sequel. Jan 12, Marty rated it it was amazing. I read this for the second time. Enjoyed the idea of seeing into other "lifetimes" of your spirit. Also like imagining the possibility of what our future planet might be like. Scientific minded anthropology professor gets spontaneous visits from Spirit creatures and people from the future.
Changed the way he looks at our everyday lives and developed experiences in what exists in non-ordinary realms. Many people die, survivor live by hunting and gathering Aug 25, Juliana Haught rated it it was amazing Shelves: spiritual-studies. This book was so, so interesting that I had a hard time putting it down! The author is an academic and a scientist, who rather spontaneously ends up having shamanic experiences, of visiting into the future through spirit travel.
What is your role and are you expressing it in what the Hawaiians refer to as positive polarity or negative polarity? Sound familiar? Hear the series. Research anthropologist Hank Wesselman is one of those rare cutting edge scientists who truly walks between the worlds. He did his undergraduate work, as well as his Masters Degree, in Zoology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, then went on to receive his doctoral degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. A native New Yorker, he has spent much of his life living and working among traditional tribal peoples, primarily in Africa and Polynesia. It was there that he first became interested in indigenous spiritual wisdom.
Spiritwalker: Messages from the Future
Henry Barnard Wesselman born is an American anthropologist known primarily for his Spiritwalker trilogy of spiritual memoirs. In them, he claims to have been in contact with "Nainoa", an ethnic Hawaiian kahuna shaman living some 5, years in our future. The books envision the imminent collapse of Western civilization as a result of Global Warming. On a more positive note, Wesselman perceives an ongoing "wide-spread spiritual reawakening" which he dubs the "Modern Mystical Movement. Together with his wife Jill Kuykendall, Wesselman leads shamanic training workshops for the Omega Institute and other, similar institutions. Wesselman is a native New Yorker who received his undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Colorado at Boulder , and his doctorate in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. During the s he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria , among the Yoruba.
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