Bowl of Light – Ancestral Wisdom of Hawaii

Dr. Joel Ying, MD

Physician, Educator, Storyteller. He hosts this website for "Living the Present Moment" as a conscious journey of Body, Mind, Emotion & Spirit. Holistic and integrative, his practice includes Tai Chi and Yoga, Craniosacral Therapy, Healing From the Core, Meditation. Always exploring his edges, he shares them in the blog, newsletter, courses, and online study group.

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The ancient Hawaiians teach that we are all born with a Bowl of Light. That light inspires us and sustains us. As we grow in experience and wisdom of love, our light shines. But every time we lie, steal, or injure others, a stone gets placed in the bowl. This stone displaces the light. If we continue on this negative path, our bowl slowly becomes filled with stones. The light slowly dims, and may eventually go out. As we walk through the world, no light can shine from our bowls. We are stone.

What happens next? Is this the end? Perhaps? Perhaps not! Hawaiian wisdom tells us that as we become awake and aware, we can turn the bowl over, dump out the stones, and start again! Only then can we walk a path of true wisdom with our Bowl of Light.

In a world where the dimming of the light seems inevitable with the passage of time, this Hawaiian story offers hope. Perhaps we can again live in a world filled with Bowls of Light.

In his book, Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman, Hank Wesselman writes about his relationship with Hawaiian Shaman (kahuna), Hale Makuna, and the Hawaiian teachings passed on to him, including this story of Hope that we can restore our light, our natural radiance.


Join Hank Wesselman and open to the healing wisdom of shamanic journeying.

Register here for this FREE online event: Shamanic Journeying to Meet Your Spirit Teachers: Accessing Higher Realms for Wisdom, Healing & Re-enchantment.
A recording will be provided later to all who register, whether or not you listen to the scheduled event.

Shamanic practices can open you to receive clarity and wisdom from your personal guides — to heal yourself and others, transform your work life and relationships, and fulfill your life’s mission.

Join the FREE online event with Hank Wesselman, world-renowned shamanism teacher, anthropologist, and bestselling author. He is the author of Bowl of Life and the Spiritwalker trilogy that have helped lead the rediscovery of traditional shamanism in the Western World.

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