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Spiritwalker

Messages from the Future
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Bantam
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July, 1996
ISBN:
9780553378375
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$24.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This spiritual autobiography begins with a skeptical anthropologist having a series of particularly vivid dreams, or so he thought at first. But they grew increasingly intense and insistent, ultimately propelling him on twelve fantastic journeys across time and space. During these journeys to “the spirit world,” he 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 Hawaiian 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 from which no previous voyagers had ever returned. Together, scientist and mystic were initiated into knowledge of nonordinary levels of reality and given foreshadowings of imminent ecological, political, and spiritual challenges to their civilizations.

Without any previous knowledge that such a psychic journey was possible, I found myself involved in quite a different sort of expedition from the scientific field trips and digs I was used to, one in which my investigations extended far beyond the ordinary nature of reality into the inner realms of the human mind and spirit. During these extraordinary experiences, I learned much information, both disturbing and enlightening. . . .

It happened as I will tell it to you in this book. . . . Some readers already consider it an archetypal, mythic journey or visionary narrative. Some will no doubt discount it as utter horsetweedle. Everything that I recount in this book I experienced as real. It is the story of two individuals on a journey—a physical, mental, and spiritual journey. These two men were initiated into an expanded vision of reality at the hands of “the spirits,” and they came face to face with these spirits in their quest for knowledge. This is also the account of a hard-headed scientist-realist who found himself involved in an absolutely extraordinary experience—and perhaps stumbled upon another piece of the ongoing puzzle of human evolution.—from the Introduction

“Dr. Wesselman has begun to penetrate the shamanic realms of nonordinary reality and revelation. His dramatic accounts are well within the range of experiences regularly achieved by contemporary students of shamanism and shamaning journeying.” —Michael Harner, author of The Way of the Shaman

“What a fabulous, inspiring account! This book explodes our narrow ways of thinking about the nature of the mind.” —Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words

Looking around my small farm building, I was able to feel the landscape. I admired the gray-green texture of the bark of the banyan tree beside the house and the beginnings of its buttressed roots, and I felt the wind rustling through its great clouds of viridian leaves as it grew. I could hear its rootlets pushing through the crumbly lava substrate and sense its benign, neutral, dreamlike consciousness as its roots imbibed water and its leaves absorbed the light.

In the magic of this moment, I turned to the stone in the rock garden. I should ask its permission to discuss kahuna knowledge with others, I realized. I went over to it, set down my briefcase, and placed both hands on its wet surface. Clearing my mind of other thoughts, I greeted the spirit in the stone, then formally asked permission to share the knowledge I had acquired from my teachers both in ordinary reality and in nonordinary reality. I asked the stone for its blessing in my endeavors—and for mana, so that I might speak well and truthfully and persuasively....

The rough, wet boulder suddenly became warm, and its heat penetrated rapidly into my hands, through my arms, and into my chest and stomach. Startled, I let go of the stone. My hands tingled. It was as if the stone had bestowed on me a gift of energy by which I could speak for it and the rest of the natural world.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

"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.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 experience." -- From Spiritwalker

The astonishing true story of an anthropologist's quest into a spiritual world of magic, mysticism, and meaning.

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."

During his epic travels,Dr. 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. Wesselman? 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."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."""

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