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A Book Review
by Jim Brinkley

I recently had the pleasure of having coffee and sharing a wonderful inspirational discussion with a lovely young lady named Jessica. Jessica has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology. She has traveled throughout the Far East studying Zen Buddhism and her Master's thesis was on Buddhist psychotherapy. Much of what she had to say about Buddhism agreed quite well with what I had to say about Huna, which did not really come as a surprise to either of us. It was Jessica who recommended a book called Conversations with God, by Neale Donald Walsch.

It has been said that when several different teachers representing several different philosophies repeat the same spiritual lesson, it is likely to be true. (Those of us versed in Huna might replace the word true with the word effective.) Thus I am always pleased when I read inspirational books or articles that approach the Huna wisdom from a different background or different point of view. Conversations with God is such a book.

Mr. Walsch's delightful book is his transcript of a mental dialogue he had with God over many months. He asked questions; God provided answers. As far as I know, Mr. Walsch is not a shaman but here is a shaman's thought if ever I heard one: "And the universe is just a big Xerox machine. It simply produces multiple copies of your thoughts. Now there's only one way to change all that. You have to change your thought about it." (p. 163)

If you are not intimately familiar with the seven principles, three selves, and four levels of reality as taught in the Kahili Huna tradition, this would be a good time to review them. Go to the teaching hut and click on the first entry. Then compare what you see there with these quotes from the book, which to me reflect pure Huna wisdom.

IKE: "For most of your life you've lived at the effect of your experiences. Now, you're invited to be the cause of them." (p. 156)

KALA: "There is no limit to what you can become." (p. 201)

MAKIA: "When you move energy, you create effect. If you move enough energy, you create matter." "Every Master understands this law." (p. 54)

MANAWA: "You always get what you create and you are always creating." (p. 118)

ALOHA: "Yet the purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you; but to have another with whom you might share your completeness." (p. 123)

MANA: "All creation begins with thought." "That which you think, speak, and do becomes made manifest in your reality." (p. 91)

PONO: "Yet I tell you this: the highest choice is that which produces the highest good for you." (p. 130)

SELF: "You are three beings in one. You can call these three aspects of being anything you want: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, mind, body, and spirit, super-conscious, conscious, and subconscious." (p. 91)

REALITY: "What you do for another, you do for the Self. This is because you and the other are one. And this is because . . . there is naught but you." (p. 131)

I highly recommend this slim volume and while I am recommending books, allow me to suggest that if you like adventure stories filled with shamans and shamanic activities (vision quests, power animals, telepathy, astral travel etc.) check out the "People of . . ." novels by the archaeologists Kathleen and Michael Gear. Each of their First North Americans Series of historical novels about various Native American cultures is entertaining, informative, and reminiscent of our shamanic heritage.

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