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Grandfather Speaks






Healing With Love Part 1

~By Robert Gray Hawk, August 2008



Some few years ago, a Master invited me to join him and a few selected other students in a lengthy workshop. The workshop was excellent and the Master taught us several life lessons. The main theme this Saturday dealt with the love we must show all humans and all our relatives on Mother Earth.


Throughout my life at certain tragic events, I would leave with emptiness in my heart, a feeling of incompleteness. This I mostly felt while in the military service. When after a mission, one of the team members would not return alive, we would get together for a quick little ceremony before he would be flown home the last time. At any tragic event, there would be an emptiness left in my heart that I could not explain.


When I lost my parents, the emptiness was not as great as when I was in the service. This really bothered me, as I did not understand why I felt less empty about my parents.


Sometime after the death of my mother, I received an invitation for the workshop with Kalili a South Pacific Huna. The invitation stated the workshop would teach us Healing and Bodywork. Kalili would show us the Huna’s South Pacific way.  I learned much more than that with Kalili.


I remember one early Saturday morning after Sunrise celebration and a breakfast of fruit, we walked to the lodge where Kalili talked about the lessons of the day. The first item was how the westerners had closed themselves off from each other, with high private fences separating them from their neighbors. He gave several examples of how we have separated or isolated ourselves from the rest of the world,


This event and others, throughout the world, caused people to be starved for Pure Love and the gentle kind of touching. This is just one piece of the Puzzle. We can bring all of us, and the human beings around us, together into harmony.


Since Kalili’s teaching of this special love and touching, I have found that psychiatrists and psychoanalysts have written many papers on the subject. Recently, “The Oprah Show” gave an hour to a high school experiment, which showed the same feelings of being isolated and unloved.


Master Kalili said, “In the future, we light bearers need to help change the world’s direction, out of chaos.”


That afternoon, he demonstrated more bodywork. Kalili picked a student who looked like he should play linebacker for the NFL. He was over six feet tall and weighed over 250 lbs.  Kalili was maybe 5ft 10in tall and weighed approximately 160 lbs. As he started the work, Kalili said that the exercise would let us see an example of what he had said about love and touching starvation.


While working on the body, he used his forearms as rollers instead of his hands. He said that using this method would allow a person to work eight hours and still be as fresh at the day’s end as when he started.


While he worked, he played his typical music (South Pacific) and almost danced.


When he wanted to work on the student’s legs and feet, we were surprised to watch him simply place his hands on the shoulders and gave a light push. The student slid as if he were on a game air table even though he was not.


The only other explanation was that the student had been slightly levitated. When it came time to place the student back into the original position, Kalili lifted the feet and again gently pushed the body back. 



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Robert Gray Hawk King Coke, 77, Cherokee, is the newest member of the Manataka Elder Council. Coke graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1952 with a biology degree. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Europe.


After returning home, Robert Coke, entered pre-seminary school Austin College with a major in Philosophy.  He continued his education by earning a degree in Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University where he later served on the faculty as an instructor. In 1996, Elder Coke was elected Chairman, of the American Indian Heritage Association and served as an ambassador for the American Indian Center of Dallas. Gray Hawk is now a semi-retired consultant.




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