This episode airs on Oct. 11, 2020 at 4pm Pacific Time (In New Zealand that is on Oct. 12 at 11am NZST)
Guest Kalani Souza - Season 1 Episode 5
You won't want to miss this interview as I talk all things water with my soul brother from another mother, Kalani Souza. Kalani is a Hawaiian spiritual elder...although he hardly looks old enough to be called an elder. He is a gifted storyteller, singer, songwriter, musician, performer, poet, philosopher, priest and peacemaker. Kalani is also an Hawaiian practitioner and cross-cultural facilitator, and promotes social justice through conflict resolution. His workshops and lectures inspire, challenge and entertain the listener while calling all to be their greater selves.
It might seem strange to say, but I always knew I would meet Kalani one day, even before I ever knew his name or anything about him. I would tell people that there was a man in Hawaii that I was destined to meet again in this life, a man of deep spiritual depth and wisdom, who would remember me from the same place of deep inner knowing that I remembered him. And so it was that I was introduced to Kalani and his beautiful wife Julie, and so it is that we share our deep mahi and korero (work and conversations) about water with each other and the world.
Share an hour with us as we discuss the essence of water from a multifaceted perspective. Listen to Kalani share some of his Grandfather's wisdom and hear some stories of old. But mostly, feel into what Kalani is saying because in my opinion Water speaks through him and has chosen to do so with great purpose.
A bit more about Kalani -
Kalani works as a consultant for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an accomplished musician, videographer, family man and a cultural advisor for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Kalani Souza is an individual who possesses a clear, concise vision for the future of humanity and our planet. Not your everyday musician, the well-traveled and world-savvy Hawai’i resident is also passionate about helping people understand and implement alternative energy sources, including wind, solar power and water.
Currently, Kalani serves as the chairman of the Indigenous Knowledge Hui of the Pacific Risk Management Ohana, a collection of federal, state, county and non governmental agencies who work primarily to mitigate and respond to disasters in the greater Pacific Region. He also serves as a cultural competency consultant for NOAA Pacific Services Center of the Dept. of Commerce and previously served as one of two Hawaiians in the Native Network, a group of 450 peacemakers on the Dept. of Interiors out of the Morris Udall Center for Peace in Tucson, Arizona.
About This Series:
The ancients and indigenous people have always believed that water is a living being. Scientists tell us that water came from meteorites making it an alien substance. What do we really know about it? This channel gives Water a voice and a platform to reveal it's incredible ability to respond to human consciousness as well as its environment. What will it say? How does it see us? What can it teach us and is it alive? I will cover topics that interweave water with science, art and spirituality, gently teasing open the veil of mystery surrounding the element that is WATER.
About Veda Austin:
Veda Austin is a New Zealand water researcher, author, artist and mother of three. For nearly a decade she has been photographing water in a ‘state of creation’, the state between liquid and ice that she believes is responsive to consciousness. Veda views this important phase from three perspectives. Scientifically, water is becoming a liquid crystal, artistically, water is free to design, and from a spiritual level, water enters a phase of fluidity between space and time, and is in a place of ‘becoming’. Her technique is called Collective Molecular Photography (CMP) and captures macroscopic photos of water 'responding' to a variety of influences within a crystallographic medium.
Her desire to find a unifying force that upheld the principles of life, nature, and the cosmos manifested when she began her journey with water at the deepest of levels. Inspired by the genius of Viktor Schauberger, Marcel Vogel, Theodor Schwenk and Rudolf Steiner, Veda embraced a Goethean approach, weaving science with phenomena based learning and years of refined observation. For her, water is not limited, it enters the bodies of people as freely as it enters the bodies of ants…it can be found in the Heavens as well as the Earth, and it never dies, it is always reincarnating between liquid, solid and gas. Veda believes water is FLOW...it does what it is.
With such an extensive collection of photographs Veda’s work could easily baffle the rational mind, but by sheer consistency and quantity cannot be disregarded. In fact, Veda believes that through this medium of art an emotional connection can be formed with water, and that this is key to creating change in the way we treat our natural world. She says, "If we think water can feel, we will care for it. If we think it is intelligent, we will learn from it."
Veda's passion for water extends out of the freezer and into primary schools where she donates time teaching water science and cleverly intertwines it with art projects. She loves to reconnect children to the living water systems inside and outside of their bodies, believing that the 'tamariki' (children) are the water bearers of the future.