A Message to Ponder

This weekend I was driving upstate with a friend. In our conversations, we talked about events, the changes being seen in the world, Wall Street, greed, and some of the possible ways out of the current mess that so pervades everything. Everything my eyes could see. We drove past mega malls, with superstores, and I asked “what will become of these places if no one shops any more?”  Monstrous real estate development that glorifies consumerism.

As we spoke, he began to recite segments of the following text, which even in fragments, gave me something to think about. It is the message from the Hopi Elders, sent out to the world in 2001. When I got home, I had to look it up and read it in full. I thought I would share it with you. Maybe there can be some elaboration in future posts. For now, it is something to chew on.


“We have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour
And there are things to be considered

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in the right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.

It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold onto the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.

The elders say we must let go of the shore, and push off and into the river, keep our eyes open, and our head above the water.

See who is in there with you and Celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally.
Least of all ourselves.
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over,
Gather yourselves!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner
And in celebration.”

Hopi Nation, Oraibi Arizona  —September, 2001


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