The first time I read this, it took my breath away.
We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For
To my fellow swimmers:
here is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift,
that there are those who will be afraid,
who will try to hold on to the shore,
they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river,
and keep our heads above water.
And I say see who is there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history we are to take nothing personally,
least of all ourselves, for the moment we do,
our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
For we are the ones we have been waiting for.
A Prophecy from the Hopi Elders spoken at Oraibi AZ, June 8, 2000, as attributed in the book PERSEVERANCE by Margaret J. Wheatley
“I received this directly from Fireweed Eagle Woman, a “pipe carrier,” in March 2009; she had just returned from a gathering where the prophecy was again discussed. (Scanning of the prophecy is mine—this was an oral transmission with no particular form.) The Hopi people are known for many prophecies about these times which they offer as stewards of the Earth. At a presentation to the U.N. in the late 90s, the Hopi elder Thomas Banyacya said: “Hopi in our language means a peaceful, kind, gentle, and truthful people. We made a sacred covenant which includes the responsibility of taking care of this land and life for Masawa, the Great Spirit’s purpose. Our goal is to pray and promote the welfare of all living beings and to preserve the world in a natural way.”
“This prophecy was issued at Oraibi, Arizona, the Third Mesa of the Hopi Nation. Oraibi was founded sometime before the year 1100 AD, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements within the United States. There are many websites that contain the year 2000 prophecy.”
In the future, WE will be “the ones who came before”. How do YOU want to live into that future?
Let’s watch a movement happen, start to finish, in under 3 minutes, and dissect some lessons:
This interview from July 1991 may seem dated, but the underlying wisdom is remarkably pertinent to many of today’s discourses. It speaks about leadership and stewardship. Watch it!
In this July, 1991 broadcast, Bill sits down with Native American Oren Lyons, the Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, who has devoted his life to documenting his peoples' experiences, and interpreting them for understanding by the dominant American culture. They discuss the ancient legends, prophecies, and wisdom that guide the Onondaga tribe, as well as the challenges of preserving their rich culture, and the spiritual approach to environmentalism.