Thanksgiving is approaching in the United States. It is a holiday where we express the bounty of life. I like to think of my gratitude to indigenous people around the world for sharing their sacred teachings that remind us to see the big picture and to treat all life as sacred. This was not always easy for them, as you can read at the end of this post, but they share for the good of all humanity.
For many years, the Hopi Prophecy, shared by Thomas Banyacya Sr., of the Oraibi tribe, Arizona Hopi Nation has inspired me and millions of people.
I come back to this prophecy again and again to check - am I in right relationship? Am I taking things too personally? Am I living in a sacred and celebratory manner?
I hope you find this prophecy as powerful as I do.
The Hopi Prophecy
“You have been telling the people that this is the 11th 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 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 of yourself for the leader.”
Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said,
“This could be a good time!
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 that they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open and our heads above the water.
And I say, 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.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do must now be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
Thomas Banyacya Sr., Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation
As the New York times said in 1999, at the time of Thomas' death at age 89, he "spent half a century on a tireless and often thankless Hopi spiritual mission to save the planet from the ravages of modern materialism and greed." The New York Times obituary goes on to explain these fascinating facts about the Hopi and the responsibility they feel towards humanity.
The 15,000 or so Hopis are a small nation, but their sense of burden is great. According to a 900-year-old religious tradition, the Great Spirit Maasau'u, Guardian of the Earth, assigned them the duty of preserving the natural balance of the world and entrusted them with a series of ominous prophecies warning of specific threats and providing guidance on how to avoid them.
The prophecies remained a secret oral tradition until 1948, when Hopi religious leaders, alarmed by reports of the atomic bomb's mushroom cloud, which they saw as the destructive ''gourd of ashes'' foretold in the prophecies, appointed Mr. Banyacya and three others as messengers to reveal and interpret the prophecies to the outside world.