Sharing again.... This is another forward, but it touched my heart. Its a really moving piece by a people known for being eloquent with few words. Apparently the overwhelming sentiment is one of disappointment and being let down...we really shouldn't feel that way. Its awesome.
Friends on The Journey,
"Ahhhh... we join you in the intensity of this mourning with both a sobering sense of immense disappointment and with a sense of immense curiosity about what we will individually and collectively make of the bundle of potentialities for our future here in America and on the precious planet the Earth. Days such as these affirm and intensify our commitment to take to heart and learn from the lessons of these times and to continue to become more adept at the inner and outer work needed to hold polarities within a greater wholeness, to build bridges, to wage peace, to include all in stewarding the emergence of our highest potentials together. These past years have offered so many opportunities for us all to learn about the work of organizing, inter-activism, and outer-activism and it is clear that our future will offer many more opportunities to test and refine these art-forms in service of the transformation called for in these turbulent times.
In this spirit, we are moved to offer the following wisdom from the Hopi elders of the Oraibi tribe which offers inspiration and practical advice for these times. We invite you to read these line and to reflect on those that speak most deeply to you at this time.
"You 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 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.
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 on to 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, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads 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 we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we've been waiting for."
--The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation