The Dalai Lama has said, "Trouble is bound to come, so cultivating the right attitude is crucial." There has always been trouble and suffering in the world and yet we must do what we can to alleviate it, out of compassion for ourselves and others, for the world. We need myth now more than ever, to help us contact that timeless dimension where this paradox can be meaningfully lived.
My understanding of the power of myth began when I read The Book of the Hopi by Frank Waters. For reasons beyond explanation I suddenly grasped the tremendous power of story to make the world and the human place within it. In that moment a path unfolded. A friend recently shared another piece of Hopi wisdom with me. I hope this message from the Hopi Elders in Oraibi, Arizona inspires and compels you to find your place in the great drama currently unfolding.
Hopi Elders Message
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 relationship?
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 will be those who are afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The Elders say that 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 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 journey and growth comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your vocabulary and attitude.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.