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A Message from Hopi Elders*

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.
You must go back and tell the people that this is the hour.

Here are the things that must be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Do the children want what they see in you?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
Does your life grow corn?
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourselves 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 will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off toward the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

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 that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the Lone(ly) Wolf is over. Gather yourselves!

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

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

* Cherokee elder Will Rockingbear visited a group of people at Whistling Women in Winston-Salem, N.C. in May, 2002. Robin Lynne, who brought Rockingbear, distributed this message to those who came, and Rockingbear read it. It has been widely circulated on the Web with minor variations (see italics) Although it is unlikely that this actually arose from the Hopi tradition (see, it speaks to the silence between my thoughts and has been a helpful start for meditation to me- Ellen