After some time,
wisdom sayings detach themselves from their
first sayers or authors and take on
authorship of their own. To some extent,
that is a sign of true wisdom: it can stand
on it's own merit without the need to appeal
to another authority for credibility.
So it is with the
first sentence of a short "prophecy"
attributed to Hopi Elders: "We are
the Ones We Have Been Waiting For..."
That phrase is now used as title to several
book, rock albums and poems. To some extent,
this idea of "it is up to us to save
ourselves, the planet and our civilization"
is not new. However, it now has some
opposition with the prevalence of
self-absorption, self-branding, selfies and
Rather than, "We Are
The Ones We Have Been Waiting For...," the
current counter to that is "I Am The One You
Have Been Waiting For...." "I" versus "We"
is not new tension. It's part of being
human. Community is made up of
individuals. Individual people need the
group for survival.
Some would say,
though, the balance has been lost between
these two opposites. As a species, we are
nose diving into an individual focus at the
expense of the collective and overall
concern for greater goodness.
Here are the next
few lines of the Hopi's wisdom:
"You have been
telling the people that this is the Eleventh
Now you must go
back and tell the people that this is The
And there are
things to be considered:
What are you
Are you in
It is time
to speak your Truth.
community. Be good to each other. And do not
look outside yourself for the leader.
As with all wisdom,
apply these meanings to yourself and your
life not only on the literal level, but the
metaphoric/metaphysical levels as well.
"Where are you living?" is a useful
question to ask as it applies to your
literal address and also on the unseen
levels, i.e. "Where in your head, you heart,
your spirit, in your social life, etc.?"
question is: "Where is my water?" How