My Hopi Indian teacher

Updated: Jun 3, 2019

Many years ago I read an amazing book by a man who lived with the Hopi Indians and wrote a book about their prophecies. The book is called The Hopi Indian Survival Kit by Thomas Mails. This quote from the book has been with me for many years and continues to inspire me on my journey. I’m posting it today to honour and acknowledge the Hopi Indian teacher who accompanies me on my current journey.

“Hoka Hey” means more than that it is a good day to die. It means also that it is a good day to live. It means recognising one thing and staking yourself to live gloriously, fully, openly, completely, intimately, passionately to the one thing that is important because you say it is. It is saying that I will risk everything for one thing, because I want to. Now is the time. We are healers. We came to heal ourselves and those around us. We have spent a lifetime preparing ourselves for this task.

We have searched different pathways to a power greater than ourselves: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Sufism, and Native American spirituality.

We have learned about ourselves. We have been psychoanalysed, grouped, encountered, ESTed, supported, Insighted, Grofed, Rolfed, and Hellerised. We have taken workshops, gone to lectures, studied with teachers, read from, talked about, listened to… We have discovered our child, honoured our elders, analysed our dreams, contacted our rage, walked through our fears, and faced our addictions.

We have studied ways to heal: crystals, nutrition, tarot, massage, herbs, astrology, numerology, reflexology, channelling, bodywork, prayer, meditation, yoga.

Now is the time to give away what we have learned. To teach. To heal. To understand and move beyond understanding. To make a difference in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

We lose the “high” of a weekend workshop because we do not give away what we have learned. The information remains locked inside of us. Gradually, that wonderful experience fades away, and we again encounter the same problems with the same feelings, the same attitudes, and the same beliefs. We remain essentially unchanged except for a faint longing that tells us there is more out there. So we wonder what is wrong, we take another workshop, and the cycle repeats itself.

Now is the time to break the cycle, to do what we have learned to do, to be who we are. Now is the time to learn what we have been taught by teaching what we have learned, to reveal ourselves and thereby receive revelation, to empty ourselves so that we have space to receive; to give away what we have learned in order to learn what we have to give, to risk saying, “I am a perfect child of a perfectly loving God who wants me to be happy, joyous and free.” Now is the time.

When my friend John asked, “What the fuck are you doing here?”** I did not realise how profound the question was. Just trying to stay alive. Just trying to see past old Gods, false ideas, misunderstandings about you and me. Living past fear and grief and mistrust, living past all the things that would have killed someone not made by the loving and graceful hand of the divine. Doing my part as called on by the elders to ensure the way of life of the ceremony. Doing my part to clean up the messes of the past. Learning to be in union with the Creator, to love and be loved, and to have a little fun along the way.

** He was taking part in a Hopi Indian 4 day fast and ceremony.

This is the challenge that faces us today and one of the forces that motivates me to do the work I do.

Now is the time.

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