How we respond is up to us

To the editor:

On Aug. 11, 3114 B.C. the ancestors of the Mayan created a sophisticated galactic clock. On Dec. 21, 2012, 5,116 years later the Mayan time clock will end. Just imagine; it will end in our lifetime.

On that day something will happen that happens every 26,000 years. The sun and center of the milky way will line up in a straight vertical line. Scientists agree this event will bring about a reversal of Earth's magnetic poles, caused by magnetic storms called sunspots. That will happen during the winter solstice, when in the Hopi world view, Father Sun reaches his winter home.

So what does this mean for us earthlings? Some say the world as we know it will end. Other say it will bring in a new way of thinking, a raising of our consciousness. Then there are those who say nothing at all will happen.

Inscribed on "Prophecy Rock" across the valley from Oraivi, is the Hopi version of the era of 2012. It is prophesized that the material path we are now following will end suddenly while the spiritual path of Ma'sau will keep going.

Those who are knowledgeable about prophecy say the great purification will happen. It will cause great suffering throughout the world. At its worst the world could turn upside-down.

A Mishongonovi one-horned priest predicted that the start will rain on us. The turning of the world has already started, as evidenced by the global climactic changes, shortages of fresh waters, threat of nuclear war, shortages of food, new diseases, etc.

Does the world have to end? The answer is no. We will have to be punished in order to be purified, how we respond is up to us.

On Prophecy Rock is a bridge connecting the material-secular path to the sacred path of Ma'sau, just before the sudden ending of the material way of life. This represents an opportunity for the two paths to merge, creating a new world.

In Hopi teaching, our ancestors were given a gourd of fresh water, different colors of corn kernels, and a planting stick. Ma'sau said these must be used together to create a sustainable way of life.

He warned that if we are not careful, the planting stick will break away taking on a life of its own. The planting stick, sooya, represents technology: a world of science and technology, a life of ease and comfort that is temporary. A bonding of science-technology with sacred path and ancient wisdom and teachings is what needs to happen.

So, the bridging of the material path with Ma'sau's road gives us a chance to reconnect sooya back to the gourd of water and corn kernels, and imagine the fifth world.

For us Hopi, this is the time to contemplate the questions: Ya itam hakim Hopiid? Who are we Hoppiid? Why did our ancestors, who were the first to arrive on Black Mesa region we call tuuwanasave, choose to settle here in what seems life a waterless world to live as farmers? Is it coincidental? Was there a purpose and what is it?

From all of us at Black Mesa Trust, we wish you a joyous, productive 2012.

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