“We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson

A warning: Not because of the religious holidays, but because of the winter solstice, when primitive people like me wonder if the sun will come back, I get into my most spritual mode. When I say “sprirtual” it’s not a synonym for “religious,” It’s about reverence for life, awe for the amazing manifestations of nature, and love for the unique qualities of human nature I encounter every day. I hope you can find time to share in my joy at just being alive. I hope that whatever you celebrate at this time of year will be a reason for delight and not just an obligation.

I’ve had this in my file of spiritual quotations for years.  It’s attributed to an unnamed Hopi elder. Imagine my thrill when Barack Obama quoted its last line.

I think if Hillary Clinton and John McCain had known the quotation came from the Hopi people they wouldn’t have mocked Barack the way they did.

Open your heart, and read.

The Elder said,

“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 relation?
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.”

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “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 torn apart and will suffer greatly.

“Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water. And I say, see who is in 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 for the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

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4 Responses to ““We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For””

  1. I was inspired by Alice Walker’s use of this concept (We are the ones…) a few years ago. Perhaps at that time she gave this reference. Anyway I’m glad to have it.

  2. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
    “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
    Yes and Wow.

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