Indigenous elder prophecies such as those of the Hopi have long foretold days like these. Today, the world seems to be at a tipping point. Another pointless war begins, this time in Ukraine, and dread hangs in the air. Palpable darkness seems to be gathering as superpowers China and Russia seem to be aligning, pointing fingers at the West.
For many people, it seems like something big, even apocalyptic, has been coming for some time. In Hopi prophecy, they speak of entering the fifth world.
“In a world where rulership can be seized by the strongest army, fulfillment of our trust as caretakers requires that we learn how to place wisdom in power,” a speaker for the Hopi once said. The Hopi have lived without warfare for over 1,000 years, without ever signing a treaty with the US, writes Cyril Christo.
Even those not prone to religious ideology or self-fulfilling ‘End Times’ prophecies feel like the world is reaching a crescendo. To what end, we can’t yet know. We look for wisdom when all the talking heads on our TVs can’t predict what’s coming. At any time, everything can change in an instant. Who could predict?
Empires Built on Conquest
And yet, Native elders here in America, predating our capitalist, technological society, have long been preparing for a precise time in the near future. At that time, modern civilization would end when we fail to hear the Earth, exploiting and ravaging the natural world with technology and machines disconnecting us from our real connection with all life.
“Native title to land was based, according to Hopi, on caretaking. Their home was not based on conquest. And they knew that any empire built on conquest must inevitably crumble. That is what we are seeing today,” wrote Cyril Christo.
Long ago, the Hopi elders foresaw “talking cobwebs” and the House of Mica, the United Nations’ headquarters in New York.
The Tipping Point – 2025
We can’t know what today’s news will bring next. But, according to a 2022 piece by Cyril Christo in The Hill, a Dine Navajo elder, Leon, says 2025 marks “the point of no return for humanity.”
The cause is complex: a modern way of life affronts nature, the Circle of Life, and the Earth. Lacking perspective, we exploit, drill for oil, contaminate the water, cut down forests, hoard material wealth, becoming an ever-more detached and ultimately toxic robotic society.
It’s something the Russians, non-indigenous Americans, the Chinese, and the rest of the world must wake up to – and fast. Is that even possible?
“When one takes a guide into Monument Valley, the most awe-inspiring landscape in the lower 48, a Navajo guide might show a certain petroglyph that resembles robot-like creatures. Maybe it is just another coincidence or maybe the Anasazi people foresaw what our society would become, a robot,” Christo writes.
The Circle of life Has Been Amputated
Since the 90s, Christo has traveled to remote parts of the world with his wife to study ancient cultures. This time, he shares what he’s learned from indigenous elders in the US Southwest. They live by a cosmology that honors the Earth versus our unreality of machines.
“…What the elders have to say is a wisdom that antedates Western civilization. Its roots are much deeper and is based not on mere machinations and science but a whole cosmology we may last have had with the ancient Greeks,” Christo writes. “What they have to say has foreshadowed what the dominant society will finally have to learn,” he continued.
Ancient Aliens’ take on the Hopi Legend of the Blue Kachina/visitor from a star:
The Kachinas as Representations of the Elements
In our artificial, square world, “The circle of life has literally been amputated,” he explains. “For Leon, myth is the basis of understanding reality. The Greek Gods were not mere fiction. In the West, we have forgotten how to honor Poseidon and the ‘gods.’ Not abstract, disembodied, religious gods but the telluric, geologic, elemental entities that cohere the world. The Kachinas for the Navajo are representations of the elements and the key concept of hozho – beauty.”
This beauty is at the center of the cosmos and is made of three layers, mind, spirit and body, mirroring Buddist beliefs. However, our scientific world separates the elements, ignoring and rejecting all but the physical. We’ve lost our connection to the source, the hozho, the universe. Thereby, the world is spinning out of balance, as the elders long knew it would but were largely ignored by the modern world.
Back to the Source
Although we can credit science with many wonderful benefits, particularly in a year of pandemic, it can be a limited viewpoint.
“According to Leon, the winds of change started many years ago. Our science is top-heavy and according to Leon, has no informing presence…it separates, analyzes, dissolves, breaks down fragments and has no vertical relation back to the source, which is the universe.”
Outside the shell of this universe lays another universe. As you probably noticed, it’s exactly like what the brightest scientific minds are catching up to while focusing on the material, an illusory world in many peoples’ view.
“In actuality, the world is a quantum field, and everything is in motion and informs everything else. But our science, finance, education and health systems have separated existence into bits and pieces. The world is not a noun; it is a verb. Life emerged out of a fluid, interconnected flux. What was once coherent and interconnected is being pulled apart.”
Fortunately, a verb describes an action, and it’s possible to turn it around, but it will require rapid change.
“In mind, body and spirit. We have to change our behavior and our minds, or we perish,” Christo writes.
Ultimately, though, what may finally be coming to an end is a “perversion of life.” Then, the wisdom of indigenous peoples who live close to the soil may allow life to carry on.
“Sometimes, to save the earth, some things – that are destroying the earth – have to be destroyed,” says Gerald Wilkinson, Cherokee. “That’s a natural process. That’s nothing you, nor I can do anything about. And maybe, through that, we will be able to create a new world, a world of human beings. There is another world. Another world is coming.”
The Eye of the Storm
As for Leon, the Dine Navajo elder, he’ll be ready:
“I once asked a remarkable Dine Navajo elder what he was working on,” wrote Christo. “He answered, we’re preparing for the next 500 years. Bewildered, I asked, ‘Are we going to be here in 500 years?’ He answered, ‘We will. I don’t know about you guys!’ The Dine people live by a cosmology that honors the Earth.”
In Hopi prophecies, a time of Powateoni brings “purification, of social and ecological disruption that will eventually bring a time of lasting peace over the world’s people. But before that, we will have to go through the eye of the storm.”
Video featuring Hopi elder Thomas Banyacya Sr.(1909-1999) by Sacred Land Film Project:
Cyril Christo is the son of the famous artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who made the impossible happen, wrapping massive buildings, islands, bridges in fabric. His dream since 1977 was to stack 410,000 oil drums in a pyramid in the desert in Abu Dhabi, The Mastaba. It was to be their only permanent, large-scale public artwork and a final project based on ancient benches from Mesopotamia and later ancient Egyptian tombs.
The couple said there was no message to the piece. However, a grand-scale pyramid created from the spoils of oil seems particularly meaningful in a world at the edge of climate crisis today. As their son wrote, “drilling for oil in areas of the world where oil should never be extracted will only exacerbate the dualistic mindset we have created.”
A smaller-scale project appeared in London in 2018, as you can see from Quartz below:
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