Hope for a better world

Surviving in an Ever-changing World

Have you ever wondered… if civilization collapsed, if there were no more electricity or oil, would you be able to survive?

If there were no more refrigerators, stoves, faucets with fresh water, or flush toilets, would you be able to cook? Bathe? Could you find potable water? Could you forage for food? Do you have the seeds and the know-how to grow your own food?

If your car could no longer function (without gas or oil available), could you survive on your little plot of land? Could you get to somewhere with greater natural resources?

Without electricity, the banking industry would collapse. Could you get by without money?

Do you like the people who live near you? Do you trust them? If you had no phone or internet, would you be comfortable in your neighborhood?

If hospitals weren’t able to stay in existence, could you keep you and your family well?

If there were a very cold winter, would you be able to survive? If it became unbearably hot in the summer, what would you do?

If there were great floods, tornadoes, wildfires, or earthquakes and your government couldn’t or wouldn’t help you, what would you do?

No one likes to think about these things. But the fact is natural disasters are occurring more frequently. And it seems that many of those events that previously had been considered “natural” are now actually linked to climate change, and are thus, at least in part, human-caused, however unintentionally. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/are-natural-disasters-rise/

In the last century, our way of living has become more and more removed from the ways of our ancestors. Many of us have no idea how to survive “in the wild.’ Perhaps it would benefit all of us to learn to live more in harmony with the land.

As I write this, I find myself thinking about the following Hopi prophecy, which was circulated extensively about two decades ago:

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.

        There are the things that must 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.

There is a river flowing now very fast. 
It is so great and swift that many will be afraid. 
They will try to hold on to the shore. 
They will feel like they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

Know that the river has its destination. 
The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off toward the middle of 
the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you and celebrate.

This could be a good time!

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all 
ourselves! For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. 
Gather yourselves!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

The Elders, 
Oraibi, Arizona 
Hopi Nation

Reading the above I remind myself that we don’t have to be afraid. And… it helps to be prepared.

Are we living in a good place? Are we surrounded by kind and resourceful people? Do we have the knowledge we need to survive in a natural world? Is there clean water nearby? Are there fruits and berries and nuts nearby? Are there grains? If we needed to, could we find protein? If necessary, could we create shelter? If there were no electricity or fuel, would we be warm enough in the winter? Could we survive the summers?

And, after we’ve taken care of our physical needs, will we have stories to share? Will we have knowledge to pass on? Will we be able to entertain ourselves? Would we be able to make music, create drums and rattles, dance, and sing?

What about our spiritual selves? Will we be able to commune with the non-physical realm? Will we have respect for the great forces of nature which surround us? Will we be able to live in peace and harmony with our fellow residents on the planet? Will we be able to give thanks to the Creator for the life we’ve been given? Will we be at peace when our time on Earth is done?

These are simply some thoughts to consider as we continue to live in an ever-changing world.

The old wisdom and knowledge is important, maybe even essential to our survival.

Blessings to you and all of Creation. Peace be with you.