Teachings of Ubuntu
Ubuntu is a word that comes from Africa, a word that captures very much the philosophy not only of Africa, but of many indigenous cultures around the world, what to speak of that of ecology and permaculture as well. Ubuntu speaks to the reality that in fact we as a people are intricately interconnected, interwoven, recognizing that one cannot exist alone in isolation; but rather that you exist because of everyone and everything else...such as your experience, your family, friends, lovers, the elements, what you eat, what you think, etc. Or as the ancient Mayan people say 'In Lak’ech'...which means 'I am you…you are me!!!'
Or according to Archbishop Desmond Tutu..."I am what I am because of who we all are." He goes on to further explain that "Ubuntu is the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity."
In this way it is important for us to recognize the beautiful threads of the ancients that have been woven into our lives... and now we are here trying our best to weave a few simple threads of beauty, love, peace, and harmony into this great tapestry of life. Therefore, in the spirit of Ubuntu, we work to empower ourselves realizing that to create peace and harmony within ourselves is to help to create peace and harmony in the world…especially by being conscious of our sacred nature and infinite potential.
Hasta Victoria Siempre!!!
The Hopi Elders Speak...
"We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For"...
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.
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 being torn apart, and they 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 the water. 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 of 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.
—The Elders Oraibi
Arizona Hopi Nation