Philosophy in a time of tribulation – Part 5

The Spiritual DNA of the Native American Hopi Tribe.

Philosophy in a time of tribulation – Part 5

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Definitely don’t feel guilty to be happy. It is of no use to feel sad and inert. What helps is that your universe now provides good things. Joy strengthens your resistance to problems and contributes to a solution.

This is one of the invigorating messages of the Native American Hopi for these turbulent times.

There is nothing better to do than retaining a beautiful, joyful and light vibration, because that is what is being asked from you right now. Use this time for a quest for a vision. What world would I like to create for myself? Remain calm, reflect daily and make it a habit to encounter the sacred within every day. Good things emerge from it!

The moment of choice that humanity is confronted with right now can be compared with a gate or a hole is what the Hopi tribe teaches us.

The decision to fall in the hole or walk past the gate is on you. If you let the problems overwhelm you and let the news absorb you with negative energy, if you are anxious all the time and fearful for pessimism, you will fall into the hole.


If you seize the opportunity to look closely at yourself, reflect on life and death, take care of yourself and others, you will walk past the gate. For if you take good care of yourself, you take care of all others at the same time. Take good care of your house, take good care of your body. Contact your spiritual house. Withstand bravely to be reborn again!

Choose for an eagle’s view, who oversees the whole from above with a wide gaze. This will ensure tranquillity and insight.

Being Hopi (meaning: civilised, peaceful) means that you are in a state of total reverence and respect for all things, that you are at peace with it, and live in the power of Maasauu, the creator and caretaker of the earth, also called the Great Spirit. According to the Hopi, their civilisation, their prosperity and their misfortune are a reflection of the health of the rest of the world. They see their land – with a population of 20 000, they live in eleven villages across northern Arizona – as the microcosm of the world. Everything both good and bad takes place there in miniature.

Central to the Hopi attitude to life is a sustainable, future-oriented connection with the earth. Most people have “forgotten” this pure way of life, according to the Hopi. The best way to ensure a long life for our kind is to maintain the ecosystem of which she is part and fully adapt to it. This culminates in the Hopi description of a ‘spiritual ark’ on which we can survive. This promising teaching on survival constitutes the spiritual DNA of the Hopi tribe, if you ask me.

It reminds us of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which was the result of the hard lesson of the biggest crisis of the previous century, the Second World War. The creators wanted to avoid that history would repeat itself with those horrific occurrences at all cost – ‘Never again’ – but they weren’t aware of the possibility of today’s people violating the rights of people in the future. An addition regarding a declaration of human rights of people-in-the-future seems adequate. However, such a paragraph will only be useful when every citizen of the world internalises the Hopi mindset at least a little bit.

In my opinion, one striking observation of the Hopi should definitely be included:

There is the question of health and social matters regarding this crisis, but first and foremost it is a spiritual one. They go together. Without the social-medical dimension, we lapse into fanaticism. But without the spiritual dimension we lapse into pessimism and meaninglessness!

A declaration like this would take us to a world in which spiritual action becomes an essential component of human behaviour. We can then see the outline appearing of the Coming New Man along the way…


We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

You have been telling 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 your 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 being 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 the 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 come 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.

–Hopi Elders’ Prophecy, June 8, 2000


(To be continued in part 6)



[1] Dick de Soeten, Hopi deur van verleden en toekomst, een oeroude Indiaanse cultuur in Arizona [Hopi door of past and future, an ancient Native American culture in Arizona], 2nd edition, Ank-Hermes Deventer, 1992

[2] Harry James, Pages from Hopi History, University of Arizona Press 1974

[3] Roman Krznaric, The Good Ancestor, Penguin Random House 2020

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Date: June 18, 2021
Author: Dick van Niekerk (Netherlands)
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