In 2000, the Hopi Elders issued a prophecy for the challenging times that are now upon us. "There is a river flowing now very fast," they said. "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." The modern world is very good at showing us vividly how we're hooked, stuck in fixed mind, habitually riding the wheel of suffering. These times are making the option of clinging to the shore more and more unpalatable. Therefore, the Hopi Elders advise us to "push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water." Once there, we'll be able to see our companions in the river and "celebrate." The Elders don't lament what is happening. On the contrary, they say, "This could be a good time!"
When Things Fall Apart,
"Afterword to the 20th Anniversary Edition,"