Transformation has been a buzzword for more than 20 years, the transformation of consciousness, and the transformation of our ways of life.
This transformation is happening now in individuals, groups, and organizations. More and more of us are realizing the time we are living in is a special one, and that the time has come. Now is the time to usher in a transformation of thought, word, and deed. A deep and collective transformation is being called for now and each one of us can bring this about by allowing transformation in our own lives. I am speaking of not just a spiritual overhaul, I’m talking about a shift in the way we operate, in the why we operate.
I am blessed with the opportunity to be involved in and observe the healing of body, mind, and soul. As I participate in this process through my private practice, I have made some observations over the years. I see people are desperate to heal completely, to get to the core of what is causing the symptoms of dis-ease in their body. People are more willing and able to take responsibility for and control of their healing process and path in an effort to permanently cure chronic problems. As people heal themselves, their lives transform, suddenly their problems are much smaller and more manageable, and everything shifts. People are able to connect deeply to their heart, their source, and new ideas and opportunities seem to just arise from there. As I watch this happen every day, I am reminded of the possibility that exists for the Earth and all of her inhabitants. I am reminded of how each one of us is a microcosm of the macrocosm. I am beginning to recognize that as each one takes responsibility to deeply and completely heal body, mind and soul, and come to a place of acceptance, forgiveness and compassion, then we actually have a chance to see the Earth also heal. As each one of us finds new and alternative ways to live, we make it possible for the whole to do the same.
I know I am not the first, I am sure I will not be the last, to bring these thoughts to your consciousness. My intention is to remind you of these things and offer a few words of encouragement. It is my hope that you will be inspired to join in the transformative processes that are happening now all around us.
“In the year 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”. . .everyone who grew up in North America knows this little rhyme. Yet, how many of us have ever even heard about the Andean prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor? Believe it or not, Columbus sailing the ocean blue, was an important part of that prophecy. In fact, all of us who are alive today also play an important role in the prophecy.
A few thousand years ago, the Andean Elders told of a time that would come when the way of the Condor, the ways of living from the heart, in harmony with the earth and all of her inhabitants, would be swept away and conquered by the way of the Eagle, of living from the head, in competition and conquest, destroying the earth and all of her inhabitants. They prophesied that this time would continue for 500 years. During this time, those who live in harmony would come close to extinction, and their ways would be nearly lost forever. The Elders went on to say that at the end of the 500 years humanity will have the opportunity to unite the ways of the Condor (or heart) with the ways of the Eagle (or head) and find a completely new way to live in harmony. It is told that at this time, the Eagle and the Condor will learn to fly together and this is the only way that humanity will be able to survive. The time for this unification is now.
Symbolically, the Eagle represents the Masculine, the Yang, Patriarchy, and living from the head. The Condor represents the Feminine, the Yin, Matriarchy, and living from the heart. Bringing these two powerful forces into balance would lead to the transformation of humanity for certain. It is not only the Indigenous Elders of the Americas who spoke of the importance of this balance. This principle is found throughout Eastern thought and teachings as well.
The Andean Elders gave a timeline in their prophecy. The year 1490 would signal the beginning of 500 years of life from the head, patriarchy, competition, conquest, capitalism, and consumerism. According to the prophecy, the Age of the Eagle would reach its peak in 1990, a time when the way of the Elders and the Condor, or life from the heart, would reach its all time low.
This puts us today, in 2018, just under 30 years into the shift, in the time they told us would be our chance to alter life as we know it, to join the head together with the heart, to enable the Eagle and the Condor to fly together, to find a new way to live in peace, in harmony with the earth and all of her inhabitants.
“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue”. . .what happened after the momentous voyage of Columbus is exactly what the prophecy predicted. An age of conquering and conquest that brought about the death of Indigenous peoples and the destruction of their ways. It was not the conquistadors, but rather the church that made the first contact with the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon Rain Forest. Even this seemingly benign contact had a devastating impact. Diseases brought by the missionaries began to decimate the people of the Rain Forest. On the heels of this first encounter came the oil companies searching for the black gold to fuel the consumerism of the West. The petroleum engineers cut and dug and drilled and destroyed the homeland, forest, rivers, streams, water and food supplies, leading to new illness and death for the Indigenous peoples.
This continued right up until the 1990’s when the Indigenous Elders of the Amazon Rain Forest began the struggle to take back their territory and remove oil companies from their villages. They intended to put a halt to the loss of their culture, their peoples, and their way of life. The Indigenous Nations of the Amazon, those who were the very last to be invaded and conquered, had seen their numbers decrease by the thousands in a very short time. They saw the Amazon Jungle, where they have lived since time immemorial in harmony with respect and dignity, destroyed beyond recognition. They watched, loosing hope, as their numbers decreased rapidly and their territory was encroached upon. As part of this struggle, they decided to open up their rituals and medicines to the inquisitive ‘cucamas’ or foreigners with the intention of engaging their young people in the rituals and traditional ways once again.
Even as the doors have been opened since the 1990’s to educating and helping the foreigners, the exploitation and destruction of the rainforest continues quietly behind the veil of confusion placed on those who unaware that they are financing it. Through fear, war, censored journalism, and heavy consumerism, the people of the West demand more and more of the same without realizing the human cost of it all.
It may seem hopeless, or at best idealistic, that we could change our ways and come to some harmonious agreement with one another and the earth. Yet, the change has begun and is occurring all around us and in the hearts of many people right now. It is amazing that this process is taking place even among those who are unaware of the prophecy and their part in it.
Everyone has a choice. The Eagle and the Condor are alive inside each one of us. The yin/yang, masculine/feminine, and head/heart principle of balance exists in each and every living thing.
If we simply stop to observe, take the time to watch the cycles of life, we can see it everywhere happening without any force, without any effort. Our resistance to this mystery has led us into conflict, and we have been in conflict for generations inside and outside of our own selves. We have lost touch with the way of the heart, with respecting our body as a temple, and our home planet as our source of life to nourish our temple. We have allowed for the head, the ego, and the mind to lead the way, and we have forgotten the ways of the heart. The consequence of this, we can see in our broken homes, and broken hearts, our broken health, and broken systems of our planet. We have manipulated the natural order of things to the point of damage, and now is the time to face our actions, take responsibility, and heal our bodies, our homes, our hearts, and our Sacred Mother Earth.
As each one of us begins to open our heart, to take responsibility for our choices, our thoughts, and our actions, we take part in the shift towards a new harmonious humanity. As each individual begins the process of healing whatever may be ailing in the body mind and or soul, he alters the whole. Each and every body is a connected and dynamic fractal of the whole, a microcosm of the macrocosm. As we each take responsibility, heal our integral selves and let our light shine, we enable more of this: more heart-lead technology, projects, and change. Open your mind to your heart and learn something extraordinary, investigate and heal whatever gets in the way of sharing, and showing respect and love for all beings. As each one of us opens and lives more and more from the heart, we will have no other option than to alter the current paradigm. The transformation is happening, join in and allow it. Drop old systems of thought and belief and open to what may be possible with real heart-lead systems of individuals working for the betterment of the whole, efficiently, consistently, and honestly. Now is the time the Elders said would come, the opportunity to evolve. Now is the time each one of us must choose our path. The Eagle lives in you, lives through you, and is you. The Condor also lives in and through you, and is you. It takes a moment to make the choice of uniting these two powerful forces, and a lifetime to learn the way.
The Indigenous people of North America also told of this time.
“ . . .This could be a good time. There is a river flowing very fast. It is so great and so 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. . .all that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. . .”
Attributed to an anonymous Hopi Elder from the Hopi Nation.