We live in a time of great change. We have a woman who could possibly be our first female president. We have our first black president leaving office. We have Black Lives Matter and Native Americans fighting for their rights to have clean water flowing through their reservation. People are feeling, in general, not heard or respected as individuals. There is a division in vision of how our country should be led. Technology has gotten the upper hand of power over the power of solution granted by using the ways of the heart. As a society, we are breaking open like an egg giving birth. The birthing that I see coming is the coming of the “Eighth Fire.”
The systems man has built and valued for so long are falling into echoes of decay. History proves itself in it cyclic existence. We now live in a society embedded with and fed with fear.
In order to survive, we must choose between fear, which will surely bring us failure or choose peace and the healing of compassion and love, which brings peace. It is a time for change and it is time to go to the table and let everyone eat from the table of equality. Every person, man or woman and every culture and religion are included in this quest for freedom.
Our modern world is composed of a wide range of people who could be called a “Rainbow Tribe.” A prophecy from the Native Americans, our “first people” of this land has an answer and possible solution for our pressing problem. This prophesy spans seven generations of development, voiced by seven prophets representing seven fires of change. According to the prophecy, we are now in the time of the seventh fire, a time of upheaval and change. The final fire of change occurs only within the “eighth fire,” a time to light the eternal fire of unity, healing and peace. This change will occur by the works and ways of the “Children of the Rainbow.”
In the 1960’s we have first appearance of the “Children of the Rainbow” in the form of the “Hippie Generation” or the “Flower Children.” In this generation, they found new ways of expressing themselves while seeking wisdom from many cultures of the world, as well as the wisdom of the elders of the Native Americans. They wore feathers and beads and painted their faces to dance in celebration to bring Mother Earth back into balance, in hopes of reforming the minds of the White Chiefs. According to the prophecy, it was a sign that the Ancestors were returning in the form of white bodies to speak of the Sacred Path with new ways of understanding themselves and others. The children were embracing new religions, different cultures and new ideas generated from the old ancient ways. It was an attempt to merge the knowledge and culture of all to acquire a higher culture.
“When the Earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the rainbow.”
-Old Native American Prophecy
This planet and country is ravaged by greed, disregard for access to water and not concerned enough about maintaining the longevity of the earth. We are divided as a people by fear and are existing in a state of “us and them.” Being in the midst of the seventh fire is a time of throwing up all that is not working for the society. We are living in the underbelly of our society, waiting to rise like a burning ash. It is believed unity of the planet would be formed with the Seventh Fire, where people will emerge to retrace their steps to find wisdom lost within the modern trail. There will be an awakening of the people led by the wisdom people following the ways of the elders. There will be two choices on this modern trail. One road is a road of greed buried within technology, actions existing without wisdom or respect for the sacredness of life. The other road is one of compassion, love and respect for all that is living.
This fork of the road is thought to be the Eighth Fire and the beginning of true peace on the planet.
“As Native Americans, we believe the Rainbow is the sign from Spirit in all things. It is a sign of the union of all people like one big family. The unity of all humanity, many tribes and people. Is essential.” -Late Thomas Banyacy, Spokeman, Hopi traditional elders, Hotevilla
As Children of the Rainbow, we have our duty to fight for change and the uplifting of our planet. So the fight for water by the Native Americans against the Dakota pipeline is in alignment with the prophesy of the Eighth Fire. We must choose water to put out the seventh fire so we may walk from the ashes and step into the Eighth Fire of peace.