We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For

A Song for the spirit of our times by Barbara Swetina

This is a live recording from one of my workshops, a newly composed song, which will also be available on CD soon!

Feel free to download the song as an MP3 file*), use it, share it, etc! You can also download the sheet music & lyrics as a PDF. The words are from the Hopi Elders (see below), originally a response to the happenings of 9/11/2001, and now even more relevant…

Love, Barbara Swetina 
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"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