Sacred Water
Sacred Life
By Jennifer O’Reilly



A life-altering event took place on March 2, 2006 when fifteen Hopi runners set out from their homeland to bring sacred water messages to the world. Water from locations around the world was blessed in a sunrise ceremony to be taken 1800 miles to Mexico City, where the Fourth World forum on Water was held from March 16-22. The Hopi organized the relay run to call attention to the sacred value of clean water for the whole planet as a basic necessity, not a commodity to be privatized.

Prayers that went out that day were a good sign to the world. “Each placement of a foot was a pulse prayer into the Earth and the pulsing vibrating waters that moisten the planet,” said Vernon Masayesva, Executive Director of Black Mesa Trust.

With desert cliffs in the background, these runners were a sight to behold. Elders, children, and women ran together toward their destination. I was moved to tears by the determination and quiet spiritual strength of these runners. They are serious about the message they are carrying, “That water is fundamental and sacred to all life. Water is life.”

Springs that have been used by their people for centuries are now dried up due to the pumping of their aquifer by Peabody coal mine. Reeds that supplied the basket makers and crops for food no longer come up. The Hopis face an overwhelming crisis. When there is no water left, and when what is left is contaminated by the radiation from uranium mining, where will they turn? The Hopis have much to teach us about where to turn.

At a dinner for the runners, Vernon said, “We have gone into the transition. Do not doubt. Hold on to what is sacred. Examine what is driving you. See what is driving these runners.”

The understanding that these Hopis possess is a rather interactive understanding. We have the ability to destroy and we have the ability to heal. It is up to all of us how things go. It is our behavior that sets cycles into motion. These Hopis are participating to renew the memory of water as a sacred being to unite all land and life. All water systems are part of a singular network that includes oceans, frozen glaciers and clouds from which the rain that nurtures life is born. Water is a gift from the Creator and a precious right of all people.

These Hopis believe water can be transformed. They want to bring forth new medicines to the world. Their message is advanced and along the same lines as Dr. Emoto’s, the Japanese researcher who discovered ordinary tap water can be changed by thoughts, words and actions. He brought an unseen world of water crystals into visibility. His photographs of frozen crystals in water showed us that what we think can actually affect matter.

Often some of the most basic things are those we cannot see, but this does not diminish their function. The Hopis are never far from us. Deep in the fire of their Kivas they are holding sacred space for all of us, maintaining quiet power and a knowing of the manner of life that will get us through.

After meeting Vernon and his people, I felt compelled to understand more about Hopi history. My research confirmed what I so strongly felt. These people are vital to our survival and what happens to them happens to us. Their sacred center, “Hotevilla” truly is a microcosm of the outer world. This issue with the water is not just a Hopi issue. It is everyone’s issue. Right now, a child dies every eight seconds from drinking polluted water. Can we turn the tide at this late hour?

Around 1100A.D., Maasaw,  guardian of the Earth, appeared to the Hopis. Masaaw’s teachings and warnings were similar to those of Jesus Christ, even though they were at opposite ends of the globe at the same time. The Creator spoke through Masaaw and instructed the Hopis to “blend with the land and celebrate life.” The pattern of life given by Masaaw helped them maintain a walk with beauty for the next 750 years, even through intrusions. Crime was unheard of.

The Hopis believe we must immerse ourselves in Mother Earth and that includes a blending within ourselves. There is a Hopi underworld legend about human nature having both a good side and a bad side vying for control. There are forces that use temptations, forcing us to make choices. Each day we are shaped. The Hopis have a purification ceremony and the Kachinas appear as clowns and check to see if there are any moral deteriorations. They act these out with humor and tribe members ceremonially put these behind them. This is a gentle way for a gentle people to deal with things that cause pain in life.

The Traditionalist elders have kept a covenant with Masaaw to avoid materialism and waste, and to live in harmony with the land. They have held fast to their responsibility of holding the prophecies for over 1,000 years, and this is an achievement for which we can all be grateful. The Hopi elders are like shining lights to guide us in these times. They have served no master except the divine spirit.

It is said that if one or two still stand tall, it is enough to balance the whole world. We need to protect these sacred people and tell them the world is watching, and will not stand for any bad treatment of them. We need to join forces like this. It is time for us to do something for them.

We are now in the closing of the fourth cycle of the Hopi prophecies. Masaaw said he would take over control of the world and it is predicted that Nature will be coming in very strong to get our attention. Many of us are now looking for the secret that Hopis possess about how to survive. One of the prophecies may be of particular interest to us now.

“The world over, the common man will band together to fight for world peace. They will realize that their leaders have failed in accomplishing peace. People in high places will be hunted down like animals, perhaps through terrorism. In turn, leaders will retaliate and begin hunting each other. Revolution could erupt in our land.”

The Hopis emphasize the man-made system cannot be adjusted by any methods that require one’s will to be forced upon another, for that is the cause of the problem. If people are to correct themselves and their leaders, the gap between the two must vanish. To accomplish this we must depend on the energy of truth itself.

There is an ushering in of attitude, feelings and rhythm that can put the Hopi secret to work in our lives. Big changes can happen without any formal meetings. You will be caught up in a new improved rhythm of synchronization with Mother Earth, the universe and others.

We have the potential to turn the crisis with water around. We are made primarily of water. What we think and do can change the water and the life around us.

These Hopi runners have gone through great trials to bring out the message “we are the water and the water is of us.”

Concludes Masayesva, “When water is threatened, all living things are threatened. What we do to water, we do to ourselves.”

Please spread the message to your friends and relations, send a donation, order a T-shirt and / or write a note of support to these courageous people. Above all, do something new to make a change.  Please call (928) 734-9255, visit websites: or: , email: . Black Mesa Trust is a 501(c)(3) environmental advocacy organization dedicated to learning and teaching messages of water.

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