When I wrote about Hopi Prophecy Rock a few weeks ago, I mistakenly thought this important sacred site had been well known to the Hopi nation for countless generations. Today, I discovered this is not the case.
I was reading through one of my favorite books, “Sacred Places: How the Living Earth Seeks Our Friendship” by James A. Swan, when I discovered a passage about Hopi history that I had completely forgotten about…
“In 1964,” Swan writes, “Hopi elder Thomas Banyacya attended a special elders’ meeting held at one of the high mesas of Arizona. At that meeting, one of the elders spoke of a special sacred rock where a most important ancient prophecy was etched in stone as a petroglyph. Banyacya and the elder went off in search of this rock and eventually found it. With the utmost care they scraped away the lichen and mosses, revealing an ancient rock art carving which describes the history of North America and gives all members of modern society a chance to understand the choices they face for survival.”
Hopi Prophecy Rock is one of the featured destinations of a Sedona tour now being offered by Body Mind Spirit Journeys. It’s a singles tour, and it’s happening this coming November during the Thanksgiving long weekend. The tour host, Clint Frakes, will also take the group on excursions to some of the major energy vortexes in Sedona, as well as leading meditations and other spiritual ceremonies, including one at a Medicine Wheel.
Because so many people travel during the holidays, anyone who wants to be a part of this program is advised to make reservations soon, as flights are quickly becoming filled up.
Amidst all the buzz about the Mayan Calendar ending December 21, 2012, we sometimes forget that Native Americans also have ancient traditions concerning the fate of life on our planet. I was reminded of this when I saw that Hopi Prophecy Rock is one of the key destinations of a tour to Sedona that BMSJ just announced. According to Hopi traditions, this petroglyph near to the Old Oraibi village gives important clues to the future of humanity.
I have traveled to Sedona twice and experienced the powerful earth energies at the Sedona vortexes first hand, but I my one visit to the Hopi nation did not include Prophecy Rock. This is not surprising, for as important as that sacred place is, most tours to this part of the Arizona desert do not go there, making BMSJ’s up-coming November program all that more special.
The tour dates are set for the Thanksgiving long weekend, from November 23rd through the 27th, a feature that will make this sacred journey more accessible for some working people.
One of the features I personally like about the itinerary is the very impressive credentials of the local host, Clint Frakes. He is practically a walking encyclopedia when it comes not only to Sedona and the vortexes, but particularly with regard to Native American culture and traditions. His talk about Hopi Prophecy Rock, and the meanings of those mysterious stone carvings are bound to make this a pilgrimage for a lifetime. Another bonus will be his leading the group to a medicine wheel where he will conduct a ceremony as well as talk about the meaning of this important spiritual tradition.
Toward the end of the program, Clint will also be leading the group on a meditation at a Sedona labyrinth.
Participation in this special event will be limited, so anyone who is interested would be well advised to book their reservations as far ahead as possible.
Here is a link to see the complete itinerary for the Thanksgiving Sedona Tour.