In 1992, I attended the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, popularly known as the Earth Summit. I was struck by the criticism of existing models of leadership and development and the need to develop global community and interdependence among people of all nations.
Later that year, I met Thomas Banyacya, a Hopi Elder. He was speaking on December 9, Human Rights Day, in the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City. That day, he delivered his Hopi Prophecy on the need to change our consciousness and come into right relationship with the earth and its resources.
After his delivery, I was asked to escort him to the reception and we became friends. The next year we both attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Though Thomas died in 1999, I continue to listen to his message as well as bring it to others (watch it here). I believe we are still connected. Thomas emphasized the need for each of us to develop a relationship with the Great Spirit and reverence for the earth.
I thought of Thomas and his message as I developed the process of first becoming a Reconciliation Leader myself and then training others in the United Nations community. Through the program, I help people develop a deeper relationship to their higher power, to the earth and to its resources.
The Peacebuilding Process to Develop Political Will is my offering for a new development model, lightly facilitated by Reconciliation Leaders to help participants voice and reconcile their concerns in an emotionally safe environment. In this process, political will is defined as the will of the people, and the politician is the Reconciliation Leader.
The pages of my new book, My Soul’s Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/11, tell the story of my soul journey. I offer my contribution to new leadership and development models in response to the Hopi Prophecy to change consciousness in America, based on the need I perceived at the Earth Summit: to develop global community, international cooperation and interdependence, highlighting personal mission and a partnership with a person’s higher power or their own word for the Sacred.
Almost nine years after hearing Thomas’ Hopi prophecy and sharing it with many others, I experienced a dream of the Phoenix on September 11, 2001, in New York City during the World Trade Center attack. That dream signaled a new era for me to share a way for America to enact the Hopi Prophecy.
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