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The Isaiah Effect
Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy
By Gregg Braden
ISBN: 0-609-60534-8
Published by Harmony Books/Random House, Inc.
Copyright © 2000 by Gregg Braden

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The Isaiah Effect

Quantum science suggests the existence of many possible futures for each moment of our lives.
Each future lies in a state of rest until it is awakened by choices made in the present.

A two-thousand-year-old scroll written by the prophet Isaiah
describes such possibilities in a language that we are just beginning to understand.
In addition to sharing his visions of our time,
Isaiah described the science of how we choose which future we experience.

Each time we do so, we experience the Isaiah Effect.


The Physics of Time and Prophecy

Chapter Section: Quantum Futures of the Hopi

Pages 107 - 109

In terms that may seem more relevant to modern times, the Hopi relate similar visions of our future, with similar opportunities to choose which outcome we experience. Discussed briefly in an earlier chapter, Hopi traditions of peace, viewed through the eyes of quantum understandings, offer new possibilities for our lives today.

Long ago, the Hopi, whose name means "People of Peace," were given the diagram of a life plan that would guide them through this time in history. Eloquently simple, their plan consists of two parallel paths, parallel possibilities representing the life choices of humankind. In the beginning, both paths appear very similar. The upper path, however, gradually turns into a broken zigzag that ends nowhere. Those who choose this path are represented with their heads detached, hovering over their bodies. They will experience the great shift as a time of confusion and chaos leading to destruction. The lower path continues as a level line, strong and even. Those choosing this path live to advanced ages and their crops grow strong and healthy.

Approximately two-thirds of the way along the paths is a vertical line connecting the two. Until this intersection point is reached, the Hopi say, we may move freely back and forth, exploring the two paths. Following this point in time, however, the choices are made and there is no return. In the words of quantum physics, this portion of the prophecy describes a choice point, an opportunity for humanity to experience the paths of both worlds and choose which is true for them. In the words of the prophecy, 'If we hold fast to the sacred way as he [the Creator] devised it for us, what we have gained, we will never lose. But still, we have to choose between the two ways.8 Mother Nature tells us which is the right way. "When earthquakes, floods, hailstorms, drought, and famine will be the life of every day, the time will have then come for the return to the true path."9

The record-breaking extremes of nature witnessed in our world today suggest to the Hopi that the time of purification is upon us. The severity of our cleansing is being determined, as our individual responses to life challenges create the collective outcome. In a text written by a group of elders from the Hopi Nation,10 specific events in our world are viewed as barometers of our progress in the unfolding of a greater scenario. Among the indicators are these:

  • widespread starvation and malnourishment
  • increases of crime and violence
  • loss of clean, abundant water resources
  • unprecedented breach and expansion of the ozone layer above Antarctica
  • effects of technology (loss of rain forest, depletion of wildlife, and spread of nuclear weapons)
  • It is during our time, the time indicated by phenomenal events in the world around us, that the belief systems of individuals and entire populations will be tested. The elders of the Hopi clans described a scenario of three "great shakings" of the earth. The first two were interpreted by elders of the tribe to represent the first two world wars; the third shaking remains a mystery. It is unidentified, as the nature of this shaking is still being determined by humankind. "The prophecy says the Earth will shake three times: first the Great War, then the second one, when the swastika rose above the battlefields of Europe, to end in the Rising Sun sinking in a sea of blood." The third shaking "will depend on which path humankind will walk: the greed, the comfort and the profit, or the path of love, strength, and balance."11

    Clearly, such traditions recognize a direct relationship between the way we address the challenges of our world each day and the kind of world we experience in our future. The chaos of change is our opportunity to refine our beliefs, honoring the portions that work, and gracefully releasing those that may no longer serve us. It is our new, finely honed worldview of the present that will carry us gracefully through the times of future challenge.

    As with the prophecies of the Essenes and Edgar Cayce, the Hopi leave us with a message of hope. Their vision of our future concludes by admonishing us to be responsible in the way we use the powers of our bodies and our machines. Once again we are reminded that the choices made each day will determine the duration and severity of our days of tribulation. With simplicity and eloquence, Hopi prophecy reminds us that the way we live our lives determines which path we follow. The choice is ours.


    8. Robert Boissier, Meditations With the Hopi (Santa fe: Bear & Company, 1986), 110
    9. Ibid., 113
    10. Thomas E. Mails and Dan Evehema, Hotevilla: Hopi Shrine of the Covenant (New York: Marlowe & Company, 1995), 564
    11. Boissier, Meditations With the Hopi, 117

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