Prophectic Visions of Grandfather: It was then that the sky seemed to surge and huge holes began to appear. The holes tore with a resounding, thunderous sound, and the very Earth, rocks, and soil shook. The skin of the sky seemed to be torn open like a series of gaping wounds, and through these wounds seeped a liquid that seemed like the oozing of an infection, a great sea of floating garbage, oil, and dead fish. It was through one of these wounds that Grandfather saw the floating bodies of dolphins, accompanied by tremendous upheavals of the Earth and of violent storms. As he held fast to the trembling Earth his eyes fell from the sky, and all about him, all at once, was disaster. Piles of garbage reached to the skies, forests lay cut and dying, coastlines flooded, and storms grew more violent and thunderous. With each passing moment the Earth shook with greater intensity. Suddenly the Earth stopped shaking and the sky cleared. Out of the dusty air walked the warrior spirit, who stopped a short distance from Grandfather. As Grandfather looked into the face of the spirit he could see that there were great tears flowing from his eyes, and each tear fell to the Earth with a searing sound. The spirit looked at Grandfather for a long moment, then finally spoke, saying, "Holes in the sky." Grandfather thought for a moment, then in a questioning, disbelieving manner said, "Holes in the Sky?" And the spirit answered, saying, "They will become the sign of the destruction of man. The holes in the sky, and all that you have seen could become man's reality. It is here, at the beginning of this second sign, that man can no longer heal the Earth with physical action. It is here that man must heed the warning and work harder to change the future at hand. But now man must not only work physically, he must also work spiritually, through prayer, for only through prayer can man hope to heal the Earth and himself.' There was a long pause. Grandfather thought of the impossibility of holes in the sky. Surely Grandfather knew that there could be a spirit in the sky, but holes? That the societies of Earth would not notice them would hardly seem likely. The spirit drew closer and spoke again, almost in a whisper. "These holes are a direct result of man's life, his travel, and the sins of his grandfathers and grandmothers. These holes, will be the second sign, and they will mark the killing of his grandchildren. They will become a legacy to man's life away from Nature." "It is during the time of these holes that mankind's thinking will have crossed a great transition point. Men will then be faced with a choice, a choice to continue on the path of destruction, or to move back to the philosophy of the Earth and a simple existence." "It is here that the decision must be made, or all will be lost." Without another word the spirit turned and walked back into the dust. Grandfather spent the next four days at the cave entrance, and during that time nothing spoke to him, not even the Earth. He said that it was a time of great sorrow, of aloneness, and a time to digest all that had taken place. He knew that these things would not appear in his life time, but they had to be passed down to the people of the future, with the same urgency and power with which they had been delivered to him. He did not know how he could explain these unlikely events to anyone. Surely the elders and shamans of the tribes would understand but not the people, and certainly not anyone who was removed from the Earth and Spirit. He sat for the four full days, unmoving, as if made of stone, and it was at the end of the fourth day that the third Vision came to him. As he gazed out onto the landscape toward the setting sun, the sky suddenly turned back to a liquid and turned blood red. As far as his eyes could see, the sky was solid red, with no variation in shadow, texture, or light. The whole of creation seemed to have grown still, as if awaiting some unseen command. Time, place, and destiny seemed to be in limbo, stilled by the bleeding sky. He gazed for a long time at the sky, in a state of awe and terror, for the red color of the sky was like nothing he had ever seen in any sunset or sunrise. The color was that of man, not of Nature, and it had a vile stench and texture. It seemed to burn the Earth wherever it touched. As sunset drifted to night, the stars shone bright red, the color never leaving the sky, and everywhere was heard the cries of fear and pain. Again the warrior spirit appeared to Grandfather, but this time as a voice from the sky. Like thunder, the voice shook the landscape, saying, "This, then, is the third sign, the night of the bleeding stars. It will become known throughout the world, for the sky in all lands will be red with the blood of the sky, day and night. It is then, with this sign of the third probable future, that there is no longer hope. Life on Earth as man has lived it will come to an end, and there can be no turning back, physically or spiritually. It is then that the children of the Earth must run to the wild places and hide. For when the sky bleeds fire, there will be no safety in the world of man." Grandfather sat in shocked horror as the voice continued. "From this time, when the stars bleed, to the fourth and final sign will be four seasons of peace. It is in these four seasons they must live deep within the wild places and find a new home, close to the Earth and the Creator." "It is only the children of the Earth that will survive, and they must live the philosophy of the Earth, never returning to the thinking of man. Survival will not be enough, for the children of the Earth must also live close to the spirit. Tell them not to hesitate if and when this third sign becomes manifest in the stars, for there are but only four seasons to escape." Grandfather said that the voice and the red sky lingered for a week and then were gone as quickly as they were made manifest. Grandfather did not remember how many days he'd spent at the mouth of the cave, nor did it make a difference, for he had received the Vision he had come for. It was in the final night at the Eternal Cave that the fourth vision came to Grandfather, this time carried by the voice of a young child. The child spoke, saying, "The fourth and final sign will appear through the next ten winters following the night that the stars will bleed. During this time the Earth will heal itself and man will die. For those ten years the children of the Earth must remain hidden in the wild places, make no permanent camps, and wander to avoid contact with the last remaining forces of man. THEY MUST REMAIN HIDDEN, like the ancient scouts and fight the urge to go back to the destruction of man. Curiosity could kill many." There was a long silence, until Grandfather spoke to the child spirit, asking, "And what will happen to the worlds of man?" There was another period of silence until finally the child spoke again. "There will be a great famine throughout the world, like man cannot imagine. Waters will run vile, the poisons of man's sins running strong in the waters of the soils, lakes, and rivers. Crops will fail, the animals of man will die, and disease will kill the masses. The grandchildren will feed upon the remains of the dead, and all about will be cries of pain and anguish. Roving bands of men will hunt and kill other men for food, and water will always be scarce, getting scarcer with each passing year. The land, the water, the sky will all be poisoned, and man will live in the wrath of the Creator. Man will hide at first in the cities, but there he will die. A few will run to the wilderness, but the wilderness will destroy them, for Man will be destroyed, his cities in ruin, and it is then that the grandchildren will pay for the sins of their grandfathers and grandmothers." "Is there then no hope?" Grandfather asked. The child spoke again, "There is only hope during the time of the first and second signs. Upon the third sign, the night of the bleeding, there is no longer hope, for only the children of the Earth will survive. Man will be given these warnings: if unheeded, there can be no hope, for only the children of the Earth will purge themselves of mankind's destructive thinking. The children of the Earth will bring a new hope to the the socity, living closer to the Earth and Spirit." Then all was silent, the landscape cleared and returned to normal and Grandfather stepped from the vision. Shaken, he said he had wandered for the next season, trying to understand why he had been chosen.