Take a 'Moment' in Hot Springs | Community Spirit
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- On October 20, 2012, several thousand pilgrims are expected to arrive in Hot Springs for a massive prayer event being called "The Moment". Called a "Planetary Pentecost" by Rev. David Hulse, founder of the RISE Wellness Center, Hot Springs, this event is expected to draw global attention and attendance.
It is the goal of The Moment event to bring people from all over the planet to join hands, hearts and minds, in prayer for healing. Manataka with this history of peace, healing and wonder seems a perfect place for such an endeavor, says Rev. Hulse.
Growing up in Oklahoma, Rev. Hulse has always felt a connection with Native American peoples. After several years of ministering in Hot Springs, where he first heard about the Manataka Sacred Site, he decided to relocate here. "There is a language of the Heart," says Rev. Hulse. The Moment will bring people together in Heart Space and each will understand the language of the other, he explains.
Rev. Tom Haley, pastor of the Rock Hill Christian Church, Hot Springs, shares this vision. "Peace is within our reach," says Rev. Haley. "I look forward to seeing people of all races, creeds, colors, tribes, cultures, religions and social situations come together as one people, spiritually and peacefully, to meet each other as one family of humanity," he continues.
Lee "Standing Bear" Moore, Secretary and Story Keeper for Manataka American Indian Council, is quoted as saying....
"The Moment will open a new time, an awakening. The Moment is the fulfillment of Indian prophesies when the people of all races come together in love in a single circle, give thanks and pray. The Moment will create a mass consciousness, a light that will spread to many lands."
The event will take place on and around Hot Springs Mountain, long known as a Native American sacred site called Manataka or Place of Peace. Although it is hard to imagine today with the bath houses and tourist shops on the west side of the mountain, prehistoric peoples and early explorers beheld a place of wonder here.
Hot water issued forth from over 50 springs down the side of the mountain from as high as 187 feet. The springs were surrounded by mounds created by the mineral deposits from the springs. These white mounds were streaked with red iron oxide.
These springs were known for their healing and rejuvenating properties throughout the Americas. It was a strange place, rich in unique flora and fauna. Considered a sacred place, a place given special attention by Creator, many tribes told stories of 'the Place of Peace' in their own languages. Acknowledged as a gift from Creator, all people were allowed to travel there for their physical and spiritual needs without fear of enemy interference.
Rev. Cheryl Batts, President of a Hot Springs non-profit community based organization and a minister at one of the local churches is Chairperson for the Moment's Invitation Committee. "We want to invite every church in Arkansas for this uplifting spiritual event," she states. If you have not yet received an invitation and wish to participate with your congregation, you may contact Rev. Batts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All events associated with the Moment are free and open to the public. "We want to join hands, hearts and minds with you on the sacred mountain. Every person on this planet is a special agent of the divine," says Rev. Tom Haley.
If you are an individual who plans to attend The Moment, you are encouraged to register for this free event at www.momenthotsprings.com. The web site and Facebook page The Moment LLC will be continually updated with the latest news concerning this momentous event.