Native American Code Of Ethics

Ronit Baras shared the following in her Family Matters Blog:  “My work in personal development is in the service of all codes of ethics. I believe that regardless of which one we follow, if each and every one of us strives to live by them, to the best of our ability, we will create a better world.  Judaism is about 5,000 years old, Buddhism is about 2,500 years old, Christianity is about 2,000 years old, and Islam is about 1,500 years old. Meanwhile, the Native American Code of Ethics goes back 11,000 years. Fortunately, if you go deep into each of these belief systems, you will find them very similar”.Native American Code Of Ethics

Can you see the similarities between the North American Code of Ethics and your own beliefs?

  • Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
  • Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy, and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
  • Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
  • Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.
  • Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
  • Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.
  • Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.
  • Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.
  • All persons make mistakes and all mistakes can be forgiven.
  • Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

  • Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.Native American Code of Ethics
  • Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.
  • Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.
  • Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.
  • Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
  • Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.
  • Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.
  • Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
  • Respect others’ religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.
  • Share your good fortune with others.

Native American Code Of Ethics

Nature Helps Us Unplug

I decided to share my connection to the overwhelming healing power and beauty of the sky, by integrating my personal sky photos with this ‘Thou Shalt Not Worry’  poem.  Hopefully it is a reminder that Nature can help us to unplug from daily challenges, especially during the holiday season.

Thou shalt not worry,

 for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.

Thou shalt not be fearful,

for most of the things we fear never come to pass.

Thou shalt not cross bridges before you get to them,

for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.

Nature Helps Us Unplug

Thou shalt face each problem as it comes,

for you can handle only one at a time anyway.

Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you,

for they make very poor bedfellows.

Thou shalt not borrow other people’s problems,

they can take better care of them than you can.

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Thou shalt be a good listener,

for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own,

it’s very hard to learn something new when you’re talking.

Thou shalt not become bogged down by frustration,

for ninety percent of it is rooted in self-pity,

and it will only interfere with positive action.

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Thou shalt not try to relive yesterday,

for good or ill it is gone,

concentrate on what is happening in your life today.

Thou shalt count thy blessings,

never overlooking the small ones,

for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.

~ Elodie Armstrong

Nature Helps Us Unplug

What The World Needs Now

“What the World Needs Now Is Love” was a 1965 popular song with lyrics by Hal David and music composed by Burt Bacharach. It was first recorded  by Jackie DeShannon, and released on April 15, 1965. This song was originally offered to Dionne Warwick, who turned it down at the time.  It has been recorded by the Supremes in 1968, Dionne Warwick in 1996, Ron Keating in 2011, and Kree Harrison in 2013.  On June 15, 2016, the song was recorded by Broadway for Orlando with all proceeds going to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.  Mighty Mighty Bosstones announced their release of this powerful song on December 2016.  These lyrics are appropriate for the gratitude month of November.  Join me in sharing your love to help OUR WORLD NOW!

What The World Needs Now

What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love
No, not just for some, but for everyone

Look, we don’t need another mountain
There are oceans and rivers
Enough to cross, enough to last
Until the end of time

Lord we don’t need another meadow
There are corn fields and wheat fields enough to grow
There are sun beams and moon beams enough to shine
This I know, if you want to know

What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love
No, not just for some, just for everyone

Songwriters: BURT BACHARACH, HAL DAVID © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC For non-commercial use only

What The World Needs Now

Rumi's Mindfulness Healing Poem
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you can carefully observe  thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad.  Mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future (Psychology Today).   Rumi’s poem below,  is using the metaphor of a guest house to form an image that each day is an opportunity to experience something new in our lives, even if it’s unexpected.

Our guest house can sometimes make us uncomfortable.  If we treat the house guests with warmth, generosity, and courage, we can learn invaluable lessons from the experience.

An important piece of chakra healing is the willingness to know ourselves including the shadow sides.  For healing to occur,  keep an open mind,  release judgments, and make  any necessary amends.

Rumi's Mindfulness Healing Poem

THE GUEST HOUSE

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

She may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought,

the shame, the malice.

Meet them at the door laughing

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

~ Jelaluddin Rumi 1207-1273~ (translated by Coleman Barks)

Rumi's Mindfulness Healing Poem

 ( Rumi’s Poem Guest House First Appeared  October 25, 2013, In Chakras’ Category.) 

August Summer Days

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean– the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

August Summer Days

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention,

how to fall down into the grass,

how to kneel in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed,

how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

August Summer Days

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?”

Mary OliverThe Summer Day

August Summer Days

I discovered the heart above while nature walking along a river at Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon.  

LET THERE BE MANY WINDOWS IN YOUR SOUL

~ Ralph Waldo Trine

American Philosopher 1866-1958

Windows In Oue Soul

Let there be many windows in our soul,

That all the glory of the Universe may beautify it.

Not the narrow pane of one poor creed can catch the radiant rays

That shine from countless sources.

Tear away the blinds of superstition;

Let the light pour through fair windows,

Broad as truth itself,  and high as heaven.

Windows In Our Soul

Tune your ear to all the worldless music of the stars

And to the voice of nature,

And your heart shall turn to truth

and  goodness as the plant

to the sun.

 Windows In Our Soul

A thousand unseen hands reach down

 To help you to their peace-crowned heights,

And all the forces of the firmament

Shall fortify your strength.

Be not afraid to thrust aside half truths

And grasp the whole.

Windows In Our Soul

Send Healing Love to the Soul through open Eyes, Ears, Heart,  and Hands!

Auric Crystal Healing

Your Aura is the energetic force that surrounds your entire being. The purpose of the aura is to act as a protective screen to block out and repel the negative energies, thoughts, and feelings of others, and also to prevent leakage of your own energy. However, holes, known as auric tears, can form within the aura, weakening it, and thus making it susceptible to harm by invading outside energies. These tears have many causes, including stress, trauma, depression, abuse, and physical injuries or illnesses to name just a few.

The following stones can be used for auric health and protection:

Auric Crystal HealingAmber aligns the subtle bodies with the physical body. Releases negative energy.

Amethyst heals holes in the aura, cleanses it, draws in divine energy to protect the aura.

Apache Tear protects the aura and prevents it from absorbing negative energies from any source, but especially the negativity of other people.

Bloodstone cleanses the aura.

Carnelian repairs the aura.

Citrine cleanses and aligns the aura.

Jet protects against other’s negative thoughts.

Magnetite strengthens the aura.

Quartz cleanses, protects, and strengthens the aura. Seals auric tears.

Smoky Quartz  grounds energy and removes negative energy from the aura.

Green Tourmaline heals auric tears.

Methods used to protect your Aura:

1.  Slowly pass your chosen stone or crystal over the aura (the space around the entire body).  An auric tear will feel cold and empty. The stone may start to feel differently, such as becoming cold or vibrating slightly. Once you’ve located a hole or tear, hold the stone over the area for several moments.

2.  Hold your chosen stone or crystal over each chakra starting with the Root Chakra for a few moments. Doing so periodically will help to keep your chakras strong and healthy, which in turn will help to keep your aura healthy as well. If damage is sensed over a chakra (the same as with the aura), move the stone in a counter-clockwise motion over the chakra. This will release any negative energy that may be lingering there. Then move the stone in a clockwise pattern over the chakra. This will heal the chakra and seal it.

3.  The easiest way to use stones for protection of any kind (physical, emotional, auric, etc.) is to carry your chosen protection stone in a pocket, or a stone talisman may be carried for protection, or your favorite aura protection stone jewelry can be worn.

Auric Crystal Healing

 HAPPY AURIC HEALING!

 

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

“What is an AWE walk?  An awe walk is a walk within a place of meaning and beauty, where your sole task is to encounter something that amazes and transcends, be it big or small.”  This is from Mindful Magazine’s April, 2017, issue titled,  A Guided Awe Walk Meditation.  We all have felt those awe moments when walking in a wooded forest, a botanical garden, a blossoming desert, or on a sandy beach.  I believe we take our meditation walks with eyes, ears, and hearts open.  There will always be something that brings us to that ‘AWE’ moment.  It can be touching the bark of a tree, seeing a rabbit grazing or listening to nature’s surrounding choir.

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

‘AWE’ Walking Meditation Practice

1) Take a deep breath in. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale. Feel the air move through your nasal passages and hear the sound of your breath. We’ll come back to this breath throughout the walk.

2) Feel your feet on the ground and listen to the surrounding sounds. Return to your breath. Count to six while you inhale and six as you exhale.

3) Shift your awareness now so that you are open to what is around you.  Notice things that are vast and unexpected; or things that surprise, and delight. Take a deep breath in. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale.

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

4) Let your attention be open in exploration for what inspires ‘AWE’. Your attention might appreciate vast spaces, and the sounds and sights within them. You might shift to small patterns, for example of the sorrel on the ground, or the veins on leaves, or a cluster of tiny mushrooms.

5) Bring your attention back to the breath. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale. Coming out of these experiences of awe, we often feel a sense of wonder. Wonder happens when we are delighted by that which surprises us, and we are moved to find explanations and deep meaning.

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

 TREAT YOURSELF TO MANY ‘AWE’ MOMENTS!

A Road In Our Hearts

Chief Luther Standing Bear’s Words of Wisdom  

“There is a road in the hearts of all of us,

hidden and seldom traveled,

which leads to an unknown, secret place.

The old people came literally to love the soil,

and they sat or reclined on the ground,

with a feeling of being close to a mothering power.

A Road In Our Hearts

Their teepees were built upon the earth,

and their altars were made of earth.

The soul was soothing,

strengthening, cleansing and healing.

That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth,

instead of propping herself up,

and away from its life giving forces.

A Road In Our Hearts

For her,

to sit or lie upon the ground,

is to be able to think more deeply,

and to feel more keenly.

 She can see more clearly

into the mysteries of life

and come closer in kinship

to other lives about her.”

 (masculine nouns were substituted with feminine nouns) 

A Road In Our Hearts

Luther Standing Bear  was a notable educator, philosopher, and actor during the twentieth century.  Standing Bear left the confinement of the reservation, but continued his responsibilities, as an Oglala Lakota chief, fighting to preserve Lakota heritage and sovereignty.  He was actively at the forefront of a Progressive movement to change government policy toward Native Americans.  On February 20, 1939, Luther Standing Bear died in Huntington Beach, California, at age of 70 of the flu while on the set of the film Union Pacific.  He was buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery,  far from his Lakota homeland, with his sacred pipe.

March Tapping Fears Away

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a very simple and effective tapping practice for adults as well as children.  It is universally used by professionals as well as novice for physical, emotional, and performance issues.  Before beginning a series of tapping, rate the intensity of how you are feeling from 0-10 (10 being the most upset).  This will measure how often you may need to repeat the tapping series. The Tapping is done with two or more fingertips.  Read the script out loud, allowing your emotions to be heard.March Tapping Fear Away

Start with the following Karate Chop Set-up Script For Fear:

Begin tapping side hand and repeat the following out loud before each of the rounds you do.

1.  Even though I am so afraid and don’t know what to do. I love and accept myself.

2.  Even though my stomach does a flip whenever I think of.___,  and how afraid I am.   I love and accept myself anyway.

3.  Even though I don’t feel in control,  and that makes me even more afraid, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

You can tap with the fingertips of either hand, most people use their dominant hand.  Where there are two identical points on each side of the body, you can choose to do only one side or both.    Again, reading the script out loud allows emotions to be heard.

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Tapping for Fear

Karate Set-Up (above script)

Tap five times while repeating script on each of the following points: 

Top of Head:  This fear

Edge of Eyebrow: It’s everywhere

Side of Eye:  It feels bad

Under Eye:   It just won’t go away

Under Nose:  I’m afraid

Under Chin: I’m not safe

Collarbone:  This awful fear

Under Arm:  I don’t want this…

Continue rounds:  Until  fears decrease.  MAKE MARCH TAPPING FEARS AWAY MONTH!

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 (A post on EFT Fear Tapping was published  on March 18, 2016. It seems appropriate during this unsettling time, to revisit Emotional Freedom Technique).