The Native American Code Of Ethics BY STEVEN BANCARZ 向北美印第安人的靈性學習

The Native American Code Of Ethics 向北美印第安人的靈性學習

The Native Americans possessed some very different virtues than we tend to live by in our day and age.  They looked at the world around them from a completely different lens.  Compassion, understanding, selflessness, and respect laid the foundation for their way of interacting with the world.

The Native American culture is highly spiritual and places a great emphasis on the respect for Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grandfather Sun and Grandmother Moon as well as all living and non-living objects.  Everything is seen as a part of the cosmic dance, and everything is therefore respected.


1) Rise with the sun to pray
Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture
If it was not earned or given, it is not yours.

6) Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people, animals, or plants

7) 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.

8) 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.

9) All persons make mistakes
And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10) Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit

11) Nature is not for us, it is a part of us
Everything in nature is part of the worldly family.

12) 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.

13) Avoid hurting the hearts of others
The poison of your pain will return to you.

14) Be truthful at all times
Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

15) 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.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react
Be responsible for your own actions.

17) Respect the privacy and personal space of others
Do not touch the personal property of others, especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

18) Be true to yourself first
You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19) Respect the beliefs of others
Everybody has a right to their own opinion

20) Share your good fortune with others

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