Native American Code of Ethics

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Native American Code of Ethics

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

2...Be tolerant to 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. 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 guest in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best foods, give them the best beds and treat them with respect and honour.

5...Do not take what is not yours, whether it is from a person, community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given, it is not yours.

6...Respect all things placed on the earth whether it is people 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 statement.

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 makes mistakes. All mistakes are forgiven.

10...Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

11...Nature is not for us but a part of us. They are a part of your 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...return to you.

15...Keep yourself in balance. Your mental self, spiritual self, emotional self, and physical self...all must be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen your mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ills.

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

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

18. Respect other religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.