Thoughts are extremely powerful, capable of holding you back, pushing you down, or lifting you up. Your life is reflection of your thoughts and the words you live by. Everyone, regardless of their religion or nationality, sticks to certain words of wisdom. These words are so powerful that they surpass all the differences between people. Sticking with such a code shapes one`s personality and forms the unique characteristic of each and every culture.
The Native American Code of Ethics is one of the most spiritually developed codes. It was originally issued in Inter-Tribal Times in October of 1994 and it helps people improve their life and get the most of it, whether they are Americans or not.
The Native American Code of Ethics
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. All negative emotions like ignorance, anger, conceit, jealousy, and greed stem from a lost soul.
3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Never let others make your path for you as it is your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
4. Treat your guests with much consideration. Always serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect.
5. Don’t take what`s not yours from a person or a community. It was not earned nor given.
6. Respect all the things equally, whether it`s a person or a plant.
7. Respect 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. We all make mistakes and all mistakes can be forgiven.
10. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
11. Respect others religious beliefs.Do not force your belief on others.
12. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.
13. Negative thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit.Practice optimism.
14. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. Animals, plants and other living creatures are all part of your family.
15. 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.
16. Don’t hurt others. The poison of your pain will return to you.
17. Be truthful at all times.Honesty is the test of one’s will within this universe.
18. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self-need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
19. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Take responsibility for your actions.
20. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.