Native American Rules to Live By.

I was reading a post today by Elfidd at As the Rooster Crows

Native American.

Every great person, despite their culture, religion, tribe, or ethnicity, believes in certain words of wisdom.Those words transcend the differences among people. This code of living forms one’s character. It molds every culture to be unique and  unrepeatable.

Possibly one of the most spiritually advanced and personality building code is The Native American Code of Ethics that was originally published in the Inter-Tribal Times in October 1994. It’s a Code of Ethics that teaches everybody, American or not, how to live their lives in the best way.It’s fascinating to note that most of these teachings are reflected in other beliefs and faith as well.

1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone and often. The Great Spirit will listen only if you speak.
2. Be tolerant of the people who are lost on their path. Ignorance, jealousy, anger, and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they’ll find guidance.
3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Don’t allow others to create your path for you. It’s your road and yours alone. Others might walk it with you, but nobody can walk it for you.
4. Treat your guests in your home with consideration. Serve them the best food, offer them your best bed and treat them with respect and honor.
5. Don’t take what isn’t yours either from a person, community or culture. It wasn’t earned nor given. It isn’t yours.
6. Respect every little thing placed upon the earth.
7. Honor other people’s thoughts, desires, and words. Let each person express themselves.
8. Never speak of others in a mean way. The negative energy you put out into the universe is going to multiply when it returns to you.
9. All people make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.
10. Negative thoughts cause illness of the mind, body, and soul. Practice optimism.
11. Nature is not FOR us, but a PART of us. Animals, plants and every other living creature are all part of our worldly family.
12. Children are the seeds of our future. You need to plant love in their hearts and shower them with wisdom and precious life’s lessons. When they’re grown, give them space to mature.
13. Avoid hurting other people’s heart. The poison of the pain you cause will return to you.
14. Be honest at all times. Honesty and truthfulness are the tests of one’s will within this world.
15. Keep yourself balanced. Work out the body to empower the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional pain.
16. Make conscious decisions regarding who you’ll be and how you’ll react. Be responsible for your actions.
17. Respect the privacy and personal space of those around you. Don’t touch the personal property of others – especially holy and religious objects. That’s forbidden.
18. Be true to yourself first. You can’t nurture and help others unless you can nurture and help yourself first.
19. Respect others religious beliefs. Don’t try to force your beliefs on other people.
20. Share your good fortune with others. Also, participate in charity.

What a great start in life if our children were taught this in school instead of how to segregate  by colour or faith. I have no real religion and see problems coming from faith based schools but I see no problems if all children are taught about a Great Spirit at school and have their own faith lessons after school. I still feel personally that religion should only be addressed by those old enough to understand it, so keep it away from children until they’re at least 14 and can decide for themselves. We shouldn’t be imprinting them as we do.

Hugs to you all.


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10 Responses to Native American Rules to Live By.

  1. This is huge but simple. Why does humanity always complicate things?
    Thanks for sharing, David. 😀

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  2. jilldennison says:

    Such simple things, really, yet so many feel a need for a more complex set of rules, rules that are exclusionary and often cruel to others. I agree with most of what is on the list, although there are a few that, even though I agree with, I admit to struggling to follow them. It can all be boiled down, really, to two words: be kind.

    I’m happy to see you posting on this blog … I was thinking about it the other night and wondering when, or if, you would again. Good post, David.

    xxx Cwtch xxx

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thank you Jill.I think the list is fantastic as a lesson for children but if it has to be for adults I think your two words should be five, Be Kind, Do No Harm.
      xxx Cwtch xxx

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      • jilldennison says:

        Quite so … children must yet learn what it means to ‘be kind’. Many adults still need to learn this, also. The only thing on the list I had a problem with, I think, was the very first item, for I am not a big fan of prayer. How many times have I seen people use prayer as a substitute for doing something that might have actually helped another person. How many times has somebody said, “I’ll keep you in my prayers” and then promptly forgotten about that person? I have long since lost faith in “the power of prayer”. In light of our recent tragedy, the Parkland, Florida mass murder, many in Congress and in the churches offered prayer, yet it did not bring back those children and teachers. It likely did not comfort those grief-stricken families. It certainly did nothing to assure those of us who are possessed of consciences that this will never happen again. Sigh. And now, I shall step gently off my soapbox …
        xxx Cwtch xxx

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      • davidprosser says:

        Under normal circumstances I’d be with you on that and purposely miss putting that in the list but, since the Native Americans have a great belief that there are spirits of the woods, of the plains and no doubt of the water I don’t see Manitou in quite the light as others see their Gods. He didn’t have a book written and he kept all his rules quite simple which included the care of the environment. I can go with that one.

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  3. Beautiful post David and I’m not religious either, but follow those rules best possible and did my best to teach my kids the same, while they were kids.
    I don’t live in US, but as I view it, religion has a huge place in the schools. I would prefer to let kids be adults, before they find out, what they wish to do with their lives.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m in full agreement with you Irene.Religion is a great divider and kids shouldn’t need to be set apart from other kids, that’s how they learn about prejudice and hate. If they integrate young and learn friendships with all children we banish hate and all, that goes with it. It’s silly a section of the U.S growing up with creationism while the rest learn the science of the Big Bang Theory. All that can be taught later in life if they have a taste for it.For now let’s concentrate on them learning about different cultures with a view to caring about them rather than bombing them.
      xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  4. I, too, believe in the Great Spirit, and I know the greatest gift we ever make is that which we return to the earth. I cannot escape the conviction that religion is the paramount source of evil in the world, that we should recognise it for what it is, superstition born of ignorance, and thereafter banish it from the earth. My own set of ‘commandments’ is the Desiderata, a well-worn text now, but so relevant whatever the age. I am a child of the universe, and no less than the trees and the stars, I have a right to be here. Those words are beautiful to me. Thanks for another deeply meaningful post, David. I shall print these out and keep them. Hugs galore!

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m of the same opinion as you as regards organised religion Frederick. Something devised by people to keep other people in thrall to them. Half the wars in the world have been religious wars and the huge loss of life proved nothing. I have tended towards Gaia or mother earth but I have obeyed the rules of Desiderata too ever since I heard Les Crane sing it.
      Hugs Galore

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