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Native Americans Left A Code Of 20 Rules For Mankind To Live By.

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Yesterday was the sabbath, so off to church I went, in a manner of speaking anyway. You see, herself was going to church and its eleven miles away in the big city, I was the Uber driver on this day. She also wanted to get her 10,000 steps in and had decided to start walking after the service. She would ring me up, as our friend Amal always says when she wants a call, when she has 10K on her feet. Her driver would obediantly return for the pick-up. Hey, it’s been 52 years of wedded bliss and she makes a fine meal, so I’ll be there.
Our daughter Sarah lives near the church and I would spend my Sunday service with her as she folded her laundry over a fine cup of Dunkin Donuts’ coffee. I get a small black, no sugar, she a large with nine pumps of whole milk.
I don’t get a whole lot of one on one with this child, she’s a busy VP of sales for a seafood company and on the road quite a lot. Usually when in her company it’s a small to large gathering of family and friends. What a wonderful Sabbith this turned out to be as we shared where we are at this time in our lives.
Just for my own curiosity I looked up the word “Sabbath” and found it’s an oxymoron of sorts. I’m referring to the witches and Devil part of course.


noun: sabbath; plural noun: sabbaths; noun: the Sabbath; noun: witches’ sabbath; plural noun: witches’ sabbaths
  1. 1.
    a day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept by Jews from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday.
  2. 2.
    a supposed annual midnight meeting of witches with the Devil.
Old English, from Latin sabbatum, via Greek from Hebrew šabbāṯ, from šāḇaṯ ‘to rest.’
When I saw the below piece in my email this morning, I read it over several times. I read over #12 several additional times.  I thought, just perhaps I’d left my children (three of them) with some wisdom and a few precious life’s lessons. They are grown now with their own families, and we constantly strive to give them their space. Were we to follow the code of ethics of the American Indians we would all be spiritully advanced.
Sabbith with my daughter, it was spiritual.
20 Powerful Rules For Life By Native Americans
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.

If you’ve read this far and were wondering, I picked up the Mrs. at the 6 mile mark 90 minutes later. What a girl!


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  1. What a perfect Sunday! And the Native American code of ethics is “right on !”
    Wouldn’t this be a better world if everyone adopted those values…

  2. That was quite a Sabbath! I’m so glad you remembered to tell us you picked her up.

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