- When you first arise
in the morning, give thanks to the Creator, to the four
directions, to Mother Earth, to Father Sky, and to all of our
relations, for the life within you and for all life around you.
- Remember that all
things are connected.
- All things have
purpose, everything has its place.
- Honor others by
treating them with kindness and consideration.
- If you have more than
you need for yourself and your family, consider performing a
"giveaway" by distributing your possessions to others
who are in need.
- You are bound by your
word, which cannot be broken except by permission of those who the
promise was given to.
- Seek harmony and
balance in all things.
- It is always
important to remember where you are in relation to everything
else, and to contribute to the Circle in whatever way you can by
being a "helper" and protector of life.
- Sharing is the best
part of receiving.
- Practice silence and
patience in all things as a reflection of self-control, endurance,
dignity, reverence, and inner calm.
- Practice modesty in
all things, by avoiding boasting and loud behavior that attracts
attention to yourself.
- Know the things that
contribute to your well-being, and those things that lead to your
- Always ask
permission, and give something for everything that is received,
including giving thanks for, and honoring all living things.
- Be aware of what is
around you, what is inside of you, and always show respect.
- Treat every person
from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect.
- Do not stare at
others; drop your eyes as a sign of respect, especially in the
presence of Elders, teachers, or other honored persons.
- Always give a sign of
greeting when passing a friend or stranger.
- Never criticize or
talk about someone in a harmful, negative way.
- Never touch something
that belongs to someone else without permission.
- Respect the privacy
of every person, making sure to never intrude upon someone's quiet
moments or personal space.
- Never interfere in
the affairs of another by asking questions or offering advice.
- Never interrupt
- In another persons
home, follow his or her customs rather than your own.
- Treat with respect
all things held sacred to others whether you understand these
things or not.
- Treat Earth as your
mother; give to her, protect her, honor her; show deep respect for
those in the animal world, plant world, and mineral world.
- Listen to guidance
offered by all of your surroundings; expect this guidance to come
in the form of prayer, dreams, quiet solitude, and in the words
and deeds of wise Elders, and friends.
- Listen with your
- Learn from your
experiences, and always be open to new ones.
- Always remember that
a smile is something sacred, to be shared
- Live each day as it