The person we choose to become depends on a great deal on the morals we believe in. The Native American Code of Ethics was developed in 1994 and continues to help people nurture their individual selves and better their lives. Here are 20 native American rules that all should follow!
1. Rise with the sun and pray. The Great Spirit shall only hear your prayers when you do it often and all by yourself.
2. Negative emotions like jealousy, deception, conceit, and anger arise from a soul that has lost its path. Be tolerant of the souls that are lost.
3. Your battles are yours to fight. Others can support you but can never do it for you. Choose your path by yourself.
4. You must always treat your guests with the utmost respect – serve them the best food and provide them the best bedding.
5. Refrain from taking what isn’t rightfully yours and what you have not earned from a community or someone you know because they have not given it to you.
6. Treat everything with equal respect, irrespective of it being a plant, a person or a parrot.
7. Respect what the other has to say and do so by allowing everyone their right to express themselves. Refrain from mocking, mimicking or interrupting another.
8. Refrain from speaking ill of others as it shall return to you in multiplied dimensions.
9. It is human to err and to forgive. We all commit mistakes and we are all capable of forgiveness.
10. You can never nurture and aid others if you don’t nurture yourself and do it by remaining true to yourself and the values you stand for.
11. Always treat religious beliefs of others with respect and never use force to make someone else follow your religion or your beliefs.
12. Always share your material gains. Help the ones who are in need.
13. Be a harbinger of optimism as pessimism can take a toll on mind, body, and soul.
14. Nature is a part of our planet that holds paramount importance to our survival. It doesn’t exist for us but with us.
15. Nurture children with love and wisdom. Provide them space to grow.
16. Never hurt another individual as the pain you inflicted shall come back to you.
17. “Honesty is the best policy.” Make truth your indefinite soulmate.
18. Lead a life that’s balanced. Strengthen your physical, emotional and spiritual self.
19. Choose who you want to be and never shy away from taking responsibility for your actions.
20. Respect privacy and don’t touch what doesn’t belong to you.