Native American Traditions
We can learn a lot from the Native American traditions and the way they respect the earth. Native Indians have very diverse beliefs but some things are common to them all. On the whole they are very spiritual and have a great sense of community because they tend to work in groups.
Spirituality is not the same as religion and their spirituality is expressed through ceremonies.
In the west most people don’t think twice about the resources they use or where they come from and take it for granted as long as they benefit from the intense exploitation that is abundant everywhere you turn. Native American traditions have the opposite outlook and tend to use every resource, for example when an animal is killed, very rarely is any of it is wasted because that animal has died and it should not die in vain.
Native Americans firmly believe in the cultivation and preservation of natural resources. What a novel idea. Imagine growing food, raising animals and using the earth’s resources in a sustainable way.
The 10 commandments of the Native American traditions are:-
- Treat the Earth and all its inhabitants with respect. If all the inhabitants of this earth were to do this we would be growing all our food without pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Animal agriculture would not consist of Confined Animal Feeding Operations where animals are grown in the most tortuous conditions where they only see the sun and get fresh air on their last journey on this planet and during their lives were pumped full of hormones, antibiotics and GMO’s, so much so that their life is such a misery and we end up consuming that without any awareness of the harm it causes to humans. Cutting down the rain forest to grow feed for the animals that we eat would not be possible because people would be eating plants instead. Using the sea as a dumping ground for plastics, PCB’s, mercury and many toxins destroys the sea and the creatures in it.
- Remain close to the Great Spirit. Moral bankruptcy keeps us separated from the spirit and causes negative repercussions.
- Show great respect for your fellow beings. If we all did this, human trafficking would not exist, family disputes and wars would not occur.
- Work together for the benefit of human kind. We need to work together as a community. It takes a village to raise a child.
- Give assistance and kindness wherever needed. That goes without saying.
- Do what you know to be right. This encompasses some of the Christian commandments such as honour thy father and thy mother, though shall not kill, though shall not commit adultery, though shalt not steel, though shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour, though shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife.
- Look after the well being of mind and body. From a young age we need to be taught the workings of our own body and about natural health so that we know what food is species appropriate for humans and we don’t need to hand over the responsibility of our own health to anyone else. No-one cares about your health more than you because you are the one who lives through the discomfort. We need to go back to using herbs and food as medicine.
- Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good. This is where people should be more altruistic and less selfish.
- Be truthful and honest at all times. The Native Indian Traditions were all about truth and were used to being lied to by the white man, so much so that they used to say “the white man speaks with forked tongue”
- Take full responsibility for your actions. Some people use every excuse under the sun rather than admit they were in the wrong.
If we could all live according to these 10 commandments we would be a little closer to the way things are supposed to be on this planet. There would be more happiness, joy and fulfillment.