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The Cherokee Way of the Circle
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
Remember that all things are connected. All
things have purpose. 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 destruction. 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 others. 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 heart. 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 comes.
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