Code of Ethics as Taught to Me by My Elders

code of ethics 2015

Over the years, the following words have stayed with me. I will be the first to admit it is not an easy path to walk, but like you all…
I am human too. So it is good to remind yourself often of the important things, the things we need to do, the way we need to walk. If we expect others to be and do better then we must help to guide them through example, through understanding, through the unconditional.
For we hold the power within each of us, the power to Change the World.

So with that thought…check egos at the door as we walk the code together.

Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if
you only speak

Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger,
jealousy – and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find

Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path
for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no
one can walk it for you.

Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best
food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and

Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the
wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not

Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be
people or plant.

Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or
mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal

Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into
the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice

Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly

Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and
water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to

Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return
to you.

Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this

Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and
Physical self – all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the
body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional

Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be
responsible for your own actions.

Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the
personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is

Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot
nurture and help yourself first.

Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on

Share your good fortune with others.

So keep that list close, remind yourselves each day…and always remember you are not alone for we
all walk the same way, one footstep at a time.

Mitakuye O`yasin,

bear Medicinewalker


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I am Dedicated to Educating and sharing culture with the World. It is not enough merely to teach the ways of our Elders. We must honor those traditions by sharing and educating the World. Inspiring others …Inspiring our Youth.

Through the Music… the Arts…the stories…


~ bear Medicinewalker

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3 Replies to “Code of Ethics as Taught to Me by My Elders”

  1. Bear these teachings from your Elders are beautiful and sound wisdom for all of us as we walk our paths in life. Thank you sincerely for this beautiful sharing. Blessings to you.

  2. I’m impressed by your message and I’m on the path of the red road in hope to be a better person and to teach my grand children the same message so they could be the person they want to be! You honor me for your Wisdom is so inspiring and want to Thank You for this message! tuk’e’m

    1. Mig`wetch for the kind words Robert and may your path be clear for your feet to walk and your heart smile at the Universe as blessings fill your life.
      Mitakuye O`yasin
      ~ bear Medicinewalker

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