2015 is here! With the New Year we have an opportunity to re-evaluate the previous year, assess how we have moved through it, and decide what we want to do in the future. I have been watching, listening to and sensing what is being said about 2015, here in this spiritual mecca of Ashland, and I thought I’d share this with you.
About 2015, I have heard that in Chinese Astrology we are leaving the year of the Horse and entering into the year of the Sheep. The year of the Horse is all about strength and moving forward, but also endings and letting go. For some of us, this has been challenging. The year of the Sheep, however, is about deciding who we will “flock” with in our lives, going forward into the future.
Re-evaluating, I see these influences reflected in both my own life and in the world around me. In my own life, I have found myself joining a number of Service organizations here in Ashland, and gradually letting go of my life in Canada. While I miss my Canadian friends (I am planning a visit in the Spring!), I am enjoying meeting many new people in these “flocks!”
Outwardly, I look around the world, and I see how globally we as human beings are all being asked to decide what we need to let go of, and what our affiliations and priorities will be in the future. (Hence the featured image of this article: who do we have in the forest surrounding us, and what are their values?)
In this new year, I thought I would share examples of what I see as priorities in my inner and outer world, to help guide you in using your List for 2015.
New Year’s Day: A Minor List Overhaul.
This New Year’ Day found me sitting in the back yard in the glow of the sunshine, going through what I would call a Minor Overhaul of my List, my main tool for creating my world. (No, these pictures are not from my immediate back yard. But they are from a forest not very far away from here, The Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in California.)
First, I sat pulling out many old I Am Statements that were no longer necessary for me. With the final resolution of a major “inner” family issue, I was able to remove and burn many statements I had on my List about this subject. While I must say that this situation did not go completely my way, I am happy now that it is finally over, and I am grateful for the prosperity the List has brought into my life.
Next, I was completely surprised that I didn’t have certain items on my List that I thought were already there! For example, I didn’t have my new credit cards on my List! Whew! They are on it now, numbers and all, and that they are having “approximately a zero balance.”
For the outer world, I added a number of new statements for the Redwood Trees in California. As you may have heard, in the beautiful Redwood Forests on the California Coastline, poachers are cutting burls out of these beautiful and sacred trees.
Here is an example of what I wrote.
… having the Redwood trees in the forest in the Redwood National Park in California safe and secure at all times, easily, and….
By the end of the two weeks, I had burned many old statements, added a few new ones and reread my entire List three times. I had even made a few “quick adds,” as reading my List three times reminded me of new additions.
Native People’s Code of Ethics
Lastly, as I sat there in the sun, I wondered what I should write about in 2015. Then, I read my emails. A close friend and long-time List Alumni sent me the following Native People’s Code of Ethics. I knew this was a really great starting point.
I was so pleased to see how closely these tenets match those of the List. I really appreciated the reminder about the kind of person I try to be, and the kind of people I see, know and love in you, List Alumni. You are the type of people I like to “flock with.” LOL.
I hope you enjoy reading through these tenets as much as I did. (For List people, tenet number 1 would be, “Use your List, and say your Color and Emotion often!”)
1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
2. 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 guidance.
3. 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.
4. 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 honor.
5. 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 yours.
6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.
7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.
8. 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.
9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.
10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.
11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. It is part of your worldly family.
12. 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 grow.
13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.
14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.
15. 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 ails.
16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.
17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.
18. BE TRUE TO YOURSELF FIRST! You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
19. Respect others’ religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.
20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.
This originally appeared in the “Inter-Tribal Times,” October, 1994
Happy New Year Everyone! Thank you for being a part of my forest!
Love, Light & Laughter,