With the firm conviction that we should keep our own house in order, we offer the following: a code of honor - the Pilamaye Code. Pilamaye is a Lakota word that means "I thank you from a heart full of love and gratitude." As in, "thank you for risking your health and faith with me. I agree not to abuse it."
The Pilamaye Code
We enter into a new relationship with indigenous ceremonial and healing practices. We acknowledge our tremendous debt of gratitude to the ancestors, and pledge to honor them by striving to observe the following guidelines:
A few caveats. I don’t like rules and avoid them whenever possible, especially in a spiritual context. We have been using religious rules to hurt one another for eons and adding another code to justify more pain is scary. Rules in this particular arena, a place of non-linear thought and subjective interpretation of an amorphous process, seem fraught with potential for harm. I also don’t like the idea that the need to police our own behavior should even be an issue. To be frank, I fear I will run afoul of some of the guidelines and have them thrown back in my face.However, if we understand that the Pilamaye Code represents guidelines, not rules, and that there is no enforcement body except our conscience, then these markers can be helpful. Perhaps creating a common ground from which to work will help us develop our practice and create more health and happiness for the people we serve.
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