ONAC – OMS Code of Ethics
OMS accepts Indigenous Earth-Based Healing and Empowering Sacraments as central to our established religious belief. These include: Psilocybe Fungi & Acacia – the significant Indigenous Earth-Based Healing Sacraments (Eucharists) for this church. b. Any other Indigenous Earth-Based Healing Sacrament (Amanita muscaria, Soma, Syrian Rue, Ayahuasca, DMT, Peyote, Huachuma, Ololiuhqui, Toloatzin, Iboga, Kambo, Haoma, etc.) that has been found to benefit the health and welfare of the recipient, so long as it does not place them in harm’s way.
The names for Spiritual Leaders (Medicine Man/Woman) of Oklevueha Native American Church are known by a variety of sacred callings: Chasta, Clergy, Curandera, Doctor, Elder, Mara’akame, Reverend, Roadman, Sacred Prayer Pipe Carrier, Water Pourer and etc. Those who are experienced in American Native Spiritual Empowering and/or Healing practices and who act to facilitate the spiritual practices of others that are honored with these titles. An Oklevueha Native American Church Medicine Person need not claim exclusive or definitive knowledge of his or her practice, since wisdom and competencies are frequently developed over years of observation and experience.
Even though Oklevueha Native American Church’s primary purpose is to administer Sacramental Ceremonies, an Oklevueha Native American Church Medicine Person is free to choose not to administer a sacrament during any particular American Native ceremony.
All Oklevueha Native American Church Indigenous Ceremonies of North and South America (Birth, Breath, Holy Anointing, Marriage, Passing Over, Prayer Pipe, Sacrament, Spirit Dance, Sun Dance, Sweat Lodge, and Vision Quest, but especially Birth, Sun Dance, Sweat Lodge, and Vision Quest) may include or facilitate extreme mental, emotional and physical transformations. Therefore, when a member chooses to participate in any American Native Ceremony with the assistance of an Oklevueha Native American Church Medicine person, both take on special responsibilities and understandings:
1) RESPECT. Oklevueha Native American Church Medicine People are to practice and serve in ways that cultivate awareness, empathy, and wisdom for all Members during ceremonies.
2) PREPARATION AND SAFETY. Each participant in Oklevueha Native American Church ceremonies must agree to comply with all directions or instructions concerning the safety and well being of all in attendance, from one-hour prior, during, and three to 24 hours after ceremonies being conducted by an Oklevueha Native American Church Medicine Person.
3) INSPIRATION AND CHANGE. Efforts should be made to ensure that Oklevueha Native American Church Spiritual Practices are always inspired and conducted in ways that respect the common good, with due regard for public safety, health, and order. Often, the increased awareness gained from American Native Spiritual ceremonies will catalyze a desire in the participants’ lives for personal and social change. In most cases, these changes should only be made after deep introspection and consideration as to how they will affect the other beings connected to the participant. Medicine People shall use special care in assisting the direction of energies of those whom they serve, as well as their own energies, in responsible ways that reflect a loving and respectful regard for all life.
4) CONSENT OF PARTICIPANT. The autonomy and dignity of each Member and/or Authorized Participant are respected and preserved by Oklevueha Native American Church Medicine People. Participation in any Oklevueha Native American Church Ceremony must be voluntary and based on prior disclosure and consent given by each participant while in an ordinary state of consciousness.
- EXISTING CONDITIONS. Disclosure shall include, at a minimum, discussion of any elements of the ceremony that could reasonably be seen as presenting physical or psychological risks. In particular, first time Authorized Participants must be advised that American Native Ceremonies can be difficult and dramatically transforming.
- WATCHFULNESS. The Medicine People will monitor the Health and Safety of participants during the ceremony and the few hours of vulnerability that may follow a ceremony carefully with reasonable preparations.
- LIMITATIONS. Limits on the behaviors of Members and Authorized Participants Medicine People are to be made clear and agreed upon in advance of any American Native Ceremony.
- CONFIDENTIALITY AND CUSTOMS. Cultural / religious customs and confidentiality are to be accepted and honored.
- OTHER APPROACHES. Oklevueha Native American Church respects all empowerment and healing modalities; Indigenous Spiritual Ceremonies, allopathic medicine, and naturopathic medicine. ONAC Honor’s the fundamental Hippocratic principle of Do No Harm to the Spiritual, Emotional and/or Physical Being of any of our Earthly relations. It recognizes that each modality is intended to promote the health and well being of the participant. It believes that all forms of care can be incorporated into empowerment and/or healing for all of our relations, in a complementary manner.
5) INCLUSIVENESS. Oklevueha Native American Church ceremonies are to be conducted in the spirit of service. Medicine People accommodate Members and Authorized Participants without regard to race, religious affiliations, gender, cultural background, financial status, and/or political affiliations.
6) VULNERABILITY. Oklevueha Native American Church Medicine People are aware during ceremony that Members and Authorized Participants may be especially open to suggestion. Medicine People pledge to protect participants and not to allow anyone to use that vulnerability in ways that harm themselves or others.
7) EMPOWERMENT, NOT SALVATION. Oklevueha Native American Church makes absolutely no claims about being in authority or having the ability to conduct saving ordinances.
8) INTERNATIONAL COALITION. Oklevueha Native American Church is part of an indigenous Spiritual Earth Based Healing and Empowering International Collective that serves individuals and the wider community when and wherever an ONAC member resides.
9) ATTRACTION, NOT ADVERTISING. Oklevueha Native American Church is committed to growth through attraction through service rather than proselytizing for membership.
10) ABUSE NOT PROTECTED. Oklevueha Native American Church abhors; any manner of physical and/or sexual abuse of any under aged person, and any abuse and/or exploitation of ‘any’ person in ‘any’ physical and/or sexual form. The violation of this Ethic by any ONAC member will subject the violator to the full consequence of the Laws of the Land.
11) SACRAMENTS UNDER DIRECTION OF MEDICINE PEOPLE. Oklevueha Native American Church believes any substance admitted into the body may be considered to be a sacrament and has the potential to be harmful if inappropriately used. The Oklevueha Native American Church does not approve of the utilization of any sacrament in a manner that would be likely to cause harm to one’s self or to others. “Controlled” substances must be used under the direction of medicine people to be legally protected.
Code of Conduct for ONAC – OMS Church Members
I commit to making an effort to spend time each day conducting meditation, prayer, and physical exercise drawing closer to the Holy Spirit and my full physical and spiritual potential.
I commit to use the medicines and ceremonies to empower my body, mind and spirit and to serve myself and others and create peace and harmony in my relationships.
I commit that I will keep the ceremonies and what is shared there by others sacred, not sharing it outside the circle.
I commit that I will understand the responsibility to sustain and support those who bless me. I remember that medicine people and leaders have lives and families that need their time and they need to provide for them. I will be respectful and generous as they assist me.
I will read the Code of Ethics often and follow the concepts.
I will never share sacraments or sell medicines to those who are not members of ONAC. I understand that doing so removes my legal protection and exposes me to prosecution.
I will never manipulate others emotionally, spiritually or physically that are in the open state during ceremonies or while using medicines.
I will not disrespect the medicines and sacraments by using them in irresponsibly and disrespectfully.
I will always have a Guardian, who has reviewed our course content on the requirements of a ceremonial Guardian, present when I experiment with taking new sacraments or combinations thereof.
Oklevueha Native American Church – OMS is not hierarchical in structure. What this means is that we do not dictate to our members or affiliated branches how to conduct their spiritual walk and their use of sacred sacraments provided by mother earth. We do expect our members to make a solemn commitment to abide by the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct. Those who repeatedly disrespect other members, sacred sacraments or the Code they have committed to will not be taken from the membership rolls unless it is by their request. However, we will not be able to vouch for them or lend our support in the likely event that their disrespect will bring upon them legal or social consequences that naturally come when we live in a disrespectful manner. The following official policies will assist the members and those who are looking into our community so that all may know what we believe is safe, respectful, legal and in integrity as we all work together to provide blessings, empowerment and healing for individuals, communities and the world.
1) Medicines and/or Sacraments are sacred. We expect all people to treat them with respect. Many of our members see them as a manifestation of deity. As such, members can receive them from other members, medicine people or branch leaders, but may not procure them in any way that could be considered illegal. Members must never give, sell or share medicines that are controlled substances with anyone that is not a member of ONAC. Medicines must always be used in a way the user considers to be ceremonial and with intention, whenever possible in consultation with a medicine person or branch leader.
2) Leaders must make due diligence to see that anyone participating in ceremonies where controlled substances are used or when activities might be considered illegal outside of sanctioned ceremony are members in good standing of ONAC. If the participant has a current membership card, that is considered proof of good standing unless the leader/medicine person has been notified that they are not currently in good standing. If they do not have a membership card and wish to participate, the leader is directed to contact the membership department of ONAC and check on their status. Associate members cards should be checked to be sure they have not expired as they are renewed once each year. If no evidence of membership is available, the person should be excluded from any part of the ceremony where controlled substances are present or being used.
3) Leaders and medicine people are counseled to use their best efforts and judgement in complying with applicable local and national laws. This requires research and understanding on their part. Sometimes those laws or ordinances are unjust or even unconstitutional in the United States. If that is the case, the leader or medicine person must consider carefully if they want to challenge those laws by respectful civil disobedience in order to correct policies that are wrong. This can be expensive and time consuming and is not within the ability of ONAC – OMS to assist with, other than by providing information and advice to any attorney or member in good standing in such a situation.
4) Members are counseled to consider the time, money and effort the leaders/medicine people put forward to serve them and request that the members honor that sacrifice and provide assistance to those that bless them. Sometimes that is requested by the provider, but often the member can look and see needs that exist and make an effort to bring what is needed to the leader.
5) We expect that all people who participate in ceremony will honor the concept that the things shared and brought to light during ceremony or use of sacraments are likewise sacred and often private and must commit to leave that knowledge in the sacred circle – not sharing it with others and breaking that trust that exists there among the participants.
As you honor these policies, you will be blessed by your experience and those around you will be blessed by your integrity, kindness and intentions to do good in the world.