Taken from Medicine Story’s book: A guide to teaching and leading the Circle Way
From the ancient wisdom carried by elders of many indigenous cultures we may distil three basic instructions for a good life, a good society, and a good world. When followed they will maintain human happiness and well being, benefiting all of life.
THE FIRST INSTRUCTION IS RESPECT. Respect reminds us that everything in Creation is one piece, that it is all connected and we are related to it all, that when we touch any part of it we are touching ourselves, when we harm any part we are harming ourselves, and when we heal or help any part we are healing and helping ourselves.
THE SECOND INSTRUCTION IS THE CIRCLE, to add to this respect as much connection and closeness as we are able to make with any part of Creation, and to come together in circles in order to support each other. We want to learn as much as we can about the universe we live in and the other beings that inhabit it with us. We think of this in terms of a circle in which all are connected, all are important, interesting, necessary and sacred. The closeness of our connections, to ourselves, our families, our neighbors and colleagues, to strangers, the plants in the garden, the trees in the forest, the animals, the waters, the winds, the stars, to any and all part of this Creation, fills us with love and joy. This circle extended in time becomes a spiral that enhances the positive evolution of humankind to ever-greater understanding and bliss.
THE THIRD INSTRUCTION IS THANKSGIVING. To be continually aware and give thanks for the wondrous gift of this life and the consciousness by which we are able to perceive it. This is celebration. We can, and often do fail to perceive the wonders about us, but if we make a practice of regular thanksgiving and celebration we remind ourselves that choice is always ours to make every moment.