Code of conduct.
Vine of Enlightenment is dedicated to reviving, preserving, refining, and advancing Ancestral Indigenous Native Earth–Based Honoring Cultures, Religions, Lifestyles, Sacred Rituals, Healing Sacraments and Loving Humanitarian Codes of Ethics and Conduct that protect Mother Earth.
Vine of Enlightenment accepts all natural organic plants, fungi, and their constituents as Healing religious Sacraments. These sacraments have been used for thousands of years and are central to our established religious beliefs and sacred ceremonies. These include: a. Acacia, Manna (Psilocybe fungi), & Syrian Rue – the significant Sacraments (Eucharists) for this religious organization. b. Any other significant Religious Sacrament (Amanita muscaria, Peyote, St. Peter’s Cactus, Ayahuasca, Iboga, etc.) that has been found to benefit the health and welfare of recipients, so long as it does not place them in undue harm’s way.
Spiritual Facilitating Leaders (Medicine Man/Woman) of may be known by a variety of Vine of Enlightenment sacred callings, such as: Curandera, Doctor, Elder, Reverend,, Sacred Prayer Pipe Carrier, Water Pourer, Shaman or Deem’d Shaman, Ceremonial Leader, Minister, etc. Those who are guided by Great Spirit and who are experienced in Ancestral Spiritual Empowering, healing and/or Mystical practices and who act to facilitate the spiritual practices of others are honored with these titles.
Even though one of Vine of Enlightenment purposes is to administer Sacrament Ceremonies, an VOE Medicine Person or Shaman is free to choose not to administer a sacred sacrament during any particular Ceremony.
Vine of Enlightenment respects all empowerment and healing modalities; including: Indigenous Spiritual Ceremonies, allopathic medicines, naturopathic and integrative complimentary medicines. VOE Honors the fundamental Hippocratic principle of “Do No Harm to the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and/or Physical Being” of any of our Earthly relations. It recognizes that each healing and empowering modality is intended to promote the optimal 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 and integrated manner.
Vine of Enlightenment makes absolutely no claims about being in authority or having the ability to conduct saving ordinances. VOE is part of an Ancestral Spiritual Earth Based Healing and Empowering International Collective that serves individuals and the wider community whenever and wherever an VOE member resides.
Vine of Enlightenment is committed to growth by attraction through service rather than door to door proselytizing. We do not attempt to convert people, rather attract members through our services. The public’s view of Sacraments has been damaged and we serve to also help heal that damage in various ways.
All Ceremonies of North, Central and South America, such as but not limited to Birth, Breath, Holy Anointing, Marriage, Passing Over, Prayer Pipe, Sacrament, Spirit Dance, Sun Dance, Sweat Lodge, Earth Connecting Ceremonies, Vision Quests, and all spiritual ceremonies of any land, practiced at any time, and by any ethnic group may include or facilitate extreme mental, emotional and physical transformations. Therefore, when a member chooses to participate in any Ancestral Religious, Spiritual, or Scientific Ceremony with the assistance of an Vine of Enlightenment Deem’d Shaman, Medicine Person, Gatekeeper or Spiritual Leader, both take on special responsibilities and understandings. Both members and facilitating leaders should be aware of their responsibilities and those of the people they are working with.
A1) INSPIRATION AND CHANGE. Efforts should be made to ensure that Spiritual Practices are always inspired and conducted in ways that respect the common good, with due regard for public safety, health, and order. Shaman, Deacons and Gatekeepers 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.
A2) EXISTING CONDITIONS. Disclosures previous to ceremony 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 Vine of Enlightenment Deem;d Shaman Ceremonies can be difficult and dramatically transforming.
A3) WATCHFULNESS. Shaman and Gatekeepers will monitor the Health and Safety of participants during the ceremony and the few hours of vulnerability that may follow a ceremony carefully and with reasonable preparations. They will also insure that all those who participate in ceremony or personal counseling where controlled substances are present are members of VOE. If the person in question does not have a valid membership card, the leaders/medicine people will verify the standing of the person in questions with VOE before allowing them to participate.
A4) INCLUSIVENESS. VOE ceremonies are to be conducted in the spirit of service. Shaman and Gatekeepers accommodate Members and Authorized Participants without regard to race, religious affiliations, gender, cultural background, financial status, and/or political affiliations.
A5) VULNERABILITY. VOE Shaman and Gatekeepers are aware during ceremony that Members and Authorized Participants may be especially open to suggestion. Shaman and Gatekeepers pledge to protect participants and not to allow anyone to use that vulnerability in ways that harm themselves or others. IF THIS HAPPENS FROM ANYONE, DEEM’D SHAMAN NEEDS TO KNOW ASAP!!!! TO HANDLE IT. ZERO TOLERANCE,
For VOE Members
B1) PREPARATION AND SAFETY. Each participant in VOE 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 hours after ceremonies being conducted by an VOE Shaman
B2) LIFE CHANGES. Often, the increased awareness gained from 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.
B3) EXISTING CONDITIONS. Members agree to disclose to the Spiritual Leaders any previous conditions prior to any ceremony that might be affected in any way during a ceremony, including, at a minimum, discussion of any concerns as to how those conditions could be reasonably be seen as presenting physical or psychological risks. VOE Members also agree to disclose to the VOE Spiritual Leaders any previous conditions they are aware of in other participants that might affect a ceremony.
B4) WATCHFULNESS. Members agree to assist the Shaman and Gatekeepers when needed in monitoring the Health and Safety of all participants during the ceremony and the few hours of vulnerability that may follow a ceremony.
B5) CONSENT OF PARTICIPANT. The autonomy and dignity of each Member and/or Authorized Participant are to be respected and preserved by VOE Sacraments Medicine People and Indigenous Ceremonial Leaders. Participation in any VOE Ceremony must be voluntary and based on prior disclosure and consent given by each participant while in an ordinary rational state of consciousness.
For VOE Leaders and Members
C1) RESPECT. Vine of Enlightenment Leaders and Members agree to conduct themselves in ways that cultivate awareness, empathy, and wisdom for all Members during ceremonies. VOE Members also agree to respect, empower and continually support the VOE Shaman, Gatekeepers and Decons and Indigenous Ceremonial Leaders as they serve the VOE Community.
C2) LIMITATIONS. Limits on the behaviors between VOE Members and VOE Shaman and Ceremonial Leaders are to be made clear and agreed upon in advance of any Ceremony.
C3) MINORS. Those under 18 years old will not be admitted to ceremonies where controlled substances are present
C4) CONFIDENTIALITY AND CUSTOMS. Cultural / religious customs and confidentiality of all participants are to be accepted and honored by all VOE members.
C5) ABUSE NOT PROTECTED. VOE has zero tolerance for and 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 fundamental Ethic by any member will subject the violator to the full consequences of the Laws of the Land.
C6) SACRAMENTS UNDER DIRECTION OF DEEM;D SHAMAN. Members of Vine of Enlightenment agree that any substance admitted into the body may be considered to be a sacrament. Some of those substances have the potential to be harmful if inappropriately used. VOE does not approve of the utilization of any sacrament in a manner that would be likely to cause undue harm to one’s self or to others. Therefore, members agree that “Controlled” substances must be used under the direction of VOE Deem;d Shaman (Sacramental Ceremonial Leaders) to be legally protected. This direction extends to their personal private use when not in ceremony or direct contact with the medicine people. Members agree that sacraments/medicines should always be stored in such a way that they are not available to those who are not members or are not under the direction of medicine people. Personal or recreational use of any controlled substances is not encouraged and may remove some legal protections unless such is indicated by the member’s spiritual advisor or medicine person as being part of their spiritual and healing practice. If the leader does make such indication, they share in the legal responsibility for such use.
C7) INCLUSIVENESS. VOE ceremonies are to be conducted in the spirit of service. VOE Members agree to participate in ceremonies respecting all participants and leaders without regard to race, religious affiliations, gender, cultural background, financial status, and/or political affiliations.