Spirituality of Oklevueha Native American Church
Have you ever walked with the great spirit? The spirit that resides in all things? Ever awakened in the morning to feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair as if beckoning you to become one with what is? Ever wondered if there was more to your mortal existence?
The answers to these questions are found within. Getting to the inner part of you that is in alignment with your divinity is the nature and purpose of Native American Spirituality. To walk with nature and feel the life-energy that permeates all things animate and inanimate is where we will find our greatest joy and ultimate purpose.
Bask in the light of others who are heeding the call of spiritual winds that carry the sacred history of indigenous spirituality from the beginning of time. Discover the gems of knowledge that lie hidden deep in the reaches of your soul. Awaken the free and transcendent spirit within you. Come to a knowledge of all things. Join us in this journey of discovery and re-discovery of truth.
From the beginning of time when people first walked, Great Spirit provided human beings with two indigenous spiritual ceremonial customs. These ceremonies honor the two earthly substances that sustain Human life, Air (Father Sky) and Nourishment (Mother Earth) – These two sacred gifts were given to our first parents by the Great Spirit. Then they evolved into other ceremonial customs. The “Air” ceremonies (Prayer Pipe, and Sacred Breath) and the Nourishment Ceremonies (Sacrament or Peyote) manifested themselves from the promptings of ones’ heart. It has been discovered that the regular practicing of these ceremonies enhances in the participants the ability to walk in Faith, Gratitude, Humility, Charity, Respect, Honor and Forgiveness. Practicing and living these ceremonies on a regular basis tends to enhance and assist one to live with honor and respect for all their relations. This leads to a responsible and peaceful existence.
These and other ceremonies remain with us today, due to the courage and tenaciousness of our indigenous ancestors. Throughout human history there have been influences based in greed and prideful intentions that have sought to destroy or marginalize the practicing of these Sacred Ceremonies, culminating in the Racist War Against the American Native Culture and efforts to take away the ceremonies and sacraments that have preserved these cherished truths and insights.
Through these trials and tribulations, Oklevueha Native American Church has established a Code of Ethics and ONAC Ceremonial Protocol to sustain these ancient religious practices for generations upon generations to come. All Medicine People of ONAC have taken a solemn vow to rigidly abide by the ONAC Code of Ethics in order to keep integrity and respect for all our relations and the truths they have shared down through the years.
1. The Birth (Blessing Way) Ceremony – honors the passing into a new existence of all earthly beings.
2. The Sacred Breath Ceremony – Two important purposes for this ceremony are 1) to have the Great Spirit infiltrate every cell of one’s body and 2) to assist the participant in experiencing unconditional love.
3. Holy Anointing by the Laying on of Hands Ceremony – Throughout history Medicine People have been aware of the effects of touch and contact with the essences of plants, oils and herbs on the body, mind and emotions. They utilize ceremonial touch and fragrance of seeds, roots, barks, flowers and leaves in ritual healing that assist in the empowering and healing process.
4. The Marriage Blanket Ceremony – honors the public with an open commitment of two or more people to serve the human family unit for life and all eternity.
5. The Passing on of Spirit Ceremony – honors the passing of any earthly beings into the next realm of Existence.
6. The Potlatch Ceremony – Distribution of Wealth.
7. The Sacred Prayer Pipe (Casuse and/ or Chanunpa) Ceremony – Three important purposes for this ceremony are; 1) Remind the participants to honor and respect the power of prayer, 2) assist in unity and respect of male and female differences, and 3) activate the law of synergy to assist all participants in achieving their heartfelt desires.
8. The Sacrament (Peyote) Ceremony – Three important purposes for this ceremony are 1) to rediscover ones innate goodness, 2) assist in the forgiveness process for oneself and others, and 3) to reside in truth (Good Health-Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically).
9. The Ghost Dance (Spirit Dance) Ceremony – A celebration of the Millennium and living in gratitude.
10. The Sun Dance Ceremony – Sacrifice oneself for the people and to lead a life of service.
11. The Sweat Lodge (Amacheekee / Inipi) Ceremony – Two important purposes for this ceremony are 1) remind the participants to honor and respect the creative process and 2) assist the participants to honor and respect all of one’s relatives, especially one’s biological mother and father.
12. The Vision Quest or Hanblecheyapi Ceremony – enables human beings to re-remember and understand the mission that they had previously committed to achieving before their spirit assumed its earthly body and introduce them to or discover their spirit guides or inspirations.
13. The Green Corn Ceremony - With regard to the Seminole’s Green Corn Dance, Danny Billie says: ”It defines who we are and what we are as traditional Indian people. It is the heart and soul of the traditional Seminole way of life.”