MorningStar Community Guiding Principles are available as Peace Promises — a daily devotional calendar. See MorningStar Market.
Blessings of Bliss. For more than three decades, MorningStar Community has been a people and place that honors the Simple and Sacred through Instinctual Living.
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MISSION STATEMENT ~
To preserve and protect the simple and sacred through instinctual living, educational experiences, spiritual direction and personal disciplines.
VISION STATEMENT ~ This word medicine birthed from our wimyn’s gatherings, and speaks to the mission, purpose and life of the entire community.
To say that we honor the wildish nature is to say that we find sacred and encourage in our selves and our kinsters the ways of instinctive knowing, of inner growth and spiritual expansion, of innate community building, and the passing on of wisdom through ritual and storytelling.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES ~
In addition to honoring the Holyland Home Rules, we all agree to live according to the following principles while on the Holyland:
Sameness ~ We promise to humbly live and participate in the culture among the people we serve.
Satyagraha – Truth Force ~ We promise to keep to the ways of peace: not harming or forcing life or creation; eating no flesh, fish or fowl; protecting the Holyland; giving thanks for pure water, fresh air, nourishment, warmth and shelter; cherishing life, our own and all others in deed, word and intention.
Silence ~ We promise to value relationship: stand, by our part, on good relations with all people; honor and respect the crossing of paths; nurture daily, by simple silence, the awareness of our eternal and sacred relationship with our creator, our kinsters, with creation and our own Soul.
Simplicity ~ We promise to live, in ever growing awareness, a life of simplicity: give more than we take; quiet the mind to single and simple purpose; live with the knowledge that we are the temporary guardians of all we possess; and stand ready to share when love calls.
Sacred Love ~ We promise to live a life of sexual appropriateness: give our Love through our eyes and voice and hands to all peoples of the world; Love as our Divine Spirit loves, freely, purely, instinctively, abundantly; Love as we have been loved, richly, with grand enthusiasm and without hesitation.
Service ~ We promise to commit to the preservation of sacred, simple birth, primarily among the poor; and to honor, respect, support and protect the midwives who serve them.
Solidarity ~ We promise to revisit and renew our intentions according to the wisdom and guidance of the Divine Spirit working in our life and the lives of our spiritual community.
Guiding Values and Ethics –
First, do no harm. ~ Oral Tradition
The most basic principle of all is that of not harming others, and that includes all people and all life and all things. It means not controlling or manipulating others; not trying to manage their affairs. It means not going off to some other land and killing people over there – not for religion or politics or military exercises or any other excuse. No being has the right to harm or control any other being. No individual or government has the right to force others to join or participate in any group or system or to force others to go to school, to church or to war. Every being has the right to live his or her own life in his or her own way. ~ Rolling Thunder
It is understood that the power of revealing your truth is the maximum force allowed to persuade others to your point of view. ~ Ghandi
Do to others as you would have others do to you.
Do small things with Great Love. ~ Mother Teresa
My life has taught me to be more curious than afraid.
Every womyn has the inherent right to choose where and how and with whom she will birth her baby. ~ Feminine Oral Tradition
What one womyn can do, all wimyn can do." ~ MorningStar
COMMUNITY BLESSINGS ~ We offer the following seven blessings to our community – pausing to add, “May it be so,” after each blessing.
May we know open and honest communication, sharing our hopes, dreams, fears, feelings, thoughts and visions, trusting one another in matters of the heart, mind and soul.
May we be a comfort and healer to one another in times of ailment, whether of the body, the mind or the soul.
May we share long life and lasting health.
May our wealth be on all levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – and be cheerfully shared.
May our children’s children play at our feet.
May the work of our hands feed our hearts and souls as well as our bodies.
From this day forward, may Love be the beginning, the middle and the end of what bonds us together and keeps us as one.
FOR WORLD PEACE AND GLOBAL SOLIDARITY ~
Cherokee Prayer to the Four Directions –
To the East ~
Knowing that I am Loved,
I AM PRESENT.
To the South ~
Knowing that I have much to Learn,
I AM LISTENING.
To the West ~
Knowing that Word is Medicine,
I SHALL SPEAK.
To the North ~
Knowing that what I send out shall return, I take the Breath of Deep Silence and
I AM STILL.