If you join a training or healing group, you will be required to agree to these ethos.
"Ethics is but another word for righteousness ... without which life becomes meaningless" ~ Jane Addams
Ideas, children, plants, artwork, relationships, designs, projects, frameworks, theories, meaning-making, and more are creations. Endeavor to intend them as blessings to the world; respectful and uplifting of people, animals, plants, spirits, and the earth. If and when we find out they may have caused harm, we course-correct and work to restore the situation.
To the creators, these are as precious as babies, so respect them as such. Value others' creations with kindness and clear boundaries. Don't ridicule, give unrequested feedback, or steal someone's creations without explicit permission.
What we get out of something is a reflection of what we invest in it. As a group, this multiplies the order of magnitude: what we receive is a reflection of what we all put in. Having chosen to invest in the group, and allow the group in us, we have a responsibility to show up during group gatherings, explore our edge, share from openness, and feel the reciprocity by offering support to others. I.e, asking questions and asking for help is good for the whole group.
If we are triggered, we will get some support in a group meeting or with the facilitator rather than having side conversations or talking negatively behind someone's back. If we are often triggered, we recognize that we may need interventions outside of the container. We agree to engage in daily spiritual practices to maintain coherence, emotional sobriety, and groundedness. We embrace our own humanness, imperfections, amazingness, pleasure, boundlessness, and hopefulness as sacred.
Boundaries don’t keep people apart, they create safety for people to get closer together. We know and are accountable for the impact (not just the intentions) of our thoughts and actions on other people and the field. We ask permission before giving advice, feedback, healing, or prayers. We endeavor to do no harm, but if we do, we apologize and restore integrity. We don’t treat the group as a hub for everything that we need. It is one resource and we know it does not replace local medical, alternative, or mental health care. We refrain from stealing, slander, abuse, greed, or telling an untruth.
We show compassion, mercy, and acceptance. We prioritize centering the marginalized. We listen to other members with an attentive, interested beginner’s mind. We smile and choose kindness, respect, and generosity. We keep comments raising rather than lowering someone’s vibration. When we feel worry or judgment arise from someone else’s share, we use awareness practices taught in the program to keep the storyteller at the center.
We request permission from the field, earth, ancestors, cosmos before ceremony, activity, and offerings. We invite and honor them into our personal and work doing and being. We allow them to shed light in all the corners so we can consistently relieve shame and guilt that would otherwise create obstacles in our life.
We believe that Spirit is on our side, that magic is available to us and that we can activate miracles.
A Social Worker First and Always
"The purpose of the social work profession is to promote human and community well-being. Guided by a person-in-environment framework, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge-based on scientific inquiry, the purpose of social work is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons, locally and globally."
~Counsil on Social Work Education
From National Association of Social Work Ethics:
The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession's history, are the foundation of social work's unique purpose and perspective:
- social justice
- dignity and worth of the person
- importance of human relationships
- cultural competency
This constellation of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession. Core values, and the principles that flow from them, must be balanced within the context and complexity of the human experience.
Social Work Principles:
Social workers' primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems.
Social workers challenge social injustice.
“Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities. Social workers aim to open the doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need.”
National Association of Social Workers
Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.
Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships.
Social workers behave in a trustworthy manner.
Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise.
Jodi's Personal Code of Ethics
I am sharing my personal Code of Ethics here to be transparent about what to expect from me. I hope they illustrate what I stand and strive for in my thoughts and actions. When you read them, I hope you feel cherished & included in my commitments.
NOTES: My use of "I" means the All's commitment to the All. I use the term, "I shall," not in a judgmental way, or got-to-get-it-right way, because those signify attachment. Rather, I use "I shall" in a higher dedicated intentional way. This format became significant to me while studying the 42 Laws of Maat after traveling to Egypt and connecting to her legacy.
What do you do with them? Read them if you feel like it. See how they sit with you. Ask yourself: What do you feel when you read them? Held? Heard? An insider? An outsider? Inspired? Bored? Do these feelings make you want to work with me, or not want to work with me?
Thank you for being here.
Be For, and In Creation
- I shall be a conscious and unconscious creator of transformation, peace, and beauty.
- I shall lean into the "edge" so that more magic can be born of it.
- I shall dedicate my being and doing as blessings to the earth.
- I shall ask for permission, clarify consent, center the marginalized, speak for the animals and plants, endeavor to consume less and take care of the earth.
Be With, and In Relationship
- I shall prioritize relationships.
- I shall nurture my own emotional resilience so I can center others.
- I shall allow compassion to rule relationships.
- I shall love up, raise up, acknowledge and appreciate others, respect personal boundaries, and refrain from stealing, slander, abuse, greed, or telling an untruth.
- I shall share more, listen more, and smile more.
- I shall leave people better than I found them at each physical, emotional, and metaphysical meeting.
Be With, and Of Humility
- I shall express gratitude for all sensations.
- I shall open to alternate meanings.
- I shall hold space for anything to be possible.
- I shall include my human ego.
- I shall be available for change as a path to sustainability.
Be Of, and In Love
- I shall spend moments of my day how I intend to show up in life.
- I shall embrace the perceived darkness rather than reject it.
- I shall be inclusive.
- I shall design spaces, communities, and containers for people to be fully human and fully spiritual.
- Be I called to act, I shall act with compassion, kindness respect, and generosity.
- I shall not use my power to harm.
Be With, and In Guidance
- I shall allow myself to be witnessed.
- I shall accept that I am never alone and always seen.
- I shall not attempt to hide because of the perceived shame of unworthiness.
- I shall open to what is being witnessed, and use the witnessing as guidance.
Be In, and Of the Way
- I shall believe that magic is possible.
- I shall activate miracles.
- I shall be present.
- I shall dedicate my presence to the cosmos, myself, the earth, the ancestors, my community, and future generations.
These are influenced by Christina Solaris and the Omega Codex, the 42 Laws of Maat, Rev. Brig Feltus from the Re-Member Institute, and 49 years of service to transformative love.