Core Indigenous Beliefs

While groups of indigenous people are certainly unique, the core spiritual beliefs of most native people are remarkably similar.

Find out if you have any beliefs in common with Lakota Sioux, or Quero Apache, with Kenyan Kikuyu, or Australian Aboriginal. The answer may surprise you, and these core principles will certainly inspire you and give you food for thought.

Most indigenous people are still deeply connected to the earth. Here are the common spiritual beliefs that many native people hold sacred:

1. The earth is sacred, and so is everything which lives in or upon it. This precludes unthinking killing, destruction, or waste. When life must be taken–to nourish yourself, for instance–you do it with gratitude and in a spirit of mindfulness.

2. Everything is alive and has spirit. There is no such thing as an inanimate object: rocks and trees, no less than animals or humans, are alive and are the keepers of wisdom and information that wants to be communicated to humans.

3. Everything is related. We are all connected inextricably to all there is.

4. It is vital to connect with others through group ritual. Bonding with others through shared ritual experience is a celebration of the great All. This feeling of deep belonging and interrelationship is quite different from the cultural disconnectedness from which we are currently suffering.

5. You can experience Spirit directly and with joy. The ecstatic experience is a human birthright, making numinous communion with Spirit a joyous possibility.

By Cait Johnson, author of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air (SkyLight Paths, 2003).

26 comments

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

Rosemary G.
Rosemary G.4 years ago

It is vital to connect with others through group ritual. Bonding with others through shared ritual experience is a celebration of the great All. This feeling of deep belonging and interrelationship is quite different from the cultural disconnectedness from which we are currently suffering.
Organized religions have separated human animals instead of bringing them all together. We have confused the need to connect with organized religions which are exclusive instead of inclusive and our need for rituals has been distorted with the creation of religion. We have created Gods to our own image and it is not a pretty one.
While every groups professeses to worship the " True God" we have separated ourselves from each other and justified killing and raping and destruction of Nature our original Womb.
There is only one race: The Human Race and if we continue on the path we have taken, pretty soon, we will become extinct having destroyed everything in our paths.The present human animal is the most dangerous and destructive on this Planet! Let's learn from our native populations around the world about nature and how to protect it and preserve it.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Karin Sch
Karin S.5 years ago

Es ist wahr!

Pamela L.
Past Member 8 years ago

i believe this way is there an actual name for it i am searching for answers about my spirituality and this poost is as close as i have found to my own inner beliefs

Marlis Kelleher
Marlis Kelleher8 years ago

Reverend
Thank you for your kind words ,

Marlis Kelleher

Reverend L.
Loreen S.8 years ago

Dear Marlis Kelleher, Thank you very much for your comment. It is definitely true that you reap what you sow OR what goes around, comes around. If one treats everything with respect, that too will return to you. One should treat all creatures and humans as one wishes to be treated.