"There is a world beyond ours, a world that is far away, nearby, and invisible.
And there is where God lives, where the dead live, the spirits and the saints, a world where everything has already happened and everything is known.
That world talks. It has a language of its own. I report what it says.
The sacred mushroom takes me by the hand and brings me to the world where everything is known.
It is they, the sacred mushrooms, that speak in a way I can understand. I ask them and they answer me.
When I return from the journey that I have taken with them, I tell what they have told me and what they have shown me."
- Maria Sabina
A Church of Maria Sabina is a new church devoted to the ways of the poor woman from Huautla and the path of the sacred in the Mojave Desert.
The church is a spiritual community devoted to the study of sacred geometry and esoteric sacred knowledge from all sacred paths and traditions. As such, the church is catholic with a small "c," inclusive and welcoming.
The Church holds that the human body is the temple of the soul, and as such the church eschews the use of alchohol, tobacco, coffee and soft drinks as detrimental to one's health. In addition, the Church promotes vegetarianism and prohibits the eating of beef among members.
The body must be prepared to receive the sacraments of the Church, and a body free of toxins is a healthy starting place. The Mojave provides a clean environment for a spiritual community.
The Church maintains that our planet holds remnants of ancient wisdom. Maria Sabina understood the path to that wisdom, held by the ancients of Mexico, Peru, Egypt, Nigeria, India and China. Survival of our planet and of our human race depends upon recovery of that ancient knowledge in the near future.
The church studies the knowledge and wisdom of
Kemet or Ancient Egypt.
The church is dedicated to the memory of Maria Sabina, shaman of the Mazatec people of Oaxaca, Mexico. Maria Sabina is the mother of the church. As we approach the year 2012, we need to call upon the wisdom of the ancients to save our planet from the devastation wrought by global capitalist exploitation.
As of March 2002, the church is actively seeking a home in the Mojave and non-profit status in California. Donations are welcome to help establish a physical home for the church. Plans are proceeding for the building of our church.
The church is conservative in the sense of having the mission to conserve and preserve the Mojave, with its extensive forests of Joshua Trees, through a concerted program of land acquisition. Please donate to the church to support our mission of preserving the Mojave and saving the desert from developers.
Blessings, Maz Ixtlan
Code of Ethics for Spiritual Guides
[Preamble] People have long sought to enrich their lives and to awaken to their full natures through spiritual practices including prayer, meditation, mind-body disciplines, service, ritual, community liturgy, holy-day and seasonal observances, and rites of passage.
"Primary religious practices" are those intended, or especially likely, to bring about exceptional states of consciousness such as the direct experience of the divine, of cosmic unity, or of boundless awareness.
In any community, there are some who feel called to assist others along spiritual paths, and who are known as ministers, rabbis, pastors, curanderas, shamans, priests, or other titles. We call such people 'guides': those experienced in some practice, familiar with the terrain, and who act to facilitate the spiritual practices of others. A guide need not claim exclusive or definitive knowledge of the terrain.
Spiritual practices, and especially primary religious practices, carry risks. Therefore, when an individual chooses to practice with the assistance of a guide, both take on special responsibilities. The Council on Spiritual Practices proposes the following Code of Ethics for those who serve as spiritual guides.
[Intention] Spiritual guides are to practice and serve in ways that cultivate awareness, empathy, and wisdom.
[Serving Society] Spiritual practices are to be designed and conducted in ways that respect the common good, with due regard for public safety, health, and order. Because the increased awareness gained from spiritual practices can catalyze desire for personal and social change, guides shall use special care to help direct the energies of those they serve, as well as their own, in responsible ways that reflect a loving regard for all life.
[Serving Individuals] Spiritual guides shall respect and seek to preserve the autonomy and dignity of each person. Participation in any primary religious practice must be voluntary and based on prior disclosure and consent given individually by each participant while in an ordinary state of consciousness. Disclosure shall include, at a minimum, discussion of any elements of the practice that could reasonably be seen as presenting physical or psychological risks. In particular, participants must be warned that primary religious experience can be difficult and dramatically transformative.
Guides shall make reasonable preparations to protect each participant's health and safety during spiritual practices and in the periods of vulnerability that may follow. Limits on the behaviors of participants and facilitators are to be made clear and agreed upon in advance of any session. Appropriate customs of confidentiality are to be established and honored.
[Competence] Spiritual guides shall assist with only those practices for which they are qualified by personal experience and by training or education.
[Integrity] Spiritual guides shall strive to be aware of how their own belief systems, values, needs, and limitations affect their work. During primary religious practices, participants may be especially open to suggestion, manipulation, and exploitation; therefore, guides pledge to protect participants and not to allow anyone to use that vulnerability in ways that harm participants or others.
[Quiet Presence] To help safeguard against the harmful consequences of personal and organizational ambition, spiritual communities are usually better allowed to grow through attraction rather than active promotion.
[Not for Profit] Spiritual practices are to be conducted in the spirit of service. Spiritual guides shall strive to accommodate participants without regard to their ability to pay or make donations.
[Tolerance] Spiritual guides shall practice openness and respect towards people whose beliefs are in apparent contradiction to their own.
[Peer Review] Each guide shall seek the counsel of other guides to help ensure the wholesomeness of his or her practices and shall offer counsel when there is need.