Native American Indigenous Church Ceremony
First of all so there is NO confusion: NAIC NEVER EVER charges for Native American or Indigenous Traditional Ceremony and or for participating in ceremony. We never have, we never will. All NAIC and/ or Native American Indigenous Church ceremony and practice of religious therapeutics is based on the gifts and teachings freely given by Mother Earth. NAIC ceremony is open and free to all NAIC- Priory of Saving Grace members without discrimination of any kind.
From the beginning of time when people first walked, Great Spirit provided human beings with two indigenous spiritual ceremonial customs that honor the two earthly substances that sustain Human life, Air (Father Sky) – Prayer Pipe (Sacred Breath Casuse Ceremony) and Food (Mother Earth) – Sacrament (Peyote Ceremony).
Partaking of these two sacred gifts, to our first parents, first supplied by the Great Spirit then they evolved into other ceremonial customs. These ceremonies from the beginning to the present manifested themselves from the promptings of ones’ heart. It has been discovered that the regular practicing of these ceremonies enhances the worshiper ability to walk in, Faith, Gratitude, Humility, Charity, Respect, Honor and Forgiveness.
Practicing and living these ceremonies on a regular basis tend to enhance and assist one to live with honor and respect for all their relations that leads to a responsible and peaceful existence
All of the following ceremonies remain with us today, due to the courage and tenaciousness of our indigenous ancestors. Through out human history there have been influences based in greed and prideful intentions that have sought to destroy or marginalized the practicing of these Sacred Ceremonies, the Racist War Against the American Native Culture.
Through these trials and tribulations, Native American Indigenous Church has established a Code of Ethics and NAIC Ceremonial Protocol to sustain these ancient religious practices for generations upon generations to come.
Under NAIC- Priory of Saving Grace authority, Priest, Church Elder and Medicine Persons, Dr. Anthony B. James, Dr. Julie James and other ordained and or authorized ministers are authorized to lead NAIC ceremony.
1. The Birth 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 experience unconditional love.
3. The Holy Anointing (Laying on of Hands/ Chirothesia) Ceremony – Religious Therapeutics: American Native Spiritual Leaders have traditionally used the natural power of touch to accomplish healing, empowerment and creation to connect with our creator (Divine Touch). Throughout history and today Medicine People are aware of the effects of touch with the essences of plants, oils and herbs on the body, mind and emotions. They utilize touch and fragrance of seeds, roots, barks, flowers and leaves in ritual healing, empowerment and creation. NAIC teaches and practices an elegant, comprehensive and sophisticated system of total health maintenance: SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® We offer four Certificate and five College Degrees from entry level practitioner and counselor to ASA, BSSc, BASSc(YT), BASSc(MT), DSNM/ ND(T) Diploma via our NAIC Seminary The NAIC SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine
4. The Marriage Blanket Ceremony – honors the public and 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 and, 2) assist in unity and respect of male and female differences, 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 A) to rediscover ones innate goodness and, B) assist in the forgiveness process for oneself and, C) to reside in truth. There is not only one sacrament. We believe that all natural substances are suitable for healing ceremony.
9. The Spirit Dance (Ghost Dance) Ceremony – A celebration of the Millennium and living in gratitude. Directly connecting to all the benevolent energies and intelligences which support, inform and protect us.
10. The Sun Dance Ceremony – Sacrifice oneself for the people and to lead a life of service.
11. The Sweat Lodge (Amacheekee/ Inipi) Purification 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.
13. Adoption of Relatives (Hunka) Ceremony. Native people of all nations have always believed in the ceremonial practice of adding to their circle to strengthen the family, clan, branch and tribe. Today we practice this ceremony on both a personal and church basis by adding Authorized Branches made up of our expanding family and elders, regardless of blood quotient.