The Formula Of The Sisterhood

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What is the Code that the Sisterhood lives by?

Eight Core Beliefs, Six Vows, Four Cardinal Rules

Life is simpler when you have a code . . . even if that code means that you will lose lovely people who can’t live by that code. Having a code means doing sometimes what you would rather not do, but you must do, to keep harmony. Living by the code has made this enclave grow more peaceful, more in step, more marching together than ever before. While many families and structures are crumbling, we are tight. I think it’s because of our code. We have eight core believes, six vows and four cardinal rules we live by:

Eight Core Beliefs

  1. We organize our lives to be attuned with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters. (We make our medicines and organize our lives by the cycles of the moon; our holy days are the full moons and the quarters of the year.)
  2. We recognize that our human intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment, and we seek to live in harmony with nature. (vow of ecology) 
  3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than what our eyes can see, a Creator and connectedness between the people and the planet. We believe that the hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one is the honor of all.
  4. We recognized both the outer worlds and inner, the Spiritual World and the physical world and see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magical exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
  5. We seek to control the forces within ourselves that make life possible in order to live wisely and without harm to others and in harmony with nature. (intentional lifestyle)
  6. We are always aware of and concerned with the past, present, and the future. We revere the ancestors that have gone before us and tread gently upon Mother Earth, in reverence for its current occupants and the generations to come.
  7. We eschew those who seek power through the suffering of others. We do not accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another. There is no belief in a Satan figure.
  8. We believe in treating people and their Spiritual Beliefs with respect. The only animosity held by Beguines towards Christianity, or towards any other belief system is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be ‘the only way’ and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress free will and free choice.
sisters hold the cannabis crop

Six Vows

The six vows taken by the Sisters spell the word ‘solace’. 

Vow of Servitude 

Being in service by making medicine and assisting the public in understanding the medicine; mitigating the fear resulting from generations of propaganda about the plant and putting Mother Earth back at the center of spirituality. 

Vow of Obedience

As our ancient mothers would have done, we establish our medicine-making operations holistically. We grow the plants, we make the medicine, and we distribute to those in need. The vow of obedience is related to the vow of allowing the moon cycles and the plants to dictate our work days.

As well, the obedience vow includes the promise that no medicine work will be done by anyone who has contempt in their heart, anger burning in their soul. We have to honor the medicine like it is a strict task master and ensure we carry no contempt, no human darkness energies into our work.

As Sisters, we use word medicine and white sage, chants, songs, meditations, prayers, and exercise to heal and burn away those negativities before any work begins. When we work the plants and the medicine, we aspire to infuse good energy, love, and self-healing. And last, but not least, the vow of obedience includes the work that fuels sustainable farming and progressive activism.

sisters with cbd products family and cannabis teas and tinctures

Vow of Living Simply

This is a matter of focus. Generally, if one owns a lot of stuff, there is a lot of time and focus required to maintain, protect, insure, keep track of – those things. To the extent it is possible, the Sisters unburden themselves from those things, from those tasks, to be freed to focus on the making of the medicine. The farm of the Sisters is simple. The lifestyle of the Sisters is a life lived in humble commitment to serving the medicine. Ideas of yachts and shiny jewels or cars have no place here. Ideas for growing our own wine and tobacco, welcome. (Mother Earth’s medicines come in all forms.)

Vow of Activism

In much the same way that the Welch had a custom fifty years ago of going to church on Sunday and then to their individual (male/female) activist meetings in order to bring upon social reform, in order to hold their officials accountable, we aspire the Sisterhood to be a place where spirituality and political awareness come together amidst a bee-hive of activities. The Sisters commit, through their vows, to spend some time every moon cycle devoted to progressive activism.

Vow of Chastity

There are many definitions of chastity; the one the Sisters of the Valley choose to identify in their vows is the one that is most empowering of women. This is a vow the Sisters take to privatize their sexuality. 

The purpose of this order is to revive a concept (women in dedicated service, enclave living, Beguine-revivalism) that the people of planet Earth like and need but make it relevant and sustainable for the new age. Celibacy is not a requirement of being chaste. One can be chaste, without being celibate.

sisters in front of a mirror

Vow of Ecology

We are committed to using the Earth in a respectful manner; we honor Mother Earth in our ceremonies and give thanks for her abundance. Leaves and by-product from harvests are always ground and returned to her. Her plants travel from hand to hand with respect and with love and with gratitude. The people who work her land are committed to renewability, to preservation. The purpose of the small farms, in addition to growing needed plants for needed medicines, is to find a more sustainable way of life, a return to ancient ways.

Four Cardinal Rules spell ‘Anna’

  1. Always be cleaning
  2. No contempt
  3. No surprises
  4. Always apply good conflict resolution practices

An example of good conflict resolution is a subset to item four; that is the three-day / five-day rule. The 3 day / 5 day rule declares that if there is a disagreement and it is emotionally charged, neither party need seek resolution for three days following the incident (the cooling off period). However, both parties must come together to speak and resolve before five days pass.

It is the instigator of the conflict that must instigate the resolution conversation. An elder decides if the two parties can’t decide on who the instigator was. Warning: Our experience is that those who thrive on drama and those who feed the drama run away from system-driven conflict resolution processes and people. All too frequently, those who instigate pack and leave before day five comes. They probably don’t see it this way, but they are doing us a favor. We greatly value our harmony, our peace, and our system-driven conflict resolution process.

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7 Comments

  1. Audra Brown Reply

    That was so lovely. I enjoyed and feel hopeful and renewed having read it. I’m Grateful for all of you, not only the products but because of the love, light, and energy produced by your being.
    With much love and gratitude,
    Audra

  2. Such beautiful beliefs! I wish I was younger and stronger and in a position to join your community. I think your community is what I have been looking for my whole life. I will click on the fellowship link above and see if I can be a member from a distance. Thank you for what you are doing. You are helping creation to evolve.

  3. Hello.
    Your way of life seems almost to good to be true. I’m sure it’s not perfect, but I find myself drawn to the code the sisterhood lives by.
    I contemplate on wether or not it would be possible to live this life in the small country town where I live (mostly as an outsider) in South Australia. I seek a quiet life with a deeper connection to the planet and a simple life, however it would seem the people I care deeply for in this life have different ideas about that. ☺️😉 I wonder if perhaps I fight against this idea of family and partner accepting my choices and instead if I quietly go about my business, my way of living, if perhaps this would be better.
    Thank you for the words you’ve shared. Much appreciated.
    Jo..✌🏼🙏🏼💜

  4. The work of intentional community is so important, perhaps for human survival in the coming troubles. Thank-you for sharing your system for maintaining a healthy, positive working environment as you pursue Earth-centered medicine.

  5. sharon morrow Reply

    I love that you are doing what you are doing how you are doing it. I believe that a simple and loving life “life-full” of respecting and acknowledging all of our connections above and below is what keeps us creating powerful love-centered and high vibrational health and healing. I am a healer of myself and my passion and destiny is to assist others to embrace life and healing through natural and simple, intelligent, Earth centered, feminine principles of nurturing, love and community!! Having a code you live by is imperative as well as values and virtues that support love in all its aspects. Thankyou so much Sisters, your sister, Sharon

  6. Dear dear Christine Kate and sister of mine…I was touched by your story…seeing what is happening in the world now…all the lies and manipulations by all our politicians and media…the medical system that is making us sick on purpose…it is refreshing to read you and I sooo wish I were there with you but I am stuck here in Belgium, all alone in my house, can’t do reiki anymore because of distanciation and all the people that believe the mainstream media craze, instead of using their intelligence and seeking for the truth. Again , you make me dream, wish I were with you all. I did permaculture in my garden this year, having been isolated 3 months so i planted quinoa, Tabacco, ashwagandha and artemesia annua( prohibited by the WHO this year) and have made quite a few tinctures myself, like the swedish elixir…filled pots of dried plants..nettle, wild rose…for my teas…so you see I have a passion for plants and especially the medicinal ones ….do you want me to send you tabacco and quinoa seeds? Ashwagandha and artemesia I found at kokopelli.fr…being prohibited for sale they give them for free with your order…they have sooo many old sorts of grains.
    I hug you with all my soul
    Your lil sis
    Farah

    • Sister Kate Reply

      I would love to have some of your tobacco and seeds, but I think Covid times make anything scary and difficult to ship. Seeds especially, everyone gets upset when they travel without certificates of authorization. Bless you, thank you for sharing. Maybe we will meet one day. I’m sorry you are stuck but Belgium isn’t a bad country to be stuck in. 🙂

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