The following guiding codes of ethical conduct for the Integral Spirituality, Universe Spirituality, the Integral and Evolutionary and Evolutionary Spirituality are based in part, upon the transcending and transforming progressive evolution and sustainable prosperity facts of the New Universe Worldview and the new Universe Principles of Life, which has been carefully integrated with the best and most life-affirming wisdom from humanity's many spiritual traditions. In the sections below you will discover these codes in many different proactive promandment forms and only one prohibitive commandment form. The first part of these codes are proactive and is in the form of three life commitments that we ask each member to eventually make.
Our Three Great Commitments
Like most worthwhile things in life, the Three Great Spiritual Adventures found within Integral Spirituality and Universe Spirituality movement require self disipline, effort and commitment. The following are the Three Great Commitments of an integral Universe Spirituality and that related directly to the Three Great Spiritual Adventures:
1.) First Things First! Save the Planetary Environment: The First Great Commitment is to learn more about how to live a sustainable prosperity lifestyle, to make those improvements, to educate others on the changes needed to avert a planetary environmental crisis and, then to insure that these needed changes are enacted to allow the survival of the planet’s bio-systems for us now, our future and for future generations. This is also committing to live the Universe Principles of Life as a evolutionary partner aligned with progressive directionality of evolution in the universe and to work toward creating a sustainable prosperity for all. (This is the first adventure of Universe Spirit because it REALLY, Really is everybody's Job 1. Without managing this area NOW the adventure of life on this planet could be so radically worsened that everything else worthwhile in life could be severely retarded or frozen.)
2.) Increase Your Awareness and Personal Growth: The Second Great Commitment is to freely choose to continue releasing your fullest potentials in order that you become more aware and from that increasing awareness you progressively evolve. Here you subjectively explore the adventure of Ultimate Reality. Here you turn time-tested wisdom and principles into real life personal practices resulting in an abundance of meaningful benefits, but at the minimum you are able to better live the virtues in a balanced way, which is simply --- to personally commit to and then live in delight, non-deficiency, justice, love, compassion and empowerment!
3.) Increase Service and Responsibility: The third Great Commitment is to balance the pursuit of one’s own sustainable prosperity with effective, life-affirming service to the expanding spheres of communities in which one exists. (The expanding spheres of community are family, group/tribe, company, nation, humanity and the planet with all Earth species, the universe etc.)
More About Our Codes of Conduct
All of our other codes of conduct (just below,) are also designed to serve the successful attainment of the Three Great Spiritual Adventures as well as the three Great Commitments (just above.) We have divided our codes below into sections most relating most to facilitating all of the proceeding.
- The Universe Principles of Life (These science-derived fundementals relate to all areas of life.)
- Our Promandments (This section most relates to commitments one and two.)
- Our Commandments (This section most relates to commitment three.)
- The Responsibilities of Universe Spirit membership (This section most relates to commitment three.)
- The Consequences for repeated and severe violations of our Codes of Conduct (This section most relates to commitment three.)
Promandments are proactive statements of values, virtues, attitudes and life affirming actions that are self-accepted as being in one's enlightened self-interest after a period of study and evaluation. Promandments are not commandments.
Commandments are usually negative injunctions and "thou shalt nots" often instilled through fear of punishment or guilt laden indoctrination. Our spiritual and secular codes of conduct are first stated as positive invitations (promandments) to our members to strive toward living the classic and new spiritual ideals in an integral way.
The following linked sections will help describe in significant detail what we believe those the classic and new spiritual ideals to be:
- Live the Great News of our shared integral Universe Spirituality.
- Live the Success Attitudes and Actions most Aligned to Creating Harmony with Life and the Progressive Directionality of Evolution in the Universe.
- Live the 20 points of a Universe Evolutionary's spiritual lifestyle
- Live the classic and new Universe Evolutionary virtues in a balanced way.
- Live the other Spiritual Principles of Universe Spirit in a balanced way.
- Make your current lifestyle into an example of the Here ">Three Great Adventures of Life.
- Live the Universe Spirit Principles of Wise Social Activism.
- Live the other principles on healthy sexuality.
- Live the Universe Citizen principles such as in the universe human rights and responsibilities found in our position papers by clicking here.
The New Universe Worldview "Golden Rule" on How to Resolve Ethical and Moral Questions (This section most relates to all of the commitments.)
Ethical and moral actions can be said to lie on a continuum of more or less ethical and moral when they are compared to some value criteria. If you are not sure about if some action is ethical or moral, ask yourself these three additional questions to help determine the degree or amount to which any action or inaction (omission) moves towards or away from being more ethical or mora or less ethical or moral:
1.) "Is this act in alignment with the progressive directionality of evolution and the new Universe Principles of Life?" (For a full understanding of exactly what that means click the last link in the proceeding sentence. Within the New Universe Worldview the mosty simple definition for ethical behavior is:
"those behaviors that enhance the beautiful, good and true progressive directionality of evolution and life for the good of the whole that also [wherever possible,] simultaneously honor and balance the good of the part.")
"Ethical and moral behavior is at the minimum, behavior that enhances the progressive directionality of evolution in the universe. To be otherwise would be contrary to the very flow and nature of life in the universe and contrary to the intentionality, nature and purpose of an Ultimate Reality that may be the originating source of the universe". Lawrence Wollersheim
2.) “Is the act life affirming?” This means more specifically "is this act sustaining or increasing truth, beauty and goodness and/or the positive awareness of individual human dignity and/or Ultimate Reality in the world? If the act isn’t and it is reducing or degrading the truth, beauty and goodness and/or the positive awareness of individual human dignity and/or Ultimate Reality in the world, consider carefully if you really want to proceed with such action. And, Finally
3.) Is the act supporting or forwarding creating a sustainable prosperity for all?
If you action fits within the above new "Universe Golden Rule" three criteria, there should most likely be no problem with it.
Our Commandments: (This section most relates to commitment three.)
To provide further clarification for negative "thou shalt not" behaviors not directly or overtly stated covered in the proactive and guiding Promandments mentioned above, we y provide the following more detailed behavioral guidelines. Members in good standing in our spiritual community do not:
- Victimize, harass, degrade, harm or intimidate an individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, politics, religion or sexual orientation.
- Participate in any type of sexual activity with a minor.
- Defraud, deceive or harm fellow members or non-members financially or in other ways!
- Participate in or promote any illegal or criminal activities.
- Use physical violence to resolve conflicts.
- Use language or act in ways that are abusive or inconsistent with our community standards and spiritual principles.
- Impersonate or misrepresent their association with any person or entity.
- Act in significant or repeated ways in conflict with the values and responsibilities found within the Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities.
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We believe that all rights and freedoms have corresponding responsibilities and these responsibilities are also contained within or implied by our codes of conduct.
1.) All members are first and foremost responsible to sincerely strive to live our action and attitude Promandments and principles (above) and live a congruent spiritual lifestyle.
2.) Our spiritual community holds that all members are responsible to be co-creative agents and partners in co-evolving progressive evolution in the universe. We are each 1/6,000,000,000 co-responsible for co-evolving our shared world toward a just community and civilization, a sustainable prosperity and, a meaningful quality-of-life for improvements that each of us sees that need to be made.
3.) All members are responsible to do their fair share to forward our mission by telling others in an appropriately porportional way about how they have benefited from involvement with our ideas, tools and unique Integral Universe Spirituality community. Specifically each Universe Spirituality member is required to tell a minimum of three new people each year about the Universe Spirit mission.
All members are responsible to do service and to do their best to eventually:
a.) becoming active agents, partners and open source collaborators in adding, editing, and co-evolving the spiritual, science and other administrative wisdom found within our open source Universe Spirit organization,
b) volunteering some time for community service work in our organization or at events,
c.) doing their fair share to help co-create an meaning-rich and loving spiritual community environment that effectively supports our members building an authentic and congruent spiritual lifestyle of interconnected, life affirming relationships both at our local spiritual centers and in our online spiritual services, (Our spiritual communities are the critical living organisms from which the truth, beauty and goodness of our mission and goals are birthed and sustained and equally as important if not more authentic relationship is nurtured. Authentic relationship is a place where people share their experiences at a heart to heart level and help each other in reciprocal ways. It is a place where they can get honest about who they are and what is going on in their lives. It is a space where they can reveal their feelings, hurts, doubts, fears, and weaknesses as well as find mercy, be forgiven and ask for help. It is a space where allowances are made for their imperfections.))
d.) doing their fair share in helping co-create a life affirming, mission focused future for the organization itself, (All members are encouraged to participate in any decisions or voting presented to the general membership to help guide the organization.) And most importantly,
e.) helping to keep the organization, community and mission financially viable through appropriate fair exchange of donations in accordance with their means. We offer our courses and services on a free access donate what you can or, exchange something of value with us basis. This is based upon either what you feel is appropriate to your means, or/and according to the value that you feel our services and materials have brought into your life. Some individuals cannot afford any monetary donation, but they always can exchange their donated labor with us to maintain the healthy practice of exchanging something of value for something of value. Please click here for all of our most updated community principles on appropriate community member support, donations and fair exchange for our courses, services and events.
Our community strongly supports appropriate exchange as a basic success law of life. If you did not get a real value from our services or materials and you feel that they have not improved your life in some tangible way, please do not donate! (We recommend that you may want to try one or two more of our services or courses, but if you still do not receive a tangible benefit to your life for which you want to joyously exchange energy support with our organization, then we simply ask that you do not take more of our free services or courses or attend our community functions. To do so would put an unfair and imbalanced drain on other exchanging community members and our community resources and in a sense would be to take advantage of our generous and kind mission and staff. We feel that to not educate and be open about our shared and flexible community values about appropriate and healthy exchange would be to deny a great success, truth and law about what makes life work. For more information on the exchange principle of life and how using it can dramatically improve you life’s success
f.) to help keep the organization and integral Universe Spirituality safe. This specifically means that all members know the spiritual safeguards and guidelines for healthy Life and Spirit facilitators and spiritual organizations as well as the community validity tests for authentic spiritual process. When all community members are aware of the safety basics and are willing to call attention to the organization's leaders of anything that violates these principles then the organization will stay safe and grow sustainably.
g.) creating and living an authentic and congruent spiritual lifestyle as the best way to achieve their own spiritual advancement, promote our mission through living example and the main goals of and integral Universe Spirituality.
- All staff and administrator members are responsible to follow and use our administrative principles when serving our communities.
- All Life and Spirit facilitator members have their own ethical code and implied responsibilities found in their facilitator training.
- All members being are encouraged to strive toward living and modeling the basic human responsibilities stated within the Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities. These basic human responsibilities should be lived to the degree that they are applicable or present within the individual's own knowledge or life conditions and, within their relative zones of influence. The Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities beautifully describes what it means to be in an engaged and embodied partnership with your fellow human beings in co-creating a just sustainable, and equitable world that fully reflects the virtues and fruits of living an authentic and congruent spiritual lifestyle. The Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities is so complete that it could even be used as a checklist to see how you are doing or improving as a social and spiritual partner in co-creating a better world.
h.) becoming general facilitators or Life and Spirit facilitators at some level within our spiritual communities or, if so called, to help set up new local Universe Spirit centers in other areas when the need arises, and
i.) live in society in congruence with the Universe Declaration of Universal Human Responsibilities.
After fair investigation by peer members and/or staff any members who repeated or severely violate the above Commandment codes (1-7 above) will be locked out of our website, barred from our physical centers and their membership in the organization will be held in an inactive status or removed until they cease such behavior and wherever possible make restitution and repair any damage that they have done.
The Recourse for correcting injustices in applying our code of conduct:
If a member feels that they have been locked off our website, barred from our centers or had their membership made inactive or removed unfairly they can petition the executive director of their local integral Universe Spirituality group or community and ask for a second appeal hearing of their peers to review and/or remedy the injustice.
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Improving this Ethical Code for Integral Spirituality and the Integral Movement
We hope you have been stimulated by our work on creating a viatally necessary first ethical code for Integral Spirituality and the Integral Movement. If you have ideas on how to improve this ethical code for Integral Spirituality and the Integral Movement please contact us and share your ideas by using the contact information on this web page. Be sure to put imporve ethical code in the subject line so it gets to the right person.