Foundation Declaration for Soul Quest Church of Mother Earth DBA Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth Retreat and Wellness Center
II. Statement of Beliefs
We are a restoration of the ancient, sacred teachings, writings and ways of the pre-colonial and pre-conquest ancient nomadic indigenous peoples which historically inhabited parts of Central, North and South America, the Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, China, Philippines, Thailand, Burma, India and Tibet., all of whom left evidence of periodic territorial occupation, writings and records. These peoples religiously guarded their sacred ways of native, natural and traditional healing practices in order that it be restored and brought into the light in a day of futurity. We honor these ancient sacred healing traditions, beginning here in this state of Florida, in the United States of America and spreading out as far as the wind may carry the message, for as long as the trees grow and the rivers flow.
Starting in our town in Florida, USA and extending to various locations in the world where the Great Spirit shall see fit to guide us, we will educate others and welcome disciples of all people, from all nations. We run a healing ministry, counseling and natural medicine school that equips our members to integrate our ministry into their lives as the Lord/Great Spirit directs them. We hold spiritual classes and services (Native American style per seasons and guidance from Great Spirit), worship in music and song, share personal professions of faith in action, enact plays, provide street ministry, spiritual materials and provide education on Indigenous Native American Religion and Earth Based Spiritual faith.
We believe in the rights of Mother Earth.
We believe that we are all part of Mother Earth, an indivisible, living community of interrelated and interdependent beings with a common destiny; gratefully acknowledging that Mother Earth is the source of life, nourishment, and learning and provides everything we need to live well. We also recognize that Mother Earth is part of a greater creation.
We recognize that the capitalist system and all forms of depredation, exploitation, abuse, and contamination have caused great destruction, degradation and disruption of Mother Earth, putting life as we know it today at risk through phenomena such as climate change.
We are convinced that in an interdependent living community it is not possible to recognize the rights of only human beings without causing an imbalance within Mother Earth.
We believe that, to guarantee human rights, it is necessary to recognize and defend the rights of Mother Earth and all beings in her, and that there are existing cultures, practices, and laws that do so.
We are conscious of the urgency of taking decisive, collective action to transform structures and systems that cause climate change and other threats to Mother Earth.
We believe that the plant life products of Mother Earth are of the highest value and are to be used as natural healing treatments and therefore we proclaim them to be sacred plants and materials to be treated with dignity, protected from threat or violation and defended as a holy sacrament.
We proclaim this Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, and call on the General Assembly of the United Nation to adopt it, as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations of the world; and, to the end that every individual and institution takes responsibility for promoting through teaching, education, and consciousness raising, respect for the rights recognized in this Declaration and ensure through prompt and progressive measures and mechanisms, national and international, their universal and effective recognition and observance among all peoples and States in the world.
Article I: Mother Earth
Article II: Inherent Rights of Mother Earth
2. The right to be respected;
3. The right to regenerate its bio-capacity and to continue its vital cycles and processes free from human disruptions;
4. The right to maintain its identity and integrity as a distinct, self-regulating and interrelated being;
5. The right to clean water as a source of life;
6. The right to clean air;
7. The right to integral health;
8. The right to be free from contamination, pollution, and toxic or radioactive waste;
9. The right to not have its genetic structure modified or disrupted in a manner that threatens its integrity or vital and healthy functioning;
10. The right to full and prompt restoration for violation of the rights recognized in this Declaration caused by human activity;
Article III: Obligations of Human Beings to Mother Earth
2. Recognize and promote the full implementation and enforcement of the rights and obligations recognized in this Declaration;
3. Promote and participate in learning, analysis, interpretation, and communication about how to live in harmony with Mother Earth in accordance with this Declaration;
4. Ensure that the pursuit of human well-being contributes to the well-being of Mother Earth, now and in the future;
5. Establish and apply effective norms and laws for the defense, protection, and conservation of the rights of Mother Earth;
6. Respect, protect, conserve and where necessary, restore the integrity, of the vital ecological cycles, processes, and balances of Mother Earth;
7. Guarantee that the damages caused by human violations of the inherent rights recognized in this Declaration are rectified and that those responsible are held accountable for restoring the integrity and health of Mother Earth;
8. Empower human beings and institutions to defend the rights of Mother Earth and of all beings;
9. Establish precautionary and restrictive measures to prevent human activities from causing species extinction, the destruction of ecosystems or the disruption of ecological cycles;
10. Guarantee peace and eliminate nuclear, chemical and biological weapons;
11. Promote and support practices of respect for Mother Earth and all beings, in accordance with their own cultures, traditions and customs;
12. Promote economic systems that are in harmony with Mother Earth and in accordance with the rights recognized in this Declaration.
Article IV: Definitions
Our mission is to restore divine wisdom and knowledge of what nature offers to enhance health and life. We affirm to do this through traditional ceremony, sacraments, scriptural and spiritually valid science, based on natural law to assess, improve and restore good physical, mental and spiritual health. The focus of SQCME is not on disease and treatment of disease but on analyzing the genesis of poor health, hygiene and utilizing the natural law, inclusive of physical, mental and spiritual insights for health restoration based on traditions found in the sacred text and scripture. While respecting and utilizing scripturally valid science, SQCME has its basis in the Creator’s (Great Spirit) law of nature and its abundant products and not in science.
Accordingly, we believe that we are all relations, one to another, and we are children of the same Creator (Great Spirit). We affirm the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (U.N. Sub-commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 1994/45, August 26, 1994, U.N. Doc. E/.CN.4/1995/2, E/CN.4/sub.2/1994/56, at 105(1994), which finally culminated in the Unanimous Ratification of the Member States and has become part of International Rights Law.
Fundamental to our traditions is the truth that, as children of the Creator (Great Spirit), we are entitled to the freedoms of thought, religion, education, assembly, opinion, speech, movement, our sacred rights of worship, methods of healing, our traditional lifestyle and security within our historical territories, insofar as that freedom does not prevent others from likewise enjoying the same freedoms. We believe that men and women have been endowed with intelligence enough to govern themselves in such a manner as to guarantee to themselves these freedoms, to establish just and right ways to deal with each other, to maintain a tranquil and secure domestic life, provide for defense of these rights when needed, and to ensure for ourselves and our posterity the blessings that our culture, traditions and teachings bring.
Accordingly we exercise the Right of Self-Determination, which has been guaranteed by International and Domestic Law to form Soul Quest Church of Mother Earth Inc.(SQCME), Indigenous Traditional Organization, comprised of individuals whose lineage may or may not descend from any Federally or Crown Recognized Tribes or Bands, Non-Recognized Tribes and Bands, Native Hawaiian, Native Alaskan or any other Indigenous Peoples worldwide as well as other individuals, tribes or groups Soul Quest Church of Mother Earth (SQCME) shall see fit to admit by the exercise of our Religion and the administration of our Cultural Traditions and Institutions, whom we recognize as our people, founded upon the Customs, Traditions, Principles, Religion, Governance, and Belief-Systems cited herein, and we ordain and establish this Constitution for the Soul Quest Church of Mother Earth Inc (SQCME) Indigenous Traditional Organization as an Indigenous Group under UNDRIP.
“I am the spirit of Ayahuasca. For the first time, I reveal myself through the “Word” to make an emergency call to all the Human Beings on the Planet, especially to the Light Seekers, as I must expand beyond the Amazon River Basin. With my physical expansion, I intend to facilitate the spiritual transformation currently stirring the human species…”
I am a spirit of spirits. I operate from a vibration superior to the spirits who compose me. I am of a hierarchy superior to that of the spirit of Ayahuasca and of Chacruna. I am the medicine resulting from the mixture of Ayahuasca and Chacruna. Although they give me the name of one of them, my sacred magic does not come from either one of them. My magic resides in the synergy created by the sacred mixture “
V. Important Writings
The church shall receive as members those who have accepted the SQCME spiritual and religious principles, and manifesting the fruits of the Great Spirit in their lives, and agree with the doctrine of this church. (SQCME will provide various levels of membership appropriate for the education, commitment, and healing scope of practice specific to the applicant and compared to our established standards, which are subject to change by the Board at any time) The only requirement for membership is a request, one can become a member from day one, if they are and or express a belief in the foundation principles of SQCME.
Ultimate authority lies in the Creator/ Great Spirit of Ayahuasca as the head of the church and in the sacred beliefs and doctrines expressed as the basis. For all faith and practice. This church shall remain free and self-governing. The Government is vested in its membership and administered by its officers. In function, final authority shall reside in the membership. They shall approve and/or affirm SQCME qualified leadership, to carry out the purposes of the spirit of Ayahuasca. Our leadership will hold leadership meetings to talk, brainstorm and agree on any discipline or change that maybe required.
The officers of this church shall be the Medicine Man/Woman, Pastor, Elder, and Counselor. Other officers such as the church. administrator, secretary and visiting ministers and teachers/ elders will be assigned with board permission. Sr. Pastor currently fills all these requirements, until we grow in membership.
Soul Quest Church of Mother Earth (SQCME) and Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth Retreat and Wellness Center(SQACME) follows the traditional diet of the Medicine People. The diet is not just about avoiding certain foods but is about discipline, sacrifice, and commitment. The restrictions are in place to help cleanse the body so the plant medicine can work most efficiently. The diet restricts many spices, salt, and pepper. It also includes periods of abstinence from sex or sexual activity. The idea is that the blandness of food and the lack of sexual stimulation or excitement can help heighten sensitivity to the plant medicine spirit. The following diet is about respect, for the sacred plant spirit, and commitment to your journey.
X. Purpose of SQCME/SQACME
VI. Provisions for By-Laws and Policy Manual
The legal support for the State’s lack of jurisdiction over the church in America is not only the Word of God, and the Spirit of Ayahuasca but the First Amendment to the Constitution for the United States, as stated above and below.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. No church in any nation at any point in history can lay claim to the freedoms and liberties that are guaranteed the church in America. The First Amendment is an act of God’s Providence to safeguard His church and maintain its independence from the State. The First Amendment is the highest form of real protection the church has ever known in history.
XI. Governance of SQCME/SQACME
XI. Governance of SQCME/SQACME
All financial transactions shall be reviewed semi-annually in the Officers meeting.
XIII. Founders of the Church
Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth Retreat and Wellness Center (SQACME)an independent branch or Free Church of SQCME; Florida State Non-Profit Corporation 501(3) IRS compliant Non-Profit was first incorporated July 15th 2016. The Soul Quest Branch Charter Declaration was made on July 15th 2016; founded by Medicine Man, Pastor, Chief Elder and Counselor: Chris Young and Elder and Counselor: Verena Young.