Forgotten Waters Team & Ethics
Code of Ethics
With Thanks to Daniel Foor and the Practitioners of Ancestral Medicine
NOTE: Foor, and his cohort of practitioners developed these guidelines, which I have adapted and adopted. No governing board exists for this kind of work, and in lieu of that, I pledge to uphold these principles to the best of my ability, and to pass on the strictures of this integrity to those I work with. In addition, there are lines indicated clearly below which I have added myself. Apprentices agree to work under these guidelines as well.
"I will not lace my scars
around my neck,
for you to admire . . .
I will wear my scars,
like War Paint"
We pledge to work from a stance of reverence, humility, and kindness, and agree to stay in communication and good standing with our personal ancestors and spirit guides.
We pledge to honour the limits of these healing methods, as well as our unique personal limits with respect to training and ability to work well with any given client.
We pledge, when appropriate, to refer clients to psychological, medical, and religious professionals.
We pledge to proactively honour each client with respect to religion, cultural and ancestral background, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background and to work from an awareness of the ongoing need for social justice and reciprocity. Specifically, this implies learning about, and making accommodation where possible with respect to issues of class, accessibility and economic privilege.
We pledge to encourage clients to claim ancestral gifts, get educated about their specific ancestors and cultures of origin, and to honour obscured and marginalized histories.
We pledge to proactively navigate relational complexity given that we may offer sessions and training for community, students, friends, or family. When entering into these types of dual/multiple relationships, practitioners agree to proactively navigate relational complexity, utilize collegial support, and make referrals as needed for the well-being of the client.
We pledge to relate professionally with other practitioners, including when collaborating for the well-being of clients or for the advancement of ritual education, embodiment training, ancestral healing, or any other work covered under the rubric of these practices. This collegial spirit includes resolving conflicts directly and avoiding gossip or a competitive attitude with other practitioners.
We pledge to seek always to educate and empower rather than foster dependence. We aim to strengthen clients’ direct relationships with their own wise and loving ancestors, with their soul-level gifts, and with what is healthy and beautiful about their cultural heritage.
We pledge to work only with the explicit consent of our clients, and do not seek to independently contact or speak on behalf of their clients’ ancestors. This specifically includes giving proactive consideration to consent when navigating ethical questions of when and how to support clients in engaging with diverse types of ancestors.
We pledge to seek to honour the diverse range of types of ancestors (e.g., ancestors of place, ancestors of tradition) and the larger web of other-than-human relations. This includes kindness, curiosity, and respect for the ways that clients and their lineage ancestors intersect legacies of colonialism, oppression, and ongoing ecological desecration.
We pledge to seek to reintroduce non-dogmatic practices of ancestor reverence and ritual into modernity and remnant cultures while also respecting intact customs and lineages of practice.
I pledge to listen to grief to the best of my ability, in its various forms of expression.
I pledge to call forth the voices of those I work with.
I pledge to encourage the expression of every person's inner wild genius, gift, and true vocation.
I pledge to be brave and courteous to the best of my ability.