Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Corp. Native American Church will also have a directive position known as Spiritual Adviser. The Spiritual Advisers duties will be to oversee rituals and ceremonies with the utmost highest reverence, integrity, and diligence in accordance with tradition of how they received the altars and authority to conduct said ceremonies. Spiritual Advisers will not be part of (unless they are Officers, members, and or Directive Council) administrative duties, governing, and or day-to-day maintenance of the Corporation. Spiritual advisers are those who fulfill all requirements and prerequisites as laid out below, and are also appointed by the Directive Council and have a good standing with all officers and members as understood below.
Spiritual advisers can be members, Officers, and or Directive Council, but being any of the latter does not necessarily mean being a spiritual adviser. Being a Spiritual Adviser is a privilege and requires strenuous prerequisites and community approval. There will be categories of Spiritual Advisers according to the different requirements and ceremonies listed, also there will be levels within each category which will define how much authority is granted to perform the functions of the spiritual adviser and preside over or within ceremonies.
1. General Functions, responsibilities, and privileges of Spiritual Advisers.
- a) Spiritual leadership and guidance
- b) Prophesying
- c) Healing and protecting
- d) Conducting and facilitating ceremonies
- e) Working positions and performing duties within ceremony
- f) Being an example of spiritual life and living in a sacred manner
- g) Representing F.S.I. of Colorado N.A.C. corp
2. General Qualifications and Requirements of Being a spiritual adviser.
- a) Walking the Red Road in a sacred way: as the Spirits, the white buffalo calf woman, the ceremonies, and the sacred teachings have defined it for us, passed through the ages by medicine people, chiefs, wise ones, and our ancestors.
- b) By living and exemplifying the sacred virtues; including the Lakota 4 sacred virtues humility, compassion, humor, and courage, and the 7 arrows of the sacred fire, Faith, Hope, Charity, justice, temperance, prudence, and Fortitude.
- c) Carrying a Cannupa; which is received in a good way, by vision quest, marriage, Hunka, inheritance, and or by receiving as a gift from an elder or medicine person.
- d) Doing vision quest annually; praying and fasting alone in the woods for the benefit of oneself and more importantly for the benefit of all living beings. To be in connection with Tunkasila and the spirits.
- e) To be in good standing with the community, members, officers, and directive council. To help the community and to be of service to it. To understand the functioning of ceremonial life and to not over step boundaries, comforts, and roles of leadership within the community and positions of spiritual advisers.
- f) Being appointed by the directive council and most importantly being ordained and or officially recognized by the Chief Spiritual adviser and the other spiritual advisers, to have formally offered tobacco or opagi* the Chief Spiritual Adviser for those specific purposes.
3. Categories and levels of Spiritual Advisers, Specific ceremonies and levels of initiation. (School for ministerial preparation)
a) Chief Spiritual Adviser. The officially ordained Spiritual Leader and medicine person of F.S.I. of Colorado N.A.C. corp. Performing and leading all functions listed above as well as fulfilling all requirements listed above, and having completed and performed all the requirements and functions as listed below
b) The Inipi, The Sweat Lodge.
- 1st level is attending regularly the Sweat Lodge.
- 2nd learning songs and singing with the lead of the water pourer.
- 3rd Participating and actively helping the group before, during, and after the ceremony.
- 4th Helping gather wood and supplies for the ceremony.
- 5th Receiving the stones inside the Sweat Lodge.
- 6th Tending the fire and carrying in stones during the Sweat Lodge.
- 7th Being a regular fire tender and learning from the water pourer for an extended period of time, as seen fit by the pourer, about the purposes, protocols, songs and designs of the Sweat Lodge.
- 8th Building and constructing a lodge or participating in the act of.
- 9th Understanding and fulfilling the commitments of what it means and takes to pour lodge, complete 4 years of vision quest, completing 4 years of Sun Dance, carry a Cannupa, and or be recognized as qualified by the Chief Spiritual Adviser or medicine person.
- 10th Receive official ordination and the ceremony of having water poured over the hands to pour lodge by the Chief spiritual adviser or another qualified medicine person and have community support to be seen as a leader of the ceremony.
c) Vision Quest/ Hanbleceya.
- 1st level attending and supporting vision quest.
- 2nd tending the fire, supporting in the kitchen, helping with childcare, helping with the Sweat Lodge and or supporting and helping with any of the recognized duties of the community in the ceremony of vision quest.
- 3rd Supporting 4 vision quests, and or for 4 years.
- 4th Opagi* the Chief Spiritual Adviser to ‘go on the hill’ and fast and pray in nature.
- 5th to make the commitment of 4 years of vision quest and to fulfill that commitment.
- 6th to help others with fulfilling their commitment and to support the Chief Spiritual Adviser with different roles in running and making happen the vision quest.
- 7th In preparation to lead a vision quest, to complete 4 years of Vision quest, to Sun Dance or Dream dance 4 years, to lead and pour lodge, and to be specifically trained by the chief Spiritual Adviser to lead.
- 8th To be officially seen as qualified by the Chief spiritual adviser and other spiritual advisers, to be in good standing with the community, and to have official ordination of leading the Vision Quest ceremony.
d) Sun Dance.
- 1st level attending and supporting the Sun Dance.
- 2nd support for 4 years and assist the sun dance camp with help in various ways or
- 3rd to support in the kitchen and or tend the fire and help with formal duties for 4 years or to learn the songs and sing on the drum for 4 years.
- 4th after completing roles of support and or from a vision or prompt from a medicine person making the formal commitment to dance for 4 years.
- 5th to gather supplies and medicines, going on vision quest, and then Sun dancing.
- 6th Completing your 4 years of dancing.
- 7th Becoming a dance leader under the direction of the Chief Spiritual Adviser and helping with official leadership roles of the Sun Dance for 4 years.
- 8th being specifically trained to be a sun dance chief by the Chief Spiritual Adviser or recognized medicine person and sun dance chief.
- 9th Being officially ordained by the Chief Spiritual Adviser and Sun Dance Chief, being in good standing with the community and then being A Sun Dance Chief.
- 1st level is attending the ceremony.
- 2nd is attending regularly and helping support the ceremony.
- 3rd actively helping with all the duties to make ceremony happen, gathering wood for the Sweat Lodge, food gathering and preparation, and helping with the set up of the ceremony.
- 4th learning the songs.
- 5th Singing at a ceremony.
- 6th keeping the altar and helping the Yuwipi person with maintenance and set up of altar.
- 7th doing vision quest 4 years, carrying a Cannupa, and receiving help from Yuwipi spirits.
- 8th Becoming a water pourer for Sweat Lodge.
- 9th receiving a song for the Yuwipi altar.
- 10th leading a lowanpi/ yuwipi and being the person in the middle as ordained by the Chief Spiritual Adviser and or another recognized medicine person.
f) Dream Dance.
- 1st level join the dream society.
- 2nd Attending or supporting the Dream dance.
- 3rd Dancing, tending the Fire, Singing or supporting in the many ways to make ceremony happen for 4 years and formally opagi/ offer tobacco to Dream Dance Chief.
- 4th Perform Function as a leader of the Dream Dance for 4 years.
- 5th Be trained By Dream Dance Chief and Chief Spiritual Adviser to lead and receive pipe for the Dream Dance.
- 6th Be Officially Ordained and qualified by Chief Spiritual Adviser and Chief of Dream Dance to be a Dream Dance Chief, and to be recognized by the other spiritual Advisers and be in good standing with the community to lead.
g) Peyote Ceremony.
- 1st level is to attend ceremonies.
- 2nd is to regularly attend and support ceremonies.
- 3rd is to learn songs and to sing as prayer in the ceremony.
- 4th to actively participate in helping with the set up and gathering of supplies, food, and equipment necessary for the ceremony.
- 5th To be recognized by the Roadman to work an officer position in the ceremony.
- 6th to work the position of the Door for 1-4 years or as seen fit by the Roadman.
- 7th To work in the position of Fire Keeper for 1-4 years or seen fit by the Roadman.
- 8th To work in the position of Drummer for 1-4 years or as seen fit by the Roadman.
- 9th To work in the position of Cedar Person for 1-4 years or as seen fit by the Roadman.
- 10th To Lead Ceremony under the custodial protection of the Roadman for 1-4 years or as seen fit by the Roadman.
- 11th Having done all the positions and meeting the qualifications and being officially recognized by the Chief Roadman and Chief Spiritual Adviser, and being in good standing with the community and all Spiritual Advisers, officially being Ordained as a Peyote Road person.
h) Ayahuaskero/ Ayahuaskara.
- 1st Level is attending the ceremony.
- 2nd attending regularly and supporting the ceremony.
- 3rd learning songs.
- 4th singing with permission in Ceremony.
- 5th Helping with set up of the altar and helping the Ayahuaskero/a with duties and functions within the ceremony.
- 6th helping with guidance keeping the altar for 4 years.
- 7th To receive and participate in administering and brewing of the medicine, with permission of the Ayahuaskero/a.
- 8th being officially recognized by the Ayahuaskero/a and Chief Spiritual Adviser as qualified and by being in good standing with the community, and then being officially ordained as an Ayahuaskero/a for the Ayahuaska medicine.
* Opagi, To offer the pipe or tobacco formally.