Heal - Change - Grow

The Sweet Medicine SunDance path inspires spiritual evolution. It is a shamanic tradition dedicated to Sharing Knowledge that Works which guides us to Heal, Change and Grow. The Sweet Medicine Sundance path shows us how to establish a deep connection to Nature which teaches us how we are interconnected with all of Life.

This is a path of the spiritual warrior who chooses to engage the battle with hers or his inner darkness and overcome limitations and offer a greater light to humanity. It is a path of healing, where we learn to heal ourselves and thus learn to help others heal.

Seven Principles

These seven principles lie at the heart of who we are. Our culture and practices are inspired and guided by these core principles. These are the guiding values that we collectively and individually stand for, and they are at the heart of our approach as an ethical and responsible organization.

Our principals also provide the basis for our rules of conduct and principles of action. They are part of our organizational DNA shaping our culture.

HONESTY, openness, transparency, and loyalty. True connection and reflection begin with open transparent willingness to see the truth of what is. Honesty is daring to look at oneself, exposed in the mirror, and say, “this is me”.  We strive for transparency and to be open to new experiences.

INTEGRITY, the unwavering desire within our core to do what is right no matter what, combined with Authenticity, the willingness to go deep within, to sit with what is real and true. Authenticity with Integrity is the power of self-ownership, our willingness to own ourselves where and how we are, with responsibility and self-authority. Personal transformation occurs when we are committed to what is right, even when it means admitting our ego is wrong. This is commitment to a greater Truth.

RESPECT begins with respecting ourselves for who we are and what we are capable of, combined with self-forgiveness. Respect, honor, and benevolence guide us to be compassionate and accept others with appreciation for who they are in all their uniqueness. We are all human beings in the act of becoming.

BALANCE is having all parts in right relations, working in harmony to create something greater than the sum of the parts. Inner balance unlocks our natural authentic expression. We call this our beauty. As spiritual warriors, we are committed to balance and to engage the battle with our inner darkness, so that our light may prevail. Only when we are balanced, can we make lasting positive impact and bring greater Beauty to those we meet.

EMPOWERMENT is experienced when we see that we have the ability to make decisions that impact and make a difference in our life. It is not what happens to me, but rather what I do with what happens to me, that shapes my life. Self-Empowerment occurs when we make the conscious decision to take charge of our own destiny.

KNOWLEDGE is felt. True knowledge is gained from life experience and the most valuable knowledge is self-knowledge. When we apply our knowledge in a co-empowering way that benefits all life, we discover wisdom. We value knowledge that makes a positive difference, that heals, inspires, empowers, opens heart felt acceptance, increases presence, and leads to greater truths. This is knowledge that works.

INDIVIDUALITY, somewhere inside us, there is our authentic genuine self. It is unique, profound, and priceless. The time is now to stop trying to fit in, belong and conform. Something unique cannot be compared to another or told it doesn’t measure up. It is unique. Risk and dare to be your inner true nature, even if it is quirky and awkward. It is something that has never been seen before that will show the world a better way to be. Who you truly are contains boundless beauty and will inspire anyone you share yourself with.

Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society

The Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society (DTMMS) was founded in 1986 by Harley SwiftDeer Reagan for the purpose of gathering, translating and teaching the Wheels and Keys of the Sweet Medicine SunDance (SMSD) Path of Turtle Island.

DTMMS offers a variety of programs for those who seek spiritual connection, growth and maturation. Our programs and publications range from basic shamanic teachings including rites of passage, healing ceremonies, physical mastery, community ceremonies and gatherings.

For more information, contact us at (480) 443.3851 or dtmms@dtmms.org.