ARTICLE 1 NAME & LOCATION
This spiritual society and religious organization shall be known as the Shadow Light Monastery (SLM) located in Anchorage, Alaska.
ARTICLE 1.2 SEAL
The Divine Seal of Shadow Light Monastery is illustrated above. It depicts various religious symbols upon a 10-point lotus with the words “THE DIVINE SEAL OF SHADOW LIGHT MONASTERY”. Two swords are depicted on the left and right of the center image of light of the moon resting on natures weave. At the bottom of the seal is a full lotus flower with a butterfly on each side.
ARTICLE 2 TO GOVERN, ACQUIRE, AND DISPOSE
The government of Shadow Light Monastery is vested in its 1st Council which conducts itself according to established constitution and bylaws. In connection therewith, or incidental thereto, the 1st Council of SLM shall have the right to purchase or acquire by gift, bequest or otherwise, either directly or as trustee, and to own, hold in trust, use, sell, convey, mortgage, lease, or otherwise dispose of any real estate, businesses or chattels as may be necessary for the furtherance of its purposes, and to exercise all other powers conferred upon it by its constitution or by the applicable religious corporation law of this state; all in accordance with its bylaws as the same may be hereafter amended.
ARTICLE 3 PURPOSE TO WORSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, AND PROPAGATE
The purpose of SLM shall be to 1) Preserve and secure the principle code of conduct of our monastery through religious and spiritual services 2) Preserve the liberty & health of each council member of SLM, 3) Ensure freedom of action independence from any other religious body or society, 4) Provide for orderly conduct of internal affairs, in dealing with others and of governing participants, 5) Establish and maintain a place for Divine spiritual worship where the Divine Spirit of the Most High God may be honored according to our distinctive testimony, 6) To assume our share of responsibility and the privilege of propagating the Valor of Divine Creation both domestically and in foreign lands and 7) To investigate & advocate in order to educate & promote awareness on behalf of the middle & poor spectrum of society who are marginalized, overlooked, poor, and under-estimated that have been harmed spiritually, emotionally, mentally and/or physically.
ARTICLE 4 SPIRITUAL BELIEFS
We Believe there are bountiful Divine threads to the Spiritual and Physical Tapestry which originate with the Divine Creator as the Infinite Intelligence.
The Most High God is within and around everything, everyone, and exists beyond the human earthly experience. The Divine Creator reveals itself to Humanity in Nature, in different religious ways & names, as illustrated in various cultural images, that is communicated in various tongues and languages. The Divine Creator is the center of everything within the Spiritual and Physical. The Divine Creator exists within and outside humanities understanding of "Time", with time a construct of the human experience.
We Believe that this natural world is Born upon the Creation of Light & Shadow.
All that Shadow and Light encompasses & touches with this known Universe, exists to maintain balance and harmony, as designed by the Divine Creator, our Most High God. We are spirit beings born within physical form and this world is designed for a human experience. An individual does not get to choose the way, place, culture, race, gender, date, or time of one’s birth. The Truth of Creation cannot be hidden from a Seeker. Divine Creation exists to be revealed in mysterious ways to include written holy texts or reflections in Nature. Both Light and Shadow are relevant to the seeker for the sake of sacred learning and balance.
We Believe that the Universal Spirit (i.e.: Holy Spirit) is the spiritual bridge between the Divine Creator, Humanity, and Nature.
The Divine Spirit is a High Spiritual Guide & Teacher for those who wish to live the Path with Divine Creation. As an individual and/or humanity matures in remembering its purpose, the Universal Spirit manifests the Path where enlightenment within Spirit and Physical energy is achieved. Once the seeker finds enlightenment, the individual's Path as a seeker will vanish into a state of Being One with the Divine Spirit of the Most High God.
We Believe that we exist within Humanity to experience and bear witness to the levels of Spiritual and Physical Energy all around us.
This energy includes what humanity experiences within nature's rhythm of life & the elements (Fire, Water, Earth, Air, Spirit, Moon, Sun, Light, and Shadow). This energy is far greater than is apparent to the non-seeker. It is not that this energy is not available to the non-seeker. It is simply that some non-seekers choose to not bear witness to it, and therefore, choose to not have a life experience of enlightenment. However, to the true seeker, the energy that is all around us is greater than the world we are conditioned to perceive will be revealed. When a non-seeker begins the transition toward becoming a Seeker of the All, this transition is called " The Awakening” and the seeker embarks on a Spiritual and Physical journey involving the Divine Creator, our Most High God; the potential that is within us A/all.
We Believe that as sentient Spiritual and Physical Beings, our memory, relationship, compassion, and wisdom gives us a unique responsibility toward All.
We live as good stewards of the Most High God in order to seek a harmony with nature, balanced as we all evolve together with one another into a higher consciousness. This includes working with nature which contributes to holistic good health and well-living. Humanity does not own the energy of creation, the movement of the winds, the dance of the flame, the rhythm of the water, and every crafted mundane item from the Mother Earth. Humanity is to pair and commune with Nature and share with one to another in kindness & harmony. In addition, this includes remembering that neither the Masculine or Feminine is above the other, knowing that each supports and is critical in Life. We acknowledge passion & desire as a symbol and embodiment of Life/Creation/Population.
We Believe it is often necessary to recognize human spiritual authoritarian hierarchy.
This is to honor those individuals who seek, strive, and are dedicated to learning, teaching, sharing, and respecting those who live the path of truth, compassion, and wisdom of the Divine Creator, our Most High God, Supreme Being who is in Heaven. Always remembering that the wisest is no greater than the meekest among us. We acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves to study, teach, protect, and/or lead. We seek to control the forces within ourselves that makes life possible in order to live wisely and well, without harm to others, in harmony with Spirit, Nature, Divine Creation, and each other. Sowing that which one Reaps and remembering the Law of Karma.
We Believe a balanced approach to a Spiritual and Physical walk is to acknowledge that there are other religions and beliefs that differ from ours.
While there are other religions and beliefs that hold an animosity toward different faiths, we choose to not hold any animosity toward others. We choose to believe in the Love and Life and Consequences of Choice, placing the Divine Creator, our Most High God, at the very beginning and end. In addition, we do not affiliate ourselves with any "evil" erroneous Incarnation placed by another belief system that lacks true understanding of our principal beliefs and tradition. In this way, we do not seek power at the expense of the suffering or duress of others. Nor do we attempt to silence another in order to achieve power over them.
FURTHERMORE, we do not believe it is necessary to "proclaim" a particular faith association, as when an individual, community, group, or society has Awaken, it will be clear in the Loving Fruit they bear to one another and the World.
ARTICLE 5 DIVINE SEAL OF CONFESSION
Any confessions, names or stories of events given to any member of 1st Council, under the Divine Seal of Confession, shall be protected and confessions will be held in strict confidence. However, any information of human predators or criminals as it pertain to injuries against innocent children, the elderly, victims of domestic violence, murder, sexual assault and the like, will be disclosed, as 1st Council members will not contravene Truth & Justice.
ARTICLE 5.1 PRESS CREDENTIALS
1st Council Members may elect to be bestowed Press Credentials and will be issued an Official Press Pass. This enables 1st Council to enter any scene of a story unannounced. With an official Press Pass, Council members can investigate, gather news, attend conferences, and report on local events for distribution in an article or investigative report to members and/or the public.
ARTICLE 6 VOWS
Members of the 1st Council, Council of Elders, and Council of Adepts may choose to make a Vow of Poverty, Prosperity, Obedience, and/or Chastity, etc. Some vows are made so that the council member may fully integrate into SLM Society in order to work together as a team for the continued growth and enlightenment of the monastic community.
ARTICLES 7 INSURANCE & IMMUNIZATION EXEMPTIONS
It is preferred, and yet not required, that this monastic community provides for the health and well-being of any member who requests for it. SLM does this by educating its council members on the benefits of a spiritually or religiously holistic approach to health, addressing all aspects of being alive, to include diet, exercise, spiritual nurturing, and mental disciplines. While SLM is “a part” of this world having a physical location and subscribing to the required federal and state laws or statutes; SLM is also “apart” of this worldly society choosing to First and Foremost look toward Divine Counsel to provide for all our material, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Members of SLM may elect for our spiritual and religious reasons, to exempt themselves and their children from all mandated Insurance and Immunizations requirements.
ARTICLE 8 RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION STATUS
Shadow Light Monastery is a Religious Organization & Church. SLM refrains from officially filing for a 501(c)3 status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). However, the IRS recognizes churches automatically as 501(c)3 and SLM will file required church tax forms with the IRS. The IRS is the foundation for the US Government and as the dollar currency belongs to the Federal Reserve, it is their property, and as such, the Federal Reserve may do as they wish with it, including taxing citizens for using it. That said, all Shadow Light Monastery assets, property, and profits of every nature is owned by SLM Divine Council & 1st Council and shall be incorporated into SLM for the betterment of the community. Shadow Light Monastery is a non-revenue producing religious organization. (Online donations and charitable gifts are accepted from members, friends, family, and you as lead by the Most High God.)
ARTICLE 9 AMENDMENTS
This Constitution may be amended, modified or repealed under the following circumstances: A proposal shall be submitted to the 1st Council for two-thirds majority approval. Once approved by the majority members of the 1st Council, the proposal shall be brought before Divine Council and petition for guidance in the matter. Vicegerent of 1st Council reserves all rights, to include veto rights, regarding any amendments of this constitution as lead by Divine Council. At any time where there is less than three people appointed to serve on 1st Council, the Vicegerent of 1st Council, shall make amendments as guided by Divine Council.
ARTICLE 10 DISSOLUTION
In the event of liquidation or dissolution of the Shadow Light Monastery, all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever shall be paid over and transferred to not less than 3 other spiritual organizations that align with SLM beliefs.
ARTICLE 11 RATIFICATION
This constitution shall be ratified and executed by the 1st Council as notarized at its commencement and at such time as amendments are made. This Constitution shall be and is hereby established as the sole “Constitution” for this Monastery. No rules, regulations, bylaws or policies may be established which conflict with this Constitution.
SLM Constitution & Bylaws have been Ratified & Notarized 2015 - 2023.