The PRAXIS Way is a mindset that governs daily living; a set of time-worn principles we use to filter our daily choices to increase our general happiness and level of success in life. The PRAXIS Way is not a reinvented wheel, which is why it can work for those who practice it. It is essentially a refined collection of the most important proven practical wisdom from western (and coinciding eastern) philosophical and intellectual history.
We have no power crystals that tap into the harmonic energies of the earth; no mental gymnastics or affirmation tantriks, nor is there secret knowledge from hidden masters newly unveiled.
Instead, the PRAXIS Way challenges individuals to consistently consider PRAXIS principles, declarations, and canons for daily living when facing the dozens of choices we make each day. By asking simple questions (e.g., ”Who do I say that I am? Am I putting others first? What is true in this situation? How am I honoring my oath?” ), PRAXIS members re-frame life, and begin to experience happiness and successes that are real, rewarding, and sustainable, while at the same time avoiding the consequences of poor decision-making and the unhappiness that can cause.
The PRAXIS Way begins with an oath - a commitment. Members who take this oath are held accountable. Without commitment, and without accountability, there is little, if any, genuine empowerment. Studies show that institutions that regularly lift up their ethics and honor codes and hold people accountable have greater levels of adherence and more successful programs. At PRAXIS, the oath is the gateway, and the foundation:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that from this day forward I will, to the best of my ability, live each day according to the Declarations and Canons of PRAXIS, without exception. I make this oath willingly and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and now declare that I am, and will always be, in private as well as public life, a person of Honor, Truth-telling, and Integrity, and a person of my word, so help me God.”
What is the essential purpose for life? Just what does it mean to be “successful”? How are we to live? The answers are found in the PRAXIS Declarations and Canons:
l PRAXIS declares that “Honor” is living a life of Integrity, Truth-telling, and Putting Others First. Honor is essential to Happiness. To live in this manner is to live in harmony with the earth, and is among the highest purposes of all human beings.
l PRAXIS declares that “Success” is not the acquisition of personal wealth, power, position or fame, but is instead a life lived rightly and well. Wealth, position, fame and power may flow from a life lived honorably and well, but those ends are not the purpose for living.
l PRAXIS declares that when the pursuit of wealth, power, position, or fame become the sole goal of a person’s life, that person has broken the sacred covenant that exists between Nature and Nature’s God, namely, in exchange for the gift of Life, human beings are obligated to live honorably, in harmony with Nature.
l PRAXIS declares that any person who so desires, regardless of their past, can begin anew. PRAXIS will never seek personal histories or probe into any member’s life prior to joining the organization… what is past is past. In PRAXIS, everyone has a second chance at life.
l Canon 1 : Members of PRAXIS will be honorable, forthright and truthful in all that they say and do. In speaking the truth, as they sincerely understand it, members will do so with kindness, and will not intentionally hurt or cause undue harm to anyone.
l Canon 2 : Members of PRAXIS will match their words with actions at all times and in all places, even if in doing so, the result may not always be to their immediate perceived advantage.
l Canon 3 : Members of PRAXIS will not cheat.
l Canon 4 : Members of PRAXIS will respect all others, make no promises that they do not intend to fulfill, and put other people first as much as possible in life.
l Canon 5 : Members of PRAXIS will support other PRAXIS members in both word and deed whenever possible.
l Canon 6 : Members of PRAXIS will strive to aid all those who suffer injustice, wherever and whenever possible.
l Canon 7 : Members of PRAXIS will always seek to improve their understanding of Honor, Integrity, and Truth through education, training, and personal growth.
l Canon 8 : Members share the PRAXIS Way with friends, family and co-workers, and advocate corporate or public policies that uphold PRAXIS principles. Members will oppose corporate or public policies that are contrary to PRAXIS principles.
l Canon 9 : Members of PRAXIS will seek out those who may be capable of following the PRAXIS Way, and encourage them to join PRAXIS.