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    • No Emotion, eh? (Last post by Connor L.)
    • So, I teach Creed 101 at another Jedi Site. I had a student taking the course who completely interpreted the Creed in such a way that it wasn't helpful to her. I pondered for a long time what she had said, and really asked myself how I could help her. This is what I came up with, and I think it's pretty good so I'm sharing. I encourage everybody, including myself, to follow this advice. It came to me from my own teachers, my mental faculties, and from the Force. Quote: Mia, let's have a chat about the code. You are looking at it from a very limited point of view. It's an interesting point of view, but it is very limited. So limited in fact, that it is only within your body. You are reactive to your emotions. When you feel, you act on impulse. When you fear, you lash out. In a way, this is how an animal without complex thinking reacts. To them, emotions are actions. Action --> Stimulus to you --> Emotion --> Reaction. You become the epitome of linear motion. It's rather boring, don't you think? Humans are wonderfully complex beings. We have developed the capability to add a step in the process: Action --> Stimulus to you --> Emotion --> THOUGHT --> Reaction. We can stop our reaction to ponder our emotions. We can view them from the outside. We can analyze. We can write it down. We can internalize and gestate in it. We can meditate on it, we can lash out from it. We have options. What your next step is is this: Ask yourself, "What can I do to better be aware of my emotions". I'd like you to try an exercise. At least for a day, but hopefully as many days as you can muster. Please keep a small journal with you. If you have to, just some torn off paper in your pocket and a pen. Whenever you feel an emotion, stop yourself quietly by shouting in your head: "EMOTION". And, don't react to it. Stop and write it down, whatever it is. "Anger at ___ because ___" "Happiness because ___" Don't react to the good or the bad right away. After you've acknowledged it, then you can either take on that anger again, or you can take on that happiness again. Or whatever the emotion is. When you've done this, you will not have reacted.. you will have CHOSEN your emotion. This is what the Jedi code means when it says: "There is no Emotion; there is peace". We choose our emotions from a peaceful setting. If we take on anger, it is because we are using it as a tool, not because it is using us as a slave. And, would you CHOOSE fear? Is fear necessary? Maybe so. If you become fearful of a gun pointed at you, and you ponder for a split second that this fear might just save your life if you can harness it... then so be it! Use that fear and adrenaline to get you away from the gun. When you do this exercise for a bit, a day or so... you can stop writing it down (which only serves to force you to disconnect from it) and just tell yourself: "Stop, think... Ok, go." When you can detach yourself from your emotions at a whim... when you have the choice to make: You can then find the moments where you can react in time. :D You can get 2 thousand dollars and make the choice immediately to be excited. You can get a letter summoning you to court, and you can CHOOSE either to be sad or happy in spite of it. When you have the power, then you will be in control of your life. When you don't have emotions taking away your freedom... you have the chance to really win. Good luck. -Con.
    • Jedi Altar (Last post by J. K. Barger)
    • Yessss.. Yess.... :evil: :evil: Converted!!! :laugh: AAAAAAmen!!! LOL
    • Why a Jedi Knight ? (Last post by Arcade)
    • Quote: On their initial interview, Matajuro asked Tsukahara Bokuden, "How long will it take me to master the sword?" Bokuden replied, "Oh, about five years if you train very hard." "If I train twice as hard, how long will it take?" inquired Matajuro. "In that case, ten years," retorted Bokuden. This is great. :) Thanks, Mike.
    • The Order of the Good Death (Last post by Edan)
    • Quote: I think the topic may be straying a bit from the actual content of their site though. :P Perhaps, but I think healthy discussion is always good.
    • There is no Death (Last post by Zenchi)
    • Many users of the drug known as DMT report interacting with entities that exhibit intelligence while on a DMT trip, and theorize that the drug could be used as a gate to parallel dimensions. Joe Rogan himself has stated that death could be nothing more than a door to this very same dimension as the brain floods with DMT at or right before the moment of death...
    • Visions (Last post by Whyte Horse)
    • Quote: Okay, I can see where you're going with that, Whyte Horse. I think it's more a matter of how do you deal with the information you are getting from these visions. For some, they will recluse and ignore the outside chaos, because it simply is not where they need to be. For others it is joining the fight against such things they see as detrimental to society. I would be curious to know, what does one do when they have visions which help interpret what they are witnessing and the cycle it is flowing in... I dunno, foresight can be very advantageous. When I was in Bangkok during the revolution, they shut down the mass transit... but I had my scooter all ready to go and was able to get to work and the store. When they jammed traffic with a 10000 car procession, I was able to hop onto the sidewalks and go around or weave in and out. When they flipped over the buses and built tire barricades on the roads I was able to hop onto the canal/sewer boats and go around. I've already setup my home to be self-sufficient and am working on getting out of the US by 2016. I just don't think it will be possible to function in a collapsing society with people stealing your garden vegetables and the possibility of surviving an attack from an armed group are pretty slim. Either way, the gov't will take over eventually. When that happens, they'll scour the NSA database for everything anyone ever said and retroactively persecute anyone they want. So it would be best to just not be inside the country at all.
    • The Nazis (Last post by Whyte Horse)
    • Quote: I can respect a healthy mistrust of the government - of any government. Governments should be held accountable to their people in all respects and at all times, and a people should never become complacent in their regard for the government they have elected to power. I can also agree that a massive portion of this, and other, countries have allowed just that. However, that said, let us look at things as neutrally as possible. It is my concerned opinion that in order to stand any chance of ascertaining the truth in matters such as this (where all the pieces involved are incredibly complicated and difficult to fathom without several degrees in geo-politics and governmental law), the interested observer should do his or her best to remove his or her own beliefs, fears, etc., as far as possible from the situation under observation. I point to this quote in the article posted above: "Snowden, addressing the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, said he did not believe the NSA was engaged in 'nightmare scenarios,' such as the active compilation of a list of homosexuals 'to round them up and send them into camps.' But he did say that the infrastructure allowing this to happen had been built. " Why is the infrastructure in place? That is a valid question, and locating valid proof of this infrastructure should be the next step in this line of inquiry, but I believe that jumping to any conclusion regarding something like this is in itself a dangerous road to follow. That road leads us into ambiguity, uncertainty, fear, paranoia, and a sharp disregard for the importance of fact. Indeed it seems to me to be in the opposite direction that a Jedi, or any concerned critical thinker, should be applying their energies. Follow the story if it concerns you, but follow it dispassionately; with resolve, but not with haste or dogmatic fervor. (Not that anyone was or is - I'm just preachin' here. ;) ) Well, there was a quote that said most classified information can be deduced by connecting the dots. I used to be one of those people that dismissed as a conspiracy theory anything that didn't have solid proof. It turns out that the majority of them were true. The Snowden leaks gave us proof of things that were thought to be science fiction. So I'm just going to connect the dots and deduce the classified info.
    • Jediism... Religion, Chioce or Philosophy.... (Last post by Salvazor)
    • I think that Jediism can be any or all of those things, I definitely see it as a philosophy or a social and ethical system to live your life by. It can function as a religion in that it can perform similar functions such as marriages and offering a world view. Although their is no deity in Jediism just the force, Buddhism and Taoism on a philosophical do not have a monotheistic god to worship, I would defiantly say that Jediism is a religion, for me a way of life.
    • iPhone Calmness Apps (Last post by Edan)
    • I use Insight Timer. ( Plays gongs at the beginning and end of a period of time so you can time your meditation. It has other things but that's all I use it for.

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