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    • The Egg (Last post by CryojenX)
    • This story is amazing, it's like you probed inside my heart and pulled out truths that I was aware of all my life, but had only recently begun to recognize. Thank you for sharing. :)
    • Posting Pictures (Last post by RyuJin)
    • my galaxy lets me upload directly to the site....not every site is able to do that though so sometimes i have to upload to photobucket then just copy/paste the link from there....
    • The Sixth Extinction (Last post by Locksley)
    • A positive outlook was what I started it on: Quote: Our intelligence and our technology have given us the power to affect the climate. How will we use this power? Are we willing to tolerate ignorance and complacency in matters that affect the entire human family? Do we value short-term advantages above the welfare of the Earth? Or will we think on longer time scales, with concern for our children and our grandchildren, to understand and protect the complex life-support systems of our planet? The Earth is a tiny and fragile world. It needs to be cherished. [ Source ] ~Carl Sagan So, yes, I did start this with hearing positive possibilities, as well as various concerns (and possible solutions to those concerns). Actually I tried to leave it pretty open-ended, but I certainly started it with a note of positivity directed at solutions to issues we face. "In any case, this thread was hardly geared toward solutions" isn't quite accurate.
    • The End of Casual Christianity (Last post by Alan)
    • To build and dwell within is what humans do. Like us, the sacred dwells amidst all that is. May faiths build a place for their sacred and what that sacred is will determine the dwelling's purpose. A gathering place. A temple to house the deity. An expression of beliefs held. Some buildings are mirrors of the cosmos, like Hindu and Buddhist temples or American Plains Indian teepees. Some religions have no building, like the ancient Zoroastrians, but only a fire altar upon the hilltop. Christian sacred space is within church walls and is of a different theological quality than the profane world outside. The Muslim's prayer rug is a representation of the Garden of Eden where, like Paradise itself, puts the believer in direct contact through prayer with Allah the Merciful. Some sacred places have buildings erected there and the myth of that place is represented in the temple, as in Shinto. Theology informs architecture.
    • On Self Knowledge (and The Jedi Path) (Last post by Aqua)
    • Quote: On Self-Knowledge - Kahlil Gibran Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights. But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge. You would know in words that which you have always known in thought. You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams. And it is well you should. The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea; And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes. But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure; And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line. For self is a sea boundless and measureless. Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth." Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path." For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself like a lotus of countless petals. Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky Are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass. -zen poem quote
    • How to get a group started? (Last post by Aqua)
    • It is always easy to split people intro 'Us vs them' Would it be an art to remove or decrease that feeling? Would it be an art to shape people by helping them to accept who they are, to act as a listening ear? More important is that the youth section could be a 'them' to, but I do not hear problems often.. Maybe there are, not mine to know, but if a system is really needed it should get a change to proof itself. But i do not know how many members there are, that are requesting such groups. It is always possible to connect one or more dedicated and trusted members with other people, like a buddy system. If groups are one step to far, and the demand is not high. A buddy could ensure a save way to talk about multiple subjects.
    • TotJO Audio/Video Sermons (Last post by Kamizu)
    • Post your audio or video sermons here! For information on how to get your sermons uploaded to the TotJO YouTube channel, please contact Akkarin or I. If your videos are listed as private, you are welcome to place them under the "Hide texts from Guests" code.
    • Wonders of our Doctrine.. (Last post by Locksley)
    • Well, some of the 'roots of Jediism' are found in the IP. Mostly the roots of Jediism as related to the films can be found in whatever interested George Lucas at the time he was writing the script! :woohoo: He was especially enamored with Japanese culture - and many of his ideas in terms of filming and story construction evolved after watching Akira Kurosawa's early work. Through that we find a wealth of quasi-mythological things planted into the Star Wars world, along with certain aspects of Lucas's own personal history and evolving psyche. But there's a reason Campbell liked it all so much - in stealing random ideas from history, mythology, and other directors films, Lucas ended up creating something which linked itself smoothly through popular culture back into relevant human mythologies that had existed for many times longer than the silver screen. Really there is no basis for Jediism in Star Wars - alone, at any rate. Star Wars is just a launching platform built on much older ideas and philosophies - a translating program if you will, that allows us modern animals renewed access to deeper levels of thought than "how much gas/petrol costs per gallon/liter this week," or whether or not we paid the rent on time. There were certainly many belief systems before Star Wars that espoused various similar traits to Jediism, but Jediism could only arise as this self-aware beast because of the films. Having it's staple terminology granted from a pop-culture icon allows Jediism a certain breath of self-awareness that I'm not sure all religions or forms of 'spiritual'-inquiry have access to; a certain humor about itself. So yes, I think that Jediism and Star Wars share several roots. One of the most prominent is the terminology Jediism takes from Star Wars. The next most-prominent would be the various eastern mythology and methodology aspects built into the Star Wars concept, which Jediism then follows further to the actual - non-fictional - roots. Then there are aspects of western mythology and methodology - again, which Jediism attempts to understand the source of.

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