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    • Today is a good day (Last post by Doomeniek)
    • Hey all, having a lunch break on the balcony of my ward, Today is a good day! The sun is out and feeling happy, thought id share it! [attachment] [attachment] Enjoy!
    • "The Way of the Knight of Jedi Realism" ... (Last post by Brenna)
    • Quote: LOL it is simple but complex but either way it is a perfectly understandible question. Jediism is seem more as a religious aspect. It's focus is more on the mental aspect of things and sees concepts from a religious point of view. For example here at TOTJO you have 2 programs to choice from. The first is the simple knighting process offered by most "JEDI" sites/forums (by simple i do not mean easy but instead I meant a similar training type program) which is great however their other focus leans more towards the site being a church and their members being legally ordained to perform a number of religious services. Upper totjo would like to say that little was taken from the Star Wars aspects, however when you look at much of the Doctrine it is clear that a lot of extended universe/legacy books were used in comming up with it. Jedi Realism looks at the fiction of the star wars and applies the practical aspects. We see it more as a spiritual path or a way of life. We focus on the triquatra of training (Mind, Body, and Spirit) Many who practice Jedi Realism or more prone to the guardian aspect and dedicate time each day to physical training be it strength and cardio training as well as martial art discipline to one degree or another. From a outside looking in the two paths would appear the same but the small differances is what makes us unique from each other. A example I can use is Taekwondo. In TKD we have 3 groups. The first is a independant group, the next is the World Taekwondo Federation and the last is the International Taekwondo Federation. From a pure martial aspect with exception of poomse, aka forms both ITF, and WTF look the exact same, however it is the tradition of the arts and understood history that makes the styles very different from each other. Now i will admit that as i said earlier I am a Jedi Realist and I will answer any questions as it pertains to that path, and in truth my blog talk show, podcast or dedicated to Jedi Realism, however I still see value in Jediism and I will give totjo credit for holding to that aspect as they have thus far. If this does not answer your question let me know or if you have more I will certainly be willing to answer any questions you may have. So what is it called when you have both concepts as one?
    • My vision for a United Jedi Order (Last post by Calanon)
    • Quote: Quote: Quote: During a operation my unit was dispatched and found a place where children were being used as sex slaves.. When I saw a little boy and I mean like 6 years old being double teamed by 2 grown men you know what I did? put a bullet in them and then you know what got me in a shit ton of trouble? when after 3 children we saved begged me to kill them as well to save them from the shame of what had happened to them I did as they had asked. When my wife was raped by three men because she married to an american my father in law would have had them killed anyways but it was my job to do it and I did it..not out of revenge or vengeance but because in my culture it is the right thing to do..My world has been very violent and dark for a very long time so thats why there is a violent response in me when it comes to things.. You claim to be the Jedi Messiah, but admit to murdering seven people. How do you define murder? Murder is killing and removing the life force of another. It is not to any human to decide who lives and who dies. That is no more than vigilante justice. Now. As to this nonsense about disposing of weapons used to kill people I will not keep silent about it. To dispose of weapons you need weapons. Because you will have to force everyone who disagrees with disposing of the weapons to submit to such an act. Then when all the good, law abiding citizens are unarmed, the criminals who pretended to give up all their weaponry will go on a rampage and crime will go up. Murder will be rampant. Rape will occur all the time. But it goes further. Let's suppose for a moment that you succeed in getting rid of all the weapons in existence. There will be no humans at all left alive. There will be no substance at all. No rocks, not trees, no earth. No water. No fire. Nothing. Have you even considered the scope of this idea? Mankind has been finding ways to kill since before there were guns and knives and spears. They killed with rocks, and water, and fire. They've been killing almost since the dawn of time. Even the human body itself is a lethal weapon, which you ought to know. You claim to be military. Or at least former military. If your training was done right, then you already know I could kill you 10+ ways with a toothpick without batting an eye. Not all peaceful Jedi are non-militant. Traditional Peace-keeping methods are very violent. Jedi at peace are often that way for good reason. In other words, it is not possible in any way, shape or form, to remove all weapons used to kill people, without the slaughter you are trying to prevent by removing them. The solutions you are putting forth to end the violence will only cause more in the process. You need to think these things through.
    • HAPPINESS (Last post by MikeBudo)
    • Greetings Each Bows I have copied a few items here and added my own thoughts. Hope you like it. It has helped me when my PTSD has a pop at taking over my existence :) A common goal in life (I would hope) is probably happiness. This is a tricky situation because happiness isn’t just one state of being, it’s within the mind, the self. It’s the ability to take what life has given you and to personalize it in a way that benefits you. If you work at happiness, maybe (just maybe), you will find something that satisfies you temporarily. Honestly, happiness is simply a by-product of living a loving, meaningful life. I do not think there is a guide, rules, or manual that will teach anyone how to live a “happy” life. There is advice, however, that can teach you how to approach certain situations to gain the best result. “Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happiness, but the truth is, it always comes from within.” – Anonymous True happiness comes from surrounding yourself with people whom you love and love you in return. If the people you surround yourself with are bringing you down, then you should avoid them. You should eliminate the negative in your life, you will be that much happier. Why would you choose to spend time with people that are holding you back when you can surround yourself with people that can elevate you? One of the biggest challenges in life is learning to accept people for who they truly are. Once you realize that your expectations cannot change people, the better off you will be. The problem will arise when the expectations do not materialize. If you find that you are going out of your way much more than the people you surround yourself with, it may be time to make some adjustments. I may suffer with PTSD but I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. Misery, torment unhappiness, sadness even fear are only born out of our own perceptions. Some of these feelings are thoughts and therefore not fact. It can be so hard to make real progress in life when you are stumbling over old hurdles. Looking at your immediate surroundings and finding there is something that is not bringing value and meaning to your life, then get rid of it. Do not feel obligated to hold on to something that is only making you miserable. You owe it to yourself to lead the best possible existence you can muster up. You, and only you, are in control of your happiness and when you choose to expand your mind and to focus on the good, you will be happier. Obviously it is different for everyone we are all unique, but once you stop looking for excuses as to why you cannot be happy, you will find so many reasons as to why you can. People make these justifications to prevent themselves from achieving greatness. This is a horrible mistake to make in life because all you are doing is sabotaging yourself. “I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.” - Louise Hay Everything you experience throughout the course of your life is unique to you, since your perception is what is shaping your reality. Expectation in others can lead to misgivings. I think this is because you falsely assumed someone’s behaviour would match your expectations. What happens when you realize the complete and utter error of your ways? You grow increasingly upset because you cannot wrap your mind around why someone would behave in this manner. That’s because you could never do something like that, so it’s difficult to understand the reasoning behind someone else’s actions. That is their way and you cannot police everyone. You can do things that will make you happy in the sense by gauging a situation. If circumstances will upset you, then you need to avoid them; actively realize what brings you joy and what brings you sadness. This is a way to ensure a happy existence. There is virtually no simpler way to recognize this. Something either brings you pain or pleasure and the things that bring you pleasure are what you should dedicate your time to. “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead.” -Marjorie Pay Hinckley. Focusing on the present moment is crucial; if you spend your time wallowing in the past or worrying about the future, you are only going to stress yourself out. Actively engage yourself in what you are currently doing and immerse yourself fully. Appreciate the fact that you are able to do whatever it is you are doing and realize how fortunate you are in shaping your own life. “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson Learn to depend on yourself rather than others to bring you fulfillment. Only once you are happy on your own, can you hope to share your happiness with others. If you don’t, your unhappiness will resurface and manifest itself in destructive ways. You cannot hope to have any sort of successful relationship, whether it’s in the platonic sense, romantic sense or business sense. If you aren’t comfortable with yourself, how do you ever expect any relationship to flourish? I always use the saying. Do not search for happiness all you will become is very good at searching. Practice being happy and you will be 
    • Jediism, connect multiple communitys and orders. [... (Last post by Aqua)
    • Quote: I courious, 32 votes out of how many active people? I'd like to know how many people see/view the survey if it's possible? Does anyone have an idea how many people are active on the forum? Maybe an estimated range or how many unique visits/posts a week or something like that? 32 out of 32 active voting means something different from 32 out of 1,000 Rickie, it is not the point of 32 out of xx the point is that I want a good understanding of the active members that are interested. People who are interested can vote, people who are neutral can and people who are dislike it should vote to. The big idea behind this is to get some basic numbers that will support my pre-plan that I want to make. If the temple vote against the plan, there will not be a pre-plan. No support means not creating a plan. If the temple vote with the plan, there will be a consideration for a plan. Still it does not mean it will be there because a vote says it.. Voting is just a number.. To help me understanding the wishes of the temple :) To know if what I want to do is useful :3
    • How can we be taken seriously? (Last post by Akkarin)
    • Quote: "Jediism" is not a copyrighted name, we would probably just call ourselves "Jediists". Temple of the Jediist Order and such. I misread John's post - whoops :P

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