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    • Jedi creed (doubt and faith) (Last post by Targeran Arynal)
    • Quote: After all, it is presented in a parallelism of opposites with the negative preceding the positive and to the end of knowledge and study I, too, would think that faith and doubt, if be there at all, ought be reversed. Doubt and faith are allusions to the dual nature of reality as the human consciousness experiences it, positive and negative being more archetypal terms for the same thing, like yin and yang. Doubt is generally considered negative, it is a lack (def. verb to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief; note all the 'un's), where as faith is positive, it is having something beyond more than instinct experiences of the human animal. Does it surprise you that Jedi emphasize the positive? Perhaps you have not being paying attention around here. Truth be told we will never escape duality in this lifetime, and the courageous and wise path is to make a choice; not that you have to make the same choice every time, each new circumstance you face has it's own choice. But Jedi go out of their way to make the positive choice as often as they can, in those ambiguous situations where a case can made for either the positive or the negative, Jedi will always lean toward choosing the positive. One choice must be made, the opposites are mutually exclusive and in this life and reality as experienced by human consciousness you can't have both at the same time. But ultimately the opposites are dependent on each other, you can't have one without the other. There will always be valid criticism to make for either choice because either one of them is only half of the big picture. If faith and doubt were reversed in the Creed, you would try your didactics on that, too. But the Force is with a Jedi always. Really Gisteron, dualistic jujitsu? Get with the program. ;)
    • Recurring Dreams (Last post by Streen)
    • I'm not sure I have recurring dreams, but I do have recurring themes. Like not being able to find a bathroom, missing my bus, being late for a class, can't remember my locker combination... I'm not a high school student, but the impression of it has dug deep into my subconscious.
    • FAQ Update (Last post by Akkarin)
    • I have updated one of the rules listed on the FaQ as some of the wording was a little unclear. FAQ 24: Rules: Links and Linking: Spoiler: Quote: If you want to post a funny video, use the appropriate section (humour). Found a good source of information or an e-book then post it in an appropriate place and or notify the Librarian. You should be able to find an appropriate sub forum for anything you wish to post. If you’re unsure about the suitability of a link then please ask a senior member (Knight or higher) for advice. If you wish to post a link to your own site or a sales site then get permission from an administrator. There really is no 'limit' on the number of links, however generally the material linked to is the property and expressions of the original artist. It may very well communicate your feelings or thoughts however, continued linking and abuse of the ability is frowned upon. If it gets excessive enough we may ask you to refrain from making links. We appreciate the message being sent but there is always room for interpretation and would really prefer for members to use their own words and descriptions. Blatant spam however will be deleted if it is found on the site (with the possibility of your account being blocked). If you are unsure of whether or not a post or link is suitable or not please don't hesitate to ask a senior member or above (Knight and higher) for advice. The Miscellaneous Forum is considered an 'anything' goes area. But if the post, or material, could be considered 'adult' then please make this clear in the title (eg. 'WARNING 18 RATED). Here are some simple rules of thumb to abide by: if you think it could offend then it probably will or if you think whether or not you would be happy for an 8 year old child (your own or a relative etc) to see/hear the material then don’t post it This is a family and public forum so please keep this in mind. One extra note however, pornography will not be tolerated in anyway shape or form. Spoiler: Quote: Blatant spam will be deleted if it is found on the site (with the possibility of your account being blocked). If you’re unsure about the suitability of a link then please ask a senior member (Knight or higher) for advice. If the post, or material, could be considered 'mature' then please make this clear in the title (eg. 'WARNING 18 RATED), however blatant pornography will be deleted. Please use the appropriate forum when linking material. If you want to post a funny video you can use the Humour sub-forum. The Miscellaneous Forum is considered an 'anything' goes area. If you wish to post a link to your own site or a sales site then get permission from a Councillor. There really is no 'limit' on the number of links, however generally the material linked to is the property of the original artist. It may very well communicate your feelings or thoughts however, continued linking and abuse of the ability is frowned upon. If it gets excessive enough we may ask you to refrain from making links. Here are some rules of thumb to abide by: if you think it could offend then it probably will, or if you think whether or not you would be happy for an 8 year old child (your own or a relative etc) to see/hear the material then don’t post it. This is a family and public forum so please keep this in mind. www.templeofthejediorder.org/faq#Rules
    • Pathfinder (D&D) Tabletop Campaign (Last post by Akkarin)
    • Quote: As these type games are very "hero adventure-esqe", I hope that the quandaries and difficult decisions are discussed sidebar (think, what would a Jedi do? what would a Dark Jedi do, what would a [fictional] Sith do)... Jestor you should play role-playing games...
    • Looking for initiate study partners! (Last post by Gisteron)
    • Well because of the "not everyone" bit, I didn't call them children to me to preach any sermons to them. I specifically designed my policy such that only those would ask who either know what they are doing or have the approval of one or all the TOTJO training masters whose opinion they value. I'm not here to "poison your youth" or anything. That is part of the reason why I don't go out to discuss the IP with newcomers who may or may not be secure about even being here nor do I post my latest take on it in public. I did have a journal once and I did complete the IP back in that day. I was however somewhat different from who I am today, so looking over my backups I'm not sure I agree with all of the personal evaluations I made. It is astonishing, looking back, how much change one could see in some cases. I think if I was a training master I would have at least an optional lesson toward the end where the apprentice would scan over her early journal entries and reflect on what has changed since then.
    • Yoga (Last post by Adder)
    • Quote: Quote: Contemporary Yoga might have taken a lot of the poses and used them for flexibility and exercise uses, where a hold might relieve the tension more effectively then a moment in movement into and out of a stretched position. That's my thoughts on it. Some positions I see in videos etc are held, but in classes they are all held. I wonder if perhaps it is a country thing, I am in the UK for classes but all videos I see are American. Cultural difference in interpretation maybe? Probably everyone is a bit different. Video's might be instructional and therefore hold positions a bit longer to demonstrate better for the audience. Also some people do Yoga as a calisthenics type of exercise which seem not to hold at all, almost like a cardio exercise banging out reps of full range motion!! For introductory Yoga it seems usual to approach a position and not reach it due to inflexibility, and then hold it a bit to help stretch out the muscles, fascias, ligaments etc as a way to get better at Yoga and improve flexibility more generally. I think there are benefits to that, as sometimes pain can be associated to imbalances in different muscles groups or stress etc. It is not my area though, its just a hobby my partner 'puts me through' occasionally. :S :)
    • Down's Syndrome... (Last post by tzb)
    • Quote: Seems strange that the same person can believe these three things: -abortion is a right -aborting babies just because they're different is a wrong -You don't do things like me and I don't like your ways: go away! I don't think that's strange (or accurate of any view expressed here, but whatever). To me it suggests your initial assertion Quote: Of all the abortions people can have, you can categorize them in two groups: - Because I don't want it (Or now's not the right time)or because it's my body and I do what I want (yet somehow people aren't quite as keen when it comes to chopping their own legs off: these are actual parts of their body) - Because there's something wrong with the baby or pregnancy. is incorrect. Quote: just like when it comes to your limbs, the one that makes sense to remove is the one with the disease. A poor choice of straw man given most people will do whatever possible to keep a limb, diseased or not.
    • Live Service - Thursday 28th August - 19 UTC (Last post by Connor L.)
    • Hi all! I will be holding a live service on the 28th at 19UTC. To find out what your time will be: www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime...t+28&iso=20140828T19 The topic is going to be: Discipline in the face of Chaos. [The Complexity of Cause and Effect]
    • Violence and Jedi (Last post by Cabur Senaar)
    • Just to avoid confusion, the first post if mine was a passage written by Marc MacYoung. I do not agree with him 100%, though I find him to be an important voice in discussing the dynamics of violence. More to the point, I would not want to take credit for the man's work. That said, I have encountered people who have a pacifying effect on an environment. It is a powerful thing to see.
    • [WARNING 18+/NSFW] 50 Shades of Gay (Last post by jedi_roz)
    • Quote: Wow this really degenerated fast :whistle: :lol: A bunch of naughty little monkeys we have here...and here I've been restraining myself.... :( Very proud to be a naughty little monkey.... More fun that way!
    • Unquestioned belief (Last post by rugadd)
    • Really, ideally, one should take it all as it is when its presented, with no pretense, including ones reactions. Its the only way we can ever really see who we are. My wife, even now during our Dark Times( :unsure: ) challenges my thinking(or lack thereof) and disillusions my beliefs constantly. It is ALWAYS uncomfortable, but I have learned it hurts less and I grow more when I accept her perspective and logic. I'm intuition most of the time and she always has atleast 5 sources before she brings something up to me...even my personal habits...

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