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    • Discussion 0 - Introduction to the Monomyth (Last post by Proteus)
    • Quote: 1. Re-read Campbell's four functions of mythology. Now think about a myth which is important to you (feel free to use Star Wars, another example I gave, or any other beloved myth). Does it satisfy the four functions? How so? I’ve chosen the movie “Willow” (1988) as it was my personal childhood legend growing up (also a Lucas Film). In the movie, Willow Ufgood, the main character, leaves his village and sets out on a journey, to deliver a prophetically special human baby to a kingdom. His journey transforms him from a typical farmer into a heroic sorcerer who learns about a world of magic, loyalty, love, faith and perseverance along the way. Metaphysical Function: The story of Willow clearly depicts this “awakening” to a bigger (and dangerous) world, where he has to learn how to survive against an assortment of circumstances involving both dark and light magic. Cosmological Function: I’m not sure how to interpret the idea of the “shape of the universe” here, at least not externally. I would instead translate this to being the shape of one’s “subjective universe”, within the main character. Willow discovers both newly found strengths and weaknesses about himself that evolve his perception of himself and his role in the world around him. Sociological Function: In Willow’s world, his race is typically mocked and looked down upon, having been given the racial slur “peck” by the human race (known as “Daikini”). Through the first half the movie, the Daikini regularly approach him in this manner until after a certain point in his journey where his deeds begin to prove that a little “nobody Elwyn farmer” can become great, and even a legend, among his world. Pedagogical Function: Willow is guided by at least one character (I see even two here actually). The first one is the Elwyn wizard, High Aldwin, who inspires Willow to contemplate his potential to be great, as well as helping to set Willow on his journey across the land. The next one is a good sorceress by the name of Fin Raziel, who teaches him how to use Cherlindrea's Wand, to reverse an animal-transformation curse on Fin. In the last half of the film, Fin inspires Willow to believe in himself and to face his greatest fears in the event of an intense battle against the evil Queen Bavmorta. What I especially loved about this story, is near the ending, where Willow defeats Queen Bavmorta, simply using a little magician trick he already knew before he ever set out on his journey. It is depicted in this kind of scenario that the knowledge, potential, and power for success does not come from the journey itself, but is instead, simply realized from within along the way. The wise irony of these kinds of stories, is that while the supporting characters are seen as “epic” and “great” in nature, the hero him/herself is a actually very simple, “un-epic” individual, with a loving, light heart, showing that the secrets and powers to life are found most aptly in this very nature of man. Quote: 2. Homer wrote the Odyssey around 700BC. George Lucas wrote Star Wars in the 1970s, over 2500 years later. Both were successful in creating enduring, beloved myths. Why do you think both followed the same structure? What does this tell you about the writers? How about the audience? I think both of these stories were successful because the structure of the hero’s journey that is depicted in them subconsciously (and mythologically) mirrors what we as the audience goes through in our own lives. Because of this, we find ourselves able to relate on some personally acknowledged level, with the main character. The story then becomes immediately attractive to us. I feel that we subconsciously look toward that story to find an understanding about what we go through in our own lives, from a different perspective, even if we don’t know it. Quote: 3. Read this article on the collective unconscious. How do you feel about it? Does the collective unconscious seem like a realistic idea to you? How does it relate to a belief in the Force? Considering what we have learned in countless fields of knowledge (physics, psychology, mythology, world history, religion, and even math), it seems more than apparent, the connection everything has. From the fact that all things are made from essentially the same thing (energy sourcing back to the big bang, etc), that we all come from the same place (or the same happening), I see no way to disprove the collective unconscious. Even on the strictly human-being level of nature, all of our DNA shares patterns between each of us that shows just one level of our connection. It is one scientifically observed nature of, for example, empathy, from which triggers when we watch or hear about stories that express the hero’s journey. Quote: “In this way there arises a consciousness which is no longer imprisoned in the petty, over-sensitive, personal world of the ego, but participates freely in the wider world of objective interests. This widened consciousness is no longer that touchy, egotistical bundle of personal wishes, fears, hopes, and ambitions which always has to be compensated or corrected by unconscious counter-tendencies; instead, it is a function of relationship to the world of objects, bringing the individual into absolute, binding, and indissoluble communion with the world at large. ["The Function of the Unconscious," CW 7, par. 275.]” I feel this above passage explains something especially enlightening in terms of the question “So what does any of this mean for me? What does it have to do with anything in particular and how could I possibly use this information in my life?” I feel this above passage very explicitly explains why TOTJO exists, and why the religious approach to being a Jedi is prominent and important here. It is not that we intend to distinguish ourselves from the rest of the world as much as we intend to acknowledge the teachings of Jediism in the light of what this above passage explains: To become aware of our communion with each other and the universe for the purpose of living life without being trapped in the illusions of our ego and discover and embrace the larger, more significant image of what we are a part of. Quote: 4. The Hero's Journey tells the tale of a single person undergoing challenges and becoming something greater than they were for the benefit of that which they believe in. How does this relate to the Temple of the Jedi Order, and your personal path as a Jedi? I feel the nature of this community and what it stands for is easily compatible with the structure of the hero’s journey. A new member discovers the temple, likely during the beginning phase of their journey (whether on their first cycle of it or even their fifth). What they find in the doctrine speaks to how they feel and what they wish to obtain in virtue, but which is challenged by their current life obstacles. It acknowledges their personal journey. Connecting with the members through various means (conversation, sharing, sermons, apprenticeships, etc) provides an opportunity to be guided whether formally or informally in an intention of evolving our awareness of ourselves and our connection to everything. Our self awareness can be found partly in observing the interactions with patterns of other members here. Our connection to everything can be realized partly through the underlying patterns that we find in everyone we interact with, and further, in everything in our environment both online and off.
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    • HAPPINESS (Last post by MikeBudo)
    • Greetings Each Bows Some more :) The Magic Of Positive Thinking/The Power Of The Subconscious Mind The magic of positive thinking is real. Adopting behaviours like positive self talk and daily positive affirmations can change the brain's structure and ultimately influence the subconscious mind. So how does the power of positive thinking work its magic in your mind? Together, the conscious and subconscious minds direct the show that is your life. So altering their function will lead to new and different ways of being. Let's begin with a few definitions: The Subconscious Mind: It's worth noting that the "subconscious mind" I'm speaking of, is what Freud called the "unconscious mind". There is no subconscious mind in psychoanalysis. It is more of a new age, self development term. So when referring to the subconscious mind, I'm talking about that part of the mind that stores feelings, perceptions, complexes, beliefs and desires that are all outside of our conscious awareness, yet have a powerful influence over the actions and behaviours we take in every moment. The unconscious mind is associated with the dreaming, reflecting, meditating and sleeping state. It is intuitive, easily making associations and connections between thoughts, ideas and feelings. It does your perceiving and feeling. The Conscious Mind: The conscious mind is the antithesis of the subconscious mind. It does all of your intellectual thinking. It's the part of your mind responsible for your self-talk, the endless stream of mind chatter that can on occasion almost send you crazy. The conscious mind likes logical order and sequential information. It likes things to make sense, to have reason. At any one time, the conscious mind can manage awareness of about seven or eight bits of information. The Magic Of Positive Thinking: The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind While we like to think we have conscious control over what we attract, what we do in life, and how we behave, the truth is, the subconscious has most of the control. So when you aren't attracting what you want in life, it's an indication that unconsciously you have low expectations for yourself. Even if on a conscious level you make every effort to achieve something, unless your unconscious carries synergistic expectations, then it will be difficult to achieve. The Magic Of Positive Thinking: Programming The Subconscious Mind Information is received by the subconscious mind from the conscious mind. Your conscious mind perceives the world through your senses. It then attaches a judgment to these thoughts that creates a feeling. The feeling is then lodged into your unconscious mind as a belief. Since all of your unconscious beliefs were first conscious thoughts, it stands to reason that you can change or reprogram your subconscious mind by actively adopting new thinking. This is where the magic of positive thinking comes into play! Using The Magic Of Positive Thinking To Impact Your Life Become aware of your negative programming and beliefs. For example, perhaps growing up you were teased (as so many kids are) about a facial feature or your sports ability. And now, no matter what you do, you cannot see yourself as anything but ugly or anything but a klutz. In each of these cases, the negative beliefs you want to reprogram are "I am ugly" and "I am a klutz". Activate the power of positive thinking: start feeding your conscious mind with new beliefs. At this stage, it's not important that you agree with your new belief, what's important is that it's motivating to you and you'd like to believe it to be true. So in each case, the new beliefs you would want to instill in yourself are "I am truly beautiful, inside and out" and "I am good at sports/I am comfortable in my body". Continue feeding your mind stimulus that aligns with these statements. Meditation (especially binaural brain beat meditations and hypnosis are like super vitamins at this.) They help you achieve a relaxed state where its much easier to accept and integrate positive self talk. You can also incorporate positive daily affirmations and visualization exercises to help make change more rapid. Overtime, as you keep feeding yourself new positive stimulus the negative thoughts you've become so used to hearing will become quieter. Through repeated exposure to your new beliefs, you will start to change your perception of yourself in these areas. At first you'll notice the change in small things. Perhaps you'll decide to take up a sport or if you're belief was that you are ugly, perhaps you'll notice that you suddenly feel more sexy and confident and you might start to dress differently to reflect this. The main point to remember is that you can practice the magic of positive thinking in your life by controlling what thoughts you focus on. It's not an over claim to say that positive thinking is one of the best self help solutions available. It can do wonders for your life.
    • How can we be taken seriously? (Last post by Alan)
    • Myth is the narrative embodiment of an idea and the idea I want to discuss here as the essence of Jediism is Source (henceforth capitalized). If I were to suggest a replacement for Jedi, it would be some variation on Source. Each narrative expression is an attempt to mythologize, symbolize and analogize the nature of the Source. The apprehension of the Source is through the categories through which humans perceive the world, but the Source is itself beyond all the categories of thought and language. All things arise from and return to the source; that ubiquitous power that manifests all that is, whatever its title or name (Energy, Shakti, Force, Mana, Being, Wakonda, Void, or God). Each variation of the adventure is an unchosen expression of the unconscious. Each myth of the hero expresses but one grammar, written in our DNA. Each is a particular vocabulary of the infinite combination of possibilities of our shared human embodiment. "And so, to grasp the full value of the mythological figures that have come down to us, we must understand that they are not only symptoms of the unconscious (as indeed are all human thoughts and acts) but also controlled and intended statements of certain spiritual principles, which have remained constant throughout the course of human history as the form and nervous structure of the human physique itself" (Campbell, Hero With a Thousand Faces, 257). The symbolism of mythology has psychological significance, but not only that because its is mediated by our embodiment. Thought and language arise also from our embodiment. Myth, is always more than simply a story, it is a narrative that chronicles the path of the hero traversing a spiritual landscape to find the Source. The hero’s adventure is the rediscovery of the nature of the universe, that is, from whence it comes to us as mediated by our perception. Whether the hero is finding the magical object, arriving at the garden of perfection, drinking the elixir of life, receiving special powers, rescuing those held captive, returning to the lost paradise, or achieving an illuminating insight: she or he is Everyman seeking to know and accept the place of the human being in the cosmos. In it is found the profoundest depths of the human condition. The Source is to be understood as both the essence of the universe and also that of the human reality. Understanding, “emerges from interaction, from constant negotiation with the environment and other people. It emerges in the following way: the nature of our bodies and our physical and cultural environment imposes a structure on our experience…” (Lakoff and Johnson, Metaphors We Live By, 230).
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    • Quote: That's one of the things I enjoy about you most, Hannigan. I never feel like I have to worry about how your self esteem is doing. When am I going to be a guest on your show? Well i am taking this sunday off from "Jedi Realist Radio Presents" and i will start my new Series next sunday where i will be talking about concepts from Living the Martial Way book. I will give you a outline of dates times and subjects and you are welcome to jump on any show you like. This goes for anyone if you want to call in I would love to have you.

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