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    • My vision for a United Jedi Order (Last post by Alethea Thompson)
    • Getting judged based on a hypothetical.... Let me give you a hypothetical. You're on an 87 foot cutter, the second smallest cutter in the Coast Guard. You get a call from someone stating a bomb on the cutter will go off in 1 minute what is your VERY FIRST reaction? Three different people have 3 different responses: 1) Get off the cutter as fast as possible. 2) Ask where the bomb is located. Don't hang up the phone (in accordance with standard operating procedures, which dictates a general bomb threat) 3) Don't hang up the phone (in accordance with standard operating procedures, which dictates a general bomb threat) Which one was the answer the board wants to hear, the one given by the newest recruit, and which one came from the veteran? Given all the above I could answer this even if I wasn't the one that provided the question (which by the way all those were given to this exact hypothetical scenario, one of them mine- I wonder if you can figure out which was mine :D). Which means I could easily judge the training if each person based on a mere hypothetical. How you react to hypothetical situations says a great deal about someone's ability and character. So much so, that early Jedi Realists used roleplay to teach and gauge if someone was worthy of being called Jedi in the mid-to-late 1990s
    • Astrology and Horroscopes (Last post by Akkarin)
    • I am someone who tends to stick with the pervading scientific opinion on matters. The scientific opinion on Astrology and Horoscopes are that they are absolutely unscientific nonsense. They work by being vague enough that circumstances will always meet them when you interpret the situation loosely. Consider that if astrology and horoscopes really did work surely someone would have proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt. Afterall these practices have been around for an incredibly long time, and they are performed by many many people. Surely one of those people would have proven that they work in a scientifically controlled environment. If they have not been proven to make accurate and reliable predictions then the only conclusion one can draw is that they do not produce accurate or reliable predictions. They leave enough ambiguity in their predictions to seem as though they work most of the time while relying on people's confirmation bias to seem as though they are more accurate than they really are. "Confirmation bias" is the tendency for people to remember only the things that meet their expectations while forgetting or underestimating the amount of times something does not meet their expectations. Don't forget also that every prediction that's ambiguous enough can be shown to be right metaphorically or when interpreted to a great enough extent.
    • campaign together? (Last post by elizabeth)
    • I agree with you, doing something fun is a good way to raise money for charity. It's a good idea :cheer:
    • Discussion 0 - Introduction to the Monomyth (Last post by elizabeth)
    • 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 decided to use the Bible as my myth. I think it satisfies the four functions of mythology, if I'm understanding them correctly. The story of the creation awakens a sense of awe, the idea of other plains of existence, heaven/hell/spiritual beings, angels/demons. It gives an explanation for the universe, why we are here, why it exists, how it is all connected through gods spirit/energy/force.. it gives advice and lessons for all stages of life, even if you don't believe the lessons are valid. Don't really get the Sociological function, sorry. 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 have never read the Odyssey. But I think all myths follow a similar structure, it's a journey of life, so it speaks to everyone, anyone can relate to trials and upheaval within their own life, failures and overcoming things, changing sometimes completely and becoming more than they think they can. I think the writers wanted to show people through a grand scale that no matter who you are, anything is possible, and you can become what you wish. 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? I think the idea of a collective unconscious can be seen with so many myths having a similar theme, in times when there was no possible interaction. I think it's possible, I'm not too sure it relates to the force as I see it, but if I believe that the energy holds all that is then it's possible. 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 think we all face challenges throughout our journey here at the Temple, we change sometimes without realising it and without seeing it in ourselves. I don't think we become greater, I think we change and for myself my understanding of being connected to all through the force has deepened, my actions are more in line with the love I feel for others, I learn everyday, through my failures and success. We are all on our own journey and being here, helps me to be who I wish to be.
    • American Jedi (Last post by Arcade)
    • Quote: LOL wow I love when knights and ranked members of communities take shots at me but complain when i do it to them. I hope you enjoy the video and if you want to speak your mind about me one way or the other we can set that up on my radio show whenever you like. My poke at you was intended in good humor. :)
    • This Week In Science (Last post by Khaos)
    • Physicists Achieve Quantum Teleportation of Photon Over 25 Kilometers For the first time, a team of physicists have successfully teleported a quantum state of a photon to a crystal over 25 kilometers away through a fiber optic cable. This effectively showed that the photon’s quantum state, not its composition, is important to the teleportation process. The team was led by Nicolas Gisin of the University of Geneva and the results were published in the journal Nature Photonics. With this new paper, Gisin’s team has successfully squashed the previous record they set a decade ago by teleporting a quantum state of a proton 6 kilometers. The quantum state of the photon is able to preserve information under extreme conditions, including the difference between traveling as light or becoming stored in the crystal like matter. The photon’s state acts as information that can be teleported along great distances using the optical fiber, and can be stored within the crystal. This was achieved due to a phenomenon in quantum mechanics known as entanglement, where two particles have a correlation, despite the fact that they aren’t touching and transmitting information to one another. To test this and ensure what they were observing was actually happening, one photon was stored in a crystal while the other was sent along optical fiber, over a distance of 25 kilometers. The photon that was sent along the optical fiber collides with a third photon, which was assumed to destroy them both. However, the information from the first photon was transferred to the third photon in the collision, like the transfer of energy when one billiard ball hits another. The information from the third photon came back to the crystal where it could be measured to ensure the information was preserved between the first and the second. The photon did not physically “teleport” as we are used to hearing about in science fiction, where someone’s body can moved from place to place in a matter of seconds. Instead, the information contained on the now-distant photon can be inferred based on what is seen with the information in the photon in the crystal. By knowing one, you already know the other. However, what the information actually is can't be known until it is examined. Félix Bussières of Gisin’s team explained in a press release that it appears "that the quantum state of the two elements of light, these two entangled photons which are like two Siamese twins, is a channel that empowers the teleportation from light into matter.” Regardless if the information was in crystal or light, there wasn’t a change to the information itself. This could very well mean that the quantum state, not physical state, rules in quantum physics. Quantum entanglement is the basis for theoretical quantum computing and quantum communication, though it will be a very long time before these results will have real-world implications. The achievements of Gisin's lab could also improve how quantum entanglement interactions are measured.
    • An Answer for Unification- please read I know it's... (Last post by Senan)
    • While this project may be meant to demonstrate that Jedi are not cult members or fractured groups of Star Wars fans, I am afraid that this is exactly what it will demonstrate to those who want to believe that. Naysayers of Jediism will simply point out that we can't even agree on how to best put together a book. And assuming we finally do, they will find each and every reference to Star Wars as a way to discredit Jediism and science-fiction hoopla. And good luck getting a number of different editors to agree on how to properly construct a coherent volume of works from such an incredibly diverse group of contributors. This challenge alone could make it logistically impossible. I believe we will find in the coming years that our online forums, journals, posts, creeds, and teachings from any and all orders will be evidence enough that there are serious and committed Jedi in this world. Recognition is food for the ego, and it can be very dangerous. I will continue to put forth my efforts to becoming a better Jedi and let the world judge me how they will.
    • Bare bones definition of Jediism and what a Jedi i... (Last post by Tarran)
    • I really hope I don't offend anyone here... I mean, here I am, merely a "guest" (still waiting to hear back from my application), though I do feel that I am not quite UNknowledgeable on this... and I realize this is just my opinion, so if I spout some facts (say, about George Lucas, for hypothetical example), it's only in stating what I am basing my opinion on. Now... oh, where to begin? LOL Okay, first I should get the obvious out of the way... there are those who are fans of Lucas' works, and enjoy cosplaying (and hey, who wouldn't sometimes, yeah?), and maybe exert a bit of a tug on things in the mythos in trying to bring them into their day-to-day realities... ...and there are those who know full well the realities of life, and are not seeking to assimilate themselves to any literary or cinematic phenomenon, but who are actively seeking to rise up and hone themselves as beings of virtue and light in their very real life. Now, while the home page of our temple here plainly states things such as, "We are not a community of Star Wars roleplayers", and "The Jedi at this site are not the same as those portrayed within the Star Wars franchise", and clearly makes the discerning distinction that, "Star Wars Jedi are fictional characters that exist within a literary and cinematic universe", it is still wildly plain and obvious to anyone that we *do* get inspiration from the Star Wars mythos. Why do we, though? Let's examine this closely, and look at just one more thing mentioned on the same aforementioned page; "Jediism does not base its focus on myth and fiction but on the real life issues and philosophies that are at the source of myth." That's... the real life issues and philosophies (in the Real World) that are at the source of (the Star Wars) myth(os). In other words, all of the schools of thought... Knightly Virtues from the Chivalric Orders of Medieval Europe, the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism, the Ten Commandments of Judeo-Christianity, including elements of the Kanagara of Shintoism in Japan and the Shen/Qi/Jing and Qigong conepts in China, and more... all that was drawn from in Real Life Earth and reflected in Star Wars' retelling of these ancient themes. In the wonderfully fulfilling and challenging curriculum here (truly, I'm frothing over with appreciation! I'm quite impressed with it, and thank you all so very much!), in Lesson One, on Myth (I've *really* gotta get crackin' on finishing it - I'm so red-faced about it lol), there is a wonderful little bonus audio piece with George Lucas being interviewed by Bill Moyers... you all know the one, remember? In it he mentions how he was basically trying to retell the same myths of old, in a new and different way... that he saw all religions as "different ways of seeing the same elephant" (a reference to an old story in itself, familiar to many of us here, I'm fairly certain lol). He mentioned how the story theme he pieced together was to reflect all these things in order to cause us all to think about the higher mysteries of life. This is why it inspires us, because it inspires ALL of us - it speaks of universal truths we've all known in our souls. So, for many of us, who have searched for our path, who have come across such things as the eight-fold path, the Knightly virtues, and other such things as mentioned above, we're familiar with all these things as we apply them to our lives - and how often are we asked, "what religion are you", or perhaps merely, "are you religious", or "do you believe in God", or "what *philosophy* do you follow", or "what ways do you embrace"... or *HOWEVER* it is asked of us... how often do many of us find ourselves tongue-tied with the potential enormity of what we'd want for our *precise* answer? Because yes, we do not want to misrepresent ourselves, as far as where our faith's center would be. "Oh, well, see - I sort of follow some parts of Christianity, but I also lean a bit towards Zen... but I'm not without my deep interests in Rosicrucianism", etc. - it seems a lot easier for me, personally (and I suspect for others as well), to truthfully cover all that ground with, "I'm a follower of Jediism" - which is quite an efficient bridge joining those together of any one, or combination of faiths and philosophies. In fact, perhaps rather Jediism seems to me to be the quintessential "faith extention" - that is to say, I can be a person of the Jewish faith, and be a Jedi - I can be Houdenoshouni and be a Jedi - I can be a follower of Islam, and be a Jedi... Hell, I could even be a Jehovah's Witness and be a Jedi, and there would be utterly *no* conflict, contradiction or even the least bit of abrasiveness against my core faith. If I might utilize a non-religious group for illustration, it's totally like acheiving the third level mastery in Freemasonry, and then capping it off with the Royal Arch degree. It *complements* the core. It's frakkin' beautiful! So for me, this is my opinion on the bare-bones definition of Jediism, as a non-fictional, Real World Earth, functional religious philosophy - because it seems to stem from the truths that all faiths share. Like the home page says, "Jediism does not base its focus on myth and fiction but on the real life issues and philosophies that are at the source of myth". But now on "what a Jedi is"... (in my opinion lol) Now, with all that I mentioned above, would that alone make a person a Jedi? Well, it might make one a monk, if it was purely a spiritual philosohpy that defined one. But a Jedi? A Jedi (at least knights, as opposed to clerics... though clerics, as far as my very limited knowledge of them goes, aren't disallowed) also follows the Way of the Sword. Or, to expand upon this, to those who find swords just a bit too death-dealing a tool for the laws of their personal faiths, yet still believe in self defense, the Way of the Staff. To those differently-abled, whos physical restrictions might not allow this, then the Sword of Mind, Intellect, and Diplomacy. But physical fitness, dexterity, agility, and defensive prowess, to whatever degree able, is also a factor. Do we have a Jedi yet? Well, we might have a warrior monk, or a priestly knight... but a Jedi? What sets the Jedi apart from any other? Think of the Shaolin monk, or the knight alchemist... It is THE FORCE. A Jedi is NOT a Jedi (I'm sure you'd all agree) without the Force. Is the Force also something drawn from Real World Earth cultures? Yes, yes it is... and not just from of old... people to this very day (and quite a lot, here in Asia) use it and work with it in their everyday lives. People elsewhere in the world as well. The alchemists call it "protomatter", or the "quintessence", or the "First Matter"... practitioners of Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine, Tibetan martial arts, they call it "Prana" ("Life Force")... in China, the practice of Qigong focuses shen, qi and jing... jing being the bioelecrtomagnetic essence of the Force. These are all physically observable phenomenae - and one need not spend twenty years in a Shaolin temple in order to familiarize yourself with it, nor even to detect it, accumulate it and even manipulate and focus it. Seriously. People who practice Reiki healing *use the Force* in order to do so - and they have to be able to sense and feel the force between themselves and their patients, and use the flow to balance the imbalances and heal the person in pain. Now, here is where I fear I may be taken wrongly and some of you may get offended - please know that I am not intending to, and, while I'll not sit here and tell you how to feel, I will offer that you need not feel ofended if you'd rather not be. Please do hear me out, my siblings in spirit, and try to see what I mean... I've heard it said that a Jedi "believes in the Force"... but in truth, I could name off a bunch of people who believe that the Force exists, and they themselves will admit that they are not Jedi, and have no interest in following it. So it would seem, that belief in the Force alone dose NOT a Jedi make... in fact, the Reiki practitioner would be more of a Jedi - HE'S *USING* THE FORCE ;) lol Now see? Here is where I mean - those of you out there who believe in the Force, and do follow Jediism in your heart, might see this as my telling you that you are not Jedi - no... rather, I lovingly challenge you, my Good Brothers and Sisters, to take that next step; *USE* the Force. Yes, I do know and understand a lot of you actually, factually do. So obviously, I do not direct this to you. So again, allow me to stress this point - I do realize that there are those of you out there to whom I am telling no new thing - what I say from here will not be news to you, so please do forgive it, my good friends... But to those others who might do themselves better by looking into the reality of Akasa, Qi/Jing, Prana, the Protomatter, the Bioelectromagnetic Field, the Etheric Substance, and get to really know and understand the reality of it, I say work with it - use it - feel its flow and be alive with it. I've tought others how to see, accumulate and manipulate this phenomena - and I myself am about as sharp as a bag of wet mice! I am NO "special" person... I am of modest birth, inexpensive education, and no more endowned with spirit or power than the very next Human Being - I am ordinary. Oh, and I'm klutzy as heck, and I'm goofy to look at, too! LOL But I use the Force - just as anyone else is truly able to do. So yes... belief is well and good - but I submit that you can attain factual proof-based faith in it. So I say, a Jedi of This Real Earth - is also one who stuidies and applies the education that can be attained through learning things like Qigong, Reiki, Ayurvedism, Alchemy, and so on... and then *incorporate* the Force in your lives. If I had to choose a book that could help with understanding the Force through the eyes of Asian martial arts, I would say "T'ai Chi Classics (Shambhala Classics)" by Waysun Liao - isbn# (older 10-digit; 1570627495, more recent 13-digit; 978-1570627491) If I had to choose a book that could help with understanding the Force through the eyes of an Alchemist, I would say "Invisibility: Mastering the Art of Vanishing" by Steve Richards - isbn# (older 10-digit; 1578635535, more recent 13-digit; 978-1578635535) If I were to be more kind, I would say that the latter will help you see the Force with your very own eyes, and to accumulate and form it... and the former will show you how to use it in defense - and in other interestng ways. What I like the best about the former, T'ai Chi Classics, is how simply it explains how there is a very important difference between Chi ("Qi") and Jing - often, we might hear about a martial arts tournament where one opponent makes a certain swishing move, and stops short of touching the other, but then that other opponent seems flung wildly out of the ring... people say the firts one used his Chi - this is not so. He in fact used his Jing. The difference? Remember in school for a science experiment, the teacher may have taken a bar magnet and held it underneath a piece of paper covered with iron filings? And you might then have seen that the particles of iron had, seemingly by magic, all arranged themselves along the lei lines and meridians of the magnetic field? THAT is like unto Chi... if you notice, there is nothing moving there - it's all aligned rather nicely, and it all moved into place, but hten there it stayed. Chi is a template, a direction of flow... it is Jing that is the energy which flows along this course... and it is Jing ("the Force"/"the Essence) wich is what one cultivates, accumulates, takes in and sends forth... I promise you, dear reader, from here on, with a little more get-up-and-go in you, your educating yourself in the ways of the Force can prove to be quite illuminating. It's all out there... it has been for untold thousands of years... Use the Force, my friends - and may the Force be with you.
    • Gaia Hypothesis - what do you think of this philos... (Last post by Sheppie)
    • I found some more information about it. The Gaia hypothesis (pronounced GAY-a), named for the Greek Earth goddess Gaea, is a recent and controversial theory that views Earth as an integrated, living organism rather than as a mere physical object in space. The Gaia hypothesis suggests that all organisms and their environments (making up the biosphere) work together to maintain physical and chemical conditions on Earth that promote and sustain life. According to the hypothesis, organisms interact with the environment as a homeostatic (balancing) mechanism for regulating such conditions as the concentrations of atmospheric oxygen and carbon dioxide. This system helps to maintain conditions within a range that is satisfactory for life. Although scientists agree that organisms and the environment have an influence on each other, there is little support within the scientific community for the notion that Earth is an integrated system capable of regulating conditions to sustain itself. The Gaia hypothesis is a useful concept, however, because it emphasizes the relationship between organisms and the environment and the effect that human activities have on them. One of the most spectacular structures ever built, Biosphere 2 is located in the Sonoran Desert at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains not far from Tucson, Arizona. It is the world's largest greenhouse, made of tubular steel and glass, covering an area of three football fields—137,416 square feet (12,766 square meters)—and rising to a height of 85 feet (26 meters) above the desert floor. Within the structure, there is a human habitat and a farm for the Biospherians or inhabitants to work to provide their own food. There are five other wild habitats or biomes representing a savannah, a rain forest, a marsh, a desert, and an ocean. Biosphere 2 is completely sealed so no air or moisture can flow in or out. Nearby are two balloon-like structures that operate like a pair of lungs for Biosphere 2 by maintaining air pressure inside. Only sunlight and electricity are provided from outside. On September 26, 1991, four women and four men from three different countries entered the Biosphere 2 and the doors were sealed for the two-year-long initial program of survival and experimentation. During this time, the Biospherians attempted to run the farm and grow their own food in the company of some pigs, goats, and many chickens. They shared the other biomes with over 3,800 species of animals and plants that were native to those habitats. The resident scientists observed the interactions of plants and animals, their reactions to change, and their unique methods of living. The Biospherians also had the assignment of experimenting with new methods of cleaning air and water. On September 26, 1993, the Biospherians emerged from Biosphere 2. It had been the longest period on record that humans had lived in an "isolated confined environment." Unfortunately, the experiment did not live up to expectations. The Biospherians experienced many difficulties, including an unusually cloudy year in the Arizona desert that stunted food crops, rapid growth and expansion of some ant species, and unusual behavior of bees fooled by the glass walls of the structure. In 1996, Columbia University took over operation of the facility, opening a visitors' center later that year. Biosphere 2 has been maintained for study but without human inhabitants. Its future remains uncertain. Read more:
    • HAPPINESS (Last post by MikeBudo)
    • Greetings Bows If one just practices being happy one will be happy. I also think w should confront the the things that make us unhappyand any inner demons, after all , it is only the self we are looking at . I had to do two exercises quite some time ago one was 'The Cave' which you enter on your own and you must confront your fears and be honest . It was difficult be the reward was pretty good. The second was reading a book called 'I Jedi'. I didn't actually like the book very much but it had some good points about light and dark and coming to terms with your fears and temptations

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