I think you are getting some blowback from this because the title is stated as a fact - "your religion is fiction."
To quote from Star Wars, Qui Gon says - "Jedis do not deal in absolutes."
None of us really knows what exactly is going on inside, and outside this universe. We use the things that influence us in this world, and come up with a "best guess" on what it is that is happening. Many people see it through the eyes of one of the many, numerous religions, while others judge it only on what they see and can scientifically prove. Either way, what they believe is the fact of their existence, and no two people have the same experience.
So to come here and to drop down the gauntlet of your opinion, and state is as fact, is an affront to some people, especially since you are seen as a guest here.
Judging by your last post, I get the sense that you too are searching for path to follow, and want to know if this is the place for you. For that, I must commend you, as I think that is why we all come here. What you will find is that what George Lucas used as inspiration for his made-up religion in the Star Wars movies, is based on several ideas from real life religions, and those points are what draw us here, as they resonate with what we feel is the right path. Using the term Jedi, or Jediism is just a way to mix those eastern and western influences into one fluid belief system, and give it a name.
Clif Note version: Your title is confrontational, but you make some good points.
Ha this has been fun reading. I was a beta tester, not so good with an old computer until we got another, but have had fun regardless of MMO'ers that rule the roost. I have 19 characters on Jedi Covenant, most republic but several on imperial. It's just a game and I find it strange that some folks get so emotional over some things. Not to mock anyone, it's just that as much as I enjoy games, it's just that. game. But I like seeing others talking about it....
I don't know about symbols in Reiki, but I do know a fair bit about semiotics, which is the study of signs and sign systems. I can post about semiotics and symbology if you guys would find that relevant to Reiki, since there's actually a lot to say cognitively about how symbols are developed.
Okay. :) This weekend I'll type some stuff up for you. I hope that you all will find it useful. I personally find semiotics to be fascinating.
Agreed. It would be nice if everyone thought, "You are me, and I'm you, so let's be nice to each other".
Kind of lofty, I admit.
Are you nice to yourself all the time?
Even if you were to answer yes, and I were to actually believe that lie, very few people are nice to themselves 24/7. In fact, I would say that no one is.
In fact, alot of times its through pain, discomfort, fear, etc that we truly learn and grow into who we are. That we learn who we truly are.
Do you not think war is a form of connection?
Of people coming together?
Is connection always pleasant? Utopian? Nice? Should it be?
In fact, even in the story, the acts of atrocity are specifically pointed out as necessary to learn(giving and receiving). As important as every act of kindness.
I would argue, is that the moral of the story is that were here to learn, and not necessarily is what we are suppose to learn is to be nice, but simply experience all we can.
Which isnt lofty at all, anyone can do that.
As for reincarnation, well, I cant say as I give any credence to it, but its as possible as any other afterlife scenario.
I haven't watched the video just yet, but did Fischer ever resurface? All I ever heard about him was that he was a genius chess player, and that he disappeared. "Searching for Bobby Fischer" actually happens to be one of my favorite movies :)
I need things quite as possible with little external distractions in order to meditate deeply. Soft music helps me be calm and relax but after that I need silence for me to go inside of my head.
Once during the summer I woke up while it was still dark and meditated with my eyes open looking out a large window as the sun raised and brighted the view. It was a very peaceful experience. :)
Beware of the Dogs
On the dot of twelve on a quiet autumnal night
an old fashioned stagecoach came rattling by.
Invisible to all no matter how they might try.
Nothing there to most but a slight trick of the light.
By a row of houses it came to a stop, just shy
of an otherwise unremarkable front gate.
The door opened and stepping down from the footplate
was Death. Invisible to the few passers-by.
"Saul, Death has come to you. I believe we have a date",
Death intoned. Presumably to himself for there was no reply.
He marched towards the door with his head kept high,
with a slow steady step and his back held straight.
He was virtually at the door when he heard the noises nearby.
They came around the corner of the house and over the lawn.
Two large playful dogs, one chocolate, one fawn.
Tongues lolling, rears waggling, running fast, leaping high.
They pawed and they slobbered more than could be borne
by Death although he tried to ignore them. Tried to stay calm.
Then the chocolate dog reared up and gently gripped an arm.
Which came off at the elbow. The dog dropped back to the lawn.
Death looked between his arm and the other dog with alarm
Then with the fawn dog in pursuit he dashed for the gate.
He stumbled on his cloak, it nipped at his heels and with a great
burst of speed he leapt over the gate. Safe from further harm.
Such language he left with, then returned with two steaks on a plate.
He tossed them on to the lawn. The empty mouthed dog grabbed a steak.
The chocolate one approached more cautiously not sure whether to take
this over a bone. But eventually dropped Death's arm as it too took the bait.
Death came through the gate. No prevarication. He knew what was at stake.
There was no way that he had any wish to repeat this ordeal
He had to get in, do his duty, and get out before the dogs finished their meal.
So he hurried, pausing just briefly to avoid stepping on a rake.
There was of course a lock but that was insufficient to seal
a house against Death. He put his hand against it and slowly the door
swung open. And did the situation warrant the way that Death swore?
It did. Inside were another two dogs to whom Death had a savoury appeal.
As the door opened Death watched them get up from the floor.
A mouth snapped at his retreating heel. He gained his second wind
They would not catch him. Of that he was determined.
He pledged his revenge as he vaulted the front gate once more.
But Death had run out of ideas. It was looking as if failure was predestined.
The dogs suddenly fell silent and sat when a young women appeared.
In Death's experience this was a lonely time of night. This was weird.
However, this was a gift horse that would not be further examined.
If they'd only been there how War, Pestilence and Famine would have jeered
as the girl called the dogs to her "Buttercup come here. Down Strawberry.
Foxglove leave it. I said put it down. Tansy get out of the shrubbery."
The dogs obediently followed and then came Death who could have cheered.
Although it wasn't very long before he got his greatest fright in a century.
When she merely told the dogs to sit, to stay, it seemed she was going to allow
the dogs to decide for themselves whether obedience was more important than chow.
She calmly entered the house while death nervously eyed up the boundary.
An hour passed, the dogs were beginning to stir. Death was wondering how
he could outrun all four when the young woman strolled back into sight.
She put a lead on each dog. When she led them away they put up no fight.
She tied them up, turned to the world at large, and announced "He is ready for you now."
My family did a similar game, holding a mirror flat in front of you while walking around the house. For some reason you get the odd impulse to step over things that are actually hanging from the ceiling :p
do you mean faith as a code of ethics or that of religion?
i'm assuming you mean code of ethics. Yeah that actually is a trip. :) is it because of the idea of life?
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