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    • Creating A Society (Last post by Hitira38)
    • Quote: I know I am really new, but I just wanted to say that this could actually be a lot easier than some may think(before my self imposed break ends). There are several fund raising websites: kickstarter, indiegogo(?), gofund me, and the like. also think about where Yoda was, which may just be a training ground. Some temples take not much more than people willing to construct them out of available resources. I'm sure there are numerous places that this could happen. Trust me, I know about financial barriers, but actually building a temple is a lot more practical than one might think. It doesn't have to be fancy. On the other hand with a successful kickstarter type fundage, the right vision, and people who are willing to do the work themselves something amazing is not out of reach. Again, I know I am just a newbie, but what I've seen so far is really resonating with presently. I agree the funds aren't simply impossible, if a plan was set I believe the people of Jediism would have enough to fund it entirely. Not only could the money be raised but it would easier to fund something actually planned. Though I am no Jedi Knight, I request this be put in motion by the Jedi Council.
    • 2014 New Year's Force Realist Meditation Relay (Last post by Alethea Thompson)
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    • THE FOLLY OF PLEASING ALL (Last post by ParCandroon)
    • Learned this lesson the hard way in high school. You can't please everyone because of a few simple reasons. First, not everyone wants and agrees with all of the same things. If one person wants you to be blue you can't also be red for someone else. Second, there are, unfortunately, people in the world who want you to please them for the wrong reasons. They just want the attention, they want someone to take advantage of, whatever the case may be. Finally, even if you could please everyone, you would have spent your entire life doing so and never have done anything you wanted or that made you happy. And saying it makes you happy to make other people happy only goes so far. People need to focus on what makes them truly happy, but also balance it out with what they can do to help other people be happy. That way, you do please everyone to the best of your ability. Everyone who is you, and everyone you can who is not you.
    • The Sword as a Weapon of the Jedi (Last post by baru)
    • As a sword instruction, in the end - its all about style. What style do you like? Are you linear or circular? Do you thrusting or slashing? Do you like light or heavy swords? Are you strong or dexterous? Your attitude, personality, body type, and style preferences will determine the correct sword style. I blend them all into my own style: I have done Kendo, Aikido, fencing, Broadsword and other styles. I suggest going to the SCA - society of Creative Anacrinonms - SCA.org _ to explore all the different styles. Also, do what you will do all the time. Level of interest is the most important criteria when trying to pick a workout or martial art. If you like it, you will do it. And I do feel that knowing how to use a sword (or any weapon) is part of being a Jedi. And Lightsabers are cool. I like training with my "fake" lightsabers. And I like training with swords as if they are lightsabers. This helps me to be more evasive and to rely on my agility verses my armor.
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by rugadd)
    • I'm frustrated that it is not okay get angry because I can never tell if I'm in the right to BE angry or if anger itself is something to be avoided entirely and the frustration of getting angry even knowing that.
    • "Not all Truth is true..." (Last post by Adder)
    • Quote: They're is a perfectly fine abbreviation for they are, thank you very much. Indeed, it wasn't a correction, it was a variation for fun... just representing some other nature. Actually I'm terrible at mixing them up, but I actually do not think it matters most of the time because the purpose is not to be grammatically (semantically?) correct, but instead to experience some deeper understanding within oneself - unfortunately sometimes for me I tend to be thinking of a few things at once and that piece of language gets caught in the crossfire. Context is sufficient most of the time but I gotta watch when the mistake contradicts the context around it!!!
    • Advice needed: how to shut up. (Last post by Cyan Sarden)
    • Quote: Some tips and tools are: 1. Pause - just pause when you can. Focus on listening. Ponder more. Reflect on what was just said. Repeat what was just said so you show the other person that you are listening. 2. "Stop and Reset" - every chance you get to practice this, do it. As soon as you feel these things coming up for you - Stop. Stop it. Say, "Stop". Say, "I need to stop right now and reset". Then pause. breath at least three times. Let the emotions settle down and your judgements to wash away. From this clear space - speak. 3. Meditate more. start and end your day. Affirm your plans for the day. Affirm how you want to be - today. Take as many breaks as you need to meditate. focus on being Calm, Cool, and Collected. Visualize yourself in challenging situations being the person that you want to be - the person that you are under all of this. Reset your mental patterns. Fill your thoughts of affirmations of how you want to be. Replace old patterns with new healthy ones. Thank you - I've been adding self-conditioning phrases and mantras to my meditation practice. I regularly do metta meditation, and I will add CCC (good one to remember) to my routine. Making a point to take time to think before saying something I'd later regret has really helped me. I'm still developing the ideal strategy to go about this without looking weird, but I have to say that just contemplating the advice people here have given me has led to my not getting into any kind of confrontational situation over the last few weeks. Although I had an enormous amount of stress at work, I somehow managed to stay calm.
    • Grey Jedi Code Anyone? (Last post by AJGBlack)
    • I personally found the code as written to be a little messy. When you look at the two main versions of the Jedi code: Emotion, yet peace. Ignorance, yet knowledge. Passion, yet serenity. Chaos, yet harmony. Death, yet the Force. and There is no emotion, there is peace. There is no ignorance, there is knowledge. There is no passion, there is serenity. There is no chaos, there is harmony. There is no death, there is the Force. Then you look at the Sith code: Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me. The Grey code presented has no rhythm to it. I've actually been pondering and working on my own version for a while. It's meant to be used as a mantra or like the rosary as well. Through Darkness I know Light, Through Light I know Darkness, Through this Understanding I gain Balance Through Balance I gain Focus Through Focus I gain Discipline Through Discipline I gain Knowledge Knowledge is Power The Force shall free me I think similarly to Cabur, in that we all have passions and urges, what makes anything dark is what we do with them. Understanding and moving past one's darkness, accepting one's self and moving past these things. For me, that is the way of a Jedi. The Jedi code, for me, is something that denies our human nature. I created the above Grey code as a way of acknowledging that nature and using it instead of suppressing it. Two quotes that embody this line of thinking, one real world and the other fiction. :) "Emotion can be the enemy. If you give in to your emotion, you lose yourself. You must be at one with your emotions because the body always follows the mind." -Bruce Lee "Love doesn't lead to the dark side. Passion can lead to rage and fear, and can be controlled... but passion is not the same thing as love. Controlling your passions while being in love... that's what they should teach you to beware. But love itself will save you... not condemn you." ―Jolee Bindo

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