How long have you been a Jedi for?
How long have YOU been here? How long have YOU been walking the path. Have you ever wandered away and then came back after a while? Why are you still here, after all this time?
Why do you think several people just leave the Path after a while?
Almeida wrote: How long have YOU been here? How long have YOU been walking the path. Have you ever wandered away and then came back after a while? Why are you still here, after all this time?
Why do you think several people just leave the Path after a while?
Glad you're back on this Path. For myself, I've been here just under two years (two years officially next month), but I feel my life has been leading up to my eventual walk along this Path, albeit unbeknownst me me.
As for wandering away and coming back... there was a brief period of time when I considered it, but so many people reached out to me, wishing I'd stay that, well, I did. And I'm glad I did.
And as to why I'm still here, well, I love it. I love being a Jedi, and the call to constant betterment it gives. I love the people here, and I'm currently pursuing Knighthood, which has been a wonderful trial unto itself.
Finally, as to why people leave after a while... for some, life happens, as it it ought to do. They go away for a spell because they have things they need to attend to. Others leave this group in favour of throwing their efforts at another group. Others decide this isn't for them. Whatever it is, they often continue pursuing the Path away from this site, being Jedi in the battlegrounds of life.
Anyway, I'm one of those 70's kids who saw the original trilogy fresh at the cinema with wide eyed youthyness, and it did play a large part in my worldview and approach to living, from way back in 1978ish - that makes 40 years LOL, but I don't know if that really counts to what your asking.
I didn't like the fiction of the late 80's and 90's, so it disappeared from my life in overt literal terms, but having been so integral to my 'being' I didn't turn my back on it's themes, messages and applications - just replaced the language and symbology with real world stuff. Which is useful in the real world of course
Wasn't until someone at a witchcraft forum in 2011 pointed out to me it existed and might suit me, and It fitted in with the synthesis I myself had done growing up and reinvigorated my own spiritual path. So there is two ways to look at it I guess, indicated/professed at 7 years uninterrupted, and true/personal is at 40 uninterrupted. There is really nothing in the doctrine as I see it which justifies not acknowledging the label to myself given its pivotal role in my life, and so if others are similar, then why not
I did have to step away for a couple months recently while I adapted my life to my new job. I returned because even though I didn't have the spoons to be active at the time, this place had won a place in my heart.
Why do people leave? I can venture to guess but I imagine the reasons vary from person to person. Personally I think there is a point when what we take away from here leads us on to other avenues. A point when we branch off on our own to live the path instead of learning about it or teaching it. Other reasons might involve a disagreement with the teachings or atmosphere of this community.
I learned to develop that on my own, pulling from whatever was available to me at the time, and that has led through a lot of different places as I continue to seek knowledge and refinement in my path. Sometimes the places just aren't a good fit for what a person needs. Though I'm not a TOTJO-made Knight (and doubt I ever will be), I've been an initiated Knight from an esoteric order for 15 years now. The Jedi label is, for me, only an potential overlay on that vow of dedication, which I put into practice through the work in my daily life. So if an organization forum isn't a place that augments that in some way, participation becomes less of a priority. I'm pretty self-led in my studies and so the camaraderie here tends to be more important to me than anything else, since it's the part that I really can't do alone.
What I truly hope, especially for those just starting out on their path, is that people understand everything that they need for success on the path is there inside them, and that "places" are only ways of helping to dig into that and bring it out. I've seen so many people over the years fall hard when a place or a belief system disappoints them, and end up either rejecting the inner impulse that they had followed in getting there or being so scarred by the experience that they turn away from anything that reminds them of the joy they had originally found in it. I've been close enough to that disillusionment myself at times to know how hard it is to find one's way back to the source. I have had to take some devastating losses as part of my path, and it can knock you off your horse for a while. The important thing is to set one's foundation based on what *you* value and are willing to stand for in the world, and then let that bring you right companions for the journey.
"Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter."
My path in the Jedi Community started in 2001 at jediism.org (now dead)
My participation here at this temple was back before the split....like...2006, maybe?
I have come and gone many times. Why? Because life is not meant to be straight and narrow....but filled with many twists and turns. In order to discover one'self we must explore more then one ideal.
I was about 15 when I found out that being a Jedi is a real thing (1996). As for my time here, it's hard to say. Several years? Not sure.
I have come and gone from the Jedi life many many times. It's as Tris said, life is not linear. It's cyclical. If you spend too much time doing the same thing, ultimately you'll be sick of it and step away. For me, I could never stay away from the Jedi for very long. I don't feel free anywhere else.
"The Force is with me
and I am one with the Force;
and I fear nothing,
for all is as the Force wills it."
—Mantra of the Disciples of the Whills
I tend to dip in and out of the Temple, but I don't suppose I really leave the Jedi path. It's my go-to thought when someone asks what my religion is (though sometimes I describe it to people more as pantheism or animism) and I tend to follow a lot of Jedi pages on Facebook.
People probably leave for a number of reasons. The most simple explanation is probably that they've just moved on, philosophically. Nobody really stays the same in their life. It'd be dull if they did. There are probably more detailed explanations, involving differences of opinion and such, but I'd like to keep optimistic for a change.
Yoda: "Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try."
Mr. Miyagi: "Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later, [makes squish gesture] get squish just like grape."