Jediism and drinking

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15 Apr 2020 13:27 #351150 by RobHowdle
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So whilst I'm still new I thought I'd chip in as I have a bit of experience. I do like a drink, I do love a couple of glasses of whiskey and use to love a smoke with it. I don't do drugs or anything like that. I think Daniel might be speaking from a perspective that says if Jediists don't need other stimulants than the force, it could distract a Jedi from the will of the force if they are reliant on other things. A few people have said that as long as it doesn't consume you and you are reliant on drinking then I'd say it's okay.

I passed my driving test before Christmas and since then I have barely drank anything alcoholic. The lockdown however is a different story but I don't become reliant on the drink, if it becomes a habit then I stop it, it's nice to relax with a drink as long as it doesn't become something I have to do and that would be my take on what Daniel may mean. Some people are straight edge and don't drink at all, don't smoke etc, I am currently 3 months smoke free and that's their choice but I think as long as it doesn't become a problem and distract you from the will of the force then it's okay in moderation.

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15 Apr 2020 14:37 #351152 by Alethea Thompson
Jediism Explained: That's mostly because Opie's school of thought has the Jedi Path as more a philosophy than a spiritual endeavor. Whereas the focus of Daniel Jones is to develop a religious school of thought on the Jedi Path.

Concerning Drinking: I actually happen to be of the belief that controlled substances shouldn't be engaged by Jedi for the purpose of spiritual pursuits. I do believe that one should know their limits, and shouldn't drink with the intent to get drunk. But I disagree that it's a "high" you need to seek in your spiritual pursuits.

To me, refraining from these things makes you a better Jedi because you are more aware of the world around you, and can respond to it in kind. If you're seeking a high by connecting to the Force, you're stroking your ego, rather than seeking real spirituality. The Force is a source of information, strength, healing, peace and comfort. In many respects, it should be treated as sacred, not as something to be used for fun.

Now, I'm not saying that Daniel is saying it is. I'm just arguing against the use of the language "high".

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15 Apr 2020 17:10 - 15 Apr 2020 17:13 #351156 by Edan
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Jediism isn't really 'anything' because Jediism is at any point a set of rules which we each decide.. we don't have religious texts, messiahs, dogma etc for the most part. TOTJO has its own set of expectations but many an argument here has begun due to the fact that nobody is obliged to agree with them.

Drink, don't drink. The choice has little actual relation to Jediism.

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15 Apr 2020 17:34 #351157 by Kohadre
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Edan wrote: Jediism isn't really 'anything' because Jediism is at any point a set of rules which we each decide.. we don't have religious texts, messiahs, dogma etc for the most part. TOTJO has its own set of expectations but many an argument here has begun due to the fact that nobody is obliged to agree with them.

Drink, don't drink. The choice has little actual relation to Jediism.


I can't agree more with this.

Jediism, or at least TOTJO's branding of it is great because it focuses more on spirituality than religious governance. When churches and temples are focused more on governing a general populous (I,e The Vatican, Buddhist Sangha Council, šarīʿah law) you end up with religious wars, inquisitions, oppressive campaigns targeting education, extremism, etc.

It would seem that churches and religious institutions would be more focused on matters solely concerning the spirit, rather than physical / mental / emotional concerns; however is unfortunately largely not the case.

Concerns such as those should be handled by law enforcement, rehabilitative services, community councils, and volunteer workers; rather than institutions focused on matters of faith.

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16 Apr 2020 23:44 #351194 by Deimos
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As I respond to all of the posts, because holy crap I didn't expect this to be as decently sized as it is, thank you all for your thoughts and May the Force be with You.

Alethea: I think what he went by high isn't a literal high. I think he meant what Rob was getting at, as in it distracts you from the force. That being said I do think the wording was slightly off.

I think the reason it, not "bothered me" per say, but rather it tinged a little is because of the way it was written. My meaning being that it sounded like he was Stating what one should or shouldn't do, as opposed to simply giving advice on what we should or shouldn't do.

Then again that might just be my interpretation.

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17 Apr 2020 04:30 - 17 Apr 2020 04:38 #351202 by TheDude
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Well... Obi Wan did order a drink in Attack of the Clones.
The way I see it, it's your body and your mind. Do what you want with them, but try to do so intelligently. If you understand the risks involved with consuming alcohol or anything else and you consent to take that risk, it is your free choice to do so insofar as it does not harm others. No one is going to kick you out of the Temple for having a beer. It may even be beneficial from time to time.
If you find that having a beer makes you and those around you have a better time at a party and doesn't harm anyone, then sure, have a beer. I'll tell you from experience, though, it's really hard to meditate effectively after your fourth or fifth serving!
If you've got a family history of alcoholism, it might not be the best idea. Ultimately it's your body, so invest in it in the ways you see appropriate and try to do so wisely.

EDIT: Also, I'd like to say that mind altering substances have been part of religious and spiritual systems for thousands of years. Whether it is the soma of India or the amanita mushrooms or, even to this day, ayahuasca in the Amazon, these substances have only relatively recently been regarded negatively by religious organizations and, particularly, Western religious organizations. They have served as a tool for personal growth for almost all of our ancestors and I, personally, find the taboo around them to be puzzling to say the least.
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17 Apr 2020 06:23 - 17 Apr 2020 06:24 #351203 by Deimos
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In regards to Obi's drinking, IKR that was my first thought! Also as someone who has, completely hypothetically of course, "considered" doing LSD one time, it legit helped me get out of a six month depression phase. I still can't explain how but something reset in my brain so I actually enjoyed doing stuff and from then on I wanted to fix myself.

I can't drink beer though. I prefer either mead, to make me all warm inside, or a nice apple bourbon over rocks to ease into the night.
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17 Apr 2020 17:43 #351213 by Carlos.Martinez3
Ever know a Jedi to NOT accept a drink or a gift offered... it’s for me the “romance” of Jediism. Captain Kirk in any version of S.T. “always drinks what he is served” but it seems to never phase his decisions or the ability to be captain of a ship.
For me, when that happens - Statements like “as in Rome” can be a excuse for actions or or permission for promiscuous activity, or a way to create a equal mark in life where the worth of things is ”inherit.” My choice.

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17 Apr 2020 18:34 #351215 by Carlos.Martinez3
I’ll nurse a beer any day if it means creating a connection standing right next to you.

I’ll bum a cig just to get that time to hear what is inside.

I’ll pour you a dink any day upon request
* I am a Mixologist

I’ll also pay and call ya a cab or take ya home to your wife or hub or family.
I’ve carried wounded soldiers a few miles...
I’ll gladly carry any human who needs a lift.
I drink
I have levels
Jedi have levels or seasons. My hope is they also have a bit of character. Their own - regardless of influence.

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20 Apr 2020 19:20 #351294 by Br. John
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This is the review on Amazon voted as most helpful.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day though. I say unless you are abusing alcohol or caffeine to a level that's harming you, they are fine to use as you please. That goes for marijuana too. Next we need to discuss LSD, mushrooms, MDMA ,,, they all have a proper use.


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