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<p>What are Jedi? Jedi are individuals who apply the principles and teachings of Jediism in their own lives. Jedi contact the living Force within for guidance. Members of the Jedi sanctuary call eachother "Jedi" to honor the Jedi Knights of Star Wars. What is Jediism? A religion based on the philosophy of the Star Wars saga. Message of the Force is not to answer questions about God, but to inspire questions about the nature of God. ***Jedi Knights are a modern day version of the Shaolin Monk, the Samurai Warrior and the European Knight mixed together.*** **All information obtained verbatum from The Temple of the Jedi Order**</p> <p>The Oklahoma Temple of the Jedi(The Jedi Praxeum) Doctrine of Jediism Jediism is a modern religion which was born as a result of the Star Wars mythology. George Lucas, when he created the Star Wars saga, used various aspects of many ancient religions' universal truths as well as a combination of different martial arts and the code of chivalry in order to create the Jedi and the philosophies behind the Force. The Jedi path has become an inspiration and a way of life for many people throughout the world who take on the mantle of Jedi. Even though Jediism is a new faith, it is just as real as the ancient faiths and philosophies that it came from. Jedi apply the principles, ideals, philosophies, and teachings of Jediism in a practical manner within their own lives. Jedi seek the Living Force for guidance. Jedi follow what is considered to be the "Light Side" of the Force, and adhere to the ideals and philosophies of the Jedi Path above all else. Jedi show compassion, and do what they are able to improve the world around them. Jedi promote equality in rights and freedoms within civilization, in the hopes of protecting peace and justice. Jedi seek to help those around them that need it, and to defend the defenseless. Jedi stand up against true evils which threaten humanity's freedom. Jedi Ideals: Jedi respect the sanctity of human life. All human beings are created equal, and we must recognize and respect this fact. We show compassion for all human beings, because they are human. However, we as Jedi must also recognize the importance of Justice. Jedi work towards a culture that is free of discrimination on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, degree of ability, or age. As the previous section states,</p> <p>all human beings are created equal. Jedi support equal rights and freedoms for all humanity. Jedi support democracy in within religious, political and other structures. For there to be civility in structured societies, the people must have an equal voice. As it applies to the Jedi, this is still true for the most part. However, Jedi also follow Tradition, and respect among the Jedi for each other should still stand. While every Jedi has a voice, and that voice should be heard, it is not acceptable to place a newcomer to the Path on the same equal ground as a Master who has walked the Path of the Jedi for many years. To declare an Initiate in any Order as equal to the most experienced Masters is an insult to both those Masters and the Order, and breeds a lack of respect that is often times very difficult to correct. A good example to use is the difference between a toddler and an adult. The toddler, barely learning to stand, walk, and talk on their own, is in no way equal to the adult, who has had many years of experience. The toddler needs help learning, and we should do what we can to help, but they are in no way equal to the adult, and should not be treated as though they have the same experience. The same can be said of Jedi... the Initiate is indeed a person, aspiring to become a Jedi. They do have a voice and deserve to be heard... however, they need help learning, and we should help in that arena rather than holding them on equal ground with Knights and Masters who have worked to earn their place within the Order. Jedi support the separation of Church and State, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of expression. Separation of church and state prevents people from more or less becoming enslaved to any one dogmatic group of beliefs. History will teach us that a church controlled by the state becomes all-important, and many people who have been true to themselves rather than following the state-controlled church have been branded as heretics and criminals. Many foul things have been done in the name of religion throughout the ages, and forcing people to "convert or die" is among the most horrific. Freedom of speech, likewise, is essential. For a person to be denied the ability to speak what he or she truly believes is another form of enslavement. Without the forum of free speech, new ideas would not be heard, knowledge would not be shared, and humanity would still be in the dark ages. We must be free to express ourselves, associate with whom we wish, and say what is on our mind without fear of repercussion from those who would seek to control every aspect of our lives. Freedom of association and expression, like freedom of speech, is likewise essential in order to promote equality and true freedom. Jedi emphasize the importance of education. We believe that one's education is never "complete". To quote line two of the Jedi Code, "There is no Ignorance; There is Knowledge". The path of learning is never-ending for a Jedi. Jedi must ever seek to increase their Knowledge, and develop Wisdom from their experiences. However, this must apply to more than just Religions and Ethics. Jedi should seek to learn the truth no matter where that truth lies. The truth is what it is. The truth is not always pretty... sometimes it can be ugly and shocking, but the truth is ultimately still the truth and must not be disregarded simply because it isn't pretty or what we want it to be.</p> <p>The Force: The Force is described as "an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together." The Force, in part, is the energy associated with life, and life is associated with the Force. Most Jedi adhere to the ideology that the Force has a Will of it's own, and it guides those who would listen to it's subtle whispers. The Force is primarily made up of the "light side" and the "dark side". These are concerned with the moral compass of the Force in its various manifestations of Balance. The light side of the Force is the facet of the Force aligned with good, benevolence, compassion, and healing. The dark side of the Force is aligned with fear, hatred, aggression, and malevolence; this side of the Force can seem more powerful, though it is just more tempting to those that can touch upon the power as it doesn't impose any restrictions on its use, often granting almost inhuman strength to those who would give in to hatred and anger. These "sides" of the Force are tied directly to the eternal Balance of the Universe... "Without Darkness, there can be no Light". By the same token, the "side" of the Force one chooses to follow depends on that individual's true intent within their heart. The Force has also been described as having four additional aspects: The Cosmic Force, the Living Force, the Personal Force, and the Unifying Force. These aspects are defined by prominent Jedi philosophies. The Cosmic Force essentially embraces space and time in its entirety... It is quite basically what "binds the Galaxy together", and keeps the cosmos in Balance. It is what drives the Cosmos, and what keeps it in Order. The Living Force deals with living things... the Energy created by and connected to all Life itself. "Life creates it, makes it grow... Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter". It is a scientific fact that Energy changes form, but never truely ceases to exist. It is in that science that we are able to understand that the Living Force is the "pool of energy" that embodies all living things. It is theorized that when a living thing dies, it's life force joins the Living Force... likewise, when new life is born, it draws energy from the Living Force. The Personal Force deals with one's own life essence. Here is where I will make one agreement with Christianity... it is the Soul. This Personal Force is in turn connected to the Living Force, but while you are alive it maintains it's own unique identity. It is the energy within you which makes up your identity. It is also the energy one draws upon in daily life. The Unifying Force is what connects all other aspects of the Force, and keeps them Balance. It's energy exists on the molecular level throughout all matter, "unifying" everything in the Universe. Through it, we are connected to not just all living things, but all things. "Feel the Force... between you, me... the rock, the tree, even the ship". On the subatomic level, all matter is energy... and all energy is connected through the Unifying Force. The Force contains many similarities to other existing philosophical and religious principles. Many have related it to the concepts of Qi (also "chi" or "ki"; China, Japan, and Korea), Prana (India), Mana (Polynesia) and other similar traditions focused around the idea of spiritual energies that exist throughout the universe. From Taoism, we take the primary focus for the idea of Yin and Yang... the two diametrically opposed Forces of the universe. Everything from good and evil (as metaphysical concepts) to hot and cold temperatures are considered as being part of this, and it is from here we see the most</p> <p>prominent comparison to the light and dark sides of the Force, and the constant struggle for Balance within the Universe. There are also some parallels between The Living Force and the use of Qi in Chinese martial arts. In the more internal arts (such as Tai Chi, Hsing-Yi, Pa-Kua and Qigong), the maintenance and use of Qi is an essential element of training. Such Qi is sometimes referred to as Empty Force, meaning that it is not seen, but its effect can be felt with time and training. Some manifestations of special abilities are reported to have been attained by high-level kung-fu masters. Other, more rare examples of special abilities attributed to the Force are often catagorized as "paranormal activity". Some individuals show an apptitude for healing, telepathy, teleknesis, etc. The Jedi refer to two "sides" of the Force, a "Dark Side" and a "Light Side". This echoes the concept of Yin Yang in Eastern philosophy... but this not a straight translation, as the emotional "Dark Side" is denoted as a Force of evil by the Jedi. The "Dark Side" is not made up of specific "parts" or "abilities" of the Force: the Dark and Light "sides" of the Force both exist within the life form which uses it, made from their emotions. A follower of the "Light Side" strives to live in harmony with those around him or her. Mutual trust, respect, and the ability to form alliances give the Jedi a distinct advantage. In contrast, a follower of the "Dark Side" is primarily only interested in his or herself. For example, to strike down or kill another living creature out of anger or fear is of the "Dark Side". To refrain from rash action and clear one's self of these emotions before acting is of the "Light Side". Use of the "Dark Side" of the Force is forbidden within the Jedi Order. Traditional Jedi are taught to keep the Force "in balance". They attempt to achieve this by denying the "Dark Side"essentially "keeping balance" by denying balance, as they view "Dark Side" as "corruption". This involves the control of negative emotions such as aggression, anger, and hatred, since they can easily bring on acceptance of the "Dark Side"... "To become a Jedi, it is not the Force one must learn to control, but one's self". A Jedi strives to maintain control over their emotions instead of allowing negative emotions to control their actions. A Jedi acts when calm and at peace. In contrast, positive emotions such as compassion and courage nurture the "Light Side" of the Force. The Jedi Code compares such feelings and provides insight into the ethical application of the Jedi path. The "fictional" Jedi approach to emotions may be seen as one of the key reasons for their fall during the movies, books, and the Knights of the Old Republic games. Abstaining from passion and love, many Jedi often fell under the sway of them when finally exposed. Unfamiliar with such emotions, they failed to see how they can come to dominate the personality and eventually became the personality through the imbalance wrought by overcompensation. The repression of the emotions merely caused the fall of a Jedi to be even more violent and complete. In this real universe, all sentient beings feel Emotions... the Jedi merely learn to maintain control and Balance. Seeking the Path; Becoming a Jedi 1. Make the commitment to become a Jedi, and acknowledge the fact that you wish to become a Jedi. Learn the basic Jedi Ideals, as well as the Jedi Code, and seek out a Jedi</p> <p>Master to become Apprenticed to. Keep your focus on learning the path of Jediism, for your focus does indeed determine your reality. 2. Believe in the Force and it's power. Jedi are devoted to the Force as well as the Jedi Order. Jedi do not serve the "Dark Side" in any way, thought or deed. Jedi act in a righteous manner defining the principles of a true Jedi. Jedi seek to further develop their relationship with the Force, as it resides within all of us, surrounds us, and flows through us. Jedi do not seek to make this power conform to their wishes. Rather, Jedi seek to remain in harmony with the Force, learning to control themselves in a manner befitting the will of the Force. 3. Accept the teachings of Jediism as presented by your Master, as these teachings give spiritual guidance and enlightenment. The teachings of the Jedi Masters give direction and focus to the Apprentice, along with knowledge and wisdom which will aid you in developing your own life's path as a Jedi. 4. Be willing to learn from other Jedi, and add their knowledge and wisdom to your own. Do not hold to preconceived notions. The knowledge and support of other Jedi increases your own knowledge and awareness of the Force. Fellowship is conductive to the learning process of becoming a Jedi, a process which never has an end. 5. Profess to be a Jedi, but remember not to be boastful in your experience or talents as you journey along your Jedi path. 6. Embrace your path as a Jedi, and remember your commitment to the Force. Jedi do not cling blindly to the beliefs they held before becoming a Jedi. Rather, they learn to let go of outdated superstitions, to better embrace new knowledge and understanding as they grow in Jediism. The Jedi Oath "I hereby profess before the Jedi that I, (state your real first name), without reservation, choose the Jedi path, with all of the duties and responsibilities thereby appertaining. I shall do that which is right and befitting of a Jedi, and I hereby profess my allegiance to the will of the...</p>