Monthly Archives: December 2012

Jedi and Religion

I have often spoken on Jedi, Religion, and specifically Jediism the Jedi Religion. However I want to retouch on the topic of Jedi and religion. And I feel like being kind, so I’ll spare you reading the entire post to get the point. So here is the main point, the Jedi, Path, Order, Group, Concept doesn’t care, dictate, or determine your Religion. Meaning you can be a Jedi and believe whatever you want spiritually speaking. Outside of human sacrifices. Pretty sure that would conflict with Jedi ideals of respecting life. But since most religions tend to actually go in the opposite direction, most are safe.

Here is the problem – in this completely open religious freedom people say Jedi is their religion. Which is their right. I personally do not agree with such, but that is why I do not call myself a Jediist, or say I follow Jediism, or say Jedi is my religion. I simply do not believe in those statements. Yet others are fully allowed to do so.

One of the great things I have found in the Jedi Path is the openness of belief and culture. I have met and gotten to know many great people who have shared insights into their religion and culture. All because the Jedi do not have a religious requirement. Atheist to Zionist, one is free to explore and live the Jedi Way within their own religious understanding. There is no push one way or another, there isn’t even a view of “hey we are all religions.” Instead it is – our door is open to all religions.

But really this is one aspect of the open door policy. Age, Sex, Religion, Nationality, Race, Poticial views, Social Status, Wealth, there is simply no requirement to be a Jedi outside of the desire to be a Jedi. This is one of the main concepts which has kept me involved with the Jedi Path. Even when I see people using horrendous fortune cookie quotes to try to sound wise under the Jedi name. I take heart in knowing that Agnostic to Taoism, Jedi is about being and living as a Jedi. Not using chopped up regurgitated 365 Zen to pretend to be Jedi – but rather exploring, explaining, and expanding our concepts and ideals; ultimately building a viable Path which is indeed Jedi – not misquoted Tao te Ching.

Be you Christian or Wiccan the Jedi is an open Path free of religious non-sense. A place where we simply  seek to live as Jedi in daily lives. In other words, using Jedi Philosophy in our everyday lives. Random musing inspired by Jediists. =)

Jedi and Religion was originally published on 365 Jedi

Article: The Force by Andrew Tai

The Force

What is the Force? This is the driving question behind what the Jedi and the Jedi communities seek to understand. There have been countless discussions, on countless forums and websites, by numerous authors. Many theories have been developed and even some definitions, but what it really boils down to is: what do you believe and why?

The Force is energy, that point is nearly undisputed throughout the Jedi community. However, after that, things start to get hazier. In general, the Force will take one of two forms depending on personal beliefs: physical/metaphysical energy or spiritual energy. Some liken the Force to Reiki, Chakra, the Holy Spirit, Qi, Ki, physical energy, or byproducts of life, to name a few. The Jedi community has divided itself into these two aspects, physical and spiritual. Some Jedi call themselves realists so as to separate themselves from the “unrealists.” Is physical energy anymore real, than spiritual energy? Those who call themselves realists divide themselves from other Jedi, even if that isn’t their intention.

All of the ideas used in the Jedi community today, have roots in religion and scientific research. For example, on the Real Jedi Knights main webpage, they list the mitochondria as the source of the Force. It is scientific fact that this organelle does produce energy for the cell it resides in, but no link to spiritual has ever been observed. On the other side of this, however, there are forces in nature that can’t be observed or measured. Think of gravity, we can’t empirically measure it but we know it’s there and we know what it does. In the same way, we know that the Force exists and we can feel its presence. Another example just to drive this idea home is air. Air is invisible, but we can feel it, we can see its effects on the environment, but we can’t see it. We have never debated its existence because we could feel it and so the same is true of the Force.

On the spiritual side of things, the Force is, in a basic sense, spiritual energy whether that is the Soul, Chakra, Reiki or any of the other kinds of spiritual energy. This is where your personal beliefs develop the Force even more. If you believe in the Christian God, then the chances are good that you would perceive the Force to reflect those beliefs. However, if you are Atheist, it is likely that you would take a mixture of random spirituality and science to explain the Force (or perhaps some would just use science for an explanation). Regardless of your faith, affiliation or world view, one thing is abundantly clear: Jedi want to know what the Force is and they use their own personal beliefs to do so. However, in this world of ours things rarely are as they appear.

In the fiction, the Force is energy that exists in all living things. Without it life couldn’t exist and without life the organism called midi-chlorians couldn’t exist (in other words a symbiotic relationship). Life in its simplest state,  is insanely complex. A spider web of interactions and in these interactions is energy flow. The Force flows through all living things and gives them power. However, in my experience, when I accumulate the Force, it builds up in my chest and pelvic region. Not where any of the energy demanding functions preside, which would be expected of physical energy. The Force, therefore, is both spiritual and physical. Just like how photons are both waves and particles, the Force acts as two separate things but in reality is one.

Having said that, there are two aspects to the Force: the Unifying Force and the Living Force. The Living Force is the aspect that focuses on living things. Those who follow this aspect are more attuned with others and trust their instincts to a greater degree. Proponents of this aspect typically rely on their instincts and emphasize sensitivity to living things, rather than any kind of destiny. On the other side of this is the Unifying Force which has the concept of “just being what it is.” Supporters of the Unifying Force aspect typically believe in destiny and fate. Proponents of this theory look at the future and any opportunities; they think of the bigger picture and rarely live in the moment.

The Force is a deep and broad subject and one that continues to evolve, mold, and shift as the Jedi community changes. The Force is something we all seek to understand, but can we really understand something like this unless we understand ourselves? Is the Force spiritual, physical, or both? And finally is the Force Unifying or Living?
– Andrew Tai

Article: The Force by Andrew Tai was originally published on 365 Jedi

Jedi and Religion

I have often spoken on Jedi, Religion, and specifically Jediism the Jedi Religion. However I want to retouch on the topic of Jedi and religion. And I feel like being kind, so I’ll spare you reading the entire post to get the point. So here is the main point, the Jedi, Path, Order, Group, Concept doesn’t care, dictate, or determine your Religion. Meaning you can be a Jedi and believe whatever you want spiritually speaking. Outside of human sacrifices. Pretty sure that would conflict with Jedi ideals of respecting life. But since most religions tend to actually go in the opposite direction, most are safe.

Here is the problem – in this completely open religious freedom people say Jedi is their religion. Which is their right. I personally do not agree with such, but that is why I do not call myself a Jediist, or say I follow Jediism, or say Jedi is my religion. I simply do not believe in those statements. Yet others are fully allowed to do so.

One of the great things I have found in the Jedi Path is the openness of belief and culture. I have met and gotten to know many great people who have shared insights into their religion and culture. All because the Jedi do not have a religious requirement. Atheist to Zionist, one is free to explore and live the Jedi Way within their own religious understanding. There is no push one way or another, there isn’t even a view of “hey we are all religions.” Instead it is – our door is open to all religions.

But really this is one aspect of the open door policy. Age, Sex, Religion, Nationality, Race, Poticial views, Social Status, Wealth, there is simply no requirement to be a Jedi outside of the desire to be a Jedi. This is one of the main concepts which has kept me involved with the Jedi Path. Even when I see people using horrendous fortune cookie quotes to try to sound wise under the Jedi name. I take heart in knowing that Agnostic to Taoism, Jedi is about being and living as a Jedi. Not using chopped up regurgitated 365 Zen to pretend to be Jedi – but rather exploring, explaining, and expanding our concepts and ideals; ultimately building a viable Path which is indeed Jedi – not misquoted Tao te Ching.

Be you Christian or Wiccan the Jedi is an open Path free of religious non-sense. A place where we simply  seek to live as Jedi in daily lives. In other words, using Jedi Philosophy in our everyday lives. Random musing inspired by Jediists. =)

Article: The Force by Andrew Tai

The Force

What is the Force? This is the driving question behind what the Jedi and the Jedi communities seek to understand. There have been countless discussions, on countless forums and websites, by numerous authors. Many theories have been developed and even some definitions, but what it really boils down to is: what do you believe and why?

The Force is energy, that point is nearly undisputed throughout the Jedi community. However, after that, things start to get hazier. In general, the Force will take one of two forms depending on personal beliefs: physical/metaphysical energy or spiritual energy. Some liken the Force to Reiki, Chakra, the Holy Spirit, Qi, Ki, physical energy, or byproducts of life, to name a few. The Jedi community has divided itself into these two aspects, physical and spiritual. Some Jedi call themselves realists so as to separate themselves from the “unrealists.” Is physical energy anymore real, than spiritual energy? Those who call themselves realists divide themselves from other Jedi, even if that isn’t their intention.

All of the ideas used in the Jedi community today, have roots in religion and scientific research. For example, on the Real Jedi Knights main webpage, they list the mitochondria as the source of the Force. It is scientific fact that this organelle does produce energy for the cell it resides in, but no link to spiritual has ever been observed. On the other side of this, however, there are forces in nature that can’t be observed or measured. Think of gravity, we can’t empirically measure it but we know it’s there and we know what it does. In the same way, we know that the Force exists and we can feel its presence. Another example just to drive this idea home is air. Air is invisible, but we can feel it, we can see its effects on the environment, but we can’t see it. We have never debated its existence because we could feel it and so the same is true of the Force.

On the spiritual side of things, the Force is, in a basic sense, spiritual energy whether that is the Soul, Chakra, Reiki or any of the other kinds of spiritual energy. This is where your personal beliefs develop the Force even more. If you believe in the Christian God, then the chances are good that you would perceive the Force to reflect those beliefs. However, if you are Atheist, it is likely that you would take a mixture of random spirituality and science to explain the Force (or perhaps some would just use science for an explanation). Regardless of your faith, affiliation or world view, one thing is abundantly clear: Jedi want to know what the Force is and they use their own personal beliefs to do so. However, in this world of ours things rarely are as they appear.

In the fiction, the Force is energy that exists in all living things. Without it life couldn’t exist and without life the organism called midi-chlorians couldn’t exist (in other words a symbiotic relationship). Life in its simplest state,  is insanely complex. A spider web of interactions and in these interactions is energy flow. The Force flows through all living things and gives them power. However, in my experience, when I accumulate the Force, it builds up in my chest and pelvic region. Not where any of the energy demanding functions preside, which would be expected of physical energy. The Force, therefore, is both spiritual and physical. Just like how photons are both waves and particles, the Force acts as two separate things but in reality is one.

Having said that, there are two aspects to the Force: the Unifying Force and the Living Force. The Living Force is the aspect that focuses on living things. Those who follow this aspect are more attuned with others and trust their instincts to a greater degree. Proponents of this aspect typically rely on their instincts and emphasize sensitivity to living things, rather than any kind of destiny. On the other side of this is the Unifying Force which has the concept of “just being what it is.” Supporters of the Unifying Force aspect typically believe in destiny and fate. Proponents of this theory look at the future and any opportunities; they think of the bigger picture and rarely live in the moment.

The Force is a deep and broad subject and one that continues to evolve, mold, and shift as the Jedi community changes. The Force is something we all seek to understand, but can we really understand something like this unless we understand ourselves? Is the Force spiritual, physical, or both? And finally is the Force Unifying or Living?
– Andrew Tai