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Colors Of The Jedi
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With the Holidays here - and red and green everywhere we see - the Jedi do not have color designations to decorate or wear, or use... Sports Teams, Organizations, and Holidays, Special Events, even gender and other social issues have color designations they can use.

How about the Jedi?

After some thought this is an option: It is Kraft Brown (or natural beige), a lighter blue, and a bright green and white as Jedi Lightsaber classic colors and white for spirituality.

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Of course it could be changed a bit to add grey, or black or red - for other Jedi/Sith Community philosophies. Just as those who celebrate Christmas but are not Christian often use the winter colors of blue, silver and white... (which also happen to be the Jewish Colors of the season).

Kraft Brown is considered a color of humility. Green might also add to the concern for the environment and life. Blue may stand for loyalty, and other aspects of the Jedi.

I would be very interested in feedback.

(Frankly - I'd like to be able to celebrate as others do - and colors are colors are colors..lol...no one can complain. But perhaps it would be a nice start?)

Posted on: 2007/12/13 13:57
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Re: The Folly of War??
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There are times when we need protectors who will use violence against violence.

There are people who are not in their right mind. There are people who are also drugged/drunk. Some are overtaken by emotion.

The causes of this state - which at root is all the same - are numerous. Many feel Hitler caused a sort of insanity amongst enough of the Germans (and those that might have prevented the horrors of this insanity remained quiet) used the times he lived-in and further insanity of long held prejudist to rouse enough people to commit atrocities.

The Second World War may have been necessary. It was also preventable had more stood up to a madman and a growing insanity in his nation at an earlier time.

Sometimes War is necessary - but it's also always preventable.

The real human depravity is an unnecessary war.

Posted on: 2007/12/13 10:47
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Re: AN INTRODUCTION TO ZEN
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Zazen - and counted breathing - the best for STRESS!!!!

I learned this first at Jedi Academy and then also at Blue Group. This is an important Jedi skill, indeed!

I believe Zazen will also help many with sleep problems - which I almost never have but I do sometimes sleep and wake up with stress.

Zazen is cleansing and it is in the control of the breathing and if you can, also control your heart rate.

I used Zazen - because you can "get-into it" quickly if you become accustomed to using it when I witnessed a deadly car crash. Instead of letting my body and it's stress take-over, I took control, and was a good witness and a help with other traffic, protecting other people.

Jedi - we must train and learn all the skills available to us. I think Zazen Meditation must be a part of every Jedi's skill's kit.

I hope those with more experience than I will tell more way of using Zazen or forms of Zazen to assist us - and possibly assist others.

Posted on: 2007/12/13 10:31
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Re: Meeting Tonight?
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So - is there going to be a meeting?

I would be willing to be a secretary or something and/or an ambassador from Jeditown.

I need to begin Jeditown again to coincide with other things going on in the community. I'd also like to be able to report other Jedi Community events to the TOTJF members or council...etc..

I've never been willing to be on the council but if it would help at this point I would. That - or simply assign mods and stop the Council and instead have groups who want to work on projects.

Whatever it takes to get members feeling supported, to make them feel there is responsibility and continuity here. There are some really wonderful things we can do here because of the membership.

I do think people come and want to be more involved but see nothing happening?

As an active and interested member - and also something of an intersite ambassador - I'd love to see TOTJF become it's own special place for Jedi to turn-to. I think there is a niche here that the Jedi Community needs.

I too offer to be of help - secretary or whatever - if there is a need.

***I also would like to nominate Octagon to the Council. He has been quite active lately - and he would make a good addition.

***Hey! When is Greyson ever going to be a Knight? We need him!

- Asta

Posted on: 2007/12/12 13:51
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Re: Jedi , how do you celebrate religious holidays?
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See - I was really active in both my religions of heritage -both Quaker and Episcopalian.

I miss that interraction. I miss the excitement of celebrating what really was my spirituality.

I simply can't be a hypocrite and partake as I did. It feels wrong to me. I am not saying this is so of everyone and I admit I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person - but I really miss celebrating what I am, and what I believe, with others who have that same feeling...

In my family we never spent more than $50 on a Christmas gift for eachother - it was the religious aspect. It was the feast. It was discussion.

I think I'll have to add my new one to my families'. I have come "out" to them as a Jedi. Because no one in my family likes Science Fiction they honestly don't know what that means. LOL... Might make it easier...

Next year I will concentrate on that - more sharing now that I myself have more knowledge and am set in my path as a Jedi.

It would be fun to think of something "Jedi" to do - even a color scheme like most Holidays have...I dunno...I just love that part of it all.

I do appreciate all the words - and hope we all have a lovely holiday!

- Asta

Posted on: 2007/12/12 13:40
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Re: Meeting Tonight?
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For those who put in a lot of time, care and thought - no - that isn't how it should happen.

Isn't maybe, just maybe?, time for a clean sweep? Maybe it's time to open up the entire site and not have the "secret" non-open by rank areas.

I see it driving people apart rather than bringing them together.

PM's are for private messages - and I know they get enough use anyway.

I could give a hang about the ranks - as I've made obvious -it is my opionion. That said - ranks are here and why not leave them? But why segregate ranks?

There are not enough active members for such groupings to make much sense.

I wouldn't bother to write here if I didn't care. If I didn't think it was worth it.

I know this membership means a lot to on another. Why not reach out to older members who pop-by. I saw Patty the other night. I've seen Jax Secura. I've seen some I never knew...

The past is past...remember the good, learn from the bad, and change this site to make it friendly and open for all.

My two cents...

- Asta

Posted on: 2007/12/11 11:11
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Re: Meeting Tonight?
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Guys! If you cannot even keep-up with a once in a month meeting why do we bother with a council?

This meeting was rather urgent considering the state of the site...

I see Scythe was here and Todd - where were the rest of you? (I know Merin is active as he's the only one who commented on the only training going on here...mine!)

Nassim is only moderately active - but important due to his knowledge. But I can understand his frustration. Why aren't more learning the incredibly valuable Jedi skill of Reiki?

I guess not many serious Jedi here...that's why.

We need ACTIVE members to be on a council or at least mods - or at least INTERESTED.

This doesn't mean coming on the site every few days to "lay down the law". As I understand it - that's what began causing trouble before I ever arrived.

This is technically the most interactive Jedi site around. It's a terrific forum. It has members that have stayed around off and on through the worst upset I've ever seen on any forum Jedi or not.

But where is everyone? PMing and infighting do nothing for the site. It's just ego, it's petty, and it's killing what is left here.

You guys even have a great training program (well - the pre-apprentice part - the rest is marginal in my opinion.)

If you are on the council and can't be active - RESIGN.
If you are simply not as interested - RESIGN.

It's okay - not everyone is up for it. Not everyone has time for goodness sake. We all understand it and would not condemn anyone for that...

But can we stop playing-around and either do the job or move aside so some of the more active members here can? We yet have senior members who are intested...I see them here...

You all have a good thing here!

- I'm working...where are you?

- Not mad - dissappointed.

- Asta

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Re: Jedi , how do you celebrate religious holidays?
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Thanks Nemo...funny Pix Octagon...LOL...

Yeah - now that you mention it, it may also be the double whammy of not going home this year either. Also - I did used to be active in church and Quaker meeting this time of year, and that is sort of gone too.

I guess I'll have to find out ways to adjust - or work towards having an-in-person Jedi meeting with all the Michigan/Ohio Jedi. Or - if I open a store in Anchorage try to establish some Jedi presence there for next year...heh.


Just took me by surprise I guess...

- Asta Sophi

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Jedi , how do you celebrate religious holidays?
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I joined my first Jedi site - this one - back when it was TOTJO, on December 26th of last year.

I celebrated Easter, but now these months of training and finding my path as a Jedi I feel rather strange considering this Christmas Holiday Season. I know I am no longer purely a Christian. I do not consider myself a part of any religion any longer.

The Quaker faith is weirdly close to the Jedi in many ways. But when I think of Christmas - I always attended Midnight Mass at the Episcopal church with the servmon, the singing and walking out into the snowy night after.

I did not put out any decorations - but for a holly flag I had in my closet. The others I will send to my sister and her kids. It simply doesn't have the meaning it once did. I did not even decorate my stores this year - for the first time in 19 years - but let employees do it.

For the first time in my life I know I will be attending - if I attend church - as an outsider. It's been on my mind for days that I am no longer "part" of the Christian religion. I am now a spectator of it. It won't touch me as it once did.

Did any of you go through this?

Any words/philosophy would be helpful. The closer Christmas comes, the more isolated I feel. I also suddenly realize we have no "special days" as Jedi.

I love holidays - I love the specialness and the preparation.

I am surprised how "blue" this has made me...

- Asta Sophi

Posted on: 2007/12/9 18:32
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Re: TheFolly of Pleasing All - by Benjamim Franklin
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When I look back on my life I consider my reaching maturity at the age where I could listen to people, but did not feel the need to please them.

Benjamin Franklin has been one of my role models since I was a teen. Loved seeing this!

Posted on: 2007/12/9 18:08
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