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Re: Inner Masters
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I kind of see the Inner Master as our subconscious self within the Force, if that makes sense. The Inner Master exists within ourselves through our connection to the Force, hence our own subconscious within the Force. Which, to me, is a rather significant thing. The Inner Master doesn't just guide us to being a better person, he shows us what we can become.

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Re: What is The Force?
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Sentience implies the ability to think and reason. "God" in Christianity is said to be omniscient, thus implying he is sentient. When I say all living things I mean all sentient life and non-sentient life. The Living Force flows through plants too. There is bacteria that grows on planets other than Earth and on asteroids too, those may also be included. With all that knowledge, yes, perhaps the Force could still make a mistake if it is sentient, however it would be highly unlikely. With that knowledge may also be the possibility of connecting to the Cosmic Force. If so, it may be more than I previously suggested possible. Instead of simply all living things, perhaps all livings things that have ever been and ever will be from the dawn of time to the end.

I'm still uncertain about the possibility of sentience. I'm just speculating and going on a "what if."

Posted on: 2016/4/20 2:33
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Re: Fun existential comic stripe
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I love these comics. I've been reading them in my free time for over a week now. The first one is still my favourite.

Posted on: 2016/4/19 15:44
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Re: What is The Force?
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Well said, Arigorn. Although the feeling can't be accurately described with words alone, we can still contemplate the existence of it. In doing so we may learn more about ourselves, not just the Force, and then the next time we focus on that feeling it may seem so much greater. Obi-Wan also said something similar regarding truth too, "Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view."

Hiker, I didn't know there was a Daredevil show. I'll have to look that up. I did watch the movie and I've seen a couple of the comics my dad used to have. From what I've seen I like Daredevil.

Those are some good points, Mike. It may be unfortunate that I can not be content with not knowing unless the pursuit of knowledge is allowed. Does that make sense? So long as I can acquire more knowledge along the way I am happy chasing the object that can not be caught. I do agree with the far Eastern view, actually the Japanese and Chinese teachings are the foundation of my current beliefs.

So here's an idea for discussion. The Force from what I've seen is not in itself sentient, but appears to be in some ways. What if the layer of sentience within the Force is the collective consciousness of all life forms? The will of the living and the departed taking form within the Force. Like an internet for our souls. I never really thought about that before, so I'm just kinda tossing the idea out there.

Posted on: 2016/4/19 15:42
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Re: What is The Force?
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I've always seen looking at the stars as something like looking at the past and even without the Cosmic Force in consideration that's really what it is. The light we see has travelled billions of lightyears to reach us. Some of those stars we think we see are really just an echo of something that may have died billions of years ago. Some of it isn't so far though, there's a number of solar systems only a few dozen lightyears away which we happen to know are still young.

I agree though. The Living Force is the here and now, the moment, and the Cosmic Force is the past and future. The Living Force travels through time as we do while the Cosmic Force encompasses it.

Posted on: 2016/4/18 4:06
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Re: What is The Force?
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I believe it is all the same Force, we're just looking at the different sides of it. Like seeing a person's front and saying, "That's Fred!" Then we see his back, the back of his head is different, so we say, "That's George!" But its the same person. Its the same Force, just at a different angle and performing a different task. At least that's one theory. Another way of looking at it might be to say like a profession; woodwork is carpentry, ironwork is blacksmithy, clothwork is tailoring, all are crafting. With that analogy we can say it is all the same thing (Force or Crafting), but performing different tasks we give it a different title.

I define the Cosmic Force and the Unifying Force as the same when looking at them in parts though. I haven't seen a difference between them yet. The best I could define the Unifying Force as would be a blend of the Living and the Cosmic, "unifying" the two.

As for sensing the Cosmic, I do so best when looking at anything that reminds me how small I am and how big we all are. The ocean, the mountains, the solar system, the galaxy, the universe. The larger the scale the easier it is to see that we completely disappear in the grand scheme of things. We are such tiny organisms clinging to just one little pale blue dot, a speck of dust floating through space. That realization puts me in the right mindset to connect with something beyond the living, that's when I sense the Cosmic Force the best.

I think all our understanding is a bit limited. We can only know individually what we have experienced or been taught and how can we fully grasp the essence of something as vast as the Force? It flows throughout the entire universe, that means it is so much bigger than we can even conceive at this point in time. But, by discussing it in a group we might reach a better understanding of it. We can expand our knowledge by sharing our experiences and our perspectives. Its one of the things I love about this temple.

Posted on: 2016/4/18 2:36
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What is The Force?
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In my philosophy class we covered how to find another question by asking a question to thoroughly explore a topic. In asking "what is god" we covered our expectations of a god, our definition of the concept, and how that concept could be possible. The conclusion was that "god" would have to be the cosmos with everything in existence being a part of "god." The concept of "god" and "The Force" are a little different. So I thought I would ask that here. Of course we know the Force when we connect to it, but here the goal is to simply contemplate it intellectually, philosophically.

We know that the Force is an energy that flows throughout the universe. It is an energy that we can tap into through meditation, that we can feel anywhere and use with training. Most commonly I see the Force organized into two sets of two parts. The Dark Side and the Light Side. The Cosmic Force and the Living Force. These four aspects of the Force make up what we consider the Force to be.

I've been thinking about this for awhile now. I've decided that "dark side" and "light side" may be more a matter of opinion or perspective than a set fact. Much like how what one sees as "good" another may see as "evil." A person, having both good and evil moments, can't reasonably and verifiably be declared either good or evil. Instead we would say that he has done good/evil deeds. So it is with the Force, it isn't whether a side is "light" or "dark," but how it is used or perceived at any moment. With that opinion of it I set aside the light and dark side in defining what the Force is.

The Living Force is the part of the Force that flows through and binds all living things. The Cosmic Force flows through all non-living things, through space and time, binding the cosmos. However, as the Living Force flows even through bacteria, it can be found throughout things we consider insentient including rocks and dirt. The Living Force thus flows through all things, but so far from what I understand not through space and time in the same way as the Cosmic Force.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you spent much time contemplating what the Force is and how it works? What does "The Force" mean to you?

Posted on: 2016/4/17 23:02
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Re: What is your Jedi Specialization?
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My result was archeologist. "A Jedi archaeologist was a Jedi who, like the Jedi historian and Jedi librarian, had specialized in knowledge of the history of the galaxy and the Jedi Order, but who preferred working in the field. A number were xenoarchaeologists."

Posted on: 2016/4/9 5:04
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Re: Making a new horror RPG - could use some ideas!
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I just realized the second gargoyle riddle I suggested mentions a weapon that might not be in the world you're using. You could replacing it with crossbows, swords, magic, etc. Also, if it fits better, the mentioned lions could be wolves instead.

Posted on: 2016/4/3 13:43
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Re: Name Changes
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Thank you, Ace.

Posted on: 2016/4/2 19:43
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