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Re: Dealing with death
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I've dealt with 1 major death in my life...my Uncle who also served as my surrogate father. It was difficult.

I found my mourning time was a lot less than others, and I was able to heal from it more completely. Both I attribute to my training and beliefs as a Jedi.

In my opinion, you must combine a few different teachings to find your way through the process. Allow me to list a few quotes that exemplify the core philosophy.
"Life creates it [the Force], makes it grow. It's energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter." ~Yoda Ep.V
"The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together." ~ Obi-Wan Kenobi Ep. IV
"Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not." ~Yoda Ep. III

Taking these quotes together we can weave the core philosophy together. Life both creates and is created by the Force. In my opinion, I would surmise that the Force is then eternal and that we only borrow from it when we are born, and return thusly when we die. As we are all apart of the same energy, we are all connected on the most fundamental level.

We know this connection exists...you can feel it. Our emotions effect it and by association others are affected by those emotions. When was the last time you felt neutral and someone came into the room full of energy and life. Do you remember getting someone energized by them? How about if they came in upset, or angry...do you remember feeling more tense and non edge after? These are great examples of how our connection with the Force is ever present on a deep level.

Knowing this, believing in this, I realized when my Uncle died that he hadn't really left. He is with me, a part of me, and forever surrounding me as he has returned to the Force. When I mourned, what I missed was not him, but my interactions with him. My conversations with him, our Fathers Day breakfasts, introducing him to my wife, or at the time his future grandchildren. What I mourned was my feeling of loss, and when I realized that I was able to heal. Very quickly I learned the deeper meaning of the vow of attachment and realized that my tears and feeling of loss was selfish. When I finally came to terms with this, I was able to relax my mind and concentrate on the Force. It was then that I understood that I only lost the corporal connection to my Uncle, not the connection we shared through the Force. His impact on me, the memories I have of him, the teachings, everything about his interaction with my life remains and every time I remember those interactions I feel his presence around me.

Those around me, they actually preferred my outlook on it. Those who didn't, or were to Christianized to see past their own dogma, understood that the process worked for me. I don't know if anyone looked down upon me for how quickly I came to terms with it, or the fact that I did not revisit his grave after the burial. If they did, I did not care. My faith in Jediism and my connection with the Force provided me with all I needed.

Posted on: 2014/11/15 23:26
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Re: Vote for New Council formation
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Ace, I agree with you.

Without first defining the council and allowing membership to vote on it's by laws (essentially), we are leaving an open door for problems. Maybe not with the current guard, but a future guard.

The three committee setup was designed so that no one person or group could have complete control over this communal setting. Each operates within defined parameters and ultimately answers to the membership. Terms are kept short and repeat participation is not allowed. That was by design. Many don't realize this, but JGD, Ang, and I were the primary authors of that system when the previous system failed. We spent weeks debating and figuring out what would work best. Afterwards we posted drafts to the Masters for voting approval. They gave input on what they would want included in the committee setup. Several drafts were made before final vote was given by the Masters. After all the Masters were on board, we opened the vote to the entire membership. We got more input, made a few more revisions, then got an overwhelming unanimous vote. Once that was done, the Knights Marshall program was redefined, the Promotions Committee created, and about a year later the Disciplinary Committee was formed. All used the same formula which is why all worked.

The committees, while written by a few, were accepted by all because in the end we all had an opportunity for input.

My BIGGEST reservation here is that I don't see any of that. All I see is a call for a vote on a council that thus far is just air. There is no definition as to what it is. There is no definition to what it can do, and there is no definition as to whom it answers to. With out this it's just a name and it brings to light the question of why?

I think Ace got it right, at least how I see it. We want it cuz that's what's in the movies. But we aren't movie Jedi. While we borrow from the mythology, our paths are very different. Not to mention our membership is much smaller. In my opinion reforming a council with a membership this small send the wrong impression. It tells prospective initiates that we segregate our membership. It tells them that we are trying to be like the movies. And it tells them that we are a cult. None of this is true, but the perception of it would be as such.

The committees force active participation from every level of membership. Thy are ran and maintained by the membership and since everyone can participate there is no hierarchy in classifications. There is no them (the council) and us.

Now, I'm not saying a council can't work...I think it could. I would love to help draft that council and unify everything. But right now what you are presenting is just air and a promise of it will work.

Also, I'll say it again...it concerns me that we will allow such a major vote go through without an unanimous vote. This is not a minor change, it's a major shift in The structure of our community.

Give me more than a promise, give me something definitive and I may change my vote.

Righty now I stand with no.

Posted on: 2014/4/3 3:01
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Re: The Great Dictator's Speech
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That's a go-to youtube video for me. Inspirational every time.

Posted on: 2014/4/1 0:53
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Re: Vote for New Council formation
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I vote no to the council unless very strict guidelines are put into place. Everyone keeps posting about the issues of the past council are gone. I disagree.

Based on my experience on the council and dealing with those who were, I can tell you the issues that caused it's downfall were less about the members and more about it's setup. There were no checks and balances. There were no term limits. It became an environment which bred power, and the love of it, even in those who typically wouldn't succumb.

So, if you want a yes vote from me, you better define some things.

Also...are we allowing this to go through with a majority vote? Wouldn't something like this, the weight of it require an unanimous vote? At the very least unanimous from the senior staff of this temple...the Masters as thus defined?

I feel more discussion and definition is required before we could truly go through with this. Before it's voted in, a clear set of rules and guidelines must be drafted and presented.

In regards to the committees. They were formed to spur and encourage participation from all different levels of membership. Collapsing those and putting the power into a few negates this purpose. As membership dwindles, encouraging active members to participate becomes more and more important.

Please...put some serious thoughts and considerations into this decision.

~Nemo

Posted on: 2014/4/1 0:52
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Re: Jedi Robes for the Temple.
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I would pay for some updates to my current robes. Not much, would like a set of secondary tabards and an under tunic. Just let me know when/if you can do this.

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~Nemo

Posted on: 2014/3/9 23:34
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Re: Jedi Uniform
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Kreic, where did you find the hoodie!? I've been looking for a brown zip hoddie for a long time.

Posted on: 2014/3/9 23:13
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Re: Representing at a local hockey game!
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Thunder! Shut'em out 1-0.

Posted on: 2014/2/18 14:56
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Representing at a local hockey game!
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http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dl ... tion=desktop&Item=4#img-4

I'm the one with his 4 year old son - Christopher and Orion Curtis.

Also..this is us from last year up on the team's website:
http://www.stocktonthunder.com/2012/0 ... vs-san-francisco-2-15-14/

I know I'm fairly quiet round here...but I still try and spread the word!

May the Force be with you,
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Posted on: 2014/2/17 14:13
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Re: Calling all Jedi, Priority call
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Merin,

I worked at a gymnastics club for 13 years. After the economic crisis, he decided to sell off one of his locations. After offering it to his daughter, who declined, he offered it to me. I don't think he thought I would take it...but I did. I over paid, I know...but over the past year we have saved it from the clutches of failure and are steadily rebuilding a stronger business. It's nice being able to run things the way I like and the way I know they could work. I surround myself with intelligent and creative people to help keep my ego in check and to push the business out into open territory forcing our competitors in a fun game of catch up!

The business is in a different city, about 45 miles away. We are working to move there.

Posted on: 2013/7/20 2:31
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Re: Calling all Jedi, Priority call
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I lurk more than I post. But I'm still around. I still have a student, yet we are on an extended hiatus due to several reasons.
Personally, Rachel is about to deliver our 3rd son next week. Her and I bought a business last year and have been busy dealing with that, plus 2.8 kids and prepping to move to a new city. All of which contribute largely to why I'm not more active.

Posted on: 2013/7/19 3:31
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