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Hello, my name is Jesse but I go by the name Therrien Xavier or Yishai but preferably Therrien Xavier. I have been around the community roughly 11 years now, though I have never completed a full course it is because I have had difficulty navigating sites. Anyway, I suppose I'll say a little about myself now. I'm 31 years old, I live in Springfield, Mo I am married with 1 Son and 1 Stepson. I follow the Jedi Path like all of you here, I don't come to beg for training I come to take it upon myself to put in the work and make my way up. I believe in the heart of man lies the true essence of being a spiritual being and through hard work dedication and commitment that we all can reach this state of nirvana or bliss. May the Force be with you all. So anyway I have encountered a problem with the training videos here, they will not play it's like the links are dead. Should I just skip over them and continue on? - Therrien Xavier

Entry #01

Jedi Beliefs
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I have been a member of the Jedi Community for many years now and I have found that sometimes we have to get back to the basics. When we do this we re-energize and re-imagine what Jedi Beliefs we follow, we can see how much we have grown over the years by looking back at our journals from the beginning and seeing how we have progressed.

Beliefs

-In the inherent worth of every person. People are worthy of respect, support, and caring just because they are human.

I have had trouble with this in the past and I struggle to see the inherent good in the world from time to time. In a world gone crazy, I find that retreating and seeking refuge in the Jedi Code helps me to understand this fundamental teaching. The world is like the chaotic oceans during a hurricane the winds are whipping and the water sloshing yet the eye of the storm, the center, is calm and this is how I imagine that we all should be. We should not let the outside world conflict our own inner spirit and our views of others in the world because we never truly know what kind of storm others are going through. We must show compassion "Always" even when it seems like we cannot or we really don't want to.

-In working towards a culture that is relatively free of discrimination on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, degree of ability, age, etc.

This is something else I have struggled with in the past is discrimination. Based upon my upbringings in my past I have found that I have been biased against certain aspects mentioned above. But in recent times I have begun to work toward inner peace, understanding of others, and acceptance and tolerance of how others are. It is not for me to judge the way people conduct their lives. We all are here on this planet for a limited time and time is too precious to waste warring over race, sexual orientation, religion and other subjects. If we are to fix the problems of our planet time is of the essence.

-In the sanctity of the human person. We oppose the use of torture and cruel or unusual punishment.

This is a no-brainer really, treat people the way you would want to be treated. I do not believe in using tactics of control over people and hurting people to get what you want. Sharing and caring is the way to change how the world handles itself.

To Be Continued.



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Welcome to our temple!
The first step in becoming an Apprentice, should you feel so inclined, is to begin a training Journal in the appropriate forum. In your training journal your first post should be to introduce yourself, tell us what brought you to our temple, what you hope to learn here, and why you want to become a Jedi. (you've pretty much done this here already, pardon my copy/pasting)

To complete the Initiate's requirements for Apprenticeship, please complete the following: Begin with meditating on and describing line-by-the Jedi code, creed, tenets, 16 teachings, & Vows (found HERE).

Please be as elaborate and as thorough as possible, relating any experiences that you have had with them. Please pace yourself with these works, and remember that this is not a race. This is about the journey, and not the destination. This is how you will come to know us, and how we will come to know you. You are not under any deadline to complete this aspect of your journal.

Also, please take some time to consider and answer the following questions: Who are you, and how did you find this Temple? Why do want to become a Jedi? What brought you to this conclusion? If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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Welcome, Therrien! Your name sound very familiar to me from a few FB Jedi groups and i also remember slightly that we talked to each other on FB a few times years ago. Which Jedi Communities are you a part of?
I like your thoughts in your introduction, very good beginning (or continuition? ) so far!
I'm glad to meet you here too and hope you'll find your place here as well

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Thank you, Master Ace. *Bows*

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Entry # 2

My thoughts and interpretation of the Jedi Code.

"There is no emotion, There is Peace."

of course, we are not saying that emotion does not exist within the Jedi ranks but we are to not let our emotions be our guiding factor, we are to harness and control the emotions to keep them at bay.

my own interpretation of this line of the code is

"There is no emotion, There is mind."

Meaning that though I wholeheartedly recognize that my emotions are there, they are only manifestations created by the mind, which I believe can be a tool used for the greater good, however, I also believe that the mind can be a terrible master when left to its own devices.

There is no ignorance, There is knowledge.

Well, this one I have always sort of had a quarrel with because of course there is ignorance and ignorant thought but this stems from and only from lack of knowledge, this is why I feel that it is of the utmost importance to train the mind to obey you and not the other way around. However, it is unhealthy to think so much and this becomes a problem for people who are what I would call habitual thinkers. When the mind over thinks it overheats, and when we overheat we burn ourselves out on whatever it is we are thinking about. Also thinking too much can lead to insomnia which lack of sleep is bad for the body in return.

My own interpretation of this one is

There is no ignorance, Only lack of knowledge

By acknowledging the lack of knowledge we and others may have we can find humbleness in knowing that there is still much to learn and to always learn.

There is no passion, there is serenity

For me, this is sort of a difficult one. Of course, there is passion in things that we do and hold dear but we must not let these passions become obsessions we must seek and strive for serenity in knowing that our passions are part of what makes our life great, it's what gives us our drive to do better.

So for this, I interpret the code as follows

There is no passion, There is Drive.

I prefer the term drive over serenity because I acknowledge the serenity of life around me and through it, I find myself in a blissful and serene state of mind.

There is no chaos, There is Harmony.

Life is like the ocean crashing up against the rocky cliff, you never know which way the waves will fall or how hard they will crash but looking at them we begin to see the beautiful and complex structures found in the water and we can see that we ourselves are imperfect like the waters crashing motion yet we can perspective from these waters by acknowledging that life is the same, yet we can find Harmony in a storm, like the eye of a hurricane.

There is no death, There is The Force.

Like all things in life, everything has a cycle, it is my observation that everything like Newton's observations has an opposite and equal reaction, There is night and there is day but the in between is what interests me most We call these hours Noon and afternoon yet they are only variations of the one thing. Just like you have Hot, Lukewarm, then cold Luke warm is but another variation of the same thing, to me this is the underlying nature of the Force and it is how we are all interconnected.

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Very nice entry, Therrien! i like your interpretation of Ignorance, Yet Knowledge. One thing i might add is that there is never a such thing as a stupid question, and that by simply asking, it can show the eagerness to learn, therefore, there is no ignorance, only knowledge.

I am also VERY impressed with your interpretation of the last line of code. I agree verymuch with the idea of a cycle.

Great Job so far!
also, Hi, Im Quetra, One of Master Ace's Students. Welcome to TOTJF!

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Thank you Quetra, it is a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

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Please keep your training posts all in one thread (this one). It will make reviewing your work much easier later on.

Copied/pasted from the other thread you started, that should be posted here:

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Therrien Xavier on The Jedi Creed.

I am a Jedi, an instrument of peace.

We use the Force to instill kindness in the world through our actions and kind words, we must fight evil with kindness. We let our actions speak volumes.

Where there is hatred I shall bring love;

Where there is hatred we shall bring compassion and caring and understanding to situations where all seems lost.

Where there is injury, pardon;

I will be humble in admitting I never got this one really, are we talking about physical injury, mental injury? What does it mean by pardon?

Where there is doubt, faith;

There are times where we must bring faith to peoples lives by reassuring them that through faith we can put our doubts at ease.

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is despair we must bring the light of hope, give people the drive to keep going when there seems like there is no hope to have.

Where there is darkness, light;

We must bring light to the darkest situations because without the dark there cannot be the light of any situation.

And where there is sadness, joy.
I am a Jedi.

We live in a world that is saddened by despair from sources such as poverty, war, death, crime and other sources. In these areas, we need to bring joy by any means to peoples life.

I shall never seek so much to be consoled as to console;

There are times when we feel that we need to be consoled but consoling to others is part of what makes us Jedi and we are selfless above all in service to others.

To be understood as to understand;

We must be nonbiased when dealing with situations that do not directly involve us and stand as the middleman to see all views and sides of a situation. We must understand how both parties may feel and give guidance from an unbiased position in hopes of helping both parties come to an understanding.

To be loved as to love;

We want nothing more in this world but to be loved by our brethren but this love must be shared, meaning we must have the love for our peers and everyone else in the world.

For it is in giving that we receive;

We should always be quick to give before receiving it is in giving that the true gift of receiving is found.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

We shall always find the means to forgive people of their downfalls or things that they may do that may go against our moral compass.

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
The Force is always with me, for I am a Jedi.
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Now I'm deleting the other thread.

Good work so far though! Keep it up!

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Entry #4

The Three Main Teachings

Focus

Our focus determines our reality, this is a phrase we have all heard time and time again, and the truth is, this is actually the truth. When we put in the work and "Focus" we can achieve great things when we stay on track and committed to our paths. Having a clear mind means more work can be finished and the more we get done.

Knowledge

To truly understand the way knowledge works we must break down what knowledge really is. Taking in information and processing it is one thing, but to really understand the things we learn is another and to apply things that we learn is yet another thing. Through our "Focus" we can gain "Knowledge" and through our Knowledge, we Gain Wisdom.

Wisdom

Having wisdom is a process through which I believe we learn from obtaining knowledge through trial and error, we have from time to time said the phrase "Been There Done That", this is part of wisdom. Wisdom comes from the experiences we have lived and have learned from and that we can pass this wisdom on to the next generation with understanding and hope that they make better choices than we have.

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The 16 Teachings of the Jedi as interpreted by Therrien Xavier

1. As Jedi, we are in touch with the Living Force flowing through and around us, as well as being spiritually aware of the Force. Jedi are trained to become sensitive to the Force's energy, fluctuations, and disturbances.
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For me becoming sensitive of the Force in great a great deal is becoming sensitive to one's own energy and the energies of others around you, it is showing compassion when called for and being naturally empathetic towards others own feelings. Also, it is being spiritually aware your yourself and your role within the universe and our world.
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2. Jedi live and focus on the present; we must neither dwell on the past nor be overly concerned about the future. As the mind wanders, focusing on the present is a task not easily attained, for the mind is not content with the eternal present moment. As Jedi, we must release our stress and ease our minds.
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Living in the present is the best place to be. We must not worry about the past as the past is just that the past. It cannot be changed no matter what we do however we can make things better now. We also should not worry about a future that is non-existent and not guaranteed, sure we can prepare for the future but spending time worrying about it is hurtful to our own mental health and should be avoided at all costs
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3. Jedi must maintain a clear mind; this is achieved through meditation and contemplation. Our minds can become cluttered and infected by forces and attitudes that we encounter every day and must be purged of these unnecessary elements on a daily basis.

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We can achieve clarity through the contemplation that the mind creates all negative thoughts and emotions and simply do not exists, this is what I will refer to here as the Void. The state of being and mind of nothingness where there is thought there comes worry, it is up to us to make sure that this clutter does not pile on top of each other.

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4. As Jedi, we are mindful of our thoughts... we focus our thoughts on the positive. The positive energy of the force is healthy for the mind, body, and spirit.
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Just as our minds create negative emotions, thoughts and feelings so too does it generate positive emotions, thoughts, and feelings. These positive thoughts are what we should strive to create all day every day through inner peace we begin to change the world around us through positive action, positive thought. Before we can change the world, first we must change our minds.
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5. As Jedi, we trust and use our feelings. We are intuitive, more so than others and with this heightened intuition, we become more spiritually evolved as our minds become more harmonious with the Force and its influences.
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As Jedi we use intuition to guide our actions, they say usually the first thought is the correct one. We use our intuition along with our emotions to take action when corrective action is needed. As Qui-Gon once said "Feel, Don't think", and so intuition is one of the Force's greatest tools given to a Jedi to work with.
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6. Jedi are patient. Patience is elusive but can be consciously developed over time.
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Patience is another one of a Jedi's greatest tools when we face a situation that requires patience it teaches us that great care must be taken in order for things to pan out the way we would like them too regardless of how long things take. Without patience, we come aggravated and annoyed with situations where stress seems like a likely factor.
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7. Jedi are mindful of the negative emotions which lead to the Dark Side: Anger, Fear, Aggression, and Hate. If we sense these emotions manifesting within ourselves, we must meditate on the Jedi Code and focus on purging these destructive emotions.
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When we come across negative emotions we must stop and ask ourselves why we are having these emotions, feelings or thoughts. When we begin to delve into the nature of our darkness only then can we sort out the sources of each particular issue that we deal with. We can achieve inner peace by meditating on why it is we feel what we are feeling and come up with a solution to our darkness.
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8. Jedi understand that physical training is as important as training the mind and the spirit. We understand that all aspects of training are necessary to maintain the Jedi way of life and to perform the duties of a Jedi.
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Physical training is important to a Jedi because the mind is connected to the rest of the body via the spinal cord and the Chakra centers, the Nadis aka Energy Points and the nervous system it is through the physical training that we keep a healthy body which in turn corresponds with the brain by sending electrical stimuli to the brain and giving us a good charge.
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9. Jedi protect the peace. We are warriors of peace, and are not ones to use force to resolve a conflict; it is through peace, understanding, and harmony that conflicts resolve.
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We don't take the title "Jedi Knights" lightly, as symbols of peace and of knighthood we are in a position where we are to represent those who need our protection and we must protect those who are meager. Whether we give blood to help protect those with blood diseases or donate an organ to those in need of a transplant. It is through our peaceful actions that we can settle any conflict that arises.
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10. Jedi believe in destiny and trust in the will of the Force. We accept the fact that what seem to be random events are not random at all, but the design of the Force. Each living creature has a purpose, understanding that purpose comes with a deep awareness of the Force. Even things that happen which seem negative have a purpose, though that purpose is not easy to see.
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I for one do "not" believe in destiny I believe in the will of the Force but I believe that will is also the will of our spirit and through the spirit we gain drive. I do believe things happen for a reason however but I do not believe things are planned to happen in a certain fashion, through Chaos I find harmony in knowing that no matter what happens all is as the Force wills it to be.
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11. Jedi must let go of obsessive attachment, both material and personal. The obsession over possessions creates the fear of losing those possessions, which can lead to the Dark Side.
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Possession can come in a number of forms, from the objects that we own to the relationships that we are in, human beings can sometimes have a demonic sense to them in that we like and have the ability to possess things and like demons we tend to hate loss when confronted with the light that pushes back on the darkness.
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12. Jedi believe in eternal life. We do not become obsessed in mourning those who pass. Grieve as you will but take heart, for the soul and spirit continue in the netherworld of the Living Force.
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I believe that life will continue on even when my physical body passess away. One part of us our spirit joins back with the Force until it finds a new vehicle in which to manifest in and make its way into the 3D world. Then our physical bodies decompose and become food for the things that crawl in the Earth, which then after we are digested we become the fecal matter and dropped back into the Earth where then we become fertilizer for new life to spring from. We Die and regrow and the tree of life, as all things do.
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13. Jedi use the Force only when it is necessary. We do not apply our abilities or powers to boast or be prideful. We use the Force for knowledge, and exercise wisdom and humility in doing so, for humility is a trait all Jedi must embody.
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We should never for any reason use abilities that we may gain along the way for attack everything must be in defense whether it be for ourselves or for someone else, and even then we should strive for a more peaceful solution to any opponent we may face. It is through unbiased listening and reasoning that we can find peacful solutions to situations.
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14. We as Jedi believe that love and compassion are central to our lives. We must love each other as we love ourselves; by doing this, we envelop all life in the positive energy of the Force.
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We are selfless but let's face it, to love each other we have to start by loving ourselves and making peace with the fact that we as human beings are not perfect, only then can we have the appreciation, the wisdom, and the sight to see the imperfections of others with non-judgment and understanding.
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15. Jedi are guardians of peace and justice. We believe in finding peaceful solutions to problems, gifted as we are, we remain negotiators of the utmost ability. We never negotiate out of fear, but never fear to negotiate. We embrace justice, protecting and preserving the fundamental rights of all living creatures. Empathy and compassion are vital to us; it allows us to comprehend the wounds caused by injustice.
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We as Jedi seek justice for everyone whether or not they are right or wrong and sometimes justice may come in the form that is right for the person who is wrong. Either way we must approach justice with compassion and logic in any case. We are to be judges but not to judge by our personal feelings or emotions but based on the actions and the results of those actions of others and amongst ourselves. Holding each other accountable for our actions helps mold us into better Jedi and ultimately better citizens of the Planet.
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16. We as Jedi make a commitment to, and are loyal to the Jedi cause. The ideals, philosophies, and practices of the Jedi define the belief of Jediism, and we take action on this path for self-improvement, and to help others. We are both the witnesses and protectors of the Jedi way by the practice of our Faith.
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I will not speak for others and only for myself here. Yes it is true that we do make and share a commitment to the Jedi cause, the ideals, and the philosophies but we must always question the things that we are taught,(Not the Masters) to believe, it is healthy to have a dose of skepticism as it helps us to grow in ways we could never imagine and it also helps to shape a better Jedi community whenever we are able to exchange questions and thoughts, it helps the community grow as a whole and keeps the cycle of learning going. By questioning our own philosophies and ideas it gives us insight into ourselves and our community and makes us better at governing ourselves.

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