Who is a Jedi?
“Jedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy. Jedi use their powers to defend and protect, never to attack others. Jedi ferrets out deceit and injustice, bringing it to light. Jedi respect all life, in any form. Jedi serve others rather than ruling over them, for the good of the galaxy. Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.“- Grand Master Luke Skywalker, The Jedi Creed
You can be a Jedi too. Anyone can become a Jedi. Anyone who values their own wisdom, knowledge, training, service, creativity, and contribution to the world more than their nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, financial status, or political power can be a Jedi. Jedi come from all walks of life. We are doctors, teachers, scientists, engineers, waiters, artists, musicians, performers, clowns, cleaners, cooks, gardeners, drivers, healers, writers, parents, poets, etc. Anyone able to access the light within themselves and focus it out into the world through responsible and joyful citizenship can become a Jedi.
A Jedi respects all forms of life and seeks peaceful, non-combative solutions to any conflict. Physical force is used only in self-defense and for the defense of those unable to protect themselves. A Jedi engages in training mind, body, and spirit to gain free and full access to the Force, the life force that flows throughout the universe and within each living being.
Jedi train in all fields that cultivate excellence in
- Integrity and ethical behavior, guided by the Yamas, Niyamas, and the Qualities of Enlightenment
- Concentration and focus through Beyond Asana, Qi Gong
- Physical fitness, strength, flexibility, and agility
- Mastery of the mind through Vipassana meditation
- Compassionate verbal communication
- Gender empathy and equity, through Fathers & Brothers Care, salsa dancing, tango dancing, contact improvisation dancing
- Peaceful conflict resolution
- Non-violent combat through martial arts training, such as Aikido and Shakti-Shanti
- Respectful, joyful, playful, genuine non-transactional intimacy through Tantra Lite training
- Protecting and preserving the planets, particularly Planet Earth along with all its human and non-human inhabitants, by engaging in responsible civic, social, and political action on a regular basis. Ready, Steady, Go!
- Cultivating of unconditioned freedom of mind and life through UnPrescription practices
- Aligning with the rhythms of nature with the practice of rhythm through drumming, body music, and dancing
- Learning, teaching, and sharing inspiration, knowledge and skills that cultivate wisdom, health, and happiness in oneself and others
The Jedi School doesn’t promote or discriminate against any religion including Jediism. You are encouraged to explore the concepts Jediism promotes, including the beliefs, creed, teachings, and maxims, much of which is consistent with training to become a Jedi. In the Beyond Holistic Jedi School belief in anything is not encouraged, only practice is necessary. It is through dedicated training, devotion to practice, and thoughtful actions that we send forth our light into the world.
The Jedi Creed from The Temple of the Jedi Order
I am a Jedi, an instrument of peace;
Where there is hatred I shall bring love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
I am a Jedi.
I shall never seek so much to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
The Force is with me always, for I am a Jedi.
Creed adopted from the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, author unknown, 1915.
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