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what makes a jedi?
In short, when someone identifies as "Jedi" in this community, I understand them to be someone who is on a journey similar to mine and values the pursuit of wisdom and personal growth as I do.
Superficially, what makes one a Jedi is the acceptance of a specific myth, a specific archetype as your way of relating to the world, other people, and what you regard as sacred. You choose the language in which to express your aspirations. This is true of any religious or spiritual path. This language spoke to you more than some others.
Okay, cool. Step 1, managed.
Beyond that, there is the deep commitment, without which one is simply a dabbler and collector of spiritual and pseudo-spiritual trivia. You commit to an active, attentive, immersive relationship with the Force. There is a certain amount of latitude in how you may define that, and thereby how you conduct that relationship, but there it is. And you commit to the service of others, to their safety and wellbeing. You stand by the vulnerable, irrespective of tribe. You cannot fight every fight, and not everyone is best suited to everything. As my father asks me often, “Is this the highest good you can render?” Find the place where you will be most effective and serve there.
As a foundation to this, you commit to the cultivation of your person in order to be the best servant you can be. This process is indispensible for a variety of reasons. If we seek to ‘help’ without a proper understanding of ourselves, our efforts can become just another form of unwelcome control. But, if we stop at the cultivation of the self, without stepping out of ourselves, into the realm of authentic service, we are just arrogant dabblers again. One can be very smart and very clever without being particularly useful.
We make small commitments in the beginning, perhaps. Or we prepare to make them. Then we commit and commit again, keeping our spiritual practice evergreen. It is my personal conviction that a Knight recognizes that their life no longer belongs only to them.
Yes, of course we fall short, or we mean well but cause trouble. And there is a fair degree of flexibility involved. We shouldn’t say, “it can be anything,” but we should support and appreciate the variety of ways one can serve in the world. Look to the significance behind the label. Look t the example of those who make the world kinder and more just. That’s an excellent start.
Patience, Discipline,Commitment,Dedication, Responsibility, Accountability, Empathy, Compassion, Awareness , Love, Humility , the Three Tenets , Focus , Knowledge and Wisdom ,and a great desire to do the right thing. To become of Service to others.
The Jedi mythology points towards a message of interconnectedness, and by that we are prompted to fight against the Machine that attempts to negate this interconnectedness. The fighting style, however, can never be the same one of the machine (segregation, violence, imposition), lest we become the machine ourselves.
Our aim is freedom. Our method is kindness.
The truth is something that burns. It burns off dead wood. And people don't like having the dead wood burnt off, often because they're 95 percent dead wood. - Jordan Peterson
jediskitty wrote: strange question, I know.. but we can choose from over 100 cults and religions, all unique.
but jediism.. what is it that makes a jedi?
A better question might be, what makes a Jedi according to this temple vs what makes a Jedi outside those bounds. Along those lines, there is a distinction between just "Jedi" and "Jedi Knight". If you are looking for qualities that you should aspire to with the goal of becoming a Knight here at this temple, there is a narrow and specific set of criteria that you need to demonstrate. Making this place just another of those 100 or so cults.
My advice, don't depend on the opinion and especially the approval of others. Instead, define the spirituality of jediism as you see fit and then follow that unabashedly!