Creed 101: Exercise 4 & 5

Posted: October 5, 2014 in IJRS Courses

Exercise #4
“There is no death; there is The Force”

Consider all the things around you and see their flow with in the Force. Where did they come from? Where will they go? How is your relationship with them? Is it something you need to let go so it can transform into its next form? Is your relationship with those people and things around you ‘in the present?

 

Before I begin on this, I will explain how I see death. I have taken several things from my time spent living as a “Wiccan” and one of those things is the view I currently hold on death and the beyond. I believe in reincarnation, I believe that we are all souls that come from a divine force, and when we are reborn in a new life, we are on a road to perfection. Every birth, every new life is an experience so that we might gain knowledge of all things. Once we have experienced all things, our souls are perfect and we then return to the ultimate divine where we help shape the universe while other souls continue on their path to perfection.
So where;as for a time we are merely souls being reborn until we are perfect, once perfection is achieved, we return to The Force (The Divine). So I agree that there is no death, there is only the path leading up to perfection which will again make us a part of the great divine Force so that we might be the creator and voice of all while other souls carry out their own missions. It sounds complicated, and might even sound weird to some, but to me, it only makes sense.

 
Therefore…I always see things as they flow within The Force; animate or inanimate, I can feel their energy and know that somewhere they are alive. when I meditate or take the time to concentrate, I can see energy moving within all things, it looks like blood cells as they rush through a vein. I know that everything as it is now it merely in one form and will eventually take on another. So, it’s rather hard for me to write about this exercise as it is asking me observe things and question things that I do not have to question at all.
I can look at a chair and know that it came from a tree and where that tree came from and only imagine where it might have been, or where the chair will go after it has changed form again, whether it becomes sawdust or ash and how that will help spring up new life. As far as the people I meet and know already, while I do have the tendency to think on the past, I am not lost in it, and every reaction to them or with them is always in and about the present time, the here and now.

 
There is currently nothing in my life that needs to be let go of so that it might take on a new form. At least, none that I can think on at this very moment. Every interaction with anything or anyone at this current time is still playing out its purpose.
For example…just the other day my partner said she needed a break from what we were. Changing us from an official couple to mere friends. Of course, this is changing the form of who we are, how we react to one another, and it played out its course. Slowly she began to miss me, this new form was doing its part by reminding her that without me she is not happy even though things are complicated at times, and we sewed things back together and are slowly stitching things up. Not sure if that was the perfect example…but this exercise is rather frustrating because whereas I normally have something that I can pick apart and explain and analyze, there is nothing here that I can think of that I can even begin to discuss or even talk about here.

 
I almost feel rather disappointed as I was waiting for this stanza because out of everything the Jedi Code has to offer, this is the one thing I agree with most and yet the assignment seems so…’trivial’ to me? So strange?
Perhaps I just need to be posed this assignment or question in a different way or different light in order to fully understand it.

 
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Exercise Five: The Other Codes

Odan-Urr Version add-on “There is no chaos; there is harmony”

Assignment:
Look for some physical clutter in your life. When you see it, confront it. Tell yourself, ‘There is no chaos, there is harmony.’ And then work to find a home for everything in that pile of clutter. If it’s not serving a purpose, recycle it or throw it away. Keep telling yourself ‘There is no chaos there, is harmony.’ Once you have finished take some time to use the space and see how you feel.
Please take the time to record your thoughts and experiences on this in your journal.

 

 

This is actually a perfect assignment right now as it draws closer and closer to that time where I move back to the USA from Germany. In such a short time, so much has happened which has caused much chaos to enter my life, and I have had to tackle these issues one at a time in order to bring…well, ‘order’ back into my life. Or as the author of the course wrote: “Find a place for all the clutter in your life.”

 
Moving to another Country is stressful, especially when you are trying to do things as someone who needs help via the military but is a non-dependent because you are not married to the person you came to the Country for. So, naturally, things have been stressful.
The first bit of chaos came with getting my plane ticket. Originally the Army said that they could get me a ticker for around $300 and I could fly with my partner so long as we got the signature from the Commander. The people said this should not be an issue, but it was. The Commander said that it was too much liability and too much paperwork and refused to sign.

 

So, instead of paying $300 for a plane ticket back home, I had to pay $870, and it was my fault for not budgeting it because I just assumed everything would be okay. So that was a major flaw on my part. Naturally, I just took a deep breath and accepted it how it was. I knew that I should not have assumed things would work, and merely told myself there was no reason to be stressed. I had the money and would just save more on the next paycheck. Everything was going to be okay.

 

 

It was actually my partner that ended up getting the most stressed out after this little ordeal and I found that I was easily able to brush this off. To me, it was not a big thing, something I would not have been able to do over a year ago. A year ago I would have freaked out, cried and complained, but, I merely breathed in, thanked my partner for trying her best, bought my ticket for back home, and continued to be happy because I would soon be back on familiar soil.

 

 

More stress and clutter came with my moving…I had to ship my stuff back, and while this ended up working out great, there did come a point where we were not sure if the Army would be able to ship my things. We had to pull some strings and for awhile I was frantic. I lost sleep, barely ate because I had so much stuff I would either have to pay to ship or throw away. But eventually, I took action and came up with a plan B and made sure that no matter what, my things would get home.

 

 

The thing is, I do stress…but I don’t let the stress keep me from solving problems. I do not let it completely wreck me, and I continue to push forward, out of the shadows, into the light where things are clear and sunny. A deep breath and then the making of a plan is how I handle most things. Not only has moving been stressful, but as usual, my relationship is stressful. While originally I had plans of being married once home, those are not going to go through as planned. It has really messed up some other plans I had in place, making me have to rethink all the things I had mapped out before, it left things scrambled, and, it had me in pieces for a couple of weeks. t was only this week that I finally decided it was time to stop.

 
I could see that a lot of things that had been stressing me out were actually caused by myself (once I took the time to really lay down and analyze things). Laying down and collecting my thoughts, I could see the landslide effect happening as my actions caused a chain reaction of things to happen, all of them coming back to hurt me in the end.

 

 

But, once this was finally realized, I could calm myself down, and again, make a plan. It was time to clean up the clutter from the fallen pile and reorganize them again, stack them more neatly this time and hope things don’t fall. We are human, and I feel this is all we can ever do but to keep stacking things differently in hopes that they stand firm and steady, and ultimately they do not fall.
I agree that were we to say there cannot be chaos in the lives of a Jedi then not a single person could call themselves a Jedi. But it is also true that chaos leads to destruction, and therefore it has to be met with something to stop it in its tracks before it destroys ones body, ones mind; before it destroys that very person inside and out.

 

 

I’m not really sure what the exercise expected other than this…other than how I deal with stress. It said to clean the clutter and this is how I handle things. A deep breath, warm drink, some time in a dark room to think and relax, and then a plan. I will forever keep moving forward. I refuse to sit still and become stagnant.

 
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Comments
  1. Kol Drake says:

    Seemed so trivial…

    Perhaps, but someone less enlightened who has experienced personal loss, this ‘awareness’ of the eternal cycle of the soul / Energy is something that can make a difference in how they view their own circumstances.

    Then again, it is not a bad concept for ‘death’ (even the tarot version which really means “change”) — So, Change yet the Force… all things go through their cycles but they are all part of the Force. Lunch, that car, those rocks, that person, the X-Wing we wish we had… the interconnectedness of an always changing, dynamic system.

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