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What exactly is Jediism? What are your practices?
The Force exists within and all around us and in every living being. If you are struggling to understand the concept of the Force think in terms spirit or consciousness. Think of the part of you that thinks, feels, loves and dreams and is somehow separate from your body. It is the part of you that may or may not survive death depending on your beliefs. All belief systems and religions are welcome within Jediism, including atheists. Jediism encourages respect, compassion, kindness, acceptance and tolerance regardless of culture, religion, gender, sexual and racial identity and background.
The Force has a light and a dark side. The light side is all that is loving, compassionate and wise and the dark side the polar opposite. Jediists always seek the light in everyone and everything.
Jediism is a digital philosophy. Followers embrace technology and regard the internet as an absolutely essential tool for spreading the word and connecting like-minded individuals. This means it can be practised with the application of online technologies alone and requires no physical church or place of meeting for followers. Having said that many Jediists do also engage in real life meets, ceremonies and gatherings where cloaks and lightsabers can be worn but ritual and clothing requirements are certainly not mandatory.
Self-help is fundamental for all Jediists, and the movement offers applied living techniques to encourage personal growth and development, but at its absolute core Jediism is about helping others. A Jediist strives to remain in a constant state of calm alertness so that he or she can protect the vulnerable and defenceless at all times.
Is Jediism a religion?
The decision about whether or not Jediism is a religion or not is one that you must ultimately make for yourself. In many ways though that decision is perhaps irrelevant as it is first and foremost a philosophical spiritual movement. It is whatever you feel comfortable with and what empowers you to find meaning in your life and live to your full potential. The word “church” does carry with it religious associations but the word church has now gone beyond its original Christian associations and is now often used to describe a community of people who share similar beliefs. There does not have to be a religious connection.
In other words, it is actually immaterial whether Jediism is a religion or not. All that matters is the bigger spiritual picture and whether Jediism helps you find your purpose. If it can help you live a happier and more rewarding life then it has fulfilled its meaning and purpose through you and the light that your happiness and fulfilment can bring to the world.
Do you believe Star Wars is real?
Does Jediism have a supreme being or a god?
Do you have official church scripture?
Some people see it as a bit of a joke, what is your reaction to this?
Is there any sort of sermon, prayer or ritual in Jediism?
Who came up with the Jediist belief system?
One of these communities, which is said to have the largest global media exposure, is the Church of Jediism founded by Daniel M. Jones in 2007. Initially with only a few followers, the Church of Jediism has grown over the last decade to having hundreds of thousands of members. From 2010 onwards Daniel took a step back from the church to concentrate on completing his chemistry degree, write and perform music for his band, Straight Jacket Legends and come to terms with his Asperger’s diagnosis. In 2017 having worked on his own self-development he felt the time was right to come out of his self-imposed exile and relaunch the church with the help of a highly skilled team of Jediist Master trainers.
Tell me about any sacred routines.
Why should I become a Jediist? Do you encourage people?
What would I have to do to become a Jedi?
How would a follower live their life, how would they treat fellow human beings?
What does your belief suggest what happens after death?
Do you fight with Lightsabers?
Is there any way you could spot a follower, what sets them apart from other people?
Is there a special/designated place of worship?
Indeed, for all further information – and to connect with the Church of Jediism office administration team who are always willing to answer questions via email or on our forums – we urge everyone to visit www.becometheforce.com