The Code and my take on it
by Yoshio in the year 2014
This paper is actually a reworked excerpt of my Novice Exam which I had been asked to share with everyone willing to read it.
My current understanding of the Code is that, although it does come in what seems a simple four or five line stanza, it is a teaching, as many others, which does come in ‘layers’. But what do I mean with that? In parallel to my martial art study any ‘teaching’ does come in at least three levels which there are: the earth or ground, the human or life and the heaven or spirit or to use the maybe better known terms of physical, mental and spiritual. For me the Code is in this not any different. Although I have to admit that I’m, at least not yet, able to write much about the spiritual level as I just start to experience and learn to understand it.
But before I go into this ‘concept’ deeper I would like to start from another point.
The Code I prefer to use is the one which says:
Emotions, yet Peace.
Ignorance, yet Knowledge.
Passion, yet Serenity.
Chaos, yet Harmony.
Death, yet the Force.
In general for me each line, each stanza of the Code built up on the one before. So, if there is something which cannot be understood, it is a good idea to look into the stanza before to get a better understanding of what it is teaching, a new point of view, a new way of how to see, understand it and if this is understood, the next following stanza will start to reveal its ‘secrets’ to one.
The first stanza says: “Emotions, yet Peace.”
This stanza is for most of us the most difficult thing to learn and master and that is, maybe, the reason why it had been placed first!?
At the earth level, the ground level it tells us that within this realm we do have both, emotions and peace. Both exist and both can be experienced in our lives.
This elevates it to the next ‘level’, the level of humanity or life as only through living our lives we are able to experience something. Now during our human life we need to learn and understand that we have feelings and that those feelings will cause or trigger emotions. Only when we are able to accept that, we can start to learn how we can go along with our feelings, our emotions and through that we can learn how we can achieve and maintain peace in our life which will take us then onto the level of the spirit.
The second stanza says: “Ignorance, yet Knowledge.”
Here again we all start, when we had been born, from ignorance as first we don’t know anything or maybe everything but have no possibility to express it.
As we grow older we start to understand things and learn about the various topics which are giving us knowledge. This knowledge we then can use to overcome or at least it will make it easier for us to deal with new things of which we first might be ignorant.
Again on the earth level it teaches one that we have both, ignorance as well as knowledge.
On the human level then it does tell us how to deal with both of them and how one can find the one using the other and finally learn how to deal with ignorance by using knowledge.
Finally, when we had learned to trust our knowledge and that we are able to see ignorance, we are then able to get on to the next level on which we might find that our spirit already knows everything and we ‘only’ need to trust in that spiritual knowledge.
The third stanza says: “Passion, yet Serenity.”
When we got born, we might have a lot of passion for many things. This maybe simply because everything we experience is new and therefore interesting. But when we get older there are not any longer that many things which are new to us and therefore can bind us with this childhood fascination which easily leads one into passion for something.
So on the earth level we simple experiencing that there are both, passion and serenity.
On the human level we then learn to understand what is causing our passion for something and how we can find our serenity.
On the spiritual level then we might find that having passion for something is fine as long as it is not consuming us fully and therefore blind us for other things. So seeing things from a serene stage will help us to detect and understand our passions and how we can deal with them.
The forth stanza says: “Chaos, yet Harmony.”
Again we do have on the earth level the fact that in this world we do have both, chaos and harmony. In our human lives we often find chaos in many things and that is then when we have to experience that things don’t work out the way we want them to be and this is actually what is causing chaos for us. But when we become able to apply what the other stanzas already taught us we are able to find harmony within this chaos and through that harmony we learn to deal and get rid of that chaos altogether.
So, on the human level we learn how we can make use of the harmony we found to better deal with the chaos we might need to face every day.
On the spiritual level then we will see that living our lives in harmony makes us able to detect chaos already before it really comes to strength and so be able to accept it for what it is and not get influenced by or caught by it. Or to put it a bit different, we can become harmony within all the chaos around us which does make it possible for us to act from this stage.
The fifth stanza says: “Death, yet the Force.”
This might be for most of us the most difficult one to accept but only as long as we are fully attached to our physical existence. But already at early age we might need to face that death is part of life but also that almost all of human mankind do believe in some sort of an existence which is more than the physical life.
So again on the earth level we ‘simple’ need to acknowledge that there is both, death and something what is stronger than death which we Jedi Realist call the Force.
On the human level then we learn that believing in this concept, this philosophy does help us to deal with death.
Finally when we get to the spiritual level, the level on which we not only believe in the Force but also are able to experience it and surrender ourselves to it, we become able to ‘see’ that death is not the end but ‘just’ a transformation from one stage, one level to another one and that all exists in the Force.
All that what I had written now is on another level for me again ‘just’ the earth level as it deal with the ‘words’ and their meaning only.
The next level, the human level for me had been to link those words to parts, to areas of my physical body.
Here the first stanza is linked to my heart, as emotions but also peace is what I can find in my heart.
The second stanza, I guess it is quite obvious, is linked to my head or more precisely to my brain as ignorance and knowledge both do come from here.
The third stanza I have connected with my throat or maybe better said my voice which is generated in my throat due to the saying ‘one is speaking with a passionate voice’.
My link for the forth stanza is the one to my lower body. This due to that we often speak of our gut feeling, our gut instinct and the fact that at least I do get problems with my abdomen when I do feel chaos and that when I feel in harmony also my lower body feels fine and is relaxed.
The last, the fifth stanza for me is linked to my base of my body or the first Chakra and the top of my head or the seventh Chakra as these two points for me are the connection to the earth and to the Force which gets me to the next level of linking the Code to a spiritual level.
This, I guess, I can keep quite short as through the areas of the body to which I have linked the Code the Chakras are already given.
The first stanza is linked to the forth Chakra, the heart Chakra.
This Chakra stands for our ability to love. It is located at the centre of our chest just above the heart. The emotional issues which are assigned to it are love, joy and inner peace.
The second stanza to the sixth Chakra, the Chakra of the third eye.
It stands for our ability to focus on and see the big picture. It is located on the forehead between the eyes. The emotional issues which are assigned to it are intuition, imagination, wisdom and the ability to think and make decisions.
The third stanza is linked to the fifth Chakra, the throat chakra.
It stands for our ability to communicate. It is located at the throat and the emotional issues which are assigned to it are communication, self-expression of feelings and the truth.
The forth stanza is linked to the second and third Chakra.
The second Chakra is the Sacral Chakra and it stands for our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences. The location is the lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel about 2 inches in. The emotional issues assigned to it are the sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure and sexuality.
The third Chakra is the Solar Plexus Chakra and stands for our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives. The location is the upper abdomen in the stomach area. The emotional issues assigned to it are self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem.
The final fifth stanza is linked for me to the first and seventh Chakra.
The first Chakra represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded. The location is the base of the spine in the tailbone area. The emotional issues assigned to it are survival issues such as food, money and financial independence.
The seventh Chakra is the Crown Chakra and represents our ability to be fully connected to the spiritual. The location is the very top of the head. The emotional issues assigned to it are inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality and pure bliss.
This is how I see and use the Code these days when I meditate on it. But there is one more thing what the Code has taught me. I guess it is quite obvious for everyone to see a connection between the words in each stanza but for me there is also a connection between each stanza as well as between the words of each stanza to each other.
What do I mean with that?
The Code starts with “Emotions, yet Peace” and goes one with “Ignorance, yet Knowledge” and so on. So when one has learned to deal with one’s emotions, one can find peace and when at peace, one can acknowledge the ignorance one holds for certain things and by acknowledging one’s ignorance, one can gain knowledge. This makes it possible to then understand why one has a passion for certain things and when this is understood, one can find one’s serenity. After this is achieved one can look at chaos without getting consumed by it and so is able to be in harmony with things and when one lives in harmony with his surrounding, it is then when it becomes possible to see death without fear as one is able to experience the Force and one’s connection with it and so become one with it.
In a way this already described a little the connection I do see which the words of each stanza have. Emotions are causing Ignorance. Ignorance is causing Passion. Passion is causing Chaos. And Chaos is causing Death. On the other hand, when at Peace, we are able to gain Knowledge. With that Knowledge we can become Serene. With Serenity we can be in Harmony with things. And when we are in Harmony with our selves and all the things which do surround us, we can become one with the Force.
And then the circle starts anew and takes one to the next higher level as through the Force we find peace but now maybe a deeper, more fully peace and so on ...
This is my understanding, usage and takes on the Code which I gained till today.
As with everything in life we are evolving, progressing and as Jedi Realist longing for the next level, the next layer, the next truth so that we can be(come) the best us possible.
One way to achieve this, to experience this is to use the Code and see what its words and stanzas do hold for one and will reveal to one when one is going deeper and deeper.