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February 6, 2008 at 7:32 am #138981Lanius NarcassanParticipant
I was just wondering what everyone did to hone their skills and knowledge aside from the training offered by the Academy. Do you include physical training?February 6, 2008 at 1:28 pm #148124AslynParticipant
Yes, we absolutely do. I know Ellen spends more time in the gym than is probably healthy for anyone (), but yes, the vast majority do focus on physical training at some point – simply because the platform for a healthy mind is a healthy body, and vice versa. As a general rule, the welfare of one is intertwined with the other, although I suppose I’m working in a field that demonstrates the unfortunate exception to the rule.
In terms of what you can do in terms of training that exists outside of Academy classes, we do offer a Solo training program, but many are advised instead to focus on self-training of a form that works for them. You’ll find that the majority will advise meditations or energy work, but lacking a directly Jedi context into which to place them, it’s easy to be carried off onto a tangent, which takes time to rectify at a later point.
As far as I’m concerned, the first part of Jedi training begins with the self, and the most appropriate place to start in that regard is in Self Awareness – learning about yourself. What are your strengths, and your weaknesses? How do you respond to adverse situations? What are your hopes, and dreams? Any principles thrown in there for good measure? And so on. The way to get ahead is to work those out, so I’m sure you can spend a good bit of time working your way around such things – gain an understanding of who you are, and the rest comes a little more easily.
That said, I suppose I could be biased – I do teach the Personal Development classes, after all. But, nonetheless, that is where I would advise that you begin. Although there’s no harm in directing further questions either to the staff or to your fellow students – most are fairly inclined to offer what advice they can. And quite a few of us had no formal training when we started out, so we’re quite familiar with the position you’re in!
AlexFebruary 6, 2008 at 6:05 pm #148129MemnoichParticipant
Most here do some form of Physical training, from organized martial arts, to gym work outs, to simplistic walking. As Aslyn stated, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind, but you can look at it several ways. If you look at it by energy work, being unhealthy can cause energy blockages, and illness’s. From a meditation stand point, you need to be able to control your breathing. But simply, Being healthy is just plain good for you. It doesn’t take a lot, you don’t have to be the next Adonis, or Arnold, but being able to walk around the block without getting winded is recommended.
As for outside the Academy learning, there is the Solo and discussions that have been mentioned, but you can also go on your own. Ask anyone here and you will get several recommendations as to websites to visit and books to read. I would recommend figuring out what you would like to learn about first and ask for some recommendations on that, but I again agree with Aslyn, Know thyself. Before you can help anyone, you must know yourself. Other reasons, and the main ones, are that by sitting down and figuring out who you are, why you’re here, and what you hope to get out of this, you can have a better understanding of where you need to go. At the same time, you can see any bad habits you have and begin working on them, like :yoda Yoda says “you must unlearn what you have learned”. This is mainly learning to recognize bad habits, and begin the effort needed to change those. Prime example, I have little patience with Stupidity, Now understand my deference between stupidity and ignorance. Ignorance is not knowing, whereas stupidity means you know, you just don’t think, or you just plain don’t care. This is something I’m aware of, and over the last year have been working really hard to break, as it only builds negativity, and isn’t really constructive.
The biggest thing to know is that we are all here and willing to help, or at least point you in the right direction, because it all boils down to one thing, we are all students and teachers.February 6, 2008 at 8:06 pm #148132Anonymous
There are also other Jedi Training sites. For a time I was training at the old Blue Group. I have taken classes such as Reiki, and other study topics on other forums.
I do study Qigong at home – and also worked to improve my diet. I read books, keep a journal – and even re-did my house so that it could serve my training better and be considered a Jedi Paratemple (a place where training is done – but a single home – and may be used for local Jedi gatherings or a place for a travelling Jedi to stay).
Some also have outreach projects/service work they do in their communities. This spring I hope to start one on “green issues and recycling” in my own community.
You can be as active or inactive as you’d like.
We all also have our own lives – but that too becomes part of Jedi training as we begin to adapt our new skills to our lives.
For me it has been a pretty amazing change.
– Asta SophiFebruary 6, 2008 at 10:58 pm #148138inariParticipant
As has been said before, many of us do physical training of varying types. There are other types of training that you can do, though. If you have an idea of what you want to learn as a Jedi, what general area you might be interested in, you can look for courses that might be on offer in your general area. To use myself as an example, I wanted to learn more about healing, both physical and energetic so I have trained as a professional massage therapist, specialising in Oriental methods that use both physical and energetic manipulations. I know of other people who have similar things. I’ve also picked up courses from time-to-time in other areas, such as a ‘diplomacy’ workshop I did at an adult education college last year.
Keep an open eye, keep an eye on your local papers, and let the force guide you to opportunities.
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