World Book Day 5th March. A galaxy not that far away…..”The Jedi Path” by Daniel Wallace

libraryjediThere is no emotion, there is peace.There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.There is no passion, there is serenity.There is no death, there is the Force.

Above is the Jedi code,  Four simple lines.  I have chosen to write about the book “The Jedi Path” by Daniel Wallace as it is one of the many books that has changed my life for the better.  I have always been a big fan of Star Wars and as I’ve got older my interest in the Star Wars universe has got bigger.  I now have a bigger collection of Star Wars figures and ships then I did as a kid, and I now have nearly every Star Wars book published, which is quite a lot!

I now consider my self a follower of the Jedi faith and it’s all down to the above mentioned book.  Several years ago I was suffering from depression.  I had tried everything and nothing seemed to be working.  I was seeing a counsellor which did help a lot but I felt there was something missing from my life, something spiritual.  I have always had an interest in religion but could never get along with all the standard mainstream regions.  My interest in Star Wars grew and I started reading into the background of the Jedi universe and that’s when I came across “The Jedi Path”  The “Jedi Path” is a manual for students of the force going into every aspect of the being and becoming a Jedi. and it was the Jedi code that helped get over my depression.  I found myself meditating and saying the Jedi Code over and over again for a short time everyday, which helped me clear my mind and to focus on what was causing my depression and how to deal with it.

There is no emotion, there is peace.

This principle guides all meditations and interactions with all others. It reaffirms the Jedi ideal to act without recklessness, and to view the action of others through the pure lens of the Unifying Force.

There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.

Those who don’t understand this basic precept are quick to fear – and fear is the path to the dark side.

There is no passion, there is serenity.

A subtle extrapolation of the first precept, this reminder to act dispassionately in every deliberation extends to personal obsessions and is a reminder not to elevate the self above the mission.

There is no death, there is the Force.

All things die, but the Force lives on. As beings who exist as shades of the Force, the end of our existence in this form is not to be overly mourned. We are part of an energy larger than ourselves, and we play roles in a cosmic fabric that outstrip our incarnate understanding.

The other part of being a Jedi is the cosplay side of it.  There are plenty of clubs you can join and plenty of conventions such as Comic con that you can attend in full costume!  These clubs do lots for charity.  You can either buy the full outfit which can be pricey or make your own.  I bought the main Jedi  costume but made all the accessories myself (this saved a lot of money as the accessories go for silly money!!!!!)

Also let us not forget the Jedi’s weapon of choice…The lightsaber.  Again these are not cheap, if you want to go for something real looking  like the lightsaber I have with attachable blade cost me around £160.  There are some shops that will build you a lightsaber but again this can be costly.  I also find that the lightsaber helps me when I meditate.  Staring into the blade while I sit crossed legged chanting the Jedi code really helps me meditate.

After reading this or if you are in the library this Thursday and see me in full costume you may think I`m rather crazy (my better half and my two sons would probably agree with you but my 5-year-old daughter thinks her dad is cool). Who knows maybe I am, but like my counsellor said if it helps you beat depression then don’t stop! If you have an interest in Star Wars or even the Jedi faith I will be in the Library dressed in full Jedi robes and will be happy to chat with you or you can just follow my blog.  I won’t be able to show you how to lift objects with your mind or change the will of the weak-minded (I’m still working on that) but I will be carrying a training lightsaber with me and a spare robe.  So like I said drop me a line if you want to chat about anything Star Wars or cosplay I be happy to help.

May the Force be with you………..

The Library Jedi