The Code of the Jedi
The keys of the Code of the Jedi are an important part of our philosophy. Whoever wants to accomplish themselves in Jediism should strive to apply these keys in daily life.
We call them keys, not rules. The keys are meant to inspire and guide. We do not believe in someone having power over another. Thus, not even our institution can have power over its members, nor a code have power over your mind. Respect all life; This is the way of the Force.
Have faith in the Force, and it will be with you.
13 keys of
The Code of the Jedi
1 – Cultivate the Force
Everyday, take a moment to absorb yourself in the Force.
2 – Take shelter in the Force
Whenever you feel trialed, take refuge in the Force. Seek out reasonable solutions, handle your responsibilities, and have faith in the Force.
3 – Expand within the Force
See beyond your senses, perceive beyond the physical realm. Pay attention to what flows within the Force. The Force is everywhere, in everything.
4 – Give room to the Force
Reserve a small space, somewhere discreet, where you can let the Force inspire you. Be it an altar, a wall of symbolic traits, or a specific sitting area, find a place for your human senses to contemplate representations of the Force.
5 – Act with the Force
Whatever you do, do it with the Force. Keep the Force in your mind, in your heart, and in your body. Do not allow yourself to think that you are acting alone.
6 – Have faith in the Force
Let the Force guide your actions. Let your will become the will of the Force. Let the will of the Force become your will. Trust your intuition, and have faith in the Force.
7 – Hold high moral principles
Seek integrity in your own behavior. Be virtuous. Have humility, yet strength. Have a sense of justice, yet with compassion. Do not request virtue from others, only from yourself. Those are the principles of a Master of the Force.
8 – Emancipate yourself in the Force
Practice an activity that implicates the Force (martial arts, qi-gong, creative arts…)
9 – Accept the mystery of the Force
The Force works in a wonderful yet mysterious manner. Accept your actual state of being, and yet keep working at bettering yourself. Have faith in the Force.
10 – Study the Force
Find ways to feel the Force, do not limit yourself to understand it. Study the Force through experience as much as through intellectual comprehension.
11 – Promote the Force
Not your organization, not your beliefs, not even Jediism, but promote the Force itself, silently, through your actions and your daily life. Talk about Jediism only when appropriate, and only to those who wish to hear about it.
12 – Incarnate the Force
Be mindful of every moment, here and now. Focus on the present more than on the past or the future. Be prudent enough to plan ahead, yet detached enough not to expect your plan to work out. Have faith in the Force.
13 – Respect, Protect and Preserve all life.
The 13th key is the one of hundreds more.
Cultivate your interpretation of the 13th key.
The Force is everywhere, the Force is everything. It flows through everything in the universe. It unites and binds us all. The Force works in mysterious ways. Have faith in the Force.
The Order of the Jedi is a gathering place for those who cherish their faith in the Force. The Order has no power over its members, and is non-exclusive. Free your mind.
Light vs Dark side
Jediism is not a science-fiction theme. Although there are apparently Light and Dark ways to use the Force, we do not promote the concept of Light and Dark side of the Force. The Force is holy in nature. It is its usage that can make it to lose its holy appearance, but the Force nonetheless remains holy in nature.
Consider electricity. Whatever we do with electricity, it remains electricity. Consider a knife. Whatever we do with the knife, it remains a knife. It is easy to do good deeds with electricity, as much as it is easy to cook or craft with a knife. Do not confuse the actor, the action, and the tool used.
Once this concept is understood, we can state that Jediism promotes the use, and practice, of only the Light side of the Force.
Prayer and meditation
Aspects of prayer and meditation are covered in the Doctrine page of the member section. We pray with the Force, and we meditate on the Force.
The Force is not something that will grant us our wishes. There is no savior in Jediism. We pray as a means to commune with the Force. We meditate to exist within the Force.
What is Jediism
Jediism is not fiction. Our ways are based on ancient wisdom as well as modern philosophies. Our ways are modern adaptations of Taoism and Buddhism. We encourage activities that cultivate physical and mental health, such as martial arts and meditation. "Jediism" is a term inspired by films created by Mr. George Lucas.
Jediism is a philosophy above all. Then, we use the Order to get together, to stay in touch, to share our united view of life and the Force. It is not required to be a warrior to be a member of the Order of the Jedi, nor to be religiously implicated.
We are non-exclusive. This means that you may keep participating in the religion of your choice, and study the principles of the Force, with no obligations. Our members are free thinkers, with free minds.
By joining the Order of the Jedi, you remain free to declare Jediism as your official religion, or not. We will provide access to a Force training program, the religion of Jediism, and other Jediism ressources, that you can use at your convenience, in complete freedom.
March 19, 2012:The Order of the Jedi has been officially recognized as a nonprofit religious organization within the United States. Thus, allowing all members in the United States to use the terms "Jedi" or "Jediism" as one's relgious affiliation, and allowing all ordained members of the OOTJ in the United States to apply for ministerial rights within their states of residence.
January 25, 2012:The OOTJ High Council has finished developing the OOTJ ordination training. The first class has been confirmed and the students will be named upon ordination.
Members are only required to do their best in living by the keys of our code found in the Liturgy section, with a free mind and a will of their own.
We are serious in our faith in the Force, and in all our undertakings. While some believe Jediism to be a role-playing attempt to simulate a religious fantasy with no other aims than entertainment, the Chruch of Jediism is real, and not based on science-fiction, nor gaming.
The Order of the Jedi, while seated in Canada, is a worldwide Order. It is meant to consolidate the communications between all other organizations promoting Jediism. We put efforts in making resources available to all who take Jediism as their faith, regardless of their denomination, geographical location, or organization. We make available our Force training program to all members of all Jediism organizations deemed serious and respectful.