XV. On Embracing Darkness

Turning to the dark can be gradual or sudden, absolute or temporary, and how it happens is truly indescribable because it is different for everyone.

I turned to the darkness because I was sick of being kind and caring when no one cared about me. I was compassionate and helpful when I was a kid and when I was a Jedi, and because of this, I was often taken advantage of(most notibly by my peers). My self conversion was gradual, when I finally decided to commit myself to the Sith Ways I had completely converted to the path of I now walk.

The fictional tales of Star Wars offer examples that are worth taking note of, though they tend to be more dramatic than the stories of real Sith. Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight…his life was a tragedy until he became Darth Vader, Sith Lord, and even then it was tragic; he could never reach his full potential because of the severe injuries given to him by his former Master. Darth Revan turned to the Dark Side to protect the Galaxy. And like Revan, Jacen Solo became Darth Caedus, a Lord of the Sith, to save the Galaxy from itself. Darth Bane took up Sith Training because he was able to acknowledge that in the end, you have only yourself. Darth Krayt was yet another who became a Sith Lord so he could save the Galaxy from destroying itself.

Turning a person to the Dark Side is difficult, it requires a great mastery of manipulation as well as a deep understanding of how people think; manipulation is very consequential in matters of this nature, a person will not be forcefully turned one way or the other, it is a matter of making someone choose the path you desire them to walk. Very few have the wisdom and self-confidence to do this, it has only been done successfully by the most cunning. I question the point of converting people to the Sith Way, personally, but it is an interesting line of thought to contemplate.

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XVI. My Thoughts on the Sith Code

The Sith Code of fiction is, in a way, a set of guidelines that can lead to (near) perfection. Not only can it be applied to long-term matters, it can also be applied to any situation we may come across. However, it is a work of fiction, not a code many strictly adhere to. I still find it to be useful though useful though…

Peace is a lie; there is only Passion
Through Passion; I gain Strength
Through Strength; I gain Power
Through Power; I gain Victory
Through Victory; my Chains are broken
The Force shall free me.

This code could be interpreted any number of ways, all of them useful. It can indeed be applied to any situation a human may come across. It is useful, yet we are not bound to it. That is the nature of all tools and assets, they are useful, but we don’t depend on them; dependence external and internal tools is just another chain we sometimes place on ourselves.

Peace is a Lie, there is only Passion
Just as is bluntly stated here, peace is a lie, an illusion, a concept conjured by the compassionate through a thought process known as wishful thinking. Under the illusion of peace, passion can be found. During a period of peace, passion is always rustling about, just under the surface. And when passion arises, the comforting notion of peace is torn away. Passion is always there, and just like the darkness in the shadows of the light, it will never leave. While I adhere to no code, I seem to wholeheartedly agree with the points made in the Sith Code, as will become more evident in my interpretations.

Through Passion, I gain Strength
Passion, as I understand it, is a part of us, eternally ingrained into each and every person. I think that the word passion, when used in the Sith Code, is meant to encompass passion itself, along with the entire spectrum of emotions; from anger to happiness, from hate to love. The emotions can be suppressed, ignored, or…examined in an effort to better control them, the end goal being to be capable of bending them to my will, and making them tools for reaching my goals(yes, it sounds rather cliche, and perhaps it is, but it is also logical in my mind). In gaining control, my strength will, theoratically, be augmented to a further degree.

Through Strength, I gain Power
In strengthening aspects of myself, more possibilities become available for me. Regardless of what a person can come across, be it a situation, object, trait, or otherwise, having more strength than it means you have power over it. The problem with Sith is that while power is necassary and sought after, it also has great potential to corrupt. My personal solution, for now, is to be as brutally honest with myself as possible, and painfully mindful of everything I choose to do; this method of analysis is by no means full proof, but it acts as an aid to help me know myself, my limits, and my weaknesses. Power can be viewed as a means to an end, which I find to be true…if I have a specific goal in mind, more power means that my goal is not as difficult to attain; from another viewpoint, power can be seen to be a purpose and goal in and of itself…in my opinion, this is also true, gaining power can be a goal, and having power might be its own purpose..power for the sake of power; that in itself is a victory

Through Power, I gain Victory
In gaining power and applying it properly as well as intelligently, I can gain victory in any situation. Some situations may not seem as if they are to be won or lost, but if there is a possibility of gaining something then a victory is possible. Power comes in many different forms, all of which are applicable, but only if I know what kind of power might better suit my situation. In obtaining victory, I gain more power. This is a beneficial paradox, as the cycle continues. Defeat is only defeat if I don’t learn, because learning also benefits me, and seen from this perspective I can’t ever truly be defeated unless I choose ignorance over knowledge.

Through Victory, my Chains are broken
Due to the round-about cycle of power and victory, I will theoratically brake the chains that shackle me, one by one. There are obvious chains, such as society, equality, lack of productive conflict, etc.; and there are subtle chains such as self-doubt, self-esteem, uncontrolled emotions, overfed pride, etc. As a Sith, I believe that part of what it means to be a Sith is to continually break these chains. I feel the need to find my limits and go beyond them. This all leads to the end goal of most Sith. Victory is absolutely dependent on the will power of the individual, it all hinges on choice.

The Force shall free me
Freedom and near perfection is my main goal in life. Over time, learning about and controlling my passions, then gaining strength from the passion and, in turn, gaining power through use of my strength, I will gain the ultimate victory. The whole of Sith Philosophy revolves around this, and as such I regard it as the highest priority for a Sith. It is all I strive for, all I suffer for, all I live for, and all I will die for.

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XVII. My Thoughts on the Jedi Code

The Jedi Code is viewed by many to be in direct contradiction to the Sith Code, and in a few ways it is, but there are also ways in which they coincide. The thing to be kept in mind when examining/studying codes is this: no code should be strictly adhered to, to do so is simply to place another chain upon yourself. I think that the value of a code is in an individuals interpretations of it, and it can be very interesting, as well as beneficial, to see what you interpretations are when they are guided along a particular line of thought. For this reason, I offer my interpretations of the Jedi Code.

There is no Emotion; there is Peace
There is no Ignorance; there is Knowledge
There is no Passion, there is Serenity
There is no Chaos; there is Harmony
There is no Death; there is the Force

There is no Emotion; there is Peace
The majority of Jedi believe that the chaotic emotions of a human have no place in a state of Peace. The emotions are still there, and Jedi wise enough to acknowledge this are growing in numbers. Emotion is always there, but the Jedi choose not to factor it into their actions or use it for fuel or motivation. When the Force Traditions were still being developed as Realist lifestyles, many Jedi believed that their emotions should be suppresed or ignored. Over the years, they have progressed, learned, and refined their path. They listen to, feel and acknowledge their emotions now, but do not allow their decisions to be influenced. However, in this respect the Jedi and the Sith have evolved in a similar fashion, with only subtle differences. I, as a Sith, feel my emotions and acknowledge them, but I also factor them into my decisions, ask myself why I’m feeling whatever I might be feeling, and decide whether or not it will serve as fuel for my current activities or be cultivated and strengthened for later use. This may seem dangerous or reckless to some, but that is why control and discipline are crucial factors in any aspect of training as a Sith.

There is no Ignorance; there is Knowledge
Ignorance is bliss, but neither Sith nor Jedi seek bliss, they seek understanding, knowledge, comprehension, and these things all bring about pain, burden, and hardship. The Jedi seek to overcome these difficulties through the strength of love and compassion, and I, as a Sith Practitioner, do my best to embrace and understand the pains themselves. Ignorance also seems to breed difficulties, especially for those on a spiritual path. Knowledge itself can be considered power, in a sense, but like all other forms of power, it is useless if not acquired and properly applied. All in all, knowledge rather than ignorance is prefered among most, even those that are particularly ignorant.

There is no Passion, there is Serenity
Some consider passion and emotion to be synonymous, but from my viewpoint, passion and emotion are not so inseperable as far as terminology. Passion not synonymous with emotion can be described as a strong attachment or love for something such as reading, writing, physical fitness, and some are even passionate in their endeavor to embody the Sith or Jedi Way. I passionately pursue such embodiement of the spiritual path of Sith Realism, but it would seem contradictory to the Jedi path to pursue living as a Jedi passionately. This line states that in place of such passion is serenity, a disposition free from stress, but if a Jedi tries to obtain a state of mind without such things as stress, then how will he function when stress does occur? The way I see it is easy to say, but difficult to integrate into living everyday life: If my physical body can function when and if it is in great pain, if my mind can function under extreme stress and pressure, and if “I” can function even in great emotional pain, then, in theory, I can function far more efficiently when there is no burden to bear in body, mind, or spirit. So, in all honesty my ideals of serenity are not at all consisitent with the Jedi Code. In my eyes, serenity has a large potential for weakening those who pursue it.

There is no Chaos; there is Harmony
In a way, there is always the harmony of connection within the Force, every living creature is connected. However, it can also be said that there is always chaos, and through it we gain experience and strength. Chaos is an underlying part of living, without it we would not experience stress, unpredictable situations, or conflict(neither unproductive nor productive). Adaptability is also evidence of chaos, because without chaos there would be no need to adapt. Chaos and harmony may also be seen as polar opposites, and from what I know of duality, an absolute cannot exist without its opposite. Here, we run into the problem of reverting back to the use of dualistic terminology, which is something you may want to keep in mind.

There is no Death; there is the Force
True death doesn’t really occur, in my opinion; not in the sense of becoming nothingness anyways. I think this is where the Personal Force(Sub-Aspect) largely comes into play within the Jedi Code, our personal energy that is anchored to the physical body is imprinted with the identity. When its anchor, the physical body, fails, the personal energy disperses throughout the rest of the Force, causing the loss of identity, but causing a Unity with the Force as well. That’s my current ideal on the matter of death, but I may be wrong.

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XVIII. My Thoughts on the Code of Darth Atlas

The Goal is Power.
Power through Wisdom.
Wisdom through Knowledge.
Knowledge through Experience.
Experience through Conflict.
Conflict through the Dark Side.

The Dark Side is the begining, it is where Sith start on their path to power, this code seems to be a step by step summary of how a person can gain power just as the Sith code seems to be a step by step summary of how we gain freedom and work towards perfection…

The Goal is Power.
We are Sith, we seek power, power is the key to being free, and freedom is necessary to our attempts at reaching our full potential. The more power we gain, the more capable we are to of reaching our own goals.

Power through Wisdom,
Wisdom is something that we also seek, and it can lead to power. Becoming wise is a form of power in itself, if you are wise, you already have an advantage over most people…you are capable of knowing things others may lack the intelligence to comprehend or figure out. What this means is that you migt have more power than most others are likely to have, but to gain wisdom….

Wisdom through Knowledge,
…you must first gain knowledge and learn to apply it properly. If you know how to use knowledge, you are potentially wise. If you can’t apply what you learn, then what you have learned is useless, little more than an assortment of fun facts.

Knowledge through Experience,
But you can only gain knowledge through experience, including the knowledge to apply knowledge so that you may become wise. As is hopefully evident at this point of my interpretations, Darth Atlas’ personal code is quite straightforward, each line being extremely relevant {dependent?} to the next.

Experience through Conflict,
Conflict is a means to obtain experience. There is always conflict, so there is always a way to gain experience, but only if you are willing to endure such conflict, only if you are willing to bear the weight of your experiences.

Conflict through the Dark Side.
And it all starts with the Dark Side, so because we are Sith, we have, theoratically, already placed ourselves upon the path to power. However, I believe the key to using this code for a beneficial outcome is having the ability to learn, which is not something many people seem capable of doing.

These are my personal interpretations of Darth Atlas’s personal Sith Code.

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XIX. A Meditation of Attunement to Darkness

The following is a personal meditation technique I sometimes utilize for attuning myself to the Darkness as I view it to be from my perspective. It is relatively simple, and quite short. I prefer not to have a set time for any methods I use, though I tend to meditate for at least half an hour, regardless of what technique I am putting to use.

Turn the lights off in the room you would like to meditate in, relax and keep your spine straight(it isn’t cheating if you’d like to lean against a wall or sit in a chair). Breath deeply and slowly, empty your mind and imagine the Darkness as a kind of smoke/fog all around you. Now imagine it being absorbed by you, becoming a part of your very soul. Then take your imagination a step further and try to feel the Darkness and you merging. At this stage, simply “bath” in this darkness and allow yourself to think. You can guide your thoughts or let them come up and examine them. Do this for as long as you like. Don’t feel rushed to end the meditation, but at the same time do not feel like you’ve got to do this for hours as such a notion is likely to overwhelm you.

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XX. On Lordship

Every man has the potential to be a god, or so it is my belief. You see, I am an atheist by christian terms, the only god I know and serve is myself; the only person to forge my destiny is me, not some supreme being that no one can prove exists. But I digress, my lack of faith is not the intended subject of my thoughts for this discussion.

I can’t speak for you, so – as always – I will be giving only my thoughts and opinions.

Let us, for a moment, look to the mythology of the Greeks. They worshiped gods, immortal beings of great potency{i.e. power}. Unlike the Almighty God of monotheistic traditions, these gods were numerous, diverse in their accumulated power and specific duties. They were also attributed with very human qualities and existed in a hierarchy, with one king ruling with supreme authority over the other gods by virtue of his strength, power, and cunning. Now consider that godhood – or lordship, if you will – is a state that humans can reach{i.e. person with god like qualities, rather than a personified god}. Apotheosis, “apo= to become, theos= god”, is something that has been sought throughout the ages, and it is not unattainable. There are a number of paths that lead to this destination, one of which is that of the Sith.

The transformation sought in many paths is, or would seem to be Apotheosis, and has been called countless names throughout the ages. The Way of the Sith is very eclectic in principles, values, ethics, etc. and, while becoming extremely unique for each individual as he progresses as a practitioner of our ways, does tend to draw upon and adapt anything and everything that catches the interest of a Sith, taking what is useful and discarding what is not.

Now, veering back towards the subject of discussion, I would recommend that Lordship not be claimed lightly or hastily. It is a title that should hold great importance, or not be used at all. And for those who proclaim themselves Lords of the Sith, let it be known that becoming a god in some respect does not mean your highest peak or potential has been reached. Gaining enlightenment is not a one time thing, there are many, many, many times of revelation, satori, clarity, or enlightenment in the life of a conscious being.

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XXI. The Holocron Meditation

For this meditation, sit where you like, in a position you are comfortable with, and close your eyes. Within you there is a sanctuary, a place of contemplation.

Think of one or more questions, and envision yourself walking inward. It can be lush with flora and fauna, or a desolate desert{Actually, your imagination is the limit, but I gave two options as a starting point}. Within this landscape that resides within you, at the core of your being, envision a temple. Dark, with an ominous aura about it, it calls to you. Respond, walk in to the center of your Self that you see as a temple before you. Inside, there rests a small pyramid, a holocron.

In this place within, imagine that you are imbuing the holocron with darkness, summoning it by the power of your will to engulf the palm-sized treasure. It activates, and a gatekeeper appears above the apex. The gatekeeper is whoever you wish it to be, anyone that has served as a mentor or an example to follow in your life{an uncle, father, mother, or anyone else from your life, or even a Sith Lord from fiction}. It is he who will recieve your question(s).

Have a conversation, letting the responses conform on their own to what you think that person might actually say. When you have exhausted yourself of the discussion, deactivate the holocron. Now imagine omnipotence of your enviroment, of the temple you are in, of the landscape you journeyed through to get to your temple. You awareness grows until you are again present and aware of your body.

Then, open your eyes.

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XXII. On the Will

The will, your will, is something you should be aware of. If you walk a path that requires you to forge the way, you must be such as are able to will. I would suggest to you, my friend, that you strengthen your Will. You see, if you are not capable of commanding yourself, and of obeying your commands {i.e. self-discipline} how is it that you are going to work towards making your dreams and ambitions reality? What is the means by which you mean to evolve? And, beyond that, being weak of will leaves you opened to be dominated by the will of someone, anyone, stronger of will than yourself. So, let us explore the possible means of cultivating strength of will.

On the value – and pitfalls – of asceticism. You would do well to contemplate the purpose, on what you are trying to achieve. Otherwise you may find yourself trying to escape the world, attempting to escape from the will of others; if that is what you seek then ask yourself what right you have to calling yourself Sith. But alas, I am deviating from the line of thought I intend to share. Moderation – that is to say, moderate ascetics – may be desirable. But moderate seems to fall short of my meaning. Not moderation in the sense that you should take care not to deny yourself to much, but moderation based on the purpose you have decided to serve with ascetic practices, which can only be on the basis of your personal values and judgement; as well as your intended purpose.

Conflict also seems a viable route. Through such it cannot be denied that we grow. And it is not a matter of adaptation, not primarily. It is a matter of will to power, which would seem the origin – the cause – for conflict. Each and every living thing trying to expand, these wills invariably, inevitably, attempt to overcome one another. That is what we call conflict, or – if you prefer – life.

I could list a variety of different paths one might tread in strengthening the will, and it may well guide those few who care to cultivate it. For those who might relate, such would have the potential to inspire them. Yes, I could convey to you the value of gardening, or fighting, or writing. But I would much rather make an attempt at showing you how to draw rather than sell you a painting, so to speak.

Some people eat to much sweets, humor their anxiety, play to much video games, gamble, or spend to much time on the computer. I, for instance, smoke cigarettes, among other things. The commonality is indulgence. Find an indulgence of your own, and deny yourself. Your cravings for pleasure will rebel, but it comes down to strength of will. You will fail, get over it. When you fall, pick yourself back up. A Sith ought to be ruthless in his endeavors, and this is no exception.

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XXIII. To Devour the Flame

There was a time when I believed and taught that control, absolute and tight gripped control was the most effective, the most beneficial way of interacting with emotion. That was a popular enough approach in the past, but not so anymore. Indeed, I would go so far as to proclaim you, or myself, an utter fool for such a decedant method.

I am an advocate of digestion of the fire we call emotion, it is my belief that it should be embraced. Just like the body, the individuals spirit needs nutrition; one source of which are the flames I speak of. Emotions eat you. With some – like anger – the feeling is more obvious, easier to percieve. Others chew their morsels with far greater subtlety – like joy. Or at least that is true for me, though those that seem cunning and quiet to me may be beligerent in eating away at you.

A mutual realtionship is what must be acknwoledged. Passions, and emotions, they guide you just as you should guide them. Submission, in my opinion is rarely necessary. It is not a matter of domesticating emotions, of trying to halt the feast they have when felt, it is about feeling that you’re being eaten, and eating in turn. Here, we find they are very much aflame in the feeling of being eaten, burnt in the digestive acid of these emotions and passions. An exercise I would suggest; when feeling this sensation of being consumed, feel yourself begin to do the same. It is a simple theory, a bit difficult in practice, but hardly beyond the capabilities you should surely posess.

The idea of emotions as living things, it is a most acute observation, a brilliant insight. But what one does with it is what matters. Commanding fire is simply not efficient, not practical, and is a sad attempt to domesticate our emotions; they should not be tamed, they are not our pets, they are not our tools. They are all living things that. And concerning nutrition, it would be just as well to devour them as it is to keep them fed. Just remember that they are meant to be wild, untamed; just as the individual himself should be. At least such is my argument.

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XXIV. On the Art and Purpose of Holocrons

Through making a holocron, a Sith may well revise or drastically change formerly held sentiments, but while a journal is solely for the benefit of the writers learning, that is not the purpose of a holocron.

They are tools of guidance, of teaching. Though in numerous instances I have seen them used as journals. In a way, they still convey thoughts, lessons, and are indeed repositories of knowledge, but a holocron is not a journal. It is meant to be a device that helps Sith to think, to grow. It is meant to act as the embodiement of its creator, of his personality, of his perspectives, of what has been embraced by the individual who made it.

There are other brands of course, other methods. I will offer what I know of the two types of significance that I have encountered and used. To differentiate between a ‘true’ holocron and that of other kinds, suitable terms will precede an explantion; that is to say, ‘training’ holocrons and ‘journal’ holocrons. These two can be similar, but for the sake of clarity they will be addressed separately.

First, ‘journal’ holocrons. I rather despise these, if I may be so candid. FA holocrons are the most notable example, tending to be accounts and happenings of the authors life, along with some thoughts. Some have been used in a way closer to what might be considered properly, with entries pertaining to specific subjects along with the authors thoughts and opinions on said subject. The reason I dislike these though is simply that, while they can potentially be used as a holocron should be, all to often they are little more than catalogues of events.

‘Training’ holocrons are a bit more sensible, they are meant as a teaching device. The only differentiation is that they are a recording of progress in training. In contrast, the content of a ‘true’ holocron is meant to be a product of training.

A Holocron (in fiction) of any kind was meant to be a repository of knowledge, a teaching device. A Sith Holocron is meant to be a device containing the teachings of a single Sith Lord, and this is true; the only difference between a holocron of fiction and a real holocron: the Sith Holocrons of fiction were palm-sized objects composed of crystal, in the shape of a pyramid, while a real holocron must be written (and/or typed) by hand. Even the personality of a Sith Lord can be found in his holocron, it can be seen in the subjects he focuses on, the style of his writing, etc. Holocrons are not journals. While they may serve to help their authors to clarify their teachings, they are meant to be teaching toolsfor others to learn from. So, how might you create one? You shouldn’t bother unless you know yourself and your beliefs well enough to display them to others. Guidelines can be provided, but they will be brief, it is for each individual author to decide on and create the content of his or her holocron.

Guidelines: The first entry usually consists of an introduction in which the author offers some of his or her history. In this first entry, an explanation of the Sith’s decision to walk the path he/she has created may or may not be given. For those wishing to make their own holocron, it might depend on how personal the transition was, how much value you might place in secrecy and deception, or any other possible factors. Holocrons are useful to their creators in two very noticeable ways. First, it allows you to offer your knowledge to others and pass on your personal teachings, personal truths, and personal discoveries. Second, it allows you to write your own beliefs and to ask yourself if you actually put your teachings into practice, or if you are simply preaching of things you know nothing about. You cannot write a proper holocron without the proper experience. You should not have beliefs and philosophies that you yourself are not willing to uphold, as that is detrimental to your learning as well as the learning of those who read your flawed holocron. If you wish to teach people, you must apply your knowledge to yourself, and have experience in the applications of your ways. As a Sith, you should be examining and attempting to learn about yourself. There is no doubt you will ask yourself questions in this process. A useful technique to write entries is to find the answers to your questions, when and if you find the answers, and only if you think others would learn from your revelations and theories. You may also want to simply let your thoughts flow in the midst of writing a holocron entry, and refine the entry if necessary.

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