The International Jedi Federation is a strong and diverse assembly of offline chapters, affiliates, and members. Inspired by the fictional Jedi in Star Wars, we choose to practice the Jedi Path as a way of life. We create a sense of community as we share our knowledge and resources with each other.
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Jedi Compass (2022 Revision)
By the Jedi Community
The Force-The Force is a loosely adapted term to explain something which all cultures agree exists, but disagree on exactly what it is. As such, a Jedi dedicates themselves to an understanding of all things within and through the Force. As a rule, no Jedi can set down in law a concrete definition of the Force for all to follow, only for themselves.
Loyalty to the Jedi Code-This has a few different variants depending on what order a Jedi attends. A Jedi is bound by the code. By maintaining your loyalty to the code, you are able to keep your actions in check through the moral integrity of the Jedi Path outlined in the Jedi Code. It is important that a Jedi checks their own version of the code against the original codes (Yet, Not, and Skywalker code) before they adopt it.
Duty to the All– A Jedi’s mission is to support their community through service. A Jedi is charged with acting, objectively, when they recognize a situation where someone needs help. Jedi put their lives above the lives of others, even when facing danger, but know that they can help through direct action or indirect action as per the situation.
Respect the Law– A Jedi knows enough of the law to operate within it. Jedi should respect, and do their best to live by the laws of the land they are living in. However, some laws may be flawed and should be amended. When the written law is unjust, or in the absence of legal precedence, a Jedi must act for the best interest of others as they see the situation.
Defense– A Jedi understands that defense is not purely physical, but that there are many ways to defend a person or property. As such, it is important to understand that Jedi are not vigilantes. If, however, they are in a position where they are called to defend themselves or someone else against loss of life, limb or eyesight, they are allowed to apply the appropriate amount of force necessary for defense. When defending, a Jedi does what they can to minimize damage to all parties involved.
Action– A Jedi recognizes that there are times when getting involved with a situation is against the will of the person they are seeking to assist, or that helping them may be more detrimental in the long run. Conversely, they also recognize that there are times where their actions, though needed, will have negative repercussions. As such, a Jedi seeks inner wisdom to determine when to act and when not to act.
Interior– A Jedi strives to be in touch with their own emotions, drives and inner workings and how the affect those around them. They learn of their flaws and seek to overcome them, as well as learning of their strengths and seeking to amplify those. A Jedi knows that every action has consequences, no matter how tiny or insignificant those actions may seem. Therefore, a Jedi must be aware of how their actions echo off the actions of others. Jedi are aware that being in harmony with the Force helps them understand the implications of their actions.
Exterior– It is important that a Jedi be aware of the person they present to those around them, and how that will affect the dynamic of the groups they find themselves in. How one’s presence is received will determine whether or not the next steps will be met with hostility or acceptance.
Self-Care- Jedi are aware that their present action can affect future outcomes, and that when they have lost their ability to function they cannot aide others. It is because of this, that a Jedi recognizes the need to restore themselves with the same level of dedication and commitment they would need to give to any other part of their path. It is for this reason, that a Jedi works to maintain their mental, physical and spiritual health when and where they can to ensure that they are ready for whatever comes next.
Positive-Regard– A Jedi does not need to agree with all people, however, they should approach others with positive-regard. They should not sit in judgement, but rather be accepting of others as fellow human beings. They should respect others choices, even if they think they are unwise, as they would hope their own would be respected. A Jedi only challenges the choices of others when those choices would be an (emotionally, spiritually, financially, and/or physically) abusive threat to themselves or another person.
Responsibility– Responsibility is at the heart of learning to overcome our problems. A Jedi is to be held responsible for all of their actions. Without it, we cannot grow, we cannot help others and we cannot justify why we are to be taken seriously.
Self-Discipline– In order to walk the Jedi Path, you need to live by your training and by the philosophy. It is your responsibility to continue your growth throughout the rest of your life. Even while you are training with a mentor or taking a course at an order, it is discipline that will get you through to your knighthood and beyond. This ties in with fortitude, as slips in discipline may happen, but the Jedi way is to recognize them, learn from them and move forward with renewed vigor – not to allow a slip to spiral into further undisciplined behavior.
Fortitude– Fortitude is the emotional strength and conviction to press forward in any given situation which poses an internal or external adversity. Developing fortitude allows a Jedi to show that they are not willing to give up until they have drawn their last breath.
Integrity– A Jedi seeks to maintain their integrity to the Jedi Code at all times. A Jedi should hold themselves to a high standard knowing that what they do when no one is looking is just as important, if not more, as what they do when people are looking.
Objectivity– A Jedi trains themselves to gain as much relevant information as possible before drawing their conclusions. Once intelligence has been collected, they approach the problem with as little cultural and emotional bias as possible so that they are able to develop a decision on their next action. If personal or cultural bias does become evident to a Jedi within themselves, it is a moral requirement of that Jedi to seek counsel and, if necessary, recuse themselves from the situation at hand while avoiding influencing the next individual in favor of one direction or another.
Compassion- A Jedi draws strength and wisdom through their connections made with others. Compassion is the root of connection, and thus is the essential string that connects us all to each other and to the rest of the world. Decisions and actions made by all Jedi should be guided by compassion toward friend and foe alike.
Emotions- A Jedi recognizes that while emotions like anger and fear will exist they can not be ruled by them in action. Jedi also recognize that passion, even when honed in a positive way, can become obsession. In this a Jedi seeks peace and serenity to overcome the aggressive and fearful part of the self. This does not mean a Jedi can not be aggressive or assertive when a situation requires, but that all actions must come from a core of inner peace and awareness even when entering into conflict.
Recklessness– A Jedi does not take unnecessary risks, knowing that their life is important to the Jedi’s personal pursuits to bettering the world around them. In overcoming recklessness, a Jedi acknowledges and is mindful of how small the impact is perceived to have on themselves or others.
Attachments– Overcoming your attachments is not about getting rid of all your possessions or even denouncing your family, instead this is about forward movement. In overcoming/subjagating your attachments, you are acknowledging what value these things have to you, and you recognize that there comes a time when you should no longer fight for your attachments, and you must let go. For a Jedi overcoming attachments can extend to bad habits, unhealthy obsessions, and connections to people that make us less who we have chosen to be.
Defense Art– A Defense Art is not necessarily physical in nature, it can be through speech, writing, diplomacy, art or a number of other options which lead to an active method of resolving a situation. Like many of the other disciplines, you may find that your Defense Art is the same as another art (Physical, Scholarly, or Spiritual).
Physical Art– A Jedi should seek a physical art within their capabilities which keeps them them in shape and focuses on maintaining discipline of their body. Part of the physical art, which can be observed by all Jedi regardless of their mobility, is health. A Jedi should eat right, and maintain their health to the best of their ability.
Scholarly Art– A Jedi should seek out skills that provide benefit to them and the people around them. The search for knowledge is fundamental to Jedi as one never stops learning, seeking knowledge or bettering their skills.
Spiritual Art– A spiritual art helps connect a Jedi to the Force and may be as simple as developing meditation, but can go far beyond this. A Jedi may choose to develop a spiritual art aimed at connecting them with the Force through healing, seeking guidance, or simply developing their own self awareness.
Translations (based on 2013 version)