The Dark Holocron

December 2, 2007

The Power of Ego

Filed under: Lessons of Power, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 2:41 am

‘Which is more frightening? A large quiet dog or a small, ferocious one?’
- Grendok

You are no more powerful than you make yourself. If you see yourself as having a weakness, you are simply increasing the problem. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Standing in combat against another with the confidence begat of one who is convinced of their immortality is in itself a fierce weapon. How might a man stand against a god? What mortal can not be unnerved by the snarling power of an immortal? Do not underestimate the power of your attitude or sell yourself short.

Never allow yourself to be pushed, let there be no doubt in your enemy’s mind that they are up against a superior force and that they will be defeated. The greatest of training can falter when your opponent fears you.

Make them fear you.

- Lord Mal’kith

December 1, 2007

The Masks We Wear

Filed under: Lessons of Power, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 4:37 am

The knight is born with his goals and strategy to achieve those goals. Now he must study his surroundings. On the one hand he wishes to understand the rules of society that have appeared to him as laws for so long. To understand this, you must first realize that social interaction is a game and not a reality. We were or are all young; we know that every school class has the greatest boy and the prettiest girl. We notice the hierarchy of this. We are forced to take our place as dictated by the group, depending on how well we befit their demands of a certain physical appearance and a certain social behavior concerning a striving towards given goals.

We watched the hierarchy of girls, ruled by looks, by being with the cheerleaders, by being the girlfriend of a certain guy with a certain rank in the social subculture. How much money she has, what kind of clothing she wares. But when you listen to what they speak of you will notice that they talk about all kinds of topics, but never does anyone ask: Who are we? What is there to know? What exists behind that which we perceive as reality? Not only to achieve power to control our surroundings and to change our stand in this subculture, but especially to search for knowledge in the plain desire of wishing to know and to understand.

When we look at the boys, it is usually the one with the strongest muscles or the best looks rules. Usually they make rank by behaving stupidly in class, by playing football, by having a good looking girlfriend, buy telling how many women they have fictionally slept with, by carrying on about how they are going to “get” someone for something. But do they ever speak of true values? Of honor, of having real principles that don’t change as soon as someone decides that something new is now cool? Do they ever appear as if they would die for something they truly believe…We all know the answer. And this is the reality we are caught in.

Where the mass suffers on account of pseudo rule making, we see no way to change these things for we perceive it as reality. Yet that is a mistake. A Dark Knight must look into the face of truth. He must look at himself and decide why he has the ranking he does. He must decide what he wants, and he must find out how to achieve this with the subtlety of a mastermind. And here begins the study of our society. What rules exist, what happens if I do this? Which reaction will result from it? What interactions exist? What rules? And then you begin to construct your theories on this subculture.

Be hard to yourself, be ruthless towards yourself, be mindful, and always seek the face of truth no matter how uncomfortable it is. For this is the path of the strong. When the Knight has built and tested his theories, when he has reconstructed and tuned them, he will have an instrument of mundane power. And with this power he can achieve the social peace he needs to turn towards other studies. But always keep in mind, that mundane power is the first of armor. It is the offensive part of the mask you carry towards the countenance of the world. And all weapons are to be collected, sharpened, and used when it helps you to achieve your goal.

When examining a certain sheep, you will notice the mask that they carry around with them. The mask is what a human wishes another human to see. It is to secure our privacy and to make sure that no one comes closer to you than you would prefer at any moment. It is to hide the fear of the sheep. And the sheep carry these masks towards the inside, meaning that they hardly ever have knowledge of it. Granted, they know to a slight degree if they are making small talk or if they are talking about something truly important to them. Yet, the mask is also what protects them from thinking about mystical aspects, what protects them against feeling afraid. It is what would make them not believe you if you told them you had mystical power or knowledge. And it is what holds them a spiritual prisoner. It is what allows or forces them to live their little lives and to never think of anything truly greater than themselves.

The Dark Knight, by aiming towards self recognition and balance, destroys this inner mask. He frees himself from it allowing him to perceive reality on a broader scale. Yet there is one aspect of the mask that shows value. The aspect of hiding that which is behind it. A warrior caries an outward mask, meaning that he, in full recognition of the functionality of a mask, tunes his behavior towards outsiders that have no right to his personal thoughts. It is the acting in everyday life to allow the sheep to believe that you are one of them, for the truth would make the heard nervous and cause aggression against you. And while the sheep are weak, there are many of them. The greater your understanding of society, the better your acting will be. The more perfect your mask is the easier can you implement your will under the usage of your understanding of society; until you easily fit into any subculture, leading the sheep to fulfill your desires.

Together they meld to the armor of the warrior; to hold off all that is unappreciated and to help shield him from his opponents. 

-Darth Moor, Sith Lord

The Dark Knight

Filed under: Sith Lessons, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 4:34 am

Man has seen a millennium of religion and belief, decorating civilization during his evolution throughout the halls of time. What is true? What is false? What exists within the universe and what is merely an illusion constructed by our own fears of insignificance? Gods have appeared and faded throughout the balance of mystical belief and the epoch of physics. Yet when we are alone and when we gaze towards the sky we feel a slight breeze chill our soul at the indescribable premonition of there being more to the universe as can simply be described by the cold vacuum of mathematics and geometry. And while we know of the attempt of man’s logical tools to describe a past of phenomena, we all realize as an absolute truth, that these tools lack the dimension needed to truly grasp the rules behind the mist.

Today we gaze towards a large number of magicks, presented to man on a numerous scale of world views. Yet, engraved with numerous names for the different sources of power, we have come together in the belief that all powers in the last stance, originate from the same source of power; the mystical secret of the universe to enlighten those on the path of knowledge in denial to the logical tools of man: that which we have come to describe as the Force.

As our ancestors, so do we strive towards the mystical heritage of man and search the depth of our souls for the answers that will lead us to understanding, power and enlightenment. We have come to recognize that different paths can lead to the same goal. Each of these paths shows advantages and disadvantages, but none is greater than the other on an objective scale of thought. What allows us to decide for one of the three defined paths of Light, Darkness, and the Shadows, lies in the substance of our ghost and soul. It is the aspect of self that decides on a subjective scale of view, which path to choose. We are all the same, yet we are different. And thus the first step to hearing the whispers of the universe lies within our capability to hear the whispering of our own souls.

We are born as children. Children are given a set of moral and ethical views with which they are to view their surrounding. These views are the sum of experiences of our race and are given to use to be able to interact with our society. The important detail is to see these views as a guideline but not as an absolute truth. Many of our parents have taught us views towards society and religion that they no longer believe on account of their personal experience. And yet they teach us what is commonly appreciated as to assure our integration with humanity. The process of life allows us to gather new experiences and thus our views are changed. Yet, the question is to what degree can these views that were given to us be wrong? Assuming that there would be a general right and wrong to a view or truth. As for an example, I am sure that there are many people who would easily describe our force community as flawed by misconception. Yet if the person working at your local bank sees your views as wrong, would you be inclined to regret and refocus your perspective? Probably not.

Yet man has taken a course of logic and neglected his focus on the mystical. He has turned away from intuition and instincts and decided to use his mathematical tools to understand his environment. Thus alone our presence shows us to have strayed away from a common view of the universe. And this is the first obstacle on the path of self balance. The bank employee does not impress you to reconsider your path, yet what if it was a friend? What if it was your partner? What if most of your friends cling to their predefined view of reality? What if almost all mankind does so? We have all made the experience that we lack the ability to broadly communicate with our surroundings on this matter. Most people don’t believe in an alternative view, since it is much easier for them to cope with their fears when they believe to have a maximum of control over their environment. To belief in the mystical means to add new variables. It means to admit‚in the end, “I know less than I dreamed to know.” And this frightens man. And thus they will not consider this aspect of possibility, since it would make them feel more insecure than before. This is the reason they will explain to you why you should see things the way they do, for it will reassure their views to be stated as “correct.” while you were simply “wrong.” A wanderer on the path of enlightenment, determined to go an uncertain path bearing an uncertain reward must decide in favor of his courage and serenity when following his path. Lest he only follow the desire for additional knowledge, but decline the price to be paid. Most people who hesitate in the moment of mystical consideration stop at this point. They decide that the price of spiritual loneliness, of misunderstanding when interacting with their surroundings is too much to bear. It allows their fear and insecurity to rise and at this point, the person unconsciously decides if he is of the sheep or of the wolf.

The sheep have an easy life. They exist on a field of grass and live together in herds. They might wander a mile in one direction or the other, yet they are contempt at having one another and only secondarily discovering their surroundings. Thus being the price for the security of a community. On the other side we recognize the wolf in this example. I will speak of the first wolf to understand his own existence as to befit my example.

The wolf is born of a different substance. The wolf feels his urge to wander and so he passes through the land, discovering his environment and searching for others of his kind. The wolf wanders to the top of a hill and sees a herd of sheep in the valley. He gazes towards the sheep, noticing how they live in herds and watches them move. He sees how they wander a mile in one direction or the other and how they eat the grass, always looking down and only seldom gazing towards each other and thus understands their nature. He decides that they are something different and wanders closer to investigate them further. After slowly moving closer, he hesitates once more. For he sees the heard near a pond. He is unsure if it was merely a light reflection, yet he believes to have seen something strange. He recognizes another wolf within the depth of the heard. Slightly confused, yet glad to see a member of his kind he wanders over to the wolf. The sheep grow restless as the wolf comes closer and the heard opens to reveal the second wolf. The first wolf walks up to the second and watches the second with his tail between his legs eat the grass as do the sheep.

“Greetings, brother,” speaks the first of wolves.

The second gazes up, slightly confused and takes a step back, noticing that a wolf has neared him.

“Why do you step back from me, brother?” asks the first of wolves.

The second wolf looks slightly confused and speaks, “Why do you call me brother, wolf? I am not like you; I am a sheep like the others.”

The first of wolves, with his tail high grows further in his confusion, “What do you mean, brother? You are a wolf. How can you think to be of the sheep?”

“I was born within the heard, wolf. I have always been a sheep, as my parents before me,” speaks the cowardly wolf.

The first of wolves ponders the situation and his gaze wanders towards the pond, “Look into the water, brother. Then you will see that you are of my kind and not of the sheep.”

The second lowers his head again to continue his meal of grass, “I do not need to look into the water, for I would only see my reflection. The same face I see in the sheep around me. I do not need to look. I am of the sheep.”

“And what of the grass you eat, brother? Wouldn’t a sheep be more to your liking?” says the first wolf in vain.

The second gazes towards him in fear and speaks with a quavering voice “No,” he lied, “I have always eaten grass and I know no other. To desire a sheep is against the law.”

The first of wolves watches the second as he nervously looks around. The other sheep are seemingly oblivious to what matters are being discussed here. “Yet you have considered eating one of the sheep, haven’t you?” spoke the first.

The second dropped his tail further with a look of great guilt on his soul, “No, I would never think such a thing. And it would be appreciated if you leave us, for you are making the heard nervous.”

The first of wolves is engulfed by a silent moment of loneliness. Knowing that he is not of the sheep and has no heard. And knowing that his brother is also not of his kind. The first of wolves slowly turns, leaving his brother behind, hearing the second of wolves trying himself in a accord of “bah.” The other sheep acknowledge this sound, yet the first of wolves knows, that the second can not communicate with them, no matter how hard he tries.

Only the wolf that acknowledges his existence can understand the self. Lest he be blinded by his surroundings.

To use the powers of the Force means to be of the wolf, or rather, to be born with a magickal gift allowing this interaction. A man without this gift can study the Force, as he can study any human knowledge. He can argue within the boundaries of logic, but he is excluded from the true depth of understanding. Some statistics I have raised, on the grounds of a given character similarity and other mystical and psychological studies has shown me a gifted person of the Force to exist in a ratio of 1: 50,000 to humankind. Yet, those of the wolf that have the courage and serenity to face the truth of their existence reduce this ratio to 1: 5,000,000. Those between are born with a gift allowing them to feel different; to view differently towards their surroundings, and to know within the depth of their person that there is a truth behind the view of mystics. Yet they lack the courage to pay the price of serenity and therefore live with the sheep. These loses can be traced to the given moral and ethical views of our surroundings during childhood from our parents and given to us by our surroundings themselves. Thus a seeker must battle victorious against his own fear to follow the path of the Force, regardless of the personal Force aspect.

When this first step has been taken and the gifted user has cut the thread between himself and others, can the gifted commence to study themselves as the greatest potential for understanding they have at that time. They must now start to remove all the clamps chaining their body and must rediscover what they truly and personally believe. Some views will be kept, for the view they were taught and the view they believe are identical. Yet many people will discover that what they are truly inclined to believe differs greatly from what society expects them to see, to believe, and to feel.

Many people, while discovering their souls, instincts, and emotions, come to realize that they are Darker than they had admitted towards themselves up this point. There is a desire to enjoy. There is an enjoyment in things shunned by society and unmoral behavior. There is a desire to raise the self before others. There is a lust for revenge. A hatred towards those of the sheep who trap our brothers and sisters and who rule our world, in which they state there is no place for us. There is the wish for conflict. To prove those who are weak and commend those who are strong. And then we ponder over these inner desires, if this is what we are, in a viewed moment of truth. Is this not the path we should follow? Granted, that we must control our desires for every society has its ways of punishing those who think differently. We must be mindful, for the farther we wander off from what this society would consider “normal,” the greater the chance of being discovered will be. To be discovered might only mean to lose your influence over your surrounding. To be discovered might also mean to be “corrected” under the usage of government power. At the beginning of this path should an Apprentice of the Dark Side or Dark Knight, as I would call any gifted user to embrace his Darker half and stand up for it in serenity before the self, learn to hide this mental metamorphosis behind a mask of “normality.” You may feel free to test otherwise, but you will quickly note that you only harvest disadvantages from it. Try to be as you were before you made your first step towards others. Yet your thoughts are free and your own. With no one given any right to punish you for them.

Thus, the Dark Apprentice turns away from society. He no longer cares if he is wearing the correct clothing or likes the same things as his friends or as he is pressured to. While discovering the self , the Dark Knight notices the growing desire for power and knowledge. And based on these reasons for revenge, lust for power or on account of what he sees when he gazes into his soul, he turns to the Dark Side. His desire for knowledge draws him towards his path and his willingness to crush those who try to stand in his way details him.

First we will gaze towards the Knight, the heart and the soul of this divine will. The knight must face every truth, must gaze into the depth of the self and discover who he is. He must do this to achieve a balance of self. If there is no balance there is no knowledge and no power. Do not try to be what you are not, be what you are, and be it gladly. Stand before humanity and proclaim your might before them. Proclaim your serenity and dive into the Dark waters of emotion. Scan the depth of your Darkness and allow it to flow through you. But be a perfectionist. Demand the most you can give, allowing your hate and rage to flow freely together with your lust and your demand for power, yet always be mindful. Never underestimate an opponent, no matter how simple he appears. To underestimate an opponent is a strategic failure and can not be tolerated. See yourself as your central weapon. Sharpen your mind and fill it with knowledge to aid you in your battle. Study strategy and tactics. Ponder over the phrases of Sun Tzu and elaborate on the scriptures of Machiavelli. Consider what they say you should do and what you do in everyday life. Find your mistakes and correct your views. Only when your mind achieves fundamental perfection can the Knight reign supreme. Be ruthless towards yourself. This is the first of enemies: the mortal flesh and spirit. Mortals are weak, they quickly suffice when they have done half the job. Throw off the chains of imperfection and demand the ultimate functionality of every theory and construct; of every idea and strategy. Work on yourself until you have done all that you can at this time and then turn towards the world.

-Darth Moor, Sith Lord

Who Are They? What Do They Do?

Filed under: Humanity, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 4:22 am

Within another facet of the jewel, there are those of the Darkness. They are the outspoken ones that are in search of power, both over themselves and over others, so that they might help others and themselves or perhaps simply because they have come to terms with that which is in the depths of their heart. It is the more individualistic side of things that strives forth like a hungry and rabid animal, thirsty for the blood of knowledge and understanding. It is the more predatory nature that is within the human heart and spirit; that which stalks their prey as well as themselves ruthlessly like the wolf driving the weak from the rest of the herd.

Yet, at the same time, through all of their individuality, through all of their ruthlessness and cunning, they still have within them the other side of the wolf—the side that you rarely see. The side that works towards the nurturing and education of ones young. Of the protection of one’s pack and those that they are loyal too: their family, their friends, and above all those that they love. For the safety of the whole of the pack comes first. And even though one member might be needed to be sacrificed to save the many they will not let go ’till the bitter end. Playing all of their cards ’till all of their options have run out and they are forced to do that which they must do.

—Arithion

Clearing up the Dark Side

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 4:09 am

I want to discuss the Dark. Lately there seem to be many misconceptions as to what the Dark is or what it stands for. Due to the fact the Star Wars mythos is the primary source of information, this is understandable to a degree. Also understandable is the fact that Lord Moor used the Star Wars terms and technique (for example, anger and hatred) in his lectures. What few people realize though, is that he wasn’t talking out his arse. Though they sound very Sithly, these techniques have a basis in reality. As stated countless times in the past, we deal in reality here, not in the myth that Uncle George created. Not only are anger and hatred good things to focus on, but a Darksider should focus on the whole range of strong emotions. All emotion can fuel you, if you know how to manipulate it. Never leave any stone unturned when exploring what works for you, because that stone you leave untouched may be the one to hold the key to what you want or at least lead you to the next step.

Reality check. A competent Darksider isn’t one who goes around in long, flowing robes Force-choking people when they piss him or her off. Also we are not the puppy-kickers that others think us as either. We are your business people, your cops, your teachers, your janitors, your politicians, and yes, we are even involved in your church. A Darksider is concerned with their Self basically. It’s a form of selfishness. Selfishness, mind you, is not a bad thing like society makes it out to be. Being selfish enables you to do the things you want, when you want, and not care about what anyone else thinks of you for it. Now these things will only be for you to make you happy or to help you on your way to achieving your own personal goals.

Another thing that a Darksider is concerned with is power. And not necessarily in the “I’m going to take over the world” fashion either. It’s about power over the Self. If you think about it…it’s one of the most ultimate powers one can achieve. In essence, I’m conquering the World of Me. Once that is done, I can either move on, or once conquered, begin to shape it into what I want it to be. My will, will essentially change my reality, and in some sense affect other people’s realities as well as the common reality that we all share. Am I talking about something mystical here? No, I’m talking something realistic; it is how we control and carry ourselves. Sounds simple in theory, but for some, it will be the one of the hardest things one will ever attempt.

Know thyself and To thine own self be true. These two phrases are very important to a Darksider’s training. Knowing yourself inside-out, upside-down, around-and-over is essential. You have to learn to see things in a VERY realistic light, not clouded by the programming of society that always says Do things this way or Do things that way for the good of everyone. You have to learn to do things you want, for yourself. No rationalizing, no excuses, no second guessing. At the end of this, you will in one respect be your own master. Now, you always have, been, but the realization and build up to it is what matters now. One way to this is brutal honesty. This technique will now be your best friend. No running from yourself, no hiding from the things within you that scare you. It’s time to knock down the walls within you that cover all of the secret little fears you harbor. It’s time to face them all—everything. Not all at once, but one at a time, or whatever is comfortable for you. Accept them within you, make them a part of who you are…only then, will you be able to overcome them and then to draw strength from them. And then you can move on.

These are the beginning steps, the foundations, of one who is training in the Dark Side.

—Marcar Tezroc

The Necessity of Anger

Filed under: Emotions, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 4:02 am

I had a dream one night.

I was perfectly calm and clear.

I saw trees being hacked down and birds being shot out of the air…

and I walked on, calm and clear.

I saw my books being burned…

and walked on, calm and clear.

I saw churches being smashed, and priests being urinated on…

and walked on, calm and clear.

I saw children in sweatshops by day and brothels by night…

and walked on, calm and clear.

I saw the people I loved being exploited…

and walked on, calm and clear.

I saw my mother being mugged, and I walked on, calm and clear.

I returned home and continued my empty meditation, calm and clear.

We get angry for a reason. It’s a sign: “I have to do something about this. I WILL do something about this. It is not satisfactory to walk on.” I woke up, cold and frightened that I had become so lost that I could no longer feel the heat of anger. There were things to be fought for, and I had convinced myself to drift and let them be. In the words of St. Thomas Aquinas: “He who sees injustice and does not become angry is not a good man.”

—Richard Francis Irvine, Dark Master

Ancient Lesson Revisited

Filed under: Codes, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 4:00 am

I am the Heart of Darkness.
I know no fear; but rather I instill it in my enemies.
I know the power of the Dark Side.
I am the fire of hate; and the universe bows before me.
I pledge myself to the Darkness.
For I have found true life, in the death of the Light.

Lesson One: I am the Heart of Darkness

We, as Sith, are, in the end, beings of Darkness. You cannot get around it. We see all sides, yet we choose to dwell within the Darkness. We make the heart of Darkness ourselves, and through this, we gain much power and strength. This phrase portrays the inner connection every Sith should have with the Darker aspects of the Force. We feel the Darkness in our very hearts, our minds, and our spirit. We allow Darkness to be a part of our lives, and through this connection, we gain an immeasurable amount of knowledge. I have grown a sense of knowingness in the universe, as I lack the restraints that many have upon them when dealing with the pure essence of the Force. I call upon the Darkness within my very heart and soul while I meditate, and through these things, I progress even further in my studies. Knowledge is the key to much of the Sith’s life. Without it, we would never find ourselves seeking it.

Lesson Two: I know no fear; but rather I instill it in my enemies.

As Sith, we must know our own strengths. It is also important to note that we must know how our strengths apply to the enemy. It is your choice to choose who the enemy is. I cannot help you decide that, but when you do, you must be able to strike fear into the enemy. The strongest attack that we can give is through our own minds. When I enter a conflict, I lead a psychological war, one which leaves the enemy in a state of fear. These usually end up over without any contact. A psychological attack is very strong, and it is a skill that you can only achieve when you have been disassociated from the rest of society for long enough.

You have to know how to instill fear into an enemy. It is an ability that is a must for any practicing Sith. Several ways you can do this are: 

1. Be physically intimidating.

2. Be too cool, or emotionless. Stay calm, and remain confident. This sounds Jedi-ish, but it is a rather scary sight to see someone that is confident in themselves now-a-days. It scares people a lot.

3. Be crazy. Last resort. Go berserk when fighting, giving in to every emotion, feel the adrenaline. This is only in worse case scenarios. This could be considered “Dark Rage.” To train for this, practice getting extremely angry, but not at anything in particular, just feel Anger as an emotion. Feel it course through your body. This is our last resort.

Lesson Three: I know the power of the Dark Side.

The Dark Side is our medium of power. We use it to control, and subdue any enemies. The Dark Side is where anyone who is Sith is drawn. It empowers us and calls us like the Light Side beacons the Jedi. Or the medium beacons the Grey Jedi. Or the whole of the Force beacons Shadow Jedi. It is a part of who we are.

The Dark Side represents a true innate following of your own instincts. We follow how we feel. That does not mean that we go around doing everything on impulse, but we do let our own emotions and feelings affect how we act in a certain situation.

For instance: You are walking down the street. A kid rides by you on a bike. As you continue to walk down the street, several other, younger kids run by you. You ask “What is going on?”

The kids stop and say: “He stole his bike!”
Just then, the boy on the bicycle rides by again.
You have several choices now, which are:
A. Stop the kid by grabbing the bike, possibly hurting him.
B. Ask the kid to stop.
C. Let the kid ride away, enjoying the suffering of the other children.

A Sith would give into his instincts. A Sith would act out the best he would see fit to. The first choice was the answer of a Sith, while the last one was the answer of a sadistic and deranged person.

As you can see, Sith tend to act out on impulse, but this impulse is different for everyone. I believe that the Force speaks through us when we act without thinking. We do not seek pain and suffering. We seek to follow the Force by Darker means that the Jedi. We are at home in the Darkness; it is our own place of solaced. 

Lesson Four: I am the fire of hate; and the universe bows before me.

This is possibly the only thing that I disagree with in this code. Sith do not seek the subservience of the universe. We may control the Force, yes, but we do it in order to further our own path. Many fail to realize that you cannot have the universe bow before you. Even Sith should realize this, as it will keep you from a lot of discontent, but if you still wish to seek true control, then I suggest you find a dark place and meditate on what you truly wish to achieve. This is one of the more dangerous things that you could ever try to do, spiritually. The Force has a nasty way of coming back at you for such things.
 
Now that I have said what needed to be said, I will continue the lesson:

“I am the Fire of Hate.” Sith have ultimate control over their emotions. They utilize them in such a way that they become a very hard being to confront. I cannot stress enough that we do not seek to get rid of our emotions, only to rid ourselves of the control our emotions have on our own lives. We use them as our own personal weapons.

Lesson Five: I pledge myself to Darkness.

The Sith are dedicated to the Darkness. We uphold the tenets presented here. In order to attain the Truth, we follow this path, but not in the same ways. Every Sith creates his own path, this is just a rough base to organize it around.

 Lesson Six: For I have found true life, in the death of the Light.

The Sith practice true freedom of the Force. This freedom will never be overthrown.

-Vallen, Sith Lord

Library of the Infinite

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 3:52 am

The Force can be viewed as a Library of knowledge, to some degree.

Everyone has access to this library and the knowledge is there for the taking; however, how many people dare tread the long and dark stairwell that leads to the catacombs; the places where the ancient truths of past time, the place where the enigmatic questions of humanity, the place where the very outer reaches of human awareness ponder, all are stored.

These catacombs are, in their own respect, the Darkness. With the knowledge they store, one can become well versed and wise; however one also becomes burdened with what plagued humanity since the dawn of time.

With this knowledge comes a higher level of consciousness; and yet, one that pursues this knowledge exposes themselves to the “dangerous truths”.

As sith, one should accept this burden and power through it. But there comes a time in every Siths experience that one must drop everything… all strength, all power, all understanding, and bask in what is solely the Darkness. Letting go of all that connected one to this world, yet not travelling to another.

Existing in the void of pure Darkness.

The problem with this is that you cannot reach this place through hate and anger and rage. That will merely decend you into the catacombs of the Darkness from the rest of humanity.

Once you have found these catacombs; this place of knowledge; in fact the actual Darkness, one must cut the tethers that tie you to the rest of humanity.

Hate.
Anger.
Rage.

any and all emotion.

When you have severed this humanity; albeit possibly temporarily, then you are free to flow with the current of the Darkness, and many things will be revealed to you.

Make your mind clear and placid void of thought or feeling and allow the Darkness to flow…
and as long as you are in this Heart of Darkness, you will find the mysteries and the understanding.

- Vallen

November 10, 2007

Listen. Feel. Be. Overcome.

Filed under: Sith Lessons, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 11:24 pm

Take what you will, but leave something in return:

Ruin.

Chaos.

Unfettered with emotion, the sole child of the unity of the Darkness and Emptiness.

Take a moment and breathe. Feel the darkness swirling around you and into your being.

and for once, know that you are Sith, that you are Strong, and that you are Free.

Do not be afraid to claim such titles to your being, for fear of political rectitude, and do not fall into a state of blindness in your search for power.

The strong will prevail, and the weak will fall underfoot.

Do not be weak.

-Vallen

Symptom or Cause?

Filed under: Lessons of Power, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 11:17 pm

As part of our wonderful convenience culture that I so love and adore, the packet of paracetemol seems to be a permanent fixture in medicine cupboards all over the western world. A simple sequence of events occurs.
Step 1. Subject gets headache.
Step 2. Subject walks to medicine cupboard and opens it.
Step 3. Subject takes a (probably excessive) number of paracetemol to relieve said aching head.

To my (admittedly less-than-sane) mind, this seems to indicate something about our culture. Certainly, we have a problem, we look for the solution; nothing wrong there. However, it seems to me that it is not the problem we address, but the symptom. We understandably see the fact that we have a headache as a problem. However, we don�t think to address the reason why we have a headache. We look for the short term, immediate solution, that is, the paracetemol, rather than addressing the reason we have a headache, for example stress in the workplace or lack of sleep.

When we take a step back, it seems commonsense; why constantly shove pills into our mouths, no doubt doing us harm, when we can look for the real cause and resolving that, and hence alleviating the problem at its root? Well, I�d say that we mainly choose the fast quick-fix solution because it requires time and effort to take a step back and look at the root cause.

And of course, this applies to far more than headaches. Look at our emotional responses. We are angry. Society tells us this is bad bad bad. So we seek to brush these emotions under the carpet; perhaps we seek advice on anger management from a therapist, those gurus of modern society. But trying to hide these emotions does little except make steady progress towards eventual and inevitable implosion. Our emotions are in many cases symptoms of a problem. It is not good enough to say �I am angry, and this is a problem� or �I am afraid, and this a problem�. These emotions are signals. In my personal opinion, if there is a key word in the Fatum Operandi, it is �why?� Like the curious child seeking to understand his environment, question everything around you, and some of the most important things you can question with a desire to understanding are your emotional responses; this way you can see what they are trying to tell you.

If a baby cries, a parent don�t usually say �what a terrible noise- let�s gag the child� (although I�m sure many are tempted!). They say �the child is crying, therefore he must be hungry/ uncomfortable�, etc. Treat your emotions in the same way; don�t shut them up with the immediate response that they are dangerous and should be suppressed; find out what they are trying to communicate to you.

Which more or less concludes what I am trying to say, although by way of an appendix of sorts, I thought I�d address James Bugental�s (1978) views on levels of therapeutic goals.

Level 1 is Adjustment. This is basically the �take a paracetemol� solution- the minimal removal of symptoms without any real change of outlook. In terms of emotional responses, this is �getting rid� of your emotions, if this is possible; more likely brushing them under the carpet.

Level 2 is Coping Effectiveness. Here, rather than taking the paracetemol, you grit your teeth and cope with the headache. Self explanatory, really; you improve your ability to cope with the problem rather than solve it. In terms of emotional responses, you accept that your emotions are there, and just learn to exist without dealing with them.

Level 3 is Ego Renewal. You get rid of the symptom and raise your morale and outlook by doing so. In terms of emotional response, this is crushing your emotions and replacing them with more �positive� factors in a �think happy thoughts� kind of way.

Level 4 is Growth in Personal and Interpersonal Actualisation. This is looking at your symptom in a far more positive light, and hence stopping it being part of the problem, and starting to let it be part of the solution. The person has moved on from one outlook to another, and has grown in doing so. In terms of emotional response, this is seeing that your emotions have a positive role to play in your life.

Level 5 is Existential Emancipation. This is the discovery of the real self. It is understanding the fuller picture, that the symptoms are a result of a problem within your environment, and not isolated factors. In terms of emotional response, it is finding the reasons of your response, examining them and dealing with them if appropriate.

Level 6 is Transcendence. Having examined and understood the situation, we begin to move on in our psychospiritual development.

Don’t see these levels as further attempts to pigeonhole, but just another perspective on the various stages of response to a symptom. Do you feel that you are on one of these particular levels? Where do you wish to be? How can you help yourself improve your response? Keep on asking these questions.
-Richard Irvine, Krath Lord

Mental Warfare

Filed under: Lessons of Power, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 11:14 pm

Any pursuit that you wish to partake in, whether it is persuading the opposing target through psychological or through the force can be judged on five fundamental factors by which your quest shall succeed

1. Moral Influence
2. Environment
3. Distance (Relative/Non-Relative)
4. Command
5. Doctrine

We shall look at each of these in detail:

1. Moral Influence

This does NOT mean you go out and change your needs to suit the needs of another. You do, however, want to find a common through which you can identify your subject. To speak of the art of persuasion; allowing your subject to get comfortable and secure with you breaks down their defense. You can always catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.

2. Environment

If you are trying to bend another to see your point if view, make sure your immediate surroundings are not distracting and your subjects attention is never diverted. If she is cold lend her your jacket. If she is thirsty offer her a drink. Take into consideration whether she is disturbed by loud noise or is uncomfortable with silence. Use these findings when you feel her attention wander. Be sure to also inventory the weather and its effects on you and your subject.

3. Distance (Relative/Non-relative)

�How far away � is your subject from the ideas of which you speak. Is he open and willing to accept your ideas, or is he close-minded and stubborn? Can you use smiles and metaphors to attract his attention? Is his mind really on the conversation at hand, or is he dwelling on other affairs? How can you link his thought of the moment to your goal at hand? Build a bridge only to where you can cross!

4. Command

Before you even attempt to speak your ideas, etc to a subject, examine yourself closely. How knowledgeable are you on the subject on whom you speak? If you are trying to persuade someone to see your point of view you had better be sincere about how you feel about it. If you do not you insecurity will be flayed open for your subject to see, and he may take advantage of it. You must know when to treat your subject with sympathy with out bending to his way. You must be prepared to seize upon any opportune moment, and once your subjects attention is won, don�t lose it.

5 Doctrine

Organize and outline the basis of your �speech� beforehand if possible. Have a wordsmith aid you if need arises. If a comrade would be more in tune with your subject assign the former to the task, Delegate your resources in the manner that they suited. Your ideas should be preented in a controlled way: an introduction, middle, and an ending. Be sure to allow your subject access to the other (pre-selected ) resources so he may sense security in the fact you can �back up� what you say.

-Paimon/Darth Taranis/Darth Wraith 

Manifestation of Emotion

Filed under: Emotions, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 11:07 pm

Mind you that this is based on my personal experience. The manifestation of emotion can be a powerful thing and an ally, or enemy that can either destroy your enemy or destroy yourself. The manifestation of hate. You hate one thing, you focus the hate in and it grows, it grows like a fire within your soul, it grows like a wildfire. You get to the point that you can no longer contain it and it consumes everything, you, your family, your society, it consumes everything about you, it consumes all. This emotional manifestation leaks out and merges with other’s spirits and others begin to hate, though unknowingly and without meaning or detail. Because hate is such a powerful force, you can manipulate others with it easily. When it leaks, you cannot feel it, though you can observe it. You can start seeing people around you, close to you, in irritable moods, and they start using harsher language towards things they perhaps enjoyed previously. You have changed their personality, and it wasn’t that difficult. Though the start of the manifestation of such an emotion as hate is diffucult. The focus of it can be horendous. But ultimately, you’ve got to learn to let go, to let go of what you knew before, let go of all you knew before, and triumph over yourself.

-Aiden Votolo

November 9, 2007

Quotes of Fictional Sith

Filed under: Sith Quotes, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 1:47 am

These quotes are here for us to ponder, enjoy the treasures of the mythos.
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“What truly differentitiates the Sith from the Jedi is our philosophy-and our way of understanding the Force.”
-Darth Talon

“What we pretend to be we often become.”
-Darth Krayt

“Art embodies the thought and philosophy of a civilization. Gives it a form.”
-Darth Talon

“Darkness calls to darkness. It calls to you. You can feel it like a heart beating within this temple. How will you respond?”
-Darth Talon

“Tell me what you regard as your greatest strength, so I will know how best to undermine you; tell me of your greatest fear, so I will know which I must force you to face; tell me what you cherish most, so I will know what to take from you; and tell me what you crave, so that I might deny you…”
-Darth Plagueis

“Flesh does not easily support this great power.”
-Darth Sidious

“Equality is a chain, like obedience. Like fear or uncertainty or self doubt.”
-Darth Bane

Equality is a perversion of the natural order!…It binds the strong to the weak. They [the weak] become anchors that drag the exceptional down to mediocrity. Individuals destined and deserving of greatness have it denied them. They [the strong] suffer for the sake of keeping them even with their inferiors.”
-Darth Bane

“Equality is a lie…A myth to appease the masses. Simply look around and you will see the lie for what it is! There are those with power, those with the strength and will to lead. And there are those meant to follow—those incapable of anything but servitude and a meager, worthless existence”
-Darth Bane

“It all depends on your definition of good, doesn’t it?”
-Darth Caedus

“I can feel your anger. It gives you focus, makes you stronger.”
-Darth Sidious
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Also see here for more: Sith Quotes.

November 5, 2007

Passion

Filed under: Emotions, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 10:24 pm

I have been doing a great deal of meditating concerning passion and the Force. I believe that most of us are familiar with the “code of the sith” often presented publicly. Passion is the key of this code, but what is ment by passion? I don’t think that what drives control of the force is the simple passion of our everyday lives. As a matter of fact, these passions can quite often be a hindrance to one getting what they want. An example of this is the individual seeking carnal satisfaction whom becomes so obsessed with their passion that they become a pervert whom isn’t desirable to anyone. This is perhaps where many become lost. They become obsessed and loose control of their passion. This passion then makes them a slave.

Passion is a tool. I like to think of passion as the small spark which can start a much greater fire of Will. Our casual passions are only useful in them leading up to something greater. Here we reach an important realization that everyone must make when treading the path of the Sith. What we once were is only a stepping stone to our greater selves. This change between our previous selves to future selves becomes constant and eventually becomes a single flame of our Self. In this fire of our evolution the sorce of the dark side can be found. When we strive to be greater than ourselves then we can touch that essence of the force, and the essence of our Self.

-Mastorn

Smarter Than They

Filed under: Lessons of Power, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 9:50 pm

Through intelligent use of two simple techniques, stimulating Anger and acquaintance
with the hierarchy of the concern of which you are dealing, a man can be comfortable
and serene in his dealings. A man can practice getting angry after a few minutes of
trying on different expressions and rates of breathing, you will find that you can put it
on and take it off just like a hat. You will be surprised how people tend to propitiate
the person who is infuriated.

 You can do some quiet behind-the-scenes preparation. This homework may consist of
finding out the names of the people that can affect the outcome of your plan. The
preparation suited to you needs will be evident to you after a moment of reflection.
What concealed weapon can you pull out of your sleeve to win your way, if you but lay a little groundwork? This is a most Dark Approach: the weapon in reserve, concealed, unsuspected, employed only when its use is warranted.

You may have spent hours today in wasted effort or day dreaming. Why don’t you spend that amount of time tomorrow in planning your major undertakings? Remind yourself that constantly that you are smarter, that you have more inherent power and knowledge than the person you are dealing with. If it looks like you are not going to win in a given situation then break it off. Go away. Think of an attack that that will let you win, an attack that probably approaches the whole problem from an entirely different direction. There is always another angle. By spending time quietly thinking about it, you can find the angle; then you control the transaction.

Remember something else, too: Do not use a full charge of gunpowder when just a
little will do. You don’t need a sledgehammer to kill a flea, tailor your conversation to
the level of the person with whom you are dealing, and you will always win.

—Talos Perdix,

The Dark Leader

Filed under: Sith Lessons, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 9:48 pm

The Dark Side is the essence of Darkness and power. As such, those along its path are touched by its nature and brought to perceive their world in terms of named values: strength, power, domination, Darwinism, war, and victory. Those of the Dark Side seek the challenge within our world and the spiritual world: to overcome their own mortality, to find the source of power that would allow them to forfeit their mortal coil and rise beyond the shackles of their bestowed limitations. They seek challenge and confrontation, to find their limits and expand them.

As predators, we follow the unspoken rules of the hunt: there is the predator and there is the prey. If a predator is too weak to take down his prey, he will seek other predators of same nature and create a truce with a defined means to an end. In such cooperation, there is always hierarchy; there is always a lead. The lead itself is determined by the strength of each individual, by its capabilities as a predator and its ability to kill the prey and defeat those of weaker station. In our world and on this path, the “strength” of each individual is measured by different means: by his knowledge and abilities in the Force, his understanding of the path they follow, and his ability to promote the development of those who would offer their servitude in said alliance. If the leader is weak, those following him will come to question his strength and test that weakness. In due course, therefore a leader may change or an alliance end, if those of the pack no longer acknowledge the strength of the one who leads them.

In many ways, the nature and success of such an alliance depends on the definition of the prey. Many will come to consider that those of the Light Side, being our spiritual enemies are such prey. Thus, the capability of the leader to minder their ranks would be the main criteria. Others believe that the prey refers to human kind: the blind sheep who serve our purpose and exist beneath us, or cross our path and must therefore be destroyed. The prey here, is possession of followers. Others again, will conclude that the prey is actually the path of the Dark Side itself. It is the path that needs to be caught, discovered, unveiled and thus offered for its knowledge and capability to strengthen our own power. In the sum of all considerations, the leader’s capability to offer the prey to his pack lies in his ability to support the desires of the pack and thus ensure their servitude and his lead.

Summarizing these bullets, we can derive that a successful leader of the Dark Side, must offer, skill in combat and deceit, knowledge in terms of strategy to subjugate mundane society and thus bring forth the spoils of social influence and wealth. But above all, he must be knowledgeable in regard to the path itself: that those who follow him as soldiers may rise to become lords over mankind. In terms of their knowledge and power of the arts of the Dark Side.

Considering what such a leader must offer, the second step is to also consider how his contribution to the pack is acknowledged.

The pack will await the rewards of their fealty. This is an inevitable fact that cannot be denied nor should it be ignored. No pack shall vary from the other in this regard. The only difference is the frequency in which they demand their return reward. And this depends only on the strength of vision the leader can share with his pack.

Any leader must realize if he holds the loyalty of the pack’s swords or also their hearts. If it is only the blades he can rely on, he must ensure a regular return. The danger herein lies in the distraction from the overall strategy. A campaign will take a certain amount of time. A leader must ensure the loyalty of his pack throughout the campaign. If the pack receives their return quickly, they may hesitate and decide to end their fealty prematurely. If they receive a return in between, with a final goal too unreachable in their opinion, they will take what they can and then seek a new prospect. As such, the spoils must be shared equally during such a campaign. When a return is received, the next return must already be perceived as clear and reachable. A leader achieves this on the sole basis of his ability to promote the reality of said spoils. In terms of social influence and wealth, this is an easy task. If the master is skillful in the arts, his followers will soon receive the low hanging fruits of what they sought, of what their mortality requests of them: acknowledgement of status, fear by enemies, loyalty by allies, and wealth to begin shaping their own immediate surroundings and plans. Already at this point, many of the weaker pack members will become unfocused: seeing the immediate fruits of their rewards, many may choose to reside on this level of achievement. For they were never truly followers of the Dark Side for the sake of the path, but for the potential ability to give them strength over the sheep and make them lords among slaves. They will depart their station and bid their leader farewell. Often enough they remain at this level and never manage to take another step through the valley of shadows, for their thirst has been quenched and their hunger stilled. It is an amusing irony for any experienced master to perceive, as his followers disappear behind the shroud of their mundane pleasures and lose all contact with the Dark Side: trapped in the shell of the lord of sheep, they return to where they came from and are forgotten by the divine.

Those that remain strong upon the path are those that truly seek the spoils beyond mortality: the power to be achieved in life to pass the divine spark to their very souls and thus increase their power in the life beyond our world and its limits of mortality.
Again, the leader will be challenged by his ability to share that vision. To have the answers, where questions are sowed. To know the next step to be taken, when those who follow would hesitate. To understand and guide the Dark ones who join his ranks and offer their eternal servitude. For he will lead them through the valley upon which they shall embrace the powers of immortality on the other side. He is their true leader and he will lead them to the pure source of Darkness, upon which they shall transcend beyond the limitations of their mortal destiny.

Yet this path is much more difficult to prove continuously. Studies are done and the arts learned. Power is achieved and thus pleasures and inspires the hunger of the true followers for more. Yet the more power is accumulated, the larger the risk of mundane satisfaction. Overall, any true follower must learn not to compare himself with the sheep around him, but with the wolves at his side. For we do all compare the quality of our deeds, and measure them by the success of our neighbors. Yet, here lies the danger that all shall be forgotten and we shall again compare ourselves to the mortals we left behind to seek out the divine. Here, discipline and steadiness is required. The mindful and the hesitant will wander upon different paths. And the leader will carry only those who show merit and promise, who perhaps, despite their weakness show the potential to fulfill their journey through the valley itself. If those who are too weak, who will fall, who will turn, remain with the pack for too long, they will endanger their brothers and said quest, for the weight of their sloth, of their shallowness, of their lack to perceive the vision of the true power that lies beyond, until the pack may come to a halt entirely, for the leader bears no longer the strength to make them move on.

Every leader has his own limits, regardless how far he is on the path. He must be mindful for the desires of his fellow predators; he must understand what their motives are and when they will meet their greatest temptation to fail. He must realize when he must leave them and thus sacrifice them to their own undoing. And he must have the faith, the belief, the devotion and the power to serve nothing but the Dark Side itself if he wishes to reach the end of the valley with his forces intact.

Over the years, with each generation of succeeding teachers and masters, the vision of our true quest, or our true desires has continued to fade. No longer are there those who whisper into the shadows and create that serene echo in the heart of a fellow follower. Each generation, has thus cut down on its targets, wisely understanding their own inability to cross the valley. The first of them focused on the vision. The second of them, explained the vision was not of merit, only the power it bears. The third followed soon, proclaiming the power itself was not real. Only the mindfulness of tactics, the wealth of philosophy, the strength of words could be the weapons to bring social influence and wealth, if a profession is chosen wisely and followed with appreciation. The fourth came and said, Nothing is important for there is no definition. We are all masters in our ability to inspire each other. And therefore we should all be individuals, never bowing to one or the other alliance, for the social influence we seek will be gained by subconscious recognition, for the beauty of our words. For our ability to quote others. For our humor, so witty. And in wealth we shall last succeed, for wealth is happiness. And the divine will know the truth of our words, where no others can shed their jealousy to acknowledge our wisdom, yet in our hearts we know our true unique value and greatness, and one day it shall be rewarded.

—Darth Moor, Sith Lord

The Storm

Filed under: Lessons of Power, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 9:47 pm

We are constantly busy, so busy that we are seldom noticing how time passes before our eyes. Is that what life is all about? Wake up, rush there, then there, then there. Is that what life’s about? What makes us do it? The need to survive? The desire for material things?

…The will to power.

Power, knowledge, and enlightenment; it is them that we seek. But we also want our Will to materialize, because other people – they want it too – which leads to conflict. Yet conflict is movement, and movement is that which makes us manifest our Will.
For what we want goes against inaction. It requires a storm.

And so a storm we try to make.

So do the forces of life, the currents of force swirl more vigorously around us? Do our storms grow and speed and consume?

We don’t dwell in the storm.
We ARE the storm.

We are the storm and the sight and the struggle. We are made of energy, we are a part of the energy, and energy flows and it moves and it changes. We are the matter that awoke. So why not interconnect things in our favor? Everything that exists exists only because it has the strength to.

Remember your hates and your loves.

Our quarry, the “Force,” it is everything from the tiniest spark to the greatest star and it is all that lies between, including the nothingness. Look at it this way, the Force, or God, is not something external and separate, it is existence itself, it is everything and everything is the whole.

Thou art the Force and the Force is everything and all around you. The Force is life and a lack of life united. Schopenhauer was on the right track when he said that life was just a very rare form of death. In the moment we are born we already start to die; in the moment we die we are born into a new existence. Nothing matters, everything matters; the answer is found in that same paradox. And it means that it is us that assign value to things. Maybe because they feel to be having value for us, they aid us in some way. Yet something has a value depending on the power of those who assigns it because in our interaction with the rest of the universe, we are submitted to the eternal conflict of movement and change. Where one’s power to fight and win is that which will make the thing he values indeed, to truly manifest and be born.

Because of this conflict, of these clashes of wills, and in the same time the interaction and interconnectivity between everything, your path, more or less automatically, no matter who you are, becomes a path within the herd. We are species that operate like a herd and that means a lot of what we do we also do for the herd. We are bound to the material world and to society and yet the material world is in fact also an energy, and society is energy too: energy that changes, energy that moves and grows, following the same laws of All that is the Universe.

The herd/society, it makes it a great deal easier for us to survive, yet the disadvantages being that it can and does result in its members becoming over-reliant, losing freedoms…and individuality.

Be aware and be mindful of the causes and the effects, the actions, and the reactions. We are initially free. But the way things are set creates an equal chance to dwell, carried by the storm wherever it chooses to, or be that storm, manifesting our Will to power. 

—The Dark Council at Force Academy

No Unified Method

Filed under: Codes, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 9:42 pm

Self interest is probably the one unifying glue that knits us into a common group. It just like how Jesus is the unifying glue that knits the assorted sects of Protestants and Catholics into the common group of Christianity. Individuals and smaller groups may have a common point they agree upon, but the things they do and the articles of faith they believe, can not only vary widely, but at times outright contradict each other.

So it is with the Dark Side.

There are those like me who embrace magic and esotera, those who are atheist, and those who are Christian. There are those who are solitary individuals and those who belong to a clan or coven. Some of us believe “A” to be the most important aspect of our path, while others believe it is “X,Y,Z”, and still others hold that to place anyone thing as the most important is to miss the point entirely.

It is a path where one learns to see the borders of the boxes we’re conditioned to live in, to see the actual self, to determine to what extent we play by the Rules imposed by others, and so on. How this knowledge is shared, taught, imparted, and learned varies from person to person, group to group.

You’re asking for us to tell you what the Unified Methods are, but there AREN’T any. You might as well try to herd cats. We’re vastly different in the way we think, than Lightsiders, in this regard.

We’ll use a common methodology, if it suits our purpose or whim. We’ll cast it aside just as readily if it no longer is useful. We’ll try one approach, and if it doesn’t work, we’ll put our efforts into finding something that does work.

Newcomers to the path often have expectations which aren’t necessarily going to be of benefit to them “in the real world.” Part of our journey is learning to temper our desires within the constraints of society as a whole, of making mindful choices—learning to look ahead to potential consequences of actions we take. And learning what we are willing to sacrifice on our alters of self-interest.

There is a lot of practicality involved. Many people in the Dark Side do public service; they volunteer to help the needy, and other such things. If it benefits the whole, chances are that it improves our lot in life too.

But do we have a uniform code of beliefs? A uniform guideline for thoughts and ethics? A uniform method of training? No. It’s about individuality. There are some other things, such as loyalty to one’s kin—kin being those who we embrace as kin, not necessarily those of genetic relation. But even that varies between individuals, and groups.

Chaos.

Sometimes orderly, sometimes not.

I don’t know how much use any of this will be to you, if you insist on finding the Holy Grail of the Dark Side Methods and Codes and such, because those things simply don’t exist.

—Lady Qadira

The 48 Laws of Power

Filed under: Lessons of Power, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 1:21 am

Law1: Never Outshine the Master.

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite—inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.

Law 2: Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies.

Be wary of friends—they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.

Law 3: Conceal your Intentions.

Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense.  Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.

Law 4: Always Say Less than Necessary.

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinx like. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.

Law 5: So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life.

Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once you slip, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides. Make your reputation unassailable. Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen. Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations. Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.

 Law 6: Court Attention at all Cost.

Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing. Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion. Stand out. Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the bland and timid masses.

Law 7: Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit.

Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause.  Not only will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed. In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered. Never do yourself what others can do for you.

Law 8: Make other People come to you – use Bait if Necessary.

When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control. It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process. Lure him with fabulous gains—then attack. You hold the cards.

Law 9: Win through your Actions, Never through Argument.

Any momentary triumph you think gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory: The resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion. It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate. 

Law 10: Infection, Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky.

You can die from someone else’s misery—emotional states are as infectious as disease. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.

Law 11: Learn to Keep People Dependent on You.

To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted. The more you are relied on, the more freedom you have. Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear. Never teach them enough so that they can do without you.

Law 12: Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm your Victim.

One sincere and honest move will cover over dozens of dishonest ones. Open-hearted gestures of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people. Once your selective honesty opens a hole in their armor, you can deceive and manipulate them at will. A timely gift – a Trojan horse – will serve the same purpose.

Law 13: When Asking for Help, Appeal to Self-Interest, Never to Mercy or Gratitude.

If you need to turn to an ally for help, do not bother to remind him of your past assistance and good deeds. He will find a way to ignore you. Instead, uncover something in your request, or in your alliance with him, that will benefit him, and emphasize it out of all proportion. He will respond enthusiastically when he sees something to be gained for himself.

Law 14: Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy.

Knowing about your rival is critical. Use spies to gather valuable information that will keep you a step ahead. Better still: Play the spy yourself. In polite social encounters, learn to probe. Ask indirect questions to get people to reveal their weaknesses and intentions. There is no occasion that is not an opportunity for artful spying.

Law 15: Crush your Enemy Totally.

All great leaders since Moses have known that a feared enemy must be crushed completely. (Sometimes they have learned this the hard way.) If one ember is left alight, no matter how dimly it smolders, a fire will eventually break out. More is lost through stopping halfway than through total annihilation: The enemy will recover, and will seek revenge. Crush him, not only in body but in spirit.

Law 16: Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor.

Too much circulation makes the price go down: The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear. If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired.  You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity.

Law 17: Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability.

Humans are creatures of habit with an insatiable need to see familiarity in other people’s actions. Your predictability gives them a sense of control. Turn the tables: Be deliberately unpredictable. Behavior that seems to have no consistency or purpose will keep them off-balance, and they will wear themselves out trying to explain your moves. Taken to an extreme, this strategy can intimidate and terrorize.

Law 18: Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous.

The world is dangerous and enemies are everywhere—everyone has to protect themselves. A fortress seems the safest. But isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from; it cuts you off from valuable information, it makes you conspicuous and an easy target. Better to circulate among people, find allies, mingle.  You are shielded from your enemies by the crowd.

Law 19: Know Who You’re Dealing with – Do Not Offend the Wrong Person.

There are many different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone will react to your strategies in the same way. Deceive or outmaneuver some people and they will spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge. They are wolves in lambs’ clothing. Choose your victims and opponents carefully, then—never offend or deceive the wrong person.

Law 20: Do Not Commit to Anyone.

It is the fool who always rushes to take sides. Do not commit to any side or cause but yourself. By maintaining your independence, you become the master of others—playing people against one another, making them pursue you.

Law 21: Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker – Seem Dumber than your Mark.

No one likes feeling stupider than the next persons. The trick is to make your victims feel smart, and not just smart, but smarter than you are. Once convinced of this, they will never suspect that you may have ulterior motives.

Law 22: Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power.

When you are weaker, never fight for honor’s sake; choose surrender instead. Surrender gives you time to recover, time to torment and irritate your conqueror, time to wait for his power to wane. Do not give him the satisfaction of fighting and defeating you—surrender first. By turning the other check you infuriate and unsettle him. Make surrender a tool of power.

Law 23: Concentrate Your Forces.

Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point. You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another—intensity defeats extensity every time. When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key patron, the fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come.

Law 24: Play the Perfect Courtier.

The perfect courtier thrives in a world where everything revolves around power and political dexterity. He has mastered the art of indirection; he flatters, yields to superiors, and asserts power over others in the mot oblique and graceful manner.  Learn and apply the laws of courtiership and there will be no limit to how far you can rise in the court.

Law 25: Re-Create Yourself.

Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions—your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life.

Law 26: Keep Your Hands Clean.

You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and nasty deeds. Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and cat’s-paws to disguise your involvement.

Law 27: Play on People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following.

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something. Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow. Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking.  Give your new disciples rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf. In the absence of organized religion and grand causes, your new belief system will bring you untold power.

Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness.

If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.

Law 29: Plan All the Way to the End.

The ending is everything. Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others. By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop. Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead.

Law 30: Make your Accomplishments Seem Effortless.

Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed. When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work—it only raises questions. Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you.

Law 31: Control the Options, Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal.

The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give the other person a choice: Your victims feel they are in control, but are actually your puppets. Give people options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose. Force them to make choices between the lesser of two evils, both of which serve your purpose. Put them on the horns of a dilemma: They are gored wherever they turn.

Law 32: Play to People’s Fantasies.

The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes for disenchantment. Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the desert: Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses.

Law 33: Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew.

Everyone has a weakness, a gap in the castle wall. That weakness is usually an insecurity, an uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure. Either way, once found, it is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage.

Law 34: Be Royal in your Own Fashion, Act like a King to be treated like one.

The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated; In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.

Law 35: Master the Art of Timing.

Never seem to be in a hurry—hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time. Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually. Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power. Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition.

Law 36: Disdain Things you cannot have, Ignoring them is the best Revenge.

By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility. The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it. It is sometimes best to leave things alone. If there is something you want but cannot have, show contempt for it.  The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem. 

Law 37: Create Compelling Spectacles.

Striking imagery and grand symbolic gestures create the aura of power—everyone responds to them. Stage spectacles for those around you, then full of arresting visuals and radiant symbols that heighten your presence. Dazzled by appearances, no one will notice what you are really doing.

Law 38: Think as you like but Behave like others.

If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.

Law 39: Stir up Waters to Catch Fish.

Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and objective. But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a decided advantage. Put your enemies off-balance: Find the chink in their vanity through which you can rattle them and you hold the strings.

Law 40: Despise the Free Lunch.

What is offered for free is dangerous—it usually involves either a trick or a hidden obligation. What has worth is worth paying for. By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit. It is also often wise to pay the full price; there is no cutting corners with excellence. Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sign and a magnet for power.

Law 41: Avoid Stepping into a Great Man’s Shoes.

What happens first always appears better and more original than what comes after. If you succeed a great man or have a famous parent, you will have to accomplish double their achievements to outshine them. Do not get lost in their shadow, or stuck in a past not of your own making: Establish your own name and identity by changing course. Slay the overbearing father, disparage his legacy, and gain power by shining in your own way.

Law 42: Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter.

Trouble can often be traced to a single strong individual—the stirrer, the arrogant underling, the poisoned of goodwill. If you allow such people room to operate, others will succumb to their influence. Do not wait for the troubles they cause to multiply, do not try to negotiate with them—they are irredeemable. Neutralize their influence by isolating or banishing them. Strike at the source of the trouble and the sheep will scatter.

Law 43: Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others.

Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you. You must seduce others into wanting to move in your direction. A person you have seduced becomes your loyal pawn. And the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychologies and weaknesses. Soften up the resistant by working on their emotions, playing on what they hold dear and what they fear. Ignore the hearts and minds of others and they will grow to hate you.

Law 44: Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect.

The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy.  The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact. By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their actions, you teach them a lesson. Few can resist the power of Mirror Effect.

Law 45: Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform too much at Once.

Everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day-to-day level people are creatures of habit. Too much innovation is traumatic, and will lead to revolt. If you are new to a position of power, or an outsider trying to build a power base, make a show of respecting the old way of doing things. If change is necessary, make it feel like a gentle improvement on the past.

Law 46: Never appear too Perfect.

Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses. Envy creates silent enemies. It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable. Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity.

Law 47: Do not go Past the Mark you Aimed for; In Victory, Learn when to Stop.

The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril. In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed for, and by going too far, you make more enemies than you defeat. Do not allow success to go to your head. There is no substitute for strategy and careful planning. Set a goal, and when you reach it, stop.

Law 48: Assume Formlessness.

By taking a shape, by having a visible plan, you open yourself to attack. Instead of taking a form for your enemy to grasp, keep yourself adaptable and on the move. Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed. The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order. Everything changes.

—Robert Greene and Joost Elffers, The 48 Laws of Power

Darkness and the Individual

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 1:08 am

According to some here, the following of the Dark Side would be “only” like a psychological journey, to know yourself, your boundaries, and overcome them by rising above. These are only the bases.

If you truly wish to cultivate a connection to the Dark Side itself, through the complete understanding and use of your inner Darkness, wishing to achieve power, well, than it is not only advised, but essential to cultivate your hate and aggression.

Naturally, the best way is always the cultivating of evil. There are a lot of “Darksiders,” who are afraid of this, because of their own incompetence, weakness, or mundanity.

You decide, which way is yours.

-Gregorius Pannonius, Dark Knight

Turning to the Dark Side?

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 1:03 am

If you feel more attuned to the Dark Side, then you’re a Darksider. There’s no turning this way or that. You are what you are. It’s not like a professional wrestler making a “heel turn” or something.

You find that you’re thinking inwardly and that you’re self absorbed.  All of these things inspire fear within yourself that you’re somehow becoming something that you would rather not be.

Well, friend, you can resist your nature all you want, but that doesn’t change who and what you are. You’ll be far more productive, and achieve a much greater understanding of yourself and the Force, if you stay true to your nature. If your nature is of the Darker variety, so be it. Accept it. Become strong with it. Let it guide you. Why fight it?

There is nothing wrong with following the Dark path. Though it’s been demonized by some, there’s nothing evil about it. The “evils” of the Dark Side are a construct of movie makers. I figure they reason it this way: “the Dark Side sounds sinister, so let’s call our villains followers of the Dark Side,” or something along those lines. This by default leaves our heroes as being adherents of the “Light Side” along with all the inherent goodness that such a title entails. Thus, we’re left with our on-screen antagonists engaged in the age old battle of “good versus evil” with the fate of the world (or galaxy) at stake. Very compelling moviemaking, I suppose. But, it has no basis in reality. 

The Dark Side, to me, is just a more self centered approach to living. It represents living your life in the service of yourself instead of others. It’s about empowerment and independence and personal responsibility.  

I feel one has to place himself above all others to realize his full potential. I believe that one has to be passionate in his pursuit of personal excellence. He should give all of himself, never holding back anything. He has to let the full power of all of his emotions drive him and inspire him and motivate him to the point that he never becomes lazy or complacent. It’s the actualizing of the self, the elevation of the self to greater and greater heights, and the higher levels of consciousness arising from these efforts that enable one to experience the Force in a very powerful way.

When one decides to become independent, empowers himself, takes responsibility for himself, works hard to make the most of his potential, achieves great things, and does it all for himself, he cannot help but feel at one with the Force.  

To me, this isn’t evil. To me, this is living a life rich in rewards that transcend material wealth. This is fully “coming into being.” This is enlightenment!

—Dirk Sith 

Explaining the Dark Side

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 1:02 am

It’s hard to explain a philosophy such as the Dark Side in sufficient detail. Thus, oversimplifying the subject is inevitable. Further complicating the issue is the broad range views and opinions on the subject. My view of the Dark Side may differ greater from the next Darksider’s view.

If I were to summarize what the Dark Side means to me, I would say it is the glorification of self. I would also say it is the passionate pursuit of personal excellence. Of course, both of those things go hand in hand.

I don’t feel constrained or inhibited by traditional rules of fair play. Even if something is widely viewed as wrong, if it represents a reasonable and justified means to an end (and I appoint myself the sole judge), I’ll do it to achieve my goals. I do what’s in my best interests. I hold myself above all others.

I use my emotions to achieve a higher state of consciousness. I am driven by my emotions. They allow me to feel the power that I have stored within myself. I use my passion to always challenge myself. It is the passionate pursuit of a greater me that helps me distinguish myself for myself. It is an unrelenting pursuit of a greater glory that I envision for myself. It’s really about the self to me.

I always saw the Dark Side as a non-conformist approach to life. From childhood, we have our parents, our schools, our governments, our peers – you name it – dictating their standards to us. I refuse to be dictated to. I’ll come to my own conclusions using my own standards that I’ve set for myself. I refuse to surrender my will to anyone. I’ll decide what I like. I’ll decide what I want from life. I’ll come to my own opinions and conclusions based on my own viewpoints. Viewpoints formed through independent thought uninfluenced by the stage props that I view the rest of the world to be.

I want to create my own environment based on my view of what is ideal in every way. This I want for myself and nobody else. I’m content to let others find their own way. I’m neither a sheep nor a shepherd.

Is the Dark Side evil? Not at all. Evil is evil. Evil is a morally reprehensible act needing no act of legislation to tell you it’s evil.

The Dark Side is self serving. The Dark Side isn’t always ethical in the eyes of some. Using whatever means required to get an edge is sometimes looked down upon. But, I know of very few that haven’t gone down that road a time or two. However, I’m comfortable in saying that most followers of the Left Hand Path stop short of committing bona-fiably evil acts. Most of that stuff is the work of fiction. Using the Force to choke somebody out or zapping people with lightning is very much a figment of a movie maker’s imagination.

In closing, most here (if honest with themselves) will see that they have behaved more like Darksiders than the mythical, monkish Jedi with whom they feel some strange kinship with. If your only claim to the Light is you don’t perpetrate acts of evil, you may want to reevaluate which path you’re truly following. You’ve likely been fooling yourself.

—Dirk Sith

November 3, 2007

The Path of Darkness

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 10:59 pm

Your hand now holds the wisdom of the ages, the map to the gateway of the Universe. It is small in size but large in wisdom and knowledge. It is intended to be simple, but do not hold it in contempt as all great wisdom is simple. Yes, it is intended to be simple, for the Rock of Stupidity is large! Those who listen and try to understand will grow in strength and stature and eventually find their way to their own “Safe Harbor” and ultimate spiritual fulfillment. Those who scoff will continue on as a frog trying to climb up the wall of a slick-sided well, laboring all day trying to gain a few feet only to slide back down each night only to find themselves in the same dreary situation in the morning. However, there is help if the seeker will but listen for the Gnosis and remember their revelations. This then is the book of the Dark. When seekers learn the Gnosis, they will belong, be successful and know fulfillment. Their limitations vanish, and they are free to grow in stature.

They will also prosper and live in harmony with one another in a land of plenty. You see, there is more to all this than meets the eye, and the ignorant man is much less than his ancestors who once had the Gnosis because he has forgotten many of the great truths and principles apportioned to the race of men when its days were short. Yes, man has been deceived and cheated by the purveyors of mysticism and deceit. Today, ignorant man lives in the Realm of Choices and confusion, but instead of choosing to seek the Power of the Force for himself, he has instead traveled the hot, dusty road that ends in failure, deceit and submission to mysticism. He has let the profane mystics talk him out of his inheritance. Because of this, ignorant man has been mistakenly battling against something within himself which he doesn’t understand, and the harder he fights, the more his situation deteriorates. The reason and answer to this dilemma is that ignorant man, at least in this physical world is incomplete, as the guidance and benefits of the Force is purposely withheld from him until the realization of his adverse condition becomes eminent and the Gnosis is asked for and seriously desired by the person who then separates from the herd in the eyes of the mighty. Yes, when a person realizes that they have been lied to and deceived and has the fortitude to stand up, shake their fist at the sky and demand their inheritance returned, they get it and become one of stature among their peers.

Yes, not until a person realizes their untenable situation and reaches out to the Force will the process of redemption and reawakening begin. This world is an arena of testing and trial where masters are separated from slaves. The subjective are culled from the objective and the weak removed from among the strong. This world is no prize. That is why it is said that, “The meek shall inherit the Earth.” This planet is the consolation prize for losers who can never raise their sights.

Yes, part of man lives in the physical world of earth and sky, but the rest of him lives in the Realm of the Astral, beyond the veil which separates him from his self of power and those who have gone on before to reign in majesty with the force, as a warrior or forever grovel in submission to one of power who has the knowing. Whenever a person forgets their spiritual ties with that other realm, they lose contact with the Force which sustains them and they become weak and lost, seeking a master who will guide them. Whenever the Gnosis of the Force is lost or unknown, man is doomed to servility, no matter how hard he tries to convince himself otherwise. The incomplete and ignorant can never rise to full stature and must sit at the feet of one who has become, hoping for the enlightenment that will never come because they have never asked. Your chance to grow in stature is here and now if you so desire it. This is not about loss, fear and shame. This is about rising from the depths to the heights. This is the path to The Knowing!

This is a gift to mankind by the many brothers and sisters who have left their legacy behind for the benefit of all who would come after them. Knowing that man must eventually seek the Force, they have left us the answers to the basis of the combined forces, known but as yet unexplained by the great academic minds. This is about that Force, the All, man, and those who have been sent to help him find his way by achieving The Knowing. Their directive is to bridge the veil of mists and carry the Keys of spiritual freedom to mankind. Their purpose is to aid and assist all men and women who freely ask to travel the Dark Path to fulfillment. However, one who wishes to learn must ask. As the pages turn, the voices of many past adepts will speak their parts, revealing the right way to look at personal interaction with the forces that be and to form a suitable defense against the opposition who would limit and ensnare the unwary. They will also present the keys of wisdom and knowledge that will unlock the mysteries of the ages and open the doors to the future aeons. But, this is only half the story, You see, the true scope of this is only to show the way to the bridge; the seeker must then cross it. Your personal gnosis will bring all into focus when the time is right for you to know or have the knowing.

-Paimon/Darth Wraith/Darth Taranis

Dark Self-Discovery

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 10:58 pm

There has often been talk in chat and on the boards about ’searching for yourself’ or ’spiritual self-discovery’. Concepts to which I invariably respond with the question: “Who is doing the searching/discovery and what is being discovered?” and the only answer to both is “Myself”. How can the same person be both subject and object without realising it? It is impossible.

The truth is each individual is self-aware and given freedom of expression is able to manifest their true nature. The problem comes when individuals are not allowed to express this, are told they are ‘wrong’ to be as they are or are kept in ignorance of the possibility of such self-expression. There is a Hindu story which puts this well.

A lion cub, whose mother had died soon after it was born, found herself amongst a flock of sheep. These sheep were the first animals she had ever seen and so when they told her how she should live, she accepted it. The sheep said that hanging around in fields was the thing to do, so she hung around in the fields and felt bored and dissatisfied. The lambs all leapt and skipped in the spring, she leapt and skipped, but it did nothing for her. And eating grass which nourished the sheep, left her more and more hungry and her body more and more thin and wasted.

But the lion cub just assumed that this was how life had to be. When she told the sheep that she thought she did not feel right with the way things were, they told her not to be so stupid – that there was something wrong with her if she didn’t fit in right. So although she knew her own nature, she never expressed it as she was not aware of the possibility of doing so.

One day an adult lion saw the cub in the field eating grass. He picked it up and took it into the jungle where he had just killed a deer. The lion put the cub down by the deer and pushed her nose into the fresh kill. The cub tasted the warm blood and flesh and started to eat, suddenly aware that there was another way of being, another path in life, She knew now she did not have to be sheep and gradually she learned how lions behaved and how to express her lion nature. So she grew strong and healthy.

This is what we are doing here in the Realm, showing those of the Dark the way they can express their spiritual nature and what they need to ‘feed’ themselves to be spiritually strong and healthy.

There is no sense of people ‘not knowing’ themselves. Everyone knows themselves as they are the ones who are both knowing and known. It is more a matter of showing those of the Dark what they need to be aware of and do to be able to flourish. To appreciate their nature for what it is, to express their Dark nature and to act in the manner that is necessary to sustain and develop themselves.

-SoronWolf

Attaining Power

Filed under: Lessons of Power, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 10:55 pm

Attaining power through Light and Dark and the differences in the two ways.

I will start with the Light. The Light has rules or codes that they expect the followers to abide by. Whether it is the Bible or the Wiccan rule of three, whatever light path there is a code to how one must live. The way that the light followers gain their power is by strict adherence to the rules or code. It is much like a promotion of sorts in a mundane working environment. The employer does the work follows the rules, sets a good example for the others, and can do the job that is asked of him/her. The boss then gives the employee more privileges, better pay but also more responsibility. This scenario can be directly seen as how the light gains its power. It is given to them for a rewarding of a job well done. The more power given the more responsibility and the more confined to the rules they become.

Looking at this is interesting because it shows a carefree lifestyle at first and then continually progresses into a strict one with the more power that is gained. With more power the more responsibility and duties are given to it. Just as in the scenario of a working mundane job, if these activities are not performed in the way that the boss wants them done demotion will occur and the job will be given to someone else along with the power that was once yours.

The Dark is very much the opposite. Power is not given to anyone. It has to be fought for or gained by themselves. In the beginning it is very strict because having hardly any power greatly limits what the dark are able to accomplish. They must learn how to gather it and acquire it. It is not given to them they have to learn how to do all of this. With more power that is gained the more freedom the Dark have. More power equals more options. Because the power was never given to them by a higher source no one can take that away or ‘demote’ the worker.

-Guardian

October 31, 2007

The Dark Side: Pros and Cons

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 7:30 pm

I will approach this in two ways, Positive Dark Side and Negative Dark Side—positive meaning beneficial and negative meaning detrimental. Each positive number is counter-pointed by a negative number that happens occasionally. For example, positive number 1 may result in negative number 1.

Positive Dark Side
1. I am more in tune with myself and my wants and needs.
2. I am in control of my emotions.
3. By trusting only myself, I have become more confident in my abilities.
4. By counting only on myself, I have become more competent in all that I do.
5. I have become a skilled manipulator at engineering events to a desirable outcome, using both lies and truth to sway subjects.

Negative Dark Side
1. I can become so in tune with myself that I exclude understanding of others, and therefore, am at a loss when dealing with others. I can also exclude any action that does not benefit me more than anyone other party involved.
2. I can be so in control of my emotions that I am emotionally devoid and do not feel as if I am alive. I can be so in control that I cannot feel love or passion.
3. I can be so trusting of myself that I do not believe anyone else reliable enough to do a job competently.
4. I can count on myself so much that I can be arrogant and disappointed when I do not measure up to my own satisfaction.
5. I can manipulate others to avoid doing things myself or to allow myself to become lazy.

The first step to conquering it is to consciously detail all of the positive and negative attributes that you possess all the time, sometimes, or rarely at all. Then you use mindfulness to be aware of when you are doing such a negative action and then choose to eliminate that action from your life. Keep the positives and remold the way they are used to a better stance; for example, focus only on manipulating through truth, such as convincing others to quit smoking through the use of medically proven facts.

-Curtis V.

Step in…

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 7:25 pm

I always wonder why someone who is Light should have anything to fear from the Dark. Why do you see Darkness as something that is bad, and Light as something that is good, why hide – not from what you are – but what you could be? You seem to say the Dark would destroy you, and to that I must say, yes, indeed it would. To cross over, to become more then what you already are and to transcend, you must change what you have been made to be and, by the strength of your own will, you must in a sense destroy what you are in order to again create yourself in your own image, and to sharpen that which you are.

The Light Side, in my own opinion from what I have seen and heard in this place and out of it, is too light a thing. And what happens when you stare into the light for too long? You lose sight, you lose vision, you love too much and you critique too little. Humanity, as a species, has not grown to be what it is today through joy and happiness, but rather it is struggle that has molded us, it is struggle that has made us into what we are, and it is struggle and the quest of individuals away from the herd, into directions that the herd is unwilling to travel that enable the species as a whole to move forward.

You say the Dark is easier. I say no, it’s harder. Far easier not to look into the Dark places within, far easier to keep away from the Dark and stay within the warmth Light makes us feel.

What you say of fear however comes not from following the Dark path; rather it comes from standing in the Light and looking at the Dark. It comes from fear of Darkness. I say have done with fear, I say learn to cherish that which you are, the feelings you feel. I say look within with a mind that welcomes what it sees rather then one that cares for the thoughts of the herd. I say follow through with your mind and explore the Darkness within.

Above all, be aware and be mindful.
Noel Vock, Dark Master

The Dark Spirit

Filed under: Sith Lessons, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 7:08 pm

From fury, refined and harnessed, comes a hate that is unabashed and change-loving, hurtling forwards, moving ever onwards due to the greater awareness that hate brings. The greatest cycle that the individual may enter, the one that brings with it the most growth to the soul and the body, the one that creates the most beauty to the outer and inner world is not one of blind love but one of discontent hatred followed with a period of cherishing and enjoyment of that which you have created, followed again with discontent hatred. Through hate comes strength, bled from progressive movement and gained by an analytically calm appliance of the self to the outside world. The more hatred you harness, and the more you sharpen yourself, the more change you will be able to enact as the deeper into the Dark you dive—the higher your soul will fly with ever greater wings.

Yet we came from the mud of the earth and either grew a spirit or caught one. As such we are limited, in innumerable ways, to what we are accordingly with what we have been. In the same way that primitive life is blind and deaf and dumb when compared with us, so too are we when compared with that which may come. We are Spirits of Darkness trapped in a prison of flesh, and even though it is that same prison that gave us life, even though we may only be free in the Darkness of our confinement, the prison is a thing that we must attempt to transcend.

When in the seeker’s soul the hunger grows, stemming from hatred and with it an understanding that the preachers of love, while meaning well, have been deceived, the seeker must reach outwards beyond the shadows cast by the Light to stand, waveringly at first, at the precipice, on the ledge that overlooks the abyss.

When at last the seeker is ready with a sharpened will, when his soul has been prepared and is ready to begin the descent, not for the glory of the gods but for the strengthening of itself, when the seeker has realized that mankind searches for God not to praise him but because we praise ourselves, then do the wanderings begin.

Only through the journey itself, only through the experience of the wandering spirit through and further into the spiritual morass, may the Darkness that is the individual’s soul grow. For the abyss is eternal and in everything and it is every thing. Then when the critical level has been surpassed, and the spirit has forged itself using stronger stuff then the knowing, one is born giving further impetus to the forging process, allowing the spirit to sprout newer and greater wings, again and again with which it may glide ever more through the length and the breadth and the depths of the infernal swamp of Darkness that encompasses all things, creating, calling, herding to themselves greater powers and thereby strengthening the Dark Spirit itself.

Be mindful,
Darth Moor, Sith Lord

Hate

Filed under: Emotions, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 7:05 pm

What is hate? How do we recognize it? Well only in comparison to love. We cannot know hate, unless we know love; the two depend on each other totally. What you hate is the contrast to what you love. Now if I hate part of myself, I must also love part of myself, otherwise their is no contrast.

…You are right, hate will consume, but it will leave a core of what you wish, what you love, and destroy that which you do not like.

The one difference is that in a world of infinite possibilities, you have a sustainable fuel available, but we should bare in mind that not everything is fuel, hatred, economies, life, are all dependant on certain circumstances.

I would have hate fuel my life as much as I would have love fuel my life, for even if they are not relative to each other (even though my personal experience would negate that), this is part of my very being, as I am an emotional being, a being who can react and form connections with the world on a level other things cannot, and to be true to myself is something most important in my opinion. 

—Sa Dantaiko, Dark Knight

October 14, 2007

Snowflakes

Filed under: Humanity, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 10:42 pm

On a snowy night, all snowflakes look the same. While they all are composed of the same material, it is only when examined closely one discovers they are in fact all different. Every snowflake is unique even among countless others.

Like a snowflake you too are unique among countless others. However the differences can be difficult to detect and indeed you might need to examine yourself closely to determine what exactly it is that makes you a unique individual.

As the foundation of your being, your genes can be assumed to be the root of everything else about you. Most prominent would be the matter of your physical appearance; however two or more persons can easily look exactly the same. Therefore it is the inside of yourself you must examine to determine what makes you the individual you are.

One of the more dominating factors in defining who you are is the choices you make. Hence every time you forgo making up your own mind, you forgo a chance to define yourself. Each time you limit your choices you limit the ways in which you could define yourself. Whenever you fail to stand by the choices you make, you fail to stand up for who you are.

Values, or ideals, are another big factor of what defines you as an individual. What matters to you should to a great extent dictate your choices, in that your choices should always be in the interest of what you deem important, or otherwise valuable. If they are not, they are not really your choices and as such will not truly serve you as an individual.

Like a thick crust, your thought pattern surrounds your personality, containing all other aspects underneath its layer. At times it will dictate all other factors of your personality and at other times they will dictate it.

More so, the way you think regulates how you interpret the world around you and the experiences within it. Two or more people can interpret the world in exactly the same manner, and so it alone does not make you unique. What does is the basis of your interpretation, the things you experience. In turn your interpretations of experiences will alter your thought pattern, and thereby your whole personality. The more you experience, the more opportunities you have to define yourself. Largely based on your thought pattern and your values, there will be certain goals that mainly your choices will determine if you reach or not. The most obvious goal will often be that of self preservation, because if there are no you, there are no values, or choices of yours to take and hence no goals in the first place.

Self preservation as a priority in this day and age might seem a little paranoid. However, there is more to it than what first appears. As your values, and choices define you as a person you must make sure that they are preserved as well as your physical being, because without them you would not be who you are. Not to say that you should not change or compromise, but merely that when you do, it should, wherever possible, be a choice of your own, and not that of others.

Knowing your values, being mindful of your choices and going for your goals will greatly assist you in furthering you as an individual in the sense that you will have an easier time recognizing yourself as someone unique as opposed to just another stereotype. The importance of which cannot be overstated.

When snow falls on your shoulders it is a mere nuisance, when a snowflake is examined it is truly beautiful. While the snow outside the windows is ultimately insignificant to your life, it is the snowflake that rests in your palm you remember and that has such impact on your life.

- D.K.

Human Race

Filed under: Humanity, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 10:40 pm

Humanity has imprisoned itself into a convoluted ostentatious stage. Their illusions of grandeur have convinced themselves that they are irreplaceable. The unseen directors have herded them into their categorical roles in which they have specialized themselves to the point they are genetically created as servers of that role. However, this absent minded focus in their one role has rendered themselves the opposite. In the face of change, they crumble under the pressure; they hold-out and rebel. They feel their lives are in jeopardy when the famous star must become a supporting actor, when the hero must become the villain, or when they must not be seen yet still heard for the story line to flow as necessary.

Some are too slow witted to be able to improvise or improvise their roles, so instead they sit apathetically waiting for the scrïpt. Too lazy to be able to define themselves, they expect the answers to come down from the heavens. This state of malaise is the reason why the story never flows or why the there is never the “happy ending”. These very people are the same ones who complain that the story does not go the way they would like it to. As the old saying goes, “It is easier to point a finger then to lend a helping hand”. They are pathetic armchair enthusiasts who have become rooted to their recliner. Instead of trying to change the story themselves, they insist on complaining, but their complaints fall on deaf ears. There is no director or producer behind the cameras and the lights trying to create a dramatic tale. This is a comedy!! Egotistical actors who are too stubborn to bend in their roles, dim-witted and slothful actors too lazy to attempt to change what they feel are wrong. No, instead the directors are sitting comfortably watching the action ensue from afar.

The truth is the denizens of the stage are mere puppets. They have no real, genuine memories, but those that are fed to them in the scrïpts. And even those memories, are but a lie. It is only the improvisers are the ones who are willing to change the story as they see fit, are the ones closest to the truth. They have no fear of being written out of the story, because they know there is no “real” story. They ultimately choose whether they wish to continue in this tragic comedy of a play, or reduce their role to something that is even beyond the eyes of the invisible director, or the audience that does not exist. They do not have the fear that the other actors have. There is no need to specialize in one aspect of the story, for it will only limit your roles on stage. There is no need to be fearful of being removed from the story. As sadistic and cynical as it sounds, the show cannot go on without their favorite puppets to abuse, even if it only comes down to one of them. Fear, fear is merely a blindfold to keep humans incapable of ever comprehending the truth. Over come fear and the truth can be seen, found and held. Succumbing to fear simply keeps you wandering blindly about the stage, with no memory or idea of who you really are inside but what you are told, and turns you away from the truth. If you turn your back from the truth, you remain nothing more than a puppet.

-Canis Lupus

P.T.:Mind&Body

Filed under: Physical Training, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 10:24 pm

As dark adepts, a lot of what we do is internal, or mental. We study Machiavelli, people and behavior, meditation, emotions, and philosophy. A strong mind is important, but so is a strong body. You must climb the mountain before you can gaze at the valley.

Physical training (PT) will make you healthier. Your heart and immune systems will be stronger. We can go into tidbits about having the conditioning to last through a fight or run faster or further than an adversary, but you should already know these things.

First and foremost, be reasonable with yourself. If you’ve never lifted weights before, do not expect to bench 300 pounds six times your first time in the gym (some people can do this naturally, others cannot). Do not expect to be the best boxer or fastest runner just beginning.

This factors into a common mistake people make: failing to set reasonable goals. There’s nothing wrong with having an ideal body type (or an emulation of another person — say, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jason Statham), but I recommend always finding out where you are now and trying to beat your self. Always strive to increase whatever it is that you can do now. Citius, altius, fortius.

Keep track of your goals. I have a notoriously poor habit of starting journals and not keeping them — particularly if they’re on a computer. I prefer using the computer for writing projects, but when it comes to journals and exercise plans — paper and pen is the way for me. Find what’s best for you. Keep a journal of your progress. I recommend recording what you do and for how long, how you felt during it, if that’s the right amount of exercise or if you need more during that amount of time, and what you eat during the day.

Goals are nothing without plans. Plans require thought and strategy — and in order to form a strategy you need knowledge. Start reading. There are tons of good books out there on fitness — cardiovascular tips, weightlifting tips, etc. It helps to have at least a basic education in human physiology so you know how muscles work, which muscles are which, and what they do — so you know how to make them do what you want (eg: get bigger, be stronger, faster).

If you’re in the gym, beware what I call the ‘newbie psychosis.’ You’re not in very good shape. You approach the weights, and you see all these muscle-bound, protein-eating, truck-lifting freaks… and you freak. You get intimidated, and go for a swim. Do not do that. Walk up there and start exercising. Hell, don’t even be afraid to ask for advice on a muscle group. You’ll probably meet a new person with interesting perspectives on exercise.

Some quick thoughts for you to consider as you begin a path to fitness include:

Foundation of knowledge: As I said, get out there and read. Darren is a nutrition god and I cannot imagine how much he’s read. I’ve read quite a bit of literature on exercise myself, and will tell you there’s a lot of good advice out there — but the best advice anyone can and will give you (besides seeing a doctor) is: listen to your body.

Goals: Know what you’re doing and why. Know why you’re lifting weights and for which muscle groups. Know why you’re running at the pace you are, for the distance you are.

Nike! Just do it. Sitting at home meditating on fitness and reading fitness journals will never, ever get you there. Doing something is better than nothing, so do what you can. If you skip a day, be sure to get back into it immediately. If you can’t make it to the gym, be sure to do something at home… you’d be surprised what you can do with just the human body as a weight.

Keep a journal: Write down what you do and how you feel and what you’re eating. Write down things you read in journals that you’d like to try. Vary your exercises — trust me, your body will get used to a routine and you’ll hit plateaus. Shock the body back into growth through variation.

Sprinting will increase your overall speed. Running long distances (or even shorter ones), and slowly increasing the speed each time out will increase your speed and conditioning; however, I have read and know through personal experience that sprinting is a great way to condition the body.

Tone = repetition. You won’t be able to throw as much weight around if you’re doing a lot of reps, but your muscles will become conditioned, tight, and strong. More weight = less reps, but your strength should increase faster than by just doing repetitions.

Keep your back straight. This is true for almost every exercise (including running). Arching your back can lead to injury, and that’s a big sad face.

Find a buddy. When I first got into weights, I had a hard time finding the motivation (particularly on runs) unless I had a workout partner. That is not a problem now (actually I’m a solo guy now, unless I’m boxing), but certain exercises will almost require you to have a spotter. Do not be afraid to recruit a friend or — egads! — make one at the gym.

I hope you’ve found this introduction helpful, especially for those who are maybe new to fitness or are thinking of starting a regime. Remember: the body and mind work together, and to separate or ignore either is unnatural and will leave you with something useless in and of itself.

For your own safety, I recommend consulting a doctor before beginning a new fitness regime. I wish you the best :)

Oh, and have fun! =)
-Cole

Fear

Filed under: Emotions, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 10:16 pm

Fear is both a blessing and a curse. It can tell us where to stop, and keep us safe. But it is still a chain on your ankle. It can keep you from advancing, from taking those risks that will make you better. It can be fear of anything, fear of pain, fear of rejection, fear of failure, all of it will hold you back and keep you from accomplishing your goals. It is like a poison that slows you down until you stop moving. Only sheer strength of will and courage will make you take that next step, jump that big leap. To conquer your fear is to destroy one of your greatest weaknesses. Once you rip that chain from your ankle, you are able to do anything.

-Darth Atlas

Perspective

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 2:53 am

If you were to stand in the light before a cave, you could hear the darkness, see the face of it, and perhaps explore a while should there be a need for it. If you were to stand at the back of a cave, you could see all that was in the light with perfect clarity and yet see the darkness as well for what it was.
If you wish to see it all, then embrace darkness for it is the one truth in the lies of the light. Within the light, you may only see what the light shines upon. Whereas in the dark, you can see the light and dark.

Human beings have the unique and dangerous ability to travel both realms with more ease than most realize. It is a simple thing for some to…as simple aaqs stepping into the darkness in curiosity, for fun, or to help a lost other…For a light walker, it is easy to become lost in the darkness. On the other hand, a Sith is able to walk outside with relative ease. It is not comfortable to him or natural but more feasable than the flip side for Jedi comming inside.

There are secrets to be found in the hidden, things to learn that you can’t see, and lessons yet taught…but the world of the light is a large world too…though in the grand scheme of things is eventually much smaller than the world of caves. Stars only illuminate so far until they become nothing more than dots of cold light. It is darkness that waits. Darkness is everywhere that light is not. When a star dies, the darkness is there, when a star is born, it retreats temporarily…but it is still there. In every shadow, in every crevice, and in every space between light.

This post came over more as a recruiting ad than I like, I may have to modify it when I have the time.
-Anubium

Begining

Filed under: Sith Lessons, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 2:50 am

You want darkness…you want evil…you want what you can not accomplish as you are. You want power…you want might…you want your dreams…and in being so, you will enjoy this, I imagine.In every lowly creature in existance, you will find a desire for great things. No one is ever satisfyied with their status, grass is always greener on the other side, etc. It is natural to desire power in some form or another. To you who think that you are too good to want more for yourself and that power is only darkness and leads to the dark side. Ask yourself this: Would you give everything up to live as a true Jedi would? A vagrant with nothing? If you meditate on it carefully, do you not find yourself thinking thoughts such as “Man, I am glad I have a house. What would I do if I was that guy without?” Then you help them out to be better off. But question carefully as the following displays true Jedi at heart. When you help someone, do you feel good about it? If you truly desire only the well being of others, then no emotion should return to you. It is your mission, that’s all. When you get that feeling of satisfaction, that feeling of accomplishment, you might need to ask yourself if you did not help them for that feeling. Though you did not ask for compensation, for one who has nothing a “Good feeling” can be payment as well. Did you commit the good act for self benifit after all?
Then…what if it was pity? What if youdid it only to alleviate that wrench in your gut that tells you something should have been done to help. You could so you did…just to rid yourself of that horrible guilt of your existance being above theirs in some manner.

All a Jedi’s aspirations of greatness are driven towards the bettering of others and the dismal road they now walk. But as a Sith, things change.

As a Sith, you are a warrior. It is survial of the fittest. If that person is homeless, he made it that way. If he didn’t then it is his fault for perpetualting his state. You begin to loath him for asking for money becuause he infects you with his poverty and destitution. A stink that is undeniable. And that is only in this example…so many others to be had.

Laslty, I offer some thoughts to meditate. How do you define humanity? If you had to use one word, what would it be?

I would define them as sheep. Humanity is a heard in so many ways that the likeness to me can not be coincidence. There are wolves among the humans but they eat grass and baa like the heard and so are sheep. A Sith is a lone wolf over that heard. Wherever Sith ally, be weary for these are warriors. Warriors who have learned to brave and explore the darkest things imaginable and are alive to continue further. They have survived alone. They are tougher for it and combining them…well, not the same as one who has been in the heard and had it to help protect him.
-Anubium

Progress

Filed under: Sith Lessons, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 2:08 am

The key to achieving your goals as a dark adept is progression. The
self must progress to something better — something more fit, more
intelligent, more cunning, more resourceful. This is otherwise known as
personal development — if your goal is liberation through vicious self
destruction, then some of this volume will not be usefull to you. Some of
it will be. For those unconcerned with destruction at this time, you
may find this is what you’re looking for: four aspects of personal
development for the dark adept.

The dark adept’s physical abilities and appearance are paramount. If
you lack cardiovascular conditioning or health, in a fight (or in
flight) you will run out of steam. If you are visibly out of shape, you may
attract undue attention or have a problem with people taking you
seriously. It’s all about perception. You don’t need to be Arnold to get
respect, but you should be fit. Fitness will benefit you physically and
socially. If you are a hard trainer, flexibility becomes even more
important as it can reduce seriousness and susceptability of injury.
Proper nutrition will aid sustained weight loss, physical and mental
health, and the combination can improve confidence. All these are important
for a dark adept.

Without a healthy mind, a physical body is nothing but a statue. The
dark adept should pursue a good foundation in general education — read
different newspapers, get a grip on the basic education focus of the
school districts in your area to put you on par with those around you,
and read whatever you can. Learn your history — it repeats itself and
is a guidebook for your exploits. Cultures and technology change, but
people do not. Philosophy is the natural seed of the dark adept.
Understand argument, rhetoric, how to think, and understand politics. The
dark adept is an intellectual, so much of your free time should be
dedicated to educating yourself.

Part of a healthy mind is a healthy social life; as dark adepts, this
fact colors our perspectives with an interesting hue. We may have
friends, family, and people we care about, while at the same time secretly
plotting our advancement in whatever part of life we desire. We may
love and fight for our dearest friends, but backstab, plot against, and
trample our adversaries. Psychology is a useful tool for understanding
the self and others, their behaviors, patterns, motivations, and so on.
One of the tools of the dark adept is social engineering — using
your mind against another’s to get what you want. Sometimes a smile and a
few funny words are all it takes to open someone up enough for them to
slip you information you want without them even knowing what you’re
doing. However, without active participation (trial and error), you will
never be comfortable with these ideas and you will never become a
proficient hunter. The dark adept is the wolf in sheep’s clothing –
trusted without a second glance.

Many people, dark adepts included, do not stop at mental studies; they
choose to pursue the realm of the spiritual, for whatever reason. Some
seek fulfillment or enlightenment (whatever that means for them), some
seek understanding, and some are just seeking — feeling along in the
darkness for something to grab hold of. With all things, but
particularly regarding spiritual matters, be honest with yourself.

The dark adept’s principle focus is his development as an individual.
Through physical exercise — running, weight training and calisthenics,
martial arts or dance — he seeks to define himself, his physique, and
his health. Knowledge is power, and requires a large toolbox that
keeps him constantly studying — studying himself, others, anything and
everything that he can use for his goals. Even spiritual studies can
improve the self. The focus, in all of this, is to remain vigilant and
dedicated to your path. Be honest, too. Be honest with yourself about
your abilities — do not attempt things completely out of your abilities
until you gain some “little victories” first. Practice does not make
perfect — perfect practice makes perfect. So practice, and remember:
be honest with yourself foremost. All else will fall into place.

-Cole Butterfield

Traits of a Sith

Filed under: Sith Lessons, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 2:06 am

Control- Control enables a harmonious containment of energy characteristic of present centeredness. It allows energy to flow freely in the Direction desired. This dynamic is often measured in terms of constant inner control.Discipline- Discipline Consists of a marked ability to access and analyze strong and weak points in the environment, in others, and in yourself. It allows you to harness energy and it cultivates strength. The discipline of the Dark Warrior is the ability to remain vigilant, even under the most stressful conditions.

Patience- Patience is forbearance without laxness. It gives you the capacity to listen and wait. your silence grants you access to deeper knowledge, silent knowledge. It provides balance to keep other traits in check. As a result, the force moves Quietly within and without smoothly creating the circumstances you intent sets in motion. Without it you resurface into the ways of the sheep, with it you find power.

Balance- Balance requires you to tune yourself to the natural rhythms of the force. In doing so you maintain your balance of self with your environment, letting you blend in with your surroundings never seeming out of place.

Will- Success in any endeavor results from proper accumulation and use of personal energy. The essence of becoming a warrior is, trimming and shaping your life to the natural currents of the force by reducing unnecessary expenditures of energy. Activating your will.

Ruthlessness- Unrestricted determination marks this trait. It is boldness without recklessness, command without arrogance, and is a basic premise of the Sith Way.

Cunning- Cunning involves examining a situation so you may get what you want without warping someone’s energy. Aiming for accuracy, you study the features of a situation and the forces influencing your battleground. You remain prepared and innovative. You need to know where you are headed and what you want to accomplish. Furthermore, cunning involves using the art of deception without being deceived. Without it you have to rely on other peoples assessments and conclusions. With it you develop resourcefulness and adaptability.

Sweetness- To balance ruthlessness and cunning you present a likeable facade. However this sweetness often belies that you have no pity. Without being condescending, you have cold, calculating eyes.

-Paimon/Darth Wraith/Darth Taranis

Sith

Filed under: Sith Lessons, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 2:03 am

Sith are superior. I feel arrogant just writing such words, but it’s true. Think about it, why are we Sith? Because we want knowledge, we seek wisdom and enlightenment, we ARE spiritually superior. We want physical strength and health, in this, we are superior. We desire knowledge for intelligence and intellect, in this, we are superior. We seek to improve these and many more aspects of ourselves because we are superior. The average human is content to sit and watch T.V., rotting away or becoming the mask they’ve created for their aquaintances to see, but Sith have depth to their personality, Sith understand, comprehend, emotions, and the way another persons mind works. We are complex while average people are simple, easy to grasp/understand/comprehend, and boring. Power is the result of what we, as Sith, seek, and power is a necessity at minimum or a luxury at best. Sith should not seek dominance of others, at least not when they begin to walk the Dark path, this form of power, as I’ve said before, is very unstable and unreliable.Many Sith, including myself, are very negative, but negativity, as I’ve also said before, can have either a positive or negative outcome. The situations we come across in life can be dismantled, examined, and the outcome calculated accordingly. Echos within the Force are what I speak of and Sith should at least attempt to master such a thing as it is a powerful tool.When should passion be used? That is really for each individual to decide, but an example can be helpful. As I’ve learned, many Sith act on impulse/intuition, they seem to live by the Living Force; this has become true for myself as well. What would a Sith do should a “rival” throw, say a small object at the said Sith? I would certainly become angry, but a key to using emotion is to calmly embrace them; for this situation, the mentioned method would help most. You must have the power of anger to back your conviction, but must also remain calm and in control. This is necessary if you wish to retain clear an proper thinking. This technique also helps to shatter an opponents confidence should you maintain a calm demeanor in which case the persons fear can be easily stimulated. Say as little as needed to warn that words don’t matter as much as action. The enemy will be forced to leave or act at this point. Should he/she choose to act, you will have the aid of anger as a controlled tool, your adversary will have little chance of defeating you with such odds. It is vital that, should anyone attempt to provoke you, you have, at minimum, a calm exterior. Power is a useful asset to anyone, but Sith thrive on it. If you gain power, are goals not easier to obtain, is your reputation not often improved upon? And to gain power, we must further ourselves in various ways which all results in a positive for Sith.

-Darth Draconis

Sith Outline

Filed under: Sith Lessons, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 2:02 am

The Sith revel in the Dark Side. A Sith seeks to learn from the darkness and understand it. Some say that a Sith revels only in Hate and anger, this is untrue. Just as the Dark Side is different for every individual, so to is what it truly means to be Sith. Being a Sith means something different to everybody, so there cannot be a single definition of a Sith. However there are some characteristics shared among Sith. Your average Sith seeks one thing, power. Power is the ultimate temptation for Sith, as most Sith will use the Dark Side to control and conquer. This is the most basic version of a Sith, however it is not the only one. Some Sith will seek knowledge and understanding of the Darkness, either realizing that this too will bring them power, for knowledge is the most ultimate form of power, or they hope to use this knowledge to better themselves. Some Sith will use the darkness to achieve a form of inner peace, they will look inwards into themselves and see how the darkness applies to them and what they want from it. Some Sith are warriors and conquerers, they thrive on battle and the lust of the fight. They may use the darkness as a source of guidance or strength. Being a Sith means something different for each and every one of you, even if none of these examples apply to you, you can still learn from the darkness and be called Sith. To be a Sith is to hold onto an energy that is the Dark Side.

-Darth Atlas

Think for Yourself

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 1:59 am

The Darksider is the seeker of truth. This means seeing past the masks in the world around us, but also means seeing past the illusions we give ourselves. The Darksider focuses not on the power trip, but on tearing into the ugly details of our own psyche’s that the masses paint over with a sugar-coated brush. Know every aspect of yourself, know the world and people around you, and know where you fit into it.

When we know ourselves, we’re better able to explore our goals and the reasoning behind them. These goals are different for all of us, as are our ethics in how to get there. This is a broader area of the path, and one which everyone has to walk on their own. Your peers can offer only suggestions, the answers are yours alone.

The lectures are writings of various subjects by members of the DC, and occasional guest writers. They are not a Bible. In fact, they may contradict each other frequently. This is because we have a number of opinions. In using contradicting ideas, we’re also hoping to teach students to think for themselves. Consider both opinions suggested- does either make sense to you? Maybe you have an opinion all your own. If that works for you, go for it. Above all else, the Darksider must know how to reason. The lectures are merely food for thought and discussion.

Enjoy the meal.

Crystal

An Introduction to the Dark Side

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 1:54 am

Picture a big room, one side of the room is lit up with lamps and you can see everything there. The only way you can find something new is to look into the smallest cracks in the wall. The other side of the room is full of dense fog. You cannot see anything in there. But absolutely anything can be in that fog and you are struck by the curiousity to find out what is there.

This curiousity is the first step down the Dark Side. It is this curiousity that created the Sith and it is on this curiousity that more fill the Sith ranks.

The fog is the Dark Side, and it contains many wonders. The only ones who will reap its full benefits are the ones who walk into it. Some stay in the light, reaching into the fog and seeing what they can grab. But the fog is clever, it will only grant its rewards to those who devote themselves to it. The Sith choose to walk into in, knowing that the fog will lead them to power. Holding out your hands grabbing what you can reach will only make you another one of those who have lost themselves. While in the fog, you must give yourself direction, choose which way to walk, and walk it. The fog is everywhere, and it is generous, but it will only open up to those strong enough to understand it.
-Darth Atlas

Power, Arrogance, and Corruption

Filed under: Lessons of Power, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 1:52 am

Sith seek power for powers sake, we are drawn to it(speaking for myself, mostly). Power, if we aren’t cautious and mindful can lead to over-confidence and arrogance. What is so great about power? Well, for starters, if you have a goal you desperately need to reach, the more powerful you are, the easier it will be to obtain your objective, and to gain power, you must first gain strength, and for that, passion is needed(this will soon be explained in my holocron). Like the Dark side Logic lecture in the Great Jedi Holocron, one thing leading to another is not definate, but in this case, it is the likely series of what will happen.

If you powerful, and have been for a time you may become arrogant in the belief of you own invincibility, this over-confidence can destroy the power that you’ve worked so hard to control. If control is lost over you power, you can diminish yourself in every aspect, along with all those close to you. Knowing you can’t lose is one thing, but relying on such a fact can quickly mutate it into opinion. You must work for victory, it doesn’t just happen.

Destruction can be avoided, but if arrogance is not avoided as well, being crushed by your own power may be the better choice. Corruption shows and if you become corrupt, I doubt you’ll see it that way. Corruptionn is part of what makes a tyrant what he is.

Be aware that all you do, every small action you take, every decision you make, has echoes; cause and effect, for every action, there is a result, be it consequence or reward. If you set in motion events that will benefit you and can be manipulated to your advantage, do so. There are uses and harms of these echoes and if you can learn to use the reverberations I speak of, the possibilities are limiteless.

-Darth Draconis

The Dark Meditation

Filed under: Meditation, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 1:45 am

You summon up your distaste, those people who attacked you, that idiot who short changed you, that fool who cared too much about what others thought. But you realise they are weak and inferior, they are not worth your hate, for they are the lowest most pathetic examples, barely worthy of existance, and they are not worth your attention.

But you are still a creation echoeing the darkness of the great song. You cannot say you are happy with the world, and so you look for that darkness within yourself, that darkness that will allow you to get as close as possible to touching the divine. You think of yourself, and your dark being. You see the dislike there. Why werent you good enough to seduce that girl? Why could you not control your finances and afford takeaway. You disgust yourself. To an extent. But you can hear in the back of your mind a second calling, rather you can feel it from your second heart. These things matter little, they are annoying, but they will not allow you to access the power within you and touch the divine. Yet you try. And they burn fast and easily, and they do not help your mind transcend the barriers of the concious.

We go back to that second calling, that gut feeling that knew that this hate was weak, and we allow it to throw images into our concious. Now we experiance true disgust. Our bodies, our lack of discapline, our weaknesses, those things that truely let us down, that truely hamper our existance and progress upon this path and through the valley. Allow your conciousness to dissattach itself, you are now a voice in the heavens, and you are looking upon your own form, naked and unadorned before you minds eye. And the voice spouts the distate, the disgust, your dislike of what the mortal world has moulded you into. And you burn the body in front of you with a flame. You feel inside your own body the warm burning of the dirty mortal self within you, whilst your true self stands tall and looks on, understanding the ritual cleansing. As you burn, it fights for its existance, but you icnrease the flame, the dislike, for it is now ahmpering you yet again on your path towards destiny.

Maintain this burning until you have reached the utmost disgust within you and the flame burns no more. Your mortal self, your dislike, is black and burnt. Now as you count down slowly from ten to one, you feel this decayed darkness condense and solidify until it is a solid darkness or burnt out disgust within you. Now feel the spirits of darkness rise within your body. Feel them come through the floor, through your feet and up through your body. Feel them pass through each part of your body slowly but surely, filling up and condensing. When you feel the dark spirits whirling around your head, keep drawing them up, feel the pressure increase, slowly slowly, but you hold the spirits in, until your entire body is full to complete density.

You have now aligned yourself to a certian extent with the melody of the great song and can continue with your desired use, be it to draw more so the pressure bursts and the surrounding area fills with the spirits, or be it to force the spirits back towards the second heart.
-Unknown

Self-Reflection Sith Meditation

Filed under: Meditation, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 1:35 am

There is a place within you, a place as briskly clean as ice on a mountain top, cool and remote. Find that high place, and look down within yourself; breath that clean icy air as you regard your guilt and shame. Do not deny them; observe them. Take your horror in your hands and look at it. Examine it as a phenemenon. Smell it. Taste it. Come to know it only as you can, for it is yours and it is precious. Handle your emotions. Dissect them, reassemble them, do anything with them to your pleasure. You may still feel them, they may even be there more noticeable than before, but these emotions, no longer will they have the power to cloud your mind. Do anything in this place within yourself. That cold distance-the mountain top within yourself-that is the first key to the power of the Sith.

To those that have read Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, this should seem familiar, this is the first technique Sidious taught to Darth Vader. I have used this method of meditation often and have found it to be very effective. My cold distance is a shiny metallic room, bright with the white glare of the snow outside of it. This room is at the top of my mountain.There is a large opening, almost as if it were a…hanger I suppose.

-Darth Draconis

Strategy

Filed under: Sith Teachings, The Dark Side — Darth Draconis @ 1:32 am

The Dark Paths do not make moralistic calls on whether or not an action is right or wrong, but will state that an action can cause more liabilities than benefits if not properly considered. The key is thinking through one’s actions and taking complete responsibility for them regardless of what happens.

You are in control of what happens, therefore you must act accordingly.

- Bandraoi

The Relevance of Emotions to a Sith

Filed under: Emotions, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 1:26 am

Yes, we use and encourage the use of emotions, but we are calm and patient, traits often only related to Jedi. However, the truth is that calmness and patience are held in high regard by Sith and are often used with emotion to maintain the control I so often speak of. Control in itself is also an important factor that should noticeably stand out, for it requires great self-discipline on our part.

Emotions are our keys to darkness, without them, I would more than hesitate to call myself Sith. Anger: focus, strength, courage. Fear: caution, paranioa, logic. Hatred: Determination, relentlesness, strength of will. Those are only a few examples of emotions and their benefits.

Discipline is part of a Siths life. There are three main aspects of discipline: mental, physical, and spiritual(spiritual includes the Force). Without these disciplines, which I consider the pillars of Sith strength, we could not gain power and there is little reason for existence without power.

-Darth Draconis

Hate and Love

Filed under: Emotions, Sith Teachings — Darth Draconis @ 1:03 am

Your emotions are your weapons, your tools, your entire being. The two most powerful emotions are Hate and Love, these are the two greatest weapons and tools of the Sith. They both drive a Sith to act and using the fuel of Hate and Love, a Sith is able to do the impossible.

Hate is the most common Sith weapon, it seeps into our souls and drives us to lash out against its target. This can be a powerful tool indeed, as the perfect defense is a good offense. We can use hate to bring down our enemies, and that makes Hate the perfect, and yet most risky weapon. Uncontrolled hate can take us over and make us into something we are not. The power of hate must be directed and controlled in order to be used effectively.

Even Love is an important tool for a Sith. Love can drive us to reach out, to defend. Our love is the most powerful defense we have. It drives us to protect that which we care for, which can be anything, a person or feeling. It can also be strength, emotion, or even power. Love is the ultimate defense, in its strongest form, it cannot be broken. The power of Love provides us with an armor that cannot be cut.

Love and Hate, when controlled and directed, provides us with an unstoppable source of power. But they are also curses, to use either of them is a great risk to anybody, when using these emotions for your own ends, be mindful.

-Darth Atlas

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