The Way of the Sith; Self Control:
Every organization has some sort of standards that are demanded or a code of behaviour that is expected in order to maintain a membership in said organization. To the Sith, being “Emperor of Self” is the equivalent to others’ codes of behaviour and standards. Emperor of Self is a mind-expanding tradition meant to weed out those not ready, those not of the Sith Caste, and charletons such as the typical sociopath.
Right Seeing is the sight that is derived from being hyper-aware of your own biases and preconceptions. It is achieved by, mainly, spending time in quiet reflection and meditation. Begin by isolating yourself, generally at the end of the day, and reflect on your day and overall impression of it. Analyze why you feel that way, and why you did the things that you did. You must obsess over what you feel and do until you find not just an answer but the right answer. But, of course, you must do it, because if you get over the issue naturally (subconsciously) than it will likely remain to haunt you and take your power.<
Right Seeing is the platform to the Base of Knowing: the Sith Ways. One must achieve the Three Pillars when mastering Right Seeing:
–The First Pillar–
Insight is the ability to understand yourself. Simply put: how can you understand great truths when you can’t even understand your own whims, motives, and nature? To achieve insight, you must reflect using knowledge (logic) and comparison to others (empathy.) (Yet empathy is not achievable without insight.) You will find that the first pillar, although inseparable from the others, is the easiest to learn, because reflection happens if you allow yourself time with no distractions. When feelings come, and thoughts of how fair or unfair something is, ask the question “why?” of yourself, actively applying the other two Pillars. Insight isn’t emotional, for it always ascends and questions the reasons behind an experienced emotion. Insight is you getting to know yourself, thus ceasing to strive with your own nature, which is the root of much suffering. Best of all, insight is the beginning of self-awareness.
–The Second Pillar–
Empathy is the study of other’s nature, a sort of external insight. You must realize your own uniqueness and other’s differences and superiorities and inferiorities to achieve both logic and insight. Empathy is seeing through the eyes of other, and seeing yourselfthrough those eyes. Only a fool refuses to acknowledge that others exist in a similar nature to themselves and that the world is diverse and doesn’t revolve around them. Thus, to see other’s nature is to grow in your insight and your perception of things beyond that of just other human beings.
–The Third Pillar–
Right logic is the correct interpretation of yourself, others, and the beyond. Logic is the building on of the small to make the large. Logic’s first step is discernment, than association to other truths, than conclusion, than, finally, application to your mind/life. Incorrect logic is to say “A fish swims in water, air is like water, and thusly I swim.” Logic is applying order to something using facts, correlation, and insight and empathy. It should also be applicable to other things, other words it should be put in a smaller regard. Logic should never be an excuse for a wasteful behavior of yours, (even using logic to declare a behavior not wasteful.) Logic is explanation through patterns to develop place.
The Three Pillars build and depend on each other, master them, (and thus Right Seeing,) and you will have no difficulty learning higher ways like that of the Sith.
The Windswept Mountain:
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Being a Sith, one sometimes develops an obsession over their moods, especially if one has not mastered the art of the Windswept Mountain. The key is to generalize unwanted moods. The method is through the concept of “beauty.” Beauty is something that not only is attractive, but is so appealing that is causes pain. Life, therefore, as a whole should be thought of as beautiful. The painful moments make it not just good and nice, but bring it to the passionate level of beauty. Therefore, even the painful moments by themeselves are beautiful. All moods have been shared and experienced for all eternity, so your mood makes you timeless as well. It’s all been done before. It is by meditating on these ideas that you can easily conquer the average blues. But, of course, you must do it, because if you get over the issue naturally (subconsciously) than it will likely remain to haunt you and take your power.
Right Inner Seeing:
In addition to controlling your regular consciouness, you should also have the utmost discipline over your other, more trance-like consciousnesses. Many people use trances and what not as entertainment, which is entertaining, but utterly useless. Some general principles can help you stay in command. Mainly, go into any experience aware of what you naturally want to see, and what you need to experience… if there is a difference, work it out.
Right Inner Seeing
(The Sight of the Third Eye)
Right Inner Seeing is the Base of Mystery: the logic of the soul. One must achieve Right Seeing, and the Three Pillars when mastering Right Inner Seeing:
–The First Pillar–
Compassion is a touchy subject; one that requires reverence and wisdom to understand. The pillar relating closest to this one of Right Seeing is Empathy. Yet this is very internal as opposed to the external nature of Empathy. Compassion is, thusly, somewhat blind in the Right Seeing sense… which makes sense, because compassion involves ignoring repelling forces and illogical quirks in another being. Compassion also lies more on the one giving compassion than the one receiving it. Therefore, compassion is very internal and meditative. Compassion, in this sense, is about getting in touch with one’s child nature—or the reverent and wise wondering, quietness, and seeing of a child. This is different with every person, as each child’s nature is a media from which the latter art piece is affected in its nature. Nevertheless, a child’s nature is always generally observant, reverent, and wise. This child nature is also difficult to find or return to often, for it takes Right Seeing, Reverence, and Wisdom to be able to sort memory or soul-memory out and get to the nature behind the actions and feelings. Quiet Seeing.
–The Second Pillar–
Reverence is integral in compassion—in its discovery and its nature—and is essential to the use of wisdom. Reverence is letting go and outwardly practicing The First Pillar. Reverence is also the acceptance of mystery; the letting go of the need to control by logic. Finally, Reverence is letting go of synthetic thoughts and divinely questioning, like a quiet child with no preconceptions—being compassionate and wise.
–The Third Pillar–
Wisdom is the third and final piece to realizing and using your third eye. Compassion is becoming at one with your child nature. Reverence is shifting your eyes to match your child nature and learning non-control. Wisdom is the pillar that allows the other two to exist and grow and it is the personal use of the other two pillars. Humans are logical beings, thus wisdom is the organization and placement of Compassion and Reverence into our lives. Wisdom is accepting the drives the other two pillars put into us and starting the endless contemplation of the mystery… which can be seen as reverence or noble compassion.
The Three Pillars are one; master them and you open the door to Sith Powers.
A Sith is generally so strong that should thier emotions master them they will fall to the status of Dark Jedi because the only person that can control them is themeselves, so they are effectively unuseable and without any stability. So, self-control (Emperor of Self) is at the very heart of the Sith philosphy and must be practiced and even made into a habit.