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The Force

There are three subgroups into which we categorise the Force in order to make it a
little easier to swallow, as it were. Since this is such a huge topic, it's
necessary to make some small points like this in order to enable a student to
understand the Force and the way in which it affects the Universe and, indeed,
everything contained therein. There are three categories here, going from least to
most:

Personal Force --> Living Force --> Unified Force

Personal Force

The Personal or Individual Force is the life energy contained within the body of
any organism at any singular point in time - if you will, it is the energy you
require to continue to survive and be maintained in a physical (and more than
likely, a psychological) state of existence. Every individual has their own
personal energy, which is in itself the smallest division of life energy within
the Universe. Essentially, this is Personal Force.

Now, Personal Force, as a general rule, does not remain the same throughout the
existence of an individual. Like Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide, it is exchanged and
converted constantly with the energy around you - if your body is injured, life
energy is used to repair your cells (to a certain extent at least), but, if you
remember the first law of Thermodynamics, this energy is converted, not destroyed.
As you use energy and convert it, clearly the energy you have used needs to be
replaced in that the energy you have used is no longer within your individual
system. It has passed outside of yourself into the environment around you, in
various forms. Essentially, then, this energy will be replaced from an external
source, that which we call the Living Force. I'll come back to that momentarily.

The most important academic observation made about Personal Force is that it is at
this stage and this one alone that we find and can identify the beginnings of an
apparent duality to the Force. Since this energy is in itself contained within
your system, it is the most impressionable of all forms of life energy - and you
impress upon this through your thoughts and through your emotions. Since, however,
this energy does not remain contained within your body permanently, this becomes
the most basic and natural form of individual energy projection - wherein that as
energy that was maintained as Personal Force within your body leaves it, the
impressions you have made upon it will begin to effect the energy flow around you.
This is agreed upon by almost every single Vitalist theory - but if you have time,
I recommend you read James Redfield's Celestine Prophecy for more on how such
energy affects the world around you as a result of individual impressions upon it.

In order to give this further consideration, however, we need to consider the next
form of the Force - the Living Force.

Living Force

The Living Force is the sum of all the personal Force in existence. Though they
are of course all one and the same thing in the macroscopic view, we break it down
into these two in order to work both on the effects individuals can have on the
Force, and the ways in which you can apply a use of the Force. Hence, we tend to
consider the Personal Force as being the most basic and normative of applicative
systems, since it is easier to manipulate your own personal energies than to
manipulate energy across a wider spectrum.

It is here where we find an overall picture of the so-called duality of the Force.
Since people leave their own positive and/or negative impressions upon their
individual energies, when this is collected together in sum total, you inevitably

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get positive energy, negative energy and neutral energy. Here we find the Light
and the Dark sides – but these are not as major as they seem. Though both do have
their influences, since a person surrounded by negative energy will inevitably
absorb some of it themselves, which creates a change in their own physical and
psychological make-up – and such is the effect of the duality. However, the
influences created by these impressions on the Force are not as profound as they
would seem – the affect they have on any individual is done by choice as opposed
to by being ‘corrupted’ or some such term. With control, and a little self-
discipline, people can learn to ascertain the influences of living force energy,
and therefore to make their own choices regarding it’s influence.

On a base level, it is of course possible that the Living Force can affect a
person based on positive or negative impressions, but at the level of the Unifying
Force, good and evil, positive and negative become irrelevant. If you act as a
student of the Living Force, the aspects are more your forte. Still, in order to
give you more of an idea as to how this relates, I first ought to talk about the
Unifying Force.

Unifying Force

The Unifying Force, also Unified or Universal Force, is the universal level of the
Force. It is the sum of the Living Force – that which exists as the sum of all
life energy in existence at any one point in time, and all the other forms of
energy in the Universe. Since forms of energy change from one to another with
extreme ease, it seems logical that all forms are connected in some way. And this
is the Unifying Force – Life Energy as it fits alongside all other energies.

Here, the Force becomes neutral. There is no good, no evil. No positive, no


negative. And, above all, the Unifying Force is completely timeless. It
encompasses all states, all forms, all energies. It is, essentially, the
underlying system of the Universe. That might sound a little preposterous, but if
you think about it, energy is required to perform every single process or function
of the Universe. For a star to engage in nuclear fusion, for planets to orbit
around those stars – all of these processes require energy. And since energy
cannot be destroyed, only converted, the Unifying Force is, logically, a force of
the Universe.

However, the ramifications of this particular observation serve to create


significant problems for many Jedi Realists, certainly on an ethical level. The
Unifying Force has no sides, and thus in itself has no particular basis upon which
one following it can necessarily adhere to – with the Living Force, where it is
possible to extrapolate dualistic concepts like Good and Evil if you are that way
inclined, you are granted a basis of action by the definitions produced as a
result of such concepts – within the Unifying Force, such a thing is not possible.
Allow me to elaborate on this a little further.

At the level of Personal Force, the influence of that particular energy on an


individual is literally the result of their actions, not the possible cause or
influence upon which their actions are based. An individual may use their energy
as they see fit, and they create impressions upon their own personal energy based
upon their thoughts and feelings – the results of their actions and reactions to
the world around them. As a result, we may consider the Personal Force to be the
singular domain of the individual – it is the individual who influences it,
directs it and uses it for their purposes.

As we move on to the Living Force, we come across the point wherein the energy is
capable of affecting the actions of an individual. The impressions generated by
the positive and negative thoughts and feelings of an individual at the level of
the Personal Force become more manifest as these individual quantities of personal
energy are collated as the Living Force. While it is true to say that the energy
of an individual is under their control, it is not logical to suggest that this

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energy can have no exerted effect upon anyone else since, as I’ve already
maintained, the personal energy of an individual is not restricted to their own
bodies, but is constantly changed and shared with all life as part of the Living
Force.

As a result of the positive and negative influences on the Living Force’s


collective energies, it is possible to see a dualistic system emerging – we have
the basic level of positive and negative, from which people can extrapolate Good
and Evil, and similar such ideas which maintain the dual position.

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