What is the Force? (Part I)

(The following is an excerpt from our forthcoming book, Sith Academy: Lords of the Force.)

We begin by presenting some of our more poetic and theoretical ideas about the great mystery of the Force. These ideas may not seem necessary for practical Force empowerment, but you will find that they have a power that is useful to you nevertheless. For in the Dark Lords’ black magickal worldview, thoughts are things, belief is power, and words create reality. There is therefore no purely poetic or theoretical knowledge; every idea offered here is a potential thought-bomb that can set fire to your life, explode your world and shatter your reality.

Poetic Perspectives

The Force is a Wild Power

The Force is a wild power, like lightning or solar radiation, which can be harnessed by individuals who are capable of receiving and making use of it. The Force can be accumulated by “lightning rods” or “solar panels”, giving vitality and energy to those who develop the senses to perceive it. The Force can be transmitted like “bolts of electricity” from Master to Apprentice, awakening and empowering each being in the chain of transmission. The Force can be generated in “power stations” called Temples, from which it can be transmitted to a cult of Templars or an entire society. The Force can be stored in “batteries” such as Vrilstones, weapons, books, jewelry and other artifacts, to be tapped into by the Force-sensitive as needed. The Force can strike at random like an electrical storm―a chaotic, uncontrolled energy that can empower or destroy beings in its path as it wills.

The Force is not a god, for it does not have characteristics of human beings, animals, or any other beings we understand—though it may take such forms to make itself known to us. Nor does the Force take a personal interest in our fate. The Force is a power beyond human comprehension, yet which humans may make use of all the same. The Force is a great cosmic mystery: the disturbing force of nature, the dark machinery of creation, evolution and destruction, and the key to every revelation, prophecy, invention and conquest that has troubled or transformed mankind down through the ages.

The Force is Passion

The English word that perhaps comes closest to the meaning of the Force for the Sith is passion. Passion is that which burns within our souls, compelling us to act. It is the inner flame that fuels our efforts in this world, giving us the energy and motivation to engage in the struggle for life. We do not view the Force as a principle of peace, or balance, or submission to an external will, like the so-called Jedi do, but a principle of pure passion to be harnessed for self-glorification and conquest.

Force passion can take many forms for our kind. Some of us have a passion for making money; others for self-improvement; others for political power, sexual pleasure, personal adventure, artistic creation, military conquest, scientific discovery, philosophical speculation, athletic competition, religious devotion, or what have you. All of these are expressions of our passion, which in the Sith view are manifestations of our Force power.

Like passion, the Force can be transmitted from person to person. A being with a powerful passion is infectious; he or she can awaken another person’s passion simply by being in their presence. Some Sith use their passion to seduce and dominate people individually, in the manner of Rasputin or the fictional Dracula. Others may enthrall and ignite an entire nation with their passion, in the manner of Adolph Hitler or Muhammad.

Passion, like the Force, cannot be reduced to rational understanding or scientific analysis. The more one tries to live life according to some abstract system or to analyse it with rational models, the less one finds passion entering one’s life. Indeed, this is the great failing of modern rationalist civilization, which produces many “geeks” who are highly intelligent, but possess so little passion or inner strength. While such nerds may think they are getting their revenge by creating technology companies and becoming billionaires, their victory is rather hollow if they become passionless robots in the process.

Passion, like Force power, is something you are born with to a certain level, though it can be increased by life experience. Some people are naturally more passionate than others; they show a great lust for life from an early age and burn with intensity to achieve their goals. Such individuals are risk-takers and trouble-makers, whether for good or ill. They may become conquerors, superstars and revolutionaries, or they may die young, be shunned or find themselves behind prison bars for life. Contrast them with the less passionate breed, who may become successful technocrats, solid professionals and pillars of society by never rocking the boat or going to extremes. Such is often considered “success” by the mundane, yet without luck or intelligence, such passionless beings will all too easily succumb to enslavement, depression, mediocrity and nihilism.

Most religions teach that passion is something to be controlled, proscribed, denied―that is a source of great evil and suffering. Buddhism is an entire system of thought designed to snuff out passion. For Buddhists, passion is the root of suffering, because it attaches one to the “samsaric” world of illusion rather than liberating one from it. In Islam they speak of the nafs, which are our lusts for the things of this world, which are to be deprecated compared to our concern for our eternal life in the world to come. In Christianity, passion is similarly suspect, as an expression of all sorts of worldly, ungodly, demonic desires which can lead men through the gates of Hell.

There are perks and pitfalls in all paths and philosophies of life. As Dark Lords, we choose to live by the creeds of “power is our passion”, “passion is our power” and “the world is ours”. While this may result in an early death or other ignominious end, we feel the risks are worth the potential rewards: immortality and unlimited power!

The Force is Fire

The Force is an invisible inner fire that burns beneath the perceptions of the mundane. In the most powerful beings, it becomes a raging inferno that cannot be contained; it pours forth in great acts of fiery destruction of entire orders or blazing forgings of new ones. In ordinary beings, the Force is a slow burn that generates the energy necessary to live, without causing undue harm to others. In weak beings, the Force is a flickering ember that can barely generate enough psychic heat to survive in a cold world. And when this ember finally burns out, every being joins the legions of the dead in the Forceless Void.

Every Sith Lord is a spiritual arsonist, who lights Force fires that may grow into great conflagrations that burn the world down. The art of accumulating power the Sith way is learning to gather the fuel for these great conflagrations in secret, stacking up the wood and stoking the hidden flames until they are ready to be unleashed upon the world. This fuel-gathering may take the form of physical training, mental training, writing books and journals, creating symbols and art, making weapons, artifacts and clothing, building temples, performing rituals, etc. Each of these activities adds fuel to our fire, which will be called upon to ignite the great Force eruption that will mark our ascent to power. This was the fire spoken of in our visions by the great conqueror to come, Darth Siluzon:

“The Dark Lords of the Sith were inflamed when my Force fire was unleashed upon this Earth, burning away false hopes, destitute dreams and meager destinies. And the Sith would prove victorious, declaring ‘united we stand, divided we fall’ to be the maxim of men of the light, its time now at an end. In its place we raised the banner of ‘Power is our passion’ as the motto of the new age. We stood up to the men of light as lustful Sith Masters of the Universe and declared: I stand with my Sith Lords at my side, ready to fight you; ready to prove our right to rule; ready to conquer all that is weak; ready to fuel my soul with my burning lust for power. And so, victory was soon ours…”

And when the existing order has been burned to the ground, the great Sith Lord becomes a worldsmith, forging great works in the furnaces of his Force-heightened mind, then manifesting them in the world of matter. The great temples, starships, armies and empires that burn in our Force visions will pour out of our imaginations and the pages of our books, burning themselves straight onto the crucible of history.

Like fire, the Force is a both a destroyer and a creator. The fire that burns down a forest also clears away the old growth so that new life may prosper. The flame that melts raw iron allows it to be forged into stronger and more refined steel. The Force is a revitalizing fire that erupts out of the Black Sun, enters our thoughts through the burning minds of the Dark Lords, spreads from being to being and consumes the world.