- "Remember levitation, when Yoda taught us to focus on small particles?"
"The Shifting Sand meditation. What about it?"
"Well, you were top of the class."
"But how will that help?"
"The door has a magnetic lock. Slide the sand between the frame and the wall, and it'll break the connection."
- ―Sifo-Dyas and Dooku, when planning to break into the Bogan Collection
Shifting Sand was a meditation technique used by members of the Jedi Order. Jedi Initiates were taught the meditation as a way to focus on levitating small particles using the Force. At some point, Initiates Dooku and Sifo-Dyas attended a class on levitation taught by Jedi Grand Master Yoda, where the Shifting Sand meditation was introduced. Dooku was considered the top of his class.
In 87 BBY, Dooku and Sifo-Dyas broke into the Bogan Collection, a secret vault of dark side artifacts hidden within the Jedi Archives of the Jedi Temple on the planet Coruscant. At Sifo-Dyas's behest, Dooku used the Shifting Sand technique to slide sand between the door to the vault and the wall, breaking the door's lock and thus allowing the pair entry into the room. In 42 BBY, during an invasion of the planet Serenno by Abyssin mercenaries, Dooku and Sifo-Dyas used the Shifting Sand technique to break into an occupied comm tower on the outskirts of Serenno's capital city, Carannia.
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Notes and references
- Dooku: Jedi Lost
- According to Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Dooku was eighty years old at the time of the First Battle of Geonosis. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the battle to 22 BBY, thereby placing Dooku's birth in 102 BBY. The flashback in Dooku: Jedi Lost in which Dooku used the Shifting Sand meditation takes place when Dooku is fifteen years old, thus placing the event in 87 BBY.
- The Star Wars Book places Dooku's departure from the Jedi Order forty-two years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states that A New Hope begins in 0 BBY. In Dooku: Jedi Lost, the invasion of Serenno, where Sifo-Dyas and Dooku use the Shifting Sand meditation, occurs shortly before Dooku's departure. Therefore, these events must have occurred in 42 BBY.