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"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 — (audio) Listen (file info)[1]

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.[1]

In 88 BBY,[2] 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.[1] In 42 BBY,[3] 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.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The Shifting Sand meditation appeared in flashbacks in Dooku: Jedi Lost, a 2019 audio drama written by Cavan Scott.[1]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Dooku: Jedi Lost
  2. According to Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded, Dooku was eighty years old at the time of the First Battle of Geonosis. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the battle in 22 BBY, thus dating Dooku's birth to 102 BBY. The script of Dooku: Jedi Lost states that Dooku was fourteen years old when he sneaked into the Bogan Collection and used Shifting Sand, placing the event in 88 BBY.
  3. 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.
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