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 Think like a Jedi | zen, metaphysics, unexpected teachers | I AM TECHNOLOGY blog by Trey Warme ☼ San Diego, CA


Reading, you are. Hmm working, my Jedi powers of persuasion must be. (in my best Yoda voice. Don’t know what Yoda sounds like? Think Grover, from Sesame Street, zenned-out great-grandfather’s voice using a funny sentence structure)

I loved Star Wars! It was released at the perfect age for me. I had action figures. My favorite Halloween costume ever was a Chewbacca costume my Mom made from a clown costume pattern and a brown shag rug. It was so hot wearing that costume, even for October in northern Virginia, but it did not matter, I was Chewbacca the Wookie, Han Solo’s trusted co-pilot! I so wanted to be and think like a Jedi.

The Star Wars movies had it all: action, sci-fi, really cool alien and robot characters, action, a swashbuckling space cowboy, lightsabers, action, this mysterious power called the Force, and more action! (now think the announcer’s voice on TMZ) In the original Star Wars film, the Force is first described by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi as an energy field created by all living things, that surrounds and penetrates living beings and binds the galaxy together. As an adult, that definition sounds an awful lot like the interrelations of all things taught in metaphysics, a branch of philosophy in which I’m highly interested today. Maybe I do think like a Jedi? Thank you Star Wars!

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, was the second in the film series, released in 1980. I was eight years old. The Empire Strikes Back was the coolest thing since, well, ever. One scene, Luke, the fighter pilot, has crashed his ship on an alien planet. Luke wants to learn the Force. While trying to figure out what he is going to do with his crashed ship that is sinking into a bog, Luke meets Yoda. “Looking? Found someone you have, eh?” Yoda happens to be a wise zen-like Jedi master of the Force who lives on the swampy planet which he crashed. Yoda attempts to teach Luke to use the Force to move his ship out of the sinking bog to dry ground so he can begin to asses and repair the damage, and that he must first believe in order to unlock the power of the Force within him. In the 80’s, watching in the theater, by the end of this scene, Yoda was my teacher, I wanted to be a Jedi and I was a seeker of the Force! A excerpt of the dialog from this scene is below:

 

Yoda: …A Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight…

Luke: …Is the dark side stronger?

Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.

Luke: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?

Yoda: You will know… when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack…Already know you that which you need.

Luke: I don’t believe it.

Yoda: That is why you fail.

 

This scene alone sealed the deal for me. Yoda, was my teacher, sensei oh sensei. He shared so many valuable lessons in so few words:

Beware of acting out of anger, fear or aggression, the dark side, is valuable lesson for us all at any age.

We live in a world of modern rhetoric today: do the right thing, whatever that maybe for you. There still is right and wrong, good and bad. It is our job to know good by recognizing when we feel calm and at peace, the good side of the Force.

You have to first ‘believe to receive’ is a powerful common spiritual thread running through metaphysical lessons in the Law of Attraction, such as the ‘Ask Believe Receive‘ process of visualization taught in bestselling book and movie The Secret.  This thread is woven through the idea that our minds are powerful tools and we actually create our reality with our thoughts, taught in New Thought churches and spiritual centers like The Unity Center and Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living in San Diego, CA as well runs through traditional Christianity with multiple occurrences found in the Bible, with two notable references in Mathew 21:22 and Mark 11:24.

I realize if you never saw Star Wars, you are likely older than I, did not grow up in the US or are a girl. As much as Star Wars is a sci-fi action film, we can all maybe learn a valuable lesson or two from the wise zen samurai master, Yoda. Admittedly laughing at myself while writing this to publicly admit adult lessons learned from an 80’s children’s movie. Eh, what is, is. Always pass on what you have learned. ~ Yoda

Below are a few more of the many great Yoda quotes to help you attain success by thinking like a Jedi and perhaps seal the deal for Yoda to be your metaphysical guide too:


“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” ~ Yoda

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” ~ Yoda

“PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE my young padawan” ~ Yoda

“You must unlearn what you have learned.” ~ Yoda

“Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.” ~ Yoda

“Do or do not. There is no try.” ~ Yoda

“You will find only what you bring in.” ~ Yoda

“Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.” ~ Yoda

“The fear of loss is a path to the Dark Side.” ~ Yoda

“May the Force be with you.” ~ Yoda

“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.” ~ Yoda

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.” ~ Yoda
“You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” ~ Yoda

“Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.” ~ Yoda

“Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you.” ~ Yoda

“If you end your training now — if you choose the quick and easy path as Vader did — you will become an agent of evil.” ~ Yoda

“Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.” ~ Yoda

“Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Luke… Luke… do not… do not underestimate the powers of the Emperor or suffer your father’s fate you will. Luke, when gone am I… the last of the Jedi will you be. Luke, the Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned, Luke. There is… another… Sky… walker.” ~ Yoda

“Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.” ~ Yoda
“In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.” ~ Yoda

“When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. For the dark side looks back.” ~ Yoda

“You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” ~ Yoda

“Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future…the past. Old friends long gone.” ~ Yoda

“A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things.” ~ Yoda

“Feel the force!” ~ Yoda

“Ohhh. Great warrior. Wars not make one great.” ~ Yoda

“Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice.” ~ Yoda

“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future..” ~ Yoda

“You think Yoda stops teaching, just because his student does not want to hear? A teacher Yoda is. Yoda teaches like drunkards drink, like killers kill.” ~ Yoda

“Happens to every guy sometimes this does” ~ Yoda

“The dark side clouds everything. Impossible to see the future is.” ~ Yoda

I think like a Jedi by practicing zen and studying metaphysics. ~ Trey Warme

I’m sure I’m not alone. Do you still remember any children’s movie quotes or are still reminded by scenes from children’s movies today? Let’s hear it in the comments below!

 

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