Journey to Jedi-hood

Day 18 of 29 Days of Spiritual Messages. 29 Days Template (16)

Today’s simple, yet powerful message comes from the blockbuster movie Star Wars, as young Luke Skywalker prepares himself for Jedi-hood.

Luke: I can’t believe it.  Yoda: That is why you fail.“

Luke, in his journey, trains intensively with his guru Yoda. At first, he is awkward, clumsy, and unfocused.

But as he continues his practice, he grows into a powerful warrior.

In the midst of his training, Luke struggles to grasp the whole Jedi-Use-The-Force thing.

Yoda sets him straight when the ancient master points out that Luke’s thinking is his main stumbling block.

Luke stands in his own way.

How many times have we stood in the way of our own greatness?

The saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” comes to mind.  This is a very limiting view.  It implies a serious lack of trust with a large dose of cynicism.

The fact that Luke says, “I can’t,” means that he won’t.  Not without a complete change in perspective.

When we tell ourselves that we can’t, we immediately set up inner roadblocks.  Then we wonder why we fail.  We have trained our brains to see obstacles instead of possibilities.

Look around at your surroundings.  Everything in your line of vision did not exist at one time. Someone had a vision of it.  Someone believed it could be created.  Someone worked at bringing it into existence.  Someone visualized it in the mind’s eye first, then gave it life.

Luke’s problem is that he doesn’t see himself as a creator.  He limits himself because of his limited thinking, preventing him from progressing.  He doesn’t see himself as a Jedi.  Yoda not only supplies Luke with the physical training necessary to be a Jedi, but he provides vital mental and spiritual exercise as well. These are not separate, but one.

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When we step into Jedi mode, we step into a whole new identity.  Our separate selves unite into one Self.

Yoda’s appraisal of Luke points to the young man’s lack of trust in an Unknown Force.  He is told repeatedly to “Use the Force.”  Luke’s scattered thinking scatters his energies.  As he learns to focus and channel his energies, he advances in his training.

If we are to progress, we must trust the Unknown Force in our lives.  We may not know how it works, nor are we to concern ourselves with the how. This requires a letting-go of old, out-dated thinking that no longer serves us in our new identity.

What is interesting about the phrase “Use the Force” is that not only must Luke trust it, but he must use it.  Yoda speaks in the imperative here, directing Luke to trust and apply.

In our own spiritual training, using the Force in our lives means directly applying it.  It means taking action. Even more so, it denotes taking responsibility for that action.  This puts us at the helm of the control panel. It is there for us to use, and we can steer in any direction we so choose, but we must do so wisely.

The journey to Jedi-hood is an evolution.  When we realize that we are responsible for creating what happens in our lives, we realize the power we have within us to change things for better or for worse. We come to understand that life doesn’t happen to us, but that we make our lives happen.  We focus our energies on what we want, not on what we do not want.

Our entire worldview transforms as we align with the Force.  And fail we will not.

10 thoughts on “Journey to Jedi-hood

  1. Gena Livings

    Indeed – “May the Force be WITH YOU” and NOT against you is a “powerful” statement.
    Our life force is WITH us at every moment when we align to the energy-field that surrounds us and penetrates our being. The Jedi Master is designed more as a representative of a wider universal wisdom.
    Thank you Penny!
    I love this!
    Healthy blessings,
    Gena 🙂
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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Gena!

      True, when the Force is with us, who can be against us? Except ourselves!

      The Jedi Master is definitely an amalgam of many spiritual teachers in one.

      Thank you for stopping in and sharing 😀
      Blessings.
      Penny

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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Amar.

      Great question!!!

      In answer to your question, no, it’s not possible to control everything that happens in our lives; however, we can control how we react to what happens. We can either make the best of it or make the worst of it. We can use it to our advantage or to our disadvantage. If we approach everything that happens as lessons for our growth, we will advance in our lives even in the midst of setbacks. Our attitude is key here.

      I hope this answers your question.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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        1. Penny McDaniel Post author

          Shasheta,

          For some, it’s easier to place blame rather than take responsibility for their actions. Then they wonder why the same things repeatedly happen to them.

          Thank you for stopping in and commenting. Much appreciated 😀

          Blessings.
          Penny

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  2. Andrea

    May the Force be with you! Love it, love it! I was a huge fan of Star Wars when it first came out but haven’t really thought about the similarities to be drawn between that and Source. It’s so true; we are our own worst enemies. Unhelpful thinking and beliefs stop us achieving what we want in life. But we can control that just be changing our beliefs, changing I can’t into I am. Harness the Force and use it wisely. Awesome.

    The Force is strong within you, Penny!

    Blessings, Andrea <3

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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Andrea!

      The Force be with you, too…in fact, it is!

      I loved Star Wars when it first came out, and Yoda was my favorite because he was the symbol for Self-Realization.

      Even though the story is fictional, it teaches us many truths about ourselves. Like you said, we can be our own worst enemies because of our thinking and beliefs, or we can break free from those chains and use what is available to us to push us forward on our paths of greatness, whatever our definition of greatness is.

      Thanks so much for stopping in to share, Andrea.
      Blessings.
      Penny
      xoxo

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  3. Chef William

    This is a great way to bring into focus so much of what we have heard in the past but never managed to pull together completely. I have my Spiritual side which I have failed to pull together with the other areas I am working on. It is like I set aside a time to work on the Spiritual each day and that is different from everything else whereas it should be a part of everything else. I enjoyed this so much i am going to book mark it so I can read it again a few times.
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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Chef William!

      I am glad that this message resonated with you. Spiritual development is a lot like cooking. You have all these ingredients; they appear as separate items, until you bring them all together into one cohesive meal, where all ingredients have married to create layers of flavor. Voila…spirituality on a plate. As a chef, this is what you do…you bring all these ingredients and flavors together as one. So it is with life. Your spiritual self manifests through the activity of cooking and creating beautiful meals for others to enjoy…not only is it sustenance, but it is art infused with love and spirit. You are the Mystic Chef. 🙂

      Thank you for bookmarking this. And thank you for stopping by and sharing.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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