Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Wisdom of Star Wars

Every once in a while a great work of art comes along that touches our hearts and minds in unforgettable ways. George Lucas' Star Wars is such a piece. The reason for Star Wars' success can be attributed to amazing special effects, action, adventure, and themes of romance. However, on a deeper level Star Wars speaks to our reality containing the great truths and secrets to life. Star Wars features themes that are eternal, archetypes that will live forever, and wisdom that contains the power of transformation.



In this scene, Luke Skywalker our hero and adventurer is faced with a situation that is impossible. Yoda explains to Luke that the problems and their degree of difficulty only exist in the mind.

"You must unlearn what you have learned."

Many of us have learned to react to life in a certain way. We are told we can do this - or we can't do that. Yoda here explains to Luke that nothing is impossible. Impossible only exists because we have learned to think it does. Luke's reality which is created by his own mind is the only thing that limits him.

"Try not! Do, Do or Do not, there is no try."

Here Yoda explains the importance two critical elements of living infinitely. 1. Faith: When we NEED to accomplish something in life (whether it be a X-wing in the swamp or a bill we have to pay) absolute faith is necessary if we are to receive the desired results. The Infinite Intelligence (maybe you could call it the force) responds to our intentions and brings about the solution. According to the Gospel of Luke (17:6), Jesus declared, "if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."

2. Living in the moment: When we are one with the present moment we are not trying - we are either performing or not. To try is to expect to fail. I am not saying that calculations and strategy need to be disregarded, but they too can be performed with excellence in the present moment.

"Luminous Beings are We, not this prude matter"

Yoda here speaks of our true reality. The self that is connected to all others. The part of us that is One with God and in the likeness of the Divine. Through an understanding of this concept and awareness we begin to to understand that all is possible.

Luke: "I don't believe it"
Yoda: "That is why you fail"

Why do we fail?



"Fear attracts the Fearful"

Darth Maul here reveals to us out greatest enemy and his greatest ally. What do we fear? We fear ourselves. Overcome this enemy and great power will be yours. Fear grips us with limitations that deny our true nature. I leave you with Romans 8:12

"If God is for us, who can be against us?"


Special thanks to ErikErikSonD and Chassith for the excellent videos

18 comments:

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

I love Star Wars. Great post!!!

JJ :D

Sherer said...

Thanks JJ, I love Star Wars too. Its truly a work of art

Swubird said...

Sherer:

Great post. I like the way you have extracted the philosophy for a healthy life from the film and wrote in it plain English.

I remember taking my son to this film when it first opened. We stood in line for over two hours. Finally, when the movie started his eyes lit up and he soaked it all in. Recently, he came to visit me and he suggested that we buy all of the Star Wars DVD's. Even at the age he is now, the movie and its messages still thrive inside of his soul.

Happy trails.

Sherer said...

SWUBIRD, Its true it really is a great piece of work. Everytime the opening theme begins to play I get that comfortable enraptured feeling all over my body. Thanks for the comment

The Supplicant said...

Excellent Jesse...this has given me a new appreciation for Star Wars.
I love how you use the words of Christ and Paul and weave them around the scenes of the videos.
Words of strength - "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

Well done.
~JD

Sherer said...

Thanks JD, I apprecaite you dropping by. I liked this post myself - I wanted to do something that was a little less serious - Thanks again

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

I was so touched by this post. I need to remember these things you said and I agree completely. Sometimes we all get so caught up in the thinking of can and can't. I need to remember my faith more. One of the most inspirational blog posts I have ever read-really!

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

I was so touched by this post. I need to remember these things you said and I agree completely. Sometimes we all get so caught up in the thinking of can and can't. I need to remember my faith more. One of the most inspirational blog posts I have ever read-really!

Sherer said...

Thanks HealthNut - thats is exactly what I am here for! The truths of life are often right in front of us if we know where to look.

Amy goethals said...

Very Good Jesse...you have a good quote in the post..."Fear attracts the fearful" It's true. If you live life being afraid of people, and are afraid of taking a chance...you will fail...Loved the Post :)

Sherer said...

Miss Goethals, Thanks for stopping by as always. Your are correct and your wisdom exceeds you. Thanks again -

Babs (Beetle) said...

I am not a Star Wars fan but this post came in very useful today, when trying to encourage somebody, on the very subject it deals with. I was able to read him this post.

That you should comment on my blog, for me to return a comment, on this very day, is a blessing.

The Muse said...

Anything is possible when you set your mind to it. Star Wars is a superb flick. Love this post!

Have a good one!

Sherer said...

Babs, Thanks for stopping by its amazing how random events or things we read can sometimes be exactly what the doctor ordered

Sherer said...

Hey Muse - Thanks for the comment - Starwars is indeed my favorite movie - i guess i had to think of a way to get it on my blog!

Bob Johnson said...

That's what I'm talking about, very cool post,I have every incarnation of all the Star Wars movies from Beta tapes to DVD, still waiting of course for the 3-D and blue ray versions, when they come I will buy.

Yoda is wise when he says,

"Luminous beings are we, not this prude matter"

Excellent post Jesse, hey all things are possible through Christ.

Philippians 4:13

Sherer said...

Thanks for coming by Bob, I'll tell you i am really excited about the new movie being released in August! The magic never ends! But hey thanks for stopping by - I appreciate the enlightened words

Anonymous said...

the quote is "Luminous Beings are We, not this crude matter" .. Not prude.