***WARNING**** There may be some spoiler alerts with this blog. Ok…so let me begin by saying up until around 3 weeks ago I had never seen a single Star Wars movie. It had become a point of pride, and I actually planned to never see any of them. But then the new one came out, and I was experiencing some FOMO. So over the holiday, I took the plunge and watched the original three films back to back and then this past weekend saw the new one.
After finishing Episode IV, I turned to my boyfriend and said, “this is basically a sci-fi version of the yogi philosophy and the Law of Attraction.” The Force is the Universe and an energy current that is in us and around us. It is always present; we just need to tap into it. The characters represent different aspects of the journey. Luke, being the protagonist, was called to this journey and at first he rejects it. He makes excuses and is driven by fear, but nevertheless he is thrown in.
At the beginning of his journey, he is naïve and untrained but he has the help of his guide, Obi-Wan Kenobi. He is also provided with several friends that accompany him. Han Solo, who also has some resistance at first (he actually says he will choose his own path and no one can force him), represents his mode of transportation. Princess Leia, who we later find out is Luke’s sister, represents that constant support that no matter how much you may doubt yourself or fail, always loves and believes in you. Yoda is literally a yogi guru (he even looks like one). Luke goes to him to learn, train, and master the harnessing of the Force. One of my favorite things that Yoda says to Luke is that Jedis don’t look for conflict. His eagerness to engage in conflict shows the he is not ready. He needs to be patient and trust the process. How many of us can relate that?!?
The dark side is primarily represented through the character Darth Vader. It is no surprise that Darth would be related to Luke. Where there is light there is always dark. We have the choice to follow one path or the other. Darth chose the path of the dark side. He tempts Luke to give into his anger and hatred and cross over to the dark side. This is a struggle that we all deal with on a continual basis. But we have the choice to not give in to our darkness, but rather uphold our light.
Many of the same themes are present in the newest Star Wars film, but one thing that struck me as new was the character of Fin. Fin was raised from birth to be a stormtrooper. Yet, in his first battle he chooses to escape the First Order knowing that what it represents isn’t right. Again after some wavering back and forth as to whether to stay and help Rey and the droid, he finally realizes his calling to be part of the Resistance. I find this new construct to be interesting because many times we feel we are trapped by our environment, whether that be where we grew up, financial limitations, etc, but we always have the ability to change our trajectory if it doesn’t resonate with us. It may be not be an easy task, but once we make this decision the Universe, or The Force, will always be with us and guide us. We also see in this film that the representation of the dark side, Ben, is having an eternal struggle and feeling a pull to the Light. Again, he is related to some of our main players yet still chose the dark side. Leia tells Han to bring back their son; that there is still light in him. This is true for all of us. No matter our decisions or current path, there is always Light in us. We just need to acknowledge it and choose to follow it. However, no one but ourselves can do that for us.
Rey is an interesting character in that she had been sticking to the task of waiting for her family to come back for most of her life. Little did she know the Force, aka the Universe, had more in store for her. By seeing someone/something in need and being an honest and helpful person she found herself down a path that actually led to what she wanted all along. She said Yes. And every time she continued to say Yes, the Force within her continued to grow stronger and support her. Even without any formal training, she was able to defeat Ben because at that point she fully surrendered to the Force. She didn’t even completely understand it. How often do we do that in our own lives?
I truly believe that this was the time in my life that I was supposed to watch these movies. Like Luke, and others on their journeys, we aren’t always ready. If I had seen the movies when I was younger or even 3 years ago, I would not have made the connections that I did now and enjoyed the movies on this deeper level. It really goes to show you that everything happens in the perfect time/space sequence. Are you ready to surrender, say Yes, harness the Force with the many tools you have been given, and embark on your journey? Once you are able to make this choice, the Universe will provide the guides you need, the support to help you through, and the teachers to show you the way. You just have to say Yes and trust. May the Force be with you!
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