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How We Can Use The Wisdom of Star Wars To Fight Our Darkness Within

  • Beejal
    Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Based on FB Live 9th Sept 2017:

I have often been asked, “do you believe in God?” To which I often reply “what do you mean by god?”. You see, my concept of God changed in 1977 when I was 8 years old. From that moment, I have followed a non-religious, nongod type of path, you might call this the spiritual path.

So when did this spiritual energy journey begin?

Well, it was a cold winter’s day in Dec 1997, I was just over 8 years old when my Dad took me to watch Star Wars. It’s one of my earliest childhood memories!

I don’t I am alone when I say Star Wars was more than an incredible movie of that time, it was life changing.

The portrays the classic Hero’s Journey, set against a galactic battle, and an epic battle between evil and good, dark and light, the empire vs. Republic, Sith vs. Jedi.

Embedded into the Star Wars film was the philosophy of the Force and the Jedi Knights.

In my regression work, I have traced back my ‘awakening’ was the moment that Obi Wan Kenobi introduces Luke to the Force.

“Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”

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We had to wait another 3 years, until 1980, when Empire Strikes Back was released to learn more about the Jedi and the Force. I was 11 now and was able to better understand this concept of the force.

This was when we were introduced to Yoda and another classic moment that I even to this day, share during my speaking events. It happened just after Luke fails to raise his X-wing out of the swamp, Luke says “it’s too big, I can’t”, to which Yoda replies:

“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.”

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WOW, even when I see this clip today and hear Yoda’s words, I sense the magnitude, and a universal truth these words represent.

To be honest, I am not sure exactly what I thought, but I know this, I never saw religion in the same way again.

Around this time, I remember how the schools taught religion, and what people thought about religion, “the Christians have their God”, “The Jew’s have their God”, “the Muslims have their God”, “and the Hindu’s have thousands of gods…”

Well after watching star wars I could never relate to any religion or the concept of different God’s, or even this type of concept of God or different gods. I questioned the notion of an almighty entity that favored one religion over another, that only one path was the right path, the history of religion, and how many people have died, murdered, converted in the name of God. I remember reading a book about the Crusades, and discovering how many Christians and Muslims had died in that propaganda war… AND, what was ‘their’ God doing during this time? On a break? Missed the big event, or was the ‘his’ creation far too entertaining to stop the slaughter. Over the course of the last 2000 years, how many have died in the name of religion or their God… and what’s crazy is that here we are 2000 years later, and the insanity continues!

Back then, through my teens and early adulthood, I had no one to share my thoughts with. There was no outlet for my thoughts or spiritual groups to interact with, well at least none I knew if growing up in the UK.

I remember going to weddings or religious events and after the rituals, I would ask Hindu priest questions about Hinduism, and about the rituals performed, and no one could explain why they were doing what they were doing and answer my questions in a way that made rational sense.

Finding Spiritual Minded People
It was not until I moved to San Diego in 2000, did I start to meet like minded people, and started to learn about spirituality, spiritual practices, consciousness and energy modalities.

As I started to learn more, the concepts I learned in Star Wars were far more present in spiritual teachings. Today, we are learning that science and the emerging field of quantum physics tell us there is far more truth to the philosophy of Star Wars then I/we understood back in 1977.

However, this was no coincidence. I came to learn that the concept of ‘The Force’ was well thought out by George Lucas, who consulted Joseph Campbell, author of ‘The Power of Myth’, ‘The Hero With A Thousand Faces’.

What was called ‘The Force’ in Star Wars can be traced back to many Vedic concepts, such as ‘Brahman’ or ‘Universal Consciousness’, ‘Omnipresence’, just to name a few. The concept of energy is also not new, concepts such as Prana, Chi, Ki and healing modalities such as pranic healing, qigong, reiki, to name a few.

Even the word Yoda comes from a Sanskrit word ‘Yodha’ which can be translated to mean ‘spiritual warrior’.

The Crazy One
My friends and family know what a big Star Wars fan, many know I talk about this stuff, and I am pretty sure most think I am a little woo-woo weird crazy, but what very few realize is why! I have never really shared my ‘why’ in much detail prior to this post.

My interest in Star Wars is not merely from a film fan perspective, but because of this modern day epic, just like the great epics, such as the Hindu itihasas Mahabharata and Ramayana, teach us about many different aspects of life and our ability to access higher powers.

Battle Between Dark & Light
As mentioned earlier, the principle theme in Star Wars is the galactic battle between dark and light. However, I personally believe this represents our inner struggles, our inner battle.

I am often asked “what is success?”, or “what is my purpose?”. True success, our true purpose I believe is inline with Jedi teachings and many spiritual teachings, and that is how we can grow to be the best versions of ourselves in the time we have on this planet. This does not mean the great achievements or bank balances, although those things are also markers for our inner achievement, what I truly believe is that we have this opportunity to become beings of light, and this can only be achieved by learning how to master our emotions and mindset, only then can we ‘defeat’ the darkness, and move towards the light. To achieve this, we need to embrace the ‘Jedi’ in us!

The Deep Spiritual Significance of Darth Vader
For me, the most interesting character in Star Wars is Darth Vader. He never used to be, after all, why would I want to relate to the villain of Star Wars. However, the more I studied Darth Vader, the more I could see parts of him in me and others, and what he represents.

In 1997, we see him stride onto the big screen, and what a presence he was. Tall, powerful, strong, and he knew how to use the Force and lightsaber. However, in episode 3, we witness the epic battle with Luke, his son. And when Luke rejects the Emperor’s invitation to embrace the dark side of the Force, we see Vader sacrifice his life, saving Luke and thus it was Darth Vader who saves the day! We see him return to the light side, if only for a moment before his death.

But that’s only part of Darth Vader’s story. We have to wait almost two decades to the find out how a once innocent, yet gifted child is chosen, trained by the best Jedi Masters, and yet, in his effort to do good and save his wife, the emperor is able to use his lack of emotional mastery to seduce him to the dark side.

There’s so much more that can be said about Darth and many of the other characters, this blog would easily become a book!

My Journey With Energy Work
In 2001, I came across transpersonal hypnotherapy, and over the following years, I learned energy healing arts such as Reiki and QiGong, Breathwork, Meditation, Yoga, in addition to studies in personal development, NLP, and more recently Awakening Dynamics with Brent Phillips.

While I have been a student, I kept my studies and beliefs private, only sharing with a few close friends, torn between my beliefs and their judgment, or to be more honest, the fear of what people might think of me… fear of judgment.

My earthly attempts to develop my Jedi skills.

Why Is Any of This Relevant Today?
Science is finally catching up to what was always known several thousand years ago. Scientist, doctors, nurses, corporate leaders are using Energy healing for health, vitality, performance, creativity, relationships, and every facet of life…

…and maybe just in time!

The human race has evolved in so many ways, technology has progressed so much, we live on the brink of the onset of AI (artificial intelligence), Intelligent droids will no longer be trapped on the big screen, they’ll make themselves into our homes.
But, as a species, we suffering… we are struggling on the inside, with our dark side!

We live during a time in which more and more people are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression… In the past few months, I have lost friends to suicide, successful people drown their success in alcohol, drugs, and antidepressants… in other words, more and more people are struggling with their dark side.

While I appreciate the subject of energy work and energy healing is not well understood by the masses, I am willing to guess if you’re still reading this, you either have a deeper interest or maybe even already on the path.

The Jedi Path for Real People

I may not be a Jedi Knight traversing the galaxy, I may not be able to lift X-wings out of the swamp (not yet), nor do I have a real lightsaber (but boy I wish I did), I have in my own way, walking the Jedi path.

I continue to learn how to better tune into The Force, this universal life force energy that does not judge or favor, nor grant favors to one race or culture over another.

This path finds me learning how to better use ‘energy’ for healing self and others, and emotional release work, so that I can better fight my own battles against the dark side and in doing so help my clients do the same.

Today I use energy modalities on myself, my family and I use it to help my business coaching clients, in which we identify emotional / energy blocks and resistance and using Psychosomatic processes, we can help them release them, so they can achieve better faster easier results with less stress and more flow.

Final Thought
I leave you with this thought, in order to find the light, we have to be willing to face and embrace the darkness. And if you don’t know what scene I am referring to, I suggest you watch or rewatch Empire Strikes Back, and watch the scene in which Luke Skywalker enters the cave to face the darkness.

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Until next time, may the force be with you.

Beejel


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