Did you know that you can actually use Jedi meditations from Star Wars?
Ever since Jedi became an officially recognised religion in the UK, people have been trying techniques from Star Wars, including meditation.
There are tons of life lessons from Star Wars.
And for my Galactic Credits, the absolute best lessons from Star Wars are about meditation.
Jedi meditations can help us to relax, to be more mindful, to have far better mental health, and do discover our chi, which in Star Wars is called the force.
As a meditation teacher, I have actually taught Jedi meditation techniques to many people, which is quite natural for me because most of the philosophy in Star Wars is based on Zen.
Zen is a form of Mahayana Buddhism and is all about understanding the world directly, beyond thoughts and language. Much of the philosophy of Star Wars comes from Zen. Another influence on George Lucas’ Star Wars was Taoism, which is a religion based on being true to our real nature, living in harmony with the universe, and cultivating chi (the energy that “The Force” is based on).
Combine Zen with Taoist and you get the philosophy of Stat Wars, encompassing everything from The Force to Jedi meditations.
In Star War, we learn most of the philosophy and Jedi meditation techniques via yoga, who is one of the best spiritual movie characters ever.
In this guide I will teach you how to do Jedi meditations like Yoga and Luke.
First up, here’s my Youtube video on Star Wars meditations. The article continues below.
3 Ways To Learning Jedi Meditation Like Yoda
1. Reach out and feel the force
As Yoda says, “My ally is the force. . .”
But what is the force?
The “Universal Life Force” is also called “Qi”.
Qi is vital to a lot of different spiritualities and religions and is used in alternative medicine.
The life force is the primordial energy of life.
Energy creates life, makes it grow. Without energy, there is nothing.
Yoda teaches Luke to feel the force. And all aspiring Jedi must do the same thing.
So if you want to be a Jedi, you need to feel the force.
Take 5 minutes to try this Qi meditation technique. It’s the actual spiritual method that most Jedi meditation techniques are based on.
2. Use Jedi Meditation To “Unlearn what you have learned”
“You must unlearn what you have learned.”
This quote is one of the essential parts of Yoda’s meditation techniques.
But why would you want to unlearn what you have learned? Because knowledge is a paradox.
Humanbeings are limited by the things they think they know.
When Luke visits Yoda on Degobah, Luke tells him that he cannot lift the X-Wing out of the swamp. It is “impossible”. Why is it impossible for Luke to do this? Because, as a human with no knowledge of the force, it seems obvious that such a feat should be impossible to Luke. But Yoda knows that Luke could potentially lift the X-Wing out of the swamp. So why doesn’t he?
In Luke’s mind he is living in a world where it is simply impossible to lift huge objects using the mind. So Luke determines that he cannot do it. And it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Yoda then lifts the X-Wing out himself to prove to Luke that such things are possible. But even when he sees this miracle, he cannot believe it.
“That is why you fail,” says Yoda.
Luke fails because he knows that it is impossible to lift a massive ship out of a swamp using your mind (the force). And because he “knows” it is impossible, it is impossible for him in that moment.
To “know” is to limit the possibilities of your world. Stop knowing. Unlearn what you have learned.
When we learn Jedi meditations (and more traditional meditations), we realise that the things we have “learned” are just thoughts in our heads. Learn that “Luminous being are we”.
3. Connect with your Luminous Being
Yoda explains to Luke that we are not this “crude measure” but that we are “luminous beings.”
What is a “luminous being”?
Luminous means “lit-up”. So naturally, Yoda is saying we are made of light.
We are not physical entities. We are pure energy.
Here’s a mind opener: Your light is your consciousness.
Yoda is telling Luke that our physical form does not confine us but that we are an infinity of energy channelled through the miracle of consciousness.
But how do you become that energy?
Or rather, how do you realise that you already are that energy?
This side of the force is actually based on Daoism, an Eastern religion that teachs that life is made of Qi and that health and wellbeing are based on how we manage that life force within us.
Take a look at my guide to Taoist Meditation. You will be amazed how much of Start Wars comes from Taoism. Moany of the Jedi meditation techniques are based on Daoism.
How Jedi Meditations Stop The Fear, Anger And Hate That Lead Anakin To Darth Vader
One of the main benefits of Jedi meditations is that they stop anger.
Yoda explains precisely why this is so important: “Once you strike down the dark path forever will it dominate your destiny; consume you it will, as it did Obi Wan’s apprentice.”
The story of Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker is, in some ways, incredibly realistic. And we all go through what Anakin went through, at least to some extent.
We might not have Darth Vader’s strengths. We might not be able to move objects with the mind. But we do have the same enemy as Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. I’m not talking about Emperor Palpatine, but rather our thoughts, fears, hatred and anger.
As Yoda says, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
Yoda foretells Darth Vader’s fate because he has “Seen much fear” in him.
This is one of the best yoda quotes and it is very true.
Fear, anger and hate are the enemies of us all. When we are afraid, we have two choices: we either overcome our fear (as Luke does) or we are consumed by it, as Darth Vader is.
Darth Vader fears to lose his love, a love who just so happens to be called “Padme Amidala.”
Where Padme Amidala’s Name Comes From
Did you know: The name Padme Amidala comes from the Buddhist mantra Om Mani Padme Hum.
Padme can be translated as meaning Lotus (as in Lotus flower, and also as in the Boddhisvata Jewel-Lotus, who symbolises compassion). Amidala comes from the Amida Buddha of the Pure Lands beliefs (1).
Padme Amidala represents the notion summed up by the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra, which is a mantra (chant) used in Buddhism.
Padme’s character represents the idea of living with right intention (compassion) on the right path towards enlightenment, as taken from the Noble Eight Fold Path of Buddhism. (2)
So long as Padme is alive, Anakin Skywalker stays on the right path, the pure, Jedi path. If she were to stay alive Anakin would move towards enlightenment (he would become a Jedi Master). If Padme dies, Anakin Skywalker loses his purity because he loses his compassion, falls off the “Noble Path” and becomes Darth Vader.
But it isn’t Padme’s death that causes Anakin Skywalker to become Darth Vader. It is his fear of her death.
Fear is the issue. And another thing Jedi meditations help us with is fear.
The problem for Anakin is not reality, it is not the fact that Padme is ill, it is his fear of her death, which is why he turns into Darth Vader before she dies.
Fear is a delusional mode of thinking that is the construct of the mind. This is something we learn when we practice fear meditations.
When we do Jedi meditations, as Yoda advocates, we let go of fear. But Anakin cannot, and that is why he becomes Darth Vader.
If only Anakin Skywalker could have differentiated his fear of reality from reality itself, he never would have become Darth Vader.
That is perhaps the most important message in the entire Star Wars saga.
- Let go of fear, let go of anger, let go of hate, and you will live on the noble path towards becoming enlightened—towards becoming a Jedi Master.
- Allow your anger, fear and hate to consume you, and you will fall into ignorance and become the Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader’s story sums up many of the reasons why people learn to meditate. Meditation techniques, including Jedi meditation, are the best way to release your mind from fear, anger, hate and other delusional modes of thought. When we learn to meditate, we clear and purify our minds.
“But how am I to know the good side from the bad?” asks Luke.
“You will,” says Yoda, “when you are calm and at peace.”
Jedis meditate to cultivate the inner peace that leads them to become Jedi Masters.
5 Life Lessons From Star Wars
1: To do Jedi Meditation
Meditation is shown all over Star Wars.
Yoda, the Jedi master, is shown meditating many times.
Yoda advocates a clarity of mind and inner peace.
A master of philosophy, Yoda is always speaking of the importance of inner peace, which is obtained from meditation.
But just how does a Jedi meditate?
Learning to meditate is quite easy and can be self-taught—though there are many meditation schools and meditation teachers for those interested.
To do a simple meditation, go somewhere quiet, sit comfortably and focus your mind on your breathing. That’s it! Simply sit for ten minutes focusing on your breath, and you will calm your mind.
2: Remove fear, anger, and hate with Jedi meditations
Yoda says to Anakin Skywalker that “Fear is the path to the darkside” leading to anger, hate and suffering. Fear leads to the suffering of both the fearful person themselves (who suffers fear) and the people around them, who suffer from the negative emotions of the fearful individual.
Though you could write a thesis on the dangers of hate, anger and fear, suffice to say that if you live your life in the shackles of these three great negatives, you will significantly limit yourself and live an unhappy life.
By letting go of fear, anger and hate, we create peace and love
To do this, challenge your fearful ways of thinking with more positive ways.
To be a Jedi, we need to master our thoughts. The best way to do this is to use some positive thinking.
3: The Right Path
Star Wars is all about walking the right path.
Anakin Skywalker diverts from the right path and ends up becoming Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker walks the right path, saves Anakin Skywalker from Darth Vader and saves the day. It’s essential to make sure that every step you take is on the right path. Ask yourself before making a decision “Which path is this moving me down, the good or the bad?”
Stay vigilant with your mind, and you will guide yourself towards success.
Another critical difference between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader is humility.
In the prequel Star Wars trilogy, Anakin Skywalker fails to show humility. He is offended by being told that is not yet a Jedi Master (in Revenge of the Sith) and, because of this, chooses to try to become more powerful by getting closer to Emperor Palpatine.
Anakin believes he is the most powerful Jedi in the universe and will do anything to prove himself right, but this only leads him to become a pawn of the Emperor.
Conversely, Luke Skywalker never craves power.
Both The Emperor and Darth Vader offer Luke the chance to rule the universe, but he doesn’t give in to temptation. It is Luke’s humility that leads him to success where Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader failed.
Humility is one of the twenty-four character strengths that lead to positive, happy and successful lives. Get past your ego, and you’re set for success.
5: Not believing? That is why you fail.
One of the most famous scenes in the entire Star Wars saga is Luke’s training on Degobah.
In this sequence, Yoda is teaching Luke about the force. Yoda asks Luke to use the force to move his ship out of the swamp. Luke tries but fails. Yoda then moves the ship, to which Luke says “I don’t believe it” and Yoda, in arguably his most famous quote, says “That is why you fail.”
Luke had failed to have an open mind, to believe that something seemingly magical could actually happen.
This is the peril of a closed mind. It limits possibilities. Again, this is why we must “unlearn what we have learned” in order to open the mind. If we do not have an open mind, if we are not willing to open our eyes to alternative possibilities, we limit ourselves to our current mode of thinking.
Simply opening our mind leads us to see the possibilities in life.
Can you feel the force?
Have you tried doing the Jedi meditations? How did you feel after?
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