What is the nature of ‘The Force’ in the Star Wars films? Are there higher dimensional abilities depicted by characters in The Last Jedi? Are the Jedi ideas and use of The Force something that is ultimately destructive, not useful? These questions – and more – begin to be explored…
It is known that there are up to 12 dimensions of existence or consciousness. Tom Kenyon speaks of the 9th and 10th dimensions. We speak of dimensions of consciousness, and consciousness by its nature, communicates its presence, its self. Dimensions however, are not spiritual nor religious in and of themselves. They are simply realms (loka in Sanskrit) of existence and consciousness.
If we look to depictions of the Force in the latest Star Wars offering, we find that Princess Leia Organa uses the Force to preserve her body; Kylo Ren and Rey have an internal connection across galaxies (explained as the work of the Sith Lord); and (deceased) Master Yoda appears and destroys sacred texts of the Jedi Knights with a thunderstorm. Which dimensions do these events occur in? Whilst the movie depicts this as an audio visual 3-dimensional experience, from where does Master Yoda come? Which dimension is that? Is the Force – simply limited to 3rd dimensional life and consciousness or is the Force something that belongs to all dimensions?
The Jedi Order mostly consists of polymaths: teachers, philosophers, scientists, engineers, physicians, diplomats and warriors. The Jedi value knowledge and wisdom, and serve others through acts of charity, citizenship, and volunteering; this ideology is a recurring theme in the Star Wars universe. Their traditional weapon is the light sabre, a device which generates a blade-like plasma powered by a kyber crystal.
The Jedi Code
The Jedi Code was a set of rules that governed the behaviour of the Jedi Order. It taught its followers to not give in to feelings of anger toward other life-forms, which would help them resist fear and prevent them from falling to the dark side of the Force.
- There is no emotion, there is peace.
- There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
- There is no passion, there is serenity.
- There is no chaos, there is harmony.
- There is no death, there is the Force
The Force is a metaphysical and ubiquitous power in the Star Wars mileau. In the story, the Jedi utilize the “light side” of the Force, while the Sith exploit what is known as the “dark side”. The Force is said to have aspects of several world religions, and the phrase “May the Force be with you” has become part of the popular Star Wars lingo.
Obi-Wan Kenobi describes the Force as “an energy field created by all living things” in Star Wars. While there appears to be no developed religious symbolism in the Star Wars movies around the Force, it is appealed to often by characters, who sometimes say, “The Force is with us“. There is no philosophical development nor exploration of the Force as a subject in and of itself, and it is repeatedly presented as a binary either/or energy form, and does not have any unexplored dimensions. There is no grey area with the Force.
On the other hand, deceased people can appear with what is called a force body. Here, in this screenshot from Return of the Jedi (1983) featuring Anakin Skywalker, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, who are all deceased. Some call these ghosts. To what dimension do these light-forms (who can communicate and cause storms, etc.) belong?
The Last Jedi
The last scene from the earlier film The Force Awakens has Rey presenting Luke Skywalker with his light sabre. When we return to this scene in The Last Jedi, Skywalker takes the light-sabre proffered, examines it and tosses it over his shoulder, causing confusion for Rey. Luke has abandoned the Force and his Jedi ways so the last thing he wants is his light sabre.
A question has to be asked. When Luke drops his light-sabre, is this a symbolic action of “passing the torch on”? Is this “Skywalker out” just like President Obama dropping the microphone? Fast forward to the final scene with Rey speaking with Leia: “wisdom will come” she tells Rey. Leia’s language is one of hope, the Empire, the return of righteousness and justice to the galaxies. In 40 years from the first Star Wars movie, we have come from “A New Hope” to the remnant of “The Last Jedi”. Is there something to be discovered about the Force, which individuals have the Force and in what strength?
(to be continued) …
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