Star Wars utilizes the fictional concept of the “Force”, which Obi-Wan Kenobi describes as an energy field created by all living things, which surrounds and penetrates us as it binds the galaxy together. Although the Force flows through every living being, the power of the force could only be harnessed by “force-sensitives”. The Force, which can be used for good and bad, is of utmost importance to the Jedi and Sith orders who use the Force for selflessness and self-power, respectively.
Minus the captivating powers and advantages associated with Star Wars’ concept of ” the Force,” is it too far-fetched to think that the force already exists within all of us? Afterall, we are all connected to each other and the universe by something that holds us together; possibly a life force. The concept of a life force is found in many ancient cultures of the world. For example, in China it is called “chi”; in India it is called “prana”; in Japan “ki”; and in Hawai “mana”. In each of these cultures, the concept of a life force is essential to their forms of medicine and healing. All the above cultures also convey the identical message that this life force can be balanced and developed in order to overcome illness, enhance mental and athletic capabilities, as well as reach higher levels of consciousness.
Perhaps the Force which is already present in us just needs to be acknowledged and developed so that it can be harnessed to effect the world around us, just as the fictional characters of Stars Wars seemingly do.
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