I’ve been re-watching the original Star Wars Trilogy — man, that was genius! I think there is a religion based on the George Lucas’ vision in Star Wars, where the Force is all-powerful and the Jedi are its operatives, and I think I want to join it.
Remember this scene from The Empire Strikes Back?
Luke is upside down, balancing on one hand, practicing moving rocks with the power of the force. R2D2 starts beeping as, suddenly, his ship starts sinking into the bog. It distracts Luke, he drops Yoda and falls down. Going to the edge of the bog, he whines, “oh no! We’ll never get it out now!” Luke says.
“So certain are you.” Yoda sighs and looks down. “Always with you it cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?”
“Master, moving stones around is one thing. This is totally different!”
“No! No different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.”
Luke turns toward the ship and says reluctantly, “alright, I’ll give it a try.”
“No! Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
Luke exhales, stretches out his hand and the ship starts to rise out of the water, bubbling, but then sinks back down. Luke gives up, sighing. He is exhausted. “I can’t. It’s too big.”
Yoda shakes his head. “Size matters not. Look at me? Judge me by my size, do you. Hmm? Hmm. And where 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 land and ship.”
Luke stands up and hautily says, “you want the impossible.”
Yoda watches him walk away, bows his head and stretches out his three-fingered hand. He lifts the ship from the bog, and R2D2 starts beeping excitedly. He moves the ship more-or-less effortlessly over the water onto a dry area of land, focusing, but not straining.
Luke walks around the ship, amazed. “I don’t – I don’t believe it!”
“That is why you fail.”
Yoda knows. He’s a source of wisdom in this Universe. We fail because we think things are impossible. We whine, and refuse to see our potential. We can tap the power of the Universe, by focusing our thoughts and believing that we can do it. There is no try.
Here’s the clip for you to watch. Enjoy!