On Thursday May 4th, Don shared with us his most recent presentation entitled “ A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away “
In honor of May 4th, and National Star Wars day, Don shared that when Star Wars first came out in 1977, some of the early reviews compared it to Flash Gordon. Don shared that Star Wars was inspired by many sources, including southern and eastern religions, classical mythology, Roman history, and parts of the Abrahamic religions, just to name a few. Creator George Lucas stated “ Most of the spiritual reality in the movie is based on a synthesis of all religions. A synthesis throughout all history; the way man has perceived the unknown and tried to deal with it “.
When we get to the second movie, we are introduced to Yoda, who happens to be my favorite Star Wars character. Yoda is a most unlikely example of a great warrior. But Yoda is much more than a warrior, he is the moral center of the story. Yoda is the one character that makes Star Wars tick!
Don shared that in the world of the Jedi, we are known as Padawans, the Jedi term for learners. As Yoda was a Jedi Master, he teaches many of the things we talk about here at our DBSA meetings each week.
Yoda talks about self-confidence, fear, failures, choice, darkness, the future, the force and your role in the world. He also speaks of using “ the Force “ in everyday life, and remaining positive. After all, when you start out with a negative thought, how can you truly succeed? Don reminded us that our depression lies to us, and may rob us of our confidence and our belief in ourselves.
Remember your self-strength flows from your self-belief, and you can’t succeed if you don’t believe. And your self+belief is your force. You can’t hope to get started on the past, if you don’t truly believe in yourself. Confidence and belief in yourself are prerequisites to success.
When it comes to achieving goals, it’s good to remember that smaller goals are the building blocks to smaller successes. As a starting place, when it comes to goal setting start with a small goal.
Yoda is the also a master of quotes, and Don shared a few of those with us last Thursday.
“ Size matters not, look at me. Judge me by my size do you? And well you should not. For my ally is the force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. It’s energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings we are, and 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. “
Don shared with us some thoughts on this quote. Don started with the beginning of the quote. On the outside Yoda looks small and fragile, feeble. George Lucas went out of his way to make the most powerful and wisest in the galaxy to look this way. Simply put, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.
We are all flawed, but we all have our strengths. Look for strengths in yourself and others.
Remember we are far more important than what we believe. In life, experience leads to more self-confidence. Yoda talks about “the Force “ with regard to the energy that surrounds us and binds us. To use your energy and live in the past takes away from our future.
Don shared that here Yoda is talking about shared beliefs. When we meet as a group at DBSA, we are a group energy. Our shared experiences bind us and allow us strength to say things we may not say anywhere else.
Anger, fear and aggression are on the dark side. When we are trying to be our best selves, we need all our energy focused in a positive direction. There is no room for the negative. Remember to live in the past takes away from our future. Let your dark past be your past. We must acknowledge fear before we can overcome it.
Another one of my favorite Yoda quotes is “ The greatest teacher failure is”
In other words, learning from failure, rather than repeating it, is a true sign you are on your way to recovery. We must take every opportunity to improve ourselves. The future will offer many choices for you. When making choices, take a breath, be at peace with your choices. To be a Jedi is to face the truth, be a candle in the night.