When Daniel M. Jones founded the Church of Jediism back in 2007, he could not have forseen the attention his burgeoning movement would get.
Essentially an online community for Star Wars lovers wishing to live like modern Jedis, Jones was effectively able to parlay his love of the franchise into a movement that has helped countless fans the world tackle issues concerning their emotions, communication skills and even self-defence.
The Church of Jediism is all about providing the tools to aid wellbeing and fight the “Dark side” that exists in each and every one of us.
Now Daniel is looking to take the word of the Jedi to the masses, with his new book “Become the Force” as much an autobiography as a text for those looking to learn the ways of the force. So how can the Church of Jediism really improve your life? Here are seven simple tips that come straight from the Jedi master himself.
Believe In Yourself.
Yoda:“No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.”
Luke:“I don’t, I don’t believe it.”
Yoda:“That is why you fail.”
“The simple empowering message here is to truly believe in yourself. The Force is self belief and self mastery. We can be inspired by characters like Luke and how they survive insurmountable odds by discovering that their true power comes within them.”
We Are All Connected
Yoda: “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 metaphor of the Force teaches us that we are all connected, regardless of sex, colour, creed, religion, race, culture, or species. We are all one and therefore should not try to harm each other.
“All life is to be honoured and this teaching can help us feel more empathy and respect for others and all living things on this planet.”
We Are All A Mix Of Good And Bad
Yoda: “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
“Research has suggested that negative emotions, like anger, hate and fear can cause negative effects to a person’s physical and mental health and positive emotions, like love, joy and compassion can significantly improve physical and emotional health. Annekin’s gradual descent to the dark side of the Force is a parable dedicated to the destructive power of negative emotions.
“However, Star Wars also shows us that there is both dark and light inside each one of us and nothing in this life is ever completely straightforward. Often the way forward has to be found in a compromise or grey area between positive and negative or learning to control rather than eliminate the negative. In the words of Obi Wan, ‘Only the Sith deal in absolutes.'”
Our Thoughts Create Our Reality
Qui-Gon: “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”
“What we think about we attract into our lives and creates our tomorrows for better or for worse. Knowing this we should invest our time, our thoughts and our energy in things and in people and situations that we feel passionate about and in making our dreams a reality rather than focusing on the negative or superficial distractions.”
Believe in Eternity
Obi-Wan: “If you strike me down I will rise more powerful than you can imagine”
“Obi Wan allows Darth to kill him but in the movies that follow his spirit lives on. He knows that in death he is ‘more powerful’ than he ever could be when he was alive.
“In other words his legacy inspires Luke to greatness. Whether you believe in an afterlife or not the idea that we can live on through our good deeds or the inspiration we give others is an empowering one.”
The Power of Patience and Perseverance
Han Solo: “Never tell me the odds“
“The movies are very long ones and typically the hero or heroine has to bide their time and overcome insurmoutable struggles, both internal and external, before victory is theirs. Things never come easy for them and this teaches us the importance of perseverance, hard work, discipline, will power, patience and delayed gratification.
“Luke and the rebels, for instance, face incredible odds and defeat but they never give up. Effort and persistence are the keys to their success, rather than the power of their light sabres.”
Without Humour Life Sucks
Leia: “I don’t know where you get your delusions, laserbrain.”
“When life is tough it is easy to become bitter or to panic or to lose hope but all these approaches will simply make things worse. Humour can bring a sense of perspective and lighten the mood so we can regroup. It also raise the energy and gives people courage they didn’t think they had.
“Humour also helps us to let go of hate by making hate seem ridiculous and pointless. It shows that as long as we hold onto fear, regret and hate we are trapped by a delusion. In the Star Wars universe letting of the past and negativity is the only way to become the force and be truly free.”
Become the Force by Daniel M. Jones, the founder of the Church of Jediism is out on November 16 and available to pre-order on Amazon now.