If you are a fan of the Star Wars world then you may have fantasized about how fun it would be to actually become a Jedi. Well, what if I told you that many of the main abilities of the Jedi are things that you could learn to do by following some basic consciousness techniques and mindfulness meditation?
Let’s break down the basic and most common abilities displayed by the Jedi and see what types of techniques we could use in order to attain those abilities.
1. Sensing the Force
The first and most common thing that distinguishes a force sensitive being from the rest is their ability to feel and connect with the force.
“Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
If you think about this from a metaphysical point of view the force is our connection to oneness. It’s our ability to sense that connection and use it to enhance ourselves for peace and to help the natural flow and balance of the universe.
Meditation, yoga, reiki, mindfulness and other techniques have been used for a long time in order to increase and fine tune our senses so that we are better able to sense the ‘force’ around us.
2. Superhuman Reflexes
The next most common ability of the Jedi is their superhuman reflexes. This ability gives them the edge when it comes to dodging laser blasts, dueling with lightsabers, bouncing back blaster fire, driving podracers, being able to accurately leap or fall great distances, etc.
In order for a person in our world to be able to train their reflexes enough so that they could appear to be superhuman and react in less than a moment’s notice they would be have to slow down their perception of time and become fully present. Kairos time or ‘God’s time’ is created when a person enters flow, or ‘the zone’, and begins operating fully in the moment.
The best way to train for this state is to use mindfulness techniques in order to fully immerse and train the physical senses while also practicing a form of ego-transcending mindset known as the Observer Consciousness.
Observer Consciousness is where you become aware of all of your senses, emotions, and thoughts, but you are completely neutral to them. You enter a higher state where you aren’t ruled by your ego or chemical emotions but instead trust your higher feelings, intuition, and can see truth unclouded. This is when you will be able to see and react without missing a beat mentally, physically, or verbally.
3. Connection to other Jedi’s
Jedi’s often talk about feeling each other through the force. When one of them dies or is in great pain the more sensitive Jedi’s sense the ‘disturbance in the force’ and feel that pain with that person. This is what being an empath is all about.
Unfortunately, because of a lack of training and emotional balancing, many empaths see their extra sensitivity as a curse because they can feel others pain and are unable to function easily around those who are hurting or projecting their emotions.
The way a super sensitive Jedi would deal with this is a mix of two techniques where they focus on projecting their own will (light) and stay in a neutral observer consciousness. When you are neutral the waves of other people’s emotions flow through and around you without sticking on you. When you are positive or negative you can attract other people’s emotions making it hard to tell the difference between yourself and others.
When you are neutral you can observe your own feelings, chemical based emotions, and clearly see what is coming from those around you. When you are neutral the emotions don’t hit you like a ton of bricks and you are more able to respond with strength and balance. The only way an empath can help another person is from a space of balance.
Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, being present and chakra alignment techniques are some of the best ways to become balanced and stay present. Once you are in this state you can see what is going on with you and those around you so that you can better resolve issues.
4. Force Jump
The next ability that a Jedi can do is strengthening or augmenting their own body with the force. They can use this strengthening to respond quickly and more accurately in times of danger. If a person was able to sense the force while being present mentally and then enhance their basic physical senses with mindfulness and exercise then they could learn to combine the two into what would appear to be superhuman strength.
Hypnotism, meditation, and other mind-over-matter techniques have been used to push the mental barriers in order to enhance the body for thousands of years.
5. Seeing the past/future
In times of meditation when you do not need to stay fully present a Jedi may use their force sensing and higher awareness to observe what happened in the past or what is likely to happen in the future. Pattern recognition is important in awareness and can be used in order to observe evidence from the past and predict what is to come.
Much like Sherlock Holmes when you are able to see more of what is around you will be able to see truth more clearly. You can also predict many moves forward much like in a game of chess when you can see patterns in people and society at large. The trick to this is realizing your own power of influence that can change the outcome of an event through your actions and awareness.
A Jedi could also tap into a higher state of third eye awareness known as recall. Unlike the foggy and emotional bias of memory, recall is where a person literally rewinds their mind and observes a past event from a neutral third party point of view. This gives them the ability to see what happened with clarity in order to heal, adjust for the future, and avoid making the same mistake twice.
With training and oneness connection, this type of past and future remote viewing could be used to observe any event in time space even if the body of the person using the technique wasn’t present.
6. Jedi Mind Trick
Force of will on another person is one of the most controversial abilities of the Jedi. Many people feel that influencing the mind of another person is wrong. However with great ethical debate you can see how a Jedi would use the technique in order to avoid a conflict that would end in someone being harmed.
Once a person can sense the energy or force coming from another person because of observer consciousness it would be quite simple to know what to say or do in order to sway a person to act a certain way or bring them back into a state of balance and peace.
Depending on what you are trying to accomplish this ability isn’t too hard if you are balanced, neutral and have your own strong sense of intuition and will. If you visualize projecting light from your chakras you will find that your ability to influence those around you is strong even if they don’t consciously see what is going on. This is where the Jedi needs to make sure they are doing things for the good of all involved and not using this to manipulate for power or gain. That is the path to the dark side.
Last but not least the Jedi is able to connect with the force around them in such a strong way that they are able to influence physical objects from a distance. If you think about this scientifically you can see how each object in the universe has its own frequency that its particles are vibrating at. If a Jedi was sensitive enough to feel that energy field they could find a way to influence that object with their own energy field in order to move it.
This is where a Jedi would need to be able to use all of the techniques we have gone over in order to enhance their ability to reach and manipulate the thing they are trying to move. Perhaps the Jedi would be changing the magnetics around the object or just altering the energy of the object itself.
Once we see that time, space and distance are merely illusions of the mind then we will be able to heal, move objects and have a much greater influence on the world around us.
“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well 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 the land and the ship.” -Yoda when he uses the force to lift the ship out of the water.
What other abilities in the Star Wars Universe do you think we could attain? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.