Hey Friends, I know its been awhile since I've written. I have been joking that instead of calling this the Word of the Month, I should call it the Word of the Year *insert sheepish emoji*. Thanks for your patience, and please read the bar to the left as I have some really exciting offerings coming up!
Happy May the Fourth!
I love Star Wars! I am that geek who spends way too much time re-watching ALL 7 episodes (yes even episodes 1-3), the Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels. I relish in the experience of being whisked away to a galaxy far away, where the technology, species, and environments may be exotic to my earthly existence, but the human (or humanoid, or alienoid) experience resembles the same triumphs, aspirations, heartaches, and doubts of my own Soul.
In all sincerity, I consider Yoda one of my greatest teachers. Perhaps it is his ageless wisdom, perhaps it is Jedi heart, or perhaps it is his signature broken grammar, but Yoda's conveyance of universal Truth, of the Force, penetrates my often scattered mind and concealed heart. As he began to create Star Wars, George Lucas was inspired by various mythologies, including those of eastern philosophies, and believed that great stories of Universal Truth could unite us.
Like all great Jedi, Master Yoda recognizes, utilizes, and honors the Source of Life that flows through all galaxies, all living beings, and every spec of matter. Yoda simply is a willing conduit for the power in the universe which enhances our participation in life and brightens our perspective. In the Star Wars universe we know this energy as the Force, in Yoga we call it Prana.
“Prana is the soul of the universe assuming all forms.
It is the light that animates and illuminates all.”
~The Prasna Upanishad
Prana, or the Force, is the universal principle of energy, movement, and expression. It is born from the vastness of Brahman or the Source of all existence.
bṛh - to be, or expand: to make firm, solid, promote
men - definite power, supporting or fundamental principle
The tangible Universe that we live in is the physical realization of pure love and unconditional acceptance, or Brahman. As we look up at the night sky, we see that the black canvas of space graciously holds every galaxy (especially those ones far, far away:), every star system, every solar system, every planet, every atom, every cell, and every being within its reach. The Universe, or Brahaman doesn't judge the timing of a star's life-cycle nor does it prohibit any of our choices, deeds, or perceptions. It is simply a container that welcomes every experience and allows every bit of us. Brahman allows us and our flow of Prana to be.
Prana wants to move. It wants to move through us to create new moments, thoughts, and feelings, for the sole purpose of expanding into something new. When space and stillness is created, Prana flows.
pra - to fill, constant,
na - Movement
If movement and allowing are the building blocks of existence, as yogis (or Jedi) our work is to experience, cultivate, and direct this vital life force into the universe. In the moments that we experience stillness and acceptance in our own bodies we nurture a free flowing breath. In the moments we open our minds and release the grip of judgement and criticism, when we open to the flow of the Force, we harness the power of light and we realize that we are the stuff that stars are made of.
"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."
~Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
May the Force Be with You!