Inner Sanctum
 Derek's Private Study

The Tao of Star Wars

February 17, 2005

In the first movie (the fourth one in the whole saga), Obiwan Kenobi advises young Luke Skywalker to trust his feelings. This exactly parallels the emphasis in the Tao on intuition and inner wisdom over logic and rationality.

At the end of that movie, as Luke is rushing forth in the Deathstar trench, at the last moment he decides to do without computer-guided targeting and just trust his connection with the Force... this is strongly symbolic of the pivotal moment in a Tao cultivator's spiritual path, when he or she finally recognizes the limitations of book knowledge (symbolized by targeting equipment) and learns to tap into the flow of the Tao (the Force) and use it as a guide to life.