“Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wans apprentice.” ~Yoda
Call it Brahma, Atman, Allah, God, enlightenment, Tao, Shakti, Nirvana or consciousness, the nature of ultimate reality is evident in religious philosophies around the world. The Force is within all of us, so why do we fight and give into the dark side when peace and love are at the heart of all spirituality? Could it be the ultimate LACK of faith or are we just hard wired for conflict?
Let’s step back, and look at it scientifically. “It is a bit of an irony that the same evolved mechanisms that enhance ingroup compassion and sacrifice also contribute greatly to intergroup conflict,” says Steve Neuberg, an evolutionary psychologist. In other words the very traits that make us social yet uniquely individual beings, create an us vs. them mentality as a way to protect our resources.
There appears to be a (slow) global shift in spirituality. Some studies say we’re becoming ‘less religious‘ while there are indications that we are amidst a vast spiritual awakening.
“Religion comes from the Latin word, legare, meaning “to connect.” And the prefix, re, means again. Inspiration comes from the Latin, inspirare, with an original meaning to “breathe in spirit.”
I happen to lean towards the latter. I think that while we’re gravitating away from organized religion in some respects, we’re moving toward a more unified spiritual consciousness. Perhaps we’re all looking for religious inspiration, seeking the Ultimate Reality, consciousness, God to bring meaning to our lives and the devastation and conflict that exists in the world.
What do you think? Are we we Jedis or Siths that have fallen to the dark side? Meditate on this, I will.
May the force be with you.
– Your Charmed Yogi
Bonus: The Wisdom of Yoda Poster (courtesy of Deviant Art)