The Force is the mystical energy that surrounds and bind the Star Wars Universe. Many people think that, even if the concept of the Force is a wonderful artistic idea, it has nothing to do with real magic. This is an interpretation. Another interpretation is the one that considers the Force as a sort of space magic. Real magic, projected in a space-fantasy opera.
In Star Wars Universe, the Force is something that allows people who use it to perform extraordinary acts. Behind this performance, apparently, there is a long training. But if we go deeper in the old trilogy movies, we will discover that there was not a real training for Luke Skywalker.
Luke used the Force for the first time on the Millennium Falcon, guided by Obi Wan Kenobi. The only teaching that he received at that time was to trust his instinct (“I suggest you try it again, Luke. Only this time, let go your conscious self and act on instinct. Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them. Stretch out with your feelings”). In the next movie Luke was trained by the Jedi Master Yoda, and, beside the physical part of the training, the biggest part of the many lessons that Luke received was focused on “believing” and on “There is no try. Do or not do”.
In the recent movies, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Rey becomes very strong with the Force with no training at all. All that she needs is to realize the power that she has and use it. Even during her training with an old Luke, all the concept transmitted were about awareness. To be conscious of what you are, and to act consequently to make your dreams come true.
The moment in which Rey faces the dark side, in the cave, reflect the Luke’s one in The Empires Comes Back and shows to Rey only herself. The Dark Side way appears to Rey only when she has doubts on who her parents are, and consequently who she is. By knowing that her parents were no one, Rey is free to define herself, to write her story into the Universe and control the power that is inside her. The path is free for the self-realization. In The Last Jedi, Luke is about to burn down the sacred Jedi texts and then ghost Yoda does it instead. When Luke bemoans the loss, Yoda tells him that Rey possesses all the knowledge already.
There is no need for training to use the Force. The training is more directed to control it, or to use the light saber in a proper way or with a certain style. Meditation, martial arts, mystical vision, are just tools that the Jedi use to better perform their magic. This is exactly the same that a magician does. In this sense, the Force is a sort of space-magic, because is strictly related to the willpower. It is an energy that we have inside us, the energy that allows us to change the reality in which we live according to our will. The only way we have to use it is to truly discover ouselves.
There is no need for training to use magic. Yoga, meditation, self-control practics, the creation of magical systems, spells, conjures are not part of the training of the magician, but just tools that a magician can use to strengthen his willpower. The power of the Jedi comes from the Force; the power of a magician comes from his Will.
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