Is Star Wars based on Tai Ji philosophy?
A couple of days ago, I went to watch the new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
I never knew why it was and is still is such a hype. I never really liked watching these movies and am certainly no avid fan. But, a while ago I read an article that Star Wars is based on Tai Ji (Daoist) philosophy and being an avid Tai Ji practitioner, I wanted to see it with that kind of mind.
And I loved the movie and recognized many things that were based on Tai Ji philosophy. You have the Light and Dark Side (Yin Yang). But both are not entirely dark and light: people move over to the Dark side and both sometimes flow into each other, like Yin Yang.
The Force is everywhere and you need to tap into the Force within you to become a good Jedi. This is the same as nature or Universe in Tai Ji. With Tai Ji, you also have to practice to create more awareness in the world around you. When in the last movie Luke Skywalker teaches Ray to meditate, it’s entirely according to Tai Ji principles.
The Force within you is your internal energy, called Qi and through Tai Ji practice and meditation it becomes stronger until some Daoist monks can prolong their life and can even go into immortality. It is the same in Star Wars, where for example Master Yoda becomes a guiding spirit for Jedi masters.
The Wu Wei – Nothingness, a state of non-action is translated into the Code of the Jedi. Wu Wei states that the best action is sometimes no action, your inner nature has to be in harmony with the natural laws around you. Same as with the Jedi Master who has to follow the Force. He can’t resist it, can’t control it. He needs to feel the Force and let it guide him to the best action.
And so on. I can go on and on about examples of how Star Wars relates to Tai Ji. I invite you to go and watch the new movie and see for yourself.
I really love that even America bases such a multi-billion production on ancient Chinese philosophy. And that it has such a success among people all over the world should be a sign for Chinese to embrace their traditional culture. America can be the one that makes it into a fake, supernatural sci-fi movie, but it’s up to China to take it as a marketing tool to show how effective their ancient wisdom is.
Chinese culture nowadays is getting too much influence from American consumerism and Chinese people look up to American culture. Funny to see that Americans, or at least Hollywood is looking at Chinese culture and finds its inspiration there.
Indulge yourself in this new movie and learn all about the ancient teachings of old Daoist masters!
May the Qi be with you!