Spoiler alert! This post talks about a key scene in The Force Awakens, so if you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading now!
Do you use force, or do you use THE Force?
By THE Force, I’m referring to the mystical energy described in the Star Wars saga. You know, energy that binds us together and guides our movements. Now, of course this isn’t a real thing, in the sense of a Dark Side and a Light Side and Jedi Knights. On the other hand, we are surrounded by energy, which different religions call by many different names. Chi, Ki, the Holy Spirit, life force, spirit, soul, etc.
If you’ve seen The Force Awakens, then you’ve seen the moment when Rey stops using force and starts using the Force, during her duel with Kylo Ren.
Rey and Kylo are at the edge of a precipice, and he has the upper hand, literally. They are face to face, and Kylo seizes the chance to recruit Rey. He offers to teach her the ways of the Force. And Rey’s face slowly transforms as she thinks about the offer. She says nothing, but her actions give a definitive answer. She steps under his light saber, using his strength against him, and goes on to win the duel.
I believe in that moment Rey has her first real awakening of the Force. She realizes that if she continues the duel in her own strength, using plain old force, she will likely lose. But if she chooses to trust The Force, the mysterious energy that gave her such great flying ability on the Millennium Falcon, she will win.
This is the difference between using force and using THE Force. We are capable of extraordinary deeds, accomplished through our strength alone. But when we align ourselves with something greater than ourselves, we are capable of doing mind boggling things. Like Rey, we can release striving in our own strength and allow this other strength to flow through us.
This is, in a nutshell, what I help my clients do. I spent years and years accomplishing things in my own strength. I was successful, but I was also exhausted. As I spent time meditating, praying, and seeking wisdom, I learned how to lean on the Holy Spirit. I began to act in God’s strength rather than my own. I was using THE Force instead of MY Force.
What would it take for you to let go?