An Energy that Connects

The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together. This is how Obi-Wan Kenobi first explains the Force to an inquisitive and overly enthusiastic Luke. By all rules of reckoning, the definition is a solid one. It takes into account both parts of the Force the Living Force and the Unifying Force. On the other hand, this definition is a bit wordy and automatically brings up a connotation connected to the fictional story of Star Wars. There is a much simpler definition that I am going to use throughout this class that steps away from Star Wars and is pure Jedi Realist: the Force is an energy which connects.

An energy (Living Force) that connects (Unifying Force).

While some people choose to expand the meaning to include that which gives the universe meaning and purpose, this isn’t necessarily true for everyone. At its heart, the Force (or whatever you choose to call it, be it Ki, God, magic . . . ) is the energy that supplies all living things with the necessary nourishment to grow. I’ll use a simple example to illustrate what I mean. In the physical world we, as humans, are surrounded by oxygen at every moment of our lives. It touches our skin and flows within our veins. Without oxygen, we cease to exist. Such is the nature of the Force with all things. And those of us who are aware of the Force in our lives “those of us who learn to listen” will hear its whispers.

Unfortunately, even with a set definition, the Force is a very abstract concept to comprehend. Like justice and freedom, the Force means different things to different people. The trick will be discovering what it means to you.