The Feng Shui of Star Wars: Qi and The Force
I refreshed my memory this weekend with a Star Wars marathon before we take our sons to go see “A Force Awakens” this week.
By the way, I think one of the most difficult decisions as a parent is whether to introduce Star Wars to your children by release date, as we saw it, or by story chronology. Having tried both methods, the jury is still out.
As I watched, I couldn’t help but think of how many ways the Force is like Qi (pronounced “Chi”) energy in Feng Shui.
My husband, ever the Star Wars nerd himself, pointed out that the creator of the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas, was heavily influenced by Asian culture.
Elements of the cinematography in Star Wars, as well as Jedi robes and lightsabers were borrowed from Akira Kurosawa, a famous Japanese writer/director of samarai movies. A typical Jedi master looks much like Toshirô Mifune’s characters in some of Kurosawa’s movies.
Ever think that the name Yoda sounds a lot like the ancient Hindu practice of Yoga? George Lucas was heavily influenced by Hinduism. Luke Skywalker, for instance, finds himself in a forest looking for the old, wise Yoda to learn the ways of the Jedi. This is similar to Hindu’s Janoi (Gujarati), where young males run to the forest in search of the old, wise yogi, who would provide great knowledge. Yoda tests Luke’s patience by not disclosing that he is the Jedi master he is looking for, just as a yogi tests potential students on their patience.
And that’s not all…
The Force is Strong
How about the yin-yang dualism of Taoism in the dark (yin) and light (yang) sides of the Force? As evil as he was, Darth Vader still had some good in him. As altruistic as he was, Luke Skywalker had some of his father in him, potentially bringing him to the dark side.
As Obi-Wan Kenobi described in the original Star Wars movie, “Well, 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.”
Doesn’t that sound a lot like Qi energy?
Was George Lucas influenced by Feng Shui in his use of the Force? I think it is very likely. Whether his particular influence was from Japan (Ki), India (Shakti or Prana) or directly from China (Qi), it all likely came from essentially the same place.
The ancient Chinese, over the course of thousands of years, sought out to understand correlations between their understanding of the flow of this unseen energy and their surroundings.
Could Qi be harnessed, diverted, and deflected in much the same way that metal or magnetic objects could manipulate or be manipulated by magnetic energy?
Their findings from generations of experimentation leaves us with some wonderful principles that we now call Feng Shui. It is much the same as how a Jedi uses the Force for their desired outcome in a situation.
While Jedi and the Sith in the Star Wars saga mostly used the Force to fight for the side they thought was right, most who practice Feng Shui use it to enhance aspects of their lives. Both cosmic forces are immensely powerful and those who harness them can do great things.
As a Feng Shui consultant, I have seen how harnessing the power of Qi has given my clients the ability to improve their careers, relationships, wealth and so much more.
In a way, I guess that could make me better than a Jedi master, if it weren’t for their cool lightsaber. Still, the Force is strong with me.
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