As devotees of the Star Wars phenomenon, it behoves us to learn some practical lessons from the famous movie series. It is not enough to learn from movies; we must also take our lessons into the real world to find success.

geaorge-lucas-moviemakerMany of the high ranking producers in Hollywood believe that they are communicating real spiritual truths through publishing their movies. Some fans have even gone so far to make a new religion based on Star Wars. While we do not need to take it that far, there can be some powerful lessons learned from Star Wars.

When Anakin is chosen by Qui-Gon Jinn to be a Padawan in Episode I, it is done because Anakin exhibits unusually high spiritual energy. Qui-Gon relies on the outward pod racer performance of Anakin in deciding to enlist him in the Jedi order. He does not discern well enough the source of Anakin’s power.

Which side of the Force is Anakin relying on?

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All seems well, but the ancient and wise Jedi Master, Yoda, warns of something after carefully inspecting Anakin at the Jedi Temple. Anakin has too much fear.

Anakin is full of himself and his abilities. This creates a fear of failure that dogs him throughout the series, culminating in his transformation into Darth Vader.

Anakin even murders his wife in Episode III, who he used to love deeply. When we selfishly consume ourselves with our image, we set ourselves up for failure. We feel like we have to perform perfectly for others. It creates a fear that destroys the important relationships around us. It kills us and pits us against those we used to trust.

If Anakin had instead focused on others, he would have humbly admitted his insecurities to his mentors, instead of bluffing himself into failure.

He would not have become the bane to the galaxy that met his end as a cyborg coughing on the floor of the Death Star, in the arms of his adversarial son, Luke.