Luke: “What’s in there?”
Yoda: “Only what you take with you.”
This scene has always spoken to me. So many things in life amplify what we already are. Interested in a psychedelic journey? You’ll probably discover what you take with you. Want to influence the world in some way? How you influence your own body and mental/spiritual self will determine your outcome.
I’ll be 41 in January. As the movie goes, “Too old to begin the training.” I sometimes feel like a Skywalker who hasn’t found a Yoda yet. I feel as someone who spent decades stuck in dogma or rejecting deeper truths all together who is just now waking up to (or, more accurately, remembering) the calling of purpose in their life (or dharma, if that word works). There is so much I want to learn!!! Endless mysteries and tools to help me along my journey. Part of me thinks it’s all out there to discover. Another part of me knows it’s all there inside of me.
It’s only what I take with me.
Listening to my breath. Feeling my heart. Focusing on my universe of trillions of cells working their jobs in harmony as tissues and organs, thanklessly serving the whole. Loving myself and giving gratitude filled thanks for every part of the body is the first step in loving and maybe even healing the world.
When in harmony, these parts don’t seek power over each other. They are in balance and harmony. Cells being born and dying like stars and humans and galaxies and sub atomic particles, coming into and out of existence at all times.
Bring with you love and light. Let the process unfold. Power and control are seductive illusions which lead to the void.
The shadow side of yourself which includes fear, anger, hatred, and rigid expectations are not bad. Those emotions are not evil things to be swept under the rug as quickly as they appear. They are signposts, directing, even urging, you forward to go deeper into yourself and your areas of greatest potential and growth as you heal your trauma. If what you see in the world around you causes you discomfort, then find the fractal pattern of that discomfort within your own soul/spirit/body/mind.
Only by healing ourselves will we find a world of healed conscious beings.