What's wrong with me worrying? “Everything!” But Yoda it gives me energy, it helps me stay up at night.
In Star Wars I - The Phantom Menace, a young Anakin Skywalker is discovered by a Jedi and brought to the Jedi Council to request that he be trained to be a Jedi. After Anakin is tested the following dialogue happens:
Yoda - “How feel you?”
Anakin - “Cold sir.”
Yoda - “Afraid are you?”
Anakin - “No sir.”
Yoda - “See through you we can.”
Jedi Council member - “Be mindful of your feelings.”
2nd Jedi council member - “Your thoughts dwell on your mother.”
Anakin - “I miss her.”
Yoda - “Afraid to lose her I think.”
Anakin - “What does that got to do with anything?”
Yoda - “Everything!
Fear is the path to the darkside,
Fear leads to anger,
Anger leads to hate,
Hate leads to suffering.”
Yoda - “I sense much fear in you.”
Man, Yoda is tough. The kid is like 8 years old and asking what’s wrong with being afraid he will lose his Mom and Yoda tells him “Everything!”. Of course Yoda was correct in his concern as Anakin did turn to the Darkside and became Darth Vader. This got me thinking of a couple of other thoughts or feelings that lead to suffering which would elicit an “Everything!” from Yoda:
Everyone worries at some point, so what is wrong with me worrying? “Everything!” C’mon Yoda, let me have this. Worrying stems from fear and can make the fear worse, and as Yoda shows we all know what fear leads to… If we can catch ourselves and understand that If I worry, in that moment I’m not trusting in God, Spirit, the Force, etc. and I’m on the path to suffering.
Who doesn’t like to be liked? Once a new person came to a small group meeting I regularly attended, and I noticed one of the other regulars trying too hard to be liked by the new person. Many of us have done this at some point. What is wrong with me wanting to be liked? “Everything!” Darn Yoda! Wanting to be liked is a desire, an attachment to a desired outcome. Buddha said, “all suffering comes from attachment.” Attachment leads to conflict which leads to fear. And we know where fear leads to...
When I was younger I read a boat load of self-help books. Who wouldn’t want some self-improvement (be careful, in the end you can feel like you need more help than when you started)? So, what is wrong with me wanting to improve myself? “Everything!” Say it ain’t so Yoda. I can hear the spiritual teacher,Tara Singh, from his old talks, exclaim “you don’t need to improve, you just need to know yourself”. You wanting to improve yourself stems from the belief that you lack something and are imperfect which leads to desire because you feel incomplete. And desire leads to fear and we know where fear leads to…
We often look to some external action to fix something, when the answer is inside of us all the time. Jesus tells us to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God” and he tells us where it is….. “the kingdom of God is within”.
It does no good to tell people to stop worrying, but if they go within and seek Truth, the worry and the fear becomes less.
The question we can then ask is this:
If true peace, happiness, freedom and safety come from going deep within and seeking Truth, why am I not doing it or not doing it consistently?
The easy answer for me is the lack of strong commitment to seek Truth. After all, I do have a lot of other things to do in the material world, you know. But I think Yoda would say “I sense fear (I think this is his go to response) in you, fear of the unknown.” Studies have shown that people prefer to stay in the comfort of the known even if it is hurting us, and Yoda has already told us where this fear leads to….. suffering.
The good news - we can end suffering and avoid the Darkside. But this transformation must originate from an inner peace and knowing that only comes from going deep within and seeking Truth. Your path may be different than mine, but I know if we are committed to seek Truth, we’ll end up in a similar place. See you there my friend.
May the Force be is with you. Scratch that - The Force is with you.
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