by Frederick Anderson (Onefeather)
Harkening back to May 25, 1977, I clearly remember opening day and my first encounter with the epic saga, Star Wars. For me it was the perfect theater experience; school was not yet out (no unsupervised kids) and there were only a handful of people that arrived for the matinee show. It was almost like my own private screening. A week later lines were around the block and I would have been inclined to balk at the claustrophobic conditions of a “packed house.” Yet the seed had been planted and I eagerly awaited each subsequent episode of the series.
When episode two came along, I was enchanted with the character Yoda, an archetypical expression of the wisdom keepers and spiritual masters from our collective consciousness. He rang true as one of those unique souls that remain present in all situations, comprehends what is happening, and is open to receive understanding from some benevolent higher force known as “the Force.” He was the epitome of tribal consciousness; organic, intuitive, and connected to the Universe he inhabits.
Who Is He?
So, who was Yoda? Where did he come from? Here are my thoughts on the matter.
If we look back over the history of our human experience, mankind is brilliant at self-undoing, and just when the crap is about to hit the fan, we somehow collectively manifest an avatar, an individual that causes us to awaken enough to not implode and go the way of the dinosaur. It comes with an inspired vision and unfolds through a central figure that puts a bend in the river of human experience.
Siddhartha had a vision of man’s potential and became the Buddha; Jesus had a similar vision and became the Christ. Granted, these are supreme examples of the phenomena but, to a lesser degree, every stage of human evolution has had the vision seekers who share their impressions of what man can become, of what we are capable of accomplishing, and how we can become our own salvation. George Lucas had a similar vision and he named it “Yoda.”
For those who were not present during the times (and the 10 or 15 years prior to Star Wars), America and the world were experiencing turmoil, identity crisis, and a common lack of vision. Small numbers of us found Alan Watts or Yogananda, mystical Christianity and archetypes in other world religions, but the greater public had nothing to attach their sense of morality, empowerment, and purpose to. Yoda appeared and a cult became a movement with a shared ideal of how we can, as a person and a society, become our own “Hero.”
Now, looking back through the years as technology tipped the size of our global identity and communication has become enhanced to the degree that we’re able to have instantaneous conversation with people 12,000 miles away, I feel edified by Yoda’s calm, deliberate dictate that “we can do this.” We can become the destroyer of worlds or the unifying Force for evolution and harmony; we need but decide which side of the Force we will take a stand with.
Thanks, George (and Yoda), for hitting the “refresh button” and creating a clan of people who are awakening to their own empowerment, finding new belief in all the possibilities that are available to humankind here on planet Earth, and seeking new outcomes to old issues that we’re being called upon to transcend. Ω
Intuitive, writer, and Fate Radio host Chris Anderson/Onefeather possesses a foundation in Jungian psychology as well as having been initiated in mystical Native American methodologies by his grandfather during his youth (a full blood Potawatomi). Now in his 60s, Onefeather is committed to serving humankind as a social commentator and wisdom keeper.