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Nov 02 2008

Continuing Saga of Young Luke Skywalker and the Strengthening of his Psyche

When last we knew, Luke was sliding down the side of the Dark knights exhaust system, turning surrender into victory. He let go of his quest to fight to fight the Dark knights on their home turf. Darth Vader could have killed him, but knew it would be like suicide, if he killed his own son. What was it like for Darth to know his son would rather face oblivion than to join him in his shallow, materialistic quest for power. No doubt it forced him deeper into the Empire with all its shallow show and pathological search for power.
At his young age, Luke knew there could be no real power without integrity and justice. It wasn’t until he was safe after being rescued by his friends he remembered Lord Vader and the Dark Knights had taken him to a windowless room and left him to weave in and out of consciousness, weaken him to enforce a pressured loyalty from him. Luke remembered during that time the Dark Knights had returned with a baby Loth-cat and a pipe with the hallucinigenic liquid, ronsibotison that turns to vapor upon exposure to oxygen from the planet Dagobah.

The Dark Knights told Luke they would inhale the vapor, then ritually kill the Loth-cat. Luke faced them, told them he and they would not. Even at this early stage, the force was strong with Luke. He stared at these Dark knights and quickly they left, seemingly having forgotten why they had come. Luke remembered something about 20th Century history where pedophiles would threaten to kill a child’s pet mice, gerbels, cats and dogs to gain a sick type of power over them to keep them silent. It was a type of coercive psychological abuse to force these young children to fear the death or injury of a beloved pet. He looked back much later to wonder if these Dark knights had actually gone ahead outside of his view to turn their sinister threat into reality.
It was a simple victory of victories for Luke at this time. He had no audience for his stand. He could only be proud of himself.

After his rescue, he listened to recordings made from the powerful satellite orbiting the darkness of the Dark knights. He could hear them degrading him as a “emotionally broken down” would be Jedi knight. “We will never hear from him again,” they said, congratulating themselves on their ability to talk wango (star wars for “talking smut”) behind Lukes back.

Luke was not uninjured. He was wounded in ways he would search to turn to strengths. He surrendered, but found a deeper source of integrity and peacefulness being true to himself and his values honed into his Jedi psyche.

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Jul 14 2008

Mythology of Darth Vader: Symbol of evil or example of the impact of trauma and loss?

Darth Vader ranks third on the American Film Institutes Heroes and Villain list and is well known to most adults and children as an icon of evil.
Whats less known is Darth’s history as Anakin Skywalker and� his transformation from loving husband and Jedi hero to evil lord of the dark side of the Force.
Looking at his history helps us understand the powerful impact of trauma and loss in the lives of human beings.

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May 17 2008

Limbic Resonance: Why Darth Vader did not kill his son, Luke Skywalker

Darth calls out to Luke to join him and the evil empire. When Luke refuses, Darth allows him to fall, knowing the fall will not kill him. Symbolically, this is important for both Luke and Darth.

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May 10 2008

Star Wars: Exploring the epic struggle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker

Look at the struggle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. On the surface it looks like a fight to the death between father and son. Symbolically, their struggle can be understood to be about aspects of themselves that have either been lost or have not yet been awakened. For Darth, his humanity, all but lost. For Luke, accessing his developing power.
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May 09 2008

Star wars theme: Integration of psychic parts as a path to power

As I said in my last post, Luke becomes more powerful as he integrates all the symbolic personality parts, represented by each and every character in Star Wars. Luke is merely the protagonist in the story. He meets, intensely connects, and symbolically integrates parts of every other character. This helps him gain power on his way to be a more mature, integrated human being with clarity of purpose, mission and action in the world.

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May 02 2008

“Join me…” said Darth Vader to Luke…”I’d rather let go and die”, thought Luke…he did let go and rescued himself with his surrender into power.

The personality archetypes and mythology of Star Wars reveal a lot of wisdom, if we look deeply enough. Luke is shocked to find out Darth Vader is his father, but follows his own destiny in letting himself fall into what seemed certain (physical) death. Luke’s letting go is a surrender and allows him to “fall into his own power.” Rather than die, he is led to his next spirit lesson, the awareness of his humanity and need for others. He can not go it alone.
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Apr 10 2008

Liberation symbols in Curtis Mayfield’s song, People Get Ready

Train to Jordon, baggage, faith, tickets are key words/concepts with deep symbolic meaning in the lyrics of Mayfield’s song, People Get Ready.

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Apr 10 2008

People Get Ready, Curtis Mayfield’s 1964 song about racism and liberation theology

People get ready, there’s a train comin’
You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
You don’t need no ticket you just thank the lord

People Get Ready
Curtis May
field and the Impressions 1964

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Apr 01 2008

Emotional vampires…narcissists at work

Narcissistic people are like emotional vampires because if you get too involved with them, they leave you feeling emotionally drained and burned out. How to spot an emotional vampire….
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Apr 01 2008

Are your colleagues at work (especially your boss) narcissists?

If you feel exhausted and burned out dealing with your colleagues at work, (or anywhere) then it is likely they are narcissists or have those self focused qualities. Here are some questions to help you evaluate your situation:

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