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The Twelve Steps of Star Wars: Yoda’s Perspective


If you have seen the Star Wars trilogy (or the less impressive Episodes I through III) then you are familiar with the battle between good and evil, and the Jedi knights’ commitment to restoring and maintaining balance and harmony in the galaxy through their relationship with the Force. A Jedi knight must undergo rigorous training with a mentor who can provide them with wisdom. They learn to master their emotions and receive guidance with finding a connection to the Force as they understand it. Jedi knights became powerful through the teachings of Mater Jedi, like Yoda. If he were your sponsor and took you through the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, how might the pint-sized profit explain each step to you? Perhaps, it would go something like this.

Step 1

Helping you admit your powerlessness over alcohol and drugs—that your life had become unmanageable. Yoda might tell you, “you must unlearn what you have learned…for, once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.”

Step 2

Yoda has unwavering faith in a power greater than himself, and believes that only It can bring balance and sanity to an individual. In coming to believe in that power yourself, Yoda would inform you that “a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force….May the Force be with you.”

Step 3

Master Yoda made a decision to turn his will and his life over to the care of the Force as he understood It. As part of your training and decision to allow a Higher Power into your life, Yoda instructs you to “use your feeling, and find him you will. When all choices seem wrong, choose restraint, for you must unlearn what you have learned.”

Step 4

In making a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves, we get a close-up of our reactions to people, places and things, and the emotions that follow. For many of us, fear is at the root of our resentments. Yoda believes that taking a personal inventory is crucial to growth because “named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

Step 5

Once we have finished our moral inventory, we are ready to admit to our Higher Power, to ourselves, and to another human being what we have found. Yoda maintains that the fourth step is crucial to uncovering the truth, for “the dark side clouds everything. Clear your mind must be if you are to discover the real villains behind the plot.”

Step 6

In unlearning what we have learned in our alcoholic lives, we must be entirely ready to have our Higher Power remove all our defects of character. It may feel as though we are losing a part of ourselves in practicing step 6, but to a Jedi knight, loss is another element of growth. So, according to Yoda, you must “train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”

Step 7

A Jedi knight humbles himself to the infinite power and wisdom of the Force, humbly asking that It removes his shortcomings and makes him a better, more peaceful person. This step is an ongoing part of Yoda’s 12-Step training regiment, because he believes that “humility endless is.”

Step 8

Yoda suggests you observe step 8 by making a list of all persons you have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all. The connection to the Force you have forged comes particularly handy here because, with the Force on your side, you can walk through step 8 peacefully. Yoda reminds you “a Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.”

Step 9

When we make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others, we strengthen our relations to those we have harmed. His relations with other groups have strengthened as a result of step 9, and now he boasts “good relations with the Wookies, I have.”

Step 10

To be the best Jedi knight you can be, you must continue to take personal inventory and promptly admit your wrongs when you notice them. In practicing step 10, we are readily willing to accept the truth about our thoughts, our actions and ourselves. Yoda believes in step 10 because, “to be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose” how we respond to it and utilize it for positive action.

Step 11

Step 11 instructs us to seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, and to pray only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Yoda continues to practice step 11 each day and tells you that in your prayer and meditation to your Higher Power “to the Force, look for guidance. Use your feeling, and find him you will.”

Step 12

The core belief of a Jedi Knight is to give freely of that which he has received as a result of becoming enlightened in the ways of the Force. Yoda has said that in order to spread the message of the Force, you must “around the survivors, a perimeter create.” Coming to the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, you can identify as a survivor of your Alcoholism—find the other survivors and form a foundation of support.

You can be your own greatest support or troublesome obstacle, for, as Yoda prophesies, in the rooms of A.A. “you will find only what you bring in.” You are now ready to sponsor a newcomer and take them through the steps, for in this spiritual journey, according to Yoda, “always there are two, a master and an apprentice.” Share your experience, strength and hope with your new apprentice, but don’t become complacent with your achievement and completion of the steps, for “much to learn, you still have.”

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One Response to "The Twelve Steps of Star Wars: Yoda’s Perspective"

  1. Andrew says:

    Best T4A blog post ever. Good job Blake

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