Unconscious, It Is – What Yoda Teaches Us about The Power of the Unconscious.

Unconscious, It Is – What Yoda Teaches Us about The Power of the Unconscious.

Luke Skywalker:
What’s in there?
Yoda:
Only what you take with you.

I love this scene in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back because I believe it perfectly illustrates the role of the unconscious in our lives. In this scene, Luke turns to enter a spooky and dark cave and what he comes face to face with is the feared (and unconscious) forces of darkness and anger personified by the presence of Darth Vader. In his vision, he enters in to battle with Vader and eventually decapitates him. The cinematic insinuation is that Luke has deeply unresolved issues related to his own core identity as a man and a Jedi.

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