TCM Concepts As Explained By Star Wars

George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, was greatly influenced by Eastern philosophy and culture. Many basic tenets of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can be seen in these movies. Each item below is a saying from a core TCM text, specifically Statements of Fact in Traditional Chinese Medicine (ISBN 9780936185521) and Acupuncture & Moxibustion (ISBN 9787119059945), paired with a famous statement from the Star Wars movies.

Where Qi Gathers, There Is Life

Where Qi Gathers

Obi-wan Kenobi states that the Force is the energy of all living things. Like the Force, in TCM it is stated, “where Qi gathers there is life.” This fact is true in our bodies, on our planet, and in a galaxy far, far way.

Yin and Yang Struggle to Control Each Other

Yin and Yang

Health depends on a balance of Yin (the cool, passive aspects) and Yang (the warm, active aspects) of the body. One cannot exist without the other. Just like the Light and Dark sides of the Force – the two are always struggling against each other. Yoda states, “There is always two. No more. No Less.”

Mental Irritation Leads to Dysfunction of the Free Flow of Qi

Mental Irritation

Yoda states, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” In TCM anger, frustration, and fear damage the flow of Qi. The damaged flow of Qi creates poor health and spirit. Episodes 1-3 of Star Wars, show us Anakin Skywalker succumbing rather dramatically to this very fact.

Quieting the Spirit Nourishes the Qi

Quiet Spirit

Yoda and Obi-wan Kenobi teach Luke the importance of a still and quiet mind. Throughout TCM, it is stated that a quiet spirit nourishes the Qi.

Essence is the Root of the Body

Essence is the Root

At the heart of both the Force and TCM is the notion that we are all more than our physical bodies. Yoda states we are “Luminous Beings”. Acupuncture states at our root is “Essence.”

Will there be more TCM lessons to be learnt from the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens?

May the force be with you!

TCM Concepts As Explained By Star Wars
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