This essay is from paraquem
Published on October 7, 2001
George Lucas & Carlos Castaneda in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
In "The Empire Strikes Back", we see Luke Skywalker?s Jedi training begin for real. He is introduced to new ideas, and compelled to abandon those he had previously clung to. He is subjected to great exertions, both physical and psychological. It is a perpetual test/evaluation of the student by the Master.
What we witness in this training is the destruction (of sorts) of Luke Skywalker - as Yoda says, "you must unlearn what you have learned". It is not possible to gain access to the larger world of the Jedi/sorcerer still holding on to one?s old ideas. Just as Luke is subjected to this breaking down of the old self, so is Castaneda under Don Juan?s tutelage. A few comparisons -