‘The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.’ - Obi-Wan Kenobi
‘By virtue of the subtle workings of the Force we harmonize mind and body and the relationship between the individual and the universe. When the subtle workings of the Force is unhealthy, life falls into confusion and the universe into chaos. The harmonizing of a united Force-mind-body with the activity of the universe is critical for order and peace in life.’
–Jedi Master Morihei Ueshiba (founder of Aikido)
The Force is, put simply, the energy field that is created and sustained by all living things. It is this this energy field that the Jedi learns to commune with, to protect and serve in the interest of all life. The Jedi draws from the Force only when needed to serve that purpose. Drawing power from all that is life in the interest of selfish pursuits is the path of destruction and is the way of the Dark side. The Force has many names throughout history, mana, ki, and quintessence among others, but all share a common vision of it’s existence and power. Those among us who learn to co-exist with it can find peace and great strength and ability in times of duress. The Force is the great equalizer in the galaxy. It’s disciples are not hampered by size and shall always overcome in the face of adversity. Take the daisy that cracks the boulder to reach the sunlight, the Force can empower life to achieve what might be seen to some as impossible. We are all children of the Force and charged with it’s protection. Life begets the Force and needless destruction of life will in turn send ripples of discord through all that live. A Jedi draws from the Force to protect life.
This is the way of the Jedi.