Celebrating Star Wars Therapeutic Techniques
A long time ago in a world far, far away, just down the road in Marin County, California...George Lucas created the story of Star Wars. In the telling of this story, the film crew discovered the unceded lands of the Tolowa, Yurok, Karuk, Hupa, Wiyot, Chilula, Mattole, Resighini, Whilkut, Nongatl, Lassik, & Sinkyone Peoples for filming Endor the Forest Moon. Some footage was shot at this Provider's grandparents' backdoor along the Smith River (which was featured in Birdbox).
Fans have long discussed how Lucas created the constructs for his worlds, philosophies and religions, which interestingly enough incorporate some concepts used in psychotherapy. With this in mind, this fan has created a parody page & will be a vendor at the upcoming festival celebrating what our region and psychotherapy have to offer the world on June 2 & 3, 2023 between Humboldt & Del Norte Counties.
Grand Master Estikta, Conduit to the Source, from the Order of the Light, (this Provider) will roam between public events randomly to bring awareness of good mental health, engaging in play and mindfulness, honoring the excellent messages that have come through the Star Wars series, and contributing to self-awareness with personal consultations offered at up-to-10 minutes in length, for the exchange of $20.00 American dollars per consult, using Square or exact change during festival dates. For those who are able to identify the Grand Master during events AND mention this website, they will have found the free consultation "Easter Egg" offering (can not be redeemed for cash, must be used during the event). May the Source Be With You!
*Please note that this Provider is a Mandated Reporter under California Law
The ancient text of the Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tzu, is often speculated as the Source of Lucas' religious themes. There is much to read about these theories and ancient philosophies, which can also be found in other parts of the universe, but the origin of the concepts behind these teachings are very relevant today and sometimes used in psychotherapy. Many ancient (and still alive) cultures know what it is to have that connection to our origins ~ to the Source. Taking time to respect the knowledge earned for generations is a valuable, often overlooked treasure. Aside from knowing our collective history, knowing ourselves is a critical starting point and for various reasons, once we're off and running into our lives, we seldom slow down to appreciate the beauty, strength, wisdom, and benefits of knowing who we are (which may also be why this film series is so popular). Anthropologists believe that the human race would not exist without grandmothers who were able to pass along historic knowledge to their families.
There is a world of research and speculation to consider for fans. You will find some resource videos on this, at this Provider's YouTube Channel: @estikta under "Playlists".
The science behind engaging in mindfulness is that we benefit by releasing stress, letting go of worries, staying in the moment, centering, and much more. We live longer, are healthier and happier. We rest our thinking brain and operate with our basic functions when we are immersed in the moment, such as engaging in play/sports, gardening, walking, doing simple chores like dishes or cooking, even counting or coloring. Have you ever wondered why epiphanies come to you during prayer, a shower, chores or creative endeavors? When we tap into that part of our existence that simply IS, we are in a state of BEING, and one might say, we are most connected to our SOURCE. Walking in the Here-and-Now is powerful. And you can do it as well.
Studies show that being immersed in Nature (Vitamin N) tickles our brain and releases good chemicals, creating relaxation and natural (easy access) healing from stress. Eco-therapy is a structured therapy provided by therapists while immersed in Nature that helps guide your process in healing over simply taking Vitamin N. Some of these practices can be as simple as growing your own garden with the added benefits of eating well, no one else touching your food, and saving money on your grocery bill. Traditional Native Peoples have always held a sense of stewardship for our planet, fighting for the trees, the water, and for nature so that it is preserved for all time. With climate change coming clearly into focus for other cultures who have long thought that much of these sources were forever resources, we need to explore how our connection to the Source can heal the planet as well. The Japanese have now conducted studies on the benefits of Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku), or immersing ourselves in Nature. The Tribal Nations, State Park System and the Weather Channel often have social media posts on the benefits of preserving Nature in our lives. There are several activities by these entities included in this weekend of celebration. With each step we take, we leave behind a trace. We can be mindful of how we walk in the world and affect change everywhere we go. Same with how we interact with people and agencies. As an exercise in following the Star Wars philosophies, consider walking in harmony with Nature, as its own BEING. Reconsider your relationships with all things around you. We need the Earth, the Earth does not need us. Also, COVID taught us that we also need each other, so we need to find a way to be with others in good ways too.
For Spring 2023, the Salmon Season has been canceled due to the threat to the species. This is due to climate change, too many seasons of polluted water due to low flow (bugs, green algae, etc), and old damns that are in the process of coming down. The Salmon always find their way home after a long journey in the ocean. They return home to lay eggs and then die naturally at the end of their lives where they nourish plants, animals, and the Earth, which also supports people. They are part of our precious ecosystem that needs to be preserved, especially if we as humans hope to be around. The local Yurok People call themselves the People of the Salmon, in honoring the knowledge of how important Salmon are to our very survival. Ocean Life has had such a depletion or destruction of food sources, that in April 2023, we are seeing Orcas more frequently target and kill Whales. Please consider Saving our Planet. We all need her for our air, water, subsistence, and mental health. This Provider is a #WaterProtector and old-fashioned "tree hugger". For more about the land you are walking on, please explore the local resources through Northern California Indian Development Council or visit the tribal websites.
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