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Posted April 7, 2016

Mainstreaming the Mystic Force
Part 4 - Syncretizing the Force

Read Part 1: Star Wars Awakens

Read Part 2: Merchandi$ing the Force

Read Part 3: Manipulating the Force

"For though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war according to the flesh,
for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh,
but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses."
(2 Cor. 10:3-4)


Punch Thy Neighbor - Source

The martial arts is a philosophy that is pretty much the principles in the Bible. Even though we can’t talk about Jesus, we can talk about what Jesus talks about in the Bible – love, loving your neighbor, being good people. Even though we can’t quote Scripture, we can say what Jesus says in the Bible or what the Apostle Paul says or what St. Peter says. We can say that in an indirect way, which we do.

~ Chuck Norris, Christian and Martial Arts Master[82] [bold added]


By Gaylene Goodroad

ears after I renounced my martial arts black belts, I was teaching a women’s Bible study two times a week in the basement of a large church. Thursday evenings became problematic for me because of excessive noise upstairs above my classroom. At times, the roof seemed to rumble, which created an unpleasant distraction to our Bible study. One night, I traveled up to the first floor to see what the ruckus was about. To my utter dismay, the upstairs area of the church—as well as the sanctuary—was teeming with martial artists of all ages who were yelling, kicking, screaming, and wielding practice karate weapons. That night, I found out that the church I was a member of hosted a karate class every week—in the large room above my class. Later I would discover a favorable article about this karate class on the church website—along with a prominent photo of the black belt instructor, arm-and-arm, with the senior pastor! This unsettling situation, I learned, has become all too common within the Christian church.

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Posted March 29, 2016

Mainstreaming the Mystic Force
Part 3 - Manipulating the Force

Read Part 1: Star Wars Awakens

Read Part 2: Merchandi$ing the Force

By Gaylene Goodroad

But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces....”
Daniel 11:38a


Exhibit: Kylo Ren (the Dark Side) and Rey
(the Light Side) engaged in lightsaber duel[62]

Almost everyone has seen karate demonstrations in which martial artists break boards, cinder blocks, or bricks with chops or kicks. I’ve done it lots of times…. I knew it served a valid purpose by giving people a dramatic and memorable demonstration of the power of ki…. It’s clear that learning a martial art involves coming into possession of a certain amount of powerful force.
~ Chuck Norris, Martial Arts Master*

“The idea of emptying one's mind
is fundamental to all meditative practice.”
~Marianne Williamson**

Another aspect of advanced martial arts training connected to the Ki Force, that is prevalent but not overt in the Star Wars saga, is a form of meditation in motion[63] called mushin, “mind of no mind”, or “no mind”. One martial artist simply states it this way: “Mushin no shin is a state into which very highly trained martial artists (e.g. samurai fighters) are said to enter during combat.”[64]

Mushin is an altered state of consciousness that enables the martial artist to harness ki and defeat the opponent. This state of mind is akin to teaching on the Presence or entering the silence in Contemplative Spirituality.[65]

By the time I became a brown belt in Okinawa Kenpo (see Part 1), I came to realize that I had been initiated into a religious pursuit, rather than just a physical sport. By that time, all of the fundamental techniques were conditioned and honed. Thereafter, the focus of my black belt training was replete with mystical mushin drills, such as sparring in the dark and grappling while blind-folded. Further advancement was not possible without deeper meditation and inner intuitive exercises. The focus shifted from seeing my opponent, to sensing him. This ability is a form of occult mysticism called clairsentience.[66]

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Posted March 26, 2016

Mainstreaming the Mystic Force
Part 2 - Merchandi$ing the Force

Read Part 1: Star Wars Awakens

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.”

~ Jesus, Acts 26:18


Exhibit: Star Wars X-Wing X-mas sleigh.
In the background is the Death Star moon

The next generation of Star Wars toys, collectibles, books, and apparel is in range. StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will land in our galaxy on September 4, 2015, at 12:01 a.m. — “Force Friday” — with stores around the world opening their doors at midnight for a special celebration of all things Star Wars.

It will be a day long remembered. “Every lightsaber, every action figure, every LEGO set tells a story for generations of Star Wars fans, and this global event is a celebration of those stories. We’re excited to be part of the countdown to this enormous movie moment…”

~ StarWars.com[40] [bold added] 


By Gaylene Goodroad

Consumers around the globe will note how 2016 became ‘a very Star Wars Christmas’ for retail outlets everywhere, as fans piled in movie theaters in December to watch the latest Star Wars adventure, The Force Awakens, which reunited characters from the original Star Wars Trilogy and introduced new ones to the current generation. Giant Yoda dolls, Stormtrooper action figures, Millennium Falcon toy models, Darth Vader cookie jars, X-wing knife blocks, and even Death Star waffle irons filled the store shelves. “May the Force be with you,” trumped “Merry Christmas” as even greeting card vendors tapped into the Star Wars Force frenzy.

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