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Star Wars: 5 Lessons Luke Learned From Obi-Wan (& 5 He Learned From Yoda)

Most Jedi Knights get one master and that’s it, but since Luke Skywalker was trained under extreme circumstances – after the Great Jedi Purge, when the order was reduced to a couple of scrappy survivors dotted around the galaxy – he ended up training under two masters.

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Ben Kenobi introduced Luke to the Force in the original Star Wars movie, giving him his early basic combat training before being slain by his former apprentice Darth Vader. After that, Luke’s training was completed by Yoda from his hideout in the swamps of Dagobah.

10 Obi-Wan: “The Force Is What Gives A Jedi His Power.”

Luke’s Jedi training officially begins when Obi-Wan gives him his father’s lightsaber. His first lesson is explaining how the Force works. This was a great lesson to start with, as it gave Luke a deep respect for the Force from the beginning of his Jedi career.

As Obi-Wan explains, “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.”

9 Yoda: “Once You Start Down The Dark Path, Forever Will It Dominate Your Destiny.”

When Luke heads back to Dagobah to complete his Jedi training, he’s surprised to find Yoda on his deathbed at the end of his 900-year life. Before he passes away, Yoda imparts a few last nuggets of wisdom onto his young apprentice.

He warns him of the allure of the dark side: “Beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.” Yoda fears that after he dies, Luke could go down the same path as his father.

8 Obi-Wan: “You Cannot Escape Your Destiny.”

In Return of the Jedi, Obi-Wan’s Force ghost tells Luke, “You cannot escape your destiny. You must face Darth Vader again.” Luke is hesitant to fight his father, but Obi-Wan tells him that it’s his unavoidable fate.

Luke does end up confronting Vader in the Emperor’s throne room, but he initially refuses to fight his father, because he believes there’s still good in him (and he turns out to be right).

7 Yoda: “Size Matters Not.”

At the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back, Obi-Wan’s Force ghost tells Luke to go to the Dagobah system to complete his Jedi training under the tutelage of the legendary warrior Yoda.

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Subsequently, Luke is surprised when he arrives on Dagobah and learns that this legendary warrior is two feet tall. But Yoda points out, “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? And well you should not.”

6 Obi-Wan: “Your Eyes Can Deceive You. Don’t Trust Them.”

The first training exercise that Obi-Wan gives Luke on the Falcon is deflecting little laser beams from a floating ball. When he tries to anticipate the blasts, he ends up missing them, so Obi-Wan tells him not to worry so much about what he sees.

He gives him a helmet with a visor to block out his vision so that he can rely on his Force instincts alone to deflect the blasts. After that, his performance improves drastically.

5 Yoda: “A Jedi Uses The Force For Knowledge And Defense, Never For Attack.”

When Yoda is explaining to Luke that the Force has a light side and a dark side, Luke wonders how he’ll differentiate between the two: “How am I to know the good side from the bad?”

Yoda explains that it’s largely based on instinct: “You will know... when you are calm, at peace, passive.” But he also adds that Jedi Knights aren’t supposed to go out looking for enemies to fight, because they’re guardians of peace: “A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.”

4 Obi-Wan: “Don’t Give In To Hate. That Leads To The Dark Side.”

Both Obi-Wan and Yoda warn Luke about the possibility that he could turn to the dark side, because they both saw the pile of dead younglings left in his father’s wake and fear something similar could happen to his son.

When Luke wants to abandon his Jedi training to confront Vader for going after Han and Leia, Obi-Wan warns him, “Don’t give in to hate. That leads to the dark side.”

3 Yoda: “Luminous Beings Are We, Not This Crude Matter.”

Luke begins his Jedi training under the misconception that physical strength is the most important thing, but Yoda tells him that a Jedi’s physical form isn’t as important as their bond with the Force.

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Yoda explains, “My ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.” A Jedi’s physical body is just a vessel. After death, they come back as ghosts so their souls can live on forever.

2 Obi-Wan: “Use The Force, Luke.”

During the Battle of Yavin, the first few Rebel pilots who try to land a proton torpedo in the Death Star’s thermal exhaust port miss because the torpedo won’t go straight down. When Luke is preparing to give it a shot, Obi-Wan’s disembodied ghost appears to him and says, “Use the Force, Luke.”

Luke boldly turns off his targeting computer, closes his eyes, and uses his newfound superpower to sink the torpedo and blow up the Empire’s gargantuan space station. This is simple advice, but it’s the push that Luke needed to complete his hero’s journey.

1 Yoda: “Do, Or Do Not. There Is No Try.”

Luke is dejected when he finds his X-wing submerged in a swamp, but Yoda tells him he can get it out with the Force if he really sets his mind to it. Luke says, “All right, I’ll give it a try,” and Yoda says, “No. Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”

After trying and failing to lift the X-wing, Luke determines it to be impossible, gives up, and takes a seat. Then, Yoda proceeds to prove his own point by lifting the X-wing out of the swamp.

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