At the climax of the movie Star Wars: A New Hope, the Death Star was poised to destroy the planet where the Rebellion was based. A fleet of rebel fighter spaceships approached it on a one-chance-in-a-million mission to stop it. They were so small and so outgunned in comparison to the Death Star, it was like a tiny swarm of insects trying to halt a massive boulder. One by one, the rebels were shot down until only Luke Skywalker remained—pursued by his nemesis, Darth Vader himself. What Luke did next illustrates the true potential of co-creation.
We are blessed as human beings with the profound gift of co-creation, allowing us to tap into something much greater than our limited selves. As interconnected beings within a vast and intelligent whole, we naturally live, think, breathe and move in a state of co-creation with everything around us. The question is, what kind of co-creation are we choosing? Is it in positive possibilities, orienting us to joy and unconditional love? Is it in impossibilities, dragging us down in undertow?
The answer is not always black and white. Most of us are not living at either of the extremes of impossibilities and positive possibilities, but at some point on the continuum between them. You are likely reading this because you are interested in co-creation in the positive possibilities. But even when we show up with good intentions, there may be more to refine. The extent to which we co-create in the positive possibilities is an evolutionary process. So we must look at the range of co-creation experiences and consider where we are along the continuum.
Luke Skywalker and his fellow pilots were on the positive possibilities side of the co-creation continuum when they chose with tremendous courage to fly their ships to the Death Star in search of its one small vulnerable point. They were co-creating with the laws of the Rebellion and choosing to serve a greater good, above their own personal comforts. Though the odds of success seemed impossibly small, the pilots were willing to give it their very best with all of their hearts. They trusted their skills, courage and belief in the greater good.
But after Luke heard the voice of his teacher, Obi-Wan Kenobi, tell him to “use the Force”, he went much further into positive possibilities. He surrendered to a force more powerful than his personal will. Luke was not passively taking orders from his teacher and guide. His act of surrender embodied supreme courage and profound wisdom. The switch in his perception was not something that happened to him, but a conscious choice of his own. When he turned off his targeting computer to trust instead a oneness with the moment, he began to co-create with the greatest force we have available to us, that of the universe itself. He chose to calibrate his beliefs to match the loving presence and power of life-force energy. Then, through profound openness and inner stillness, the impulse to fire arose within him at the perfect moment. His single shot put an end to the Death Star. By emptying himself to receive the compassionate wisdom of the universe, Luke was a channel for light that enveloped evil. By becoming nothing, he became a hero.
We can also see the continuum of co-creation in the groundbreaking film, The Matrix. On the extreme impossibilities end are those who choose to violently keep people unconscious prisoners of the Matrix. In the middle are those who wake up to the Matrix and realize there is another way. Like the Star Wars rebel pilots persevering against all odds, the Matrix rebels show tremendous courage. Yet, they are still willfully driven, and their egos block them from their true potential. But at the other end of the spectrum is that epic moment when Neo, the film’s protagonist, returns from seeming death and stands up, realizing that the bullets fired at him were illusions. They were projections of his mind, part of the Matrix, designed to keep him afraid, running and oppressed. The enemy agents fire again. But In the face of Neo’s calm awareness, the bullets literally come to a halt in midair. As Neo picks one out of the air and examines it, they all fall harmlessly to the ground. In that moment, Neo has chosen to surrender to something more powerful than what his limited senses provide. Similar to Luke Skywalker, Neo empties himself to co-create with a greater reality. He transcends the limitations of duality and maximally serves the world.
Next week, we will explore the full range of co-creation’s possibilities, from the most intense impossibilities of suffering to the most exquisite positive possibilities of bliss.