Outside Luke’s cockpit, hyperspace was an ever-changing tunnel of brilliant light. Inside, the rebel pilot had his eyes closed and was breathing slowly in and out.
During their brief time as master and student, Ben Kenobi had taught him the basics of Jedi meditation, warning him that opening a connection to the Force was something even the eldest Jedi Masters studied over a lifetime. Luke’s first lesson had come just hours after the murder of his aunt and uncle by Stormtroopers, when Luke and Ben had stopped for the night on their way to Mos Eisley.
Ben had told him to focus on whatever emotions were uppermost in his mind, being honest with himself about the feelings he was experiencing and how they were affecting him. And then, one by one, he was to let each emotions go, like pouring out a cup of water. The goal was to make himself an empty vessel. Only then, Ben had said, would he Force be able to fill him.
What emotions was he feeling? Luke considered the question. He was excited about the successful completion of their mission –that was in his mind. And he was anxious –the Force was trying to tell him something, but had no teacher to help him interpret its messages.
What had happened to Ben Kenobi? The old Jedi’s body had vanished the moment Darth Vader’s lightsaber blade touched him, leaving nothing but dusty robe son the floor. Luke had cried out in grief and rage, firing at the Stormtroopers and Vader. But then he’d heard Ben’s voice in his head, telling him to run. He’d heard that voice again above the Death Star, urging him to let the Force tell him when to take his shot at the battle station’s vulnerable thermal exhaust port, instead of using his targeting computer.
But he hadn’t heard Ben’s voice since –and he feared he never would again.
Luke pushed the thought gently away. Don’t center on your anxieties –keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs. Ben had taught him that, too.
Luke Skywalker on Jedi Meditation from The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry