Your Jedi Powers Revealed

A friend of mine recently shared with me an interview of a well-known singer-songwriter. I’m hesitant to share a link to the full interview here because it has since sparked quite a bit of controversy. And I don’t want that controversy to distract from the one part of the interview that I want to tell you about. 

In this part of the interview, she described a battle scene between Liam Neeson’s character, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Darth Maul in the 1999 Star Wars film, The Phantom Menace. At one point, in the heat of battle, the two of them were briefly separated by a door that closed between them, elevator-style. The moment that she described was what happened during that moment while they waited for the door to open itself again. She said (explicit language redacted):

“So you have Darth Maul standing there, ready for that door to open, and Qui-Gon Jinn [kneels on the ground with eyes closed] just for a few seconds, then he gets up. He took a deep breath and then [when the doors opened] started back fighting. That must’ve been the scariest moment of that man’s life and this mother****** just got down on one knee and took a breath? That’s some Jedi s***! I fell in love with that. Whenever I’m afraid, I do that: Take a minute and breathe. No matter how scary something is, doing that helps it go away. So it’s not that I don’t have fear, but I manage fear pretty f***ing well.” -Erykah Badu

I don’t recommend the film, but if you're interested, you can see the scene in the YouTube clip below—it’s at the 2:00 minute mark and is about 30 seconds long:

And if you’re reading this, you have that Jedi power as well: the breath. And if you want to learn how to tap into that power, check out my most recent newsletter at