Jedi are an organization featured in the “Star Wars Universe.”
Jedi were powerful characters who wielded the “power of the force.”
Their briefing is to protect all intelligent life, never to be the aggressor.
This fictional organization inspired the formation of a new religious movement in the real world – Jediism.
Can Jedi read minds? Yes, one of the Jedi powers is to read minds, and it is used frequently within the storylines. Examples of this occurring are in
- Episode 1 where the Jedi Council read Anakin’s mind
- Episode 3 where Palpatine also reads Anakin’s mind
- Episode 7 Kylo Ren extracts people’s thoughts
The frequent phrase “Your thoughts betray you” is used whenever someone reads a mind.
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Jedi and Mind Reading
But since the telepath must sense the mental presence of those they wish to communicate with, the reality is that communicating with non-force users is limited to a relatively local range.
Typically, between two force users, the distance they can communicate is limited to 1,000 kilometers (622 miles).
This may seem a long distance, but in terms of space, it is not. Individuals who were either deeply emotionally connected or were biologically very close may have a greater range.
Despite the potential to read minds, most force uses could only sense a broad outline of the mind or strong emotions.
This basic skill was “Force Empathy.”
Very few Jedi had developed the power to enjoy fully telepathic conversations, and these would only allow a few sentences to be passed.
Interestingly, individuals who could use telepathy were banned from casinos across the Galaxy.
What’s also interesting is that some species have a natural resistance to Jedi Mind Tricks, as you can see in the video below:
Individuals With Mind Reading Power
Three of the most adept telepaths were Saesee Tin, Pio Koon, and Kit Fisto.
Some species had a natural telepathic ability, developed without the force.
When members of these species trained as Jedi, this natural ability combined with the Jedi training made them far more powerful than other Jedi.
These species were:
Telepathy was such a basic use of the force, and Luke Skywalker (who was not highly trained) was able to use it to contact his sister, Leia Organa.
The Jedi mind trick
The Force is something that the weak-minded cannot fully handle, and this is a fact that the Jedi sometimes take advantage of.
Jedi are known to sometimes implant ideas in the minds of those they come across.
Using the power of suggestion to make individuals more amenable to their wishes.
To use the Jedi mind trick, the Jedi will typically utilize a suggestive tone while waving their hands in front of the subject’s face.
The subject will normally not remember the process.
It is said that the victims of the Jedi Mind Trick are usually weak-minded.
Some species are immune to it, such as the Hutts and the Toydarians.
On occasions where a mind is resistant to the Jedi mind Trick, multiple Jedi can combine and simultaneously force the process.
This is painful for the target and can damage the mind.
This technique was attempted by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and Anakin Skywalker against Cad Bane, the bounty hunter.
Like the Sith, those on the Dark Side had a stronger technique used to take over others’ minds totally.
The Jedi mind Trick was first shown in Star Wars Episode IV, a New Hope.
It was not referred to by name until Star Wars Episode VI, Return of the Jedi, called “The Jedi Mind Trick.”
Other Mental Powers
Later on, after Star Wars’ success, a host of other stories that take place within the “Star Wars Universe” were released as “Star Wars Legends.”
These were stories written by other writers but using the same characters.
In the Star Wars Legends, other mental powers were mentioned, such as project illusions, but some Star Wars aficionados do not accept these as definitive.
Star Wars Legends, formerly called the Expanded Universe, are licensed productions outside of the original six star-wars movies.
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The Star Wars series of films has become important in western culture, and the mental powers, particularly the Jedi mind, have common cultural references.
For example, the original Jedi Mind Trick, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for,” has inspired at least two popular songs.