Check out some Jedi mind wisdom for everyday life, by Yoda, who served as the Grand Master of the Jedi Order for hundreds of years:
“You will find only what you bring in.”
“Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” YODA, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
“To be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light or darkness. Be a candle, or the night.”
“A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind.”
“Luke: I don’t believe it. Yoda: That is why you fail.”
“You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.”
“When you look at the dark side, careful you must be … for the dark side looks back.” YODA, Dark Rendezvous
As Obi-Wan Kenobi said in A New Hope, “The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.” Jedi use mind tricks — a.k.a. “affect mind” or “alter mind” — to influence others using the Force. While the Jedi mind trick most familiar from the movies is the power of Force suggestion, other mind tricks include creating illusions or controlling someone’s mind.
The phrase itself comes from Return of the Jedi, in which Jabba the Hutt upbraids his major domo Bib Fortuna for his susceptibility to the “old Jedi mind trick” being performed on him by Luke Skywalker. Though this is a general description rather than a Jedi technical term, it has become the phrase normally used to describe Force influence on the minds of others.
In – universe: By using a Jedi mind trick, a Force user can block a creature’s perception of its surroundings and plant a new suggestion. The effects of a Jedi mind trick range from simple persuasion — for example, convincing a guard he hasn’t seen anything suspicious — to illusions affecting a group — for example, an army perceiving a larger enemy force than really exists.
A successful Jedi mind trick requires good powers of perception. A Force user must be able to reach into a subject’s mind and learn the best way to affect him.
The Jedi prefer non-violent solutions when possible, and see the Jedi mind trick as a way to get out of situations without fighting. Misusing a mind trick, however, can lead to the dark side. Some Sith went beyond merely planting suggestions, attempting instead to take complete control of the subject’s mind.
Yarael Poof, a master of Jedi mind tricks, warned Jedi to be mindful of less obvious problems stemming from the use of Jedi mind tricks. For example, he cautioned Jedi to consider that convincing a guard to let you pass could cost him his job, or that convincing him to chase an illusion could lead to injury.
Some species, including Hutts and Toydarians, are naturally resistant or immune to Jedi mind tricks as a result of their brain structure. Other creatures could learn to resist Jedi mind tricks with training.