Is it possible, in the Star Wars universe, that someone who discovers they are Force-sensitive can self-train? Say they were afraid of the repercussions of being discovered and instead just tried to figure out how to use the Force on their own? I'm not talking about Grey Jedi. I'm talking about someone COMPLETELY OUTSIDE of either side, being on their own, with NO desire to be discovered by either the Sith or the Jedi, suddenly discovering their ability and over time "practicing" and self-learning what to do with it.

A contextual example would be: Leia Organa (Canon). She was Force-sensitive being the other Skywalker twin, but she never became prominent with her gifts. Rather she kept quiet about that and became the leader of the Rebel Alliance and a diplomat. Is it possible she self-trained when in her own privacy, however?

Another example: kid messing around in a junk yard on planet X. Large piece of junk falls and hurls toward the kid. Kid panics, and instinctively uses the Force to repel it and hurl it another direction. Kid falls backwards and stares at the piece of junk sitting 100s of feet away. Kid thinks, "Did....did I do that? I wonder what else I can do?"

I'm fine with in or out-of-universe answers. "Read the books" is not an acceptable answer. I admit up front I have not had the time to read every single Star Wars book out there, so I may be missing some information that others have read. I have seen all films.

  • Moved from Movies & TV Stack Exchange after realizing my OP was off-topic for that site. Mar 4, 2019 at 20:28
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    Are Legends examples acceptable? Your mention of Grey Jedi suggests so.
    – Null
    Mar 4, 2019 at 20:37
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    It seems pretty obvious that you can self-train the Force just like you can any skill (and if you need an example, look at Rey in The Force Awakens). It's just that finding a teacher is so much more efficient and safer than doing it yourself. Mar 4, 2019 at 20:39
  • @Null, Legends is fine. ANYWHERE in the SW universe, although granted pretty much ANYONE in Legends is force-sensitive so that'd be an easy answer. Mar 4, 2019 at 20:48
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    Also problem with the answering this Q is that "training" is more about an applied philosophy and specific methodology in using the force, as opposed to the idea that one can't simply be guided by the Force without "proper" training. Training may have merit in terms of strategy of a desired outcome for some "group" or individual, but is rendered moot by both the idea of "the will of the force" and being born force-sensitive in and of itself simply by having abilities to use. Mar 4, 2019 at 21:26

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One person who may fit your criteria is Princess/General Leia Organa, whose never been fully trained, but has used her force abilities.

The Last Jedi, Leia Saves Herself

When Disney took over the canon and began to recontexulize the former EU, they took things in a somewhat different direction and began to lay the ground work in various source materials showing Leia was Force-Sensitive for a while, but never reaching "Jedi" status, which may also then help to rectify a possible plot hole from Return of the Jedi that defy's the idea that viewers believe that Leia never met her biological mother.

Star Wars Official Website has a page dedicated to her use of Force Abilities, citing many of times she has used them, and her belief in following her own path and not being formally trained into a Jedi.


Leia’s connection with the Force has been briefly touched upon in the films, and usually, her connection has to do with her own sense of empathy. Despite the intensity of her situation, Leia is able to focus on Luke’s call for help toward the end of The Empire Strikes Back, and can sense that he’s safe without being on the same planet as him at the end of Return of the Jedi. In one of the most heart-wrenching shots of the entire saga, Leia slowly crumbles to the ground when Han Solo is killed far away on Starkiller Base by their son, Kylo Ren, in The Force Awakens (gosh, that physically hurt to type). Beyond these instances, Leia’s unique relationship with the Force has grown through new adventures in books and comics, adding rich new relevancy to her growing understanding of the Force.

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One of the earliest canonical interactions that Leia shares with the Force throws back to Return of the Jedi in a wonderful and very important way. In issue #2 of Marvel’s Princess Leia, the ambitious young leader makes her way to Naboo on a mission for the Rebels, accompanied by R2-D2 and her pilot, Evaan Verlaine. Shortly after the trio lands, a mural of Queen Amidala stops Leia in her tracks. In three gorgeous panels, Padmé seems to come to life and turn to look at Leia with those kind, sad eyes. But when Evaan doesn’t see the same thing, Leia hesitantly dismisses it. Here, the images and feelings that she later describes to Luke on Endor are on full display, and so is Leia’s strength in the Force. Luckily for Leia (and for us), this isn’t her last trip to Naboo, nor her last vision to be had on the gorgeous planet that was once her mother’s home.

The new run of Star Wars comics by Marvel have even given Leia the chance to pick up a lightsaber in one of the coolest massive fights since the Battle of Geonosis. While Luke spends his time complimenting Han for looking ultra cool with a lightsaber, our erstwhile Princess seems like a natural, especially with that strangely familiar arch of blue light emitting from the hilt.

Her own path:

So, with this kind of connection to the Force, why haven’t we seen Leia don the robes of a Jedi yet? These moments (and undoubtedly more) influenced Leia’s choice to follow the path that she did. The visions, feelings, and images coupled with her trained sense of judgment made her an incredibly formidable leader, and probably one of the few people who could take up the reigns of rebellion in the galaxy’s darkest hour. That skill also serves as a comfort for her, as she states during a bittersweet moment with Han in The Force Awakens, when the two finally reunite after the tragedy of their son’s turn to the dark side — it was the only thing she knew how to do in times of crisis. But most importantly, this path was absolutely something that Leia decided on for herself.

And an Interview with JJ. Abrams via IGN Reconfirming This Idea:


Also Just to note, that despite that some force-sensitive characters do get formal training by Jedi, Sith, or Other (Snoke, Knights of Ren, Etc), at some point, we have seen characters like Rey and child Anakin who displayed force abilities at a young ages and/or before any formal training occurred.

In The Phantom Menace Anakin used the force to guide him while pod-racing and then, Rey in The Force Awakens (and other tie-in materials), survived Jakku as a very young child mostly by herself and was also able to battle Kylo Ren with a lightsaber without ever being trained to do so (she and Kylo Ren have "raw" power that has not been well-defined or explained yet). In addition Anakin's/Luke's lightsaber calls to her and shows her "force visions".

Rebels: the Bendu

There is also the entity called The Bendu, who somehow came to believe in not taking sides at all and therefor wasn't seemingly trained and doesn't train others.

  • Note: when this was originally posted at Movies & TV Stack Exchange, Liea Organa was not added to Q criteria until after discussion I had with @MissouriSpartan in comments about her as an example. So my answer may render being moot now? If so I will delete it. Mar 4, 2019 at 21:07
  • Darth Locke, apologies. I believe it is still relevant. I mainly thought of her as a possible canon contextual example because of her relation to Luke, yet not going out to properly train like her brother did, rather taking a different path, which makes her almost the perfect example. Mar 4, 2019 at 21:58
  • It's cool. We'll see how it goes with this community :) Mar 4, 2019 at 23:39
  • "In The Rise of Skywalker, a flashback shows Leia Organa training to be a Jedi with Luke - the pair engage in a duel, and Leia is clearly strong with the Force (as previously exhibited in The Last Jedi). However, she has a vision of her son turning evil if she continues down the path of becoming a Jedi, and so puts an end to her training." screenrant.com/star-wars-rise-skywalker-leia-jedi-ben-kylo-ren - She has a lightsaber, with the construction of which, her "skills are complete."
    – Mazura
    Sep 16, 2021 at 12:40
  • I did update yesterday saying "never been FULLY trained". I may have to re-edit when I have the time. I didn't ever read that her "training" was complete though--in fact I'm pretty sure Bloodline novel (which you cite) explains that she stopped, because she was pregnant...She did do things however before the end of ROTJ without training, so that part remains true. Sep 16, 2021 at 16:04

The Kid in The Last Jedi seemed to will the broom with the Force and I don't think anyone taught him to do that. So if its true that no one taught the Kid how to do that, then you can only Imagine what the Kid can do when he becomes a Teenager. Maybe Force Yoda has a connection with the Kid, and he learned that way, but we don't have that Information.

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