I recently came across a good online discussion on the symbolism and deeper spiritual meanings revealed within the popular AVATAR movie. I invite you to take a moment and read the discussion posted on the TimberWolf HQ website. I have included a snippet below with a link to read the full article.
“James Cameron made a movie which has become a worldwide phenomenon. He wrote the screenplay in the 1990’s and it sat on a shelf for the best part of seven years. That screenplay was recently released as the movie “Avatar”. It is the highest grossing movie of all time and has been nominated for nine Academy awards. I’m a bit of a sci-fi buff; among my favourite authors are Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke and Frank Herbert. With this in mind I went to see “Avatar” and was completely blown away by the scope of the film. As I was watching it I realised that, either purposely or by default, James Cameron had included a number of subtle messages in “Avatar”. What are those messages you ask? Well follow me and let us explore together.
Avatar’s lessons for the Spiritual Warrior and Seeker of the Way
You might say that Avatar is just a movie, there are no spiritual lessons or life lessons in it, it is purely entertainment on a massive new scale. Well, whether it was intentional or not, I feel that James Cameron included a number of subliminal messages in the script and on screen action which, considering when it was written, were well ahead of their time.
In our own mythologies, there is always reference to the “first ones”, the “mother goddess” or some other primal source for our creation. Even the bible indicates in Genesis that there was a supreme intelligence behind the creation of our planet and the life upon it. For example, in Egyptian mythology there is the swirling chaotic waters known as “Nu” from which “Atum the creator” sprang forth. 1 While “Atum” is identified as male, “Nu” is definitely female. She can also be identified with “Gaia” from Greek myth and “Eurynome” from Pelasgian myth. 2 These female “first ones” can be traced back to the constellation of Ursa Major, the great Bear.”