Metaphor in Movies

Modern movies of late seem increasingly to conceal hidden spiritual metaphors. It seems that benevolence is using this media channel to speak to us. Of course frequently the truth gets a little hazy as it passes through distorted human minds, but to my mind at least, they seem to be getting increasingly illuminating. And it seems to be having a powerful unveiling effect on human consciousness. So what metaphors are you seeing? We'd love for you to share them here...


For me, it was the matrix that kicked it all off with a wonderful kaleidoscopic multi-dimensional view of the controlling system within which we live. What is the matrix? Who could have said it better than the character Morpheus...

One of the most stunning metaphors for me recently happened from a 'tip-off' by a tuned in Openhander - that "The Five Gateways" were metaphored in no less than the great James Cameron blockbuster Avatar.

If like me you missed it the first time around, watch the movie again. Here are the transitions to watch out for followed by a clip from the movie...

Gateway 1: where Jake awakens to his Avatar (higher self)
Gateway 2: where he realigns to his 'tribe' and higher truth
Gateway 3: where he becomes one of the Na'vi tribe
Gateway 4: exorcising his shadows of deception
Gateway 5: the resurrection of himself as a Na'vi

And here's the final scene where Jake is resurrected as a Na'vi...

Here's a new movie that's caught my attention which is due out later in 2011. It's called "The Adjustment Bureau". It seems to contain a really good metaphor of how we become influenced and controlled by Opposing Consciousness and that a higher choice of the soul is the way to break free. Here's the trailer...

I found a powerful message in the movie Inception. A complex plot about stealing information from or implanting ideas within someones mind whilst invading their dream world, by drawing them into a "constructed dream"

What spoke to me wasn't really to do with the above detail, but was on a much more general level. As I watched the characters moving up and down between multiple levels of dreams within dreams and struggling to be sure when they were back in reality, I felt like I was seeing a reminder of my own journey, a kind of metaphor for all the levels of my reality I've had to question as I've followed a commitment to finding my personal truth in any moment. This has been the most incredible journey which has included life changing decisions affecting major life scenarios like location, home, career, social and family connections, each being examined for validity and when neccessary broken apart. As if I have been emerging from multiple levels of false realities constructed by my old false self and watching new realities re-form around ever more authentic levels of beingness. Like working my way from "my delusion" to "my truth" one level at a time,

I saw the movie on a plane, and when I got to my destination I found a curious little brass object of unexplainable origin or purpose in the flat I was staying in. I felt like I'd just been given a totem! (See the movie!)

I have a feeling you will have enjoyed this movie Chris, what did you see in it?

Lesley :-)

Hey Lesley :)

I'm not Chris :D But I felt like writing about this movie, because I saw it 3 times already, each time saw more things, and I I'll sure see it again...

I saw there a 'couple' of things...

First of all, of course the reality perception-creation relation.

For me it was also a hint about how sometimes I choose to be stuck somewhere, building this "dream place" like the main character did, recreating the same situation that just repeats itself from back in the past until now, because it's hard to let go of something, as if it is part of me and I still want it to be there. And it is not even a denial, but inability to let go something I know about.

Finding a sort of 'totem' for blind spots or for periods when I loose it, how I can make something to remind me where is real and where is a 'dream', like maybe notes, or some sort of tightness I can recignise in the body accompanying a certain distortion (like sharp shoulder pain when I'm lost if fears and worries), or just a question "And who is talking now?" (yelling/doing smth, etc) can be anything...

Then the courage to go deeper and deeper, despite all the side-effects and how each time it looks/feels different, as if the decorations change a little, but it's still the same.

The time trick - time stretching/contraction, which I think everybody is familiar with on the simple level (like one hour passes as if it was 5 minutes only, or one day feels like it began long long ago).

The importance not to put anything as a goal on the path, like my goal is to be enlightened/happy/free/strong, etc... Then ego can build a trap to hold me there in denial and illusion that I'm already there. Therefore it's very important, for me, not to hold any vision about the future, which is not easy, and stay focused on the shortest time interval possible, like the moment. Teh exclusion would be an immediate pull having something to do with future, lik ebuying tickets for flights months in advance, but even there I assume that I will not 100% go, and might loose the money and stay if that's what will come. In the movie the end is not clear and leaves a place for imagination, but the point is, that the goal built on weakness might trap and make forget about the 'totem', i.e. the way to go back to 'real'.

I also saw there an importance of building 'external group' of people, who would help, encourage, back up, etc. Everything is happening inside, and I can give myself whatever is required for my evolution, like I write in my diary answers to many questions, so it sounds (reads) like a crazy split-personality dialogue :D. But somehow it is important many times that the info comes from 'outside', i.e. I create something/somebody outside to tell me what I already know, but can't see and say to myself.

Question I have about it: why this mechanism? I mean why do we build external help?

Now the song itself to wake them up from the dream: "Je ne regrette rien" (I don't regret anything, right? ;)), maybe something to do with acceptance of my past self, or my attachments and distortions. Once I'm able not to judge and acceptit really, I can 'wake up' from it (sort of).

Also how the illusion can be affected by something real and vice versa - like if something is happening on the inside, then it will project ouside to the illusionary reality, and vice versa - sometimes the authentic pull/expression gets distorted.

Now the defense mechanisms to protect the 'dream', how my projections attack the invader. The simplest example of being angry at the mirror, who came to shake the dream a little ;) so usually all kinds of rejection responses will activate, like mistrust, competition, criticism, etc. But actually it happens inside all the time between me and me :D

The salvation - how we can build a story about something and get stuck there, and how it's possible to let the old story go and to find a way through and out (Cillian Merphy's character).

Self destruction - how we sabotage our own evolution by creating something there, an opposition to inhibit us (Cobb's wife), what I now call the dissipation element :D

For me it also had something to tell me about guilt, and how it can hold me by foot.

How it's all up to me and I can use imagination and have some fun on the path (depicted by Tom Hardy with a more efficient weapon to deal with dream-defense).

Well, I'm sure I forgot some of the messages I saw was like ah!..and ah! evry five minutes :D
and I'm sure I'll see more next time I see it.

A really good one...


Yes indeed, Inception for me was a very powerful movie too. It is a brilliant metaphor of how life exists through multiple dimensions and how we are influenced through them whether we know it or not.

I especially liked the metaphor of how our reality starts to break because of subconscious programming - like the lead characters continual confrontation with his supposedly dead wife (we're always kept guessing about that one - perfectly set up for the sequel!).

And I thought the ending was brilliant - the totem that doesn't fall over! So you're not quite sure if this is reality or the dream still.

For me the totem is a powerful metaphor for day to day life and it relates to your question yulia...

    "But somehow it is important many times that the info comes from 'outside', i.e. I create something/somebody outside to tell me what I already know, but can't see and say to myself. Question I have about it: why this mechanism? I mean why do we build external help?"

I'd say this is an authentic aspect of your soul - first the Ray 6, looking into the outer world to reflections of our own beingness and to align with that. That the Ray 3 - the translation aspect - making sure that what we're really experiencing is real. Its the continual questioning of motivation for action and I'd say it is very beneficial and powerful for us. Then there's the Ray 7, creating synchronistic magic so that we know we're aligned with the co-creative flow

Together, to me, these things represent our 'totem' - how we know what's really real.

Such a depth of insight within all the above movies, I'm not sure where to start ;-)

The Matrix is a work of art, woven with an endless array of metaphors hinting at the nature of reality.

I adore the roll of the Oracle within the movie. She tells a person what they 'need' to hear, often talking in riddles, rarely telling the direct answer. She carries a vibration that sees everything, whilst it is not within her reality to violate free will.

By the time Neo incarnates the Oracle has already incarnated into 5 versions of the matrix. She's seen them rise. She's seen them fall. She awaits with the patience of a saint trusting that a time will come when harmony will be restored and those souls who are ready will evolve beyond the matrix.

To me, she represents an incanated angelic being. She only shares with Neo what he is 'meant' to hear, which tends to take him into a situation where he makes his own realisations.

A gentle nudge can change the entire world.

Awesome :innocent:

I am fascinated be the metaphoric reflections within the Avatar movie. There are so many.

One of the things that stands out for me is the level of innate unity between the sentient beings there. They have a connectedness that we tend only to see in native people who are untainted by the hand of the 'civilised' worlds. The consciousness and honesty between them feels much more fifth dimensional than third. It offers a message of honesty, trust and fifth dimensional beingness.

If we look at in Earthly terms, the Na'vi represent every native culture that has been infiltrated and exploited by the civilised world. The Hawaiian's, Native Americans, Aborignes (the list is very long!). The message is loud and clear. LOOK! Look at the world we have created. See how it destroys the very thing that we yearn for in our souls. Make a choice to follow the calling of your soul. Make that choice now, because tomorrow it might be too late.

And how fascinating. Yes - The Five Gateways are encoded with in it. Avatar is just a movie, BUT it mirrors exactly what we have before us. We have what we need. Right here.

and I found out today Pandora apparently means both "the all gifted" and "the all giving". In the original Greek myth she was the first woman. I feel its a nice reflection of Mother Earth.

"The Fountain" was to me quite an obtuse film rich in superlative spiritual metaphor. It seems to tell the tale of several incarnations of two soul mates. It shows how the choices we make lead to suffering but that through self realisation over countless lifetimes can 'correct' those mistakes and lead to eternal life. At least that's my take on it! Anyway, here's an interesting clip from the movie...

Me too want somebody come for 5 minutes and my bad things go away! :D

I had an opportunity to see my mother suffering from her own help to other people. She could not understand why they are so ungrateful and do bad things to her after.

Already when I was 12-13 I could clearly see the mechanism. You solve their problems and they hate you for that.

I could see that it is very delicate business - helping others. This sensitivity is needed - when it is assistance and when it is almost humiliation of the helped by showing ability to do something, that the helped couldn't.

All this I saw in everyday life.

In spirituality I think it is felt in a very similar way - assistance doesn't cross this thin line to steal the personal exploration and that feeling of standing alone in the face of 'God' and anything coming from 'him'. This element is pretty huge part of my evolution anyway, these great moments of self-sufficiency :)

Sure sometimes I feel that it is time to bring somebody from the outside, but sometimes it's just fear or disbelief in myself, and then I too can fall to this place - "please, take it away, help me, help me", actually asking to take away something unpleasant, something I consider 'not good' or even something I can't digest with my mind, or bring me faster and easier to somewhere nice.

And I am very 'lucky' and grateful, since my 'helpers' always somehow just loved to leave me with whatever I came with, and only give me some tips what I can do about it, and sometimes even not it, but only encouragement to find out myself.

I believe that doing something like 'programming' DNA, if that is possible at all, would take this hard, challenging, confusing... but adventurous, full of surprises and gifts, full of these "AAAAAAAAAAA" when after 5 hours of tough but happy climbing you reach the mountain top :D

Anyway, I think that I wouldn't want to miss all that :)

Love and hug to all,

Whale Rider is an inspiring movie that shows us that the destiny of the Soul cannot be restrained. This is the story of Pai, a Maori girl who follows her heart despite the energies that would have her silenced. Pai shows us how to transcend the old world, letting go of outdated paradigms and belief systems. This is a courageous story of allowing Soul to evolve beyond doctrine and tradition into a higher paradigm.

I highly recommend also Youth Without Youth (film) by Francis Ford Coppola.

"Dominic becomes aware of an 'other' self who speaks to him in mirrors and his dreams. This other, who looks exactly like Dominic, serves as the voice of his condition and seemingly knows everything about his newly found power"

This film expose different subjects ego, karma, past life, time, enlightenment, awakening etc