Metaphor in Movies


Countless movies of late seem increasingly to conceal hidden spiritual metaphors - real gems like Avatar. It's clear 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...

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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...

Hey Lesley :)

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)...it 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 there..it 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...

Yulia

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.

"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...

Hello Everyone

 

I am not sure how I can explain it like Open can do clearly.

When I watched the movie few years back I feel like it helped me to believe that the path I am taking in my life could be the true path and I do not need to fear all the time for my choices. It is hard to explain :) I hope Open can help me out if he has watched the movie before.

 

This is my favorite movie so far. I am sorry I do not know how to attach a video here. So here the link on youtube.

 

 

Thank you

 

https://youtu.be/EqYiSlkvRuw 

 

I second this! One of my most favourite movies of all times Farzaneh! And you posted this at a time when Im seen/experiencing signs (just like Ophelia in the movie) that speak about how to deeply understand this huge layer that is arising for me at the moment and how to be with it.

Ophelia's quest to escape the brutality around her speaks to me deeply. And her finding solace and protection in Faun's arms (The Greek equivalent is the semi-god Pan = the MAGIC of the natural Flow!).

For me, Ophelia's journey is a re-turn Home. To re-turn Home she has to die in this life (she=self-referenced identities), to be re-born to the world of Purity/Innocence/Love. 

Ophelia went through many initiations that culminated to reuniting with Home. Strong will and sacrifice (letting go) made that possible. 'Innocent' love and trust in the magic flow of the universe.

What an amazing tale sign!

xx