Analyzing the Movie: Avatar (2009)

!!!Spoilers ahead. Don’t read the following article if you still haven’t seen the movie!!!

Avatar (marketed as James Cameron’s Avatar) is a 2009 American epic science-fiction film directed, written, produced, and co-edited by James Cameron and stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver. The film is set in the mid-22nd century when humans are colonizing Pandora, a lush habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system, in order to mine the mineral unobtanium, a room-temperature superconductor. The movie was released and distributed by 20 Century Fox.

Development of Avatar began in 1994, when Cameron wrote an 80-page treatment for the film. Filming was supposed to take place after the completion of Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic, for a planned release in 1999, but according to Cameron, the necessary technology was not yet available to achieve his vision of the film. Work on the language of the film’s extraterrestrial began in 2005, and Cameron began developing the screenplay and fictional universe in early 2006. In order to properly develop the language and culture of Pandora, Cameron collaborated with Paul Frommer – professor of linguistics in the University of South California. Frommer overdelivered by not only creating the words used by the Na’vis but also added grammar, pronunciation and written symbols.

The story takes place in 2154 and it traces an epic conflict unfolding on the Pandora moon between the Na’Vi tribe – 20-feet tall humanoid creatures – and their potential colonizers from Earth. The humans are forced to use Avatars due to the highly-toxic environment on Pandora – these are bodies artificially created out of the fusion between a man’s DNA and a DNA from the local Na’Vis. The main leitmotif of the movie is the idea of acceptance. Acceptance of the different, of the unconventional, of whatever is that exists beyond the comfort zone. The movie illustrates the themes of unity and harmony through the Hometree – the unified coherence of All that Is! These themes are juxtaposed with the human aggression, the desire for control and war, and the lack of empathy and compassion. Moreover, the movie makes us renegotiate the notions of progress and development as we see how the technocratic race of the earthlings is on the verge of destroying itself in its attempt to colonize the ostensibly more primitive, yet incredibly complex and self-preserving inhabitants of Pandora.

Everyone who has seen Cameron’s movie has felt the truth that each and every one of us is an Avatar. In the movie, each Avatar can only be used by the person who has supplied the human DNA sample for its creation.  Men use their avatars mainly for communicating with the Na’Vi tribe and to explore their surrounding environment. Such scenario in which men are using another creature’s body in order to manifest themselves at a given place – inside a given reality – in order to experience the task that has been chosen by oneself, can be just as easily applied to our human bodies as well. Nature itself is also an Avatar of the Source, and so are all of us in our physical existence. Each existing thing is part of the Creation. A similar motif that Love can be found even at places where things seem incredibly cruel reoccurs in Wachowski Brothers’ ‘’The Matrix’’

Cameron’s movie is one spectacular visual experience. Through its visuals, the movie manages to communicate ideas that have remained hidden from the masses for centuries and it manages to provide answers to questions that are hard to be answered. Indeed, the movie does an excellent job in speaking even to people who have not nurtured their internal perception towards the invisible world. One of the most prominent esoteric ideas communicated by the movie is that when we are born in this world, we wake up in the physical world but we are falling asleep inside the spiritual one. And when death arrives – the process is reversed. The same process is occurring when we are going to sleep. When we fall asleep, we lost touch with our physical reality so that we find ourselves inside another reality. When we wake up, it is the other way around. Avatar illustrates this shift between bodies and identities, thus managing to explain the unexplainable in the process.

The physical body and the physical reality are not actually as real as we perceive them to be, but are merely the consciously created manifestation of the mental Source. It is manifesting within the existing in order to examine and explore the state of ignorance. The infinitely many manifestations inside the resultant infinite network possess certain common traits. All of them are connected to the Source and therefore, all of them are interconnected as well. Each existing thing is creating itself and its parallel examinations inside an environment that it has chosen for the purposes of finding even more alternatives beyond it. All are one – the Source that is examining its different conditions. The Source itself cannot be fully manifested because its variations are endless. The information is being experienced and recorded so that it might not be repetitive. This accounts for the uniqueness of the Creator who Is us. All our experiences are unique and this uniqueness is what makes them perfect.  Because each of our experiences is unique, yet also a reflection connected with all the rest. Avatar illustrates how we are inside one global energy and mental network that is all-encompassing in scope. And each single individual’s thinking is passing in simultaneity through thousands of threads extending along the entire system, including its non-material plains. Each our brain cell is mirroring one ethereal world that it is connected to anyway. The birth and demise of worlds are both happening solely inside the mind of the individual’s illusionary manifestation. Avatar hints towards the possibility for transferring this mental essence from one body to another. It hints that the body is but a garment for one higher power. And it helps us to realize – if we still haven’t done so – that our mental essence is infinite and eternal.

If man could only behold the greatness of his own soul, he would kneel and bow down in front of her.

The movie reveals truths that we have done our best to keep hidden from ourselves. Because if we unveil and understand them as being our truths, we might even go as far as to start implementing them…It is quite a paradoxical thing that we are looking but we can’t see, we are listening but we can’t hear, we are thinking but we don’t understand and we are doing but we are not doing consciously. We are focused solely upon ourselves; we see ourselves everywhere; we are blinded by ourselves. The attachment to our garment – to our physical existence – is an obsession that is preventing us from seeing. Self-deception and disbelief together constitute the substance of egocentrism. Denying and laziness are stronger than our desire to get to know the unknown. The paradox goes as far as that we are looking for the perfect Avatar in order so that we might not do anything with it when we find it. But then it would not be perfect because it would not have the desire for growing and developing. That’s why it is non-sensical for us to wonder what we are. Seeking this knowledge is a ‘’dangerous’’ affair, since a man might eventually realize that he is a Source, he is many manifestations at once, that his home is everywhere – it is within All that Is. He can understand that the body is but an infinitesimal part of everything that he has. Truths that are hiding where you can see them. We are ready to talk about how something is not working out but we are not ready to give it a try. Because the invisible turns visible only for those who wish to see! Everyone is a Source with unlimited possibilities within the infinite network of All that Is. And the devotion and dedication directed outwards of oneself is the Love of becoming one with everyone and everything.

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