Like millions of people around the world, Mike Robbins recently saw the blockbuster hit Avatar . While he was blown away by the movie's visual beauty, the out-of-this world effects and the revolutionary technology, it was the deeper, spiritual message of Avatar that had the biggest impact on him.
As a spiritual seeker and someone who sometimes arrogantly criticizes "mainstream" culture for being too shallow or not "getting it," I was both humbled and inspired watching this film—knowing that direct and indirect messages of spiritual awareness and interconnectedness are not only being shown to millions all over the world, but that there is an intense hunger and desire for them, as evidenced by its record-breaking success.
As a culture, we are waking up on so many levels. With all that is going on in our country and our world these days, many of us are asking deeper, more meaningful questions about life, work, money, relationships, peace and our planet. Many of these important issues were addressed directly and profoundly in Avatar . When I left the theater, not only did I feel that I'd just seen an incredible movie, I felt as though my life had been altered spiritually.
The film is a wake-up call—reminding us of the dangers of greed, unconsciousness, disconnection, insensitivity and arrogance, both globally and personally. It's also a bold call for each of us to reconnect with that which is most sacred to us, to focus on what truly matters and to remember how connected we are to each other, all living beings and the environment in which we live.
3 key themes to take away from the film