Let Your Goals Take (Shamanic) Flight with ‘Avatar’

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I’m feeling a bit of blue this week. Not a lot within the emotional sense, although—I’m simply actually blissful to be speaking about Avatar with you all.

We’re going to have a good time discussing this movie, and I’ll get this out of the way in which now: In the event you’re respiratory, you’ve in all probability already seen Avatar. However in the event you haven’t, you must know we’re not worrying an excessive amount of about spoilers for this episode. It is a nice reminder to go forward and see the film in the event you haven’t already, particularly as a result of Avatar 2 is popping out in December.

In the event you’re questioning about that headline up high, right here’s what it’s worthwhile to know: Avatar tells us how you can incorporate the shamanic into our lives, and shamanic flight is all about private progress

Welcome again to SUCCESS Film Rewind—the film podcast the place the intro hook could also be obscure, however the classes you allow with may have you personally growing such as you by no means have earlier than. With that, let’s leap in. 

Mere survival is a self-defeating worth.

I received’t go away you hanging on the that means of “shamanic flight” for any longer. Shamanic journeying is a psychological strategy of taking a symbolic journey to a different world utilizing nothing however your thoughts, typically with the steerage of a therapist or shaman. It’s a manner of going someplace and experiencing one thing that can change you, deepen your understanding or provide you with readability.

Sound a bit of bit just like the journey of Avatar’s predominant character? Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully has traveled to Pandora within the place of his deceased brother, the place he’ll management an avatar that appears like one of many Na’vi, who’re native to the planet.

Every time Jake places on the headset and controls his avatar, he goes on a shamanic flight and learns one thing new about Pandora. Fairly cool stuff.

However that’s not our first takeaway, precisely. Our first takeaway begins when Jake and the opposite people who’ve come to the planet are being briefed by their commander (Stephen Lang). He’s a rough-around-the-edges drill teacher form of man, and he’s laying out the strict guidelines for survival on this new planet.

To boil down what’s stated on this scene, the human guests to Pandora have been advised to deal with this world as an “different” with the intention to survive. Worry of the unknown instantly leaves them feeling like they’re in hostile territory with few choices in the event that they hope to make it dwelling.

As we see later, the primary human character to interrupt the principles the army commander lays out is the one human character to seek out his true self. That’s why I say mere survival is a self-defeating worth.

No matter your “hostile” planet is, no matter your model of a security briefing advised you to do, it’s worthwhile to keep in mind that in the event you’re solely making an attempt to outlive, you’re not going to actualize your true self. Your entrepreneurial targets aren’t about survival; they’re about wanting—and discovering and reaching—one thing extra. To do this, you’re going to wish to embrace some danger.

You’ve obtained to be to see.

You knew at the present time was coming. I’ve not one, however two rhyming takeaways for you. It needed to occur.

Right here’s the primary one: You’ve obtained to be to see. You’ve obtained to be nonetheless, be within the second, be quiet, be one with the universe—no matter model of that you’ve in your most meditative moments, you’ve obtained to embrace it if you wish to see past the exterior world and the place you are actually.

How does that come from Avatar? It occurs when Jake (in avatar kind) has to spend the evening within the wilderness, and he’s rescued by his eventual love curiosity, Ney’tiri. She mainly calls him ignorant and says he can’t “see.” When Jake asks her to show him to see, she says, “Nobody can educate you to see.”

She’s proper—nobody can educate you to see. Solely you are able to do that, and it’s important to be to study to see. Jake does that by being one with the breathtaking nature of Pandora, being quiet and studying about an unimaginable new world.

For you, that can contain so much much less glow-in-the-dark flora and much more aligning your exterior actions and needs together with your inner self. To grasp your internal life, it’s important to look inward throughout the quiet moments. Solely then will you see what you really need out of your life.

You’ve obtained to die earlier than you’ll be able to fly.

Right here’s the second rhyming takeaway from Avatar: You’ve obtained to die earlier than you’ll be able to fly. I need to be clear about one thing right here: I don’t imply literal loss of life. I imply one thing extra like ego loss of life. I imply it’s important to let go of sure facets of your self which are getting in your individual manner earlier than you’ll be able to take shamanic flight and actually study or obtain.

The best way you construct one thing larger than your self is by letting these guidelines about security and self-preservation you’ve discovered die. In Avatar, we see the colonel character do the precise reverse of that and—spoiler alert—it’s why he fails. 

He fails to see that the pressure of Na’vi amassing for the ultimate battle might be addressed with one thing apart from a violent preemptive assault. He fails to let his defenses down and doesn’t see the higher, extra enlightening, different strategy. Our protagonist, Jake, does see it although, and that’s why he’s the story’s hero.

In your private {and professional} life, you in all probability have extra ritualized habits and round patterns constructed to guard you from what you understand as hurt than you notice. And whilst you could not notice it proper now, they could be holding you again from the subsequent section—the one the place you obtain a long-term purpose, construct a enterprise or launch a podcast—no matter your purpose, it applies. 

Earlier than you will get there, you’ve obtained to let your previous self die. You must be reborn, after which you’ll be able to actually fly.

Subsequent week: An episode 65 million years within the making

That’s it for Avatar, of us. There’s much more to study from this film, however these are the private improvement classes your neighborhood shaman would need you to study.

Subsequent week, we’re sticking with the theme of blockbuster, big-budget, sci-fi motion pictures. It’s an episode of SUCCESS Film Rewind that’s 65 million years within the making—it’s the one the place we speak about Jurassic Park, after all. See you there.


Alex Stevens invented motivational media criticism and reinvents the style each week on SUCCESS Film Rewind. Alex can also be a lawyer, artistic guide, and artist, generally . Alex lives along with his household in Dallas, Texas.




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