Monday, September 15, 2014

UP IN SMOKE

Another significant feature to LOST was the island smoke monster. It took many forms, as a menacing and killing mass of darkness, to human form in Christian Shephard, a horse and Flocke.

But if the characters were in a dream state, what does smoke symbolize?

The smoke is a dream symbol for conflict-laden forces which are stronger, the closer, biting or more darkly the smoke is in the dream. It is a good sign if the smoke still resolves during the dream action or pulls. This points because to a relaxation of the dreaming or his conflict, a solution can be found. We should find out whether it concerns the grey-black smoke of a fire or the white-grey of a blazing fire. Smoke can symbolize in the dream also passion, even if it is not 'roused' maybe yet for a certain person. In addition, smoke stands at the same time for cleaning.

At the spiritual level the smoke in the dream is a symbol for the prayer or the victim which climbs to the sky. In addition, smoke can also show climbing the soul figuratively. This may be the process of cleansing the soul for its journey to the after life.

If everyone needs to be or become a smoke monster in order to clean up their sins, issues, emotional failings and burdens as a means of enlightenment and re-birth in the after life, the island could have been that proving ground. In the theme of light and dark, it is possible that the soul is split into two separate divisions, the dark side of the soul going to the island while the light side going to the sideways world. As such a person's aura gets two ways in which to see the bigger picture of life. The sideways world draws out the "goodness" in a person, while the island world draws out the bad. It is when a person true soul can come to terms with both the dark and light can it be re-awakened to continue its journey through eternity.

It would seem to be a personal redemption without a moral component. Most people have issues based upon environment, personality, disorders, relational and cultural factors that may bog down a person's achievements in their life. The separation of the darkness from the good is a means of purifying the spirit so one side does not dominate over the other. Balance, which is key in nature, is restored when the person is ready to accept themselves for whom they are.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

RUNNING THROUGH THE JUNGLE

Another dream connection to the series was the constant use of a character "running through the jungle." In dream interpretation, what does that mean?

Jungle Dream Explanation: In a dream, a jungle means people one cannot benefit from their company. Among them there is an intruder, for jungles grow on plants intruding upon one another, behind which hunters hide to jump at their prey. If the jungle belongs to someone, then it represents enemies one will have to fight.

Running Away Dream Explanation:  Running away from something in a dream means turning to higher power for safety and protection. Running away in a dream also could mean receiving an appointment, or it could mean repentance from a sin, or it could mean one's death. If one sees himself running away to escape from an enemy he fears in a dream, it means that he will be safe. If a man of knowledge or a scholar sees himself running away from an enemy in fear in a dream, it means that he will be asked to sit as a judge, or to govern. If one sees himself running away but has no fear in the dream, it means his death.

There is danger in the jungle, so to dream about it means that one will have to confront an enemy in real life. The process of running through the jungle in a dream state can add the element that one is seeking Devine intervention or enlightenment for one's safety and protection in a real world situation.

Kate was apt in running through the jungle (she had the most missions). In real life, she was running away from her criminal past. But in some ways, she was running away from herself and the responsibility for her own actions. Perhaps, she was seeking some safety and security when she was running through the island's jungle. But it would seem her own true safety was in her own death and reunion at the sideways church.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

PLANE CRASH

As one of the older theories of the show's premise, dreams are subject to interpretation.

What does it mean if one dreams about a plane crash?

If you dream of a journey – airplane or car are the most common – that ends in a crash those crash dreams are about the fear of not hitting your goals. Perhaps they are unrealistic, or perhaps new circumstances have made them appear harder to achieve.

If you dream of a plane crash it suggests you are anxious about the failure of a project. The dream meaning is of you having planned a project that doesn’t get you where you thought it would – and is accompanied by the fear that things will end badly.

Plane crash dreams (and car crash dreams) are particularly common during recessions and times of financial crisis, and can be directly translated as someone worrying about their financial situation – a lifetime’s journey, with a planned end, where there is a sudden concern about getting safely to the goal.

However the dream can in fact relate to any important project or goal where there is a fear over successful completion.

Plane crash dreams can signify you have set unrealistic goals, that the goalposts have moved, or that events have suddenly obscured the finish line. The dream is an expression of your anxiety.

A dream of a plane crash represents your self doubt and your lack of faith that you can successfully complete a project.

Plane crash dreams can also represent an extreme fear of phobia of a future event.
Plane crash dreams are about your anxiety for the future. It is a mental life check.
It might therefore be an appropriate time to look at your goals to see if they are still achievable. Can you make changes so that your goals appear easier? Or do you need to recalibrate your goals to take into account current circumstances?

The fear of failure can often be overcome by a fresh analysis of the obstacles in your path and a more realistic plan on how to reach your goals.

Plane crash dreams represent project failure and the anxiety associated with meeting one's goals. Doubt, fear and failure are part of these dreams.

And it is clear that the main characters all had some sort of failure anxieties based on their back stories. Kate was anxious about escaping her crimes. Sawyer feared failure in not tracking down his parent's killer. Jack was worried about getting his father's acceptance. Hurley was distraught that he would never find love. Locke feared success in any endeavor, from school, career to relationships. They all worried about crashing and burning.

If LOST was a collective of the characters' plane crash dreams, how did they end? When one dreams about heaven, or their view of an after life existence, they dream  of  a place where there is no suffering and everyone is happy. So, if you dream about heaven, you could be seeking relief from the physical or emotional pain and sadness in your real life. 

In essence, the dream theory can explain the two disconnected features of the LOST universe: the island (dream of plane crash) and the sideways (dream of heaven) arcs.

Friday, September 12, 2014

MYTHS OF DEMI-GODS

In Greek mythology and other cultures, there are stories about the heavenly gods coming down to Earth to mess with the human population. Sometimes, these gods mate with human females, creating a hybrid off-spring which other gods try to eliminate. These demi-gods have half human and half-god like traits. They may have magical powers, but still be mortal.

Under the background of these stories, the off-spring are usually hidden away from the gods in order to protect them from destruction. Sometimes they are banished by the gods to a faraway place so their mere presence will not upset the gods' rule over humanity. At times, these off-spring are cursed by the gods so they could have no human interaction, such as the ability to turn men into stone.

As such, these stories may be relevant to the island guardian. The ones we have seen, like Crazy Mother and Jacob, appear to be immortal, with magical powers but yet have the ability to die under certain circumstances.

Perhaps, the initial island guardian was a demi-god, banished to this remote island. One of its magical powers is the ability to turn human beings into smoke monsters. With the essence of human souls trapped in smoke form, they would be trapped on the island prison with their host, the demi-god.

We saw the smoke monster take many human forms. However, that does not eliminate the possibility that there were more than one smoke monster on the island. The whispers, the trapped souls who have no physical form, may be like cloaks that a smoke monster absorbs in order to create a human form.

What damage does one do by banishing a supernatural being to a deserted island to live their eternity alone? You try to find loopholes in order to bring things to the island "for play." Jacob was all about playing games; and his manipulation of Alpert to Ben Linus was all a part of an elaborate game that Jacob made up the rules as it went along. In one way, this may be a childlike game of "tag." Jacob was looking to find a person to be "it," the new guardian, so his prison sentence or banishment would be over.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

LITTLE PEOPLE

There is an ancient Celt legend on the Isle of Man that says it was once inhabited by a band of Little People who had magical powers that could transport humans into other realms, only to return hundreds of years later.

The concept of alien abductions, disappearing ships and aircraft in time vortexes, and strange electromagnetic properties of Earth's hot spots, have bolstered the concept of inter-dimensional transport to new worlds or new universes.  Consistent with these theories is the suspension of mortality in the travelers. They allegedly return to Earth as if only a day had passed when in fact it had been a century.

So these portal dimensions must be a place where there is no linear time line. A place where there is no concept of past, present or future just mere existence. Sound familiar? That was how the sideways world was explained.

It could be a reasonable definition for the after life. A mortal soul must travel somewhere to become immortal. It is why Christian told Jack that some of his friends died "long" before and "long" after his own demise, but they did not skip a beat living in the sideways realm.

How could that be?

Well, if you reverse the Earth's Little People's mythology, one can imagine that the souls in the sideways spirit world were abducted or taken to the island realm in order to experience new things, work out problems, or become re-acquainted with humanity.  This would suppose that the linear time elements of the human souls would be 1) flashbacks, to 2) sideways world, to 3) island realm, then back to 2) sideways world conclusion.

In ancient Egyptian culture, this chain of events is described as a soul's journey through an underworld. It could live in human body form in another dimension without knowing its own fate. It could think that it is living a human existence when in fact it is a second life. In this second life, the souls eat, drink, marry, fight, and die. So why would there be a need for a second life in the scheme of the after life?

If the lesson is that one cannot move on without sufficient bonds of love and friendship, than that is what occurred in the sideways church.  Without the characters having experienced the island tangent, they would have never experienced the deep bonds they missed during their earthly existence. One can imagine reincarnation of multiple existences in order to awaken one's final spirit.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

STAR CHILDREN

In the lore of Native American people, there is creation story about their ancestors being star children. It goes that mankind was created from beings from the stars. As such, they believed that one day they would return.

The concept of children of the stars can be adopted to the LOST mythology.

If you break a part the main story periods, pre-Flight 815, post crash and the sideways arc, you can get a formula for the native legend.

We must assume that the events in the flashbacks were true, that the main characters lives as represented in the story. The issues, personalities, crimes, emotional problems, etc. were all part of each individual.

We know that the sideways arc was the after life. Everyone in that plane of existence was dead, but remembering their past lives seems cloudy or confused. Most of the characters actually were living separate and distinct "new" lives such as Jack, as being amicably divorced from Juliet, and being a father.

So what is the in-between state? The island may represent the transition between life and death. A level of existence where both body and soul are in the journey of dying, perhaps along the analogy of the ferryman carrying souls across the River Styx, for a price. Flight 815 was that ferry.

If the island was a world of semi-life and semi-death, the process of removing mortality to immortality, the island setting is that bridge. The characters became "star children" because in order to migrate to the universe of pure souls, they had to work out their earthly human issues and become better, content souls.

And as "children" on the island, they acted like children. That would help explain the inconsistent behavior, the lack of common sense, the elementary school soap opera romances, the "war games" in the school yard, and the fantasies that kids would like to act out.

The characters needed the island and its events to release the baggage of their past lives so their souls were properly prepared for the white light of the stars.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

HOW TO GET HOME

One of the themes of LOST was the character's desire to "get home."

There are many expressions about home.

Home is where you live.
Home is where you sleep.
Home is the shelter where you keep your possessions.
Home is where the heart is.

But in broader context, home is connected with the promised land in many cultures.

This supposes that our life on earth is a transitory event. That on the path of life, our mortality is nothing more than a way station to the next form of existence.

Many religions have concepts of heaven or paradise for "good" people after they die on Earth. It is a comforting notion on what happens after we pass on, and for those we leave behind.

Many ancient cultures believed that man was created from the stars, and upon death returns to the stars.

But there is no clear explanation for how this transition happens.

There are views of the brimstone of hell for sinners, and near-death experiences where people began walking to the "bright light," but since no one has been revived from the after life, we really don't know what happens next. It is a matter of faith over science.

So it is open to interpretation and imagination of how one travels back to the stars, or paradise.

The concept of the soul is a means of explanation. It is the spiritual vessel that can transcend time and space; to recreate your body in a different dimension to live on.

This journey may be as important as the destination. That is another strong theme in the series. The journey of the main characters to get to the sideways church.

The whole LOST saga could be placed in the after life journey of the characters. They needed to suffer physical and mental pain in order to figure out what was truly important. It was not a moral redemption but a personal manifestation of releasing one's own emotional demons in order to see the world around them in a new light. They need to get beyond the material aspects of life because they are immaterial in the after life. They need to get deep personal bonds with other souls in order to share the burden of getting to the doors of paradise.

If this is the true purpose of LOST, then the sideways season makes a little more sense.