Avatar: Are You Blue, Too? by Honora Finkelstein (This article was originally published in the “Network of Light News” column in the March 2010 issue of Pathways Magazine of Washington, D.C. ) Okay, so there’s been a huge amount of hype about James Cameron’s film Avatar. First it was by nay-sayers who agreed the film would never be successful. Then it was by those critics who changed their tunes very shortly after its release as it showed signs of becoming the most successful movie in film history. It won Best Picture, Drama and Best Director at the Golden Globes awards, had nine Critics’ Choice award nominations, and picked up a whole host of other awards. Sure, it had the appeal of all those incredible, awesome, beautiful graphics. The music is a pleasure for the ears. And yes, it’s probably one of the best action-adventure films ever to reach the screen. But perhaps more important than its sensual feast is an underlying message about  the oneness of all life as experienced by the Na’vi people, the indigenous race on Pandora, a moon in the Alpha Centauri system, where a clone of our Western military-industrial complex tries to wrestle control of the environment from its native caretakers in order to mine its precious minerals. And perhaps there’s yet another message in the depiction of the Na’vi themselves. When asked in a Time magazine interview in 2007 what was meant by the term “avatar,.” Cameron allegedly said, “It’s an incarnation of one of the Hindu gods taking a flesh form.” He is also quoted as having made a conceptual connection of the color blue with the Hindu gods. Since he designed the Na’vi people as gorgeous, tall, and blue, is there not a suggestion that here is a people who are still in touch with their underlying divinity? If you haven’t ever seen Avatar, by all means get a DVD of it from somewhere. It just might be a shortcut to recognizing your own underlying nature.