Avatar is about jumping from an old pond that is two into a pond that is One. What are two ponds between which Jake Sully oscillates, unable to jump totally into one or the other: The Sky People and the Navi, of the intellectual pond and the Feeling/intuitive pond. The Sky People think the world into existence, the Navi feel the world into existence, but Jake finds himself in the dark night of the soul on his journey where he doesn’t know which one is real. Remember that intermediate place he found himself in. He then made the leap of madness and jumped on the back of the Last Shadow or death itself. The frog jumped out of the Old Pond that was two and landing in a pond that didn’t even exist before he jumped. This Leap of Faith actually created a new pond in which the frog and the pond were One. PLOP!
Before the leap, there were to incompatible ponds—yet there can only be one pond, one reality, one world—but Jake couldn’t choose. If you can’t choose the pond to jump in, you can’t choose yourself. We choose the reality we want to swim in. If you can’t choose because the either/or of the choice cancels each other out, and you can’t eliminate one of the choices, you can’t choose, and this creates the wound the can’t heal, the self or mind divided against itself. The Two can’t become one…unless we just jump….without know which pond we are going to land in.
The Jump kills the the old pond and creates the new pond, the One Pond, the One self without knowing what the jump will do to you, whether you will land in water or on a cement floor. You don’t know if the PLOP is going to splash or SPLAT! But you jump because the pain of the civil war between the two ponds of the mind has become insufferable. You jump because you cannot not jump. Like the sword of the pirate, your pain pushes you to the edge of the plank…and you jump. PLOP is being born again. But first you have to die.