With the 2013 Halloween season approaching, I found myself contemplating the classic horror film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I wondered if there was any spiritual symbolism that could be teased out of this morbid tale.
In the “body snatcher” movie, alien seedpods develop into the forms of specific earth-beings when they are most vulnerable—such as when they fall asleep. In other words aliens take over our bodies and identities when we are least conscious.
This makes sense.
In an early Bible chapter of Genesis, Adam does not get into trouble until he falls asleep. Using scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg’s science of correspondences (in which every worldly object, process or idea has a spiritual significance) I applied it to elements of this horror film to see what deeper spiritual revelations could be obtained.
Here is what I found:
A “seedpod” spiritually represents the patterning principles for some value or worldview. An alien seedpod, therefore, symbolizes a “foreign” belief system.
Physical “sleep” corresponds to a lower consciousness, which is unable to grasp reality and lives off of dreams and illusions. This mental state is where evil influences (foreign ideas to our souls) enter into our minds and take over our whole existence. This evil influence is as subtle as self-love and self-centeredness. Worse, we invite this takeover in ourselves when we stray from God’s tenets and are not vigilant!
The Lord God seeks to remove these negative influences and reclaim our lives with heavenly seeds (heavenly truths). This “re-snatching” involves God’s seeds growing inside us and giving us a new heavenly will and psyche (which controls the body). This process is also referred to as spiritual rebirth, regeneration and spiritual transformation.
Personally, I find the deeper, spiritual scenario of the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers much more scary and horrifying than the worldly theme.