King Kong- The integration of the Ego, Soul and The Divine
The movie of King Kong is an elaborate allegory of spiritual evolution so we can understand the mythical quality of this story which also underlies the Lord of the Rings, the Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Cupid and Psyche and Sleeping Beauty.
We understand from King Kong what ancient symbols have been telling us of the hundred percent split nature of humanity and the necessity for purification, integration and going higher through meditation.
Ancient knowledge of Splitness, the universal split nature of humanity through DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder) shown and proved by the 10,000 year old images of the split animal-human or ego-soul of the Centaur, Sphinx, Minotaur and Phoenix.
Or Anne Darrow-King Kong or Gollum-Frodo or Cupid-Psyche or Beauty-Beast or Sleeping Beauty-Prince or Cervantes Sancho Panza-Don Quixote and Frodo-Sam.
The Ancient Mythical quality is first announced in the 1933 version and the 2005 versions of King Kong by the Sufi Saying…
And the Prophet said, ‘And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty. And it stayed its hand from killing. And from that day, it was as one dead.’
Only by starting to love something higher can we too become higher. To become higher, we have to leave behind the blockages and false beliefs of the selfish, competitive ego.
King Kong is the ego, mirrored by Carl Denham the Director. Anne Darrow the beautiful, the beloved, is the Soul and her beau, Jack Driscoll, is God – someone she looks up to.
Peter Jackson’s King Kong has many references to “Heart of Darkness”, such as a scene on the ship where Jimmy holds a copy of the book by Conrad, also the text behind Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, and says “It’s not an adventure story, is it?”
KING KONG IS NOT JUST AN ADVENTURE STORY.
This sentiment is echoed by Hayes in a voiceover as he quotes Conrad, “The earth seemed unearthly… We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there—there you could look at a thing monstrous and free.”
As King Kong itself is a story of the egoistic cruelties of men and of King Kong himself, the film suggests that Conrad meant to explore human cruelty of the cruel ego towards others as much as he meant to explore the Belgian Congo—and thus also the film is more than an adventure story but also explores the human ego’s will and cruelty to exploit others.*
Carl Denham, the Big Kahuna Ego of the New York Jungle where he is at the top of a society filled with misery, poverty and hunger. He beats off the attack of his three tyrannosaurus Producers and escapes to Skull Island in search of an edge.
There King Kong falls in love with Anne Darrow and Anne Darrow, his soul, understands the necessity of being protected by the ego as King Kong protects her from the three tyrannosaurus rex’s-just as the Carl Denham-Mr Ego, had protected her in New York from the Burlesque, hunger, and the three producer tyrannosaurus rexes wanting to stop the picture she was going to star in.
Back in New York, King Kong makes the Carl Denham Ego number one, feted and admired by the Producers who originally had wanted to stop his picture and career.
Jack Driscoll says in an accusation made of Denham after he has captured Kong and put him on display like a circus freak—he so often “destroys the things he loves.” Which often happens with many poor films, “Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing!!” – Shakespeare, “Which everyone can see for twenty-five cents” – Carl Denham.
But which also echoes the love of Anne Darrow for that which protects her. Yet she must kill in order to ascend higher.
Jack Driscoll was quoting Oscar Wilde’s “Ballad of Reading Jail”…
“Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword! “
King Kong escapes with his Anne Darrow soul up the Empire state building which symbolizes the Rainbow Bridge, the pathway to heaven.
The Hindu’s have a name for this tower, “The Antahkarana” which is the psychic construction which ties all the chakras together as well as that which connects us above the head with the soul chakra and then with God.
With more spiritual energy, as we ascend to heaven, the selfish competitive ego drops away and our soul – essence connects with God.
In deep love. With the energy of deep love which we the audience feel. Impregnated into the Movie, the energy of Love flows, and as Anne and King Kong lingeringly look at each other as he dies and falls into the corruption of New York City below.
As Anne rises to her feet, at the top of the highest skyscraper, she turns to find her lover, Jack Driscoll, who symbolises God, and who has come to take her higher. She no longer needs to descend into the mire. She can stay in heaven and live happily ever after.
This is the same story as Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. Half of Gollum’s split personality says, “We would not have survived if it had not been for me”. The other half says, “Now we have Master, (Frodo, the Master, represents the Soul) we do not need you any more, Go away and never come back!” Yet we have to wait for the end of the picture for Gollum to fall, taking with him the evil Ring, down into the crack of Doom, leaving the Frodo Soul much purified, ready to take the next step higher as he sails off with Gandalf (God) towards the Undying Lands (Heaven).
Down in the New York mire or Hell, Carl Denham looks at his ruin in the ruinous death of King Kong.
Police Officer Lieutenant: Well, Denham, the airplanes got him.
Denham: Oh, no. It wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.
And so we understand the mythical quality of the story which underlies the Lord of the Rings, the Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Cupid and Psyche and Sleeping Beauty.
We understand that ancient symbols have been telling us of the split nature of humanity and the necessity for purification and integration. Of going higher with the 10,000 year old images of the split animal-human or ego-soul of the Centaur, Sphinx, Minotaur and Phoenix. Or Anne Darrow-King Kong or Gollum-Frodo or Beauty-Beast or Cupid – Psyche or Sleeping Beauty-Prince.
But let us not miss the point the meaning and significance of this history. The ancient stories and myths underlying King Kong, The Lord of the Rings, Apocalypse Now, Catch 22 and so many others point to a trauma disappointment formed splitness in the personalities of all humanity as being the cause of all evil on this planet for thousands of years.
They also teach of the Integrating techniques of Meditation, Energy Enhancement and the underlying techniques of the Kundalini Kriyas, The Five Element Circulations of the Qi or Chi or Kundalini Energy, the Alchemical Meditational Formulas or Guided Meditations of Hermes Trismegistus as a means of overcoming this trauma formed splitness which is the cause of Universal DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder).
Meditation and the higher techniques of Meditation are the cure of all splitness.
King Kong symbolises the Ego. As we ascend the Empire State building of the Antahkarana to the soul, then the ego must die and slip away.
As it says in the Movie as a Sufi saying – And the Prophet said, ‘And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty. And it stayed its hand from killing. And from that day, it was as one dead.’
The beloved, beauty, is the soul, is God.
This is the Sufi secret of the Troubadours and the Jesters (from Chisti)* who introduced the concept of courtly love in romantic poetry into Europe. Only the knowledge of the true self, the Soul, can overcome the selfish, competitive Ego, red in tooth and claw.
*Hazrat Nizamuddin Awlia Chisti (died.1325 A.D in Nizamuddin in Delhi.) represents in many ways the pinnacle of the Chisti* Order of the Sufis. “The heart of a lover (True lover of God) constantly burns with the fire of love, so much so that whatever impurity which intrudes upon its sanctity is burnt to ashes”. The blockages which cut us off from our souls are burnt to ashes through the practice of meditation and the higher practices of meditation called Energy Enhancement.
Written by Satchidanand, Director of Energy Enhancement, one of the leading teachers of Meditation! He helps people worldwide reach further than they EVER thought possible, FASTER