The Source: Water, Light, and Christian Shephard

In Across the Sea, the "heart of the island," or "The Source", is a mystical underground location where water and light come together. Inside The Source, according to Mother, is "life, death, rebirth."

The images of water and light as The Source conjour thoughts of Genesis 1:1:1-3...

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (NIV)

With these images in mind, go with me to a scene in last week's episode, The Candidate. In the scene with Claire's music box, after Claire has closed the lid on the music box, there is a shot that shows Jack seated in a chair on the left and Claire seated on the right.

The camera angle is such that directly behind Jack's head is a lamp. Directly behind Claire's head is a water dispenser. These two items are the vehicles that deliver light and water to the room, and Jack and Claire and superimposed on each to tell us, perhaps, that Jack is light and Claire is water. Watch the scene with your own eyes and you will see that this is both vivid and intentional.

Now rewind the music box scene a bit to where Jack and Claire are looking into the music box together. The music box is open, and a mirror reflects the images of Claire and Jack.

Claire and Jack - water and light - are emanating from the music box. In my blog on Claire's Music Box, I suggest that the music box represents Christian Shephard's coffin. Both are boxes brought to us courtesy of the death of Christian Shephard. Both are wooden. Both are empty. Both are a mystery.

If the music box does indeed represent Christian's coffin, then we don't find Christian's body inside. We find water and light.

Where do water and light come together in LOST? The Source.

Where do Claire and Jack come together in LOST? Christian Shephard.

I believe the Christian Shephard we have seen on the island is not Smoky imitating a dead man. I believe we have seen Christian Shephard himself, resurrected somehow - maybe not in a way we understand yet - by The Source. And somehow this resurrection - this life on the other side of the grave - will play a key role in the salvation of our LOST friends and the defeat of the Smoke Monster.

But this would all only make sense if in the remaining hours of the LOST story we find out just how Christian Shephard died. If he died a bad father and a drunk, it doesn't resonate well. But if somehow, in his final hours, like Sayid he found redemption and made a sacrifice to save others, then perhaps it all makes sense.


--Mystimus 00:09, May 14, 2010 (UTC)

For more on symbolism in LOST, see Hidden in Plain Sight

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