Well of Souls
After seeing Smokey fly out of the chamber of light I had a thought that struck me. Perhaps the chamber of light, and the Island, are the mythical Well of Souls. I did some quick research into this and found some interesting parallels.
The Well of Souls is the name given to a natural cave underneath the Foundation Stone in the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Many believe that this is where the souls of the dead gather to await Judgement Day. It is also said that the voices of the souls can be heard in the well.
There is also the Chamber of Guf (also known as the Hall of Souls) that the Well is confused with. The Chamber of Guf is supposedly where all souls originate and await birth. When the Chamber is emptied then the Messiah will come. Each soul is unique and has a role to play in the world that only that soul can fulfill.
I found a very interesting article on andrewcollins.com about a Egyptian version of the Well of Souls. There is a very old belief that the Underworld of the Soul is accessed through a well shaft in Giza. Underneath this well is an area that contains a divine radiance that is sometimes known as the Embryo, Seed, or Lotus. This Underworld of the Soul was where souls would go to ascend into the afterlife.
The descriptions of the Well of Souls, Chamber of Guf, and Underworld of The Soul sound very similar to what we recently saw on the Island. Jacob’s brother is obsessed with finding the light and Foster Mom describes it as the source, death, and rebirth. So maybe the Island is the place that gave rise to the variouse legends of the Well of Souls.