Friday, April 24, 2009

X-Files 2x14 The Hand that Wounds (part 1)

"Better hide your Megadeth albums." Mulder

Episode Synopsis "Die Hand Die Verletzt": New Hampshire teenagers feign an occult ritual in an attempt to score and inadvertently cause the murder of one of their group. When Mulder and Scully are called to look into the matter, the town’s real worshippers attempt to hide their tracks, though they fear that the boys’ attempt to “get some” got them more than they thought. (full transcript here)

The episode starts with a Parent Teacher's Council meeting, who after discussing typical school affairs conclude their meeting with a satanic prayer.
AUSBURY: Look, I'll talk to Howard. OK, let's adjourn till next week. Deborah, why don't you lead us in a prayer?
HE PRODUCES A RED CANDLE AND SETS IT ON THE DESK AS HE AND VITARIS SPEAK.
VITARIS: Jim -- the game is on.
CALCAGNI: It'll only take a minute. (SIGHS) We've been... letting it slip.
AUSBURY STRIKES A MATCH TO LIGHT THE CANDLE. WE HEAR FAINT THUNDER IN THE BACKGROUND.

AUSBURY: Paul, why don't you get the door.

VITARIS GETS UP, CAMERA TRACKS HIM TO THE DOOR THEN IS "SHUT OUT" BY HIM. FAINT LIGHT IS VISIBLE AROUND DOOR EDGES. OVER FOLLOWING, CAMERA SLOWLY PULLS OUT FURTHER.
ALL (VO): In the name of the Lords of Darkness, rulers of the Earth, kings of the Underworld, I command the forces of darkness to bestow their infernal power upon me.
DURING THE ABOVE AND THE FOLLOWING, THE LIGHT AROUND THE DOOR BRIGHTENS, REDDENS, GLOWS IN TRADITIONAL "INFERNAL" WAY

DEBORAH (VO): Sein ist die Hand die verletzt.
OTHERS (VO): Sein ist die Hand die verletzt.
CAPTION: HIS IS THE HAND THAT WOUNDS!

DEBORAH (VO): Sein ist der Ort genannt Hölle.
OTHERS (VO): Sein ist der Ort genannt Hölle.
CAPTION: HIS IS THE PLACE CALLED HELL.

DEBORAH (VO): May the black powers of our forefathers make us strong.
ALL (VO): Hail. Hail the Lords of Darkness.

JERRY: I heard the altar is a hollowed stump, just up here. (HE IS CARRYING AND DRINKING FROM A BOTTLE. IT BECOMES CLEAR THAT THE PACKAGE CONTAINS FURTHER BOTTLES. SAYS TO DAVE, LOW VOICE) OK. When they get free, you get Kate, I take Andrea. (GRINNING) Those mittens are giving me (????) (HE AND DAVE LAUGH LAUGH TOGETHER. THE GROUP APPROACHES THE STUMP) This is it. (HE DRINKS, PUTS THE BOTTLES DOWN)
DAVE: OK. I need a personal object from everyone. All right. (THEY GATHER ROUND THE STUMP, THE GIRLS STILL HANGING ON TO THEIR UMBRELLAS. DAVE PRODUCES A BLACK CANDLE FROM HIS POCKET, STANDS IT UP ON THE STUMP AND LIGHTS IT) Now Andrea, you gotta stand over here and face Jerry (GUIDES HER TO STAND OPPOSITE JERRY)... Like this.... (SHE LOOKS UNCERTAIN) Closer. (PUSHES THEM CLOSER STILL)
ANDREA: Why like this?
DAVE: Well that's so... er... so we're calling the spirits up of every direction. (PATS HER ON THE BACK, MOVES BACK TO KATE). Ok now Kate, you gotta stand here and face me. (PULLS HER).
KATE: Do you really think someone used this place for black magic? Or is it just a rumour?
JERRY: (IMPATIENTLY) C'mon Dave!
DAVE: (TO JERRY) Sshh! (HE TAKES A PIECE OF PAPER, OBVIOUSLY A PAGE TORN FROM A BOOK, FROM HIS POCKET, AND TURNS TO KATE. HE BEGINS TO READ FROM IT, LOOKING IN TURN AT THE OTHERS. HE'S REALLY TRYING TO COME ACROSS AS SERIOUS ABOUT IT)
DAVE: In the name of the Lords of Darkness, rulers of the Earth, kings of the Underworld, rise, rise to this place. A... Azazel.
(SOUND LIKE SIGH IS HEARD AS THE CANDLE IS BLOWN OUT. DAVE AND ANDREA LOOK AT IT, DAVE ISN'T BOTHERED) Know ye all who dwell in the light of professed righteousness that the others who know the keys and the angels have opened the gate.
A SOUND LIKE GROANING VOICES FILLS THE AIR; DAVE IS STARTLED, KATE LOOKS SCARED. ANDREA IS SCARED -- SHE JUMPS TO HUG JERRY FOR PROTECTION. JERRY SIMPLY GRINS. KATE AND DAVE ARE VERY UNEASY, LOOKING AROUND. ANDREA LOOKS DOWN AND SCREAMS, AGAIN AND AGAIN.
ANDREA'S POV: MANY RATS RUNNING AROUND HER FEET. THE OTHERS ARE OBVIOUSLY SCARED NOW. STILL SCREAMING, ANDREA RUNS OFF INTO THE FOREST.
JERRY: Forget this! (RUNS AFTER ANDREA, SHOUTING) Andrea!
KATE IS TURNING TO FOLLOW THEM. DAVE THROWS SOMETHING AT THE RATS WHICH BURSTS INTO FLAME AS IT HITS THE GROUND. HE TURNS AND THEY RUN AFTER THE OTHERS. WE SEE ANDREA, SOBBING, UPSET, RUNNING, FRANTICALLY RECITING A PRAYER OF SOME SORT. SHE IS PRACTICALLY HYSTERICAL.

ANDREA: ....believe in Jesus Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our deaths...

RUNS PAST CAMERA, WE SEE JERRY RUNNING AFTER HER.
JERRY: Andrea! Wait!
HE HAS ALMOST CAUGHT HER UP WHEN A LINE OF FLAME APPEARS SUDDENLY ON THE GROUND. HE STUMBLES AND FALLS TO HIS KNEES IN FRONT OF IT, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT. HE GETS TO HIS FEET, SHIELDING HIS FACE. A GROAN-LIKE, ANIMALISTIC SOUND IS HEARD. HE TURNS AND A THIN, BONY, CADAVEROUS HAND SEIZES HIS THROAT AND LIFTS HIM UP ... UP... HE IS CHOKING.

OAKES: They say this arena's used for witches' ceremonies.
MULDER: "They"?
OAKES: Well.. everybody... everybody who lives around here knows about the things that go on in this town. They say there are people who control things.
SCULLY: (POLITE DISBELIEF) Any evidence to substantiate those rumours, Sheriff Oakes?
OAKES: Well, Agent Scully... look at the body... the eyes and heart have been cut out.
MULDER LOOKS ON BLEAKLY...

SCULLY: Theories like that are why I can't take him seriously.
MULDER: The homicide did have a ceremonial presentation -- the manner in which the body was displayed...
SCULLY: Mulder, I got the impression you didn't believe him either.
MULDER: I didn't want to incite his already clearly aggravated imagination. But there is a weird feel to this place, maybe there is some truth to those rumours.
SCULLY: I think he incited your imagination. I think this case is nothing more than a murderer taking advantage of local folklore. I mean there's nothing odd about -
SHE IS CUT OFF AS SOMETHING FALLS ONTO HER UMBRELLA, KNOCKING IT. OTHER THUDS ARE HEARD. CUT TO SHOT FROM ABOVE. FROGS ARE FALLING HEAVILY ONTO THE PAIR'S UMBRELLAS.
CUT BACK TO THE AGENTS -- THEY LOOK BEMUSED, MULDER LOOKING UP, SHIELDING HIS FACE, SCULLY DUCKING, DEFINITELY STARTLED. THE THUDDING STOPS. CUT TO SHOT OF THE GROUND -- MANY FROGS HOPPING AROUND THEIR FEET.
MULDER: So... lunch?
SCULLY: Mulder, toads just fell from the sky! (LOOKS AT HIM, TAKEN ABACK)
MULDER: I guess their parachutes didn't open. You were saying something about this place not feeling "odd"?
HE WALKS AWAY. SCULLY STANDS STILL FOR A MOMENT, THEN FOLLOWS HIM, STEPPING GINGERLY OVER THE FROGS.


CAPTION: (ALEISTER) CROWLEY HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MLS: MULDER IS AT THE LOANS DESK, FLICKING THROUGH A BOX OF LIBRARY CARDS. CU ON THE CARDS. WE SEE ONE FOR STEPHEN KING'S "Four Past Midnight", THEN ONE FOR M.R. KRASHEWSKI, "Witch Hunt: A History of the Occult in America". MULDER STARTS TO LIFT THE CARD OUT. BACK TO THE MLS; WE SEE SCULLY WALK INTO THE LIBRARY AND JOIN MULDER.

SCULLY: The National Weather Service says there are tornadoes in Northern Massachusetts. The wind probably picked up the animals into the storm. (DOESN'T LOOK TOTALLY CONVINCED, DESPITE HER WORDS).

DAVE, FRIGHTENED, DEFENSIVE BUT STICKING TO HIS STORY. DESPERATE TO BE BELIEVED.
DAVE: I'm not into that stuff at all, I swear. (SIGHS) Jerry was my best friend. Look, I swear, I've never done anything like that.
SCULLY: What made you go to a place you heard was a witches' altar?

DAVE TURNS HIS HEAD, WE FOLLOW HIS GAZE AND SEE KATE AND ANDREA STANDING TOGETHER IN A CORNER. HE LOOKS BACK TO SCULLY, WHO IS SITTING OPPOSITE HIM.

DAVE: (SIGHS) We were just trying to get some.
ANDREA: (LOW VOICE, TO KATE) I told you.
SCULLY AND MULDER TURN TO LOOK AT THEM, THEN BACK TO DAVE. MULDER IS STANDING NEXT TO AND LOOKING OUT OF A WINDOW WHICH LOOKS OUT ON A HALLWAY.
SCULLY: Why did you take the book?
DAVE: Because I don't know a thing about witchcraft, and we wanted to make it sound good... but I never thought... SCULLY: You never thought what?
DAVE: That it would work.
MULDER: (TURNS AWAY FROM WINDOW) If you didn't kill Jerry Stevens, why did you run away from us in the classroom?
DAVE: I'm scared, man.
MULDER: Of us?
DAVE: Of it. That ceremony! I'm afraid we called up some devil or something. (SIGHS)
MCU OF KATE AND ANDREA, EYES DOWNCAST, THEY LOOK SCARED TOO. WE PAN PAST DAVE TO SEE AUSBURY, DEBORAH, CALCAGNI AND VITARIS STANDING IN A CLOSE GROUP IN THE AREA OUTSIDE THE OFFICE, LOOKING IN AND CONFERRING.
AUSBURY: (LOW VOICE, FIERCE) One of you killed Jerry Stevens. Who? (HE LOOKS AT EACH OF THEM IN TURN; THEY ALL LOOK AT EACH OTHER) He was displayed according to the rites of Azazel. Who else would know about the ritual? We stopped doing this because--
CALCAGNI: I went out there. We were supposed to have a Mass, no-one else showed, so I left.
VITARIS: It wasn't any of us.
CALGAGNI: Something's here... a presence amongst us. Angry, I can feel it.
HE STOPS AND LOOKS UP AS WE HEAR THE SOUND OF A DOOR OPENING. THE OTHERS LOOK UP. AS AUSBURY TURNS TO SEE WE SEE THEIR POV: SCULLY SHOWING KATE, AUDREY AND FINALLY DAVE OUT OF THE OFFICE. MULDER FOLLOWS. AUSBURY STARTS FORWARD.

AUSBURY: (INCREDULOUS) You're letting them go?
MULDER: (SHRUGGING) There's no evidence to warrant an arrest.

HE WALKS TOWARD THEM, SCULLY CLOSE BEHIND.
DEBORAH: They never leave evidence.
AUSBURY: We heard how Jerry Stevens was killed. An occult ritual.
VITARIS: They've reached into our area from outside.
MULDER: (ASIDE, TO SCULLY, BUT AUDIBLE BY THE OTHERS) "They" again.
AUSBURY: Those three kids are obviously under occult influence.
DEBORAH: They reach into our children. In music, television, books...
CALCAGNI: They prey on children's innocence.
SCULLY: (CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT SHE'S HEARING) The FBI recently concluded a seven-year study and found little or no evidence of the existence of occult conspiracies.
CALCAGNI: And J. Edgar Hoover never admitted to the existence of the Mafia. (HE HALF-SMIRKS. THE OTHERS TRY TO HIDE SMILES)
SCULLY: (VOICE RISING A LITTLE, A BIT EXASPERATED BUT STAYING REASONABLE) Look, if the number of murders attributed to occult conspiracies were true, it would mean thousands of people killing tens of thousands of people a year, without evidence, without being exposed... it would be the greatest criminal conspiracy in the history of civilisation.

AUSBURY TURNS TO HIS COLLEAGUES, THEN BACK. HE WALKS TOWARDS MULDER AND SCULLY.

AUSBURY: Finally, you people understand what we're up against.
MULDER: (LOOKS AT SCULLY, MAKES QUICK DECISION) Our investigation is ongoing.

MULDER REACHES TO SCULLY, TO DRAW HER AWAY. SHE GOES, BUT LOOKS BACK IN SHEER DISBELIEF AT AUSBURY. AUSBURY LOOKS BACK AT THE OTHERS.

THE AGENTS TURN INTO THE CORRIDOR. MULDER CROSSES TO A DRINKING FOUNTAIN AND BENDS TO DRINK.
SCULLY: (EXASPERATED) Mulder, this is mass hysteria. And our presence here on a routine homicide only gives validity to their fears of occult murder.
MULDER STOPS DRINKING, PAUSES, NOTICES SOMETHING. CU TO SHOT OF WATER SWIRLING DOWN DRAIN OF DRINKING FOUNTAIN.
MULDER: (HALF TO HIMSELF) The water...
SCULLY: What's wrong with it?
MULDER: It's going down the drain counter-clockwise! Coriolis force in the Northern Hemisphere dictates that it should go down clockwise.
SCULLY: That isn't possible.
MULDER: Something's here, Scully. Something is making these things possible.
SCULLY LOOKS AGAIN AT THE WATER, PUZZLED.

Stay tuned for Part 2

Interpol: Not Even Jail


Interpol: Not Even Jail (fanvid, only audio from 3.53 on)
(full video live version at bottom of post)

I'll lay down my glasses
I'll lay down in houses
If things come alive
I'll subtract pain by ounces
Yeah, I will start painting houses
If things come alive
I promise to commit no acts of violence
Be it physical or otherwise
If things come alive
I'll say it now
I'll say it now
Say it now
Oh I'll say it now
Cause I want it now

When personality is scarred tissue
We travel South if it's use
I'm subtle like a lion's cage
Such a cautious display
Remember take hold of your time here
Give some meanings to the means
To your end
Not even jail

We marshal in the days of longing
We tremble like anyone's children
And wait to watch the fire
Repairing on the side of caution
Betraying no other symptom
But girl you shake it right
I will bounce you on the lap of silence
We will free love to the beats of science
And girl you shake it right
I'll say it now

Oh but holding still darling your hair so free
Can't you feel all the warmth of my sincerity
You make motion when you cry
You're making peoples lives feel less private
Don't take time away
You make motion when you cry
We all hold hands
can't we all hold hands
When we make new friends

I pretend like no one else
To try to control myself
I'm subtle like a lion's cage
Such a cautious display
Remember take hold of your time here
Give some meanings to the means
To your end
Not even jail


Interpol: Not Even Jail (Live at Glastonbury 2005)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Waking Eamonn


Waking Eamonn (Waking Life clip)

NeoHuman Evolution: Eamonn Healy, a chemistry professor, predicts the evolution of a neohuman manifesting truth, loyalty, justice, freedom. A scene from the film Waking Life, with a beat put behind the odd rhythm of his speech.

"If we're looking at the highlights of human development, you have to look at the evolution of the organism and then at the development of its interaction with the environment. Evolution of the organism will begin with the evolution of life perceived through the hominid coming to the evolution of mankind. Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon man. Now, interestingly, what you're looking at here are three strings: biological, anthropological -- development of the cities -- and cultural, which is human expression. Now, what you've seen here is the evolution of populations, not so much the evolution of individuals. And in addition, if you look at the time scales that are involved here -- two billion years for life, six million years for the hominid, 100,000 years for mankind as we know it -- you're beginning to see the telescoping nature of the evolutionary paradigm. And then when you get to agricultural, when you get to scientific revolution and industrial revolution, you're looking at 10,000 years, 400 years, 150 years. You're seeing a further telescoping of this evolutionary time. What that means is that as we go through the new evolution, it's gonna telescope to the point we should be able to see it manifest itself within our lifetime, within this generation. The new evolution stems from information, and it stems from two types of information: digital and analog. The digital is artificial intelligence. The analog results from molecular biology, the cloning of the organism. And you knit the two together with neurobiology. Before on the old evolutionary paradigm, one would die and the other would grow and dominate. But under the new paradigm, they would exist as a mutually supportive, noncompetitive grouping. Okay, independent from the external. And what is interesting here is that evolution now becomes an individually centered process, emanating from the needs and desires of the individual, and not an external process, a passive process where the individual is just at the whim of the collective. So, you produce a neo-human, okay, with a new individuality and a new consciousness. But that's only the beginning of the evolutionary cycle because as the next cycle proceeds, the input is now this new intelligence. As intelligence piles on intelligence, as ability piles on ability, the speed changes. Until what? Until we reach a crescendo in a way could be imagined as an enormous instantaneous fulfillment of human? human and neo-human potential. It could be something totally different. It could be the amplification of the individual, the multiplication of individual existences. Parallel existences now with the individual no longer restricted by time and space. And the manifestations of this neo-human-type evolution, manifestations could be dramatically counter-intuitive. That's the interesting part. The old evolution is cold. It's sterile. It's efficient, okay? And its manifestations of those social adaptations. We're talking about parasitism, dominance, morality, okay? Uh, war, predation, these would be subject to de-emphasis. These will be subject to de-evolution. The new evolutionary paradigm will give us the human traits of truth, of loyalty, of justice, of freedom. These will be the manifestations of the new evolution. And that is what we would hope to see from this. That would be nice."

Entheogenic Shamanism Ancient Astronauts History


Entheogenic Shamanism Ancient Astronauts History

"Here's another fascinating, absolute must-see video- entitled "Ancient Astronauts," it's actually an exploration on the links between shamanism, entheogens, and ancient mysteries, and not so much extraterrestrials." Via Secret Sun

Yogananda Quotes

• How can you nourish yourself by only listening to a talk on food? You must apply your knowledge. To know food only theoretically, is to always remain hungry. So he who seeks new doctrines continuously–but does not put them into practice in his own life–is in continual spiritual starvation.

• A good habit is your greatest friend–a bad habit, your mortal enemy. Be careful about the repetition of an action. It will become a habit before you realize it. Habit is second nature. But it can be changed by persistent good action.

• When we serve others, we serve ourselves. Do not think, ‘I will help others’–think rather, ‘I will help my own, my world, because I cannot otherwise be happy.

• Praise does not make you better, nor blame worse than what you are. Then why heed these two? Don’t pay attention when they praise you, but survey yourself carefully when they blame you. If you are in fault, free yourself from error quickly, but if you are not guilty–laugh and forget it. Truth will speak for you. Spiritual action talks louder than the utterance of many sacred words.

• Loyalty to a spiritual custom–without sincerity and conviction–is hypocrisy. Loyalty to the spirit of a custom even without clinging to the form —is wisdom. Loyalty both to the form and the spirit is the greatest wisdom. But loyalty neither to spiritual custom, principle or teacher, is spiritual degeneration.

• No disease is incurable. Some diseases are beyond the reach of medicines, which are by their nature limited. When a disease is persistent and long-continued, and medical aid and other ordinary methods fail to cure it, it is then called chronic or incurable.

• The fault or deficiency in the medicine, and its inability to cure, are illogically transferred to the disease. The medicine is uncurative–so doctors call the disease incurable! But the power of the Infinite is unlimited and can heal all disease.

• Medicine has its uses–why deny facts? But it is strictly confined to certain limits. If a disease is beyond medical aid, that is not the time to despair, but rather the time to put your faith on the Infinite Power Who is Omnipotent.

• Medicine cannot help you if you just talk about it and do not use it. Similarly, faith cannot cure unless you use it and not simply talk of it. In mental or spiritual healing, one must have faith to “burn the boat–to walk on the sea.’ Would you not rather doubt the aid of limited material forces than the power of the Infinite Spirit?

Via Atma Jyoti

Monday, April 13, 2009

A Modern-Day Occult Themes MMORPG: The Secret World

from Gamespot: The Secret World will be unlike any other massively multiplayer game that has come before it. No, really. Instead of taking place in some kind of far-flung future or a high-fantasy world, it will take place in modern times, or as game director Ragnar Tornquist describes it, "a world of contemporary dark fantasy." You'll begin the game as an average person living in the real world, starting out in one of the game's three starter areas (New York City, Seoul, or London), and you'll lead a normal life, until you discover that all the urban legends and old wives' tales that used to frighten you as a child are very real and, in some cases, very dangerous. Dark forces are looking to take over the world, and your character has been chosen to join the fight.



One of the most intriguing aspects of The Secret World is the game's fiction, which, according to Tornquist, "goes back 100 million years" and involves everything from the Knights Templar to Pandora's box to the Garden of Eden to the Fountain of Youth to the Freemasons, and just about every other myth that has ever been tied to a conspiracy theory or occult investigation. Your character will be a freelancing adventurer who gets thrust into the world to seek out clues as to who's behind each unexplainable phenomenon as well as to duel with vampires, ghouls, and other bizarre critters that go bump in the night.



Thanks Technoshaman

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Robert Anton Wilson - Religion for the hell of it


Hilarious, classic, check it out.

Robin Hood 3x02 Cause and Effect

Here are the Celts, depicted shamelessly, buying villagers from the Sherif of Nothingham to use as slave warriors. You gotta have a dot in a triangle of course, it's mirrored, who cares. To my limited knowledge that is not a Celtic symbol. At least Finn, on the right, gets redeemed somewhat at the end.
Here Robin and the Celt escape the prison tower with a Pyramid parachute. You know, outlaws going down the pyramid.
wiiiiiiiiiii

"Villagers are dying across England, the only thing the people have is a spark of hope called Robin Hood, he's an idea, something the people can believe in..." Doesn't that sound familiar?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Art of Magic


Art of Magic part 1 & the rest!

Part one in series about the practice of magic. These videos will discuss the anthropology & philosophy of magic. The elements of magic spells. The different types of magical practices and practical applications of the philosophy of magic to life. This videos begins with Aleister Crowley's definition of magic.

Bush Off/Obama On

Michelle is a Two-Face too

Interesting lighting sync.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spiritual Star Trek DS9 & VOY: Pranayama, Meditation & Animal Guides

Star Trek DS9 2x23 Crossover
Before Kira and Bashir get transported in a shuttle to a parallel universe, they exchange the following dialogue about meditation.
KIRA: Could you take it for a while. (the helm).
BASHIR: Sure. Mind if I put on a little music?
KIRA: Actually, I do... I was hoping to meditate for a few minutes.
BASHIR: Of course. I didn't know you meditate.
KIRA: Every day. (Really Kira? ;p With your temper? Hehe)
BASHIR: I had the opportunity to study meditation with Isam Helewa when I was in college. Remarkable fellow... he sort of took me under his wing... I can't tell you how much I learned from him... the man was a master at rhythmic breathing.
KIRA: (bristles...) You'll have to give me a few tips some time.
BASHIR: Gladly. And I'd be very interested in any Bajoran meditation techniques you'd like to show me.
KIRA: We... just usually like to sit... quietly.
Bashir starts to breathe in what sounds like a pant... after a beat she opens her eyes, looks at him..
KIRA: What are you doing?
BASHIR: Bellows breath. Thirty quick breaths followed by one long intake of air through the nose and hold. Increases the energy flow... here, it's quite simple. (Variation also used here in Incredible Hulk)
KIRA: (no hopes for meditation) How about some music...

Star Trek VOY 1x06 The Cloud
Captain Janeway gets some help from Commander and Shaman Chakotay.
JANEWAY: Exploring this nebula should raise some spirits around here, don't you think, Commander?
CHAKOTAY: No way to go but up.
JANEWAY: You're closer to the crew than I am. How bad is it?
CHAKOTAY: There's a nuanka, a period of mourning that everyone's going through. It's a natural reaction.
JANEWAY: I'm worried about them. I wish we had a counselor on board, but the nature of our mission didn't require one.
CHAKOTAY: We talk to animals. It's a Native American tradition.
JANEWAY: Animals?
CHAKOTAY: Our own counselors. We're taught that an animal guide accompanies us through life. Basically, it's what Carl Jung thought he invented when he came up with his active imagination technique in 1932. But we've been doing pretty much the same thing for centuries.
JANEWAY: Is there a different animal guide for everyone?
CHAKOTAY: Actually, yes.
JANEWAY: Let me guess. Yours is a bear.
CHAKOTAY: Why do you say that?
JANEWAY: You strike me as the bear type.
CHAKOTAY: Thank you. The bear is a very powerful animal. It has great pokattah. But he's not my animal guide. The creature that guides us doesn't define who we are. It merely chooses to be with us.
JANEWAY: Okay. If not a bear, then what?
CHAKOTAY: I can't tell you that. It would offend my animal guide if I spoke its name. (Really?)
JANEWAY: But he guides you well?
CHAKOTAY: Actually, it's a female. But yes, she usually guides me very well.
JANEWAY: Can one just choose their own animal guide?
CHAKOTAY: It's not quite that simple.
PARIS: Captain. We're approaching the perimeter of the nebula.
JANEWAY: Slow to one-third impulse.
CHAKOTAY: If you're interested, I'll be glad to teach you how to contact your animal guide.
JANEWAY: You've got a date.
...
[Later in the Captain's Ready Room]
JANEWAY: What's this?
CHAKOTAY: My medicine bundle. I've never showed it to anyone before. After what you said this morning, I thought it was important to let you see.
JANEWAY: Will it help me find my animal guide?
CHAKOTAY: Eventually you'll have to assemble your own medicine bundle. But this will allow me to assist you in your quest for a guide.
JANEWAY: Now? Now.
CHAKOTAY: A blackbird's wing. A stone from the river. An akoonah.
JANEWAY: Akoonah?
CHAKOTAY: My ancestors used psychoactive herbs to assist their vision quests. Now they're no longer necessary. Our scientists have found more modern ways to facilitate the search for animal guides. Place your hand on it. And concentrate on the stone.
CHAKOTAY: A-koo-chee-moya. We are far from the sacred places of our grandfathers. We are far from the bones of our people. But perhaps there is one powerful being who will embrace this woman and give her the answers she seeks.
Spiral Stargate Stone to focus on
CHAKOTAY: Allow your eyes to close. Breathe to fuel the light in your belly. And let it expand until the light is everywhere. Prepare yourself to leave this room and this ship and return to a place where you were the most content and peaceful you have ever been. You can see all around you and hear the sounds of this place.
JANEWAY: I know this place. It's--
CHAKOTAY: You must not discuss with me what you see, or you will offend your animal guide. [Those are easily offended animal guides, I never read about this, anyone else know about not sharing this? Maybe part of the "Mystic Path is taken alone"?] As you continue to look around, you will become aware of other life that shares this place with you. It will be the first animal you see. That is the one you will speak to. Do you see an animal?
JANEWAY: Yes.
CHAKOTAY: Speak to it.
JANEWAY: What do I say?
CHAKOTAY: You know what you want to ask.
*computer beep*
JANEWAY: I'm sorry. I should've asked the computer for no interruptions. Come in. [Half-Klingon and former crew member of Chakotay's Maquis ship B'Elanna Torres comes in]
JANEWAY: The Commander was introducing me to my animal guide.
TORRES: I hope that you have better luck with yours than I had with mine.
CHAKOTAY: B'Elanna's the only one I know who tried to kill her animal guide. [Oh that (half-)Klingon Star Trek humor!]
JANEWAY (V.O.): A-koo-chee-moya. We are far from the sacred places of our grandfathers and from the bones of our people. But perhaps there is one powerful being who will embrace this good crew and give them the answer they seek.