They care a lot at a social media etiquette class in this very remote dusty galaxy.
Charmayanne is reaching for a bigger picture, a turn of the spiral that opens up into trust.
"Last night I saw you really focus on what you were doing but then going to sad and scared thoughts about the future."
"I moved in the shadows..."
"Turn around now. The forest... ...is moving."
"I feel the fear and the sadness but it’s held in a bigger much bigger picture."
"We've been friends for 10 years, okay?"
"Look, if something happens, we're gonna suffer for the rest of our lives."
"Oh, come on. Nothing's gonna happen."
They wait while Charmayanne’s system begins to calm. S/He has been almost blind with fear and overwhelm. They wait. They breathe. They surround them with gentle love. They feel a connection.
"Would you like to come with me?"
the well of sadness fills the pit of their stomach and they all recognise that, yes, s/he is feeling scared and sad.
They feel those things with them.
"Listen we are here."
Charmayanne is blinking at the transition from one place to another. The Sun comes out through the clouds gently warming their skin.
They stay grounded in their own compassion and in their own time - for the first time in this overwhelming past situation that they have time travelled to. They breathe. They are here and they are breathing together.
"Would you like a hug?"
S/he looks up.
"Would you like to come with me?"
Yes s/he says.
They find themselves in the garden and look at the tops of the trees.
"Okay, so, first an unsolicited tick pic, and now a FaceTime call with no warning?"
"I thought it was a fun surprise."
"Do you think, maybe I should bring them in?"
"The ones that came out of your Elevation night?"
"Can I get a Y to the E to the--"
"That's what Elevation is all about."
"So, we're just helping them to get there."
"But I also need you to get to work on elevation that lifeforms will actually pay to do."
"Hi, me again. Well, Sharlyn 1 + 2 are coming in today."
"Wow. This could be a get."
"We worked really hard to get them in here--"
"Would you mind if I join the meeting?"
S/He gives a list of things that they can actually present as beautiful.
S/He says the only ugliness witch cannot beautified is the disgusting.
"It dropped today."
"Oh, my God!"
"It's taking off!"
"I'm seriously triggered, and seriously impressed."
"- I mean, it is a total mind game."
"It's like, we hooked up, and it was hot, but I want to take it slow."
"- Yeah, it's like a friendly hug goodbye, but then you lean your hips forward just enough to graze it."
"- Ew, Charamaynne, you're nasty."
"- I know, I'm nasty."
"Well, at least you'll be there, right?"
"I have to check my calendar."
♪ Hey, hey, we got soul ♪
♪ Oh yeah, we got soul ♪
♪ Hey, hey ♪
♪ Hey, hey
"and they're all positive."
'- Um, 🍜.'
"Okay, this one is just an emoji of a bowl."
"Do you think it means bowled over?"
"No, eating it up."
"They fell in love hard."
"Ugh, look at you."
at the leasure center.
A caterpillar emerges from its chrysalis.
Then a beautiful butterfly.
"Hey, what are you doing with that sign?"
"Don't know. Elevation has been cancelled."
"Oh not now, I've been up since 4:00 a.m."
"What are you doing back there?"
"Well, I built a dark room."
"You know, this whole cancel elevation business gave me an idea for a new show."
"Hey, that's great."
"I think it could be, but, no gallery wants to rep me now. So I'm showing at the Welcome Habitat, you know, in that side room lifeforms go to piss when the bathroom line gets too long."
"I know it's-- it's not the same, but--"
"Even when the bathroom line
isn't long, people still go in there to piss and vomit."
"- Well, I have to show my work--"
"Even in a bar that stinks
of piss and vomit?"
"Because that's what artists do."
some are dancing, others are talking.
[upbeat music] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
"I want to think that they have changed."
"I don't think these tweets came from them."
"You set me up."
"You brought this on yourself."
"My train's on the corner."
"Oh, no, no, no."
"I can take you anywhere you want."
"Maybe dinner with an elevation lover?"
"Do you date Sharlyn 1+2?"
"We broke up last month."
they also recruited technicians at the Center for Elevation Inquiry to observe how open people of a specific faith are to scientific inquiry. Studies so far have shown that people looking to finding meaning are more likely to believe in the existence of cryptids.