Keeping the feeling alive. - Tree of Souls - An Avatar Community Forum
Tree of Souls - An Avatar Community Forum
Go Back   Tree of Souls - An Avatar Community Forum » Avatar » Pandora

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-17-2011, 05:39 AM
Pa'li Makto's Avatar
Palulukan Makto
Pa'li Makto : Once ate an octopus.
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 3,909
Wink Keeping the feeling alive.

I thought of this when replying to a particular thread today and I read something about people holding onto a feeling, a feeling that Avatar gave us when it came out. Now I think of that feeling to be a huge feeling of wonder, overwhelmed by beauty, the alien and the sense of new adventure. I'm wondering how after almost 2 years how some of you here try to keep that feeling alive when you think of the Na'vi, Pandora, the plants and fauna and Eywa?

It could be anything, watching the movie over and over again, going for a walk in the park or listening to music. I'm interested to hear some of the responses.

For me, I try to keep that feeling alive through imagination instead of watching the movie every month or two. I often write stories, poems and listen to the avatar soundtrack and imagine uncharted areas of Pandora or new creatures or Na'vi tribes and traditions.
__________________
Always listening to The Orb: O.O.B.E...



My fanfic

"The man who learns only what others know is as ignorant as if he learns nothing.
The treasures of knowledge are the most rare, and guarded most harshly."
-Chronicle of the First Age


"Try to see the forest through her eyes."

Réalisant mon espoir, Je me lance vers la gloire. Je ne regrette rien. (Making my hope come true, I hurl myself toward glory. I regret nothing.)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-17-2011, 07:02 AM
Empty Glass's Avatar
Karyu
Empty Glass has no status.
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,429
Default

Do you mean keeping feelings alive that are exclusively about Avatar or feelings that are inspired by Avatar but don't necessarily bring the Na'vi, Pandora, etc. to mind?

If it's the latter...well, I often think about what beautiful Pandora-like spots on Earth there are to visit. I like investigating such places, finding photos and videos of them, and then planning where and when I'll get there. There are a few places I really want to visit, and I'm seriously thinking of ways to get there. My plans are in preliminary stages at the moment, but I swear they will be fulfilled. I know I will go out and explore the world. Avatar gave me a huge yearning to explore, if it wasn't there already. So if that makes any sense...that's one way I keep the feeling alive.

A little more directly tied to the movie, I sometimes listen to pieces from the soundtrack when I go running through parks and open spaces. The middle section of "Gathering All the Na'vi Clans for Battle" makes me sprint like nothing else matters in the world. Avatar inspired me to take up running regularly, actually.

I try not to watch the movie a whole lot. I don't want to tire myself out on it. (And I never watch individual clips on YouTube; fan videos, once in a blue moon.) So when I do watch it, it still feels good to watch.

Last edited by Empty Glass; 10-17-2011 at 07:04 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-17-2011, 07:07 AM
Pa'li Makto's Avatar
Palulukan Makto
Pa'li Makto : Once ate an octopus.
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 3,909
Default

I think I was thinking about the avatar movie universe in general but the avatar feelings tie in so much with both the avatar movie and in real life. So to be honest it could be both.

Watching small videos sound like a great idea. So do your ideas about wanting to visit certain parts of the world. What areas have you already planned to visit? For me it would be Vietnam around Halong Bay and the forests in Borneo.
__________________
Always listening to The Orb: O.O.B.E...



My fanfic

"The man who learns only what others know is as ignorant as if he learns nothing.
The treasures of knowledge are the most rare, and guarded most harshly."
-Chronicle of the First Age


"Try to see the forest through her eyes."

Réalisant mon espoir, Je me lance vers la gloire. Je ne regrette rien. (Making my hope come true, I hurl myself toward glory. I regret nothing.)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-17-2011, 07:13 AM
Empty Glass's Avatar
Karyu
Empty Glass has no status.
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,429
Default

New Zealand, the Amazon, the Andes, and Patagonia are all high on the list for me. (And that list is by no means limited to those!) I realize they're not all similar to Pandora, but to me they're all beautiful and I can't stop thinking about experiencing them someday.

Y'know, the movie is actually too multi-faceted for me to allow any sort of loss of feeling to occur. Over time, I might stop recognizing my feelings' connection to the movie, but they will still be there helped along by the movie's inspiration, nonetheless. I believe there was something that happened within me that was so big that I can't ever lose the feeling entirely, not even if I actively fought against it.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-17-2011, 07:26 AM
Pa'li Makto's Avatar
Palulukan Makto
Pa'li Makto : Once ate an octopus.
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 3,909
Default

That's great! I suppose I'm wondering how people might keep the Avatar movie and the universe that it shows fresh after so long. Though you are so right that inspirations that you get outside the movie can actually help to connect you more with the movie.

New Zealand and the Andes look like some great options. Plus New Zealand is quite affordable to travel in.
__________________
Always listening to The Orb: O.O.B.E...



My fanfic

"The man who learns only what others know is as ignorant as if he learns nothing.
The treasures of knowledge are the most rare, and guarded most harshly."
-Chronicle of the First Age


"Try to see the forest through her eyes."

Réalisant mon espoir, Je me lance vers la gloire. Je ne regrette rien. (Making my hope come true, I hurl myself toward glory. I regret nothing.)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-17-2011, 09:46 AM
tm20's Avatar
Olo'eyktan
tm20 has no status.
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 2,751
Default

-visiting the forums daily
-writing fan fiction (really gets my imagination going and keeps love for Pandora going)
-drawing pictures whenever i can (Na'vi, creatures, plants, scenery...anything really)
-listening to the soundtrack
-playing the game

glad you made this thread, it's good to know people still love Avatar
__________________
There are many dangers on Pandora, and one of the subtlest is that you may come to love it too much.

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-17-2011, 09:52 AM
Pa'li Makto's Avatar
Palulukan Makto
Pa'li Makto : Once ate an octopus.
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 3,909
Default

Thanks Tm20. That means a lot. I'm glad that I'm not the only one that tries to keep the feeling from watching Avatar. I don't want to watch the movie too often as I feel it's a journey that I've already tread..(Not sure if I'm the only one who does this although I watch the movie every so often.) I agree with writing fanfiction and playing the game. You can imagine scenarios in your head and explore areas which can give you ideas for drawing. It's really interesting, even after playing the game a few times when you get back into it, like I just have, you really get caught up in the emotions..Like when you fly an Ikran for the first time and that music starts playing. You feel so free and alive.
__________________
Always listening to The Orb: O.O.B.E...



My fanfic

"The man who learns only what others know is as ignorant as if he learns nothing.
The treasures of knowledge are the most rare, and guarded most harshly."
-Chronicle of the First Age


"Try to see the forest through her eyes."

Réalisant mon espoir, Je me lance vers la gloire. Je ne regrette rien. (Making my hope come true, I hurl myself toward glory. I regret nothing.)

Last edited by Pa'li Makto; 10-17-2011 at 10:09 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-17-2011, 11:25 AM
tm20's Avatar
Olo'eyktan
tm20 has no status.
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 2,751
Default

i limit how often i watch the movie as well (once every few months), BUT if it was in cinemas then maybe once every few....weeks but i know what you mean. you play the game and yeah for the first few minutes it feels like a game but once you're immersed in it you do feel like you're there. i prefer the heavily forested levels alot more, and when it becomes night time and everything glows, yeah it's just perfect. it takes a while for it to happen but when it does it's really nice
__________________
There are many dangers on Pandora, and one of the subtlest is that you may come to love it too much.

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-17-2011, 11:30 AM
Pa'li Makto's Avatar
Palulukan Makto
Pa'li Makto : Once ate an octopus.
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 3,909
Default

Ohh man to see Avatar back in the cinema..I think I would actually whoop in public.
While I was playing the Avatar game this music and the scene sent a chill down my spine and actually helped to bring back some of the feeling that I got from back in the cinema:





__________________
Always listening to The Orb: O.O.B.E...



My fanfic

"The man who learns only what others know is as ignorant as if he learns nothing.
The treasures of knowledge are the most rare, and guarded most harshly."
-Chronicle of the First Age


"Try to see the forest through her eyes."

Réalisant mon espoir, Je me lance vers la gloire. Je ne regrette rien. (Making my hope come true, I hurl myself toward glory. I regret nothing.)
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-17-2011, 03:18 PM
Marvellous Chester's Avatar
Aristocratic Villain
Marvellous Chester - Get away from me pleb!
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Leicestershire, England
Posts: 636
Default

Ooh this is a good thread, ok there's a couple of ways I've found to keep the feeling alive. First and foremost, I try to see Pandora here on Earth. When I go to particularly nice forests I look around and see what looks similar to that which you'd find on Eywa's paradise. Every deer is a hexapede, every bird call the cry of an ikran and so on and so forth. I also try to live more like a Na'vi so I eat find and eat wild foods, exercise and camp in the woods. That last one is something I believe every single human should do atleast once in their lives, a text based description is hugely inadequate to convey just how special it is to wake up in a woodland with all the animals around you, the morning sun light breaking through the gaps in between the trees leaves and bugs crawling around in your pants It is arguably greater than Avatar itself.

The second thing, that doesn't even require me to leave the house (and I think I've mentioned this before in another thread) is to listen to music that I enjoyed listening to in the days just after had seen Avatar. Everytime I hear The Strangler's Golden Brown I am reminded of that week I saw Avatar and couldn't stop thinking about it. The feelings come back even though it's not even remotely Avatar related.

Anyway, these are just things that work for me
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10-17-2011, 07:08 PM
apache_blanca's Avatar
Dream Hunter
apache_blanca has no status.
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: REAL body Pandora, human avatar Spain
Posts: 1,060
Default

How interesting you posted it now, Pa'li, cos I was afraid for a while that I was losing Avatar I was honestly afraid. I guess I overdosed myself on it a bit (watched it twice in 2 months) & last time I didn't really experience "the wave" or "the call"( aw, you know what I mean, don't you) - ok, I cried, I laughed, I said "ouch" & "oops" out loud - & the feeling was there but so deep inside that it was like an almost imperceptible tremble. It could be though cos I was not alone & didn’t “let go” as I usually do on my own. But last night I put the first, the original, Avatar CD on - & the feeling was back with the bang, I laughed & cried at the same time when Jake was running, & when it got to OST it was really beautiful: I flash-visioned myself in a bioluminiscent lake, floating on my back & staring at Polyphemus & other moons in their full phase; the forest was glowing & there were dozens of Atokirina floating above the water. I felt immensely happy. I am so grateful to the music for pulling me back! It always happens: when I get broody & think of backing away from Avatar & ToS something like this happens & pulls me right back. I guess I am lucky

As for my remedy to keep the feeling alive, it would be - meditations (I made it thru PAD mostly thanks to them), going to the natural spaces & imagine it's Pandora , and staying here on ToS. Somehow it brings Pandora to Earth.

I do enormously respect people who are inspired by Avatar to explore the wonders of the Earth (and yes there are so many), to take care of it, to live as close to the Na'vi way of living as possible... It’s a beautiful planet, & it would be even better if people were a bit more careful with it. But still my inner sensation is that I am here just for some time, it's like a business trip or a mission, & then- hopefully - I'll be back on Pandora, or a similar world, cos I am sure I lived there before. I do miss Pandora ok maybe it seems a far-out post – but hey, I am a dreamhunter, what do you expect
__________________
Knowledge is a chimera for beyond any knowledge there ever lies other knowledge that renders the previous knowledge false. (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever Vol.II- Stephen Donaldson)

What the bleep do we know!


I know only this:
Eywa has taken me on a ride...
... the one I don't want come back from
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10-18-2011, 02:51 AM
Sempu's Avatar
Tsamsiyu
Sempu has no status.
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Pacific NorthWest
Posts: 579
Default

For me, it's a drive to make my time here count for something, that in some way pays tribute to what I got from Avatar, so that it wasn't just another movie I saw, but that I can point to something that I did that makes a difference in the world and say, "That was thanks to Avatar." Currently working on two different books that are directly impacted by that experience...
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 10-18-2011, 03:29 AM
Pa'li Makto's Avatar
Palulukan Makto
Pa'li Makto : Once ate an octopus.
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 3,909
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Silver Stag View Post
Ooh this is a good thread, ok there's a couple of ways I've found to keep the feeling alive. First and foremost, I try to see Pandora here on Earth. When I go to particularly nice forests I look around and see what looks similar to that which you'd find on Eywa's paradise. Every deer is a hexapede, every bird call the cry of an ikran and so on and so forth. I also try to live more like a Na'vi so I eat find and eat wild foods, exercise and camp in the woods. That last one is something I believe every single human should do atleast once in their lives, a text based description is hugely inadequate to convey just how special it is to wake up in a woodland with all the animals around you, the morning sun light breaking through the gaps in between the trees leaves and bugs crawling around in your pants It is arguably greater than Avatar itself.

The second thing, that doesn't even require me to leave the house (and I think I've mentioned this before in another thread) is to listen to music that I enjoyed listening to in the days just after had seen Avatar. Everytime I hear The Strangler's Golden Brown I am reminded of that week I saw Avatar and couldn't stop thinking about it. The feelings come back even though it's not even remotely Avatar related.

Anyway, these are just things that work for me
That's really interesting thanks for posting all those Silver Stag. I really must try to camp out in the Blue Mountains which is about 2hrs away from where I live. It really seems like a great experience to wake up with the sun and the animals.I also really like the part about exercising in the wilderness and imagining the connection between Pandoran creatures and creatures from Earth. Just something I want to ask you though: whereabouts do you find nice places to camp in your area?

Quote:
Originally Posted by apache_blanca View Post
How interesting you posted it now, Pa'li, cos I was afraid for a while that I was losing Avatar I was honestly afraid. I guess I overdosed myself on it a bit (watched it twice in 2 months) & last time I didn't really experience "the wave" or "the call"( aw, you know what I mean, don't you) - ok, I cried, I laughed, I said "ouch" & "oops" out loud - & the feeling was there but so deep inside that it was like an almost imperceptible tremble. It could be though cos I was not alone & didn’t “let go” as I usually do on my own. But last night I put the first, the original, Avatar CD on - & the feeling was back with the bang, I laughed & cried at the same time when Jake was running, & when it got to OST it was really beautiful: I flash-visioned myself in a bioluminiscent lake, floating on my back & staring at Polyphemus & other moons in their full phase; the forest was glowing & there were dozens of Atokirina floating above the water. I felt immensely happy. I am so grateful to the music for pulling me back! It always happens: when I get broody & think of backing away from Avatar & ToS something like this happens & pulls me right back. I guess I am lucky

As for my remedy to keep the feeling alive, it would be - meditations (I made it thru PAD mostly thanks to them), going to the natural spaces & imagine it's Pandora , and staying here on ToS. Somehow it brings Pandora to Earth.

I do enormously respect people who are inspired by Avatar to explore the wonders of the Earth (and yes there are so many), to take care of it, to live as close to the Na'vi way of living as possible... It’s a beautiful planet, & it would be even better if people were a bit more careful with it. But still my inner sensation is that I am here just for some time, it's like a business trip or a mission, & then- hopefully - I'll be back on Pandora, or a similar world, cos I am sure I lived there before. I do miss Pandora ok maybe it seems a far-out post – but hey, I am a dreamhunter, what do you expect
Ah ma tsmuke, I see you truly. The power of our imagination is so immensely powerful that we can be in another time and place. Especially when we have triggers such as music or sights that create flashes of imaginative dreaming in our minds. I could think about that image of lying back in water and looking up at Polyphemus during the nighttime all day.

It's so true that we don't even need to go to great sites on Earth to get back memories from our experience of the movie..Though I think we should all try to make an effort to see our wonderful planet while we can. There seems to be huge potential spiritually to connect with avatar..I mean, look at all your vivid dreams ma tsmuke.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sempu View Post
For me, it's a drive to make my time here count for something, that in some way pays tribute to what I got from Avatar, so that it wasn't just another movie I saw, but that I can point to something that I did that makes a difference in the world and say, "That was thanks to Avatar." Currently working on two different books that are directly impacted by that experience...
That is a great message to take back from Avatar. I'll take a wide guess and say that for most of us Avatar only accentuated feelings, thoughts or values that we had inside, although it helped to make those feelings stronger or may have reminded some of us of how we used to think and value. I'd love to see those books one day. For me when I watched Avatar, I was reminded of how much of an enviromental/ spiritual person I was and how deeply I try to connect with the earth and the people on it. I want to try to help everyone when possible and help to heal the earth as best I can.
__________________
Always listening to The Orb: O.O.B.E...



My fanfic

"The man who learns only what others know is as ignorant as if he learns nothing.
The treasures of knowledge are the most rare, and guarded most harshly."
-Chronicle of the First Age


"Try to see the forest through her eyes."

Réalisant mon espoir, Je me lance vers la gloire. Je ne regrette rien. (Making my hope come true, I hurl myself toward glory. I regret nothing.)
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 10-18-2011, 04:09 AM
Empty Glass's Avatar
Karyu
Empty Glass has no status.
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,429
Default

Do let us know when you've got those books published Sempu!
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 10-18-2011, 04:28 AM
Moco Loco's Avatar
Dandy Lion
Moco Loco is a lion in a low place
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 2,915
Send a message via Skype™ to Moco Loco
Default

I don't do anything special, really. That is, I don't actively try to keep the feeling. I just get it every time I think hard about Avatar or in any way express my feelings about Avatar I get the "Avatar" feeling also when I think about aliens or read science books. Sometimes I even get it when I do math I especially get it in ToS Through being here and through the meetup(s) and meetup/Pandora dreams I have, you all are becoming Avatar.
__________________

Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
alive, avatar, feeling, na'vi, pandora

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



Visit our partner sites:

      pandoraworld.ru



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:54 AM.

Based on the Planet Earth theme by Themes by Design


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
All images and clips of Avatar are the exclusive property of 20th Century Fox.