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Thu, Jun. 24th, 2004, 07:35 am
jenny_evergreen: Guide: A Conversation

Thanks to the original author of this for letting me make a couple of changes and letting it be used in the Guide. Your input, as always, is sought and appreciated!

Conversation with The Infinite:

Me - I'm scared.

The Infinite: Everything's going to be all right.

Me - Yeah, but I'm afraid and nervous. How can you say that everything is going to be all right? What if things get screwed up?

The Infinite: Everything's going to be all right.

Me - Yeah, you told me that already. Are you saying that even if something bad happens, even if my worst fears are realized that somehow, for some reason, if you have faith in the general goodness of the universe then things will find a way of working out?

The Infinite: Everything's going to be all right.

Me - But what if something bad happens? How can this bad thing be considered "all right"?

The Infinite: Everything's going to be all right.

Me - So you're saying that even if bad things happen, and they are painful, over time, we gain wisdom, insight, and experience, and when enough time has passed, and we look back on things, realize that we probably couldn't have it any other way, and couldn't conceive of our life if these things didn't happen the way they did?

The Infinite: Everything's going to be all right.

Me - So for example, if someone endures a painful breakup with a loved one. That person may be lost for awhile and hurting, but over time finds another person whom she loves even more and who loves her even more than in her wildest dreams?

The Infinite: Everything's going to be all right.

Me - And if someone endures a loss of another kind, though it may be painful, she realizes that, over time, if things hadn't worked out the way they did, then she wouldn't have what she now has and values beyond price.

The Infinite: Everything's going to be all right.

Me - And so even in death, the universe has something to teach us. People and events touch our lives in ways we cannot fathom. Grief will pass, and if you have faith in the overall goodness of the universe, things will find a way of working out. Even if they weren't the way you originally hoped or envisioned them to be.

The Infinite: Everything's going to be all right.

Me - Everything's going to be all right. (smile)
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Sun, Jun. 27th, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC)
jenny_evergreen

I'm happy to credit you here, I didn't realize you wanted me to. Sorry!
As for the book itself, that is entirely uncredited. I swear I wrote this somewhere, but I can't find the entry at the moment. Anyway, the point of the book being uncredited is to make clear that the people doing this are in it neither for profit nor for fame/immortality.
If this bothers you and you don't want me to include what you wrote, I'll take it out (with extreme regret.) Sorry I wasn't clear. :\

Sun, Jun. 27th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC)
rhklein

Oops. Leave it to me to inject an unnecessary bit of vanity into your attempt at creating a humble religion.

I didn't know that was your policy here. I just thought it would be nice to be credited for what I wrote, because I secretly have a big head. ;-)

It's ok, you can leave it in. :-)

Sun, Jun. 27th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC)
jenny_evergreen

Sorry, Rick, I should have made it clear to you. :) Thanks for letting it stay in...it really is just perfect. :)