Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Say The World Loves You

Sacramento, California, USA

August 25, 2010



This essay, Say The World Loves You, was written at the same time as For You I've Loved Before.

I am indebted to Lew Epstein who inspired this conversation.




I've got an unconventional regard of what it is to trust. I've also got an unconventional regard of what it is to be loved.

First, trust.

I trust you. Period. That's my entire thesis right there.

There's nothing you need to do. to have my trust. I create a space  of trust for you. You may chose to step into it, or not. You have the opportunity to step into your own magnificence, or not. In my world, trust is granted  rather than earned. If you have to earn  my trust, then I'm a feverish untrusting  paranoid, always looking over my shoulder in fear of what may come next. If I grant  you my trust, I'm free, generous, and at ease.

Notice there's nothing selfish (small "s") ie ego-centric about trusting this way. To trust this way I actually have to have something at stake. To trust this way I actually have to have something at risk. Yet more to the point, for me trusting this way isn't about me. For me, trusting this way is really all about you. And you don't have to do anything  to earn my trust. I trust you not because you've earned my trust. I trust you because I trust you. In other words, I trust you because I say  "I trust you.".

Second, to be loved.

When I say "The world loves me", similarly it isn't as ego-centric as it may sound. In my world, love is a given  rather than an earned.

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When I say love is "a given", I'm saying it's axiomatic  - not that it's donated.

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If I have to earn  your love, then I'm a feverish unloved  clod of rejection, always looking for ways to get your attention and your approval in fear of if I don't  get your attention and your approval, my life isn't validated. On the other hand, if I say  "The world loves me" (ie love is a given), then love is the space into which I show up. I'm free, acknowledged, appreciated, and at ease. With you. Or without you. And you'll notice I'm not needy  around you.

Now watch. If I say "The world loves me", it's really only the precursor to something arguably even more risky which is this: saying "I love the world back"  ie saying "I love the world so much  I want it to work.".

There's  ego-mania for you!

The next time you're alone, the next time you're by your Self, create the world loves you. Invent the possibility the world loves you. The way you invent the possibility the world loves you is you say  the world loves you. Declare  the world loves you. The possibility the world loves you falls out of your mouth. The world loves you because you consider it so.

That's BIG. That's very  big.

When you get the world loves you ie when you really  get the world loves you, love the world back. Love the world back so much  you want it to work.



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