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Back in May last year I posted a short story: The Fountain Of Youth. I wrote this in the mid 90s, and I published it pretty much as I wrote it then.
Now I have updated it! By adding an epilogue.
It would make most sense to read the whole story, but if you haven’t got time, it’s basically about a guy called Melvyn who finds a trickle of water he believes makes him immortal. It’s also about both his reactions and the reactions of the people around him.
Here’s the epilogue:
Many years later, Melvyn found himself surrounded by people who had their own special water supplies. His relationship with Alice hadn’t lasted—he was with Yvonne now, whom he met at a peace rally. Yvonne hadn’t understood Melvyn’s water at first, but after a while, she thought “why not?!” and she started sharing Melvyn’s supply.
Melvyn and Yvonne had 6 kids, and they brought them up to see themselves as living forever. Yvonne became a successful mommy blogger, giving tips on how to raise children free from fear, and Melvyn got into developing software for running Windows programs on Macs.
Many of Melvyn’s friends had their own special water supplies by now—it was the norm, in fact. It wasn’t that big a deal to them, in the end… they simply thought living forever sounded like a good idea. Even Melvyn’s mother decided to go with the water—her life had been getting better and better and she felt like a kid inside, anyway.
The TV chat show host became known for his excellent TV series where he interviewed interesting people, giving them “enough rope” that they could really share themselves.
I wrote a spiel at the end of The Fountain Of Youth about how I had reservations about discussing the ideas of physical immortality, and I am very grateful for the support a handful of bloggers gave me on that occasion. It meant a lot to me then, and still does.
Now, I’d like to give advance notice that I am over being shy about it, and am quite happy to promote these ideas as much as I can. I think it has something to do with finding other people who I see eye-to-eye with out there in internet land. More to come on those people soon!
Cheers – Robin
Well done Robin……… I’m curious now and will read your former post.
I have a lot of theories about water.
We label our drinking water according to our needs.
eg… at the moment it reads excellent health & good fortune.
Anyway I won’t go about it too much just now and will get on with reading the post.
Best wishes 🙂
PS thanks heaps for dropping by too
Hi, I’m back….I’ve read “the fountain of youth” & enjoyed it 🙂
I think & feel that anything is possible as we do create our own realities.
If you believe that water has memory then you can do wonderful things with it. It’s wonderful, it’s magical and lives within us.
Certainly my practices with water have done us no harm and the benefits may only be that of the placebo effect, but hey they work for us.
These books may be of interest to you.. “Your body’s many cries for water”
by F.Batmanghelidj, M.D.
“The true power of water” by Masaru Emoto
“Twenty thirst century” by John Archer
“The secret life of water” by Masaru Emoto
Best wishes….. I enjoy your blog 🙂
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I went back to read the post you published one year ago. There was a hint of familiarity, so I scrolled down to read my comments. Ahhhh….the story was the first post I had read on your site and it was my visit here back then!!
The story line you have is certainly an intriguing one. I like it because it is unique.
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Great story and just for the record I drink lots of water – I wish I could say it was my favorite beverage, but I can not.
I am working on healing myself, because if I am going to live to at least 86 then I will have to work on it….thinking about living forever is hard for me to accomplish since I was born with cancer and have had it many more times. I also find the body recovery work to be so hard, so I think if I can’t recover from something and feel great then I will think about letting go and dying. I have made my peace on that front.
Nice work. I asked you on my blog how are the fires and you? I have given up watching the news for the next 40 days – my reader has had nothing about the fires
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@Ribbon – glad you enjoyed it! Thanks! And thanks for the info about the nature of water.
@Evelyn – it does seem like a long time ago – it’s hard to imagine that only this time last year we bloggers didn’t even know each other – well I didn’t anyway (I know you started before me)
@Patricia – thanks Patricia – well I’m glad you are going to live till at least 86! An idea I have picked up along the way is that it’s actually easier to let go of all the baggage we carry than it is to hold onto it – I think it’s a matter of believing it’s possible to let it go, then setting the intention – then the rest comes when it is ready. That’s how I look at it, anyway.
This is my favorite part:
“Yvonne became a successful mommy blogger, giving tips on how to raise children free from fear”
Love it, Robin.
Hi Robin – Brilliant. I’m glad you’re going to talk more about “living forever”. Before I’d read your blog, I’d always believed it possible that the soul could live forever. But I’d never thought about our physical bodies being able to do the same and it’s a really interesting idea.
I’m not sure I like this bit though – “Melvyn got into developing software for running Windows programs on Macs.”
Eventually, I hope to be able to afford a Mac notebook so I can escape from Window’s products. I’m so tired of Vista deciding when my computer needs to be restarted – like right when I’m in the middle of something important.
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Raising children free from fear. I’m with Vered. That line jumped out at me. Interesting how we pass our fears onto our children. There are many fears that parents pass along to their children, but one that really annoys me, and relates to your post, is the fear of germs, and illness, and such stuff. Sadly, the Little Lion’s mother goes a bit nuts in this regard and used to send bottles and bottles of medicines to our house, and poor LL was expected to log when exactly he took each one. The Urbane Lion, however, put his foot down and said NOT IN MY HOUSE. Interestingly, the Little Lion is hardly ever sick now. Gosh, I wonder why?
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Hi Robin – I’m happy to hear you’re going back to your heartfelt beliefs. With the internet reaching world wide, you will undoubtedly attract others who have the same mindset.
Myself, I find it hard to comprehend, but on the other hand, what I’ve read on your blog make me wonder if we’re “willing” ourselves to die at a younger age.
Keep following your heart. I’m a loyal fan/friend and will continue to let your words expand my thoughts. Who knows, we could be blogging 50 years from now and saying, “remember when?”
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@Vered – heheh – glad you liked it!
@Cath – Melvyn is actually meant to be a Mac fan. Some Mac guy makes a framework for running IE on Macs, and there’s Parallels and so on for putting Windoze on Intel macs – groan.
@Urban Panther – How awfully annoying! Lucky you and UL are in sync over this. The fear of germs that abounds is ridiculous – as Vered wrote in a post the other day, there’s the biological problems with it, and teaching kids there is something out there that is gonna get them is insane.
@Barbara – thanks so much for your kind words Barbara – it means a lot to me. It was a real boost for me to discover What if? The Movie (especially the director’s commentary) – the makers have the same outlook as I do.
And now I’m back in “the future” having just read that entire post from last May, which I thought was very imaginative. And engrossing.
Robin, I kind of like bloggers who are a little shy to reveal themselves, you are going out on a limb to say how you really feel and I admire that. You are blogging yoru own truth and what can be better in blogland than that?
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Robin, your uplifting post invites blog readers to recognize they each have something useful to contribute to the world. The story you share offers a metaphor for more self-acceptance and giving.
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Very nice story, and new ending. And now I must eat my vegetables, because I haven’t found Mervyn yet. 😉
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Bring it on Robin! I’m looking forward to hearing all of your ideas. Your ideas put me in a happy place and I will keep coming back for more. You are my own special water supply.
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Hiya Robin. Lol, I was thinking of Vered when I read that bit about the mommy blogger. More lols.
I popped over the read the whole story. You wrote that a month before I started my first blog. I’m glad you mentioned it. I really enjoyed reading it. And I enjoy reading all your thoughts on this topic, so bring it on! I like the idea of living forever, but I know that is because I’m just afraid of what the alternative is like. Not that I’m afraid of death itself, just how it will come to pass.
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I don’t want to live forever. My parents are 89 and 90 this year and have lost everything that makes life enjoyable. I’ll have to get over this but right now 80-83 is good for me.
I do believe we choose when we die aka Louise Hay.
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My dear immortal robin,
it sounds like a happy end, meanwhile it could be a long long long long happy end.
It is always wonderful to witness how texts develop and mature.. Thanky you for sharing…Rainer
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I loved your story and the epilogue. You know I am a HUGE believer in that we create our own reality. Have you checked out Dr. Emoto’s work on water – truly inspiring! He was mentioned briefly in What If? http://hado.net/
Raising kids free from fear is so important and what I am striving to do with my own. My daughter is almost 6 and she knows no fear. My son is 9 and witnessed my illnesses and healing and while he is releasing fears as he has seen me do… he still has some he holds onto… It is amazing how much kids inherit your own state of being.
Always love coming here Robin,
@Jannie – thanks Jannie about the story – and for your encouragement. I really appreciate it!
@Liara – thanks Liara!
@Dot – veggies can’t hurt, can they? Are they organic and biodynamic? ;=)
@Stacey – my goodness Stacey – I love your blog, too – it has such a light, happy feel, even when you are telling it like it is, as a parent of young children.
@Davina – thanks about the story, Davina! I also feel that death itself is not something to fear. I think that the lead-up is less than glorious, and brings unnecessary suffering.
@Tess – hi there Tess! With this philosophy goes the belief we can reverse the aging process by healing ourselves of baggage we are holding onto unconciously. Someone in the field coined the term “youthing”, as an alternative to aging.
@Rainer – Hi Ray! Glad you came by – especially as you were there for the original version. Maybe we’ll get to Germany one day – it would be good to have a cup of tea with you, or something stronger!
@Jenny – I’ve only seen Dr Emoto on What if? – I’m really struggling to find time to look at everything! One example is that we went to The Journey with Brandon Bays on the weekend – a 2-day intensive healing workshop. It was fantastic, and they have programs and processes for kids – you might feel your 9 yr old could benefit from it (I’d highly recommend it to anyone who feels at all attracted to it).
I went to read the story and enjoyed it very much! Interesting observation that many people don’t want to live forever (yet when it’s time to die most people don’t seem ready to go… hmm)
Doctors now talk about real age as opposed to chronological age, and I know 50 year olds with 30 year old bodies. Perhaps it’s a matter of degree and time before we can stay the same real age for a long long time? The jury is still out for me, but it’s intriguing to think about the possibilities.
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Love this story Robin – well done!
@Daphne – Thankyou Daphne! That’s interesting that you know 50 year-olds with 30 yr-old bodies.
@Janni – Ta very muchly, Janni