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

Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Alone With You

Gaia, American Canyon, California, USA

April 3, 2009



This essay, Alone With You, is the companion piece to Touching Nothing You: ZenPlay In Two Acts.

It was written at the same time as I am indebted to Professor William Warren Bartley III who inspired this conversation.




What's interesting to me My Friend is when I stand squarely and only  in the intentionality of your work, when I simply watch all the circumstantial stuff, all the barriers, all the trials, all the tribulations, all the gaffes  and dodged bullets come and go ... when I stand squarely here by my Self  alone with you like this, what I notice is I'm moving forward.

Restated with rigor, what I notice is "it"  is moving forward. As a corollary  to noticing "it"  is moving forward, what's also interesting to me is this: the only way I know something's happening is precisely because "it"  is moving forward. And the same direction in which "it"  is moving, is the only direction in which I want to move.

When the results are in, when the statistics are tallied, when transformation shows up in peoples' lives, the miracle is clear. It's obvious. After all your hard work, it's a no brainer  we now take for granted. It's so easy now ... as if all along nothing much was needed to be done to make it happen anyway.

"Somewhere between Corte Madera and the Golden Gate Bridge, the man in the car on the freeway was transformed." - Professor William Warren Bartley III
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA
The Golden Gate Bridge. One of the seven wonders of the modern world. It's just there. For a few bits you drive across it in under two minutes. Going the other way it's free. It's obvious. Driving across the erstwhile uncrossable Golden Gate  in airconditioned high fidelity WiFi  comfort is a no brainer  we now take for granted. It's so easy now ... as if all along nothing much was needed to be done to make it happen anyway.

And when transformation first burst through our considerations onto front and center stage, when the lightning bolt struck, it is said, somewhere between Corte Madera and the Golden Gate Bridge transforming the man in the car on the freeway (actually it was on the Golden Gate Bridge itself), I was there alone with you even then. No, not in real time  nor in real space. Rather, out of time  and out of space  which is exactly when and where transformation shows up each and every time.

I'm glad I get to live my life alone with you by my Self. There's nothing else I want.



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