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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A Self-Blurring Distinction

Hall Wines, St Helena, California, USA

November 2, 2018

"Something's happening because everything is moving." ... 
This essay, A Self-Blurring Distinction, is the companion piece to The Showing.



If you've been around Werner's work for a while, that is to say if you've engaged in Conversations For Transformation for a while, you've probably encountered and entertained (and given serious credence to) one particular distinction from its rich body of distinctions: the distinction which differentiates between the circumstances ie what happens, and who you really are as the space in which what happens, happens. It's a distinction like an experience  really, not like some intellectual cleverness.

And if you've stayed around Werner's work for a little longer, you may have also discovered for yourself the wisdom of not restricting the scope of this distinction, to Werner's work alone. In other words, you may have discovered the wisdom of blurring  the perimeter of the domain of this distinction a bit. You may have discovered the wisdom of differentiating between the circumstances ie what happens, and who you really are as the space in which what happens happens, in all  avenues of your life, and not restrict the domain of this particular distinction, to Werner's work.

Lately I've become aware of how arbitrary both  domains for this distinction are. It's not that there's a distinction in Werner's work between the circumstances ie what happens, and who I really am as the space in which what happens, happens. It's also not even that there's a distinction in my life between the circumstances ie what happens, and who I really am as the space in which what happens, happens.

In becoming willing to blur the perimeter of the domain of this distinction, I've let it open up and expand so that it now includes so much more than merely Werner's work, and so much more than merely my life. It's become a distinction which is applicable to Life itself. In the totality of it all, it's all  what happens, and it all happens in the space of who I really am. This is where I can most astutely leverage power for living. What happens ie whatever turns out, turns out the way it turns out. It's been turning out the way it's been turning out  for millennia, over which I arguably have very little say-so. Where I have say-so, is in the matter of who I'm being as the space in which what happens happens ie as the space in which it all turns out.

Now the question is: do we really  blur this distinction? Or does the distinction blur itself?  I've looked closely at it. What I've noticed is if I stand authentically in the space of transformation long enough, then if I simply look  and tell the truth about what I see, it's that this distinction blurs itself ie it's a Self-blurring distinction. This Self-blurring distinction informs me the domain of "what's happening" isn't just Werner's work. It's not just my life. And to say the domain of "what's happening" is Life itself, may be superfluous, redundant. Rather, the domain of "what's happening" is simply what's happening  - period. And that also just happens to be good Zen.

[... being continued ...]



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