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

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Being Accepting

Or:

Before You Can Move On You Have To Be Where You Are

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September 23, 2022



"Before you can move on you have to be where you are." ... Laurence Platt

This essay, Being Accepting, Or: Before You Can Move On You Have To Be Where You Are, is the companion piece to Zen And Werner's Work.

It is also the twenty second in an open group on Possibility: I am indebted to Scott Andrews who contributed material for this conversation.




How often have you heard it spoken ie averred (indeed, how often have you  spoken ie averred) that "the truth"  is "Life is the way it is, and it isn't the way it isn't" - or any other such "the truth"  for that matter? With that posed, let's consider that where any "the truth" imposed as averment careens towards becoming un-listen-able and so may not be powerful, any "the truth" as speculation  has power and leverage. So for the purposes of this conversation, I'll put "the truth" in quotes.

Any time anyone (especially me) comes at you imposing their "the  truth", here's what you should do: immediately take them out behind the barn and slap them over the head with a wet noodle (I'm playfully harkening of course to the "Whack!" of a Zen master's wooden broadsword here). Rather, inquire  with them into their "the truth". See if you can discover it for yourself. Speculate on it. Don't blindly believe any imposed "the truth" (especially mine). Dogmatic imposition befogs "the truth".
Werner Erhard is widely acknowledged for distinguishing very early on in the piece, the axiomatic "The truth believed is a lie" (from which I infer: a lie is the natural devolution of believed truth). It's an insightful look into what renders "the truth" as imposed averment as not powerful, and "the truth" as speculation as powerful.

With all that now in place, saying it's "the truth" that "Life is the way it is, and it isn't the way it isn't", is good enough for jazz. And if we are  that that's true, then accepting things the way they are and the way they aren't, makes for living congruent with life. And living congruent with life is a smart (very  smart) way to live, yes?

In other words, if "the  truth" is that "Life is the way it is, and it isn't the way it isn't", then the possibility  that naturally goeswith  (as Alan Watts may have said) "the truth" that "Life is the way it is, and it isn't the way it isn't", is the possibility of ... being accepting!

To wit, if "THE  truth" is "Life is the way it is, and it isn't the way it isn't", then "THE  possibility" (ie the  possibility that goeswith "the  truth") is the possibility of being accepting. And then my thesis would have to suppose that there's such a thing as the  possibility - in the face of an infinite number of invented possibilities. But that's good enough for jazz also. What the  possibility for me is, is the possibility of being accepting (of life the way it is, and the way it isn't). That's Zen (very Zen).

Life is the way it is, and it isn't the way it isn't. Black and white. No gray. When something is the way it is and isn't the way it isn't, it's perfect. So life is perfect. Don't lie about it. Ergo  if you don't accept this  (where "this" is any unresolved issue you may have) as perfect, then you can't move on (resisting whatever this is, is futile).

The way to move on (or at least your access  to the way to move on) is by accepting this ie by being accepting of whatever's going on - exactly the way it is, and exactly the way it isn't. Simply put: before you can move on, you have to be accepting of this - or: before you can move on you have to be where you are. Really.

Please don't rotely agree with that just because I said it. Yes it's sublime. Yes it rocks. But if you agree with it without discovering it for yourself, you'll turn it into just another fortune cookie bon mot. Rather, check it out for yourself. Experiment with it for yourself. Take it out on the track for a test drive. Try it on for size. Discover this has real power and leverage: the possibility of being accepting, is the possibility that goeswith "the truth" that "Life is the way it is, and it isn't the way it isn't.".



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