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

And More

Creating Inexorably Like A Possibility

Browns Valley, California, USA

February 24, 2019

"It is important that you get clear for yourself that your only access to impacting life is action. The world does not care what you intend, how committed you are, how you feel, or what you think, and certainly it has no interest in what you want and don't want. Take a look at life as it is lived and see for yourself that the world only moves for you when you act."
"To me, if life boils down to one thing, it's action. To live is to be in action."
 ... Jerry Seinfeld
This essay, Creating Inexorably like a Possibility, is the companion piece to Being Always In Action: A Possibility.

It is also the fifteenth in a group of fifteen on Creating:

When I wake up early in the morning, it isn't always into a great space. Very often it is. But when I tell the truth about it, sometimes it isn't. And if it isn't a great space, I notice I don't want life so much anymore - in fact I resent it. When I wake up into this depressed, not so great space, this is the way it is (that much is clear) and I don't like it. So I tell myself that if I lay in bed a few minutes longer and / or doze off a little longer, I'll feel better ... and then  I'll get up. So I lay in bed a few minutes longer and doze off a little longer ... and yet it never seems to make one god-damned  bit of difference: whatever not so great space I woke up into, is still there - only now it's actually worse, given there's the added disappointment and resentment of having discovered I can't make it go away by sleeping in longer.

It seems certain that the not so great space I woke up into, will persist and will drag my day down. So eventually I get out of bed (it's time to) albeit resentfully, negatively, expecting the worst. And immediately  there's a shift. Amazing. It's like a miracle. Wow! Eureka!  Something happens to that not so great space when I get up, and I don't know what it is. But that not so great space is gone  - or at least massively diminished. As if by accident, I've discovered the antidote (if you will) to this not so great space that I sometimes wake up into, isn't laying in bed longer, nor is it dozing off a little longer. The antidote is being in action. The moment I'm in action, it's gone, vanished, nowhere to be found. Like magic. I don't know how. I don't know why. I'm just glad it's gone.

Look: given the way I've assumed life should work, that's actually quite profound. I've looked for ways to have that not so great space not be there ever ie not showing up ever - none of which has ever worked or made any difference. When it's there it's there, just waiting for me in the morning. But it goes away tout de suite, given the onset of action. That's the miracle. And it doesn't have to be any specific action, like something pre-planned. Sure, it could  be something specific. But it doesn't have to be. Action, in and of itself, is the cure for it. I don't know why it works that way. But I don't have  to know why it works, for it to work. What I know, is that it works. That's life: being in action. And until I'm in action, I notice I don't like it as much.

Once I get that, while there may not be much doubt in the fact that action is its antidote, I realize I have choice in the matter of what actions I'll take on. I've made an unrelated commitment to myself to take on creative actions ie actions that brings something forth that otherwise wasn't going to come forth by itself. Writing these Conversations For Transformation is my expression of that commitment. And then the question becomes: if I can take on being active at any time (as the antidote to not liking the not so great space life sometimes serves up in its absence), can I take on creative  action all the time  (is that even a possibility?) or are there limits to how often and for how long a person can actually be creative without letup? Can the gold flashing "Creating now  ..." switch be turned on, then welded open so that it stays in the "on" position? Is that even an option? Or are there limits to for how long we can be creative, without needing or having to take a break?

Try this on for size: one way I've figured out to make this work, is to declare a context, a context of living a created life, a life in which everything  I do is a created piece of my whole life. So I'm not just being creative / active in only the project at hand. It's I'm being creative / active in the broader context of living a created life, of which every creative project is merely a piece. When I do that, then I do everything I do, within the context of living a created life. That's how to be creative ongoingly, all the time: by inventing a context in which to be creative inexorably. So ordinarily, you can be creatively in action intermittently  with this project, then with that project. But extraordinarily, within the invented context of living a created life, you can be creatively in action inexorably. That's how you do it.

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