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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Essays - Fifteen Years Later:

Essence

Napa Valley, California, USA

August 17, 2018



"If you keep saying it the way it really is, eventually your word is law in the universe."  ... 
This essay, Essays - Fifteen Years Later: Essence, is the fifteenth annual State Of The Union  celebration of Conversations For Transformation:
  1. Essays - One Year Later: Critical Mass
  2. Essays - Two Years Later: Glass Walled Studio
  3. Essays - Three Years Later: Internet Presence
  4. Essays - Four Years Later: Side By Side
  5. Essays - Five Years Later: Arm In Arm
  6. Essays - Six Years Later: A Very Good Year
  7. Essays - Seven Years Later: By My Self
  8. Essays - Eight Years Later: Riding The Open Range
  9. Essays - Nine Years Later: Recreation
  10. Essays - Ten Years Later: Decade
  11. Essays - Eleven Years Later: Unimaginable
  12. Essays - Twelve Years Later: A New Beginning
  13. Essays - Thirteen Years Later: A Certain Space
  14. Essays - Fourteen Years Later: Lenses Of Creativity
  15. Essays - Fifteen Years Later: Essence
in that order.




In the earlier times ie in my younger years ie in my transformationally less mature  (you get the idea) years, I would have said that writing these Conversations For Transformation (that's a euphemism for making Werner available in the world) fulfilled my life. Indeed, there's a lot of truth to that. To that end, I set up, engineered, and managed my life around being prepared to, being supported to, and especially being free to, write. But what I've gotten of late ie what I've realized of late, is that wasn't the source of the fulfillment. It wasn't that writing Conversations For Transformation fulfilled my life. It's that my life fulfills my life. And writing Conversations For Transformation, is merely the expression of (and evidence of) that. That's the essence of it. And now, fifteen years has gone by in a thrilling flash. So what's new?

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                    Essays By Laurence Platt
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For as long as I've been doing this, there's been a question that's followed me around. That question is "Why do you do this?". It's to be expected, I assert. Furthermore, it would be expected around any expression of the work of transformation. And the only truthful and worthwhile answer lands either like a cross-court slam-dunk for some people, or it infuriates others who aren't open to a Zen answer. The answer is "I do this because this is what I do", to which one response was "So you do this because it makes a contribution?". No, I do this because this is what I do (if it makes a contribution, great). Another response was "So you do this because it enrolls people?". No, I do this because this is what I do (if people are enrolled, great). You've got to discover for yourself how to get the significance out of it if you're going to transform anything (by the way, I propose you could measure all humanity's problems, from the mundane to the urgent global, in t-rms of how much significance we place on our actions, as distinct from simply taking action).

You could say (this is not official, by the way - it's merely my personal assertion) that there are two essential thrusts to the work of transformation (I'm asserting any component of the work of transformation, fits into one of these two categories). The first is arguably the most important, yet it's the one on which relatively little time is spent. The second is merely the result of the first, it's its corollary  if you will, yet it's the one on which you'll spend the rest of your life. So: what are they? The first is experiencing the event transformation  during which significance is seen, arguably for the first time, for what it is: arbitrarily (if not infectiously)  generated by us, and therefore can be set aside (it's not an essential  in life). The second is living into a future of your own choosing and creation, once all significance has been assigned to the slag heap of history. The first is the event transformation. The second ie all the rest ie everything that follows, is living life transformed. Both taken together ie making both available, is the work of transformation - nothing more, nothing less.

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