Once I got clear about that, I got I, too, can source transformation. It was more than that really. I got anyone can source transformation because transformation comes from speaking and listening who we really are. Obviously everyone is who they really are (think about it ...) even though people may differ in the degree with which it's front and center on their radar. So anyone can source transformation by speaking and listening, at least like a possibility.
My natural expression of that clearing was sharing transformation with thousands of people starting Werner's work in South Africa in 1979.
While I was clear about sharing transformation by speaking and listening, I wasn't yet clear about sharing transformation by writing and reading. Writing and reading seemed to me to be one degree removed from speaking and listening.
And so twenty five years passed before I paid any real attention to sharing the possibility of transformation by writing and reading.
It was Professor William Warren Bartley III, Werner's official biographer, who created arguably the finest example ever that all of it can be communicated by writing with the educational and riveting "Werner Erhard, The Transformation of a Man - The Founding of est".
Having read it and experienced it, I realized in the right context transformation can be delivered in writing/reading provided writing/reading is recognized as one degree removed from the authentic working context for transformation speaking/listening.
So "I write, therefore I am" (as René Descartes may have said). But grand philosophy aside, I always thought René had it backwards. Shouldn't it be "I am, therefore I write"? And now, thanks to Werner's way of seeing experience, the truth is probably closest to "I am, therefore I am", whether I write ... or not.
Over the past three years these Conversations For Transformation have reached their expanding audience, twenty thousand people a year at last estimate, in ever more effective ways. When Werner recently shared with me his intention to expand his internet presence, I asked myself if it were really possible.
Having gotten writing/reading, the context for my work as a writer, is one degree removed from speaking/listening, the working context for Werner's work of transformation, I began to live inside the question "Can a website truly support Werner's intention to expand his internet presence?". I mean really?
I wasn't asking simply whether or not a website can share light on Werner's work. I already knew writing/reading can do at least that. I was asking whether or not a website can actually cause transformation.
The way that resolved for me was people whom I've never met contacted me from countries I've never been to saying after reading the Conversations For Transformation I've written, they're enrolled, registered, and are participating in Werner's programs.
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When all this started Werner noticed one of the most ironic yet fundamental aspects of transformation is if you want to keep it you have to give it away. With these Conversations For Transformation I'm doing exactly that.
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