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

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Frame Of Reference

Muir Beach, California, USA

March 2, 2012



This essay, Frame Of Reference, is the companion piece to Conversations For Transformation receives its six hundred thousandth view with the publishing of Frame Of Reference.



When I look at what this conversation, Frame Of Reference, is about, I see it includes being certain, being sure, being decisive, being bold, not doubting, not hesitating  etc. Yet every one of these components are transcended, surpassed by what this conversation ultimately brings forth.

If I'm going to live with certainty (which is to say if I'm going to be  certain), if I'm going to be sure, if I'm going to be decisive, if I'm going to be bold, if I'm not going to doubt, if I'm not going to hesitate, then my inquiry  goes along these lines: what's my frame of reference  for certainty, for being sure, for being decisive, for being bold, for not doubting, for not hesitating?

My frame of reference for living like this is context  - or, to be quite specific, being present  to context. If I'm present to context when I do anything at all  (which is to say if I get myself present to context  before I do anything), then I notice no effort's required to be certain, to be sure, to be decisive, to be bold, to not doubt, to not hesitate, because being present to context, I simply become that way in the process of Life itself.

Another frame of reference for me for living like this is Self  - or, to be quite specific, being present  to Self. If I'm present to Self (which is to say if I get myself present to Self before I do anything), then I notice no effort's required to be certain, to be sure, to be decisive, to be bold, to not doubt, to not hesitate, because being present to Self, I simply become that way in the process of Life itself.

Up to a point (which is to say interimly), both being present to context and being present to Self suffice. But the point after which they no longer suffice (which is to say ultimately)  is reached when I ask the question "What tells me this certainty, this assuredness, this decisiveness, this boldness, this not doubting, and this not hesitating, is authentic?".

I'm clear I need to resolve this issue for myself ... because if I don't, then this seemingly solid platform of "certainty" on which I stand could turn out to be termite infested and collapse at any moment.

After inquiring, after engaging with this issue, after telling the truth  unflinchingly about what's so for me in this matter, my answer to the question "What tells me this certainty, this assuredness, this decisiveness, this boldness, this not doubting, and this not hesitating, is authentic?" ... is ... "You!" - which is to say it's "My relationship  with you.".

Getting this is a "water is wet, rocks are hard, and Mother is Mother"  kind of realization for me. I could  question "Why  is water wet?". I could also delve into "Why  are rocks hard?". There are some mighty intelligent people who can provide (indeed who have  provided) answers to both of these questions. I'm not one of them. I'm just pragmatic. Water is wet ... so I want to drink it. Water is wet ... so I want to swim in it. Water is wet ... so I want to surf on it. To do any or all of the above, I don't need to understand why  water is wet. In fact (and unavoidably) pursuing why  water is wet only postpones and gets in the way of drinking water, swimming in it, and surfing on it. So I've dropped trying to understand the wetness of water entirely.

Like that, I've dropped entirely trying to understand why you give me (which is to say why my relationship with you gives me) my frame of reference for the authenticity  of my certainty, of my assuredness, of my decisiveness, of my boldness, of my not doubting, and of my not hesitating. Like wetness for water, authenticity like this is simply a given. And like water, I'll drink it (sparkling and ice cold  is best), and I'll swim in it, and I'll surf on it ... with you ... forever.



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