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


God Only Creates What Is

London, England

August 2, 2007



This essay, God Only Creates What Is, is the companion piece to It is also the third in a group of fourteen reflections of God: It is also the third in a group of fourteen on Creating: I am indebted to Lucy Green who inspired this conversation.



It's been said so much it's nearly trite, almost a cliché:  if transformation were easy, the whole world would be transformed by now.

Transformation, contrary to what we wish and hope and would like it to be, isn't a state  or a condition  or a permanent high. It's an ongoing act of word, an ongoing spoken creation. To have it, you speak it over and over and over and over and over again. Then, when you've done that, you speak it over and over and over and over and over again some more. Sorry about that. It doesn't simply happen  by itself. Even if it peeks, surprisingly, titillatingly, out from the shadows teasing to be known, it won't stay. If it doesn't stay it's not transformation. If it doesn't stay, at best it's a peak experience.

Transformation is quite deliberate. Like any deliberate act it ends the instant it's no longer created. You could even say transformation is an unnatural  act. Life, by itself, doesn't provide transformation. It's not your birthright. There's no guarantee of it. It's not promised to every human being. In this sense, you could also say transformation is unfair. People cue their lives off the occurring world  ie the way the world occurs for them. Ironically that's an almost surefire way to never get and to not provide for the possibility of transformation. It's deadly, in fact.

For possibility to become real, it requires an interruption, a decisive interference  in the way things are already turning out. For transformation to become real, it also requires an interruption, a decisive interference in the way we're already experiencing  things.

I'm speaking with a friend who seems quite certain we  (that's her and you and I) can't interfere in the way things are already turning out - without help. By inference she's also implying we can't interfere in the way we're already experiencing things. She says help can only come from God. In essence I don't have an issue with her assertion. What I let pass, for the time being at least, is she hasn't yet distinguished who she really is ... and  ... until she distinguishes who she really is, she's really barricading herself away from having an experience  of God, settling instead for a common (albeit well loved and widely held) concept  of God.

She's adamant, quite vociferous actually, when she says there's a hard line separating man from God. In her belief system  unity is out of the question. In her interpretation  it's not even possible to have blurred edges. Sinful little man down below. Judgemental big God. God up on high. And ne'er the twain shall meet. That's it.

She's the way people occasionally get when expounding on man's true nature: imposingly righteous but, assuming it helps, in an endearing way. I love her zest.

She argues enthusiastically. Her point of view, based on blind concept  rather than on distinguishing experience, gives her a charmingly naïve  sense of certainty.

She challenges me. "If you're God, even if you're only one with  God, then create me a tree!".

"OK" I say, looking around slowly, carefully taking in the splendid forest in which we sit. I see a majestic Douglas Fir at least a hundred feet tall. I point to it. "That  one!".

She's silent for a moment. Then she says: "But that one already exists. Create  me a tree - like God does.".

I point again to the Douglas Fir. "That is  the tree I create. God only creates what is.".

She ends the conversation right there, not responding, sitting safely in the saddle of her belief. She doesn't continue because if she confronts bringing the light of direct experience to bear on her belief, her belief will disappear. In and of itself, that's not inherently something to be concerned about. It simply comes back to the deliberate act  of transformation. Beliefs and concepts aren't deliberate acts.

When I look from my experience I see God only creates what is. That's when I see all the struggle and effort is what I add. I suppose you could say when you realize that, you're saved. However, transformation doesn't require that implication or that belief system or that concept or that interpretation or that context.



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