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


Golden Gate Bridge

Exertec, Napa, California, USA

August 5, 2013



I am indebted to Judy Golden who inspired this conversation.


Photograph courtesy Wikipedia Commons
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA
Werner Erhard's explicit, riveting sharing of his ineffable experience on the Golden Gate Bridge one midweek morning in March 1971 started this conversation for transformation we're all in. It's been going on ever since then 24 / 7 / 365 non-stop without pause or let-up for forty two years. Rather than showing signs of ending or of having run its course any time soon, the evidence shows it's expanding, accelerating  today. Whether you've just joined this conversation or whether you've been engaged in it since day one, it always starts now. It always starts now when you open your mouth and speak transformation and what becomes possible as a result of it which wasn't possible before, indeed which couldn't have been  possible before.

The event transformation  doesn't happen in space or in time. Rather it's a contextual shift  which happens out of  time. What happened on the Golden Gate Bridge could have happened to anyone at any time anywhere. It just so happens that it happened to Werner in March 1971. And according to Werner, there's nothing particularly significant about him being on the Golden Gate Bridge when it happened. He just happened to be there at the time it occurred.

What Werner got from his March 1971 experience on the Golden Gate Bridge became an inexhaustible, limitless fuel supply driving a global engine, a veritable worldwide powerhouse which makes transformation and all the programs grounded in it, easily and readily available to millions of people. So has today's experience of transformation changed since that midweek March morning in 1971 on the Golden Gate Bridge? Is what Werner got back then, the same as what people participating in his programs get today? And: what's its place in Werner's evolving work today, forty two years later?

To a degree, what today's work of transformation on the leading edge is ongoingly committed to, ever more rigorously, is distinguishing, documenting, and deploying the languaging which, when spoken  and listened, teases out transformation making it tangible and available. To another degree, we're building new worlds made possible by that first experience, new worlds which simply weren't possible until  that first experience - the first experience when that fish walked up on land for the first time, bringing forth elephants and eagles like a possibility.

To address the first question, transformation is transformation. What Werner got on the Golden Gate Bridge is what people participating in his programs get today. For each person there's an individual expression of their experience of transformation. But the experience of transformation itself is universally the same for every human being. And if it weren't universally the same for every human being, it wouldn't be transformation, yes? A peak experience, maybe. But transformation? No.

To address the second question, transformation is central, pivotal, seminal to all of Werner's work, programs, courses, and expressions today and for the future. What it provides by way of what's possible  has led to heretofore unthinkable  breakthroughs in being for human beings. It's these new breakthroughs in being (for example breakthroughs in leadership and its sub-areas integrity, performance, and mastery) which are explored in current iterations of Werner's work.

Werner's work has been called a rich body of distinctions. This rich body of distinctions keeps on getting richer and fuller and more comprehensive and all inclusive. But at the heart of it all there's transformation, a requirement, a pre-requisite if there's going to be any new real  possibility. And that's not just because we like it that way  and want to continue building courses around it because we've figured out the recipe for success using it that way. No, it's a requirement, a pre-requisite if there's going to be any new real possibility, because standing stone cold flat footed looking into your experience and telling the truth about what's there, shows it just works this way.

Werner's experience on the Golden Gate Bridge in March 1971 isn't still alive and surging today because it's been continued since 1971. It's alive and surging today because it's being recreated newly every moment right now  24 / 7 / 365 by millions of people worldwide. It hasn't persisted because it was once created so it's now somehow become permanent like the Golden Gate Bridge itself. It's persists because we ongoingly recreate it newly. That's the nature of transformation. If you and I don't ongoingly recreate it newly, it disappears. And it's in mastering ongoingly recreating transformation newly that new possibilities for being which weren't possible before, come into view.

The Golden Gate Bridge itself hasn't changed since it was built - unlike the possibilities which continue to unfold from that single holographic experience for which it was such a magnificent and appropriate backdrop that midweek morning in March 1971, forty two short years ago.



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