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


Holding The Door Open:

The Space That's Already Here

Exertec, Napa, California, USA

June 10, 2015



"Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn't be done." ... Amelia Earhart

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ... Margaret Mead
This essay, Holding The Door Open: The Space That's Already Here, is the companion piece to
  1. Beingsphere
  2. Distraction / Consolation: Getting Away From Who I Am
in that order.




Speaking both as an individual human being and as a member of the group (I'm talking about our worldwide  group ie all  of us, our entire species), I assert it's just possible our lives are most likely to go astray and the future of humanity is most likely to go astray, when we act coming from not being at home  with who we all are ie when we act coming from not being OK with who we all are.

To pursue this inquiry, I invite you take a close look at when you and I and we all got started.

Imagine we're all the way back in our individual lives and in the life of all of humanity, at the time when we were learning to set ourselves up on a platform for living  if you will. A platform for living is the basis on which we each build our own individual lives, and on which we all build the future of humanity's life on the planet. For the purposes of this inquiry, consider there are two possible platforms we could choose from. The first platform is one on which we believe it's our lot  to always be not OK with who we all are. Anything we build on that platform in order to be OK with who we all are, would be futile. At best, anything we build on that platform may only compensate some but not all of us, for not being OK with who we all are.

Pause for a moment and imagine what's possible for each of us as individuals and what's possible for the future of humanity, when we're each building on a platform like that one.

Now imagine a second platform, a platform on which our very ground of being is OK with who we all are. Anything we build on this platform expresses being OK with who we all are, and takes into account who we all are. Imagine what's possible for each of us as individuals and what's possible and for the future of humanity, when we're building on a platform like this  one.

I find it extraordinarily useful as an exercise to examine my platform for living and to scrutinize all the actions I take in my life (which correlate directly, by the way, with what I say about my life) to see if I can distinguish between those actions that come from not being OK with who I am and not being OK with who we all are, and those actions that come from being OK with who I am and being OK with who we all are. If I tell the truth unflinchingly  about it, I notice the basis of my actions that come from not being OK with who I am and not being OK with who we all are, is the compulsion to be right and to make others wrong, to dominate and to avoid being dominated ... in other words, to win at any cost - and that's not "win" as in "win / win": rather it's "win" as in "I must  win / you must  lose". It's primitive and visceral. It's also rampant and pernicious. Left unchecked, it soon pervades everything in life like an algae bloom in a warm pond.

When I find myself operating this way, you could say I'm being bad - and to be sure, "bad" may not be the best word to use here, but in this context it's good enough for jazz. The thing is when I tell the truth about being bad like this, I notice if all of us were also bad this way, the combined result for humanity and for the planet would be positively horrifying. Oh! Wait a moment: isn't this what many of the situations we see playing out today across the world in real time, do look like?

That's the bad news. Yet even when we're so buried in the bad news that it seems as if any other choice is impossible, we really always do have another choice in the matter. This other choice in the matter shows up with transformation. One of the characteristics of transformation is it allows people (you and I and we all) to be OK with who we all are, and to act coming from being OK with who we all are. Anything we build on this platform expresses being OK with who we all are, and takes into account who we all are. And here's the thing: there's nothing to do  to have being this way become possible other than taking a stand  for it becoming possible.

Listen: being OK with who we all are, isn't a new  space which requires doing or practicing. Rather it's a space that's already here. All that's required of you and of me and of we all is holding the door open for it, acting coming from it, and taking it on as a viable platform for living.



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