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Your definitions aren't merely definitions. They're
for an experience. Getting your definition of an idea, is to get
the experience of it, rather than to merely understand it. Your
rails to my train.
And it's not so much where the train is headed that's
important. It's where the train is coming from which
is where the power is constituted. Your definitions give me an
experience to come from.
for example, is an experience to come from.
"I love the way you relentlessly fine-tune our language. For example, in the beginning you said transformation is 'the space in which the event transformation occurs', then recently you told me transformation is 'getting to see as a possibility who you might be really'. So ... what is your definition of 'mastery' - today?"
is an experience to come from.
"What is your definition of 'leadership' - today?"
possibility is an experience to come from.
"What is your definition of 'possibility' - today?"
At least in a neuro-scientific sense, transforming my
life requires I distinguish brain patterns that I've developed
throughout my life which don't work, then give them up, thereby
freeing myself from my own tyrannical patterned behavior. The
digital revolution today seems to be driving me in the opposite
direction: back into automaticity, back into the machinery, away
from spontaneously creating brain patterns which promote authentic,
"It occurs to me that the circuits of our brains which facilitate face-to-face conversations and adult interpersonal speaking and listening (the milieu of being human) are at risk of atrophying, given the onslaught of impersonal digital communication. Will tech impede humanity's rate of transformation?"
I've got an opinion that anyone who bundles your work in the
colloquial catch-all 'self-help' may indeed be an
observer / armchair critic of your work, but not a graduate.
Graduates know better. It's been said your work can't be
'self-help' because the
(capital ess) doesn't need help (sorry, I don't mean
to be trite).
"I often hear your work mis-characterized as 'self-help'. That's another league entirely. What distinguishes your work from 'self-help'?"
As graduates of your
well know, it left them
being a leader
in any situation and no matter what the
That's what's available from it for everyone for the asking. Of
particular gravitas for me (I'm a graduate) is your
"Without being a man or woman of
integrity you can forget about being a leader.".
This is in stark contrast to people who occupy forceful
roles in the world today who clearly have no integrity.
"Except for a few noteworthy exceptions which disprove the rule (the Ireland Initiative for one, your 'Putting Integrity into Finance - A Purely Positive Approach' paper for another), your work rarely overlaps political positions, an arena we all know could use it, especially today. Is this low profile by design?"
The onset of
heralds many things, the most poignant of which for me was the
shock (followed by the sadness) of realizing that all the time,
effort, expense, struggle, you know all that sturm und
drang (German for "storm and stress") and snot en
trane (Afrikaans for "snot and tears") I'd put into
building a life for myself, had produced a result that actually had
nothing whatsoever to do with who I really am.
"When you finished sharing your experience of transformation on the Golden Gate Bridge with Bill Bartley, you said (quote unquote) 'I had reached the end. It was all over for Werner Erhard.'. What did you mean by 'It was all over for Werner Erhard.'?"
When you first introduced me to transformation, my take on my
experience of it, was I'd stood for something that happened to me.
Then later I got my access to transformation, is language. Yet if
it didn't happen to me, I wouldn't have gotten my access to it, is
language. The two approaches seem irreconcilable.
"Transformation the experience, happens. Transformation the act, is spoken. How do I reconcile the two, given I have no control over the former, and total control over the latter?"
Please share with us a bit about what we can look forward to from
you next (this, of course, is a request which is always open and
ongoing in the background).
"What are you creating now? Beyond the Mastery Course and the integrity book, what new work are you bringing forth with your current projects?"
You operate from a place where there are no impediments to your
velocity (by which I mean to your ability to translate your ideas
into actuality). This is arguably your most distinguishing feature
- if not one of your most distinguishing features.
It's totally unique, even more so given people around you inherit
this ability from you for themselves directly, as if by osmosis.
There are many well-known people who work with velocity. Yet few of
the ability to impart it in kind, to their associates the way you
do. In other words, you've succeeded in re-creating yourself where
others have been unable to.
"I've known you for forty one years. Nobody gets as much done as you with as much velocity as you in as little time as you. Nobody. How do you keep going without let up, without pause, without a break for decades?"
It's alright if you answer some, none or every one of these questions. Really it is.
Listen: it's actually a service to us all if you don't answer every one of them. That way we'll be provoked and challenged to come up with lots of possible answers for ourselves.
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