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The body of work on this website is my expression of acknowledgement of Werner Erhard who introduced me to transformation.

This collection of my essays shouldn't be construed simply as a compendium of my writings, observations, and commentaries. In fact, if that's how they do play to you, then I would have failed in my intention to make them available.

Rather, what I have in mind is to engage with you in conversations for transformation such that in the reading of each one, you have an experience of a way of being transformed just by allowing their words to ripple through the oceans of your listening. My intention is to leave you with an experience of transformation rather than to merely impart new information.

Ever since I was born I've been aware my true nature is transformation. When I met Werner in 1978, his friendship and education enabled me to eventually marshal my language to express transformation in my day to day conversations and inspired me to write some of them down.

I've also engaged in the discipline of writing computer software since 1970.

The intersection of these two enduring platforms of my life has resulted in this internet series of essays:
These essays comprise groups. This isn't a complete list of all essays. For a complete list click Sort By Title or Sort By Date.


Alexandra
  1. Alexandra
  2. Babe On The Freeway
  3. Light In The Night
  4. Alexandra II
  5. Santa Barbara
  6. True Gold
  7. Goleta Beach
  8. Getting Into Your World
  9. Fly Baby Bird!
  10. Celebration In Essaouira
  11. The Woman She Creates Herself To Be

Attachment
  1. Attachment: When Your Creation Runs You
  2. Attachment / Commitment: A Fine Line
  3. Attachment: Causeway Between Islands

Big Sur
  1. Nepenthe
  2. Hello Henry Miller
  3. Stranger Out Of Time
  4. Creekside Cabin

BREAKTHROUGH SKYDIVING
  1. Keeping Your Word Means Making Happen What You Said Is Going To Happen
  2. Commitment And The Willingness To Have It All Work Out For Everyone
  3. Keeping Your Word Is A Black And White Issue
  4. Packing My Own Parachute
  5. Fear
  6. Commitment Creates The Space For Keeping Your Word To Happen
  7. Skydiving
  8. Workability
  9. Participation
  10. BREAKTHROUGH SKYDIVING
  11. Seeing Is Not Believing (Seeing Is Seeing And Believing Is Believing)
  12. Attention To Detail

Christian
  1. In The Face Of Commitment
  2. Like Father
  3. From Stick Figures To IMAX 3D
  4. To Get Out Of A Rut, Be  In The Rut
  5. Christian Rocks!
  6. You'll Hear The Rumble
  7. Talk About It

Christmas Day
  1. Holiday Service
  2. Out Of My Head
  3. How To Enroll The World
  4. Holiday Service II
  5. A Game Worth Playing
  6. Peace On Earth And Good Will To All People: A Possibility
  7. Five Star Restaurant

Commitment
  1. Commitment And The Willingness To Have It All Work Out For Everyone
  2. Commitment Creates The Space For Keeping Your Word To Happen
  3. In The Face Of Commitment
  4. Commitment To Self
  5. Committed To Your Commitment

Contribution
  1. Contribution: Surrender
  2. Contribution II: Happiness
  3. Contribution III: Performance

Conversations With A Friend
  1. Privilege At Daybreak In The Battle Between Good And Evil
  2. Future Perfect
  3. This Is What It Means To Be!
  4. Empty Cup
  5. Conversation With A Friend: A Symphony Of Notes

Denmark / Sweden, February 2014
  1. Air You Can Trust
  2. In Churches, Museums, And Castles
  3. Spirit Of Generosity

Dorothy
  1. The Heart Of Werner's Work
  2. Dorothy, I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore
  3. Interesting Interested Lady
  4. Zen Gardener
  5. God Is In His Heaven And Everything Is Right With The World

Encounters With A Friend
  1. Showing Up
  2. Poet Laureate
  3. A Man In The Crowd
  4. Real Men Cry
  5. A Different Set Of Rules
  6. Nametag: A True Story
  7. Half Life
  8. Waiting On You
  9. Erotica On Schedule
  10. A House On Franklin Street
  11. NeXT
  12. Reflection On A Window
  13. Here And There
  14. How To Enroll The World
  15. Demonstration
  16. Two Of Me II: Confirmation Not Correction
  17. Holiday Spectacular
  18. Hello! How Are Things Going For You?
  19. Regular Guy
  20. A Scholar And A Gentleman
  21. Images Of You
  22. With Nothing Going On
  23. Where No One Has Gone Before
  24. Attachment: Causeway Between Islands
  25. If You're Not Then Don't
  26. Images Of You II
  27. Living Where Life Is
  28. Create Me The Way I Am
  29. How Do You Spell The Sound A Ratchet Makes?
  30. You Don't Ask "Why Me?"  When It's Raining II

Enrollment
  1. Big Enrollment
  2. Enrolling Others In Your Possibility Isn't A Chore
  3. How To Enroll The World
  4. Expectation, Or Possibility?
  5. A Future For Someone Else: The Promise Of Enrollment
  6. Talk About It

Essentials
  1. Source Of Action
  2. With The Past In The Past And Nothing In The Future
  3. Out Here II: Out-Here

Europe, August 2009
  1. Mona Lisa! Mona Lisa!
  2. Further Than The End
  3. Skewed Since Antiquity

Experiences Of A Friend
  1. Stepping Back
  2. At Home As Self
  3. Empty Windows
  4. Futile Like A Freedom
  5. Shut Up And Do What You're Doing
  6. Werner As Intention
  7. Who He Is For Himself
  8. Source Quote
  9. Puzzle Solved, Mind Unraveled
  10. Eye To Eye
  11. Mystical Connection II
  12. Relentless
  13. Being Around Werner
  14. Being Always In Action: A Possibility
  15. Shaken Up And Teary
  16. On Being Sad
  17. The Complete Presentation

Fourth Of July
  1. Anticipation: Accounting For An American Love Affair
  2. Independence Day
  3. I'd Rather Be With Me
  4. Do It For Nothing
  5. The Only Way Out Is Through
  6. Under All Circumstances
  7. Word Power
  8. When There's Nothing To Say : New

God
  1. The Passion Of The Transformation
  2. Present To Sacredness
  3. God Only Creates What Is
  4. Crisis Of Faith
  5. Where You Go When You Die
  6. Covenant
  7. Laurence Platt Intersections
  8. Observations From Within The Question
  9. The Cavalry's Not Coming
  10. Prayer
  11. God In Your Universe
  12. You Had It All Along

Hawai'i
  1. The Second Coming Of Supersurfer
  2. Warmer In The Water
  3. Honoring Your Word
  4. After The Story Ends
  5. Paradise Is On The Tip Of My Tongue

Healing
  1. Victory Over The Past
  2. Like Icing On A Cake

Homes
  1. In The Face Of Commitment
  2. Stellenberg Avenue
  3. Faery Cottage
  4. Creekside Cabin
  5. A House On Franklin Street

I - The I Essays:
  1. I
  2. And Then Along Came I: The Genesis Of Identity
  3. The Illusion Of I

India
  1. Werner Erhard Slide Experience
  2. Lucid Disclosures
  3. A Man Is The Crowd
  4. Eyes Wide Om-pen

Integrity
  1. Generous Integrity
  2. Squishy Integrity
  3. High Stakes: Integrity Seriously
  4. Bear Trap
  5. Integrity For Integrity's Sake
  6. Integrity: It's Its Own Trainer
  7. Triangle
  8. A Purely Positive Proposition
  9. Stay In The Integrity : Latest -III

Joshua
  1. Joshua Is Doing Nothing
  2. Two Human Beings One Heart
  3. You Can't Hold On To A Wriggling Puppy
  4. Joshua Nelson Mongezi  Platt
  5. Source Of Action
  6. The Magical Breakfast Burrito Assembly Line
  7. Return To The Creek
  8. The Magical Breakfast Burrito Assembly Line II

Keeping Your Word
  1. Keeping Your Word Means Making Happen What You Said Is Going To Happen
  2. Keeping Your Word Is A Black And White Issue
  3. Three Distinctions Of Word

Koans And So On
  1. Not Writing: Koans In The Key Of B-Major
  2. The Last Place You Look: Koans Of Conduct
  3. I've Got Nothing To Say: Twenty Boxes Of Nearly Haiku
  4. Haiku
  5. State Of Play
  6. I've Got Nothing More To Say: Twenty Boxes Of Nearly Haiku II

Landmark Programs
  1. What Got Me
  2. Disclaimer
  3. 100 Watt Light Bulb
  4. Safety, Privacy, Security, Confidentiality
  5. The Conversation
  6. The Way I Am
  7. Paradise Is Not Enough
  8. An Actor Playing The Lead Role In A Play Called "My Life"
  9. An Actor Playing The Lead Role In A Play Called "My Life" II
  10. Source Quote
  11. Contribution: Surrender
  12. Contribution II: Happiness
  13. Contribution III: Performance
  14. Listening: You Never Have And You Never Will
  15. The Young Person's Guide To The Future

Language
  1. Last Word
  2. Speaking Of Freedom
  3. Constituted In Language
  4. Zen Bland
  5. Source Of Zen Bland: Hand Grasps Itself?
  6. Linguistic Acts
  7. Language: The Scalpel Of Experience
  8. Wordsmith
  9. Source Quote
  10. Being And Acting Out-Here: Presence Of Self Revisited
  11. My Word In The Matter

Leadership
  1. Leadership: Thinking
  2. Leadership II: Your Mouth / My Brain
  3. Leadership III: Unflinching

Listening
  1. Listen To The Children
  2. Paint On Listening
  3. Already Always Listening
  4. I Listen You
  5. Often Disconcerting, Yet Eminently Worth Listening To
  6. Listening: You Never Have And You Never Will

London, January 2013
  1. Turned Tables
  2. Don't Regulate The Tate
  3. English Tea
  4. Blameless
  5. London "I": The Memorandum

Love
  1. I Am Love With You
  2. Deliberate Love
  3. Love Living Into Love
  4. Hands Off Love
  5. Love Means Nothing
  6. I Love You Revisited
  7. What Part Of "I Love You" Don't You Get?
  8. Stand Like A Rock, Love Like A River
  9. St Valentine's Day
  10. Love Of Life

Madrid, October 2010
  1. Miles And Miles And Miles
  2. Through Spanish Ears
  3. River Of People
  4. Tengo Un Regalo Para Ti

Memorial Day
  1. Afraid Of Nothing
  2. Everything That Gets In The Way Of My Life
  3. Something Solid On Which To Stand

Menagerie
  1. Snake
  2. When The Cows Came Home
  3. Patient Horse
  4. On Fleas And Piranhas
  5. Why Birds Fly
  6. Freed Like A Fox

Money
  1. Money And Us
  2. Give Me Money (That's What I Want?)
  3. Laurence Platt Video Interview III
  4. Exceptionally Rich
  5. Stake To Play
  6. Breakfast With The Master II: Future Finances

Morocco Series, March 2011
  1. Marrakech With A "C"
  2. Dancing With Life
  3. Celebration In Essaouira
  4. The Boogie Boarders Of Casablanca

Music Videos
  1. Ventura! Oh, Ventura!
  2. Slow Dancing
  3. Fearless
  4. Blameless
  5. Victory Like A Choice
  6. The Next Best Thing
  7. Truth, And What's True : New

New Year's Day
  1. Orion
  2. Clean, Well Lit Quarters

New Zealand / Fiji, June 2013
  1. Godzone
  2. You'll Hear The Rumble
  3. B-Grade Hotel
  4. The Rain Is Coming, Mr Laurence
  5. Is Fiji Paradise?

Nothing
  1. Nothing
  2. There's Nothing To Get And There's Nothing To Fix
  3. High Class Zen
  4. Joshua Is Doing Nothing
  5. A Paradigm For Nothing
  6. Nothing We Can Achieve
  7. Afraid Of Nothing
  8. Nothing Doing
  9. Nothing At The Pump
  10. Nothing Out There, Nothing In Here
  11. Be Mindful Of Nothing
  12. When You've Got Nothing, Give It Away
  13. All There Is Is This
  14. You Can Never Get Enough Of Nothing
  15. With Nothing Going On II
Parents
  1. The Whole Truth
  2. Nothing But The Truth
  3. Already Always Listening
  4. Mom Dearest
  5. Mother's Day
  6. I Am My Parents
  7. Clear And Present
  8. Long Time Comin'
  9. Wired To Be Admired

Out-Here
  1. Out Here
  2. Out Here II: Out-Here
  3. Out-Here III
  4. Transforming Life Itself: A Completely Started Inquiry
  5. Being And Acting Out-Here: Presence Of Self Revisited

Passion
  1. Woman Of A Thousand Faces
  2. The Land Baroness And The Cowhand
  3. Flash
  4. Moon On The Water
  5. Farm Girl
  6. Sirius' Passion Play

People
  1. Nelson Mandela And Transformation
  2. Sheikh Noorul Mubeen
  3. Alexandra
  4. Joshua Is Doing Nothing
  5. Dorothy, I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore
  6. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  7. Alan
  8. Kind Words
  9. Long Time Gone
  10. Like Father
  11. Not With A Whimper But A Bang

Power To Transform
  1. Whack!
  2. Under All Circumstances
  3. Source Of Aliveness

Questions For A Friend
  1. Prelude
  2. Ask Me Anything
  3. Coming Around Again

Questions For A Friend II
  1. Familiar Unfamiliar Territory
  2. Interview
  3. Straight Talk

Questions For A Friend III
  1. Dancing With My Mouth
  2. Cave Paintings
  3. Velvet Tsunami

Questions For A Friend IV
  1. Creating Creating
  2. Tell Me Something About Nothing
  3. Lucid Disclosures

Questions For A Friend V
  1. Closer And Closer
  2. Tête À Tête 
  3. Dancing With Life

Questions For A Friend VI
  1. What Would I Ask You If I Could Ask You Anything?
  2. Wonderings About Nothing In Particular
  3. Tipping Point

Questions For A Friend VII
  1. Beyond Breathing Underwater
  2. Bold Faced Truth
  3. What You Create For Yourself About Me

Questions For A Friend VIII
  1. Once In A Lifetime
  2. Fireside Chat
  3. Questions For A Friend VIII III (working title) : In Progress

Reviews
  1. Conversations For Transformation
  2. Look Who's Laughing Now ...
  3. Transformation: The Life And Legacy Of Werner Erhard
  4. Not Your "Business As Usual" Motor Racing Film
  5. Out To Lunch With The Financial Times
  6. Doesn't Qualify As Research

Rosebud
  1. The Original Jeffrey's Bay
  2. Start A New Conversation (If You Don't Like The One You're In)
  3. Enchanted Hill
  4. Little Boy
  5. Life To The Fullest

Santa Barbara
  1. Santa Barbara
  2. Unbelievable
  3. Give Me Money (That's What I Want?)
  4. True Gold
  5. Getting Into Your World
  6. You Say Stop: About Resisting Transformation
  7. The Cavalry's Not Coming
  8. On This Team Everyone's The Leader
  9. Fireside Chat
  10. The Next Best Thing
  11. Full Circle, Full Spiral : New
  12. Truth, And What's True : New

Self
  1. Commitment To Self
  2. Presence Of Self
  3. Self Realization: Discovery Or Creation?
  4. Essays - Seven Years Later: By My Self
  5. At Home As Self
  6. Who He Is For Himself
  7. Self Being Self

September 11, 2001
  1. September 11, 2001
  2. September 11, 2001 - One Year After
  3. September 11, 2001 - Five Years After
  4. September 11, 2001 - Ten Years After

Sleep After Transformation
  1. Sleep After Transformation
  2. Sleep After Transformation II
  3. Sleep After Transformation III
  4. Sleep After Transformation IV

Snake
  1. Snake
  2. Snake II
  3. Snake III
  4. Snake IV

Songs
  1. Imagine
  2. Breakfast In America
  3. Romeo In Black Jeans
  4. Killing Me Softly
  5. Coming Around Again
  6. Graduation Day!
  7. Long Time Gone
  8. Groovin'
  9. Lucky Man
  10. Long Time Comin'
  11. See A Chance, Take It
  12. English Tea

St Valentine's Day
  1. Nothing But The Truth
  2. Driving In A Watercolor
  3. Cave Paintings
  4. What Part Of "I Love You" Don't You Get?
  5. St Valentine's Day
  6. Air You Can Trust

State Of The Union  Celebrations Of Conversations For Transformation
  1. Essays - One Year Later: Critical Mass
  2. Essays - Two Years Later: Glass Walled Studio
  3. Essays - Three Years Later: Internet Presence
  4. Essays - Four Years Later: Side By Side
  5. Essays - Five Years Later: Arm In Arm
  6. Essays - Six Years Later: A Very Good Year
  7. Essays - Seven Years Later: By My Self
  8. Essays - Eight Years Later: Riding The Open Range
  9. Essays - Nine Years Later: Recreation
  10. Essays - Ten Years Later: Decade
  11. Essays - Eleven Years Later: Unimaginable : Latest -IV

Surfing
  1. The Original Jeffrey's Bay
  2. The Second Coming Of Supersurfer
  3. Timeless Classic Rincon
  4. Passing The Torch
  5. Warmer In The Water
  6. The Boogie Boarders Of Casablanca
  7. See A Chance, Take It

Thanksgiving Day
  1. The Friends Of The Landmark Forum In South Africa
  2. Simple Things
  3. Full On You
  4. Regular Guy
  5. No Line
  6. Orchid Leaves

The Laurence Platt Dictionary
  1. Recontextualization
  2. Epistemology
  3. Inexorable
  4. Exuberance
  5. Standing With
  6. "How?" Questions: By Consideration Alone
  7. Equanimitous
  8. Unmessable (With)
  9. Eschew
  10. Forgiveness: No Good Without It
  11. By Consideration Alone II : New

The Laurence Platt Story
  1. Laurence Platt Autobiography
  2. Laurence Platt Autobiography II
  3. Laurence Platt Intersections
  4. Laurence Platt Photo Album
  5. Laurence Platt And Associates

The Laurence Platt Video Interviews
  1. Laurence Platt Video Interview
  2. Laurence Platt Video Interview II
  3. Laurence Platt Video Interview III

The Werner Erhard Experience
  1. Werner Erhard Video Experience
  2. Werner Erhard Photo Experience : Updated Saturday August 16, 2014
  3. Werner Erhard Quote Experience
  4. Werner Erhard Paper Experience
  5. Werner Erhard Slide Experience
  6. Werner Erhard Video Experience II
  7. Werner Erhard Video Experience III

Time
  1. Time On My Hands
  2. I'm Playing So Hard I've Got No Time To Be Busy
  3. Enough Time
  4. Moving Time Around

Transformation
  1. Transformation
  2. Nelson Mandela And Transformation
  3. The Way Of Transformation
  4. Transformation: The Life And Legacy Of Werner Erhard
  5. Moment Of Truth
  6. Transformation II
  7. No Line
  8. Transformation Is Timeless
  9. Transforming Life Itself: A Completely Started Inquiry

Truth
  1. Used By The Truth
  2. Not Truth / Truth
  3. Moment Of Truth
  4. Nobody's Doing It To You Except Yourself: A Study In Truth
  5. Tell Me The Truth
  6. Authentic Truth: The Coca Cola Animals  Incident, And More

Vienna, November 2014
  1. Vienna, November 2014 (working title) : Coming
  2. Vienna, November 2014 II (working title) : Coming
  3. Vienna, November 2014 III (working title) : Coming

Visits With A Friend Prequels
  1. Anticipation: Accounting For An American Love Affair
  2. Eye Of The Needle
  3. Secret Service
  4. Everyone Loves You
  5. Close Up, Face To Face, Larger Than Life, And Twice As Natural
  6. View From A Fallow Wheatfield
  7. Flying
  8. Three Stairs At A Time
  9. Something Fierce, Something Wonderful

Visits With A Friend
  1. Second First Impression
  2. Do Artists Retire?
  3. Presence Of Love

Visits With A Friend II
  1. Black Brick
  2. Wet Water
  3. On Saying Nothing

Visits With A Friend III
  1. Master Of Life
  2. Face To Face
  3. Love And Kindness

Visits With A Friend IV
  1. Personal Piece
  2. Magnum Opus
  3. Walk A Way With Me

Visits With A Friend V
  1. Natural Expression
  2. Essential Question
  3. There Is No "The Answers"

Visits With A Friend VI
  1. Sophisticated Palate
  2. Open To Everyone
  3. Portal

Visits With A Friend VII
  1. Meetings With A Remarkable Man
  2. Being Directed By The Unanswered Question
  3. Out Here

Visits With A Friend VIII
  1. Visits With A Friend VIII (working title) : Coming
  2. Visits With A Friend VIII II (working title) : Coming
  3. Visits With A Friend VIII III (working title) : Coming

Visits With A Friend Sequels
  1. Mint Condition
  2. Tempered Tornado
  3. Who Said That? Who Really  Said That?
  4. Visits With A Friend VIII Sequel (working title) : Coming

Werner (group of groups)
  1. Conversations With A Friend
  2. Encounters With A Friend
  3. Experiences Of A Friend
  4. Questions For A Friend
  5. The Werner Erhard Experience
  6. Visits With A Friend Prequels
  7. Visits With A Friend
  8. Visits With A Friend Sequels

Workability
  1. Workability
  2. Workability II
  3. Clear For Takeoff
  4. Beyond Breathing Underwater
  5. Leadership III: Unflinching

World Transformed
  1. The Friends Of The Landmark Forum In South Africa
  2. Werner's Work Is Coming Back To Hawai'i
  3. Werner Erhard Slide Experience
  4. Werner's Work Is Coming Back To Hawai'i Again
  5. Werner's Work Is Coming To Fiji
  6. Werner's Work Is Coming To The Dominican Republic

Zen
  1. Zen And Werner's Work
  2. Sandals On My Head
  3. Zen Is Binary
  4. Shut Up And Do What You're Doing
  5. Sitting
  6. Dog Days II
  7. So What
  8. Zen Of Laundry
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