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


Intergalactic Dude

Spring Hill, Napa Valley, California, USA

June 23, 2023

"Earth's the right place for love: I don't know where it's likely to go better."  ... Robert Lee Frost transcribed by  
This essay, Intergalactic Dude, is the companion piece to It is also the twenty third in the open second group of Experiences Of A Friend (click here for the complete first group of thirty five Experiences Of A Friend):
  1. Friend, Partner, And Ally
  2. Go To The Beach
  3. Proof Of Life
  4. Going Out Like A Supernova
  5. Relationships: They Start, They End
  6. Evidence Of Source
  7. On Knowing When To Be Ordinary
  8. Letting Be
  9. Transforming The Untransformable
  10. There's Always The Next Piece
  11. Plastic Chandelier II
  12. Yes You Really Are That Big
  13. A Way With Words
  14. The Quietest Mind
  15. Approaching Integrity
  16. Dancing With Life II
  17. Staying In Integrity
  18. Ordinary People Star, Extraordinary People Recreate Themselves
  19. Committed Existence
  20. When You're Being Like Werner, You're Not Being Like Werner
  21. "There's Life Happening Where You Are"
  22. At The Level Of Self-Expression
  23. Intergalactic Dude
  24. Wonderful With People
in that order.

I am indebted to Nancy Scott who inspired this conversation.

The way you get transformation ie the way you become transformed (which is to say the way you get access to your own inherent power to transform the quality of your life) is not via how-to's, tips, or explanations etc. Transformation's not gotten that way. And if you're offered how-to's, tips, and explanations purportedly to transform the quality of your life, whatever they offer is likely a menu of changes yet not transformation. How so? Because transformation's imparted ontologically, not through changing. He says you get it from being, not understanding. You get it when it's spoken, not from what is spoken about.

When he speaks, that's transformation. That may not yet be as-clear-as-daylight obvious in your first meeting with him. At that time, at least you're likely to recognize there's something about him that you can't quite put your finger on, something perhaps you once had when you were young, mislaid it, and then yearned to have again. But after you've been around him for a while and interacted with him, you'll likely recognize it for what it is: it's transformation. He's speaking transformation, and living it in a most getable way ie it's getable from him ontologically, not through changing your life or applying new strategies.

It's almost otherworldly. Where did he get it, that extraordinary gift? To impart it, he says he extrapolated back from his own moment of being transformed, then presented the sequence of experiences leading up to it, with the premise that if it worked that way for him, then it would work that way for others. And it does. Yet it begs the question: how does one human being so unerringly map the genome of transformation that it can be gotten directly from his being by osmosis? Is he from another planet? Is he from another galaxy?  For some, entertaining the possibility that's he's from another galaxy looms large. Given that what he brings forth and offers is so unique (you know exactly what it is and how unique it is when you're around him) and so unlike what most human beings make available (even enlightened masters), it's really a fitting euphemism for his life to say he's from another galaxy (I'll dip my toe in that pool too).

Now here's another possibility: what if he's not from another galaxy after all? What if he's not from another planet? What if he's from this  galaxy? What if he's from this  planet? What if he's just a regular dude  like you? and like me? What if his life is just an ordinary life lived with an extraordinary commitment?

Given the miracle of what he generates (and yes it's OK to call it that - it is a "miracle") I could lend credence to the idea that he's from another galaxy. Yet somehow I'm more inspired (blown away actually) by the other possibility: that he's from this  galaxy, this planet, and is just a regular dude like you, like me who lives an ordinary life but with an extraordinary commitment. It says what he's got is accessible to us too. I was born in Southwark, a borough of London which, last time I looked was still in this galaxy on this planet. If he's from another galaxy and another planet, I couldn't have what he has. Transformation would be over there  where he is, not out-here  where I am. But this galaxy? this planet? I can live what he's being. I have what he has. It's a quality all we human beings, all we regular dudes share. You don't have to be an alien to have it. You just have to live an ordinary life with an extraordinary commitment.

It's what inspires me. It's accessible to me. And I'm not from another galaxy. I'm definitely just a regular dude from Southwark London. I'm from this one.

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