Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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I See You're Everywhere

Muir Beach, California, USA

August 30, 2009



This essay, I See You're Everywhere, was conceived at the same time as

You're everywhere. I see you're everywhere.

Photograph courtesy erhardseminarstraining.com
Werner Erhard

The first time I saw you're everywhere was when I looked at your face as you sat on the other side of the table from me sipping hot miso  soup from a thermos mug. At first I didn't see you're everywhere - not surprisingly I was looking at you from my own vantage point, from my own perspective. But then I saw the world from your  vantage point, from your  perspective.

I don't know how that happened. There was a shift. One minute I was looking at you from my vantage point, from my perspective. The next minute something shifted (did you do that?)  and I saw the world from your vantage point, from your perspective. That's when I saw you're everywhere. When I looked at the world from your vantage point, from your perspective, I saw you're everywhere.

The first time I saw you're everywhere was when I looked at your face as you sat on the other side of the table from me sipping hot miso  soup from a thermos mug. At first I didn't see you're everywhere - not surprisingly I was looking at you from my own vantage point, from my own perspective. But then I saw the world from your  vantage point, from your  perspective.

I don't know how that happened. There was a shift. One minute I was looking at you from my vantage point, from my perspective. The next minute something shifted (did you do that?)  and I saw the world from your vantage point, from your perspective. That's when I saw you're everywhere. When I looked at the world from your vantage point, from your perspective, I saw you're everywhere.

"Hmmm"  ... I said to myself in a Zen kind of "So what?!"  way. "You're everywhere. "So what?!"  way. "You're everywhere. That's  interesting ...". And then I got something else, something even more profound. It's this:

I can't see the world from your vantage point, from your perspective. I can only see the world from my vantage point, from my perspective. So if I'm seeing the world from your vantage point, from your perspective, I'm really seeing the world from your vantage point, from your perspective from my vantage point, from my perspective.

That's not a trivial distinction. There's something extraordinary going on when from my vantage point, from my perspective I can see the world from your vantage point, from your perspective, and in so doing see you're everywhere.

Somehow you being who you are, being the way  you are, are defying physics. Physically a point of view can't occupy the same space and time as another point of view. It's not possible. Not possible, that is ... in the ordinary course of events. But this isn't ordinary. This is the realm of the extra-ordinary. Around you is the realm of the extra-ordinary. And perhaps the most extra-ordinary aspect of being around you, of being in the realm of the extra-ordinary around you is soon the extra-ordinary starts to become ordinary. Around you, soon I start to see the world from your vantage point, from your perspective from my vantage point, from my perspective. Soon I see you're everywhere, and that's extraordinary.

The fact you allow it ... no ... the fact you share  it is a gift. It's a gift when you make your point of view accessible for the world to see through, like allowing your telescope, your observatory  to be used by people to see what you see. It's an extraordinary gift, the impact and effects of which are irrevocable, the extent and power of its catalysts to transform life unimaginable.



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