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

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Law In The Universe

Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands, California, USA

Father's Day, June 21, 2009



"If you keep saying it the way it really is, eventually your word is law in the universe."  ... 



Life is in speaking. Indeed, life is  speaking. Who I am shows up in languaging.

Now, if you heard a "my"  in there ie if you heard "Who I am shows up in my  languaging" instead of "Who I am shows up in languaging", you didn't get it. There's nothing personal  about who I am. Neither is there anything personal about languaging. Hence it's "Who I am shows up in languaging" rather than "Who I am shows up in my  languaging".

Since life is speaking and who I am shows up in languaging, let me speak. Although I'm aligned with the truth, let me not speak "the truth" for the truth believed is a lie  (thank you Werner) and instead let me speak in a way  which makes it possible for a clearing to appear in which the truth can show up and go to work.

It's clear to me one of my impediments to speaking the truth is my always present opinion. Even if I attempt to speak the truth, what I'm locked into is my own opinion  of the truth. I'm clear my own opinion as "the truth" is distinct from the truth. My own opinion as "the truth" is more than distinct from the truth actually. I'm clear the one is totally unrelated  to the other. In actual fact, they're so unrelated  they may as well each exist in different countries.

What's also clear to me is when a conversation gets locked into opinions as "the truth", both the conversation and  the truth get hijacked. That's just the nature of opinions: they point to  the truth but they're not the truth. Even with the best of intentions, an opinion as "the truth" only obfuscates the truth.

I'm pragmatic. What that essentially means is I'm more interested in what works  than in being right. Lets assume when it comes to speaking the truth, I can't speak anything other than my own opinion  as "the truth". If that's so, then what's left  for me to speak? Once I've seen it's futile  for me to speak the truth, then what's left  for me to speak which will make a difference?  What will work?

Indeed, speaking the truth may not be an option available to me (or to any other human being who has an opinion either). Speaking my opinion as "the truth" isn't the truth. But speaking in a way  which makes it possible for a clearing to appear in which the truth can show up and go to work may be an option available to me.

So I ask myself: what does that look like?  What does speaking in a way  which makes it possible for a clearing to appear in which the truth can show up and go to work look like?

One of the ways it may look like is saying it the way it really is in my experience. There'd have to be no convincing  in it. There'd have to be no being right  in it. And neither could there be any protecting myself  or hiding out  in it. To get to that  level of speaking, I'd have to relinquish wanting to change things. I'd have to relinquish wanting to add things. Most of all, I'd have to relinquish placing importance on my opinion  of things - or at least I'd have to acknowledge my opinion when I'm opining  and not endow my opinion with any particular significance or righteousness. That implies speaking simply what's there, what's right in front of me.

Speaking simply what's there, what's right in front of me isn't going to change  anything. It's not going to fix  anything either. Rather, what it accomplishes is allowing what's so  to simply be. And when what's so  is allowed to simply be in a conversation, there's a space, there's a clearing for people to start getting their own being, their own insights, their own ideas. That's the time the truth can show up and go to work. And that's  the time a real difference is made. In fact, arguably it's the only  time a real difference is made.
Werner asserts "If you keep saying it the way it really is, eventually your word is law in the universe.".

The part about my word eventually being law in the universe when I say it the way it really is doesn't imply I'll initiate some kind of cosmic coup d'état  and take over, like a new celestial sheriff in town, like a galactical dictator. Rather, what it says to me is my word eventually is the same as  law in the universe - which, come to think of it, it always was and already is. Life is in speaking. Indeed, life is  speaking. Who I am shows up in languaging. There's nothing personal about any of this. Life's languaging is my languaging. My languaging is life's languaging.

When I say it the way it really is in my experience without convincing, without being right, without protecting myself, without hiding out, without wanting to change things, without wanting to add things, without endowing my always present opinion with any significance or righteousness, what becomes possible is a clearing can appear in which the truth, law in the universe, can show up and go to work.



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