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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Leading With My Word

Artesa, Napa Valley, California, USA

September 22, 2016



"It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear." ... Henry David Thoreau

"It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to listen." ... Laurence Platt

This essay, Leading With My Word, is the companion piece to Hat Over Wall.

It is also the twentieth in an open group on Language:
  1. Last Word
  2. Speaking Of Freedom
  3. The Transformation Of The World
  4. Constituted In Language
  5. Zen Bland
  6. Source Of Zen Bland: Hand Grasps Itself?
  7. Linguistic Acts
  8. Language: The Scalpel Of Experience
  9. Wordsmith
  10. Source Quote
  11. Being And Acting Out-Here: Presence Of Self Revisited
  12. My Word In The Matter
  13. You Are What You Speak
  14. Residue Of Meaning
  15. The Effortless Breakthrough
  16. The World's Conversation
  17. Read To Us
  18. Everything You Say
  19. Breakfast With The Master IV: Language As Music
  20. Leading With My Word
  21. Language And Results
in that order.

I am indebted to Eric Edberg who inspired this conversation.




Good Morning! I awake every day into a new space, a new clearing, a new opening, a new opportunity, a new possibility. Calling it a new space implies there's nothing in it. Yes it's new. But there is  something in it ie there's something already  in it. There's something already present in it. What's already present in it is my given word. Rephrasing that with rigor, what I awake into every day, is a new space in which my given word of what I'll do today, is already present  - that, and I also awake every day into a new space in which what's already present is a certain question. It's always here, this certain question, waiting for me. This certain question is "What are you going to do today?". And it's actually not an unanswered question. Neither is it a vague question. It's not woolly or nebulous, and it's not unclear. Nor is it asking me to make up something to do. Rather it points very specifically to what I'm going to do today, which is what I said I'm going to do today. What I said I'm going to do today, is what I'm going to do today. And when I've done doing what I said I'm going to do today, there's time (and room) to do something else new.

Does this allow for spontaneity? What about allowing for dealing with those circumstances ie life's interruptions and emergencies which occur seemingly unplanned and randomly? It does. Actually it's hard for me to imagine living a full, well-functioning life without the flexibility to include its interruptions and emergencies which occur randomly of their own volition, even though they're not explicitly included in what I said I'm going to do. Life teeters perilously close to the abyss of abject failure if its interruptions and emergencies aren't included and dealt with decisively, yes?

Some of what I'm going to do today is dealing with life's interruptions and emergencies, incidents I didn't specifically say I'd be doing. That said, the most worthwhile areas of life, the most satisfying areas, the most fulfilling areas, the areas with the experience of the highest quality of life, the times when it's clearest I'm living a life I love, are those in which I've had some say in what I'm going to be doing ie those areas in which I've pre-staked a claim by saying what I'm going to do. I don't know why it works this way - yet this is the way it seems to work best: those areas of life in which I've pre-staked a claim by saying what I'm going to do, bring the experience of the highest quality into my life and to Life itself.

So when I awake every day, I look at what I said I'm going to do, and I do it. The form this takes is scheduling an occasion to do it (that is, if I've not already scheduled an occasion to do it), and then when the time comes, doing it. What I call this ie what I do and how I manage my life ie how I lay down the track for what I'll be doing today and for the foreseeable future, is leading with my word. Everything else including dealing with life's interruptions and emergencies which occur randomly of their own volition, then gets dealt with in the wake  of (if you will) leading with my word, and therefore in the process of Life itself.

This for me is what leading with my word is. This is where my first priorities are assigned. Everything I need to get done, gets done as if in the wake of leading with my word - carefully, completely, fully, thoroughly. Look: this is new for me. I grew up learning there was a world out there, and that the word I spoke ie the word with which I led, described and matched ie fit  the world out there. I'm not so sure it's that way any more. What's probably so (ie what's closer to the truth) is it's my word with which I lead, which calls my world into being. Said explicitly, when I was growing up, I spoke with a word to world  fit ie my word fit the world out there (I knew of no other way - no, there was  no other way). In transformation, Werner teases out the possibility of speaking with a world to word  fit ie it's your word which brings forth your world ie leading with your word brings forth your world. Speaking with a world to word fit in whose wake it all gets done, is what leading with my word is.



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