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


Not Cryptic Or Coded

Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA

October 27, 2014



"This is it. There are no hidden meanings. All that mystical stuff is just what's so. A master is someone who found out."  ... 
"When you find yourself in the thick of it, help yourself to a bit of what is all around you, silly girl!" ... The Beatles, Martha My Dear
I am indebted to the Friends of Werner Erhard who inspired this conversation.




Speaking about the  single quality of Werner's work which, above all others, ongoingly captures my attention and stands out over and over and over and over and over again (provocatively so) as unique, may sound about as ridiculous as speaking about the  single facet of a diamond. There's more than one facet to a diamond. Which one do you pick? It's no easy choice. But say, let's just say, for the sake of a conversation, you were to pick just one: which one would you pick? Which would it be?

The world of transformation has no edges. It's a world which is both homogeneous and holographic. It's neither a geographical area, and nor is it a political zone. Yet it crosses all lines of human endeavor. It straddles all boundaries of human aspiration and accomplishment. Werner's in good company. Over the centuries, the human conversation for transformation has been relayed like a baton passed continuously from hand to hands of some of the most outstanding minds the world has produced (philosophical, scientific, religious, artistic) as well from hand to hands of plain ordinary folk like you and me. It's only an arrogant fool who'll discount any or all of the above contributions. Each contribution uniquely highlights one or more facets of the diamond - indeed different contributions may invariably highlight the same facet.

Pointers to transformation have been laid down for posterity like this, almost as long as man has walked the planet and recorded his thoughts. Methods and disciplines have been developed and refined and passed along through grand traditions for many hundreds if not thousands of years. Comparing such traditions (which is to say comparing methods of / paths to enlightenment and rating one over or better than another) borders on crazy, although it's probably true to say those traditions which come the closest to speaking transformation as distinct from speaking about  transformation are the ones which are worth paying most attention to (you'll notice many essays in this Conversation For Transformation internet series inquire into this pivotal difference between speaking transformation and speaking about transformation).

All that said, I will hazard there is one facet which Werner brings forth in the conversation for transformation over and over and over and over and over again, which is unique to the point of being remarkable, brilliant even, and it's this: Werner's work of transformation in its most pragmatic form, in its most poignant form, in its most useful  form, is not cryptic or coded. There's nothing to figure out. There's nothing to understand. This is mystery's antithesis. There's pointedly nothing to get, after all. It requires (contrary to centuries of well-intentioned yet futile if not cherished dogma) no practicing, no spiritual exercising, and no believing. What's more galling to practitioners, spiritual exercisers, and believers, is when it's asserted practicing, spiritual exercising, and believing are deadly barriers ie impediments to transformation.

Man! That's brutal to confront. It's hard for us to confront our deadliest barriers to transformation ie our impedimants to transformation are our fervent practices, our spiritual exercises, and our very beliefs in and about transformation ie the very practices, exercises, and beliefs themselves which supposedly are designed to engender transformation. But transformation, in its most accessible form, is not cryptic or coded. There's nothing to solve, there's nothing to practice, there's nothing to exercise, and there's nothing to believe. Solving, practicing, exercising, and believing transformation only get in our way of being transformed. It's worse than that, actually. It's who woulda thunk  (also brutal to confront) the single biggest barrier to being transformed is the assured belief (the mis-belief, in fact) that you're not transformed?

The simplicity of it when fully appreciated, is breathtaking - miraculous in fact, yet hardly a surprise: what is, after all, isn't cryptic or coded either. And transformation already is what is. It's right out-here  in front of you. Whole. Complete. Full. Available. Accessible. No mysteries to unravel. No verses to decode. Nothing to translate.



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