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 One Size Fits All

ButterCream Bakery & Diner, Napa, California, USA

June 12, 2018

"Transformation is the genesis  of a new realm of possibility." ... 
This essay, Not One Size Fits All, is the companion piece to One Size Fits All.

It is also the eleventh in an open group on Transformation:
  1. Transformation
  2. Nelson Mandela And Transformation
  3. The Way Of Transformation
  4. Transformation: The Life And Legacy Of Werner Erhard
  5. Moment Of Truth
  6. Transformation II
  7. No Line
  8. Transformation Is Timeless
  9. Transforming Life Itself: A Completely Started Inquiry
  10. Transformation Is Accountability Plus Committed Speaking
  11. Not One Size Fits All
  12. Transforming Disciplines
  13. What It Also Comes Down To
  14. Transforming The Untransformable
  15. Who You Might Be Really
so far, in that order.

It is also the thirteenth in an ongoing collection with embedded Music Videos: I am indebted to Lawrence Eugene "Larry" Bangs who inspired this conversation.

With transformation comes the experience of ... what, exactly? If you're expecting one all-inclusive definitive answer, that'll limit what transformation is. There's so, so much  to get from it (more on that in a moment). It's not a "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?" type question. Why not? Because transformation is the genesis of a new realm of possibility. And with possibility, anything's  possible, yes? So: what experience comes with transformation? I'll share what I got. And you share what you got. And not necessarily in that order. And neither of those are "The Truth"  (oh: please, please  don't cast transformation as "The Truth": that'll just plain ruin  it for us).

with Alexandra - Summer Breeze (Seals & Crofts)
In this class of inquiry, perhaps the first order of business is to establish ie lay down a healthy skepticism - like an intrigue:  how is it possible, that whatever transformation is, it seems to manifest in so many different ways and in such varied experiences for so many different people? Why can ours not  be a question with a one size fits all  answer? Why can't it be a "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?" type question? Here's the thing: it can, also.

Transformation directly magnifies the possibilities which are (and which become) available for us as we're living and interacting with our daily circumstances. There are many possibilities, many of us, and many circumstances. So ergo  there'll be many different, many varied, and many diverse experienced experiences of transformation.

That accounts for transformation's plurality  (if you will). What accounts for its singularity  (in the sense "There is  only one!" - as the Highlander may have bellowed) is transformation presents the startlingly bold experience of who we really  are as human beings. That means transformation brings forth an entirely new context  for who human beings really are. It's the event "transformation"  which in fact completely recontextualizes  (I love  that word) our experience of what we're being when we're being human. Transformation in other words, is the contextual shift  which occurs "in the beginning" ie it's the genesis  of a new realm of possibility. And in a new realm of possibility, what's available to human beings, isn't constrained in the same way as what's available to human beings prior to this genesis' onset. It's all yours, Good People. I say you can reliably put it in the bank!

What's available to us human beings is rich, loving relationships, vibrant health, and full Self-expression in ways we once couldn't even dream were possible. But all of the above comes with a price. A price?  Yes: it's you have to be willing to step away from who you've always held yourself to be, then stand openly in the possibility of being transformed. That may not be easy (listen: there's nothing intrinsically easy  about transformation: it may be simple, but it isn't always easy). I searched through the original packaging I came in, and I'm clear I didn't come with an instruction manual (believe me: my first few decades are ample, belabored, bruised proof of that). With transformation comes the very real possibility of getting our hands and feet on the levers, dials, switches, and pedals of the machine, and with that, the possibility of not merely living easier  but of actually cruising  - on all eight cylinders. I just turned 68. So I figure I've got another 30 or 40 years of cruising left. What I want to say about that (ie what I got from it) is: stop messing about! We're running out of time. Life is almost over!  From now on, live your life as if your life depends on it.

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