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


On Never Having Left

American Canyon, California, USA

September 9, 2015



"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." ... Thomas Stearns "TS" Eliot, Four Quartets #4: Little Gidding

"At the end of all my exploring, I discover I never left where I started in the first place." ... Laurence Platt
This essay, On Never Having Left, is the companion piece to Ordinary People.




It's that very moment in which I get it's whole and complete ie it's that very moment in which I get I'm  whole and complete and always have been  whole and complete, which is arguably the gamechanger. It's arguably the gamechanger in so many ways, especially the "... and always have been whole and complete" part. The "... and always have been whole and complete" part implies "always will be  whole and complete". That's what does  change the entire game - forever, irrevocably.

Now if there's anything that truly epitomizes what "counter-intuitive" implies, it's this: given the way the world occurs for us ie given the way we  occur for ourselves, the assertion that both the world and we as individuals are, always were, and always will be whole and complete, is counter-intuitive. Indeed, given the way the world occurs for us ie given the way we occur for ourselves, the assertion that both the world and we as individuals have, always had, and always will have even the possibility  of being whole and complete, is counter-intuitive.

Having said that: as far as I can recall, the first time I experienced it's whole and complete (which was also the first time I experienced I'm whole and complete) I didn't want it to end. It was more than that actually. It was when I got it, I expected it to last forever. But it did end - or, to say it more experientially, one day I noticed it was gone. Then later I got it again, assuming this  time I got it for keeps ie this time it would last permanently. But then that experience was gone too. And then I got it again. Got it, gone, got it again, gone again, got it again, over and over and over.

I'm clear now (I suppose you could say I've grown up and I'm wiser now - and by that, all I mean is I'm street  wiser now) that there's no one moment when we get it permanently forever without it ever going away again. What's closer to actuality is we get it, then it's gone, then we get it again, then it's gone again, and then we get it again. Just as soon as we notice it's gone, we get it again ... and that's  the way it happens, over and over and over. So it's really not that  moment (like there's only one) which is the gamechanger: it's those  moments (plural) which are the gamechangers.

If we don't realize that this is really the way it happens in actuality (got it, gone, got it again, gone again, got it again, over and over and over), we're subject to the fabulous illusion ie to the precious  illusion that we're getting somewhere  ie that we're progressing, that we're on a journey  towards getting it permanently someday.

We call this journey a spiritual  journey. Yet if you stop for a moment and consider that assumption, you'll notice it totally misrepresents the spirit, doesn't it? The spirit is already whole and complete, and always was and always will be whole and complete, yes? It's more than that. It's in order to to go on a journey, we have to depart from somewhere and then arrive somewhere else. But this has always been whole and complete, and this always will be whole and complete. So it's not necessary to go on a journey in order to arrive here. We're already here. We always were here. Listen: we never left in the first place. Gee! I hope you get that. Please say you do.

If you get we never left in the first place, if you get we always were here, if you get it's not necessary to go on a journey in order to arrive here, if you drop all the significance-adding and all the meaning-making and just be  here with whatever's going on, that's transformation. When I play the game coming from transformation ie when I play the game coming from never having left, I'm here (that is to say I'm still  here, I'm always here) living fully, whole and complete for the rest of my life.



Communication Promise E-Mail | Home

© Laurence Platt - 2015, 2016 Permission