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 What It Takes

Howell Mountain Appellation, Napa Valley, California, USA

March 18, 2008



Conversations For Transformation receives its one hundred thousandth view with the publishing of On What It Takes.

I am indebted to Harry Rosenberg who inspired this conversation.




With the recent publication to the internet of Werner Erhard Video Experience and Werner Erhard Quote Experience, the first and the third essays in the The Werner Erhard Experience trilogy (the second, Werner Erhard Photo Experience, is soon to be published), I'm inquiring into the awe, the joy, and the responsibility of sharing light on Werner's work this way. Nearly fifteen hundred people have read these two essays, the first two written in the trilogy. The Conversations For Transformation website now comprises nearly three hundred essays and will soon receive its one hundred thousandth view.

I'm totally clear about what I'm doing. I'm creating Conversations For Transformation on the internet, inspired by the ideas of Werner Erhard, for potentially millions of people. There's fear and there's awe. If I make a mistake, it's huge.

Here's how I deal with the fear of making a mistake: I let the fear be. If I'm clear about my intention, if I'm clear about transformation, if I come from  transformation, if I get myself out of the way, if I leave people with the possibility of transformation, that's what works. It's a huge win. But it's not about me: it's about people.

I dare myself to take this on. So I do. From time to time in the background is the stagefright  chatter jabbing me saying I'll misrepresent it. It's been there for so long, this static, this background noise, hissing and buzzing like a not properly tuned radio station while I'm driving in my car. I let it be, not ignoring it, not resisting it, and drive on. I'm never driving with the radio silent. There's always static, hiss, and buzz. Yet I'm driving on.

I publish my work immediately to the internet, both the works in progress, no matter what state they may be in (that's my glass walled studio  commitment), as well as the completed works. Then I read them on the internet - again and again and again and again and again and again. I read them as if I'm surfing the internet for the first time. I read them as if I've never read them before. I read them as if I've never heard of Werner Erhard before, as if I've never heard of Werner's work before, as if I've never heard of transformation before. As I read and re-read them like that, I ask myself "What does this leave me, the reader, with? What access does this give me?".

Issues of integrity come up. Issues of confidentiality come up. Can I say this? Can I say that? Where's the line, the sacred  line, between sharing my source and protecting my source?

I don't know how to do this. I come from  "I don't know how to do this". I REALLY  don't know how to do this.

But what I do know is I love the possibility of transformation more than I love life itself.

So I draw on that, and then I say whatever I say, and then I write whatever I write, and then I read whatever I've written, and if I'm clear it comes from "I Love The Possibility Of Transformation More Than I Love Life Itself", and if there's integrity, and if the confidentiality is of the supreme order, and if I've honored and protected my source even while I'm sharing my source (that's hard - to do both at the same time!), and if people can get a taste of transformation from what I've written, and if I can say "Wow! That's awesome, Laurence!", then I let it be out there in the universe on the internet. Otherwise I erase it or change it or or pull it back entirely until I can source it again in a way that works.

When I've read whatever I've written - again and again and again and again and again and again - and there's not ... one  ... thing  left to erase or change, the piece is complete. Then, like David once Michelangelo has finished the work, I'll not touch it again.

This is the work I was born to do. This is my life. I want no other.

If there's a typo  or an error of fact, if there's a correction for me to make, just say so and I'll make it - immediately, no questions asked. My intention is for this to work for you, for it to support your intention to transform your life again and again and again, for it to support your intention to expand its possibilities again and again and again and again and again.

I write these Conversations For Transformation for You.



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