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


Powerfully Repeating MySelf

Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville, California, USA

July 30, 2013



"You can never go home again. But the truth is you can never leave home. So it's alright." ... Maya Angelou

This essay, Powerfully Repeating MySelf, is the prequel to Watch This Space.




There's something about a powerful conversation for transformation (and by that I mean there's something about any conversation for transformation that works)  which at first may not even seem possible. It's this: a powerful conversation for transformation doesn't actually have to be about transformation.

Say whut?  Isn't this a contradiction in terms? Isn't that a paradox right there? How can any so-called conversation for transformation not  be about transformation? Here's how: for a conversation for transformation to be worth anything, for it to be effective and powerful, it has to deliver  transformation rather than merely describe it ie rather than merely speak about it. Delivering transformation and speaking about transformation are worlds apart, no matter how eloquent the speaking about transformation may be. Delivering transformation is closer akin to speaking transformation than it is to speaking about transformation. It's speaking transformation and speaking about transformation which are worlds apart.

This isn't mere semantics either. Transformation is shared by speaking transformation rather than by speaking about transformation. That said, I have a great deal of suspicion about any conversation (including my own ie especially  my own) which either starts off with or includes or insinuates "There's only one way to ..." because there's almost always  more than one way to do anything. There's always more than one way to share transformation. And one of the most effective  ways, one of the most powerful  ways to share transformation is to embrace it, is to be it, is to live  it ... and then to simply open your mouth and speak it.

When this extraordinary faculty we each have to deliver transformation through language was first distinguished by Werner, it became popular to say you could share transformation effectively and powerfully simply by standing up and reading the dictionary or the telephone book out loud. In essence that's true. But it does come with a proviso. The proviso is this: as long as you're coming from ie as long as you're embracing, being, and living transformation while you're reading the dictionary or the telephone book out loud, people will get it. But if the proviso isn't in place, people will only get words, definitions, names, addresses, telephone numbers, ... and bored.

Actually it's more than embracing, being, and living transformation when you read the dictionary or the telephone book out loud which shares transformation effectively and powerfully. It's standing up and speaking anything  coming from (ie embracing, being, and living) transformation, which is the most effective way, the most powerful way to share transformation.

So what's this anything?  It's our lives. Sharing the simple acts which comprise the day to day living of our lives, grounded in and coming from transformation, is the most effective way, the most powerful way to share transformation. There's nothing to figure out. There's nothing to study for. The simplest way to share transformation is be transformed, get on with your life, and share what's there.

It's no secret what I'm doing in this Conversation For Transformation internet series of essays is standing for and sharing the same thing endlessly over and over and over  again. I do, however, (as you can tell) vary the subject matter twice a week to keep your attention and interest. You could say (and you'd be correct if you did) all I'm doing is powerfully repeating mySelf, which is to say powerfully repeating the  Self. Honest! That's it. That's all I'm doing. Nothing else. There's no ulterior motive.

Now, not  sharing isn't an option for me. Look: there's certainly nothing wrong with not sharing. There's no coercion to share. You're not required to. Really you aren't. No one is. But speaking for myself, what I've noticed is when I stop sharing, I immediately get my old life back. That's enough of a cautionary tale right there to terminate that option permanently.



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