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

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Simple Things

Grass Valley, Sierra Foothills, California, USA

Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2005

This essay, Simple Things, is the second in a group of nine written on Thanksgiving Day:
  1. The Friends Of The Landmark Forum In South Africa
  2. Simple Things
  3. Full On You
  4. Regular Guy
  5. No Line
  6. Orchid Leaves
  7. Service: The Same Game Played In A Whole New Way
  8. Coming From Love
  9. Velcro Faces
in that order.

Although I was unaware of it for the almost three decades prior to the final weekend of August 1978, in one form or another my life has always moved inexorably from birth toward transformation. When I got it then for the first time I knew immediately why  I had not gotten it sooner. Whatever I was looking for, whatever I thought it  would look like, for all those years I had been looking in the wrong places. Or, spoken with rigor, I had been looking from  the wrong place.

I had been looking for the revelation of a complex secret, for the answer to the mystery, for the end of the difficulty (called suffering  by Buddha). But not for one moment in all those years was I looking for or expecting something simple.

Transformation is simple. You know that when you get it. It's so  simple ...

In fact in a world which ascribes value to complexity and to mystery and to difficulty for their own sakes, in its purest form transformation is arguably too  simple to be immediately obvious. With hindsight it couldn't be any other way.

Complexity, mystery, and difficulty fuel conversations which keep Self at bay. Actually it's more than that. We focus on complexity, on mystery, and on difficulty in our conversations to avoid confronting the what's so-ness of Self entirely. After complexity, after mystery, after difficulty is Self. Indeed, before  complexity, before mystery, and before difficulty was Self.

That doesn't mean some things aren't complex or mysterious or difficult. It means that without transformation, without Self, it's all  complex, it's all mysterious, it's all difficult. In that context all that's available is to suffer and to struggle and to find ways to survive.

When complexity, mystery, and difficulty are simply held as nothing more than complexity, mystery, and difficulty, then they are what they are whatever they are and that's all they are. When its OK that things are what they are and aren't what they aren't, a climate for transformation sets in. It's that simple.

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