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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Something Fierce, Something Wonderful

Vallejo Ferry Dock, Vallejo, California, USA

March 21, 2013



This essay, Something Fierce, Something Wonderful, is the ninth in an open group Visits With A Friend Prequels:
  1. Anticipation: Accounting For An American Love Affair
  2. Eye Of The Needle
  3. Secret Service
  4. Everyone Loves You
  5. Close Up, Face To Face, Larger Than Life, And Twice As Natural
  6. View From A Fallow Wheatfield
  7. Flying
  8. Three Stairs At A Time
  9. Something Fierce, Something Wonderful
  10. Serving High
  11. Simple But Not Easy
  12. A Request Asked Harder
in that order.

It is also, with Three Stairs At A Time and Serving High and Simple But Not Easy, the prequel to the eighth trilogy Visits With A Friend:
  1. Read To Us
  2. Seven Fingers
  3. Smart People
in that order.

It was conceived at the same time as I am indebted to Victoria Hamilton-Rivers who contributed material for this conversation.




As I develop myself, as I train  myself, as I deconstruct  the way I've been being so I can create whatever the next experience with you is newly with a beginner's mind  if you will, what unavoidably occurs for me, what inexorably dawns on me is this will no longer so much be an experience I'll create, as it'll be an experience which is already present, an experience which is already full, wholly and completely formed, and my job is simply to reveal  it so it can happen by itself.

Michelangelo, when asked to explain the process by which he sculpted David from the marble slab, said he didn't  sculpt David from the marble slab. What he said was David was already there, already wholly and completely formed, already present in the slab. His job was simply to remove the excess marble.

God! I love  Michelangelo's way of seeing things ...

I've shifted my business as usual  approach to creating an experience. I'll not so much be creating an experience with you, as I'll be revealing  the experience, the experience which is already full, the experience which is already wholly and completely present in the space, so it can happen as it wants to happen  by itself.

The result of this new tack, the upshot of this new approach surprises me. There's a dramatic change in what's available to me in preparing for such occasions. Indeed, there's a dramatic change in the very role  preparing for such occasions plays. It's not an easy change to undergo either. To the contrary, it's like running full tilt  into a wall. Not like a rock wall (fortunately), not even like a wooden wall - both of which could do me some harm if I impacted them at speed. Rather it's like a foam rubber  wall, a wall of foam rubber just dense enough to stop me completely in my tracks when I run at it full tilt, yet not solid enough to hurt me on impact.

Here's my analogy of the foam rubber wall decoded:

In preparing for our meeting, I look at what I'll say to have things be complete. I start an inventory of things which aren't complete and which should be complete ... but  ... I see it's all already complete with you. Then I look at personal things to ask which haven't been asked. I start an an inventory of things I haven't asked you which should be asked ... but ... everything which should be asked has already been asked. So I look at personal things to share which haven't been shared. I start an inventory of things I haven't shared with you which should be shared, but everything which should be shared has already been shared.

This is the wall which stops me in my tracks. It's the realization that, in spite of my best intentions to prepare something great to maximize my time with you, there's nothing that needs to be done. It's all already complete. It's all already said. It's all already asked. It's all already shared. All there is to do to maximize my time with you, is be with you. And when I get that, then  I see how all my well intentioned preparation only gets in the way  (it's very subtle ...) of being with you fully, wholly, completely. I see all my ardent preparation, amounts to trying to sculpt David from the slab, when what I should be doing is just removing the excess marble ...

I'm completely stopped by this. I can't manipulate my way around it. There's no way out. There's no avoiding it. There's no place to hide. There's nothing to hide behind. Eventually I stop resisting it. In a breakthrough born of surrender, I respect it, I honor it - because it's what ensures when I get to be with you, that's all  I do with you: be.

This possibility, the possibility of being with you with nothing - absolutely nothing  - going on, with absolutely nothing added to the space, is something fierce, something wonderful. Its fierceness, like a tiger's roar, wakes me up. Its wonder, like real love, inspires me. With absolutely nothing added to the space, I become present enough to get (which is to say I become present enough to simply notice) who you are is what humanizes the infinite context of my life. Indeed, I become present enough to notice who you are is what humanizes the infinite context of Life itself.

In coming to know you as this, I come to know my Self  as this. In coming to know my Self as this, I come to know everyone as this.



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