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|I am indebted to Clare Erhard-Trick who contributed material for this conversation.|
I can tell you what I love about
I love its freedom to be. I love its freedom to create. I love the
peace of mind which comes with the grounded realization
things are OK the way
(and the way they aren't). I love its technology of dismantling
I love the excitement of inventing possibility. I love its
to forgive. I love its strength to love. I love the
intellectual satisfaction of it also - it's
impeccably and immaculately laid out.
I love its
There's nothing about it I don't love. And believe me,
that's some statement coming from me, the erstwhile Mr Skeptic
Knows It All.
But that's me - and my life. It's your work. What do you love about your life as you make your work available?
"The promise of the current iteration of your work is to empower people to live Life powerfully and to live a life they love. That you live Life powerfully is fait accompli. What do you love most about your life?"
The market, the demand for
today is arguably one of the biggest markets for
right now. I can
that being there in the midst of it, getting the
enormity of it, communicating with it (and
in it), and shaping it, has changed you. Perhaps
"changed" isn't the best word to use in this
But to say I can
how it's "changed" you is
good enough for
How has what you're accomplishing in India changed you?
"Out of your experience following your recent groundbreaking tour de force in India, who are you now? And: who are you generating yourself to be for the future?"
It's hard to fathom how you do it. I know of no one
who puts more work into a single twenty four hour day than you do.
It's disconcerting. It completely resets the height of
the bar of what's possible for productivity. Even if I don't
appreciate one single idea you put forth, I'd be hard pressed not
to notice the wellspring of energy you bring to Life
in such quantity and with such power it energizes everyone around
you, many of whom simply can't keep up with you - which is why
you've organized your life with teams of people supporting you
rather than with individuals.
How do you do it? Where do you get it from?
"Your constant international travel schedule would fell an ox - and lesser men. What keeps you going? What drives you out of bed early in the morning and keeps you up late at night - day after day after day, year after year after year?"
To address, to be received and welcomed by
accomplishment, especially for someone who isn't a college
It's a solid validation of the ideas
disseminates. After this, what mountains are left for you to climb?
"After your ongoing projects in collaboration with academia are fulfilled and complete, or at least completely started so they then expand by themselves spontaneously, what do you want to do next?"
Are the outcomes of my life predestined before I'm born? Or do I
have a say? - that is to say, do I get to choose, create,
and have sway over the outcomes of my life? Or is the degree to
which I get to choose, create, and have sway over the outcomes of
my life, already predestined?
"It's the age old philosopher's conundrum: what for you is the relationship, if any, between destiny and choice?"
it could be said, is the result of a
act, the result of intentionally taking a stand for
who we really are.
you first introduced
I breathed out a silent "Yesssss!!!". Although I hadn't
gotten it by myself until that moment, once I got it I realized I
always had it. In hindsight, it seemed so obvious to
me - although hindsight is always 20/20 vision. It was a
while before I realized although it's just as obvious to many other
people, it's not always so obvious to some.
"What accounts for why many people grasp transformation when it's presented in a clear working context, and others don't? Could it be 'grace'?"
Every so often I look at myself in the mirror and laugh.
These are the moments when I realize I've been trying to get
right. You can't get
right - even if that's what good students
like me try to do. Trying to make
right turns it into a belief. If there's one surefire
way to kill
it's to turn it into a belief.
I notice I turn everything into a belief. And I notice how hard it is not to do that. Perhaps it's worth more to distinguish where I obfuscate transformation by believing it, than it is to attempt to stop believing it.
"Recently I calmly realized I'm no longer afraid of dying ... then immediately afterwards I had the thought 'Darn! I just created yet another belief.'. Does all knowing devolve into belief?"
It's an intriguing plot for a screenplay: the idea of
enlightenment arising in
five thousand years ago, infiltrating cultures all over the world
including these United States, and heralding a great new
possibility for the world. The trouble is we human beings spend a
lot of time talking about, speculating about, opining
about enlightenment to the point where we've almost completely
buried actually experiencing
enlightenment. Two things changed in the world like a
you made your presence
Witnessing your work recently making a huge impact in India had me musing on this extraordinary state of affairs: enlightenment, starting in India, infiltrating countries all over the world, has returned to India as transformation - it's come full circle.
"India has given the whole world a vast, rich 'spirituality', if you will. Is it useful to describe your work there as having brought 'enlightenment back home to India'?"
Although we're all of the same
so in this sense we're all one and the same, the odds are
that in the world, I can't be you - I can only be me. That said,
here's a hypothetical: what if I could be you? What
would I have to be, to be you? Please speak about the one
thing I would have to be, to be you.
"What's the essential thing which for you best epitomizes who you are for yourself?"
If you had the opportunity to start again at square
one and do it all over again, knowing what you now know,
is there anything you would do differently? I mean "differently" in
the sense of "more efficiently", "more streamlined", "more
"Are you dissatisfied with what you've accomplished in any way? If so, how?"
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