Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

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That Which Deals With The Circumstances

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January 4, 2022



"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles are  my life."
... The Most Reverend Alfred D'Souza, Archbishop Emeritus of Agra (Taj Mahal diocese), Uttar Pradesh, India

"If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of."
... Bruce Lee, martial artist

"We are that which deals with the circumstances."
... Laurence Platt
This essay, That Which Deals With The Circumstances, is the sixth in a sextology on Circumstances:


More than just being an ongoing recurring theme in these Conversations For Transformation, it's an ongoing recurring theme in my entire life actually (and reciprocally, because it's an ongoing recurring theme in my entire life, it's also an ongoing recurring theme in these Conversations For Transformation). But it wasn't always this way. There's definitely a before  and an after  to all this. And there's also a fine line separating the two.


•  THE BEFORE

The "before" was the norm ie it was de rigueur  prior to that fateful day somewhere out of time when transformation first showed up in my life, grabbed me by the heart with both hands, and said, "You'll never let me go, you'll talk about  me forever" which I've subsequently rephrased as "you'll speak  me forever" (that's a conversation for another occasion). The "before" I'm referring to was when I managed my life knowing that what there was to do was handle the things which got in my way of living my real  life. I knew once the things that got in my way of living my real life were handled and out of the way, my real life could begin.


•  THE AFTER

The "after" I'm referring to is subsequent to realizing that the things I handled in order to get them out of the way so my real life could begin, are  my real life.


•  THE FINE LINE SEPARATING THE TWO

The fine line separating the two is the contextualization  (or even the re-contextualization - I love that word) which comes with the onset of a transformed experience of who we really are ie of who I really am. A transformed experience of who we really are ie of who I really am, is: we are the context  in which the circumstances of our lives occur. That said, circumstances being what they are, who we really are is the context for everything. Really. Our lives are the context for both the before and  the after. With that differentiated, the before in particular is an illusion, the veil of which is pierced and laid bare by the onset of transformation, then lived recontextualized as the after - which in reality is all there is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be.


What falls out of distinguishing this trifecta  if you will, is who we are (which is to say who we really  are) is that which deals with the circumstances. And we have it that only after we've dealt with the circumstances which get in our way of living our real lives, and after they no longer get in our way of living our real lives, can our real lives at last begin. We have, to be sure, some  power in handling things / dealing with the circumstances. But most of our enormous, untapped power is sourced by transforming the context in which we handle all things / deal with all circumstances. That's who / what we really are. And once you get that, you'll speak it forever.



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