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




The Mastery Course III:

You Have To Discover It For Yourself

East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London, England

November 17, 2019



This essay, The Mastery Course III: You Have To Discover It For Yourself, is the third in the trilogy The Mastery Course:
  1. The Mastery Course: Holding Myself Out Into The Nothing
  2. The Mastery Course II: We've Got It All On Tape
  3. The Mastery Course III: You Have To Discover It For Yourself
in that order.

The trilogy The Mastery Course is the sequel to
  1. Further Down The Road
  2. Gratitude III
in that order.

It is also the prequel to I Think, Therefore I Am?




Foreword To The Mastery Course Trilogy:

The three essays comprising this trilogy are not about  the Mastery Course per se. Neither do they intend to recreate the rich body of distinctions and the breakthrough in transformation the Mastery Course unerringly, powerfully, rigorously, inexorably  delivers. To get those, register yourself in the next Mastery Course. There's no investment more worthwhile. Really.

Rather, this trilogy comes from my experience with Werner and Dr Joseph "Joe" DiMaggio and over five hundred other participants, staff, and people who assist, in the three-day Mastery Course in London in November of 2019.



You can get a lot being around Werner - transformationally and pragmatically. And there's actually no need to separate the two: transformation is pragmatic. You can get a lot being around Werner that's profoundly valuable, enormously freeing, deeply satisfying. To be in a conversation with Werner is to be exposed to new ideas, to hitherto unknown perspectives, to breakthrough ways of being with the world. Mostly, to be in a conversation with Werner is to be exposed to the possibility of transformation as direct experience. And it matters not what the conversation is about. It could be about anything: business, sailing, fine food and wine, anything. Yes it could also be about being a master of life. But the net result with Werner is always the same: you're a bigger person than you were before the conversation started.

Wait! How does this "it could be about anything"  work? Don't I have to be in a conversation about transformation in order to get transformation? Don't I have to be in a conversation about being a master of life in order to get being a master of life? Consider this: a conversation, when you're being in a conversation with Werner, is holographic:  the whole is in each of the parts; each of the parts is the whole. Like that, transformation is holographic: it shows up in his speaking - about anything.

Who we really are is  a conversation (in a manner of speaking, yes?) and to be engaged with the conversation that is Werner (who  is Werner, if you prefer) is to have access to a portal to new ideas, hitherto unknown perspectives, and breakthrough ways of being with the world. Around Werner, you get enlightened by being in a conversation with Werner. That much may seem obvious. What's not so obvious, as I said, is the conversation could be about anything. That which is of real, enduring value, is conveyed only secondarily as the topic of the conversation (as relevant as it may be). Primarily that which is of real, enduring value, is conveyed simply by being in the conversation itself. This is not business as usual (stated another way, perhaps more colorfully, "Dorothy, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.").

With that said, no matter what there is to get from (being in a conversation with) Werner, no matter what its value, no matter how opportune, eventually you'll have to confront a paradox. Confronting this paradox matures us as human beings, escalates us as minor league players to the majors. The paradox is: what you may want to get from Werner will get in your way of what's really  there to get from Werner. It will actually get in your way of finding the motherlode  of cheese in the tunnel.

Say whut?  Did you get that?

If you're going to get the motherlode of cheese, you have do something other than get the material from Werner: you have to discover it for yourself. That's at best. And at very least you have to pay attention to the material you get from Werner, then re-discover it for yourself. Therein lies the distinction between this and following a traditional path, taking on pre-written codes of (spiritual) conduct, or assuming an already always  belief system pertaining to being a master of life. There's nothing wrong with any of those approaches to being a master of life. Look: they work for their founders, yes? The only question is: will they fully transfer to others as well?

So here's the thing: the access to being a master of life isn't to duplicate the behavior of other masters of life, hoping that some of who they are and what they do, will rub off on you - even though there's a worldly consensus that this approach is a workable path to being a master of life. The real power lies in discovering the material for yourself. That's the access: you have to discover it for yourself. Then it's mastery of life as lived, rather than as a path followed or a method implemented.



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