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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"There's Life Happening Where You Are"

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"There's Life happening where you are, and that's very moving for me." ... 
This essay, "There's Life Happening Where You Are", is the twenty first in the open second group of Experiences Of A Friend (click here for the complete first group of thirty five Experiences Of A Friend):
  1. Friend, Partner, And Ally
  2. Go To The Beach
  3. Proof Of Life
  4. Going Out Like A Supernova
  5. Relationships: They Start, They End
  6. Evidence Of Source
  7. On Knowing When To Be Ordinary
  8. Letting Be
  9. Transforming The Untransformable
  10. There's Always The Next Piece
  11. Plastic Chandelier II
  12. Yes You Really Are That Big
  13. A Way With Words
  14. The Quietest Mind
  15. Approaching Integrity
  16. Dancing With Life II
  17. Staying In Integrity
  18. Ordinary People Star, Extraordinary People Recreate Themselves
  19. Committed Existence
  20. When You're Being Like Werner, You're Not Being Like Werner
  21. "There's Life Happening Where You Are"
in that order.




I urge you to consider this. I'm not saying consider it like "on a whim". I'm saying consider it like it has import, like it's a powerful access to our humanity.

Werner acknowledging his audience after discussing Robyn Symon's tour de force  "Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard" with Jonathan Moreno at the University of Pennsylvania's Bioethics Film Festival.
"There's Life happening where you are, and that's very moving for me."
In this essay I'm showcasing a video of Werner speaking: he's acknowledging his audience after discussing Robyn Symon's tour de force  "Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard" with Jonathan Moreno at the University of Pennsylvania's Bioethics Film Festival. And even if you weren't there, you'll get he's acknowledging you unabashedly and personally. That's authenticity: when someone can acknowledge you in such a way that you'll get it ... even if you weren't there.

Where would you have to be coming from  to create "There's Life happening where you are, and that's very moving for me" authentically? Moreover, who would you have to be being  to deliver "There's Life happening where you are, and that's very moving for me" authentically? Or better, what would you have to be standing for  to distinguish "There's Life happening where you are, and that's very moving for me" authentically? It's a discovery that's disconcerting, mesmerizing, riveting.

Maybe one answer to all of the above is "a relentless, unerring fountainhead of love, commitment, creation, completion, and empowerment", the experience of being around which is one of living transformed like a possibility. And that's not living "transformed" like in some hiply esoteric concept.

What it is, even more than merely being transformed, is being transformed in magical ways that can be applied pragmatically and pointedly to the real-world concerns that matter to all of us. For example, before I met Werner I had it that what didn't work in my life didn't work because of what my parents did (or didn't do ie neglected to do) and what worked in my life was all my own doing. Being around Werner I got I'm responsible for what doesn't work in my life, and my parents get all the kudos for what works. That's about as real-world transformed (and about as impactful on real-world concerns) as you can get.

One of the ways I urge you to watch this video (and any of Werner's other videos for that matter) is to let your listening be in a dance with his speaking ie listen ... and take it all on as good coaching. And it is all good coaching. It's all "Risk taking it all on now, sight unseen, and ask questions later" good coaching. Yes I'm asking you to risk something. But it's a smart risk, it's very smart. Another way I urge you to watch this video is to get 1) where he's coming from, 2) who he's being, and 3) what he's standing for. Grok  it all (as Robert Heinlein may have said), be it all. Werner's speaking and who he's being, like the front and the back of your hand, go together. In both, you'll find out who you really are ie you'll discover a powerful access to our humanity.



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