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

Transformation And Medication

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

October 15, 2002

This essay, Transformation And Medication, is the companion piece to
  1. Crisis Of Faith
  2. Your Body Will Thank You: Reflections On Aging
in that order.

Everyone knows transformation has a dramatic impact on health, as well as on our ability to create and generate health.

Are there any rules that go with transformation which manage and define health? Are there instances when transformation supersedes prescription medication? Should there be?

While we may not be doctors, we can create transformation. The work is distinct. You and I, and only you and I, can be the ones responsible for our own physical well-being.

Having said all that like a proviso (in order to lay down a base from which to speak further), I'm not promising disease and ill-health (whatever their manifestations) will disappear out of bringing transformation to bear on them. However, I am saying you can invent the possibility of disease and ill-health disappearing  out of bringing transformation to bear on them. Yes, we are  talking about miracles here.

And when you contemplate - as many of us have done - how one patient can be completely miserable in the face of disease while the next patient can be completely at peace with and fully alive in the face of disease, you realize what can certainly be disappeared, if not disease itself, are the rackets  we have about disease itself.

In my life, before I experienced Werner's work, I was what you would call accident prone. Something was always happening with or to my body. I often caught colds, and there was always something wrong  in my physical well being. I fell off my bike. I broke my nose. I split my forehead with my surfboard ... you know, that sort of thing.

I started observing the condition in which I lived with regard to my own health as if I was the cause of it, even if I didn't really get that totally, and what I saw while looking at it that way was very interesting.

My father Asher Manfred was a general practitioner, a family doctor. He always provided the very best in patient care, and he loved taking care of people when they were sick. So I started a racket by making myself sick or getting hurt as a great way for me to get his love and attention.

Uncovering that I did that was a breakthrough for me. From then on, I cut that out. If I wanted his love and attention from then on, I simply asked him for it.

I completely transformed my physical health. The spate of physical injuries ceased, and today I don't even own a handkerchief.

Now: am I saying that someone who has AIDS will disappear it simply by bringing transformation to bear on it?

Here's what I am saying: For serious matters of health, it's prudent to refer to a doctor. But if you take it on by yourself and look for the responsibility in whatever is going on with you and your body, transformation is the possibility of miracles, including miracles of physical healing.

You and I have the ability to transform our experience of any physical condition. No, I'm not saying we can raise the dead, and of course no, I'm not saying transformation will make you physically immortal. What I'm saying is simply you and I have the possibility of transforming our experience of physicality and whatever goeswith  it (as Alan Watts may have said).

This is what there is to take on. This is the realm of the miraculous.

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