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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Voices Of Angels

Patz & Hall, Sonoma Valley, California, USA

April 16, 2017

"If you keep saying it the way it really is, eventually your word is law in the universe."  ... 

All too often when we don't generate transformation and bring it to bear, our speaking merely reiterates (therefore traps us in) a same old same old  world of tired cookie-cutter  concepts. It's more than that actually. It's without bringing transformation to bear, all that's available  to us is tired old concepts and living conceptually.

Take for example this definition of "angel" I came across while doing my background research for this essay. In this one definition comprising a mere twenty four words, I counted at least four commonly accepted yet completely unexamined concepts (see if you can spot them all) which effectively shut the door on what an angel may really  be (which is to say on what the possibility  of an angel may really be). And then it gets even worse, into which I'll get in a moment.

From the Cambridge International Dictionary:


a spiritual being in some religions who is believed to be a messenger of God, usually represented as having a human form with wings

Painting by Lisa Wheeler
Archangel Gabriel aka "Hero of God"
Without rewriting this definition, and simply going with what it conveys (using it as a springboard from which to dive into this inquiry), consider this: human beings who speak their word as new possibilities for the world: are they not angels?  More to the point (even more pertinent): what's the possibility of ordinary Joe  people like you and I, being angels? What's the likelihood that by rigidly and unknowingly conceptualizing what angels and their supposed abilities are, we not only severely curtail the possibility of angels, but we also deny human beings the possibility of having angel-esque abilities? Just sayin'  ...

Now the problem with a conversation like this is the more esoteric  it sounds, the quicker people lose interest, and glaze over. But this conversation is only secondarily about whether the abilities of angels are available to ordinary Joe human beings like you and I. Primarily it's about how we're mired so deep in a world of concepts, that we've all but ceased to live out-here  in the world of our direct experience. Distinguishing what the abilities of angels are or aren't, and questioning further if the same abilities are available to everyday ordinary Joe human beings like you and I, is merely the sub-text  of this inquiry.

While fundamentalists may have a hard time with it, I assert you and I are God in our universe. That's a flat-footed, bone-numbing assertion coming from inquiry, examination, and direct experience, rather than from a concept. So a "messenger of God" in this context, is anyone who has the ability to speak possibility for the world. And who might that be? Why, ordinary Joe human beings like you and I, that's who (notice this assertion also shines light on two of the four unexamined concepts in the definition).

Without differentiating between knowing from concepts, and knowing from direct experience, we're left with only symbols ie representations  of the real thing but not the thing itself. Concepts of angels kill off the possibility of angels. Symbols of what angels represent, effectively eliminate the likelihood of ordinary Joe human beings like you and I being capable of performing extraordinary acts like a possibility, acts ordinarily only assigned to angels like a concept. And yet I suggest it's no accident that all of our great artistic representations depict angels with human faces. Hey!: perhaps Gabriel really is  just an ordinary Joe like you and I, yes? ...  I'm just sayin'.

We've all heard representations of voices of angels. Mostly what we've heard are choirs of human beings sounding gloriously like what composers conceive angels to sound like. We've heard them in synagogues. We've heard them in churches. We've heard them in mosques. We've heard them in concert halls and outdoor stadiums. We've heard them by Pink Floyd and by André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu and by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and more. Most pertinently if you're a listening for them, you'll sometimes hear them in everyday conversations between ordinary Joe human beings, heroes who are committed to speaking possibilities for the world in places where there are none. That's their authentic out-here direct experience. All other representations, however beautiful, rich, precious, and cherished, are only conceptual.

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