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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(working title)

Visits With A Friend IX Sequel

(working title)

Jessup Cellars, Yountville, California, USA

August 3, 2017



This essay, Visits With A Friend IX Sequel (working title), is the companion piece to It is also the sequel to the ninth trilogy Visits With A Friend:
  1. Intimacy In A Crowded Place
  2. What Goes On Internally
  3. Riding The Horse Revisited
in that order.

It is also the fifth in an open group Visits With A Friend Sequels:
  1. Mint Condition
  2. Tempered Tornado
  3. Who Said That? Who Really  Said That?
  4. Creating For Creation's Sake
  5. Visits With A Friend IX Sequel (working title)
in that order.




Here's my ante  for this game ie these are my chips for this conversation: it's just possible there's only one  problem in the world. "Only one?"  you challenge, skeptically. Yes. I'm jus' sayin'  it's possible there's only one problem in the world, the same one problem that there's in and with living: it's the problem of where we come from. Furthermore it's just possible that any and / or all of the other plethora of problems in the world and in and with living, are all a hybrid of ie are a variant  of (or at least are wholly or in part predicated on)  the problem of where we come from.

If you're experiencing a problem like a flat tire, and you ask me how to fix it, I can tell you. More than that, I can tell you in simple, easy to follow steps what to do about it. Heck, I can even fix your flat tire for you myself. That's easy. But when the problem is where we come from, it's very difficult  to tell you in simple, easy to follow steps what to do about it, and it's nearly impossible  for me to fix it for you myself. Why?

Here's why the former problem, a flat tire, is easy to fix, and why the latter, where we come from, is very difficult to fix and nearly impossible for me to fix for you myself: if you have a flat tire, you have almost nothing  in the way of hearing me say what to do about it, whereas if someone tells us "The problem is where you're coming from", there's a veritably impenetrable concrete and lead slab in the way of hearing what to do about it. We have a name for this slab: it's our already always listening. And even if by the wave of a magic wand we could disappear our already always listening, and listen newly ie crystal clearly, there's still a counter-intuitive unfamiliarity with the language implements used to direct people to come from a place that works better, so you have to discover them for yourself.

That's why being around Werner, is to be immersed in a fast track to discovering coming from a place that works, the discovery of which causes a plethora of problems both in the world and in and with living, to clear up and disappear just in the process of life itself  (no kidding!). It's not a track of study per se. It's a course by exposure. What does that mean Laurence, it's a "course by exposure"?  It means it's gotten by immersion ie by osmosis  ie it's gotten by direct experience  and absorption. Completing this course is dead easy: just be  in it, have it's conversations, participate whole-heartedly in its processes, and you'll get it. It's the explaining of it (or at least it's the trying to understand how  and why  it works) that's very, very difficult.

[... being continued ...]



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