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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Werner Erhard Quote Experience

Carmel By The Sea, California, USA

March 13, 2008



This essay, Werner Erhard Quote Experience, is the third in the septology The Werner Erhard Experience: I am indebted to John Denver and to Raul Julia and to Anthony Zerbe and to James Cromwell and to Richard Feynman who inspired this conversation, and to Michael Jensen who contributed material.


Werner Erhard speaks transformation like a possibility.

Don't collapse this distinction with a "how to". I'm not talking about him giving instructions  here, although in some situations there may be instructions. I'm asserting when Werner speaks, that's transformation.

I've assembled this catalog of Werner's quotes over the thirty some years I've known him. Of course, there's volumes  more I've not captured. But these ones got  me enough for me to want to write them down.

It's often been noted how futile it is to hunt butterflies. Once you've captured them, they've lost the very quality they had which made you want to own them in the first place: their freedom.

So it is with Werner's quotes. By writing them down I've taken them out of the domain of transformation ie out of the domain of the spoken word, out of the domain of speaking  and listening, and put them into a mere close approximation  to transformation ie into the domain of the written word, into the domain of writing  and reading. When I write them down they lose some of the very quality which made them noteworthy in the first place.

What I've written down is an accurate recreation of Werner's words. But it's only an approximation to his up close and personal, face to face  transformation he constitutes in them when he speaks them. My written word is not his spoken word. That is to say the written word is not the domain of transformation.

There's no significance to the order in which I've listed these quotes. This is simply the order in which they first appeared in these Conversations For Transformation.

They need no setup nor introduction. Transformation is each and every one of them. Each and every one of them is transformation. Also notice transformation is holographic. So any piece  of any of Werner's quotes is transformation too, all of it - all of it, that is, if you're a listening  for all of it.

All that said, here they are. This is Werner Erhard:
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LOVE IS GRANTING ANOTHER THE SPACE TO BE THE WAY THEY ARE AND THE WAY THEY AREN'T SO THEY CAN CHANGE IF THEY WANT TO AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO.
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THE TRUTH BELIEVED IS A LIE.
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WHEN YOU'RE UP TO YOUR ASS IN ALLIGATORS, IT'S HARD TO REMEMBER YOUR INITIAL OBJECTIVE WAS TO DRAIN THE SWAMP.
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IF YOU KEEP SAYING IT THE WAY IT REALLY IS, EVENTUALLY YOUR WORD IS LAW IN THE UNIVERSE.
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INTERESTING PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED.
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EXPERIENCE IS SIMPLY EVIDENCE THAT I AM HERE.
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HAPPINESS IS A FUNCTION OF ACCEPTING WHAT IS.
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A TRANSFORMED INDIVIDUAL DEMANDS TRANSFORMED RELATIONSHIPS BECAUSE ONLY IN SUCH A CONTEXT CAN HE OR SHE NATURALLY EXPRESS A TRANSFORMED INDIVIDUALITY.
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WHAT I HAVE IS A PLACE TO STAND. NOT THE RIGHT PLACE, FOR I DO NOT PRETEND TO KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT EVEN FOR MYSELF, LET ALONE OTHERS, BUT A PLACE I AM WILLING TO TRY OUT TO SEE IF IT LEAVES ME AS A CLEARING WHERE THE TRUTH CAN MORE POWERFULLY GO TO WORK.
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WHAT WE ARE ENGAGED IN CREATING IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF PEOPLES' LIVES AND OF LIFE ITSELF. THIS CONTEXT OF TRANSFORMATION IS A CONTEXT OF FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY, OF EMPOWERMENT AND HUMAN JOY, OF CONTRIBUTION AND OF PARTICIPATION. PARTICIPATION IN THIS TRANSFORMATION IS, FOR ME, THE FULLEST EXPRESSION OF BEING.
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RESPONSIBILITY BEGINS WITH THE WILLINGNESS TO BE CAUSE IN THE MATTER OF ONE'S LIFE. ULTIMATELY, IT IS A CONTEXT FROM WHICH ONE CHOOSES TO LIVE. RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT BURDEN, FAULT, PRAISE, BLAME, CREDIT, SHAME OR GUILT. IN RESPONSIBILITY, THERE IS NO EVALUATION OF GOOD OR BAD, RIGHT OR WRONG. THERE IS SIMPLY WHAT'S SO, AND YOUR STAND. BEING RESPONSIBLE STARTS WITH THE WILLINGNESS TO DEAL WITH A SITUATION FROM THE VIEW OF LIFE THAT YOU ARE THE GENERATOR OF WHAT YOU DO, WHAT YOU HAVE AND WHAT YOU ARE. THAT IS NOT THE TRUTH. IT IS A PLACE TO STAND. NO ONE CAN MAKE YOU RESPONSIBLE, NOR CAN YOU IMPOSE RESPONSIBILITY ON ANOTHER. IT IS A GRACE YOU GIVE YOURSELF - AN EMPOWERING CONTEXT THAT LEAVES YOU WITH A SAY IN THE MATTER OF LIFE.
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YOU AND I WANT OUR LIVES TO MATTER. WE WANT OUR LIVES TO MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE, TO BE OF GENUINE CONSEQUENCE IN THE WORLD. WE KNOW THAT THERE IS NO SATISFACTION IN MERELY GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS, EVEN IF THOSE MOTIONS MAKE US SUCCESSFUL, OR EVEN IF WE HAVE ARRANGED TO MAKE THOSE MOTIONS PLEASANT. WE WANT TO KNOW WE HAVE MADE SOME IMPACT ON THE WORLD. IN FACT, YOU AND I WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE. WE WANT TO MAKE THE WORLD WORK.
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ONE CREATES FROM NOTHING. IF YOU TRY TO CREATE FROM SOMETHING YOU'RE JUST CHANGING SOMETHING. SO IN ORDER TO CREATE SOMETHING YOU FIRST HAVE TO BE ABLE TO CREATE NOTHING. TO MAKE SURE A PERSON DOESN'T FIND OUT WHO HE IS, CONVINCE HIM THAT HE CAN'T REALLY MAKE ANYTHING DISAPPEAR. ALL THAT'S LEFT THEN IS TO RESIST, RESIST, SOLVE, FIX, HELP OR CHANGE THINGS. THAT'S TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF SOMETHING.
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THE WAY TO HANDLE A MONSTER IS TO GIVE IT LOTS OF SPACE.
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YOUR LIFE WORKS TO THE DEGREE YOU KEEP YOUR AGREEMENTS.
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THERE ISN'T ANYBODY WHO SHOWS UP WITH TENNIS SHOES AND A TENNIS RACQUET WHO CAN'T PLAY TENNIS AT THE LEVEL OF SELF EXPRESSION. THEY MAY NOT PLAY AT THE LEVEL OF CHAMPION BUT THERE ISN'T ANYBODY WHO CAN'T PLAY AT THE LEVEL OF SELF EXPRESSION.
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YOU CAN START OFF ANYWHERE YOU LIKE AS LONG AS WHERE YOU END UP IS LEAVING EVERYBODY WITH MORE POWER.
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YOUR LIFE AND MY LIFE HAVE TURNED OUT, AND ONCE YOU GET THAT, LIFE GOES ON FROM A POSITION OF HAVING TURNED OUT. THAT'S CALLED PLAYING THE GAME FROM WIN.
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HEROES ARE ORDINARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO DARE TO SEE AND MEET THE CALL OF A POSSIBILITY BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES. BREAKTHROUGHS ARE CREATED BY SUCH HEROES, BY MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILL STAND FOR THE RESULT WHILE IT IS ONLY A POSSIBILITY - PEOPLE WHO WILL ACT TO MAKE POSSIBILITY REAL.
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WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GO TO FIND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NEW ERA WHEN WHO YOU HAVE BEEN BEING IS INSUFFICIENT FOR YOUR LIFE?
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WHAT HAPPENED TO ME ON THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE WAS I REALIZED I KNEW NOTHING. EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW I ONLY KNEW "IN ORDER TO".
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BUILDING A STRATEGY TO AVOID THE ALMOST CERTAIN FUTURE BINDS YOU AS MUCH TO THE ALMOST CERTAIN FUTURE AS COMMITTING TO IT.
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I WANT YOU TO SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE FROM LIVING YOUR LIFE, TO BEING AN ACTOR PLAYING THE LEAD ROLE IN A PLAY CALLED "YOUR LIFE".
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MY NOTION ABOUT SERVICE IS THAT SERVICE IS ACTUALLY THAT KIND OF RELATIONSHIP IN WHICH YOU HAVE A COMMITMENT TO THE PERSON. NOW I DON'T MEAN TO THE PERSON'S BODY OR TO THE PERSON'S PERSONALITY OR TO THE PERSON'S STOMACH OR TO THE PERSON'S ALMOST ANYTHING. WHAT I MEAN IN FACT IS THAT FOR ME WHAT SERVICE IS ABOUT IS BEING COMMITTED TO THE OTHER BEING, TO THE OTHER PERSON SPIRITUALLY, TO WHO THE PERSON IS. NOW THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS THAT TO THE DEGREE THAT YOU ARE IN FACT COMMITTED TO THE OTHER PERSON YOU ARE ONLY AS VALUABLE AS HOW YOU CAN DEAL WITH THE OTHER PERSON'S STUFF, THEIR EVIDENCE, THEIR MANIFESTATION, AND THAT'S WHAT SERVICE IS ALL ABOUT. SERVICE IS ABOUT KNOWING WHO THE OTHER PERSON IS, AND BEING ABLE TO TOLERATE GIVING SPACE TO THEIR GARBAGE. WHAT MOST PEOPLE DO IS TO GIVE SPACE TO PEOPLE'S QUALITY AND DEAL WITH THEIR GARBAGE. ACTUALLY, YOU SHOULD DO IT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. DEAL WITH WHO THEY ARE AND GIVE SPACE TO THEIR GARBAGE. KEEP INTERACTING WITH THEM AS IF THEY WERE GOD. AND EVERY TIME YOU GET GARBAGE FROM THEM, GIVE SPACE TO THE GARBAGE AND GO BACK AND INTERACT WITH THEM AS IF THEY WERE GOD.
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PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORK BECAUSE OF THE VALUE THEY EXPERIENCE IN THEIR LIVES UNTIL THEIR LIVES OUTSIDE OF THEIR PARTICIPATION BECOMES MORE IMPORTANT TO THEM THAN FOCUSING ON GROWTH, OR THEIR LIVES BECOME SO DEMANDING THEY DON'T HAVE THE TIME TO PARTICIPATE. IT IS TOTALLY APPROPRIATE FOR PEOPLE TO STOP PARTICIPATING AT SOME POINT, AND FOCUS ON GETTING ON WITH THEIR LIVES AND INTERESTS. A NUMBER OF STUDIES ON GRADUATES DEMONSTRATE THE VALUE THEY RECEIVED KEEPS ON BEING OF VALUE IN THEIR LIVES EVEN AFTER THEY STOP PARTICIPATING, AND THAT THEY CONTINUE TO GROW ON THE FOUNDATION THAT THEY CREATED FOR THEMSELVES OUT OF THEIR PARTICIPATION.
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YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO LOOKING FOR LOVE WHEN IT IS WHERE YOU COME FROM.
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WE ALL HAVE RELATIONSHIPS, AND IF YOU CAN COMPLETE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PARENTS, YOU CAN HAVE INCREDIBLE RELATIONSHIPS, MAGICAL RELATIONSHIPS, MIRACULOUS RELATIONSHIPS.
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WHAT YOU RESIST PERSISTS.
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IN THIS CONVERSATION WE DISCOVER ANOTHER POSSIBILITY: LIVING IN A WAY, NOW, MOMENT TO MOMENT, THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO LIFE. WE DISCOVER THAT AS HUMAN BEINGS WE CAN LIVE IN A POSSIBILITY INSTEAD OF IN WHAT WE HAVE INHERITED, THAT INSTEAD OF JUST BEING A HUMAN BEING BECAUSE WE WERE BORN THAT WAY, WE CAN DECLARE THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING FOR HUMAN BEINGS. THIS IS THE WORK OF TRANSFORMATION: BRINGING FORTH A BREAKTHROUGH IN THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING HUMAN. WHAT WE CREATE TOGETHER IS A RELATIONSHIP IN WHICH OUR WORK CAN SHOW UP AS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES. I WELCOME THE UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO WORK GLOBALLY ON THAT WHICH CONCERNS US ALL AS HUMAN BEINGS.
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DISTINCTIONS HAVE A SHORT HALF LIFE, AND NEED TO BE RECREATED FROM TIME TO TIME.
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MASTERY IS NOT ABOUT BEING IN AN AESTHETIC PLACE OF LOVE AND KINDNESS. THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING OF MASTERY. MASTERY IS ABOUT HAVING THE WORLD SHOWING UP AS IT IS. AND 'I' IS JUST ANOTHER PIECE IN THE WORLD.
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IT'S MUCH EASIER TO RIDE THE HORSE IN THE DIRECTION HE'S GOING.
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THE ONE THING I'M CLEAR ABOUT IS EVERYONE IS CAPABLE OF BEING GREAT. NOT COMPARED TO SOMEONE ELSE. I MEAN GREAT FOR YOURSELF. I'M COMMITTED TO YOU REALIZING YOU'RE GREAT.
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WHO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAY "I" IS NOT YOU. IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT SHOWS UP FOR YOU.
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MASTERY IS WHEN WHAT'S THERE IS ALL THAT'S THERE.
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I IS NOT ME. IT'S SIMPLY SOMETHING THAT SHOWS UP FOR ME. BE OPEN TO THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING WITH THIS THING CALLED "I" SO YOU'RE MOVED TO TEARS BY IT. YOU CAN'T MASTER LIFE UNTIL YOU MASTER I.
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THE PATHWAY TO HAVING ISN'T WANTING. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING, YOU NEED TO HAVE A DIFFERENT RELATIONSHIP WITH IT OTHER THAN WANTING IT, IN ORDER TO HAVE IT.
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HERE IS WHERE IT IS. NOW IS WHEN IT IS. YOU ARE WHAT IT IS. CELEBRATE!
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WHAT WE WANT TO GET TO IS TO HAVE THE AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE OF LOVE, KINDNESS, AND JOY BECOME ORDINARY.
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THE GATES TO THE TEMPLE OF TRUTH ARE GUARDED BY TWO DRAGONS: PARADOX AND CONFUSION.
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WHAT I MEAN BY 'PATTERNED BEHAVIOR' IS ONE'S HABITUAL WAY OF REPRESENTING ONESELF, OFTEN THOUGHT OF AS 'JUST THE WAY I AM'.
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WHILE NO ONE WANTS TO BE THE FIRST TO SAY IT, WHO EACH OF US IS AND THE FUNDAMENTAL CHOICES EACH OF US MAKES IN LIFE, SEEM TO MATTER VERY LITTLE. EVEN ACTS OF GREAT COURAGE AND INTELLIGENCE, WHILE ADMIRABLE AND EVEN INSPIRING, EXIST IN SHARP CONTRAST TO THE APPARENT UNWORKABILITY OF THE WORLD AT LARGE. OUR GREATEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT, WALKING ON THE MOON, WHILE GALVANIZING THE WORLD FOR A MOMENT, DID NOT FUNDAMENTALLY ALTER PEOPLE'S EXPERIENCE OF THEIR ABILITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES AND IN THE WORLD. SOMETIME AROUND NOW - IT MAY HAVE HAPPENED FIVE YEARS AGO OR FIFTY YEARS AGO, BUT SOMETIME AROUND NOW  - THE RULES FOR LIVING SUCCESSFULLY ON EARTH SHIFTED, AND AN OPPORTUNITY, UNSEEN BEFORE, BEGAN TO REVEAL ITSELF. THIS OPPORTUNITY IS A CONTEXT - A PARTICULAR SPACE OR PARADIGM, A WAY OF BEING - WHICH UNEXPECTEDLY CREATES THE POSSIBILITY FOR A PERSON'S LIFE TO TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IN THIS CONTEXT, THE WAY EACH OF US ANSWERS THE QUESTION 'WHAT IS MY LIFE REALLY GOING TO BE ABOUT?' CAN LITERALLY ALTER THE COURSE OF HUMANITY. THE POSSIBILITY TO CREATE THE CONTEXT IN WHICH PEOPLE'S LIVES REALLY MATTER IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE MOST PROFOUND OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE TO ANYONE, EVER.
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YOU AND I GO THROUGH LIFE, AND YOU'D BE SURPRISED HOW MUCH OF THE TIME IN LIFE THE QUESTION "HOW CAN I LIVE AND HAVE INTEGRITY AT THE SAME TIME?" IS PRESENT. IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE WITH INTEGRITY. USUALLY THERE SEEMS TO BE A CONFLICT BETWEEN INTEGRITY AND LIVING. THE FACT IS YOU GIVE UP YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU COMPROMISE INTEGRITY.
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QUICK! GET ON WITH IT! LIFE IS ALMOST OVER!
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POWER DOESN'T COME FROM KNOWLEDGE. WHAT PEOPLE KNOW DOESN'T MAKE THEM POWERFUL. IT'S BEING PRESENT TO WHAT YOU'RE DEALING WITH THAT GIVES YOU POWER.
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NOTHING HAPPENS UNTIL SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING.
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OUR WORK IS NOT A CLASS IN PHILOSOPHY. IT'S NOT A THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION NOR IS IT A DISCUSSION ABOUT HISTORY OR ANTHROPOLOGY OR SOCIOLOGY. ITS INTENTION IS TO LITERALLY IMPACT, LIKE BREAK OPEN, LIKE EMPOWER US IN OUR EVERYDAY BEING IN THE WORLD.
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TODAY REALLY IS A DAY FOR MIRACLES. AND IT'S NOTHING THAT I'M GOING TO DO. IT'S THAT I'VE REALLY GOTTEN TO KNOW YOU. MAN, I REALLY KNOW YOU! AND I AM ABSOLUTELY COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY BY WHO YOU ARE. I AM SO DEEPLY AND COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH YOU THAT IT'S PUT ME INTO A SPACE OF ECSTASY, AND IT'S ALL I WANT TO DO IS TO SHARE THAT EXPERIENCE WITH YOU TODAY.
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WHATEVER COMPETENCE I MAY HAVE COMES FROM MY HAVING TRAINED MYSELF TO BE OUT THERE WITH WHAT I AM DEALING WITH INSTEAD OF BEING IN HERE TRYING TO DEAL WITH WHAT IS OUT THERE.
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I DO NOT PUT WHAT I THINK I KNOW FROM MY LEARNING AND EXPERIENCE AS A LENS BETWEEN ME AND WHAT I AM DEALING WITH. I KEEP WHAT I KNOW, SO TO SPEAK, ABOVE THE SPACE BETWEEN ME AND WHAT I AM DEALING WITH SO THAT IT SHINES SOME LIGHT ON WHAT I AM DEALING WITH RATHER THAN BEING A FILTER.
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HOW CAN SOMEONE WHO IS DOROTHY ESCAPE FROM DOROTHY? YOU CANNOT DO THAT BY TRAVELING IN SPACE AND TIME.
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I DO LIVE IN A MONASTERY. MY MONASTERY IS THE WHOLE WORLD.
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MOST PEOPLE DON'T MAKE ANY DISTINCTION BETWEEN AN EXPERIENCE AND A MEMORY OF AN EXPERIENCE. THEY TREAT THEM BOTH THE SAME. AND WHAT'S WORSE IS THEY DON'T KNOW THEY TREAT THEM BOTH THE SAME. THAT'S CALLED BLINDNESS. TO NOT KNOW IS ONE THING. TO NOT KNOW THAT YOU DON'T KNOW, THAT'S TRAGIC.
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IN THE WORK OF TRANSFORMATION, THE EPISTEMOLOGY IS ALTERED FROM A WELL-CONCEIVED BELIEF SYSTEM TO SOMETHING OTHER THAN BELIEF, TO A CONTEXT IN WHICH ONE IS SENSITIVE TO THE DANGERS OF ANY AND ALL BELIEF SYSTEMS.
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I SUSPECT ALL CODIFICATIONS, PARTICULARLY MY OWN. IN PRESENTING MY OWN IDEAS, I EMPHASIZE THEIR EPISTEMOLOGICAL CONTEXT. I HOLD THEM AS POINTERS TO THE TRUTH, NOT AS THE TRUTH ITSELF.
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YOU AND I POSSESS WITHIN OURSELVES, AT EVERY MOMENT OF OUR LIVES, UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, THE POWER TO TRANSFORM THE QUALITY OF OUR LIVES.
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WHAT IS IT TO BE A HUMAN BEING? WHAT'S THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING FOR HUMAN BEINGS?
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IF YOU KEEP SWITCHING THE CHEESE, EVENTUALLY THE RAT LAYS DOWN IN FRONT OF THE TUNNELS AND DIES.
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THERE IS NO "THE ANSWERS".
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IF YOU DON'T TAKE IT OUT INTO THE WORLD, YOU DIDN'T GET IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.
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TRANSFORMATION ISN'T EASY. IF TRANSFORMATION WERE EASY, THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD BE TRANSFORMED BY NOW.
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THE USE OF FORCE IS THE NEGATION OF POWER. THE PERSON YOU REFER TO WHEN YOU SAY 'I', THAT PERSON'S WEAPON IS FORCE. WHATEVER YOU ARE OTHER THAN THE THING CALLED 'I', THAT'S POWER.
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YOU NEED TO GET CLEAR THE UNIVERSE DOESN'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT.
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I SAW THAT EVERYTHING WAS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT. IT WAS  ALRIGHT; IT ALWAYS HAD BEEN ALRIGHT; IT ALWAYS WOULD BE ALRIGHT - NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED. I DIDN'T JUST THINK THIS: SUDDENLY I KNEW  IT. NOT ONLY WAS I NO LONGER CONCERNED ABOUT SUCCESS; I WAS NO LONGER EVEN CONCERNED ABOUT ACHIEVING  SATISFACTION. I WAS SATISFIED. I WAS NO LONGER CONCERNED WITH MY REPUTATION; I WAS CONCERNED ONLY WITH THE TRUTH.
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THERE WON'T BE AN EARTHQUAKE BECAUSE I SAY THERE WON'T BE AN EARTHQUAKE. AND IF I CHANGE MY MIND, YOU'LL KNOW BECAUSE YOU'LL HEAR THE RUMBLE.
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AS STUPID AS IT SOUNDS, IT'S TRUE THERE'S A SENSE OF JOY WITH SIMPLY BEING WITH WHAT'S THERE.
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TRANSFORMATION SHOWS UP IN MY MOUTH.
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I WANT YOU TO LOOK OUT FROM THE POSSIBILITY THAT OUR WORK, THAT OUR RELATIONSHIPS, THAT OUR FAMILIES, THAT OUR BELIEFS, THAT OUR WANTS AND DON'T WANTS HAVE US, RATHER THAN THE OTHER WAY AROUND.
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FOR ME THIS IS A PRACTICAL MATTER. INSTEAD OF HAVING THE ANSWER ABOUT GOD LIKE SOME GUY OR SOME THING OR SOME EXPLANATION OR SOME ANYTHING, I HAVE A SPACE OF POSSIBILITY LIKE AN OPENNESS, LIKE A PLACE FOR GOD TO SHOW UP IN MY LIFE.
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THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE IS MY GURU.
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BUT THAT IS LIKE SAYING THAT THE HOLE IN THE SAND LOOKS LIKE THE STICK THAT YOU MADE THE HOLE IN THE SAND WITH. HOLES IN THE SAND AND STICKS ARE WORLDS APART. TO PUT WHAT HAPPENED INTO LANGUAGE WOULD BE LIKE TRYING TO DESCRIBE A STICK BY TELLING YOU ABOUT THE HOLE IN THE SAND.
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WHAT IF LOVE WAS A CONTEXT, A SPACE, A CLEARING IN WHICH LIFE SHOWS UP? WHAT IF LOVE WAS A STAND, A DECLARATION? WHAT IF YOU WERE YOUR WORD AND YOU SAID "I LOVE YOU" TO SOMEBODY?
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IT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN READING A BOOK ON RIDING A BICYCLE, SITTING ON A BICYCLE AND FALLING OFF ABOUT TWENTY OR THIRTY TIMES, AND THAT MOMENT WHEN IT ALL KIND OF CLICKS, AND SUDDENLY YOU CAN BALANCE ON A BICYCYLE.
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LIFE IS A GAME. IN ORDER TO HAVE A GAME, SOMETHING HAS TO BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN SOMETHING ELSE. IF WHAT ALREADY IS, IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT ISN'T, THE GAME IS OVER. SO LIFE IS A GAME IN WHICH WHAT ISN'T IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT IS. LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL.
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THANK YOU FOR COMMUNICATING. I GOT IT TOTALLY AND I LOVE YOU ABSOLUTELY.
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CREATION IS A MATTER OF DISTINCTION.
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TALK ISN'T CHEAP: YOU CHEAPEN TALK.
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I'M INVITING YOU TO STAND IN THE POSSIBILITY, LIKE A SPACE, LIKE AN OPENING, LIKE A CLEARING, THAT YOU DON'T HAVE NEEDS. NEEDS HAVE YOU.
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TO DO NOTHING MEANS TO DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE DOING. THAT'S THE WAY TO DO NOTHING. IF YOU DO WHAT YOU'RE NOT DOING, THAT'S DOING SOMETHING. IF YOU STOP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING, THAT'S DOING SOMETHING. BUT DOING EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE DOING - THAT'S DOING NOTHING.
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A MIRACLE IS SOMETHING THAT VALIDATES WHO YOU ARE RATHER THAN DIMINISHES WHO YOU ARE.
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THE OPERATING IMPERATIVE OF THE MIND IS 'EVERYTHING IS THE SAME AS EVERYTHING ELSE ... EXCEPT NOT ALWAYS.'.
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ALWAYS BE OPEN TO BEING RELATED TO EVERYONE YOU HAVE BEEN RELATED TO.
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I AM COMMITTED TO THAT THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT WHICH HUMAN BEINGS ARE UNAWARE, THE AWARENESS OF WHICH WOULD TRANSFORM LIFE FOR HUMAN BEINGS.
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YOU AND I HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATING AT A COACHING LEVEL, NOT AN EXPLANATORY LEVEL. I'M NOT INTERESTED IN EXPLANATION. IT'S NOT MY FIELD. MY FIELD IS NOT EXPLANATION. IT'S GENERATION. MY FIELD IS COACHING, NOT JOURNALIZING.
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HUMAN BEINGS DID NOT HAVE RIGHTS. YOU AND I DON'T KNOW THAT HUMAN BEINGS CREATED, FROM NOTHING, THE DOMAIN OF HUMAN RIGHTS. THEY CALLED IT UP. THEY LANGUAGED IT. THEY COMMUNICATED IT. AND COMMUNICATION HAS THAT POWER. IT HAS THE POWER NOT ONLY TO REPRESENT AND NOT ONLY TO EVOKE BUT LITERALLY TO BRING INTO BEING. AND TO KNOW YOURSELF ... TO KNOW YOUR SELF  ... AS A CONTEXT CREATOR IS TO TRANSFORM THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE.
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THE ACCESS TO LIFE AS IT IS LIVED IS SOMETHING CALLED WONDER. THE PROCESS IS TO BRACKET WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND THINK, TO PUT IT ASIDE, AND STAND IN WONDER OF WHAT YOU'RE DEALING WITH AS IT IS LIVED.
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LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE TALKED ABOUT TAKING THAT STEP INTO THE UNKNOWN. TAKING THAT STEP INTO THE UNKNOWN IS ACTUALLY A LOT LESS COURAGEOUS THAN TAKING A STEP FROM  THE UNKNOWN.
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ALL THAT'S HERE FOR ME IS YOU.
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HERE WE ARE WITH NOTHING GOING ON.
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THE WAY A SITUATION OCCURS FOR ME (SHOWS UP FOR ME) IS COLORED AND SHAPED BY MY CONTEXT FOR THAT SITUATION, AND MY WAY OF BEING AND ACTING ARE NATURALLY NECESSARILY CORRELATED WITH (IN‑A‑DANCE‑WITH) THE WAY THAT SITUATION OCCURS FOR ME.
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YOU CAN TAKE YOUR WORD BACK, AND WHAT YOU GET THEN IS YOUR OLD LIFE BACK.
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SUPPOSE YOU HAD NO PAST. THAT WOULD BE AN INTERESTING PLACE TO BE IN.
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IT'S ALL YOURS NOW.
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LIFE IS EMPTY AND MEANINGLESS, AND IT'S EMPTY AND MEANINGLESS THAT IT'S EMPTY AND MEANINGLESS.
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AN UNTRANSFORMED LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING.
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JUST LIKE THE FRONT AND THE BACK OF THE HAND, BEING AND ACTION ARE DISTINCT YET INSEPARABLE.
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BE DIRECTED BY THE UNANSWERED QUESTION. LET THE UNANSWERED QUESTION DIRECT YOU.
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HEALTH IS A FUNCTION OF PARTICIPATION.
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UNDERSTANDING IS THE BOOBY PRIZE.
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WITHOUT INTEGRITY NOTHING WORKS.
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KEEP SHARING.
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IF GOD TOLD YOU EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS YOU WERE TO DO, YOU WOULD BE HAPPY DOING IT NO MATTER WHAT IT WAS. WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO. BE HAPPY.
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TODAY IS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
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OPINIONS DON'T FORWARD THE ACTION.
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THINGS ARE THE WAY THEY ARE, AND THEY AREN'T THE WAY THEY AREN'T.
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JUST SHOW UP.
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THE OCCURRING WORLD INCLUDES THE WAY IN WHICH OBJECTS, OTHERS, AND YOU YOURSELF OCCUR FOR YOU IN THIS OR THAT SITUATION. THE OCCURRING WORLD IS THE WORLD YOU LIVE IN, THE ONE YOU RESPOND TO OR REACT TO. IT IS THIS WORLD WITH WHICH YOUR MIND, BODY, FEELINGS, AND ACTIONS ARE CORRELATED.
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THE SOURCE OF WHAT PEOPLE DO AND WHAT THEY DON'T DO IS THAT PEOPLE'S ACTIONS ARE IN A NATURALLY, NECESSARILY DIRECTLY CONNECTED DANCE WITH THE WAY THE CIRCUMSTANCES ON WHICH AND IN WHICH THEY ARE PERFORMING OCCUR  (SHOW UP) FOR THEM.
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IF YOU'RE GOING TO WRITE A BOOK THEN WRITE A BOOK. IF YOU'RE NOT THEN DON'T.
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WHAT IS IS, WHAT ISN'T ISN'T.
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THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS, OR IT DOESN'T.
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WHAT YOU GOT IS WHAT YOU CHOSE. TO MOVE ON, CHOOSE IT.
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THIS IS IT. THERE ARE NO HIDDEN MEANINGS. ALL THAT MYSTICAL IS JUST WHAT'S SO. A MASTER IS SOMEONE WHO FOUND OUT.
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I AM COMMITTED TO YOUR COMMITMENT.
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THERE ARE ONLY TWO THINGS IN THE WORLD: NOTHING, AND SEMANTICS.
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IT IS ULTIMATE EGO TO SUPPOSE THAT YOU CAN FUNCTION WITHOUT EGO. I SAW THAT I COULD LET MY EGO BE, AND THAT WHEN I DID SO, IT WOULD LET ME BE. IT WOULD NO LONGER IMPEDE ME. INSTEAD OF MY EGO'S RUNNING THE SHOW, I COULD RUN THE SHOW. IT WAS A MATTER OF MY BEING WILLING TO BE AT CAUSE WITH MY OWN EGO, TO HOLD IT AS SOMETHING THAT BELONGED TO ME, NOT TO RESIST OR TRY TO GET RID OF IT, NOT TO TRY TO PROVE THAT I DIDN'T HAVE ONE, NOR FALL INTO IT, SUBMIT TO IT, OR LET IT RUN ME. NOW THIS WAS A MATTER, IN PART, OF TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR JACK ROSENBERG AND FOR WERNER ERHARD. AND YET NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME, I COULD USE THAT PARTICULAR PERSONALITY, WERNER ERHARD, AS A MEANS OF EXPRESSION, AS A WAY TO EXPRESS THE SELF.
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BE. DO. HAVE.
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IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU GET CLEAR FOR YOURSELF THAT YOUR ONLY ACCESS TO IMPACTING LIFE IS ACTION. THE WORLD DOES NOT CARE WHAT YOU INTEND, HOW COMMITTED YOU ARE, HOW YOU FEEL, OR WHAT YOU THINK, AND CERTAINLY IT HAS NO INTEREST IN WHAT YOU WANT AND DON'T WANT. TAKE A LOOK AT LIFE AS IT IS LIVED AND SEE FOR YOURSELF THAT THE WORLD ONLY MOVES FOR YOU WHEN YOU ACT.
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YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WILL GIVE UP ANYTHING - THEIR JOBS, THEIR MONEY, THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR HEALTH - TO GET IT. ANYTHING EXCEPT THE ONE AND ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP IN ORDER TO GET IT: THE CONVICTION THAT YOU HAVEN'T GOT IT.
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THE PATH TO AUTHENTICITY IS BEING AUTHENTIC ABOUT YOUR INAUTHENTICITIES.
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THE BEING OF HUMAN BEINGS IS A MECHANISM, THE END OF WHICH, THE PURPOSE, THE DESIGN FUNCTION OF WHICH IS SURVIVAL. YOU SEE NOW, YOU CAN'T HEAR IT  BECAUSE YOU KNOW  IT'S GOING TO WORK OUT. YOU'RE JUST SURE  IT'S GOING TO WORK OUT. IT ISN'T GOING TO WORK OUT. REALLY! IT IS NOT  GOING TO WORK OUT. THIS IS ALL THERE IS. THIS, THIS WHAT YOU GOT, IS WHAT THERE IS - NEVER MIND THE FAIRY TALE. THIS IS IT!  IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK OUT BECAUSE IT HAS ALREADY WORKED OUT!  THIS IS THE WAY IT WORKED OUT. YOU DON'T LIKE  THAT? TOO BAD  ...
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STOP DOING THAT. JUST DO THE EXERCISE.
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LIKE UNCLE REMUS SAID, IF YOU CAN'S SAY SOMETHING GOOD, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL.
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IF IT IS TRUE THAT THE FUTURE INTO WHICH YOU ARE LIVING GIVES YOU BEING AND ACTION IN THE PRESENT, AND IF ONE PUTS THE PAST INTO THE FUTURE, IT WILL APPEAR AS THOUGH WHO I AM IN THE PRESENT IS GIVEN BY THE PAST.
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THIS IS WHERE A MASTER LIVES: OUT-HERE, LIVING WHERE LIFE ACTUALLY HAPPENS.
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THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS YOU CAN ONLY KNOW BY CREATING THEM FOR YOURSELF.
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YOU DON'T ASK "WHY ME?"  WHEN IT'S RAINING.
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IF GOD HAD MEANT MAN TO FLY, HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM WINGS.
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WHEN YOU'VE SAID ALL OF THE BAD THINGS AND ALL OF THE GOOD THINGS YOU HAVEN'T BEEN SAYING, YOU WILL FIND THAT WHAT YOU'VE REALLY BEEN WITHHOLDING IS "I LOVE YOU.".
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MY KNOWLEDGE IS LIKE A WALL OF BRICKS. EVERYTHING I KNOW IS A BRICK IN THE WALL, EACH GIVEN BY EVERY OTHER BRICK AND BY THE TOTALITY OF THE WALL ITSELF. IF SOMETHING NEW DOESN'T FIT WITH EVERY OTHER BRICK AND WITH THE TOTALITY OF THE WALL ITSELF, THEN IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.
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YOU HAVE TO BE BIG TO BE SMALL.
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CHOICE IS TO SELECT FREELY AND AFTER CONSIDERATION.
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TRANSFORMATION IS THE SPACE IN WHICH THE EVENT "TRANSFORMATION" OCCURS.
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GOD'S GREATEST WORK WASN'T CREATING THE UNIVERSE. IT WAS DISAPPEARING INTO IT AFTERWARDS.
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YOU'RE GOD IN YOUR UNIVERSE. YOU CAUSED IT. YOU PRETENDED NOT TO CAUSE IT SO THAT YOU COULD PLAY IN IT, AND YOU CAN REMEMBER YOU CAUSED IT ANY TIME YOU WANT TO.
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THERE IS NOTHING MUCH YOU CAN DO ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF YOUR LIFE. ONE THING THAT YOU HAVE ABSOLUTE CONTROL OVER IN YOUR LIFE IS THE CONTEXT FOR YOUR LIFE. WE HAVE ALMOST NO AWARENESS OF CONTEXT.
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PEOPLE GENERALLY ARE UNAWARE THAT THE COST OF THEIR OUT-OF-INTEGRITY BEHAVIOR IS A DIMINUTION OF THEMSELVES, I.E., THAT THEIR OUT-OF-INTEGRITY BEHAVIOR LEAVES THEM A SMALLER PERSON (LEAVES THEM WITH LESS POWER, AND THEREFORE WITH THE NEED FOR MORE FORCE).
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TO TAKE THE STAND THAT YOU ARE CAUSE IN THE MATTER CONTRASTS WITH IT BEING YOUR FAULT, OR THAT YOU FAILED, OR THAT YOU ARE TO BLAME, OR EVEN THAT YOU DID IT. THAT YOU ARE THE CAUSE OF EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE IS A PLACE TO STAND FROM WHICH TO VIEW AND DEAL WITH LIFE - A PLACE THAT EXISTS SOLELY AS A MATTER OF YOUR CHOICE. THE STAND THAT ONE IS CAUSE IN THE MATTER IS A DECLARATION, NOT AN ASSERTION OF FACT. IT SIMPLY SAYS, "YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (AND, I CAN COUNT ON ME) TO LOOK AT AND DEAL WITH LIFE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF MY BEING CAUSE IN THE MATTER." WHEN YOU HAVE TAKEN THE STAND (DECLARED) THAT YOU ARE CAUSE IN THE MATTER OF YOUR LIFE, IT MEANS THAT YOU GIVE UP THE RIGHT TO ASSIGN CAUSE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES, OR TO OTHERS. THAT IS YOU GIVE UP THE RIGHT TO BE A VICTIM. YOU ALSO GIVE UP THE RIGHT TO ASSIGN CAUSE TO THE WAXING AND WANING OF YOUR STATE OF MIND - ALL OF WHICH, WHILE UNDOUBTEDLY SOOTHING, LEAVE YOU HELPLESS (AT THE EFFECT OF). AT THE SAME TIME TAKING THIS STAND DOES NOT PREVENT YOU FROM HOLDING OTHERS RESPONSIBLE.
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TRANSFORMATION IS BEING IN A CONVERSATION FOR TRANSFORMATION. WHEN YOU ARE NO LONGER IN A CONVERSATION FOR TRANSFORMATION, YOU ARE NO LONGER TRANSFORMED.
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REINVENTING YOURSELF INTO AN IMPOSSIBLE FUTURE DOESN'T ALTER HOW LIFE TURNS OUT. IT ALTERS WHO YOU ARE BEING AND WHAT IS AVAILABLE, WHILE LIFE TURNS OUT THE WAY IT DOES.
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THE ONLY THING YOU ARE GOING TO DO TODAY, IS WHAT YOU DO TODAY.
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BY TAKING A STAND ON YOURSELF AS OUT‑HERE, YOU WILL ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE YOURSELF BEING OUT‐HERE, AND INTERACTING WITH LIFE WHERE LIFE ACTUALLY HAPPENS. THAT IS THE STAND THAT A MASTER TAKES ON HIMSELF OR HERSELF, AND THAT IS WHAT ALLOWS AN ORDINARY PERSON TO FUNCTION AS A MASTER. IT IS FROM THIS STAND THAT A MASTER ENCOUNTERS LIFE. IT IS FROM THIS STAND THAT A MASTER EXPERIENCES, COMPREHENDS, AND UNDERSTANDS LIFE. IT IS FROM THIS STAND THAT A MASTER INTERACTS WITH LIFE. AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES A MASTER A MASTER.
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WHAT I MEAN BY "BEING COMMITTED TO SOMETHING BIGGER THAN ONESELF" IS BEING COMMITTED IN A WAY THAT SHAPES ONE'S BEING AND ACTIONS SO THAT THOSE ACTIONS ARE IN THE SERVICE OF REALIZING SOMETHING BEYOND ONE'S PERSONAL CONCERNS FOR ONESELF - BEYOND A DIRECT PERSONAL PAYOFF.
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PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO GIVE UP ANYTHING TO GET ENLIGHTENED. YOU AND I BOTH KNOW PEOPLE WHO'VE GIVEN UP WEALTH, GIVEN UP JOBS, FAMILIES, THEIR HEALTH, GIVE UP TALKING, GIVE UP SEX, GIVE UP YOU NAME IT, THEY WILL GIVE IT UP. THERE'S ONLY ONE THING PEOPLE WILL NOT GIVE UP TO GET ENLIGHTENED. THEY WILL DO EVERYTHING THEY KNOW TO HOLD ON TO THIS THING THAT THEY WILL NOT GIVE UP NO MATTER WHAT. THE ONE THING PEOPLE WILL NOT GIVE UP TO GET ENLIGHTENED IS THE IDEA THAT THEY'RE NOT ENLIGHTENED.
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ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I AM SURE ABOUT IS THAT EVERY ONE OF US, IN THE PROCESS OF GROWING UP, DECIDES THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN NEVER BE. AND THEN WE DECIDE WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BE TO COMPENSATE FOR WHAT WE CAN NEVER BE.
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I DON'T BELIEVE IN WHAT I'M DOING AT ALL. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO BELIEF IN WHAT I'M DOING. I ALREADY KNOW HOW IT'S GOING TO TURN OUT. THE WAY IT TURNS OUT IS FAIT ACCOMPLI. I MEAN THERE'S NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT THE WAY IT TURNS OUT. I KNOW EXACTLY HOW IT'S GOING TO TURN OUT. YOU KNOW, IT'S GOING TO TURN OUT EXACTLY LIKE IT TURNS OUT. IT'S BEEN DOING THAT FOR EONS. SO YOU SAY 'BUT THEN WERNER: WHAT'S YOUR MOTIVE? WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ALL THOSE HOURS FOR?'. I'M NOT MOTIVATED. THERE ISN'T ANY MOTIVE. THERE'S NO DAMN VISION MOTIVATING ME. YOU KNOW, IF I STOPPED DOING IT TOMORROW, IT WOULDN'T MAKE A DAMN BIT OF DIFFERENCE. AND IF I KEEP DOING IT RIGHT TO THE END, IT WON'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE. THE ONLY THING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS WHAT HAPPENS. BUT THAT DOESN'T FIT INTO OUR STRUCTURE. THAT DOESN'T FIT INTO OUR CATEGORIES.
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WORDS MEAN THINGS, LIKE THEY'RE NUMBERS: IF YOU ADD NUMBERS TOGETHER YOU GET ANSWERS, IF YOU ADD WORDS TOGETHER YOU GET ANSWERS, IF YOU ADD THE WRONG WORDS TOGETHER YOU GET THE WRONG ANSWERS.
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WHAT EST  IS ABOUT IS TRANSFORMATION. EST  IS ABOUT THE SELF BEING SELF. AND ONE OF THE THINGS YOU UNCOVER OR DISCOVER OR RECOVER WHEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOU ARE YOUR SELF IS THAT ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY IS THEMSELF, AND THAT YOU CAN'T GET TRANSFORMED BECAUSE IN ORDER TO GET TRANSFORMED YOU'D HAVE TO BE NOT TRANSFORMED, AND IF YOU'RE NOT TRANSFORMED YOU CAN NEVER BE TRANSFORMED BECAUSE TRANSFORMATION DOESN'T HAVE A BEGINNING, MIDDLE OR END.
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WE HUMAN BEINGS, WE'RE KIND OF WIRED TO BE ADMIRED. WE WANT TO LOOK GOOD. WE WANT PEOPLE TO THINK WELL OF US. AND SO WE TRY TO BE AUTHENTIC. WE TRY TO BE REAL WITH EACH OTHER BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT EVERYBODY KNOWS IS ADMIRED BY OTHERS, IS IF YOU'RE AUTHENTIC - IF YOU'RE KIND OF A PHONY, YOU KNOW NOBODY'S GOING TO ADMIRE YOU. SO WE WANT TO BE AUTHENTIC. THE BEGINNING OF ALL AUTHENTICITY IS TO BE AUTHENTIC ABOUT YOUR INAUTHENTICITY. AND THAT'S HOW YOU START TO GET AN HONEST VIEW OF YOURSELF.
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YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB HOLDING DOWN THE FLOOR, SWEETHEART!
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PEOPLE WHO ARE AT THE EFFECT OF TIME, PEOPLE WHO CAN'T CREATE TIME, PEOPLE WHO CAN'T MANAGE TIME, PEOPLE WHO CAN'T MOVE TIME AROUND, PEOPLE WHO CAN'T HANDLE TIME, PEOPLE WHO ARE OVERWHELMED BY TIME, HAVE NO MASTERY AND NO BASIS FOR MASTERY. THE BASIS FOR MASTERY IN THE WORLD IS BEING ABLE TO HANDLE TIME.
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ACTION IS ALWAYS A CLOSELY CONNECTED NATURAL CORRELATE OF (MUTUALLY ARISING WITH) THE WAY IN WHICH THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THE PERFORMER IS DEALING WITH OCCUR FOR (ARE EXPERIENCED BY) THAT PERFORMER. THIS CORRELATION BETWEEN ACTION AND THE WAY IN WHICH THE CIRCUMSTANCES OCCUR FOR THE PERFORMER IS THE SOURCE OF PERFORMANCE. BECAUSE THE WAY IN WHICH THE CIRCUMSTANCES OCCUR FOR THE PERFORMER IS AT LEAST SHAPED BY LANGUAGE, AND IS IN ANY CASE ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE THROUGH LANGUAGE, LANGUAGE PROVIDES ACTIONABLE ACCESS TO THE SOURCE OF PERFORMANCE. WHEN THROUGH THE USE OF LANGUAGE THE OCCURRING IS ALTERED, THE CORRELATED ACTION (AND THEREFORE PERFORMANCE) IS ALTERED.
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HAPPINESS IS ALMOST NOT WORTH TALKING ABOUT BECAUSE THE INSTANT YOU TURN HAPPINESS INTO A GOAL, IT ISN'T ATTAINABLE ANY MORE. IN OTHER WORDS, HAPPINESS ISN'T SOMETHING YOU CAN WORK TOWARDS. IT ISN'T SOMETHING YOU CAN PUT SOMEPLACE AND OVERCOME BARRIERS TO GET TO. IT IS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN AN INSTANT. AND THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT YOU CAN ALTER YOUR STATE OF HAPPINESS BY SIMPLY CHOOSING TO BE WILLING TO HAVE IT BE THE WAY IT IS.
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EVERYONE'S IN LOVE WITH EVERYONE.
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Latest -V: I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU. WHAT I WANT YOU TO KNOW IS THAT I KNOW YOU LOVE ME.
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Latest -IV: A PERSON OR HUMAN ENTITY IS IN INTEGRITY WHEN HE, SHE OR IT HONORS THEIR WORD. WHETHER YOU LIKE  INTEGRITY OR NOT AS WE HAVE DEFINED IT, IS A NORMATIVE  VALUE JUDGMENT ON YOUR PART. HOWEVER, THE EFFECT  OF INTEGRITY (OR THE LACK OF IT) ON VALUE, PRODUCTIVITY, QUALITY OF LIFE ETC, IS A PURELY POSITIVE PROPOSITION.
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Latest -III: WITHOUT BEING A MAN OR WOMAN OF INTEGRITY YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT BEING A LEADER. AND, BEING A PERSON OF INTEGRITY IS A NEVER-ENDING ENDEAVOR. BEING A PERSON OF INTEGRITY IS A MOUNTAIN WITH NO TOP - YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO LOVE THE CLIMB.
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Latest -II: THIS IS OUR HOME, OUR LIVING ROOM. WE INVITE YOU IN, WELCOME YOU TO USE IT AND MAKE IT YOUR OWN FOR AS LONG AS YOU LIKE. THERE IS NO EFFORT NECESSARY TO GET YOU IN. OUR SURVIVAL IS IN NO WAY DEPENDENT ON YOUR BEING IN. THERE IS ONLY THE INTENTION TO COMMUNICATE THE INVITATION CLEARLY AND TO DISPLAY THE WELCOME MAT CLEARLY. IF YOU PASS BY OR CHOOSE TO LEAVE, DO SO WITH OUR BLESSINGS, GOOD WISHES AND SUPPORT.
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Latest -I: IF A NEW CONTEXT IS REQUIRED, THAT IS, IF A FUTURE BEYOND WHAT IS POSSIBLE GIVEN BY THE PAST IS REQUIRED, THAT IS, IF DOING MORE OR BETTER OR DIFFERENT, OR EVEN CHANGING, IS INSUFFICIENT TO REALIZING SUCCESS (FULFILLING THE CONCERNS OF THE RELEVANT PARTIES), THEN WITHOUT LEADERSHIP, WHATEVER GETS DONE WILL RESULT IN SOMETHING LESS THAN SUCCESS. WITHOUT A NEW CONTEXT, THAT IS WITHOUT A "TRANSFORMATION" OF THE FUTURE INTO WHICH YOU AND THE PEOPLE YOU ARE LEADING ARE LIVING, THE FUTURE WHEN REALIZED WILL BE MORE OF THE SAME. IT MAY BE BETTER, DIFFERENT, OR EVEN A CHANGE, BUT NO MATTER WHAT THE VARIATION, IT WILL STILL BE MORE OF THE PAST. REMEMBER, THE CONTEXT IS DECISIVE.
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LATEST: UNTIL WHAT IS SIGNIFICANT IS CREATED BY YOU, YOU AREN'T LIVING YOUR LIFE, YOU ARE LIVING SOME INHERITED LIFE.
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