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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"Whatever You've Got, I Want It"

Veterans Memorial Park, Napa, California, USA

October 27, 2020

"If you don't take it out into the world, you didn't get it in the first place."  ... 
This essay, "Whatever You've Got, I Want It", is the companion piece to The Friends Of The Landmark Forum In South Africa.

It's almost a truism to say that the way you got transformation (or the way you'll get transformation) is someone shared it with you (or someone will share it with you). Yet that is its nature. Transformation lives in the sharing / speaking of it. If you got it, you'll share it. Look: if you say you got it and you don't share it, you didn't get it in the first place. In 1979 I went to South Africa and led the first series of ten guest seminars there, enrolling the first one thousand people, inexorably starting Werner's work there. At the end of one of those seminars which I led at the Newlands Hotel in Cape Town, an Afrikaner  man came up to me in the front of the room and, in a thick "boer" accent, said this to me: "You spoke for an hour. I didn't understand anything you said. Whatever you've got, I want it.".

"Whatever you've got, I  ... want  ... it.". That's both evidence and confirmation of an almost perfect  introductory enrollment. The measures set to be met by people being certified by Werner's introduction leaders program to introduce people to Werner's work, are rigorous. And the proof of their efficiency is that introductory events work ongoingly and almost as powerfully as when Werner leads them himself. These days I've killed off a racket I used to run on people I'd not met before, who've been certified to be introduction leaders: I wanted to assertain ie to make certain  that they met my  measures for being an introduction leader. I've given that up. I've gotten that if they're leading Werner's introductory events ie if they've been certified to lead Werner's introductory events, that's now proof enough for me. My own measures aren't required. If they've been certified, they're up to the job - they've proved that to me now, beyond any shadow of doubt time and time and time again.

Speaking for myself (and only for myself), what I got which allowed me to successfully lead the first series of ten guest events in South Africa, didn't come from being certified by the introduction leaders program, to lead introductory events. What I got, I got entirely from being around Werner - like osmosis, like a direct experience. Recreating being that way he be's, then being that way in front of the audiences, was magically and unerringly enrolling. And what I spoke and its format, while also critical, was only secondary. Being that way, I could have read the telephone book or the dictionary in front of them, and it would have worked just as well. It was the way I was being, which the man with the accent (and everyone else) got. That's what he was responding to and requesting when he said "Whatever you've got, I want it.". It was that  way of being which he got. It was that way of being he wanted, a way of being which speaks louder than words, a way of being which naturally enrolls people in the possibility of being transformed. What Werner's work makes available at introductory events is gaping portals for every person's unique possibility of being transformed. For introduction leaders, as well as for the people they enroll, it's the opportunity to serve the higher good. Arguably it's the only game in town.

So outside of what was spoken, and outside of the format of the introductory event itself, what exactly was it that I've got (in his view) which, even without understanding it, he wanted? If explaining  transformation didn't do it for him (and I stay away from explaining it because doing so only seems to obfuscate it), what way of my being  in his view was it that could have been so perfectly enrolling, so much so that whatever I've got, he wanted it? Be careful: wanting to own that, is a bit like wanting to own the quality a butterfly has which makes it so attractive in the first place, yet which once owned, no longer exists ... and that's its freedom. The way I was being which he wanted, was "free to be, and free to act". That's language Werner actually only invented recently. Nevertheless however you designate it, it's who I was being at the time. It's who people want to be. It's who inexorably enrolled him. It works if you create it for yourself. It doesn't if you covet it in another.

He saw what it was, and he wanted it without understanding what it was he was seeing. That's the osmosis, the direct experience of thrilling, enrolled transformation.

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