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."  ... 

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 will share it with you). That's its nature. Transformation lives in the sharing of it. If you've 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 "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 who've been certified by Werner's introduction leaders' program to introduce people to Werner's work, are rigorous. The proof of their efficiency is that introductory events work ongoingly and just as powerfully as when Werner's leading 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're certified to lead Werner's introductory events, that's good enough for me. My own measures aren't required. If they've been certified, they're up to the job - I've proved that for myself 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 an osmosis, like a direct experience. Recreating being the way he be's, then being that way in front of an audience, 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. That's the way I was being, that 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 spoke louder than words, a way of being which naturally enrolled him in the possibility of being transformed. That's what Werner's work provides at introductory events: a portal to every person's unique possibility of being transformed. For introduction leaders, as well as for the people they enroll, as an opportunity to serve the higher good? It's arguably the only game in town.

So outside of what was spoken and the format of the introductory event itself, what exactly was it that I had (in his view) which, even without understanding it, he wanted? If explaining  transformation wasn't it (I stay away from explaining it because doing so seems only to damage it), what way of my being  in his view was it that could have been so perfecly enrolling, so much so that whatever I had, he wanted it? Be careful: wanting it, is a bit like wanting to own the quality a butterfly has which makes it so attractive, yet which once owned, no longer exists ... and that's its freedom.

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