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“Human beings did not have rights.  Human beings created, from nothing, the domain of human rights.  They called it up. They languaged it.  They communicated it.  Communication has that power.  It has the power not only to represent and not only to evoke, but literally to bring something into being.   And to know yourself, to know your self, as a context creator,  is to transform the quality of your life.”

-Werner Erhard

Your power is a function of velocity, that is to say, your power is a function of the rate at which you translate intention into reality.  Most of us disempower ourselves by finding a way to slow, impede, or make more complex than necessary the process of translating intention into reality. http://wernererhard.com/cuttingedge.html

“One of the fundamental aspects of unworkability in the world is time. That’s the first lie. That’s the beginning of the end of the truth. Time. You need to master time to have any mastery in the world. 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. So what we have is an enormous opportunity to create a context in an environment of workability. And that environment is generated out of a mastery of time.”  Read More

– Werner Erhard

“Transformation is not an event. It doesn’t have the properties of things or experiences. It has no position, no location in time, no beginning, no middle, and no end. It doesn’t look like anything or feel like anything. You could say it’s a shift in the basis of experience from self as point of view or from self as direct experience to self as self, or self as simply being.

True transformation is the recovery by the self of the generating principles with which self creates the self. Transformation is self as self – the space in which being occurs, or to put it another way it is the being of abstraction or the context which the being of abstraction is.”

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From Epistemological And Contextual Contributions of est to General Systems Theory, presented by Werner Erhard to the symposium on Evolving Trends in General Systems Theory and the Future of the Family,   Opatija, Yugoslavia, 5 October 1976

“The only two things in our lives are aliveness and patterns that block our aliveness.”

-Werner Erhard

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Werner Erhard Kyoto 2010

“We can choose to be audacious enough to take responsibility for the entire human family.  We can choose to make our love for the world what our lives are really about. Each of us has the opportunity, the privilege, to make a difference in creating a world that works for all of us.  It will require courage, audacity and heart.  It is much more radical than a revolution – it is the beginning of a transformation in the quality of life on our planet.  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.

If not you, who?
If not now, when?
If not here, where?”

“Love is granting another the space to be the way they are and the way they are not.”

“Love is the experience that someone’s all right the way they are. It’s not all the garbage. This thing about songs and all that survival stuff. All the stuff you talk about. What love actually is, is the experience that someone else is all right exactly the way they are. To love somebody you have to choose for them to be the way they are. Exactly.”

Read a talk given by Werner Erhard on the Experience of Love in 1973

Living is really pretty simple. Living happens right now; it doesn’t happen back then, and it doesn’t happen out there. Living is not the story of your life. Living is the process of experiencing right now.

Thinking about right now, figuring it out, perceiving it, arguing, reading about or believing anything about right now – none of these produce any certainty about living.

When you get beyond the symbols and beliefs about now, beyond thinking about it, beyond efforting or working at it, when you get even beyond merely feeling it, when you get all the way up to observing it, being with it, and finally up to totally experiencing it, the uncertainty about living goes away, because you know the truth in the only way in which a being ever knows the truth – by direct experience.

From a lecture given by Werner Erhard in San Francisco on May 23, 1973:  Life, Living and Winning the Game

“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.”

-Werner Erhard

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“Interesting People are Interested”

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“Consider that all accomplishment is constituted by a series of resolved breakdowns.”

-Werner Erhard

“My notion about service is that service is actually that kind of relationship in which you have a commitment to the person. 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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“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 50 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.”
Werner Erhard – 1980

 

“Transformation does not negate what has gone before it; rather, it fulfills it. Creating the context of a world that works for everyone is not just another step forward in human history; it is the context out of which our history will begin to make sense.”

-Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard – A Shot Heard Round the World: A World that Works for Everyone

Werner Erhard

“Life is already together, and what you have to experience is experiencing it being together.  The striving to put it together is a denial of the truth that it is actually already together and further striving keeps you from getting it together.”

-Werner Erhard

At all times and under all circumstances, we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.

-Werner Erhard

A context is literally created by creating it.  You just need to recognize that you have the power of context, and then you simply need to be willing to be responsible for creating it yourself, without reason, without the props of evidence – to simply say ‘this shall be. I have the power of my word in my own universe. I have the power to determine the context of my own life.  I give meaning to my life.  The meaning doesn’t come from outside.’

-Werner Erhard