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“An epistemological mastery (a from-the-stands mastery) of a subject leaves one knowing. An ontological mastery (an on-the-court mastery) of a subject leaves one being.”

-Werner Erhard, From Creating Leaders: An Ontological/Phenomenological Model

“I have no interest in the justification of circumstances or producing guilt in others by assigning obligation. I am interested in providing an opportunity for people to experience mastery in the matter of their own lives and the experience of satisfaction, fulfillment, and aliveness. These are a function of the self as context rather than thing, the self as space rather than location or position, the self as cause rather than self at effect.”

Werner Erhard

Gonneke Spits and Werner Erhard
“An Evening with Werner Erhard: On Mastery”
Werner Erhard delivered public lectures for over two thousand people in New Delhi and in Mumbai in November 2010.  Werner Erhard is pictured here with Gonneke Spits in Panchgani, India.  For more on the events in India visit

Life is always perfect just the way it is.  When you realize that, then no matter how strongly it may appear to be otherwise, you know that whatever is happening right now will turn out all right.  Knowing this, you are in a position to begin mastering life.

-Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard 1985