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“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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“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.”

-Werner Erhard

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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

“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

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Here is where it is

Now is when it is

You are what it is




“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

Context is the freedom to be.  Context is space.  It has no form, no place in time; it allows form and time.  In the absence of a consciously-created context, our lives are controlled by content – the forces and circumstances of the condition in which we live.  Once you create a context, that context then generates a process in which the content – the forces and circumstances – reorder and align themselves with the context.  For example, if you choose to shift the context of your life from ‘I don’t matter’ to ‘I make a difference,’ the circumstances in your life, while they may not have changed, take on an entirely new meaning.  This new meaning, then, begins to reflect that you do make a difference.”

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“One of the things I am really sure about is nothing will make you happy. Very few things I am really sure about. That is one of things I am really sure about. Nothing will make you happy. It may give you you a jolt. It may make you gleeful but it isn’t going to make you happy. What does that mean nothing will make you happy?

It means what it says: there is no thing that’s going to make a person happy. Most people think “gee, when I graduate then life will be great.” No. You graduate and that’s wonderful but life still ain’t great. “When I get married then life will be great.” Not true. “Well when I get divorced then it will be ok.”  Or when I get promoted, whatever it is, when I get a new car. When I get a chance to go on this new vacation… All you have to do is to watch people on vacation and you can see very clearly vacations do not make people happy. No, no, no.

Most people live their lives working towards something, working for something, that they think is going to make them happy. And it’s really the Peggy Lee song “Is that all there is?”. No matter what it is you get that you think is going to make you happy I can promise you that in a very short time after you get it you’re gonna be well “Is that all there is? Is that all there is to that? You mean it’s not filling my life with joy?” Yes, that’s right it, it isn’t.

You have to bring happiness to life. You don’t get happiness out of life. What is there to be happy about? Nothing. When you can be happy about nothing. Just be happy. You know “I am happy” – those words are sacred. It’s like a declaration, it’s like a place from which I come, it’s like a stand I take upon myself. Its not I am pretending to be happy, it’s not I am acting happy.  No. I am happy!” – Werner Erhard

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“People often don’t understand what is involved in forgiving.  They think that if somebody does something wrong, and you forgive them, that is like saying that it was alright to do it that time – but don’t dare do it again.  But life doesn’t work that way; and it’s stupid or hypocritical to forgive someone on that basis.  If somebody does something,  you can be sure that he or she will do it again.

“That is why I prefer to talk about ‘making space’ and ‘completion.’  To the extent that forgiveness is involved,  it is more like self-forgiving and self-acceptance.  When you forgive yourself for something, you have to create the space for that thing to exist.  For whatever you resist, and fail to make space for, will indeed manifest itself in you.

“Self-forgiving, and self- accepting, is an essential part of being complete in relationships.  If there is something about your past that you are ashamed of, or guilty about – if there is something in it that you are hanging on to – if there is something there that you are using to burden another person – that will prevent you from being complete in your relationships.

“In order to transcend having to be any particular type of person, you have to make it all right with yourself to be that type of person.  The moment when you really experience that you have created yourself being whatever way you are, at the same moment you will never have to be that way again.

“This self-forgiving, self-acceptance, goes hand in hand with forgiving others, making space for others, completing your relationships with others.  You cannot be complete in a relationship with any person whom you do not admire and respect as he or she is, and as he or she is not – rather than the way you think she is or would like her to be.  Love for a person is is acceptance of him or her the way he is and the way he is not.

“So long as you do not know who you really are, this will be difficult.  You may have to give up a lot of things to which you may be attached.  You may have to give up your resentments, your anger, your upset, your annoyance, your desire to punish.”

-Werner Erhard, from Werner Erhard, The Transformation of a Man, The Founding of est, by William Warren Bartley  III

“To be satisfied, to expand, you must first be where you are, and do what you are doing – no matter where you are and what you are doing.”

– Werner Erhard, from Werner Erhard, The Transformation of a Man, The Founding of est, by William Warren Bartley III

“The only way to deal with the future is to put yourself in a space where you are functioning effectively now.”

-Werner Erhard, from The Transformation of a Man, The Founding of est, by W.W. Bartley III.