“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” ―
For years, I’ve wrestled with the problem of how to create a world that works for everyone.
I was always thinking from the same level at which the problem was created.
When I went into the hospital recently, I took one booklet with me to read. It was Werner Erhard’s source document for the Hunger Project, called The End of Starvation; Creating an Idea Whose Time Has Come (1977). (1)
Who is Werner Erhard? Werner is the founder of the est Training, now the Landmark Forum. He’s recorded many audiotapes and DVDs. Werner is an enlightened sage, who was much maligned when he brought forth his transformational work. I regard him as one of the most incisive teachers of our time.
I’ve read the document numerous times, but never since having formulated the work of Michaelangelo & Partners. And never since having resolved to take up the work actively of creating a world that works for everyone.
In this document, Werner outlines the difficulty I was having: limiting beliefs such as scarcity, no solutions, and inevitability; the taking of partial positions which only succeeded in creating opposition; the feeling of being overwhelmed by the forces in the world which seemed to be headed for a global apocalypse.
I’ve divided it down into 12 bite-sized parts because Werner’s concepts are not superficial and may require reflection for the light bulb to go on. But you’re invited to go to the website and read the document in its entirety at any point.
Werner goes on to point to the way out. And I’ll leave that for you to read. (I don’t want to spoil the story.)
By the time I put the booklet down, I was on fire. I had a powerful “Aha!” moment. “The scales fell from my eyes,” so to speak. I experienced what Werner called “mastery, movement and completion.” At last I knew where I needed to go.
When I discovered that there was no further need for me to be in the hospital, except that I had asked for an elective test, I arranged to do the test as an outpatient and asked to be released immediately. I had to get to a computer. No more time for being sick.
Surprisingly – or not – everyone on the unit lined up on speeding me on my way.
The vocabulary that Werner uses can sometimes be a little hard for people to get. An example is the word “context.” Substitute “holistic” for “contextual” and it may make more sense. We’re talking about a global solution, with no one left out (who is willing to come along – free will applies).
Because Werner is describing the way we are in the world, hearing the truth may put you to sleep (resistance), irritate you, raise opposition, etc. This is one of the greatest – and most useful – treatises of our times, particularly for activists. Please persevere.
I’ve already begun efforts to increase our volunteer ranks of researchers (who don’t post) and editors (who may research but they also post, others’ articles and their own). Previously I wasn’t willing to face the task of working with a large team.
Now I am. I anticipate large numbers of people wanting to become involved, to participate in the most promising work we’ll all ever see – creating a world that works for all.
I’ll be discussing a number of contexts that we’ll be focusing on, together with a preliminary deadline for them.
We’ll be looking to create alignment and an orchestration of efforts, all of which are designed to bring about the end of a specified condition everywhere on Earth by the specified date. Watch how events begin to line up, combine, and integrate (i.e., align) to produce the overall result.
Remember that in these times of gradual Ascension, we have sources of help that probably were not available before.
We can do this. How? Expect miracles.
Werner ends with a wonderful gloss on transformation.
Ask a caterpillar how things would have to be for it to fly. It’ll tell you it wiggles; it doesn’t fly. Caterpillars can’t fly. It’s impossible.
A butterfly (a transformed, conscious individual) can tell you how a caterpillar can fly.
Listen to a butterfly in this booklet tell you how a caterpillar can fly.
Werner Erhard, The End of Starvation: Creating an Idea Whose Time Has Come. 1977, at http://www.wernererhard.net/thpsource.html
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