Responsibility

It is not even true that you are the cause of everything in your life. Rather, that you are the cause of everything in your life is a place to stand from which to view and deal with life – a place that exists solely as a matter of your choice.

The stand that one is cause in the matter is a declaration, not an assertion of fact. It simply says, “you can count on me (and, I can count on me) to look at and deal with life from the perspective of my being cause in the matter.”

When you have taken the stand (declared) that you are cause in the matter of your life, it means that you give up the right to assign cause to the circumstances, or to others, or to the waxing and waning of your state of mind – all of which, while undoubtedly soothing, leave you helpless (at the effect of). At the same time, when you see how this works it will be clear that taking this stand does not prevent you from holding others responsible.

Being cause in the matter does not mean that you are taking on the burden of, or that you will be praised for or blamed for anything in the matter. And, it does not mean that you won’t fail.

Werner Erhard Foundation

The Werner Erhard Foundation, was established in a time of transformation and transition. Old values, ideals, and beliefs were being challenged; new ideas and insights, new ways of seeing old problems, and new solutions were coming into view.

Historians will likely view this period as an era of profound change, a time when human beings discarded old limits, explored new visions, and embraced new realities.

We are witnessing the emergence of a new and unexpected paradigm, a new model for humanity, characterized by a demand from individuals and communities for effective action, for translating the new insights into concrete results.  For all of us there is the opportunity to redefine what it means to be a human being.

Being of Service

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Parents

In working out our relationships, what we are actually doing is moving backward toward our relationship with our parents. Until you complete your relationship with your parents you have very little possibility of doing anything in your other relationships but dramatizing your limitations with your parents. When your relationship with your parents is complete, life can be about having complete, nurturing and satisfying relationships, rather than about the process of completing them.

Being Creative

Being Creative

by Hal Isen

From The Graduate Review, November 1977

Hal Isen was an est trainer who taught art and lectured at the Smithsonian Institution on such diverse subjects as visual perception, film, and creativity. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and the National Collection of Fine Arts.

 

…Creativity is the art of creating each moment being perfect. You have a direct experience of being the one who creates your experience of your life, of being the one who creates satisfaction in your life. You are in fact the space or context out of which your life is generated, and when you can begin to come out of the experience of creating your life moment to moment, of “this is it,” that is really what creativity is.

Read Hal Isen’s full article on Being Creative at the est training website.

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A Way to Transformation

“Rather than trying to find our true selves – struggling to figure out “who we are” – in transformation, we bring forth the possibility of creating ourselves, so that life is a creative expression of our stand”

From The Heart of The Matter, By Werner Erhard, 1984

Werner Erhard Foundation

“The ultimate purpose of the Foundation is the full realization of the promise of human beings and their institutions. The Foundation’s intention is to create the space for an explosion of knowledge and attainment in the area of human consciousness and human experience similar to the one that occurred 250 years ago in the physical sciences which has dramatically affected humankind’s material well-being.”

-Werner Erhard, October 4, 1973

Gonneke Spits

Gonneke Spits, one of the founding staff members of est discusses the original est Training in this video on the Werner Erhard Video site.

Gonneke Spits

The est Training

“The real purpose of est was to create space for people to participate in life – to experience true space and freedom in life.”

Werner Erhard

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