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est Graduates shaping history

Did you know that there is a website for est graduates to connect and share what they got from the est Training? Here is what it says at http://erhardseminarstraining.com:

“A reunion for you and all the people who dared to create a new possibility for themselves and their lives. It is now the 21st Century and there is much talk of possibility and transformational leadership – but where did this all start? In 1971, in a hotel ballroom in San Francisco over 35 years ago, transformation burst onto the national stage.

Werner Erhard and the est Training brought to the forefront the ideas of transformation, personal responsibility, accountability, and possibility – and over the next decade, over a million people “Got it”. The est Training was as much a sign of the times as bell bottoms, peace rallies and space travel.

Over the years, more than two million people from all walks of life participated in est or the programs that grew out of Erhard Seminars Training. Professionals and leaders from government, business and health industries, as well as people in the fields of arts and entertainment actively participated in the programs of est. Enjoy the essence of what est created and the impact it has made on society through the archives, video and vivid shares on this site. Stand up and acknowledge how you have made a difference in this world out of having participated in the est Training. Celebrate in this tribute to the est Training, Werner Erhard and you.”

What about you?  What did you create for your life out of having done the est Training?  And what of those lessons learned can we bring forth today that might make a difference to how the world is going?

What There is To Do Today

HAVING: THE ONLY THING THERE IS TO DO TODAY IS WHAT YOU DO TODAY

From PAGES: Essays by Werner Erhard for the est training staff, January 1, 1981

The only thing you are going to do today is: what you do today.  Therefore, the only thing there is to do today is: what you do today.  That’s all there was to do when you started no matter what you thought or think.

THE “OH MY GOD” SYNDROME

Most people go around thinking that what there is to do today is all that stuff that there is to do, that is to say, everything that isn’t done.  This is a lie.  This lie leads to stupidity.  This stupidity leads to ineffectiveness.  The ineffectiveness leads to fewer results being produced, leaving, apparently, more to be done.  And there you have the downward spiral which is unworkability.

The only thing there is to do today is: what you actually do today!  There is nothing else to do today!  You get it?  There isn’t anything to do today except what you actually do.  That’s all there is to do today.  Do you get it?  If you do actually get it, you should feel the muscles in your body begin to relax.  A sense of freedom and power begins to well up within you.  Read more…

Celebrate This Moment

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The Indescribable Experience

Eleanor Links Hoover, HUMAN BEHAVIOR, October 1978

One reason why the public seldom sees much deep, penetrating reporting and/or commentary about any contemporary psychological movement is that it is distinctly unfashionable for journalists to write anything that may be interpreted as favorable about such phenomena. Never mind whether it’s true or not. The silent rule is, “If you can’t be critical, don’t write it.”

Well, this is to serve notice to any potential head-lopper that I choose not to be intimidated. Sorry. I just can’t join the cynical press bandwagon. est is – and remains – one of the most fascinating movements, events, phenomena (take your pick, it still defies analysis) I have ever observed and reported on. The fact that it isn’t what it seems to be (what is?) and that it is as elusive as quicksilver to describe only enhances the fascination as far as I’m concerned. For me, it is, among other things, an excursion into High Philosophy – a miniseries of sorts into issues raised by Plato, Sartre, Wittgenstein. Bill Bartley, philosophy professor at California State University at Hayward once told me, “What est is doing is making available for the first time on a wide, popular basis, the key ideas and problems of philosophy.” Full Article

Roy Scheider

The star of The French Connection, Jaws, and All that Jazz, Roy Scheider talked about his est training: “You come to understand that within each of us is a tremendous beauty, passion, joy, and love for life; you realize that everyone is you… I’ve never had a better time in my life. I never laughed so much, I never cried so much. I was actually dazzled. I couldn’t believe that degree of intimacy could be achieved in a hotel room with 300 people… And I was one of the actors in the show. It was sensational.”

John Denver

“Werner Erhard epitomizes for me what it is to be a human being. It is through my experience of him that I have most completely come to know myself.”– John Denver

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John Denver first became involved with est in 1973 when he was 30 years old. Many of his lyrics are tributes to the ideas and awareness he gained through his experiences of himself through est. John Denver, along with Werner Erhard and Buckminster Fuller, was one of the founding members of the Hunger Project, a global movement with a vision and commitment to end hunger by organizing the necessary leadership, training, and education.

est Graduate Continues to Make a Difference

Poonam Ahluwalia was named the 2013 INDIA New England Woman of the Year in June at the 11th annual Woman of the Year Banquet & Awards Ceremony at the Marriott Newton in Newton, Mass. She was selected from 20 finalists, all of whom were honored at the event, which was attended by approximately 400 people.Ahluwalia is president and founder of Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (YES). She led the Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability campaign for over a decade and orchestrated an impact all over the globe. Following YES, she started YouthTrade, an organization supporting young entrepreneurs and helping them get access to premium markets. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Youth Unemployment…She took Erhard Seminars Training in Bombay. Werner Erhard had come to Bombay to launch The Hunger Project. “The vision he laid out before us was compelling and forever embedded in my heart and mind. I realized that ordinary people like me could visualize creating extraordinary possibilities and that the only thing limiting us was how big we were willing to think and how powerfully we could get behind ourselves,” Ahluwalia said. “I realized the magic lay not in simply working hard (which is a must) but in enrolling others into our possibility – so that it had a chance to come alive and be fulfilled. By ourselves we are nothing – together we can weave a tapestry of beauty and accomplishment. I worked very hard to raise funds and help brainstorm programs at The Hunger Project. http://www.erhardseminarstraining.com/?page_id=22