Thoughts about the est training forty years later

In 1976 I participated in the Erhard Seminars Training (est), an organization, “founded by Werner H. Erhard,” that, according to Wikipedia, “offered a two-weekend (60-hour) course known officially as the est Standard Training. The purpose of est was ‘to transform one's ability to experience living so that the situations one had been trying to change or had been putting up with, clear up just in the process of life itself.’ The est training was offered from late 1971 to late 1984.” Est, the Wiki says, “focused on transformation and taking responsibility for one's life.” As a parting memento, we received a little brown-covered book of aphorisms that pretty much summed up what we learned in that training. One aphorism that has stayed with me over the last forty years is: “If you keep your agreements your life will work.” Since that time, keeping agreements has been the way I live my life, and I find myself very impatient with those who don’t keep theirs. So i … [Read more...]

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