A quick scan through history confirms our world has never really been short of sources of transformation. The possibility of transformation, is not new. Neither has it ie neither have we ever really been short of inquiries into / senses of / speculations about transformation - to wit, what it could make possible for us (both personally and globally), how it could be reliably accessed, and (arguably most pragmatically) how will we know we got it? ie what would it look like? Along with all of that, it's also been observed that if religion delivered what it purports to deliver, the work of transformation would be rendered obsolete. But it doesn't. So it isn't.
Especially with regard to the latter, it's often assumed that the best access to transformation, is to do like its teacher - you know, watch what he does, then try to do the same ... that sort of thing. "What would (whomever) do?" is a question that's deeply embedded in all the tutorials at all those meetings which study all those bibles. To be sure, it comes from a good place. But watch: interestingly enough it's a question that's notably and strikingly absent from Werner's work. No emphasis is placed on being like Werner as an access to transformation. An access to transformation is something you have to discover for yourself. More than that, the question "What would Werner do?" is actually disempowering if not outright distracting as an access to transformation (in a prudent inquiry, it's really not too hard to figure that out, and then drop it). After all, why follow when you can lead? The global emergence to prominence of Werner's Leadership Course isn't co-incidental: it's synchronous.
In distinguishing "people who are like themselves", I'm pointing to people who are like who they really are - in other words, people who are like themselves, are people who are being who they really are. Transformation, in at least one very important sense, is being who you really are.
Stated more rigorously, the way for you to be like Werner (ie if indeed that's what you aspire to be) is not for you to be like Werner. No, the way for you to be like Werner is for you to be like you.
Man! It took me a long time to get that (arguably too long). And when I finally did get it, the such-ness of it, the thus-ness of it, the beautifully exquisite simple obviousness of it, knocked me on my ass. It blew me away. It was all over for Laurence Platt. I'm now no longer the same person I was being before I got that. In fact I'm now no longer even the same kind of creature I was being before I got that (which is even more to the point).
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