Werner Erhard's work and ideas inspire and influence people's actions throughtout the world. Here are personal, academic and organizational blog posts by some of the people who have been engaged and enlivened by the work of Werner Erhard.
Serving Others Blog: "There is a wonderful quote by Werner Erhard: “There is something I do not know, the knowing of which could change everything.” I love this quote because it completely shifts my self-imposed parameters and clears the way for something much bigger."
Belief Net - Have A Vision: As Werner Erhard said “you can live your life out of your circumstances or you can live your life out of vision.”
Peter Gabriel speaks about Werner Erhard and the est Training: "It taught me all sorts of things, of which one was to be responsible for your life and who you are---don't blame others, don't be a victim....The other thing is to be authentic about who you are, how you feel, and what's going on...It's about being real. We spend so much of our lives not actually being who we are but who we imagine we ought to be."
Actor Barry Williams: The actor who played Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch credits Werner Erhard's est training with helping him become "grounded" after ending his role as Greg Brady of the Brady Bunch at age 19.
I got It! Did You?: Blogger Kaybeth Jensen writes: "'I Got It' in 1980, in a Hilton ballroom in Houston, Texas, where I took the Erhard Seminars Training, or as some of you may know it, EST – Latin for 'it is.' ... The purpose of the est training was to 'transform your ability to experience living so that the problems or situations in life that you are trying to solve or are putting up with clear up just in the process of life itself.' What shifted was how I experienced things, not the things themselves. The est training presented the possibility that it is possible to experience life by engaging with it exactly as it is, unfiltered by our likes and dislikes, our preferences and aversions, our strongly held beliefs and opinions about how life should be."
Life By Design: “History will likely remember Werner Erhard as an important 20th century self realization artisan who’s work shifted the paradigm for personal and global transformation.”
Integral Options Cafe: Creating Leaders, An Ontological Model: "The sole objective of our ontological approach to creating leaders is to leave students actually being leaders and exercising leadership effectively as their natural self-expression. By “natural self-expression” we mean a way of being and acting in any leadership situation that is a spontaneous and intuitive effective response to what one is dealing with. - from abstract of paper by Werner Erhard, Michael C. Jensen and Kari Granger"
Mark Jacobson, Artist, credits est Training’s influence: A significant influence on Jacobson was Werner Erhard and his EST training in the 1970’s, of which Jacobson said, “His model of how the mind works hit me like a baseball bat and I experienced Zen. Thirty years later I get it and lose it, over and over.”
Werner Erhard - Coaching: Janet Harvey, president of the International Coach Federation, was quoted in a New York Times article about the growing practice of Life Coaching, in which she traces the development of coaching to the early 1970s Human Potential Movement and credited the teachings of Werner Erhard’s “est Training,” the popular self-motivation workshops he designed and led in the ’70s and early ’80s.
A Quote from Werner Erhard on Being OK: "If you could really accept that you weren’t ok, you could stop proving you were ok. If you could stop proving that you were ok you could get that it was ok not to be ok. If you could get that it was ok not to be ok you could get that you were ok the way you are. You’re ok, get it?" - Werner Erhard
Werner Erhard - As quoted in the blog juntamng: “One of the things I am really sure about is nothing will make you happy. Very few things I am really sure about. That is one of things I am really sure about. Nothing will make you happy. It may give you give you a jolt. It may make you gleeful but it isn’t going to make you happy. What does that mean nothing will make you happy.....You have to bring happiness to life. You don’t get happiness out of life. What is there to be happy about? Nothing. When you can be happy about nothing. Just be happy. You know “I am happy” – those words are sacred. It’s like a declaration, it’s like a place from which I come, it’s like a stand I take upon myslf. Its not I am pretending to be happy, it’s not I am acting happy. No. I am happy!” – Werner Erhard
Lightening Up and Letting Go - The est Training: "People who didn’t do the training talked long oppressive hours and about participants not being allowed to pee. People who did the training talked about huge, positive transitions in their lives.While the training was amazing the best part of EST was yet to come. People got hyped up and experienced presence in the training but the real revelation of EST was revealed in continuing education courses after the training...The EST Training made a bunch of us fearless and unstoppable. At one point Xerox commissioned a study to find out how EST got more and better work out of volunteers than they could get out of they employees no matter how much they paid them." Jerry Stocking
E-Club of The West: Integrity: Without It Nothing Works: "There is some confusion between the terms integrity, morality, and ethics. How do you differentiate them? - These three phenomena are widely understood to provide standards of 'correct' behavior, but people generally get them mixed up. The primary differentiation I make between them is to distinguish integrity from morality and ethics..."
Werner Erhard Quotes: "It's often been noted how futile it is to hunt butterflies. Once you've captured them, they've lost the very quality they had which made you want to own them in the first place: their freedom.
So it is with Werner Erhard's quotes. By writing them down they are taken out of the domain of transformation ... it's only an approximation to his up close and personal, face to face transformation he constitutes in them when he speaks them.... Theses quotes need no setup nor introduction. Transformation is each and every one of them." Laurence Platt
What does it take to be a leader and for leadership to show up?: "Leadership matters. Whilst there are many ways of grappling with leadership, I value the ontological lens and in particular the ontological model of leadership that has been developed and is being taught by Werner Erhard et al. ...Today, I wish to grapple with authenticity. To grapple with and get authenticity one needs to grapple with human existence (being and doing). And in particular one needs to suspend one’s existing listening (how one thinks of, relates to) of authenticity. Furthermore, it takes courage as the conversation of authenticity/inauthenticity unconceals that which we are committed to keeping hidden. If you are not up for this today then I suggest that you go and do something else. If you are up for the conversation then let’s begin..." by Maz Iqbal
Toward a World That Works for Everyone: "If we were looking for a phrase that would describe the world we’re headed for, for me, it would be Werner Erhard’s memorable phrase: “a world that works for everyone." I now see that Werner was looking through eyes that knew the world that we’re aiming at. The rest of us blinked when he spoke about “context” and “coming from the whole.” ...He was describing a world he could see and feel, a world that he lived from in which he did what worked and what he did worked. It was a world in which he felt love and compassion for all without condition or distinction, the same universal love that we are being encouraged to live from today." by Steve Beckow
Most inspiring teacher: Question -Who is the most inspiring teacher you ever had and why? How often do you think about what they taught you? How has it changed your life? Answer - While he never taught me personally, I was in The Forum, in 1989. It was the revised version of Werner Erhard's 1970s est.
This was about a month prior to the discovery of a brain tumor and I have always credited the insights I gained from The Forum, with equipping me with resources I needed, to "dance" with that situation - then and since.
A huge change from the experience of being in The Forum had to do with learning the vital role that "acceptance" has, in the process of "change".
Bringing on the Bliss: "I remembered a technology I’d learned that may now be becoming relevant again...This technology really does provide us with tools to uncover, tap into or amplify the bliss. It derives in the main from what I learned from Werner Erhard." - Steve Beckow
The Culture of est: This blog's author Jocylyn says this aobut her experience of assisting with est - "What was behind it was a powerful concept for empowering people to go out into the world and make a difference...In order to be effective, we had to be present. I’ve engaged in all kinds of mindfulness exercises and practices, but I have never been more consistently present than when I was doing trainer support...Assisting enlivened me. It empowered me...if you could put aside your considerations... what else might you be able to do in your own life that seems impossible?"
Werner Erhard Video: A Conversation to Provoke Thinking on the Nature of Creativity Through the Art of Dialogue
- "We think, most of us in this culture, of time as a kind of story, which unfolds one event after the other. I’m asking us to speculate, to stretch our minds a bit, maybe even to boggle our minds a bit with grappling with the idea of something working on itself so that in the act of speaking in a dialogue the speaking is altered because the context for what’s being said is altered as you’re saying it... When I look at you when I speak to you my speaking is shaped by what you’re saying to me with your face and what you’re saying to me with the way you sit and even if I can’t see you directly you’re there."
Having Your Relationships Work: Blog post by Jim Tsutsui - "In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d write a post about what I know for having relationships work. I am writing from being married for 33 years. A lot of my success I owe to a gentleman named Werner Erhard. He led a day-long event in 1978 entitled “Celebrating Your Relationships.” It formed the basis with which I transformed all of my relationships."
Peeling the Onion: A blogger that was given the est Training for her 18th birthday present writes, "I was 18 years old, and in a room full of strangers. We listened to the people- the brave ones who stood and shared their stories...Each story brought old memories to the surface of my mind. Old wounds became painful again. Old memories came back, bittersweet. Through it all, every time someone stood to share, they spoke for me. I recognized the stories as if I’d lived them. Who doesn’t know the pain of betrayal and loss? We left each weekend feeling connected; like blood brothers to these other 249 people. My soul knew theirs. At the end of the training I walked out the doors lighter. I left behind most of the unresolved issues, hurts and angers. I felt shiny clean with a new start..."