The est Training

 

"The way est happened was very simple.  I had this transformational experience.  I had a transformation.  Whoever I had been up until that point, I no longer was.  And it was on my way to work, and I happened to be – not anything significant about being on the Golden Gate Bridge – but I happened to be there, and that’s when I had the realization that what my life was about was really meaningless.  It was empty.  And this realization that the things that I thought were so significant, like looking good and winning – just the normal things that I guess most people think are important – that they really had no importance, that it was all empty and meaningless.  When I broke through the sadness, broke through the sense of despair at having wasted my life, I all of a sudden realized, “My God, I’m free.”  What – free – what does that mean to be free?   Free to choose, free to create a life that was worth living.  So I took a day with my staff – shared with them the best I could something that would allow them to create for themselves the kind of transformational experience that I had had.  And we all decided, okay, we’ll do this.  Instead of selling books, we’ll do this." -Werner Erhard, 2005, from Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard

 

THIS IS IT- AN INTERVIEW WITH WERNER ERHARD

The truth is not found in a different set of circumstances. The truth is always and only found in the circumstances you’ve got.

New Sun Magazine, by Eliezer Sobel, December 1978

 

WERNER ERHARD ON TRANSFORMATION:

"We can discover another possibility: living in a way, now, moment to moment, that makes a difference to life. We discover that as human beings we can live in a possibility instead of in what we have inherited, that instead of just being a human being because we were born that way, we can declare the possibility of being for human beings. This is the work of transformation: bringing forth a breakthrough in the possibility of being human.

We could say that what happens is a shift in what orients your life.  Ordinarily, what orients our lives is the attempt to reach satisfaction. It might be at a very low level an attempt to get food or water.  At a little bit higher level it might be an attempt to be safe.  But, at any rate, we could say that what orients our lives is the attempt to get satisfied, to be satisfied.  What happens in the est training is that that gets turned 180 degrees around and your life is no longer about attempting to gain satisfaction.  It’s no longer about attempting to prove that you’re all right.  It’s no longer an attempt to prove that you’re satisfied.  What happens in the training is that there’s a 180-degree shift to the experience of being satisfied, and now life, instead of being an expression of the struggle to get satisfied, is an expression of satisfaction experienced.  You now begin to have what you do orienting around the expression of satisfaction instead of the attempt to get satisfied.  And we could say that’s what transformation was." -Werner Erhard, 1982 

 

A Way To Transformation, by Werner Erhard, 1984

The subject of this article is transformation – a deep, profound and committed choice about the way we live our lives.  Transformation is the possibility for a breakthrough in our living, a clearing for aliveness to show up in our everyday activities, self-expression and commitments.

Talking about transformation is no more than a representation, an image of the real thing.  It’s like eating the menu instead of the steak – neither nurturing nor profound.  It is in being transformed – in being authentically true to oneself – that one lives passionately free, unencumbered, fearless, committed.  It is in living life in a transformed way that the steak and its sizzle show up.

We invite you to be here for the actual benefits of transformation, for the meal – not the menu... Read More

 

Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard
This documentary was created by the independent filmmaker and two-time Emmy Award Winning Producer for PBS, Robyn Symon.  It chronicles the history of Werner Erhard, his life, the world of the est Training and his work and ideas, all put into perspective through the dozens of stories told by numerous professional and academic experts. Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard is available on DVD by clicking here. 

 

STUDIES AND ARTICLES

The est Standard Training, by Werner Erhard and Victor Gioscia

Outcome Study of The est Training

Some Aspects of the est Training and Transpersonal Psychology: A Conversation

est: Communication in a Context of Compassion, by Werner Erhard and Victor Gioscia, Ph.D.

Research and Studies of the Programs Designed by Werner Erhard and Programs Based on Werner Erhard's Original Methodology

est - The New Life Changing Philosophy That Makes You The Boss

1976 Interview with Werner Erhard

What is est? An est publication

The est Training in Prisons

Earl Babbie - est in Prisons

History of The est Training

est: Making Life Work

The Mind's Dedication To Survival

LINKS

est: A Philosophical Appraisal, Michael Zimmerman

Report on The est Training, Humberto Maturana

Assessment of the Philosophical Significance of The est Training, Hubert Dreyfus

Images of the est Training and Werner Erhard

This Is It: est, Twenty Years Later, Eliezer Sobel

THIS IS STILL IT: est, Thirty Years Later, Eliezer Sobel

Werner Erhard and est

Erhard Seminars Training - Reunion

Peter Gabriel speaks about Werner Erhard and the est Training

I Got It! Did You?

est Training graduate, Jack Canfield quotes Werner Erhard in The Success Principles

Aphorism from est at work today: "Health is a function of participation"

Werner Erhard's Ideas Used in Dealing With Upsets

Mark Jacobson, Artist, credits est Training’s influence

Werner Erhard and Gonneke Spits in India, 2010

Lance Reddick talks about working his way up to 'White House Down': While the est training is no longer offered, it continues to have an impact on the lives of those who took the training, as is shown in this article about the actor Lance Reddick, "Reddick thinks his period with est (Erhard Seminars Training) - especially a workshop on communication - lent him the ability to ace those early auditions. "I led seminars for about two years when I was in college. My participation had a profound effect on my acting later, and my ability as a seminar leader allowed me to fill in the gaps in my training that I didn't have in auditioning," he explains.

"Because I was used to figuring out how to read a room and being myself in front of people - even though I hadn't really studied auditioning - I was able to audition well and that made a big difference ... When I did est and that was over - I didn't want to think it - but I was thinking, 'What the heck was that? I want my money back.' All these people were, like, 'Wow.' I didn't get it. But there was something there that I was curious about, so I kept participating," he says, sipping a glass of water.

"I was different when I came out of the workshop. I'm shy, an introvert. I was so withdrawn, so self-conscious, but when I came out I was 'Whoa!' Suddenly all this stuff I'd been suppressing since I was 7, I let go of." from The Washington Post


Werner Erhard and The est Training are featured in media segments from the 1970's and 1980's.

 

 

 

 

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

 

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Visit the website about Werner Erhard and The est Training and participate in a reunion of the ideas, distinctions, and experiences of the est Training. est graduates

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Werner Erhard and Gonneke Spits

Original 1971 Erhard Seminars Training Staff members Werner Erhard and Gonneke Spits pictured in 2008

 

 

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