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Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard in 1977
Born September 5, 1935 (1935-09-05) (age 74)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
United States
Occupation Retired[1]
Spouse(s) Patricia Fry, September 26, 1953 - 1960 (divorced) Ellen Erhard (June Bryde), March 29, 1960 - November 1983 (divorced)
Children 7
Website
wernererhard.com

Werner Hans Erhard[2]:7 (born John Paul Rosenberg, 5 September 1935) authored transformational models and applications for individuals, groups, and organizations.[3]

Erhard is best known by the general public for the "est Training" (1971 – 1983) and the “Forum” (1984 – 1991), which were offered to the public through an organizational structure that included Erhard Seminars Training Inc. (1971 - 1975), est, an educational corporation (1975 - 1981), and Werner Erhard & Associates (WEA, 1981 – 1991).

In 1991, about the time of his retirement from WEA, Erhard sold his intellectual properties to a group of his former employeees who had formed Landmark Education — after which he left the United States.

Erhard, along with John Denver, Robert W. Fuller, and others, founded The Hunger Project in 1977.

Contents

Early life (1935-1971)

John Paul Rosenberg graduated from Norristown High School, Norristown, Pennsylvania, in June 1953, along with his future wife Patricia Fry.[2]:30 Rosenberg married Fry on 26 September 1953[4]:4 and they had four[2]:51 children together. He left Fry and their children in Philadelphia (1960), traveled west with June Bryde[4]:4, and changed his name to "Werner Hans Erhard". Rosenberg chose his new name from Esquire magazine articles he read about then West German economics minister Ludwig Erhard and the philosopher and physicist Werner Heisenberg.[2]:57-58 June Bryde changed her name to "Ellen Virginia Erhard". The newly-renamed Erhards moved to St. Louis.

In 1961, Erhard sold correspondence courses in the Midwest, then California, and eventually moved to Spokane, Washington.[2]:85 After a few months, he took a job with Encyclopædia Britannica's "Great Books" program, and was soon promoted to area training manager. In January 1962 Erhard switched to the Parent's Magazine Cultural Institute, a child development materials division of Parents Magazine.[2]:112 In the summer of 1962 he won promotion to the position of territorial manager for California, Nevada, and Arizona, and moved to San Francisco; and in the spring of 1963 to Los Angeles.[2]:82-106 In January 1964, "Parents" promoted Erhard and transferred him to Arlington, Virginia as a southeast manager.[2]:94In August 1964, Erhard resigned his position in Arlington over a dispute with the company president and returned to his previous position in San Francisco.[2]:107-114 Erhard and his second wife moved into an apartment in Sausalito and had a second daughter, Adair, on December 27, 1964. Erhard began a close friendship with Alan Watts.[2]:117-138 In the next few years, Erhard brought on-staff at "Parents" many people who would become important in est, including Elaine Cronin, Gonneke Spits and Laurel Scheaf. In 1967 Erhard was promoted to vice president.[5]

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Early influences

In California in the 1960s Erhard engaged in a variety of spiritual, New Age and transformative activities.

Tipton wrote: 'Erhard calls Zen Buddhism the “essential” one of all the disciplines that he has studied. [6] and 'Various observers of est have traced its ideas to Zen, Vedanta, and Christian Perfectionism; behaviorist determinism, Freud, Maslow, Rogers, and Perls; Korzybski's General Semantics, Norman Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking, Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, and the self-image psychology of Maxwell Maltz's Psycho-Cybernetics. Its methods have been traced to hypnosis, autosuggestion, revivalism, psychodrama, encounter, Gestalt therapy and behavior modification; Subud and yoga; military, monastic, and penal institutions, sales and business motivation courses. [7]

Bartley noted in his biography of Erhard that in addition to Zen Buddhism, Dale Carnegie courses, Maxwell Maltz's Psycho-Cybernetics, Fritz Perls' Gestalt therapy, Abraham Maslow's transpersonal psychology, Scientology, and Subud, were among other psychological and spiritual influences. [2]:13,121,141 In 1963 Erhard took part in Esalen seminars, becoming involved with encounter groups.[8] In 1967 he completed a Dale Carnegie course in sales and further courses in Gestalt therapy and in transactional analysis.[9]

Zen

In William Bartley's biography, Werner Erhard: The Transformation of a Man, the Founding of est (1978), Erhard describes these explorations. Bartley quotes Erhard as acknowledging Zen as the essential contribution that "created the space for" est[2]:146,147 Bartley details Erhard's connections with Zen beginning with his extensive studies with Alan Watts in the mid 1960s[2]:118 Bartley quotes Erhard as acknowledging:

Of all the disciplines that I studied, practiced, learned, Zen was the essential one. It was not so much an influence on me, rather it created space. It allowed those things that were there to be there. It gave some form to my experience. And it built up in me the critical mass from which was kindled the experience that produced est. [2]:118

Scientology

William Bartley, in his biography of Werner Erhard, wrote:

“When I asked Werner to sum up the differences between est and Scientology, he reflected for a moment. '...The essential difference between est and Scientology is two-fold. The first has to do with Scientology’s emphasis on survival and its idea that the purpose of life is survival. est sees the purpose of life as wholeness or completion – truth – not survival..
The other main difference between est and Scientology lies in the treatment of knowing. Ron Hubbard seems to have no difficulty in codifying the truth and in urging people to believe it. But I suspect all codifications, particularly my own. In presenting my own ideas, I emphasize their epistemological context. I hold them as pointers to the truth, not as the truth itself.
I don’t think anyone ought to believe the ideas that we use in est. The est philosophy is not a belief system and most certainly ought not to be believed. In any case, even the truth, when believed, is a lie. You must experience the truth, not believe it.'[2]:151,157

The era of the est training (1971 - 1984)

Erhard reported having experienced a revelation while driving across the Golden Gate Bridge on U.S. Route 101 in Marin County, California in 1971. He started to see the world as perfect "the way it is" and reported an insight that his attempts to change or modify either his physical circumstances or his mental outlook had their basis in a conception of the world (that it should differ from "the way it is") that precluded or at least limited one's experiential and creative appreciation of it. Erhard, who had become an instructor of Mind Dynamics[10] [11][12] put together an intensive two–weekend course he called "est".

Werner Erhard and Associates (1981 - 1991) and "the Forum"

In the 1980s, Erhard worked with Fernando Flores [13] — philosopher, senator [14] of Chile and businessman — on aspects of language, setting up sets of practices which make a distinction between, on the one hand "speaking that describes being" with, on the other hand, "speaking that brings forth being". These seminars culminated in Erhard's announcement in 1984 of the retirement of the est-training, after the participation of 750,000 "graduates", and its replacement by a new program called "the Forum", inaugurated in January 1985.

Erhard intended this new "work" to acquire more mainstream respectability and to appeal to business and management markets. What est had called "space" or the "space of being" now became "the domain of possibility" or the "possibility of being for human beings". Where part of est's "Day 4" had included a "three-circle talk" on "being, doing, and having", the Forum now featured three distinctions of the domains of "possibility, presence, and representation"[15]

On February 1, 1991, some of the employees of Werner Erhard and Associates purchased the assets of WE&A, licensed the right to use its intellectual property and assumed some of its liabilities, paying $3 million and committing to remitting up to $15 million over the following 18 years in licencing fees.[16] Shortly afterwards the new owners established Landmark Education.[17] Presentations that evolved from the "Forum" developed by Werner Erhard and Associates continue to take place today in major cities in the USA and worldwide as the "Landmark Forum" under the auspices of Landmark Education.

1991 - present

Since his retirement in 1991, Erhard has kept a low profile, except for a few public appearances. He appeared on Larry King Live in an episode titled "Whatever Happened to Werner Erhard?" via satellite from Moscow, Russia on December 8, 1993. As of 2001, Erhard maintained a residence with Gonneke Spits in Georgetown, Cayman Islands[18]

He has worked in the area of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland with author Peter Block. [19] He attended an event on May 11, 2004 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, entitled "From Thought to Action: Growing Leaders in a Changing World". The event took place in honor of a friend, Warren Bennis, who had taken Erhard Seminars Training and then consulted for Werner Erhard and Associates.

In recent years Werner has devoted his time to academic investigation, and presentations in writing and lectures of his ideas. In 2007, Werner Erhard presented a talk exploring the link between integrity, leadership, and increased performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for Public Leadership,[20] led a course on integrity at the 2007 Sloan School of Management’s SIP (Sloan Innovation Period), [21] and spoke at the Harvard Law School program on Corporate Governance. [22] In 2008 he took part in a presentation on integrity at Depaul University[23] and co-led a course on Leadership at the Simon School of Business.[24]

Awards and acknowledgments

Disputes

Charlotte Faltermayer in “The Best of est?” in Time Magazine, March 16, 1998, reported on allegations made in a 60 Minutes segment on Werner Erhard that "was filled with so many factual discrepancies that the transcript was made unavailable with this disclaimer: 'This segment has been deleted at the request of CBS News for legal or copyright reasons.'" [29]

Celeste Erhard filed an unsuccessful $2 million lawsuit against the San Jose Mercury News, saying she “was defrauded and her privacy was invaded during interviews”. She stated on the record that the articles and her appearance on CBS television's 60 Minutes were to get publicity for a book." [30] Charlotte Faltermayer reports that Celeste Erhard's allegations of incest were recanted. [31]

In 1992 a court ruled that "The Forum" had not caused any “mental injuries” to Stephanie Ney; though it entered a default judgment of $380,000 against Werner Erhard — in absentia.[4]:262

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found Erhard did not have grounds for changing a previous tax decision February 8, 1995, in the case "Werner H. Erhard v. Commissioner Internal Revenue Service.[32]

In September 1996, the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) settled for $200,000 in a damage suit Werner Erhard brought against the IRS for false statements IRS spokesmen made to the press about his tax information. [33] [34]

Public perception

The psychiatrist Marc Galanter described Erhard as "a man with no formal experience in mental health, self help, or religious revivalism, but a background in retail sales."[35]

Michael Zimmerman, Philosophy Professor at Tulane University:

He (Erhard) had no particular formal training in anything, but he understood things as well as anyone I’d ever seen. And I’ve been around a lot of smart people in academia. This is an extraordinary intellect I saw at work here, and a difficult personality. Werner would be the first to admit that he learned a lot from other people. He has debts to other thinkers, to various religious traditions. When I teach my class on Heidegger, for example, I start out with referring to the influences on Heidegger’s thought: Aristotle, Plato, Kant, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard – so many thinkers. So Werner, I think, has to be conceived in that way. He’s a kind of artist, a thinker, an inventor, who has big debts to others, borrowed from others, but then put the whole thing together in a way that no one else had ever done.[36]

Werner Erhard is considered by many to be a cultural icon of the 1970s.[37] Millions of people have been influenced by Erhard’s work through direct participation or the cultural change that occurred as a result of people participating in his transformational programs. [38] Erhard’s seminars received much attention, some balanced reporting and some vituperative and unfounded.[39] Erhard's business associates throughout the world, such as Peter Block,[40] Warren Bennis, [41] and Michael Jensen, [42] as well as celebrities such as John Denver,[43] and Diana Ross, [44] spoke highly of Erhard. As noted in Sports Illustrated, Tiger Woods' father said "What I learned through est was that by doing more for myself, I could do much more for others. Which is where Tiger comes in. What I learned led me to give so much time to Tiger, and to give him the space to be himself, and not to smother him with dos and don'ts. I took out the authority aspect and turned it into companionship. I made myself vulnerable as a parent. When you have to earn respect from your child, rather than demanding it because it's owed to you as the father, miracles happen. I realized that, through him, the giving could take a quantum leap. What I could do on a limited scale, he could do on a global scale."[45] Over the years, Werner Erhard’s philosophy has been cited in helping to promote [46] a multi-billion-dollar personal growth industry based on Erhard's original concepts.[47][48]

Related organizations

The Hunger Project

Main article: The Hunger Project Along with John Denver and Oberlin College President Robert W. Fuller, Erhard co-founded The Hunger Project. In 1977 Erhard authored the Hunger Project Source Document, subtitled, “The End of Starvation: Creating an Idea Whose Time Has Come.” [49]

Landmark Education

In 1991 the group that would shortly form Landmark Education purchased the intellectual property of Werner Erhard. In 1998, Time Magazine published an article [50] about Landmark Education and its historical connection to Werner Erhard. The article stated that: "In 1991, before he left the U.S., Erhard sold the 'technology' behind his seminars to his employees, who formed a new company called the Landmark Education Corp., with Erhard's brother Harry Rosenberg at the helm." Landmark Education states that its programs have as their basis ideas originally developed by Erhard, but that Erhard has no financial interest, ownership, or management role in Landmark Education.[51]

In Stephanie Ney v. Landmark Education Corporation (1994),[52] the courts determined Landmark Education Corporation did not have successor-liability to Werner Erhard & Associates, the corporation whose assets Landmark Education purchased.

According to Pressman in Outrageous Betrayal: Landmark Education further agreed to pay Erhard a long-term licensing fee for the material used in the Forum and other courses. Erhard stood to earn up to $15 million over the next 18 years."[4]:253-255 However, Arthur Schreiber's declaration of 3 May 2005 states: "Landmark Education has never paid Erhard under the license agreements (he assigned his rights to others)." [53]

In 2001, New York Magazine reported that Landmark Education's CEO Harry Rosenberg said that the company had bought outright Erhard's license and his rights to the business in Japan and Mexico.[18] From time to time Erhard consults with Landmark Education.[54]

Barbados Group

The Barbados Group represents a "self-selected group of scholars, consultants and practitioners"[55] which aims to build an ontological paradigm of performance in organizations.[56] The group and its main publication-vehicle SSRN both have at their head Michael Jensen, Emeritus Professor at the Harvard Business School, who also has links to the Monitor Group. Accordingly, several of the group's members have links with Landmark Education.[56] Compare theVanto Group, a Landmark Education Company, known as Landmark Education Business Development, or LEBD,[57] from 1993 to 2007.

The Barbados Group was analyzed by economics journalist and author David Warsh, in an article in Economic Principals.[58]

In film

The Century of the Self

Werner Erhard was featured in the 2002 British documentary by Adam Curtis, The Century of the Self, episode part 3 of 4. This segment of the video discusses the est Training in detail, and includes interviews with est graduates John Denver, and Jerry Rubin.

Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard

In 2006, Erhard appeared in the documentary Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard.[59] The film was co-produced by Walter Maksym, who has served as Erhard's attorney.[60]

Books

Biographies

Other books

  • Kettle, James: The est Experience. Zebra Books, 1976.
  • Marks, Pat R.: est: The Movement and the Man. Playboy Press 1976.
  • Raising Hell: How the Center for Investigative Reporting Gets the Story. (Chapter on "Let Them Eat est.") Addison-Wesley, 1983. ISBN 0-201-10858-5
  • Rhinehart, Luke: The Book of est. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976.
  • Self, Jane (1992) 60 Minutes and the Assassination of Werner Erhard: How America's Top Rated Television Show Was Used in an Attempt to Destroy a Man Who Was Making A Difference. Breakthru Publishing. ISBN 0-942540-23-9
  • Fenwick, Sheridan (1976). Getting It: The psychology of est. Philadelphia, PA, USA: J. B. Lippincott Company. ISBN 0-397-01170-9

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Werner Erhard
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Bartley, William Warren (1978). Werner Erhard The Transformation of a Man: The Founding of EST. Clarkson Potter. ISBN 0-517-53502-5.  
  3. ^ "Distilled Wisdom: Buddy, Can you Paradigm", Fortune Magazine, May 15, 1995
  4. ^ a b c d Pressman, Steven (1993). Outrageous Betrayal. St Martin's Press. ISBN 0312092962.  
  5. ^ Bartley, William Warren, Werner Erhard The Transformation of a Man: The Founding of EST, Clarkson Potter, 1978. ISBN 0-517-53502-5 pages 117-138
  6. ^ Steven M. Tipton: Getting saved from the sixties: moral meaning in conversion and cultural change. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1982, page 329. ISBN 0520038681
  7. ^ Steven M. Tipton: Getting saved from the sixties: moral meaning in conversion and cultural change. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1982, page 329. ISBN 0520038681
  8. ^ AGPF web-page on Erhard, est etc: "1963 nimmt Erhard an Esalen-Seminaren teil. Er trifft Fritz Perls und ist in mehreren Selbsterfahrungs- und Bewußtseins-Gruppen (Encounter Training)."
  9. ^ AGPF web-page on Erhard, est etc: "1967 absolviert er ein Verkaufstraining bei Dale Carnegie und einige andere Kurse in Gestalt-Therapie und Transaktionsanalyse."
  10. ^ Pressman, Steven, Outrageous Betrayal: The dark journey of Werner Erhard from est to exile. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993. ISBN 0-312-09296-2, p.33-34
  11. ^ Wilson, Brian R.; Jamie Cresswell (1999). New Religious Movements: challenge and response. Routledge. pp. 56, 72, 280. ISBN 0415200490.  
    "Especially influenced, it would appear, by his time with Mind Dynamics at the beginning of the 1970s, Erhard went on to found est, (the first seminar ran in October 1971)."
  12. ^ Hoffmann, Frank W.; William G. Bailey (1992). Mind & Society Fads. Haworth Press. pp. 119. ISBN 1560241780.  
  13. ^ Fernando Flores, website, "biografia"
  14. ^ Republica de Chile Senado, website, Senate of Chile, retrieved 9/14/2006
  15. ^ See Industry Weekly June 15 1987 article (vol 233, no 6), "Create Breakthroughs in Performance by Changing the Conversation," by Perry Pascarella; among other sources forthcoming.
  16. ^ Compare Bärbel Schwertfeger, "Foreword" in Martin Lell, Das Forum: Protokoll einer Gehirnwäsche: Der Psycho-Konzern Landmark Education [The Forum: Account of a Brainwashing: The Psycho-Outfit Landmark Education], Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, Munich, 1997, ISBN 3-423-36021-6, page 8 : "Am 31.1.91 verkaufte Erhard seine Anteile für drei Millionen Dollar an seine Mitarbeiter, die die Organisation in Landmark Education umbenannten. Landmark verpflichtete sich zudem, in den folgenden achtzehn Jahren bis zu fünfzehn Millionen Dollar Lizenzgebühren an Erhard zu zahlen."
  17. ^ "Landmark Education Corporation: Selling a Paradigm Shift", Harvard Business School Publishing, Boston, MA, Karen Hopper and Mikelle Fisher Eastley, 9-898-081, p.1, Rev. April 22, 1998. Availability restricted by Harvard "to faculty and staff of universities" (see Alex Beam, "Church takes to bully pulpit" in the Boston Globe, April 2 1999, page F01; transcribed at http://www.freedomofmind.com/resourcecenter/groups/l/landmark/beam.htm, retrieved 2007-10-21).
  18. ^ a b Pay Money, Be Happy, New York Magazine, Vanessa Grigoriadis, July 9, 2001.
  19. ^ Mastery Foundation
  20. ^ http://content.ksg.harvard.edu/leadership/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=118&Itemid=1
  21. ^ http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsroom/spotlight-category.php?c=leadership
  22. ^ http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/olin_center/corporate_governance/speakers.shtml
  23. ^ http://fac.comtech.depaul.edu/khowe/integrity.htm
  24. ^ http://www.simon.rochester.edu/alumni/jensen-vanto-group-leadership-program/index.aspx
  25. ^ . V. J. Fedorschak, Shadow on the Path : Clearing the Psychological Blocks to Spiritual Development, Hohm Press, October 1999, ISBN 0-934252-81-5
  26. ^ Yogesh Gandhi Charged with Tax Evasion, Mail and Wire Fraud and Perjury, Press Release, United States Department of Justice, March 8, 1999
  27. ^ Kurian, Rupa (July 1999). "Sentencing Date for Yogesh Gandhi Set; Could Serve A Year In Prison And Deported to India" (in English). Rediff (Rediff India). http://www.rediff.com/news/1999/jul/01us3.htm.  
  28. ^ Cole, Richard; Michael J. Sniffin (1998). "Feds Add Fraud To Gandhi's Woes" (in English). CBS News (Associated Press). http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1998/03/05/national/main4299.shtml?CMP=ILC-SearchStories.  
  29. ^ http://www.believermag.com/issues/200305/?read=article_snider believermag.com]Believermag.com retrieved 2007-10-21
  30. ^ "Daughter of est founder sues Mercury News over two articles", San Jose Mercury News, July 16, 1992
  31. ^ Faltermayer, Charlotte (2001-06-24). "The Best Of Est?". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101980316-138763,00.html. Retrieved 2007-09-28.  
  32. ^ Werner H. Erhard v. IRS (9th Circuit 02/08/1995)
  33. ^ "IRS Settles Lawsuit brought by Werner Erhard," Business Wire, September 11, 1996.
  34. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/LEADER+OF+EST+MOVEMENT+WINS+%24200%2c000+FROM+IRS.-a083966944 Leader of est Movement Wins $200,000 From IRS
  35. ^ Marc Galanter: Cults: faith, healing, and coercion. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. ISBN 9780195056310 , page 80.
  36. ^ Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard at the Internet Movie Database, Documentary, 2006, Directed by Robyn Symon. http://www.transformationfilm.com/
  37. ^ Bruce Schulman: The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics, Da Capo Press, April 16, 2002, pages 96-98
  38. ^ Peter Block: Community,the Structure of Belonging, Berrett-Koehler, 2008, pg.14
  39. ^ Warren Bennis, Leaders, Strategies for Taking Charge, page 68-69
  40. ^ Peter Block: Community,the Structure of Belonging, Berrett-Koehler, 2008, pg.14
  41. ^ Warren Bennis: Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge, Harper Collins, 2003, pg 201
  42. ^ Peter Block: Community,the Structure of Belonging, Berrett-Koehler, 2008, pg.198
  43. ^ Christopher Silvester: Grove Book of Hollywood, Grove Press, November 30, 2000, pg 556
  44. ^ Thomas Adrahtas: A Lifetime to Get Here: Diana Ross: The American Dreamgirl, AuthorHouse, November 20, 2006, pg 157
  45. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/1996/sportsman/1996.html
  46. ^ http://www.transformationfilm.com
  47. ^ Marianne Williamson, The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife;Hay House Inc.,January 31, 2008, pgs x, xi
  48. ^ Casey Hawley:100+ Tactics for Office Politics (Barron's Business Success Guides); Barrons Educational Series; 2 edition, June 1, 2008, page 173
  49. ^ net
  50. ^ "The Best Of Est?". TIME. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101980316-138763,00.html.  
  51. ^ Landmark Education, media Q&A
  52. ^ Case reference, Rickross.com
  53. ^ Declaration filed 5 May 2005 at the US District Court of New Jersey, civil action 04-3022 (JCL), pp 3 and 4, via Rickross.com. retrieved 2006-11-15
  54. ^ Landmark Education website
  55. ^ "Announcing Barbados Group Abstracting Journal", retrieved 2008-03-05
  56. ^ a b http://ssrnwww.ssrn.com/dev/ann624742.html, retrieved 2008-03-05
  57. ^ Landmark Education Business Development, LEBD, Changes Name to Vanto Group" at Reuters.com, 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2008-04-01
  58. ^ Beyond Coordination and Control Is... Transformation, by David Warsh, Economic Principals, www.economicprincipals.com, April 8, 2007.
  59. ^ Guzman, Rafer (August 14, 2008). "Movie Buzz: WHO Werner Erhard, THE DEAL The founder of the controversial training program called est". Newsday (Newsday, Inc.): p. B9.  
  60. ^ Guzman, Rafer (August 14, 2008). "Movie Buzz: WHO Werner Erhard, THE DEAL The founder of the controversial training program called est". Newsday (Newsday, Inc.): p. B9.  

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Werner Erhard in 1977

Werner Erhard (born 1935-09-05) is the founder of Erhard Seminars Training and The Forum. Erhard sold the "technology" of The Forum to his employees, and they then formed the company Landmark Education. Landmark Education is currently run by Erhard's brother Harry Rosenberg, CEO, and attorney Art Schreiber, Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Counsel. Werner Erhard also co-founded The Hunger Project.

Contents

Sourced

  • I didn't arrive at the opportunity to make the world work for everyone by figuring out how to do it.
    • 60 Minutes, broadcast on Werner Erhard, March 3, 1991, CBS, Produced by David Gelber.
  • The essential difference between est and Scientology is two-fold. The first has to do with Scientology’s emphasis on survival and its idea that the purpose of life is survival. est sees the purpose of life as wholeness or completion – truth – not survival...The other main difference between est and Scientology lies in the treatment of knowing. Ron Hubbard seems to have no difficulty in codifying the truth and in urging people to believe it. But I suspect all codifications, particularly my own. In presenting my own ideas, I emphasize their epistemological context. I hold them as pointers to the truth, not as the truth itself. I don’t think anyone ought to believe the ideas that we use in est. The est philosophy is not a belief system and most certainly ought not to be believed. In any case, even the truth, when believed, is a lie. You must experience the truth, not believe it.
  • I have a lot of feeling for Ron Hubbard. His genius has not been sufficiently acknowledged.
  • I got a lot of benefit from auditing. It was the fastest and deepest way to handle situations that I had yet encountered. I immediately wanted to learn to do it. ... With Scientology, I was able to characterize the Mind more accurately, and to cease justifying it. This greatly clarified what I was doing. ... After my experience with Scientology, I saw what it means to see the Mind as a machine. I can now operate my Mind accordingly, with exactitude. I can do the familiar mind over matter experiments - the control of pain and bleeding, telepathy, those things.

Attributed

  • Happiness is a function of accepting what is.
    • Aldridge, Alan (2007) Religion in the Contemporary World: A Sociological Introduction Cambridge, England: Polity, p. 53 ISBN 0745634044
  • What I recognized is that you can't put it together. It already is together and what there is to do is to experience it being together.
    • Larry Chang, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, page 527, Gnosophia Publishers;(April 28, 2006), ISBN-10: 0977339106
  • There are only two things in the world — nothing and semantics.
    • Prologue, The Program, Gregg Hurwitz, HarperCollins, 2004, ISBN 0060530405
  • I take responsibility for ending starvation within twenty years. The Hunger Project is not about solutions. It's not about fixing up the project. It's not about anybody's good idea. The Hunger Project is about creating a context - creating the end of hunger as an idea whose time has come. (Quote from 1977, re: The Hunger Project)
  • What I recognized is that you can't put it together. It's already together, and what you have to do is experience it being together.
    • Tucker, Ruth (2004) Another Gospel: Cults, Alternative Religions, and the New Age Movement Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, p.367 of 464. ISBN 0310259371.
  • You and I possess within ourselves, at every moment of our lives, under all circumstances, the power to transform the quality of our lives.
    • Jerry Jerome, Instant Inspiration: Using Quotes to Guide You to Your Goals, Instant Wisdom Publishing (February 1, 2003), page 65, ISBN-10: 097261690X
  • Mastering life is the process of moving from where you are to where you want to be.
    • Jerry Jerome, Instant Inspiration: Using Quotes to Guide You to Your Goals, Instant Wisdom Publishing (February 1, 2003), page 62, ISBN-10: 097261690X
  • Miracles occur in direct proportion to our willingness to have them.
    • Jerry Jerome, Instant Inspiration: Using Quotes to Guide You to Your Goals, Instant Wisdom Publishing (February 1, 2003), page 35, ISBN-10: 097261690X
  • Transformation does not negate what has gone before; rather, it fulfills it. Creating the context of a world that works for everyone is not just another step forward in human history; it is the context out of which our history will begin to make sense.
    • Twist, Lynne (2003) The Soul of Money: Transforming your Relationship with Money and Life New York, NY: W.W. Norton., page 252. ISBN 039305097.
  • I have a lot of respect for L. Ron Hubbard and I consider him to be a genius and perhaps less acknowledged than he ought to be.
    • Lewis, James R. (2001). Odd Gods: New Religions and the Cult Controversy. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, Pages 382-387. ISBN 1573928429 , ISBN 978-1573928427.
  • You are God in your own universe. There is no God unless it is self.
    • Page 39. Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology - and the Biblical Alternative, Ganz, Richard L., (1993), Crossway Books, ISBN 0891077340
  • Something experienced is true; the same thing believed is a lie.
    • Page 39. Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology - and the Biblical Alternative, Ganz, Richard L., (1993), Crossway Books, ISBN 0891077340
  • Belief in God is the single greatest barrier to God in the Universe. It is almost a total barrier to the experience of God. When you think you have experienced God, you haven't. Experiencing God is experiencing God, and that is true religion.
  • The greatest philosopher of the twentieth century.
    • Werner Erhard on L. Ron Hubbard — quoted in L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? (1987) by Bent Corydon and Ronald DeWolf, p. 15, ISBN 0818404442
  • At all times and under all circumstances,we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.
    • The Transformation of a Man: The Founding of est, Bartley, William Warren III (1978) New York, New York, USA: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. ISBN 0-517-53502-5, pg.247
  • Here is where it is. Now is when it is. You are what it is.
    • Bry, Adelaide (1976) est, 60 Hours that Transform Your Life, New York: Avon, page 216.
  • Here is where it is. You are what it is.
    • Est, 60 Hours that Transform your life, Adelaide Bry, (1976) pg. 218
  • Man keeps looking for a truth to fit his reality. Given our reality, the truth doesn't fit.
    • Est, 60 Hours that Transform your life, Adelaide Bry, (1976) pg. 17

Quotes about Erhard

  • A courageuos pioneer who has contributed greatly to the lives of many.
    • Sloman, James. "A Comprehensive Synthesis of Paths to Personal Growth" page 550.
Image of money movements quoted by Judge O'Scannlain, from a United States Tax Court filing.
  • Erhard maintains that he had a clear business purpose for engaging in the transactions because he desired to terminate his relationship with Margolis... However, even if Erhard had a legitimate business purpose for terminating his relationship with Margolis, that did not give him a business purpose for engaging in the specific transactions at issue here. The fact that he may have had a good business reason for separating from Margolis does not necessarily justify resorting to circular money movements (that just happened to create tax benefits) to effectuate that separation.
  • Werner Erhard, a former used-car salesman, made millions with EST, but it turned out to be just another moneymaking scam disguised as a form of therapy.
    • MacCleary, John Bassett. (2004), The Hippie Dictionary: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the 1960s and 1970s, Page 165., Ten Speed Press, ISBN 1580085474
  • Werner Erhard is virtually the only consciousness leader, and the only person of distinction in American society to have stepped outside this childish quarrel between Scientology and society and to have acknowledged both his indebtedness to Hubbard and his emphatic differences with him.
    • William Warren Bartley, quoted in Cults and the Family, Page 190., Kaslow, Florence Whiteman, Marvin B. Sussman., (1982), Haworth Press, ISBN 0917724550

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