Monday, January 12, 2009

What Do You Know?

What do you “know?” There’s a whole body of thought about what we really know and what is illusory.

Most folks, if you pin’em down, will admit that what they know is what they can experience with their senses. What they taste, touch, smell, hear, and see is what they know.

But, what about the spiritual? Do you know that there is some ...mmm…something out there watching over you? Some divine reality you can call on in times of trouble that will respond to your plea? George Carlin said that arguments about religion are basically arguments about who has the best imaginary friend. Do you know that there is something out there?

Increasingly, neuroscience is helping us understand that what you know is, to you, real. And the reality your mind perceives can help you create a new life, new accomplishments…a new you. There are some wonderful resources that can help you understand the science behind how we think and believe. The Answer, by John Asharaff, has what young people call a high "oooo-wow" factor (from the '60s Hippy comment, oooo-wow!), but it does a great job of explaining the neuroscience in easy-to-understand ways.

On January 12, 1959, fifty years ago today, Motown Records was created by Barry Gordy in Detroit. No one told Gordy that Detroit had just gone through the ’58 recession and that it might not be a great time to start a record company.

When asked why he thought he could be successful Gordy said, “I don’t think about it. I know it.” Certainly, hard work had a lot to do with the success of Motown. But, the seed was Barry Gordy knew it.

What do you know? Is it positive or negative? Are you worried about something you just know will happen? Worry is a prayer for the thing you are worried about. The worry may attract the very thing you don’t want.

What do you know?

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