Friday, July 06, 2012

Believing and Knowing

Believe: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so.

Know: to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty: to understand from experience.

The difference is in the physical proof. The saying often goes: “when I see it, I’ll believe it.” The reality is that you will not see it until you believe it. The act of creation requires belief. I am not talking about creating a universe. I am referring to creating anything: dinner, a poem, a song, a research paper, a painting, a garden, a soufflĂ©, a carving, a speech, a new business, or even a breath; you must believe. You first have an idea. Then you must believe in the possibility of its creation (it can exist) and you must believe in your ability to create it (I can make it exits).

The next step is work – but creative work isn’t the same as other forms of work. It requires effort, focus and determination. But it gives back more energy than it demands. The energy it returns might be a different form of energy. An example: You can be exhausted but peaceful and happy vs. simply exhausted.

Patience is a [pesky] virtue. I think this step is a test. Do you really believe? Because if you really believe, you an afford patience. If not, patience is torture. If you really believe, it is a release, an exhale.

The final result is the knowing through direct experience. You have created something uniquely new to your life – now you know.

Idea + Belief + Work + Patience = Knowing (direct experience)

It doesn’t work in reverse.

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