Knowing versus Owning

Anthony Dufresne Millennial Issues

At last count there were over 150,000 books listed on Amazon that fell under the category of “understanding your life purpose”.

I know, I’ve touched on this before, but there were a few times this week where this very subject came up while working with clients and talking with friends…for some reason the universe wants me to blab about it some more…

Like I’ve said…there are MANY people out there (past and present) that have presented material (written, oral, videos, etc.) that explains the way life really is and the way you can “know” it and choose to live the life you want.

I mean, the basic/core life philosophy stuff has been around for, literally, thousands of years…

…how about, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, and thousands more.

Now, every single person that has had the ability to teach this stuff does have a slightly different message…which makes sense because, they are speaking from their True Self, which is unique.  That being said, there is NO WAY there isn’t at least one interpretation out there that you would be able to “relate” to in such a way that it “speaks” to you and you can really get behind.

Just a side note…as one of the people who teach this stuff, I do it for my tribe…you out there that “relate” to my style…my unique voice.  For those of you that, maybe, enjoy what I do (why wouldn’t you??) but aren’t truly “moved” to action…I suggest continuing to sample until you find that teacher that will “move” you.

So, assuming you have found the material that allows you to educate yourself to the point where you can honestly say you “know” the stuff…well done!

However, now comes the most important part…

…because it’s not about “knowing” …it’s about truly “owning” what you know…

What do I mean by that…well, here is a PERFECT example of “owning”…

If you’re not familiar with The Matrix…

…Keanu Reeves is Neo…he was sought out by Morpheus as the savior of the human race (The One).  Keanu was recruited and trained…and got very good at “knowing” the material.

However, it wasn’t until the moment when Keanu “owns” who he is that he is able to truly be, not only empowered, but able to “see” the Matrix (the green floating dots).

The “knowing” is done by you searching until you find the voice (or voices) that speak to you.

The “owning” happens when you put your “knowing” into ACTION…using the tools, the techniques the exercises in your own life…during your own crises, during your own interactions with other people…trying new ways to “see” and “do” stuff…learning what works and what doesn’t work…tweaking…falling down and GETTING UP and trying again…

Yeah, this part is NOT easy…but the payoff for your sacrifice is HUGE.  And…

there is no way to get to the other side of the fire except to run through it… period!

So…please keep learning, keep wanting to “know” more…but don’t get lost in the “know”…don’t let it consume you…

…It’s time to jump into the “owning” portion of your program.

BONUS

As a bonus sidenote, watch the clip again and notice these brilliant tidbits

1. Neo dies in the Matrix, which typically translates to actually dying.  However, Trinity’s Love (capital “L”) transcends the mind/ego Matrix world and revives him…this puts Neo in a state of heightened self actualization (not owning things just yet, but very close)

2. The agents turn on him and he “refuses” to buy into the Matrix, actually self-empowered to the point where he is able to manipulate the perceived reality (stopping the bullets).  Notice the fact that he didn’t cognitively accept his empowerment until physically feeling the bullet…

3. Then, the culmination of his actualization with the “seeing” of how things are…being able to “see” the Matrix (This is COMPLETE OWNERSHIP).

4. The Ego representation (Smith) gets pissed and tries to put Neo back in the box using the old method of bullying (because it worked before)…however, Neo, now fully actualized, just ACCEPTS the challenge and stays COMPLETELY OUT of his head when he tangles with Smith (notice the complete lack of mental effort).

Love this movie!!