Knowing vs. Believing


Check out this quote I read on Twitter the other day:

The less you know, the more you believe. – Bono

I’m curious how you interpret that.

Of course, I want to relate it to chronic pain. When we’re dealing with pain, we seek out the best-of-the-best in search of knowledge. We want to know what’s happening with our body. We start seeking out experts, getting several opinions, running a gamut of tests. And through it all we know more.

But also, I think we start believing less. I think we start losing hope; losing belief in our body that it can, in fact, heal itself. We’re told that our condition is unchangeable. It’s all downhill. Life is over. Your current state of health is a permanent one, and this is your “healthy destiny.”

Yet through it all is a little voice inside that’s wanting (and needing) to be heard. That little voice is, of course, you. If you really step back and focus on what you believe, you’ll discover that you’re exactly right when it comes to what’s causing your pain. You know your hips have been out of alignment since you were in high school, and that’s what is causing your back pain. You know that your shoulders have been rolled forward for as long as you can remember, and when you pull them back toward each other, your knee pain goes away. You know things are wrong, but you also believe you can heal.

It’s Christmas time, so I’ll make a Christmas analogy. Remember when we were kids and we believed in Santa? We didn’t know he wasn’t real. We believed he was real, that he traveled thousands of miles around the world in a single night and, somehow, someway, fit is big belly down our chimneys. It wasn’t until we knew that we stopped believing.

So the next time you’re given knowledge about your body, don’t let that stop you from believing in your body. Always remember to know less and believe more.

QUESTION: What have you been told about your body? What do you believe about your body?