The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night to run their record to 38-13, good for 2nd place in the Western Conference. With 31 regular season games left in the season, Memphis is on a trajectory for the best season in franchise history and is widely considered to be a legitimate contender for an NBA title.
The playoffs will be here before we know it.
So the question must be asked: Do Grizzlies fans actually believe?
I know we are willing to hold up a towel that says we believe.
But do we actually, honestly, truly believe the Grizzlies will win the NBA title?
Several years ago, the fine marketing team for the Grizzlies introduced the Believe Memphis campaign. It was a wild success. The slogan appeared on growl towels, which gave it national attention during a memorable playoff run. The combination of the slogan, the towels and, of course, a winning basketball team left an indelible image of the city and the franchise.
But the slogan itself, if we’re being honest, was somewhat premature, wasn’t it?
Because most people didn’t really believe. Most people didn’t really believe the Grizzlies would beat the Spurs, or the Cavs – if it got that far. Could they beat them? Sure. Would they? No, we didn’t really believe that. And they didn’t.
But this year? This year, it’s time to start believing. Like, actually, really believing.
And maybe it actually matters if we do.
What if believing actually made a difference? What if believing mattered?
Luna Grace Childs (left) is a spiritual mentor, professional intuitive, and energy specialist. She works out of Little Rock and Memphis as a certified life coach, Reiki master teacher, spiritual mentor, and meditation coach.
I talked to Luna because I wanted her professional opinion about the power of belief as it regards the Grizzlies, the city of Memphis and its fans.
I wanted to understand – from a professional intuitive’s perspective – what all this unseen, un-quantifiable “energy” surrounding the Grizzlies means, if anything, in terms of their actual results.
Here is what she had to say about all this Believe Memphis stuff:
As a professional intuitive, and energy specialist- does Believe Memphis have any actual power? Or, in other words, is the power of intention a real thing?
In the last decade, the power of “intention” has become a cultural buzz word. With the release of the book and film “The Secret,” by Australian Rhonda Byrne, everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Jim Carrey are talking about it. Honestly, though, there’s nothing “new” or even “secret” about it. For more than a century, success experts have advocated and encouraged the power of intention as the key to success.
The Science of Getting Rich written by Wallace D. Wattles and published in 1910 introduced the idea of using intention and creative visualization to attract wealth, overcome emotional barriers, and apply foolproof methods to bring financial success into your life.
Today, science, particularly quantum physics, is catching up with what ancient mystics have always known, that what is perceived as reality is a result of a projection of the mind. One such field of study is the (or Uncertainty Principle) which proves that by simply observing something (thinking about it) you effect the outcome.
Before any of this though, spiritual teachers taught and demonstrated the power of intention. Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Christians, and Muslims all have scriptures supporting the power of intention. The Buddha taught, “Experiences are preceded by mind, led by mind, and produced by mind.”
But keep in mind the law of attraction doesn’t only work to bring us good. Anything we give our energized thoughts to, and by energized we are specifically meaning emotionalized thoughts, thoughts mixed with strong emotions like excitement, love, fear, anxiety, these will super-charge thought energy and set the law of attraction in motion. A clear example of this can be seen in Job 3:25 when he said, “Because a dreadful thing I have dreaded, it has come upon me. And what I have been scared of comes to me.”
So it’s pretty clear that the Grizzlies players themselves could benefit from having actual belief in their own abilities, but that makes logical sense. In other words – the better they are at basketball (i.e. winning games) – the more they’re going to believe in themselves and that will have an effect. But that’s, again, very logical and kind of a chicken or egg question. But what about the fans? Does the collective belief or energy of a fan base really matter?
In a sense, we see this in arenas of every sport: A booing crowd or negative hometown newspaper can demoralize a team, whereas a supportive home crowd, may lift that team’s confidence in itself, creating a “home court advantage.” Though that’s somewhat tangible.
In spiritual or metaphysical circles, we’d call it picking up on “vibration,” “energy,” or “frequency.” It’s like when your spouse or teacher walks in the room and you can just feel they’ve had a bad day – it can even rub off on you, and now you’re anxious and on edge too. We spiritualists like to call that being an “empath.”
So the energy of a fan base – or a city – can work for good or for bad?
Most of us have heard of mass hysteria – other names include collective hysteria, group hysteria, or collective obsessional behavior. In medicine the term is used to describe manifestation of the same or similar physical symptoms by more than one person when a group of people believe they are suffering from a similar disease or ailment.
There’s a similar phenomenon called “collective effervescence,” a sociological concept introduced by Émile Durkheim. According to Durkheim, a community or society may at times come together and simultaneously communicate the same thought and participate in the same action. Such an event then causes collective effervescence which excites individuals and serves to unify the group.
So, bottom line, as an intuitive and a native Memphian who is familiar with this city, its energy and the NBA team here – what do you see happening for the Grizzlies?
Well, I’m no fortune teller, so I don’t make predictions about the future. I do observe and attempt to operate within the spiritual laws that are common throughout faith traditions and cultures. For Memphis, what that means to me, is that there’s a lot more to it than just setting intention to win and “Believing Memphis.”
There are two spiritual Laws that in my opinion and personal experience trump the Law of Attraction. These are the Laws of Reciprocity and Harmony. It is supported by the concept of The Secret which states that like attracts like, which means that the energy you put into the world—both good and bad—is what you get back. But, that’s not just thoughts, beliefs, and conscious intentions. There’s more to it than that: there’s the underlying motives and our contribution to the greater good – are we aligned with the spiritual laws of Reciprocity and Harmony?
Explain reciprocity and harmony further – is it implying that somehow there’s a earned aspect to all of this?
Reciprocity is not a new idea, some call it karma, reaping what you sow, or getting what you give. Are we giving what we hope to receive? Are we “doing unto others” as we would have them do unto us? The Grizzlies organization certainly make a contribution through their TEAM UP campaign, contributing millions to nonprofit organizations in the city of Memphis. That’s a good start. Now, how can we, as fans do well unto others? How may we contribute to the greater good?
And finally, at work is the Law of Harmony, the supreme ruler of the universe. Harmony sees to is that all things work in balance between opposing forces. It is the mediator of the idea that all is connected and all are one. Opposition to this law causes fear, mistrust, loneliness, aggression, and suffering.
In sports, this shows up not only as conflict between teams; but within the group, between the players, with the coaches and referees, and in the crowd. How many fans have witnessed fights in the stands? To some, this may be part of the excitement of the game-going experience. It cannot, and will not, however, spell victory for the team.
So the Clippers have absolutely no shot, right? The Clippers are awful people.
To work within the Law of Harmony, one must “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
So, in order for “Believe Memphis” to work, to really work, from a spiritual perspective, it will take more than billboards, towels, and t-shirts. It will have to be about more than the Grizzlies’ win. It must be expanded to a vision and commitment to uplift the city, to cultivate a sense of community, to inspire younger generations to live their dreams – and to take action on these commitments.
Further, it will have to be a slogan that inspires and encourages harmony. Can we believe in Memphis enough to love the opposing team as we love the Grizzlies? Can we believe in Memphis enough to pray for their health and success as we pray for that of our beloved Grizzlies?
I believe that we can, and if we do, we will do more than win a title, we will transform the city in which we live and work. Which, by natural extension, will transform our homes, our jobs, our families, and our world.
Sounds like a plan to me. Unless we play the Clippers.
If you want to contact Luna Grace Childs, here is a link to her website.