The mind can do seemingly impossible things.
That was the message mentalist and motivational speaker Keith Matheny shared with area educators who gathered Tuesday to be honored by Summer Motion.
It was an inspirational message for teachers who dedicate their lives to showing students the power of their own brains.
“I think sometimes in your lives you tell yourself you can’t do something that you have every ability to do,” he said, opening his show. “I found many times we shut ourselves down. We say immediately there is no way I can do that without any training, any opportunities, any chances. So I believe, you are cutting yourself off from possibility. You think you are doing all that you can do, you are really only doing about 10 percent of what you can do,” Matheny said after beginning his performance by naming each and every one of the more than 100 audience members where they sat in the crowd, after having only seen them as they entered the doors.
“People say ‘what is your limit,’” Matheny said. “I say, I don’t know. I’m not going to settle on it either, because I believe if I did I’d cut myself off from possibility.”
He then went on to prove the impossible possible in a series of demonstrations, including successfully writing down the word educator James Ellis had been thinking about but never spoke, describing a photograph while blindfolded and determining the denomination of two bills (and serial numbers on one) placed in his hand.
To conclude his presentation he asked four random audience members to plan a lifetime vacation, asking one for a destination, the second for an airline, the third for a length of time and the fourth for a cost. He then produced a sealed envelop from his wallet with the exact information on it, to be greeted by gasps of awe from the audience.
In conclusion he told the crowd: “I wonder how many things in your life ... that you think they are impossible? Maybe the only reason they are is because you think they are. You just don’t believe in the magic and the power of your own mind. You have an extraordinary mind and body that can do extraordinary things. Use it, believe in it ... may the force be with you!”
CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2653.
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