WHY YOUR THOUGHTS MATTER: Manifesting Our Own Destiny

The older I get the more I realize how amazing we are as humans.
Our brains are incredibly complex. At any given moment, our five senses are picking up millions of bits of data. Somehow, to prevent us from short circuiting, we can sift through all this data at any given time. We have to organize and prioritize that information without regard to the useless information that could be processed.
Think of all the peripheral noises and smells and visions that are happening right around you. We don’t notice any of them unless we focus on them or have a need to respond to them. Meditation teaches this when you concentrate on any given subject. Our eyes are able to see so many things at one given time but our brain shuts out all but the conscious focus.
The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a bundle of nerves at our brainstem that filters out unnecessary information so we can process the important data. The RAS is the reason you purchase a new car and then start seeing it everywhere. It’s why you can tune out a crowd full of talking people, yet immediately notice when someone says your name or something that even sounds like it. When women are pregnant they and their partners are more aware of others who are also pregnant when before, they paid no attention.
Two Part System
Your RAS takes what we are able to physically experience through our senses and creates a filter for it. It then analyses the data and displays only the information that is important to at that time. All of this happens without you noticing, of course. The RAS programs itself to work in your favor without you actively doing anything. It is as simple and automatic as breathing.
In the same way, the RAS filters information that legitimizes your beliefs. It refines the world through the specifications you give it, and your beliefs shape those boundaries. If you believe you are bad at doing something, you likely will be. If you believe you work efficiently, you likely do. The RAS helps you see what you want to see and in doing so, influences your actions.
It is suggested that you can train your RAS by taking your subconscious thoughts and pairing them to your conscious thoughts. We call it “setting our intent.” This basically means that if we concentrate specifically on our goals, our RAS will provide the people, information and opportunities that help us achieve them. In some circles this is called frequency. The frequency we put out allows us to accept the vibrations and objectives we are looking for.
The Reticular Activating System Influences The Way We Interpret The World Around Us.
Here is a very simple and practical method to achieve your goals. This is similar to affirmations that many focus on as a habit.
  • First, think of the goal or situation you want to influence. Write it down. When we ink it, we think it! Writing these goals or achievements down and revisiting them allows us to keep focus on what we desire to be or accomplish.
  • Now think about the experience or result you want to reach in regards to that goal. This is the practice of imagining the end result. What will that accomplishment feel like? What will it provide to us when achieved?
  • Create a mental movie of how you picture that goal/situation ideally turning out in the future. Notice the sounds, conversations, visuals and details of that mental movie. Replay it often in your head.
  • Repeat habitually!
I do believe that our Reticular Activating System (RAS) can be trained. It’s about visualizing what we want, and then letting our subconscious and conscious work together to make it happen. I have to continually refocus and remind my brain what is important and what isn’t.
We’re just getting into the first quarter of our New Year’s Resolutions and it’s easy to give up on our goals. If we set our intent and refocus, though, our RAS can help us out. Our brains look out for our best interests. Our RAS is filtering through billions of pieces of data so we can see and hear and be what we want to be. This is a large part of intuition. When we are clear about what we want and we make a consistent effort to be mindful of these intentions, the world will deliver.
What we focus on expands and grows. It is important to understand this process in order to manifest our own destiny.

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