What determines what we will manifest?
So what determines what we will manifest?
What determines which bit we will “see” and which bit we will skip over?
Apparently it all comes down to the all important, life-shaping decision, made moment to moment, day and night, awake or asleep, by a part of our brain called the reticular activating system (RAS). This part of our brain, which is a network of nerve pathways lying at the base of our brain, acts like a filter for all the sensory input our brain draws from our external world.
Based on all the information patterns already established in our brain, the reticular activating system or RAS sorts through the myriad of sensory input data coming from our environment and alerts our conscious brain, when it finds something which it thinks is relevant and important to what is going on. And it does this at a speed eight hundred times faster than our conscious brain cells operate!
It acts a bit like Google, only this makes Google seem like something from the stone age!
Here is the most important thing about the reticular activating system: Just as with Google, you can enter whatever search string you want to look for, and what you program in, in terms of a specific idea or goal you are looking for, no matter whether you are asleep or awake, thinking about it or not, the RAS will keep doing its job, sifting through the entire ocean of information swirling about you at all times to find precisely what you’ve told it to find, picking out that one bit of crucial data to take you a step closer to your desired goal.
Harnessing this gift
The interesting thing is, we can deliberately program the reticular activating system, to help us manifest what we want to see in our lives. However, there is a catch, it needs to be congruent with what we believe we are capable of achieving and what we believe is possible and this is where psychocybernetics comes in.
This is where it becomes interesting, we can program it! We can set goals and then by repeating affirmations, carrying out appropriate actions, and by repeatedly looking at images that remind us of our goals, we can train the reticular activating system to search out everything that will bring us closer and closer to what we want to manifest in our lives.
Napoleon Hill said, “we can achieve any realistic goal if we keep thinking of that goal”.
Likewise, if we believe we can’t achieve a goal, our reticular activating system will find endless ways to mirror back to us proof that that is right!
So what we need to do is create a very clear picture of our goal(s) in our conscious mind. Some people use vision boards to help them. The RAS will then pass this information on to our subconscious – which will then help us, by bringing to our attention all the relevant information which otherwise might have remained as ‘background noise’.
So the question is what are we looking for?
What do you believe? What would you like to manifest in your life but are afraid it is just not realistic and therefore impossible? The question is, is it really impossible?
What we believe, think about, and focus on, determines exactly how our lives will pan out. So truly understanding this gift we have sitting at the base of our brains and how we can use it to help us achieve what we want in our lives and our world is key to helping us create the kind of world we want to live in.
The truth is we literally have the power to create whatever we believe we can. We just need to retrain our brains!
Source of material above: “The Answer” by John Assaraf and Murray Smith