The Reticular Activating System (RAS)
In today’s video I will be sharing with you how to achieve amazing goals in your life, by teaching you all about your Reticular Activating System (we’ll call it RAS for short), and how to switch it on.
What is the Reticular Activating System (RAS)
So firstly, what is the Reticular Activating System?
Well, the RAS is a bundle of nerves at the base of your brain stem and its function is to act as a filter between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. It filters the millions of pieces of data that the brain is processing per second, and it only allows what is important and of interest to the conscious mind into its awareness. Our conscious minds would not be able to cope without this system in place as it would not be able to compute all the information that surrounds us on a daily basis.
How does the RAS work?
Let’s consider the following example:
You have decided to buy a new car and you have even chosen the color – it is going to be a bright red sports car! You have made that decision and it is now in your subconscious mind. The next time you are on the road, all you seem to see are red sports cars!! As you are driving along you notice all the red sports cars – and find yourself saying, ‘oh look there’s a red sports car over there’ and then you’ll see another one, and another one…because you have now become aware of ‘red sports cars’ and it has been filtered through the RAS filter and as this is what is important and of interest to you today the RAS is filtering out all other colors and types of cars.
Another example, is that of a pregnant woman. As soon as she’s pregnant she starts to see and be very aware of, a lot of other pregnant women out there. They were there before, but until she was pregnant, and it was of interest to her, she just wasn’t aware of them.
So, how can that help you?
Getting the Reticular Activating System to work for you!
Well, let’s say that you’ve decided you want a new career and you’ve decided where you want to work and the type of people you’d like to work with, and the type of work that you’d like to achieve.
You set that intention, and you make that your goal… and so that filters through your RAS and then into your subconscious mind. So your subconscious mind now lets your conscious reality become aware of all the people, all the opportunities, all the experiences that are of importance to you. All the ideas will suddenly come rushing through, of exactly what it is that you want. When you make that conscious decision and that goal, and write it down and speak about it and feel very passionate and emotional about it, visualising it and dream about it….well, that is how it goes through your RAS filter….of exactly what you want, and then your subconscious mind will then bring that into your reality.
Changing negative thoughts to positive ones and making the RAS work for you.
Now, this is all great if you’re thinking positive thoughts and you’ve set that intention in the positive. But what happens when it is something that you’re feeling negative about? When you say things to yourself like “I am never on time”; “I am stuck in this job and I don’t like the people I am working for” – all of what you are saying, thinking and feeling will be even more prevalent as it goes through your RAS filter. The RAS does not distinguish between what you ‘want’ and what you ‘don’t want’ it simple filters out everything else that you are NOT focussing on. So negative thoughts are filtered through the RAS and your attention and subconscious mind will continue to focus on these negative thoughts and feelings drawing more of that into your consciousness and reality!
Change what you say to yourself! When you catch yourself thinking of what you don’t want – change it to what you do want. It is as simple as catching that thought and repeating it in the positive. One of the best ways to change negative thought patterns is to write them down and then rewrite them in the exact opposite. For example change “I am never on time” to “I choose to be on time” and change “I am stuck in this job and I don’t like the people I am working for” to “I am open to new job opportunities and possibilities and I look for the good and the positive in everyone I work with”. The the RAS will get to work focussing in on the positive experiences, thoughts and feelings that you DO WANT. Then the RAS, instead of the filter being focussed on negative experiences and realities it is switched to looking for and focussing on the positive and uplifting experiences.
Whatever we focus on we get more of! Wherever our attention goes, energy flows!
Be aware of your thoughts and how they affect the RAS.
So, be mindful of making your intent ‘positive’. Become very much aware of, ‘what I do want”, and “what I do want to experience” and “what I do want to feel”. Write it down, put energy and passion into it. Speak to people about what you do want, because you are now aware of your Reticular Activating System and how it works all the time. This filter will bring you what you’re focusing on into your reality, so make sure it’s positive and make sure it’s something that you want, so then you can control the reality and what happens to you in your life, which is very, very powerful!!
I wanted to share this with you today, I hope you enjoy and let me know how it helps you, on your journey x
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