Believe & You Shall Perceive
Did you ask but haven’t received? It sees through your beliefs — the Reticular Activating System that can be your co-pilot on the course towards achieving your goals.
Write down your goals, visualize the end result, feel a bunch of delicious feelings, and you will get what you desire. Right? Not necessarily.
If you are using conscious goal-setting methods and visualization to help focus your mind on achieving certain outcomes, there may be an important step that you are overlooking.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you are right.” — Henry Ford
Those with an interest in the neuroscience behind the Law of Attraction may have heard of the Reticular Activating System as the scientific reason why visualization paired with strong emotions is likely to help us attract what we desire into our lives. Many of these explanations only skim over the importance that our deeply-held beliefs play in the manifestation process.
The scientific research on how our beliefs control what our brains focus on and therefore what we end up seeing more of in our lives is still in its early stages. Summarized below, this analysis by Eugene Shea sheds some new light on the subject in relating the role of the Reticular Activing System to our will. It makes it clear that our beliefs color how we perceive information and in turn how we see reality the way that we do.
The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a bundle of nerves in the brain that filters out the billions of signals that our brain must process at any given time. RAS acts as a gatekeeper that filters out the “important” information from the unnecessary noise.
Each individual’s attention is uniquely focused on different things even in the same exact set of circumstances, just as every witness to a car accident will have a different account of how it happened. We have been told many times that noticing the positives and being grateful is likely to attract more of that into our lives while noticing the negatives will only bring more of them.
How is it that some people seem to go through life always complaining, only focusing on the negative…