The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a set of connected nuclei at the base of our brain and is our automatic goal seeking mechanism. Our RAS is like a filter between our conscious mind and subconscious mind. It takes instructions from your conscious mind and passes them on to our subconscious.
Our conscious mind can receive 40 bits of data per second and the subconscious mind receives 10 million bits of data per second.
The RAS acts like a gate keeper, filtering information that will be a waste of time and points out what’s important to us.
For example, the instruction might be, “listen out for anyone saying my name”. The Reticular Activating System is our automatic goal seeking mechanism. It’s possible to program the reticular activating system to see what we want to see.
When we consciously choose what we want to see in our lives, saying it in thought and word, the RAS will send these messages on to our subconscious mind. 95% of our behavior is motivated by our subconscious mind.
When we set goals, say affirmations, and visualize our goals it will be like Napoleon Hill said, “We can achieve any realistic goal if we keep on thinking of that goal, and stop thinking any negative thoughts about it.” Of course Napoleon continues, “If we keep thinking that we can’t achieve a goal, our subconscious will help us NOT achieve it.”
Remember, our reticular activating system cannot distinguish between fact and fiction. Our subconscious mind will believe what ever is impressed upon it as if a fact.
My advice? Choose wisely what you’ll say. Make a commitment to yourself, write your goals down and put them in places that you will read them often: on your mirror, on your computer screen or refrigerator, wherever you”ll see them. Remember to repeat them out loud.
About Linda: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 54 years old, happily married with eight children and has been living with Multiple Sclerosis since 1995. Linda’s unexpected path in life has led to her helping others choose happiness in their own realities. Linda’s focus has always been to help others with compassion and nurturing, whether working as a group counselor at the abused women’s shelter in Anchorage or while raising their eight children, Linda has always been a nurturer. Her gift for wanting to help others fits perfectly into reaching her goal of becoming a certified life coach.