We’re all searching for answers. Barbara and Allan Pease share all of the tips for how to discover what you want from life then make it happen
You are about to learn about a remarkable system we each have in our brains – the Reticular
Activating System or RAS
Have you ever noticed that once you have decided on the type of car you want to buy, it seems that every other car on the road is the one you are considering buying? This is because your RAS is working, filtering out the other cars (the unimportant information) and bringing the car of your thoughts to the forefront of your mind. The numbers of that particular car have not increased since you decided to buy it; it’s simply your RAS in action. If you lose interest in that car, you’ll no longer see it on the roads.
When a woman becomes pregnant, it starts to seem to her as if every second woman around her is also pregnant. If you have a new baby in the house, you may be so tired that you can sleep through the noise of the traffic and noisy neighbours but as soon as the baby begins to cry you are wide awake.
In a very different example, if you choose to believe that the world and people are all bad, every time you turn on the TV or read a newspaper you’ll see tragedy, death and war. The RAS
doesn’t care whether you love something or not, it only looks out for the patterns in your environment that match your dominant thoughts or beliefs.
If you are continually thinking about what you don’t like, then your RAS is being programmed to alert you to see what you don’t like. You will see so much of what you don’t want that it could seem as though you are at war with your environment. This is why we will ask you to focus only on what you do want, not what you don’t want.
You program your RAS with your self-talk and expectations. If your expectations are positive, you
automatically program your RAS to seek information about positive behaviours and to screen out information about negative ones. Because of this biological filter function, whatever you are
thinking about or focusing on will seep into your subconscious mind and reappear at a future time.
The exciting breakthrough is that you can deliberately program your RAS by choosing the exact messages you send to it from your conscious mind. This means you can now create your own reality. Nothing you will learn in this book is connected to willpower. It all happens in this small bunch of neural fibres running through your brain stem – your RAS.
Positive thinking can change your life and help you reach your goals, overcome obstacles, deal with stress, fear and worry – and never give up.
How to take charge of your life & become the person you want to be by Babara Pease and Allan Pease is out now