Let Your RAS Focus On The How

Finally!  I have an even better understanding for what happens in our brain when we shift our thinking.  I’ve read and heard many times that when we change our thoughts, we literally change our brain… that we cause the neural cells to rearrange and reconfigure in our brain.  In doing so, we are able to shift old patterns of thinking and being.  What I didn’t know is that there is a messaging system at the base of our skull called the RAS (Reticular Activating System) that connects the brain with the rest of the body.

In Getting It Together, author Christina Randle explains that using this RAS part of our brain “makes it easier to get what we want – and in a more organic and easy manner.”  She says that our brains are “designed to have us be right.”  Randle also points out that the brain doesn’t understand when we want less of something or words like “don’t.”  When we tell a child, “Don’t spill the milk!” the child will, of course, spill the milk.

Randle suggests that we focus on what we do want rather than what we don’t want as much as possible.  In my work with clients who are creating shifts forward inwardly and outwardly, I encourage them to list what they don’t want as a way to access what they do want.  After that, the focus is all about what they do want.  We shift forward when we purge that negative stuff which no longer serves us.

Randle sums it all up with the following comments:  “One of the best aspects about an Intention is that you are telling your brain and the body what you want.  It will figure out the how.  Once you have clearly identified your Intention, the RAS immediately begins to scan your environment for options, ideas and resources.  This way, you don’t have to worry and focus on the specifics of how this will happen.  You focus and get clear on the what – the Outcome.  The RAS focuses on the how.”

Angela Loëb helps people bring who they really are to what they do in life.
More at http://angelaloeb.com

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