Why You See What You Say
I'll admit it. I am fascinated by the power of the brain. It is an incredible organ. It is fascinating the way the brain blends experiences and emotions to create beliefs. Consider also the fact that toxic thoughts look like stunted, dead wire bushes, while positive, empowering thoughts look like beautiful, vibrant trees.
Along with these scientific proved WOWs, ponder this verse from the Bible:
As someone thinks within himself, so he is. Proverbs 23:7
According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, neuroscience expert, our thoughts actually become physical substances in our brain. It's why we either have a head full of dead wire, or vibrant growth.
How about we talk about about how to turn those scientific and spiritual truths in our favor.
I See You
Allow me to introduce the The Reticular Activating System. This highly unappreciated tiny part of the brain that affects everything we see in life. As a matter of fact, It is the part of your brain which brings sounds and sights to the top of your conscious mind. If it didn't screen out the "unimportant" you would be bombarded and physically incapable of any action. Actually, you would simply be overwhelmed with all of the stimuli in your environment.
Here's how it works.
For a moment imagine you are in a crowded room. This room is teeming with people and filled with the noise of laughter, the tinkling of glasses and the slow murmur of conversation. All of a sudden, you hear your name, or something that sounds like your name. Immediately your attention is drawn to the direction the sound came from. Right?
Or how about this...
On Saturday evening you are going to your best friend's birthday party. Of course, you want to look Ah-Maz-Ing! You are looking for a dress for a party, but it isn't just any dress. Of all the dresses you could purchase, you know you want a beautiful royal purple creation in a design the highlights all your best features - tiny waist and lovely neck, while minimizing the little bit of extra ice cream or nachos that found their way to your hips. Can you see this dress in your mind now?
Because you are looking for this spectacular purple dress, you will begin to see the color purple everywhere. On top of that, you will notice purple dresses, tops and skirts in all of the magazines, online and adorning the people you see in the market.
Thank you, Reticular Activating System.
I'll See Your Brain and Raise You 1 Mind
Are you aware that your brain and mind are NOT the same thing. And contrary to what you might think, your brain is not the boss. Your mind is.
The truth is, it's what what you put in your mind shows that up in your life.
I mean, think about, Lovely.
When you push play on that melancholy tune, what happens to your mood?
As you snuggle in to enjoy that uplifting heroes-always-win movie, don't you experience hope? And the last time you spent your free minutes watching videos filled with violence and darkness, didn't you feel cranky and on edge?
Those reactions are your mind working to interpret each piece of data flooding through your eyes and ears. Interestingly, science tells us that the brain doesn't know the difference between what is actually happening to the body and what you are watching on television or at the movies.
It's why you flinch. Your body is protecting itself.
It's also why your heart races when you watch a suspenseful scene. The hippocampus is preparing you for fight or flight based on what it observes. Your conscious mind is the only thing keeping you in the chair.
How about for good measure, you put this at the top of your mind, too: "Be careful little ears what you hear. Be careful little eyes what you see."
The question is, how can you use these truths to reshape your current experience?
Meditation and Your Future
Meditation comes from Latin words meaning "to measure, to contemplate."
When we meditate, we are focusing our brain's attention to lay new ground in the mind. We measure what we've experienced by what we believe and how we feel about it all.
As you meditate on the future you want, the Reticular Activating System goes to work scanning the horizon for situations that match what you see in your mind.
It isn't hocus-pocus, name-it-and-claim-it, or new age voodoo - it is your God-created brain doing the work it was made to do.
YOU get to choose which thoughts you keep and which ones you toss out. As a matter of fact, If you want a life of hope, and peace, and prosperity - it is up to you to cultivate the garden of your mind to allow those to flourish.
On the other hand, if you've been experiencing doubt, fear and hopelessness, it's time to renew your mind and take your thoughts captive. Consequently, you have the power to turn those thoughts into trees of life-giving words, or leave the dry, wiry thoughts in place.
What Do You Want?
What do you REALLY want?
I'm not asking what you think you can have or what you think you have to do to get what you want.
No, rather, get gut honest with yourself. What do you WANT?
Most people think in terms of what they don't want. Things like:
I don't want to be sick. I certainly don't want to be poor. Surely, I don't want to fail. In fact, I don't want...
Another tricky part of the brain is that it picks those kind of statements and thoughts as what you actually expect. Yep. Instead of bringing to your attention ways to help you not be sick, poor or failing - it brings the exact opposite to you. Mm-hmm...donuts and tacos, expensive or out-of-your-price-range must haves, or triggers to give up.
Once you get really clear on these principles, you can begin to see the difference almost overnight.
Now, I'm not promising you overnight success. But what would happen if you started saying something like, "I see opportunities to get new customers every day." rather than, "No one wants to buy my products."
Why, this is what will happen...your Reticular Activating System will go to work for you! Suddenly, you'll see opportunities all around you!
I REALLY Want...
I truly want...
I really want...
I seriously want...
I desperately want...
The Key to Happiness and Other Mysteries
And, this works in every other area of your life, as well. Your relationships will get better. Your health practices will suddenly become easier. Why? Because you are saying and expecting they will.
Rather than saying, "I wish my husband would pay attention to me." you now can say, "My husband and I have such a wonderful relationship. We like to pay attention to each other." This trains your mind to look for all the small ways he pays attention to you, and helps you to realize ways you can pay more attention to him.
Rather than saying, "I just keep getting fatter and fatter." you can now say, "I am on the road to a healthy body." Your reticular activating system will bring to your attention ways you can change how you eat and how you move. Voila'! A healthier mind and body.
The Final Prescription
If you want something different - you must think something different. As your thinking changes, so will your actions.
Let me ask you one final question, "Is your vision big enough?" Are you solely relying on what you can do for yourself? How about using that beautiful brain and mind of yours, along with the power of the promises found in the Word of God, to change your life.
At the end of the day, here's the best way to transform your life and business:
Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Philippians 4:8
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