Have you ever wondered what makes “successful” people successful? That question has always intrigued us. Amazing things seem to simply flow into their lives. But what differentiates successful people from the average person? Is it sheer luck and/or drive? There has to be a much deeper and scientific explanation. And apparently, there is. One is a practice or daily habit and the other is an essential part of our brains. These are The Reticular Activating System and Visualization.
So let’s first discuss the science part of this article.
What is The Reticular Activating System?
The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a network of Neurons that are located in the brain stem. We have previously discussed how we are defined by those networks of Neurons in our brain. They determine almost every aspect of who you are, what you do, etc. RAS is an essential part of that process. It also controls various sleep and waking mental states.
Let us define this system in our brains in layman’s terms. As mentioned before, RAS is an essential part of our brain process. It acts as a filter for the information our brain is confronted with regularly. We recently came across a lecture on this topic. It discussed how humans could reprogram these various processes in our brains to our advantage. And it simply fascinated us. We have always believed in the power of visualization but never understood the science behind it. We knew there had to be a part of our brain that partially defined how things manifested in our lives.
What is the Main Function of RAS?
Imagine our brains without an information filter. And every piece of information you are presented with is taken at face value and stored in your brain. It would be chaos and act the same way water affects a computer’s chipboard. The result is a short circuit in your brain. Although you might not realize it (thanks to The Reticular Activating System) there is a vast amount of information constantly being presented to you. Let’s take a train commute to work as an example. There are people having conversations around, various sounds and noises popping up, advertisements left and right, etc, etc. The truth is, your brain scarcely processes .5 % of the various sources of information around you. And that is a good thing!
In a recent article, we referred to the brain as a very complex computer. And like a computer it can be upgraded, reset, hacked but also damaged. RAS pretty much acts as a firewall between your brain and a virus. Better yet it acts as the Central Processing Unit (CPU) in a computer. Its main function is to filter and process the necessary amount of information based on its capacity and validity.
What is Visualization?
Visualization is a practice. It entails thinking about something specific and suggesting to your brain its presence in your life. To be more practical, visualization refers to the formation of a mental image of something being present in your life. Furthermore, not only you are generating a mental picture of something but two other actions precede it. Meaning it requires an emphasis on your feelings and emotions associated with that for which you are visualizing.
It is one of the most fundamental aspects of successful people. It’s a practice like any other we have discussed in our other articles. It requires to believe and apply discipline. Along with positive thinking and affirmations, it is one of the most effective and powerful ways we can hack our brains.
The Power of Visualization
If Visualization had a “mathematical” equation, it would look something like this:
Realization + Visualization = Manifestation
At the core of visualization is training your brain to modify and expand the network of neurons to amplify your ‘RAS filter’. For most of us, the Reticular Activating System only allows that information that validates and confirms your own beliefs. Although it prevents your brain from a short-circuit. It also impacts your ability to recognize and absorb alternative and valuable opportunities. Science has proven that: Our brain does not know the difference between things that have happened (memories) and the things you imagine/visualize.
It has also been shown that when we visualize, our brains encode it as a real memory. Visualizing effectively changes the ‘RAS filter” system. Because not only it automatically increases your confidence and security but it develops and improves the skills to are necessary to attain that which you are visualizing.
Isn’t that stunning?
How Much Do You Want It?
Let’s go back to the beginning of this article. We proposed the following questions:
- Have you ever wondered what makes “successful” people successful?
- What makes successful people seem like amazing things simply flow into their lives?
- What makes them so special and different than the average person?
Bottom line is, it simply comes down to how much you want something (the realization) and how deeply you can connect to it (the visualization) both mentally and emotionally. Visualization is a practice and a process. And although a tedious one at first, it’ll eventually come naturally and become part of you (the manifestation).
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