How many times have you noticed that an opportunity appeared when the moment to take advantage of it has already passed?
The truth is, opportunity is everywhere, all the time, but often we are not focused on receiving it so sometimes we don’t even notice that it has presented itself. This is largely due to a little cluster of nerves in the base of our brains called the Reticular Activating System.
What this part of our amazing brains does is to filter out all the information that isn’t relevant to us. In any given second our subconscious is being bombarded with millions of pieces of information and if we noticed them all we would become so overwhelmed that we would cease to function in a normal capacity. The brain therefore needs a way of filtering that information so it only allows the relevant pieces through to our conscious brain.
The Reticular Activating System, the RAS for short, is the gatekeeper that does just that. It’s primary job is to be on constant alert for danger and works in conjunction with your amygdala in the fight, flight and freeze process, but it also filters through to us what we are concentrating on and that which we seek to have in our lives.
Have you ever noticed that what you are thinking about or worrying about magically seems to appear in every area of your life. If you are trying to get pregnant, or sadly, if you have just lost a pregnancy, everywhere you look you will see babies or pregnant women. And if you are really focused on buying a new red car, red cars will suddenly jump into your consciousness and you will see them in a greater proportion than you ever did before.
It’s the RAS that makes The Law of Attraction come to life. As you may know, as well as being a Transformational Life Coach, I’m also a Certified Law of Attraction Practitioner, and although I do live by the principle of acceptance, that doesn’t mean that I blindly ‘trust the Universe’; I like to know how and why these things work as best as I can so I can take inspired action towards my intentions.
People often equate understanding The Law of Attraction to understanding the Law of Gravity. We all accept that the Law of Gravity exists and we have evidence of it working every day, so finding out the nitty gritty of exactly how isn’t really necessary but it is quite interesting.
For instance, I love the mind boggling reality that dropping a feather, a pebble and a kilo weight off the top of a building will result in all three of them hitting the floor at the same time due to the fact that the gravitational force of acceleration on earth is fixed and never changes regardless of an object’s mass. It defies logic (well mine at least) because surely the heavier object should fall faster and hit the floor first but we know that it’s true that they all hit the floor together. You can test it for yourself – it’s an awesome experiment especially to do with children.
By working to develop your appreciation for your RAS, much like the same way that gravity is proved every day, you will see that the function of your RAS will be proved every day too. So when you think of The Law of Attraction, think of it less like an airy fairy fluffy basket of woo and more like a focused desire that you are programming your brain to see. Try consciously telling your RAS to look out for a certain thing, and I promise you that thing will appear. It’s the Law of Attraction at work and it’s not magical, although it really does feels like it sometimes.
Opportunities really are everywhere, but you have to be awake enough to see them.
Until next time …