“Mind is the master power that molds and makes,
And we are mind, and evermore we take
The tool of thought, and shaping what we will,
Bring forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills.
We think in secret, and it comes to pass,
Our world is but our looking glass. James Allen

“…Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.” Ben Stein

Thoughts…

People throughout the ages have discussed how powerful thoughts are and how they can change your life. Often the explanations can get very deep or scientific as they talk about quantum physics and energy. While all of the discussions hold truth , there is a far simpler explanation of how your thoughts change your life. It all begins with a part of your brain called the Reticular Activating System.(RAS) This diminutive part of your brain has an exceedingly huge job to do. It’s job is to filter through all of the stimulus we receive every second of our lives and then let us know what is important for us to focus on. Without this part of our brain we would go crazy trying to pay attention to everything from how our socks feel on our toes, the hum of the refrigerator to the sounds of a child crying outside. Everything would grab our attention equally and the result would be major overwhelm. Thankfully this beautiful part of our brain offers up to us only what we have decided is important. And that is where the power of our thoughts come in. Whatever we think about over and over especially with emotion, that is what the RAS shows us.

I just heard a fascinating example of how this works … John noticed that everyday when he looked through the mail it consisted of bills and useless catalogs. “I sure wish my mail was full of checks instead.”he thought. John decided that he would imagine many times per day checks filling his mailbox. Each evening when he walked in the door he would ask his wife “Did I get any checks today?” Everyday the answer was “no” and his kids started thinking dad had really lost it. Months went by as John trained his RAS to look for ways to get checks in his mailbox. Then one morning as he walked into his office where he worked as a journalist the secretary said, “John, people keep asking for some of your old articles do you have any I could share?” John’s RAS started screaming! Here’s a way to get checks in the mail! So he took some of his old articles and put them in a small booklet to sell. That was the beginning of John receiving checks in the mail almost everyday . He had let his brain know by his consistent imagining that getting checks in the mail was very important. The RAS started scanning his environment for anything that could bring him checks in the mail and kept at it until an answer was found. John used this process to bring more money in, my friend Debbie used it to lose weight and keep it off, the possibilities are endless. Using the power of your thoughts is not complicated but it requires daily imagining and the ability to remain curious rather then always asking if it’s working! So here’s to the RAS, imagining and curiosity! Start using the power of your brain today.

Questions…

1. What do you want to create in your life?

2. What will you imagine?

3. Are you curious or desperate?

4. Commit to spending time everyday picturing what you want.

Dance with Joy,

Leanna Fredrich
Life Coach