Every moment of every day, you are being bombarded with countless quantities of stimuli.
Luckily, your brain’s trusty reticular activating system automatically filters out the vast majority of stimuli you receive.
If this did not happen, your brain would, like, totally explode.
Since you’re reading this, I’m assuming your RAS is functioning just fine.
But take a moment to stop and ask yourself what this means…it means that you are only consciously aware of a very small portion of that which you call ‘reality’…your very own, personal, fabricated reality.
So how does the RAS determine which pieces are important and relevant to you?
It actually has a lot to do with your cumulative experiences in life. Perhaps even from past lives – I’m not sure.
What I do know, however, is that it is possible to shape and influence your perception through conscious, deliberate action. And the way you do this is two-fold:
It has been demonstrated that your subconscious mind responds to stimuli that give you a strong emotion. It also responds to repeated stimuli.
If your brain experiences the same things over and over (especially emotionally intense things), then the subconscious mind will flag these things as important and your RAS will remove this filter and allow them to enter into your conscious awareness.
It has also been demonstrated that a person’s mentality and outlook on life will in a large part determine their fate. That’s why you hear so many people talk about mindset as being the key to success.
So, combining these realizations, the secret to reality creation is to choose what you put in and then choose how you respond to it. Although it isn’t always possible to choose what goes in, you can always choose how you respond to it.
Unfortunately, you don’t have easy access to the things that are in your subconscious mind. So this means that changing your reality is a gradual process where you deliberately shape the conscious perceptions you are having.
Here’s a great quote from one of my old posts:
In order to make room for a new reality, you must accept without judgement the current reality that you are living. Only then are in you the peaceful, relaxed mindset to begin experiencing other possible quantum realities that are filled with abundance and happiness.
Creating your own reality depends a lot on having a healthy mentality. That means two things:
- Deliberately choosing which stimuli you present to your mind.
- Deliberately choosing how you respond (internally or externally) to said stimuli.
Your mind is a delicate and fertile organism. Think of it as a garden. Not only do you choose seeds to plant, but you also choose which seeds to water. Giving attention to the same seeds over and over will eventually create an addiction patterning in your brain.
It is extremely easy to become addicted to your own thoughts, perceptions, behaviors, and emotions.
When people think of addictions, they think of drugs. But there is a lot of research that demonstrates that people can become addicted to just about anything:
- Social Media
- TV Series
- …the list goes on and on…
Whether you are aware of this or not, you are currently addicted – to your thoughts…your behaviors…your feelings. And the more energy you pump into these addictions, the stronger they become.
We’re all junkies in this regard.
But that’s ok. Because you get to choose what you’re addicted to.
You get to choose (in a large part) what kind of things you’re feeding your brain and how you’re responding to them.
Are you feeding it love, understanding, and compassion? Or are you feeding it junk food like horror movies, comedy series, and video games?
There’s nothing wrong with indulging in things you enjoy from time to time…even if society tells you they’re “bad.”
It only really starts to become a problem when it comes to mass, repeated consumption. Remember, the subconscious mind responds to repetition and emotion.
Try to be mindful of what you’re choosing to put into your brain. Just because it might feel passive, your brain is hard at work planting those seeds.
So if you like to experience a strong emotion like fear, then just make sure you’re balancing it out with another strong emotion like love or peace. A balanced brain is a healthy brain.
For example, I have a sneaking suspicion that my recent horror movie binge has actually allowed fear to translate into my day-to-day life. After about a month of watching horror movies just about every day, I started noticing intense fears surface under circumstances that they normally wouldn’t have…which was definitely not pleasant. Not to mention: who knows how this might have affected my goals and desires.
All I’m saying is just be mindful, that’s all.
It is just as easy – if not easier – to unconsciously consume things mentally as it is to do so physically. But if you allow yourself to be conscious of everything you do, say, eat, and think, then you’ll have a much better chance at making healthy decisions for your brain and body.
At the end of the day, you’re the only one who can determine if something is serving you or not. So be honest with yourself. Run your own experiment. Just watch out for those justifications…it’s almost always a sure sign that you’re addicted to something that isn’t serving you.
Your brain and body are the devices through which you can achieve higher levels of creational freedom.
And if one’s mentality is the cornerstone of reality creation, then a healthy brain is a good first step.
Good luck, comrade.