Has this ever happened to YOU?

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

The reticular activating system.

The what?!

The reticular activating system (RAS) is a network of neurons located in the brain stem that project anteriorly to the hypothalamus to mediate behavior, as well as both posteriorly to the thalamus and directly to the cortex for activation of awake, desynchronized cortical EEG patterns.


In simple terms, it is what happens when you focus on something, your brain filters out anything that pretty much isn’t that. In even similar terms, when you are told you can’t have something you see it everywhere. Or, you never saw a red minivan on the road until you bought one and thought you were unique until suddenly you are noticing them everywhere (this happened to me.)

The RAS is responsible for the truth behind the famous Henry Ford quote, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right.”

So why am I bringing this up?

Because it’s a pretty interesting thing and I wonder how it factors into my life and the lives of my clients. Let me explain.

A lady comes to me for a reading. I feel her Mom is there in spirit for her and I bring up details of her life with her Mom, traditions, personality traits, items handed down, things that were done for her before she died. I see a white feather and ask my lady about them, I say they are everywhere, is this your spirit sign from your Mom? She tells me that she doesn’t see feathers, ever. Do you see where I’m going with this?

The next morning she sends me a text with a photo. She says “Oh my God! I went for a walk this morning and right there in the middle of the sidewalk was a huge white feather! I can’t believe it. Thank you so much for the reading it really means a lot to me, I am feeling so much more at peace.” She updates me later that she now sees the feathers everywhere and in some of the weirdest places.

I am happy for her but I wonder, were the feathers really around her before the reading and she was missing them, OR is she just now going to notice feathers because of her reticular activating system? The chicken or the egg question.

Have you heard the expression “what you think about, you bring about”? It goes both ways...negative and positive. We have all met someone who seems to have a little black rain cloud hanging over their heads. Do they really have bad luck all the time or are they just seeing and reacting to only the bad luck that they see because they believe they are the kind of person who always has bad luck? The same goes for the people who seem to have all the good luck. So, theoretically, this should mean that we can train our RAS to tune in to what we want to manifest. A self-fulfilling prophecy that will help open you up to seeing the opportunities around you that will point you in the direction of the “thing” that you want to manifest. Are you following me?

If you want to read some more about the RAS this article explains it much better than I did!


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