Manifesting… and all that!

Now we’ve all heard of The Secret, the Law of Attraction and manifesting. And I am here to explain a bit more about how it all works.

So in our brains we have something called the Reticular Activating System or RSA. This clever bit of kit, which we were born with, is basically a filter system.  Imagine if we took in EVERY piece of information we are bombarded with on a daily basis, we physically could cope and most likely melt down. In its simplest guise the RSA acts as a filter to let in what we think about the most i.e. attract to us, and block out what isn’t relevant to us and our beliefs.

Want to know who programmes the Reticular Activating System? It’s YOU! That’s right you are responsible for programming the RSA and it’s done through the framing you use from your past experiences, as well as the people and situations around us.

So for instance if you think that you’re worthless and invisible then the RSA will provide you with every piece of information that confirms exactly that.  We then interpret that information using what psychologists call Confirmation Bias, which Wikipedia defines as “the tendency to search for interpret, favour and recall information in a way that confirms one’s pre-existing beliefs.”  What you’re thinking or saying, in other words the things that you’re giving the most attention to will show up in your experience. The more pieces of information that you receive the more it solidifies and concretes what you believe, the more you will receive and the more it will show up. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
BUT it is also, if you think about it, the basic premise for the law of attraction and manifesting. And as books like The Secret say you’re always manifesting. You can’t press pause, you can’t turn it off, and that’s all down to a combination of the RSA and Confirmation Bias.  So if you want more good stuff in your life you have to change the way you think; simple!? 
Try the following experiment for a minimum of 48 hours.  It’s based on the very popular VW Jetta experiment by Pam Grout in her book E squared.  Basically in her experiment Pam manifests rarely seen VW Jetta cars because she’s filtering them into her experience. 
Now my experiment is similar, but what you have to do is think of something completely obscure.  Something really random that you know you’re deliberately bringing into your experience when it shows up. Once one thing has shown up, ask for something else.  The wilder and wackier the better, so you know it’s meant for you and you’ll know when you know.  You have to also allow for creativity in how it’s presented to you too. Here’s one of my examples;
I asked to see a Bluebird.  I live in the UK and the only bluebird I am likely to see is a Budgie in the pet store, the main reason why I chose something so random.  Later that day I was parked in the supermarket car park which was super busy.  I managed to find a space… right next to a Nissan Bluebird car!!! 
You might call this synchronicity, manifestation or just plain coincidence, but I understand it as this; I asked, I believed and I received!  It was absolutely meant for me.  Now over to you, have a go at your own experiment, and use the comments section to let me know what showed up for you.
Until next time…

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I'm Sarah Boucher-Edwards. I'm a mid-life wife, mum of two, and lifestyle blogger. In my professional life, I am an event planner, marketer, and account manager. But I am also passionate about "human potential", and getting people to be the best they can be. This is the blog that I run with my daughters all about being totally abundant in all areas of your life.

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