A Belief is a wonderful thing to have – and – unless you have a way to put it into practice, it’s not very effective. Today you’ll discover how your brain is hard-wired to filter your experience and how you can use it to shift your thinking.
Rose Colored Glasses Are Just One Possibility
Since the dawn of time, humans have been hard-wired for survival. When we lived in caves, making it through the night meant that we had to have quicksilver senses to distinguish danger and find safety. Those humans who did this well survived long enough to have children, and they passed this skill down to them. Their focus on avoiding danger and finding safety became a filter for everything they did, until it was so much a part of them that they never thought of living any other way.
Think about your family. What do you do really well because you learned it growing up?
I have no doubt that my love of reading and writing comes directly from my parents, who valued and were skilled at both; they made sure that their children had a wide variety of opportunities to develop as readers and writers. This focus gave each of us a proficiency that we would not have gotten without them. They gave us a filter for the world that includes reading everything we can about our interests and passions, and writing about it. Whether it’s keeping a daily journal for over 40 years, writing books and a blog, making a living as a journalist, writing songs, or using it to write sales copy, our filter for the world is words.
“Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses” is another filter– just like survival, or finding the right words. With this as a filter, you can see what’s possible beyond what’s in front of you, you can see the opportunity in challenging situations and you see through difficulty for the gift of the learning it brings. When you’re the one wearing the “rose-colored glasses” what you see looks normal to you. Only other people, with other filters, are aware of the difference in what you see and what they see.
What’s so powerful about each of these filters is that they are so much a part of us that they’re outside of our awareness. It’s only when you decide to try something new that you have the reason to check your thoughts. So being on this Journey and exploring this first Belief gives you the perfect opportunity to pay attention to what filters your experience, because once you see your filters, you can decide to keep them or change them.
The only way to shift your thinking is pay attention to your thoughts.
After you do that for a couple of days, you will start to see the trends that point you toward your filters. That’s when it gets exciting–it’s the mental equivalent of Dorothy pulling the curtain on the Wizard of OZ. Now you’re discovering how you filter your experience (which we all do) and you can do something about it.
This one strategy is the basis of the Law of Attraction and The Secret!
If you want to know more about the physiological basis of your filters, check out the Reticular Activating System (RAS): “…the most important function of the RAS is its control of consciousness. It is believed to control sleep, wakefulness, and the ability to consciously focus attention on something. In addition, the RAS acts as a filter…helping to prevent the senses from being overloaded.” (www.wisegeek.com)
So now you know about the filter in your brain that keeps you from being overloaded. If we had to consciously process every bit of information that’s out there, our brains would explode. So we make our way through the world with the assistance of the RAS and those mental filters.
Here are three questions that will help you to shift your thinking:
- What are you filtering in to your awareness?
- What are you filtering out of your awareness?
- What do you need to shift to give you the experience and results you want?
Tomorrow: How to Use The Clock-face Technique to Shift Your Experience Immediately