How your thoughts create your reality
This week we're going to continue to believe in the unseen and we're going to continue to rewire our RAS. Our Reticular Activating System.
Hello, my fellow rebels. I'm Chaitali Desai and welcome to Metaphysical Mondays. How was last week? I would love to hear what, what unexpected out of the normal everyday thing did you ask to see? I would love to know. I would love to know what surprises have been coming through.
I know so many of you have been sharing with me in my messenger, but my favorite example is, a friend of mine asked to see the color Mauve. You would probably expect to see someone in a mauve shirt, mauve lipstick, maybe, mauve hair color? But what she saw, she saw a mauve Jeep! Think about that. Have you ever seen a mauve Jeep? I haven't. It's almost as if she combined the last couple of weeks of experiments. Something unexpected. That was the first experiment. Well, actually the first experiment was to shake up your routine. So I guess, experiment two was to see something unexpected. And last week, ask for something unexpected.
So for her it was mauve. The mauve Jeep was totally unexpected! That’s how strong the power of our thoughts are when you set your intentions clearly.
This week we're going to continue to believe in the unseen and we're going to continue to rewire our RAS. Remember the RAS? Our Reticular Activating System. It's located at the base of our brainstem and its job is to sort out all of the data, all of the things that come our way. It filters out what's important. What it thinks it's not important, is urgent, is really urgent. It filters through all of the different pieces of information and it sends the important stuff to the active part of our brain.
Basically the RAS is like a filtration system, and it only sends what it thinks is important to our brain. So for my friend who was looking for something mauve, her RAS noticed not only that the Jeep was mauve, but it's unexpected!
While the RAS is busy sorting and interpreting, it’s also drawing inferences and it's deciding does this jive with who we are, what this person believes and if it thinks not, it sends it out into this other space where it just kinda sits there.
And I know, I know it may sound foreign to you, but again, just like the last few weeks, I'm going to ask you to keep an open mind. That's why we shook up our routines. That's why I'm asking for you to look for things that are unexpected. And this week we're going to continue again, experimenting to open up our RAS, our Reticular Activating System, to work more for us and with us rather than that tired, old script it's used to. The old tired thing that it's familiar with.
You know, it's true, right? We always think a certain way. We eat a certain way. Our tastes, we go for what we are comfortable with because we feel safe in that. So we are going to continue to experiment.
If you've been with us the last few weeks, then, you know, it's starting to shift things for you like the mauve Jeep. Woo! So this week we are going to shift gears and instead of going outward, removing inward, I know it can be a little bit daunting because now we have to pay attention to ourselves and sometimes that can be uncomfortable. But don't worry. We're going to keep this super simple. I want you to listen to the banter in your brain. What are you constantly saying to yourself? You know, that mental tape that runs for all of us, 24/7. Okay, there is a small group of people out there who don't have that mental tape, but for the majority of us who do, what are you thinking about?
We're human and we tend to fall into patterns really easily. And it's true for thoughts too. So I'm going to ask you to do something that may not be normal for you, you know, and there may be doubts there, but it's okay.
Scientists say that on average, we have around 60,000 thoughts a day. 60,000! Do you know that? And if the answer to that question, did you know that you have around 60,000 thoughts a day, is no. Then pay attention! This is going to change that for you, because not only are you realizing that you have over 60,000 thoughts a day, but now you're going to know what those thoughts are. Over the last two weeks I've shared these experiments to take you out of your routines. And did you notice anything about yourself? How do you respond to things or maybe new things are coming your way? Did your mood change?
Now, I'm not asking you just to ask you, you guys know these questions are leading again into this week, tuning in and becoming more aware. Aware of that mental tape that's running. So what are you thinking? And if you're wondering, how am I going to think about my thoughts and live my life? Don't worry. I got you!
This week we're going to actually go over the last two weeks because maybe it was almost like you threw spaghetti on a wall! You're like,” ah, I'm just going to say, okay, I want a $1000” and then that was it. But if my friend and the mauve Jeep show anything, it shows that the experimenting is valid. It shows that your thoughts are really that strong, but you are just throwing spaghetti on a wall. Now this week, I'm asking you to be intentional.
So we're going to go back over the two weeks and maybe you are that person who asked, “Hey, I want a hundred dollars unexpectedly”. What was the very next thought? Was it like, “yeah, right. Like I'm going to actually get the hundred dollars”. Was that the next thought?
Of those two thoughts, which one do you think was stronger? The, “Hey, I want a hundred dollars” or the “Hey, like that's going to happen. High probability. I don't have the stats on this, but I’m going with my own intuition here. That second thought was so much stronger.
I'm calling it a thought. I'm being kind. It was actually a judgment. You're judging your own abilities. How often are you doing that? Do you even know?
This week you're going to start catching it. Because that judgment on your request of what you wanted, was so much stronger. Did you get the hundred dollars? Some of you did. I shared last week all the wins that people had, some were a bit too personal to share, but still the ones that weren’t as personal, I shared. So go back and listen, if you haven't. So this week ask again, but be intentional.
If you asked for a certain amount of money, ask again and pay attention to the thoughts that come up, is it positive or are you judging yourself, what was it? Catch the thought. There's no right or wrong. There's no guilt. The reason you want to catch that thought is because that thought was probably the stronger thought process.
So if you wanted a hundred dollars, but the reality was the stronger thought, the judgment was like “that’s not going to happen, whatever, but okay, I said it”. Stop throwing spaghetti at the wall. Be intentional. We start to train our brain to be curious. And not judgmental. Then we start to change what shows up for us.
We talked about the infinite field of possibilities. It's out there. So instead of throwing spaghetti this week, be clear. You want a hundred dollars? Say “I want a hundred dollars” and then own it, own it. That next thought should be “I would love for it to be okay. I asked for that hundred dollars. I'm a little bit nervous, but I'm going to ask for it and I'm going to hold on to that intentionally” and then notice what happens. So I'm asking you to catch your thoughts on purpose and it is easier than you think.
Keep it simple. We're going to go back to our requests and we're going to start again. 48 hours, or if you want, have it be for the week. And then pay attention to what you're thinking.
If you're in conversation with someone, are you actually listening to them, are you hearing what they're saying or are you judging everything that's coming out of their mouth.
How about those quiet times where you finally hear everything that's going on in your brain? Are you judging yourself?
If you are, let's add a little bit of gentleness there. Again, there's no right or wrong. This is not to make you feel bad about yourself. This is to help empower you to really understand that your thoughts are that strong and I want you to be intentional about that.
Now it's my experiment and I do this for myself. I want you to experiment here with me. So I would love for you to come back and share. How did it go? Did anything surprise you? I mean, that mauve Jeep really surprised me and I wasn't even one who saw it! Come back and share, because I think it's going to be really cool and there's power in community.
I am really excited to hear what you are intentionally doing, thinking, calling in. I want to see it in the comments. If you have any questions, go ahead and drop them below. I'll come back and answer. Thank you for experimenting with me and thank you for keeping an open mind as we go down this road.