What is RAS?
The Reticular Activating System (or RAS) is a part of the brain, a network of neurons located in the brain stem, and is acts as an information filter both on our conscious and subconscious minds.
How does RAS work?
We are surrounded by information and stimuli - both from the External World (such as noises, colors, temperature) and from internal (such as our bodily functions, hunger, pain, boredom)
We are bombarded with trillions of bits of information a second, our subconscious mind can process around 400 Billion of those per second (Timothy Wilson), while a mere 120 bits actually go through our conscious mind (Daniel J. Levitin).
Our brain biology is limited in the amount of information it can take in a period of time. We have a finite amount of neurons, each with their own metabolism that consumes our finite energy - It takes in and processes only what's deemed important to our existence.
Who decides what stimuli are important enough to be brought up to the light of our conscience? The RAS.
In very simple words, it is responsible for what we notice. It "knows" what's important by what we focus the most. For example, the sound of your name has high priority and pierces right through your conscious mind when you hear it, same as imminent danger that threatens your life.
Here's a short 4 minutes video that explains the RAS in a different way
So we can essentially "train" our brains through the RAS to know what's important and what's not through what we focus on. Like Tony Robbins says: Where focus goes, energy flows. Here's Tony's take on RAS (audio is not great, but the message is valuable):
It can be a true challenge to do this change though, and it can be achieved through Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP for short) that's also another very important principle we make use of on our Crystal Healing Therapy: We consciously decide what is important and what is not in our lives, what matters and what doesn't matter, and we can train our brains to understand that too.
The RAS and Crystal Healing Therapy
By adopting a regular Crystal Healing Meditation schedule (we recommend at least once every 24 hours), you train your brain over and over to focus on gratitude first, and then on whatever other feeling or emotion you wish to manifest.
That tells our the RAS on our brains that gratitude and the emotion you wish to manifest are very important and very relevant, which in turn will allow more stimuli to penetrate our minds to corroborate with that. In simpler words, you will see and experience gratitude and good energy emotions more frequently.
That's one of the psychological principles that is used in the Law of Attraction, but here we use it with a subtle twist.
Quotations / Citations
"The processing capacity of the conscious mind has been estimated at 120 bits per second. That bandwidth, or window, is the speed limit for the traffic of information we can pay conscious attention to at anyone time (...) What does this bandwidth restriction mean? In order to understand one person speaking to us, we need to process 60 bits of information per second. With a processing limit of 120 bits per second, this means you can barely understand two people talking to you at the same time. Under most circumstances, you will not be able to understand three people talking at the same time. "
- Daniel J. Levitin