The world is a busy place. It’s teeming with life and matter and sounds and scents and images and a magnificent spectrum of colors. There’s infinite stimuli around us at any given moment.
But as human beings in itty bitty bodies, our senses have finite capabilities. We can’t possibly begin to process everything going on around us. So how the hell do we pick and choose? Simple. Our brains weed out what we consider unimportant. That means there’s a whole host of stimuli at any given moment that we’re completely ignoring.
Here’s an example. When you’re walking Fido bright and early in the A.M., you’re surrounded by an endless stream of stuff. There are trees and flowers and plants everywhere, the vast sky above, other dogs, houses and sidewalks and fences, garbage bins, people on bicycles, cars driving by, radios playing, birds chirping, and so on and so on and so on ad infinitum. How much of that can you remember? How much of that do you even see?
If we weren’t able to filter all that fodder, we’d live in a constant state of sensory overload (think a kid’s first trip to Disney times a billion).
“The brain doesn’t have enough capacity to process all the information that is coming into your senses,” said study researcher Julio Martinez-Trujillo, of McGill University in Montreal. “We found that there are some cells, some neurons in the prefrontal cortex, which have the ability to suppress the information that you aren’t interested in. They are like filters.”
Key phrase: “information you aren’t interested in.” Without a doubt, these filters act of our personal volition. That’s why it’s crucial where you choose to put your mental attention. Perception is everything, and perception is a personal choice.
As the powerful beings that we are, what’s going on internally is irrevocably tied into what manifests in our existence. Your prophecies are self-fulfilling, and your assumptions and attitudes become the blueprints for your life experience.
In the book E-Squared (which I totally recommend), author Pam Grout offers a fantastic experiment. She asks you to choose an object — anything, but it has to be specific. IE, a yellow butterfly, a pink star, a green coffee mug. Then, be on the lookout for that object for 24 hours. You’ll be astounded at how often you’ll see it — in drawings, on magazine covers, on store shelves, in photos, on TV — when just yesterday, it seemed like your life was completely devoid of yellow butterflies. How is that possible?
Simple. Where you choose to put your attention determines what you see. If you expect to see negative, angry people, you will. If you anticipate romantic rejection, you’ll find it. If you assume lack, your live will be empty of abundance. There are endless possibilities around you at every moment. Out of necessity, our brains have to pick and choose. And it’s completely up to you what you choose. It’s why dog people see dogs everywhere they go; car enthusiasts see hot rods; fashionistas see new trends. Looking at the same scene, different people will always see different things.
Currently, your brain is (probably) operating via habit as far as what it acknowledges and what it doesn’t. It’s doing what it’s always done. If you’ve always been a negative person, you’re seeing negativity. But there’s a plethora of positivity out there — if you make the decision to see it. You can absolutely re-train that stubborn brain of yours. Decide what you want to see, experience and manifest in your life, and look for it.
Too many of us walk through life blindly, closed to the possibilities around us. Open up. Choose your perceptions wisely. Everything you could possibly imagine exists in this massive, magnificent universe. It’s up to you whether you see the open door in front of you, or the closed one behind.