We’re often told, “You attract what you dwell on,” by new-age teachers such as Esther and Jerry Hicks, Ernest Holmes, and Rhonda Byrne of the monstrous best-selling The Secret. Apparently, what those new-age ‘Law of Attraction’ teachers keep harping on about is not only rooted in ancient Buddhist theories but also has a grain of scientific evidence.
American philosopher-entrepreneur Brian Johnson takes what he calls the ‘Reticular Activating System (RAS) approach’ to it. The owner of the successful En*theos online school of personal growth describes the RAS as “that little bundle of cells at your brain stem that filters the trillions of stimuli we’re constantly being bombarded by. It filters out the ‘unimportant’ and gives us the important.” In his collection of online Philosopher’s Notes, he goes on: “Let’s say you’re going to buy a new car. Ever had the experience where, suddenly, you see that car everywhere? You told your unconscious mind that getting that car was a priority, so, all of a sudden, you noticed it.”
He references Eric Butterworth, a Unity minister in New York City, and author of the book Spiritual Economics. “You are a living magnet, constantly drawing to you the things, the people, and the circumstances which are in accord with your thoughts,” says Butterworth, adding later in the book, “Faith is expectancy. You do not receive what you want; you do not receive what you pray for, not even what you say you have faith in. You will always receive what you actually expect.”
In the everyday reality of our lives, how often do we find that we get a call from someone we’d just been thinking about, or someone mentions or gives us something we’d been mulling over already? It’s not just coincidence; it’s actually our brain watching out for what we’ve programmed it to, seeking the ‘car we desire’ amongst all the others out there, so to speak.
Once we know this, why not apply it to anything else we desire? All have we have to do is ‘place the order’ for it, and soon we’ll begin to see it everywhere. Don’t just pray for rain; go out with an umbrella. It’s just science.