Getting to Know Your RAS

In this Consciousness Hack we are going to introduce you to the concept of the Reticular Activating System [RAS]. Here are 6 things you need to know about the RAS.

  1. What is the reticular activating system [RAS]?
  2. How does the RAS work?
  3. What are some ways to activate your RAS for success?
  4. How can you train your RAS to focus on what you want in life?
  5. Are there any risks associated with using the RAS for success?
  6. How can you use the power of your subconscious mind to achieve your goals and dreams?
What is the reticular activating system [RAS]?

The reticular activating system [RAS] is a network of interconnected neurons that extends from the brainstem to the cortex. It plays an important role in regulating arousal and alertness, and is responsible for filtering incoming sensory information. The RAS is often referred to as the “gateway” between the unconscious and conscious mind, as it selectively allows information to enter into consciousness. The RAS is constantly active, monitoring incoming information and determining what is important and what can be ignored. However, when we are faced with a new or unusual situation, the RAS becomes more active in order to help us focus our attention on the task at hand. In other words, the RAS acts like a filter, sifting through the barrage of sensory information that bombards our brains every day and bringing only the most important information to our conscious awareness.

How does the RAS work?

The RAS, is responsible for keeping us awake and attentive. It’s like a switchboard operator, constantly sorting through information and deciding what’s important enough to merit our attention. The RAS is located in the brain stem, just above the spinal cord. It receives input from all over the brain and body, and uses that information to determine what we should be focused on. For example, if you’re trying to sleep but your stomach is growling, the RAS will make sure that you’re aware of your hunger so that you can take care of it. Similarly, if you’re studying for an exam, the RAS will help you to focus on the task at hand and filter out distractions. The RAS is an important part of how we interact with the world, and without it, we would be overwhelmed by the constant bombardment of stimuli.

What are some ways to activate your RAS for success?

The RAS, is a key part of the brain that helps to regulate arousal and awareness. When it’s functioning properly, the RAS can help you feel focused and alert, and it can also play a role in memory and learning. However, when the RAS is not working properly, it can lead to problems with attention and concentration. So how can you make sure that your RAS is functioning properly? One way is to get enough sleep. Sleep helps to rejuvenate the brain and allows the RAS to reset itself. Additionally, exercise has been shown to improve RAS function, so try to get some moderate exercise every day. Lastly, try to eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. By taking these steps, you can help ensure that your RAS is functioning properly and supporting your success.

How can you train your RAS to focus on what you want in life?

Ever feel like your brain is working against you? That’s because it is- at least, partially. Your  RAS, is responsible for filtering the millions of pieces of information that your brain receives every day. By default, it’s programmed to focus on things that are familiar to you or that pose a threat. However, you can train your RAS to focus on what you want in life by using affirmative statements and visualization techniques. For example, if you’re hoping to land a new job, start by Affirming that you have the skills and experience necessary to be successful. Then, visualize yourself in the role, doing the work that you love. The more detail you can include, the better. Over time, your RAS will begin to filter information related to your goals, making it easier for you to achieve them. So, if you’re ready to take control of your life, don’t wait any longer- start training your RAS today!

Are there any risks associated with using the RAS for success?

There are a few potential risks associated with using the RAS for success. First, it’s possible that you might not actually have an increase in success. You may just feel like you’re more successful because you’re paying more attention to positive outcomes. Second, relying too heavily on the RAS can lead to disappointment when things don’t go your way. If you’re constantly looking for evidence of success, you’re likely to find it, but you may also find yourself ignoring or downplaying setbacks. Finally, there’s a chance that focusing on the RAS could lead you to take unnecessary risks in pursuit of success. While a certain amount of risk-taking is essential for achieving any goal, too much risk can be dangerous. As long as you’re aware of these potential risks, however, using the RAS can be a helpful way to increase your chances of success.

How can you use the power of your subconscious mind to achieve your goals and dreams?

The subconscious mind is a powerful tool that we can use to achieve our goals and dreams. By harnessing the power of our subconscious mind, we can program ourselves for success. Here are three simple steps to get started:

  1. Set your intention. What do you want to achieve? Be specific and write it down.
  2. Visualize your goal. See yourself achieving your goal in your mind’s eye. childlike faith is vital. You must believe that you can achieve your goal.
  3. Take action steps. The subconscious mind is a powerful force, but it won’t do the work for you. You need to take action steps toward your goal. Even small steps will help to move you closer to your goal and increase the chances of success.


With focus and commitment, you can use the power of your subconscious mind to achieve anything you desire. 

You now know everything there is to know about the reticular activating system and how it can help you achieve success in life. Now it’s time to put this knowledge into action. Sign up for one of our challenges today and see how training your RAS can help you focus on what you want in life and achieve your goals.


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