Reticular Activating System – R A S – of Brain
Reticular Activating System is a function of the brain that filters the information that enters,
be it pictures, sounds, feelings.
Reticular Activating system sorts out what is important information
that needs to be paid attention to and ignores all others;
If this is not done brain would be overloaded with information to be processed
and efficiency may go down.
For example, you go to railway station to receive a person whom you know well,
and you wait at the entrance; you get to see hundreds of people walking out,
yet you are keen to spot only the face you have decided to acknowledge.
That means your brain automatically fails to register any other detail
except the one what you have commanded to notice.
You buy a car of a particular model & color;
suddenly on road you start noticing who else has the same model & color.
It now comes to your awareness;
How? Because now you are more associated to that model & color and
so your brain (RAS) notices and registers.
Energy flows in the direction of focus.
The concept is well explained in the words of Swami Vivekananda,
We see that the impression of any action, to which we attach ourselves, remains. I may meet hundreds of persons during the day, and among them meet also one whom I love; and when I retire at night, I may try to think of all the faces I saw, but only that face comes before my mind- the face which I met perhaps only for one minute, and which I loved; all others have vanished. My attachment to this particular person caused a deep impression on my mind than all other faces…. Most of the faces, perhaps, were entirely new about which I had never thought before, but that one face of which I got only a glimpse found association inside. (ref The Complete Works Of Swami Vivekananda, Mayawati Memorial Edition, Advaita Ashrama
VOL1 Page 56;)
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