I mentioned in my previous post that I’ve been reading about how the brain works with memory and what that means for how we anticipate the future.
And you know how this works – that where we put our focus is what we attract more of – so you won’t be surprised to learn that since then, I’ve come across even more amazing info!
How your brain remembers the future
Brain science explains so much about how affirmations, visualising, pre-paving, scripting etc all work. And it also explains why sometimes, for some of us, those techniques don’t work, or why they trigger resistance. Or why your most trusted technique might let you down for one particular desire.
We’re all evolutionarily wired so that our brain can be super-efficient. There’s a LOT going on in that three-pound lump of jelly inside our skulls, so we have some clever systems to provide shortcuts.
One is the brain’s ability to predict the future based on what’s been experienced before. For instance, we learn as toddlers that the triangle-shaped toy goes into the triangle-shaped hole and no other. Eventually we can predict with certainty that the toy will fit one hole and one hole only, and we do that. A toddler will try it in all the holes until she finds one that fits, because she believes anything is possible. Adults go straight to the ‘right’ one.
We can also predict likelihoods with amazing accuracy – like how our favourite sports team is likely to perform (though they can surprise us, since the elements of a sports game are way more complex than a kid’s toy). Or what kind of date our sweetie will love (assuming we’ve noticed what’s lit them up before).
Our ancestors used this ability to avoid trouble or find food and shelter, judging new terrain based on what had been experienced before.
This ability to predict the future seems to work differently in humans than in any other species. It’s tied up with the sense that animals live more ‘in the present’. Your dog has no doubt learned the signals that indicate it’s time for a walk or dinner or a homecoming. But he doesn’t run and get his coat only on days when he can look out the window and tell that it’ll probably get cold and rainy later on.
Adult humans do this almost without effort.
Brain scans now show exactly how this works. When we have a memory of something, and we’re exposed to something which ‘breaks’ our prediction of what comes next, the brain works harder. It’s as though it only has to light up when there is a change in the pattern; otherwise it’s relying on something else – on its knowledge of what the pattern will look like.
In effect, it’s ‘remembering the future’.
You can see how if you can give your brain memories which match your desire, you give it an instant way to access ‘easy’.
If your brain’s old memory is “I am scared of public speaking” then it will predict a future of being scared of public speaking.
But if you can create a new ‘memory’ for your brain, such as “I love public speaking and I do it with confidence and ease”, then the easy prediction for your brain to make is one where you rock public speaking.
That’s how LOA tools work at the neurological level.
Your brain cannot distinguish between a ‘real’ or imagined memory, so by either visualising or scripting or affirming that other reality, you open the door to predictions in the brain that support your desire rather than working against it.
And by using this kind of tool, you’re getting your brain lined up with the energy of what you want, so it’s a perfect match!
So what’s new?
What has me really lit up is some of the recent research about how human memory works.
How false memories are created (and seem utterly believable). How we remember our last retrieval rather than the original incident. And a whole lot more.
Memory is WAY more fluid than we thought. And that’s awesome news for an Identity Shift Ninja – or for anyone who wants to deliberately and consciously make a different memory from which to predict the future.