Humans first take in information from their five senses based on the story they create about that information. When we experience an event, we store the experience based on what we heard, saw, smelled, touched, and even tasted. The more of these sensory details we store and remember from that experience, the more significant these stories become for us and the more real they become in our minds. The most significant stories eventually will create a conditioned response. Thus, if we are in an accident while driving and we continue to relive the experience in our minds—hear the sounds of the crash, feel the pain, smell the smoke from the fire, see that truck careening toward us, and even taste the blood from our injury, we will have an experience that will continue to have a profound influence over our lives long after it occurred.

Filtering Stories

Life experiences condition you in the way you will filter the original experience of the story. Either a significant person in your life told you how to interpret this story, or you have developed an opinion about the story. These influences create a reality filter for you that only lets in the information that you already believe to be true. When you have a positive experience, your filter will make you anticipate the same positive experience you had in the past. The reverse is true for negative experiences.


If the experience of an original story had a positive outcome, you ...

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