Outside the Box

December 17, 2011

Every time I hear someone talking about thinking outside the box, I wonder about the body that’s being held prisoner inside the box.

If this were a case of astral traveling, astral projection, or bilocation, it would be understandable because we know that while the mind can be in one place, the body can be in another place.

There have been numerous documented cases of people undergoing surgery who have seen themselves on the ceiling looking down at their body on the table, watching everything that was being done to them and hearing everything that was being said.

While some of these astral projections are often brought about when a person is under anesthesia, there are numerous documented cases of people who are able to be in two places at one time during sleep or during meditation.

Have you ever had the experience of being asleep and feeling that you were falling and then your body jerks you awake?  Your heart may be beating hard and there may be a feeling of disorientation.  This has been described as a hard landing when the astral body comes back into your physical body as you’re waking up.

It is not uncommon for a person deep in sleep to travel to other places.  You see everything and hear everything and when you wake up, there is a vivid memory of it.  I remember one such experience.

I had been corresponding with a prisoner as part of an outreach program called Over the Wall, through the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.).  Their mission is to help people change their lives for the better through the ideas and information found in the Edgar Cayce readings.  (Cayce was the foremost psychic and medical clairvoyant of the twentieth century and his legacy lives on in over 14,000 readings on file at the A.R.E.).

One morning, just as I was waking up, but still in a dream state, I saw the boy I had been corresponding with.  He was sleeping on a cot in a small cell with metal bars on the one small window and I heard the penetrating sound of metal clanging and banging against metal and a lot of loud voices.  My heart was beating very fast and I woke up with a sudden start.

I looked at the clock, noted the time, and immediately wrote him a letter asking him about the occurrence.  He wrote back saying that was breakfast being brought to the inmates’ cells and the sounds I heard were the sounds he hears every morning.

I wrote another letter describing the boy sleeping on the cot and he told me that I had actually seen him because that’s what he looks like.  This was long before computers, emails, and Google so there were no pictures to download and only snail mail to verify what I had seen.

There is a correlation between thinking outside the box and the metaphysical occurrences I just described.  Both of them call on the creativity of the mind, one during sleep and one during waking hours.

When you leave your mind open, in its receptive state, you are capable of thinking outside the box and getting answers to complex problems while you are awake or when you are sleeping or meditating.  This means that you are also capable of being in two places at the same time because you are operating on different planes of consciousness in both instances.

Thinking outside the box actually requires you to suspend the thought process long enough for the answers to come into your mind.  Most people are so busy thinking that they don’t allow their minds to be quiet enough to receive the answers.

People who meditate have the advantage because they have learned how to quiet the mind.  They have also discovered that while you can’t meditate and think at the same time, you can meditate and be somewhere else at the same time.  This allows you to find solutions to problems from a higher plane of consciousness, otherwise known as thinking outside the box.

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