by Connie H. Deutsch
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. 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.