Think Outside The Box

Person wearing brown cardboard box making peace sign

The Box Will Always Be Full

How long will you keep ignoring your inner urge to seek the truth? Even when you’re presented with tad bits of revelations, you rewind back to your comfort zone of trusting your present reality, as if somehow it were the accurate narrative. This is your psychological defense mechanism hardwired into your mind. Sometimes defense mechanisms have to be severed to evolve as a human being. The alternative is continuing in your present state of mind, which may not be satisfactory or purposeful to your growth. You have to think outside the box.

Many people never leave the box because they never think to do so, don’t care enough, don’t know how to or leave but quickly return back to their comfort zone. Let’s provide an example: ever since you were born, you have been surrounded by authority figures. These figures have included your parents, the educational system and the government. When in the world have you ever been alone and free?

It’s no wonder that every time you attempt to leave the box, you start to experience psychological discomfort and come running back telling yourself, “I have trust in our government, I have trust in the system, I have to trust the process.” As it has already been said, the box will always be full, but are you willing to leave square one and upgrade, perhaps even exponentially, to higher pyramidal levels?

Think Outside The Box – The Upgrade

So how do you go about thinking outside the box? Start by changing your outlook on life by implementing a curious state of mind. Think of a child who explores their environment, asks many questions and tries new activities. You have to find that childish side of you again and tap into it. The beauty about that childish state of mind is that it allows you to develop a lot of curiosity and imagination. This will open you up to new sources of information that can provide you with truth, alternative views on reality and newfound knowledge.

The next question is how do you tap into your childish state of mind? If you’re thinking about maturity, then no, you don’t have to become immature. A childish state of mind can be tapped into by desiring to be curious and exploring for new information. Many people aren’t curious to open up to new sources of information because they’re comfortable in their comfort zone. As I’ve previously written in another post, always staying in your comfort zone can hinder your growth. A comfort zone is safe but comfort does not always equate to growth. Oftentimes, comfort can hinder your growth by preventing you from trying new activities, talking to new people and opening up your mind to new sources of information.

The Execution

Now that you have successfully tapped into your childish state of mind, it’s time to continue your exploration. Thinking outside the box is not only about exploring new sources of information. You also have to be curious to study human behavior. Pay attention to your surroundings and observe the interactions of people in your environment. Notice how they dress, exchange words, converse and pay attention to their body language. Much useful information can be gathered from your surroundings that can help you evolve. Studying human behavior makes you smarter and sharper by expanding your emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is important to have because excellent communication skills can open up new doors for you. By getting good at studying body language, you can place yourself in a great position when conversing with people. This will allow you to know how to interact with them so that you can get the best outcome of the situation you find yourself in. Some may ask, “doesn’t everyone already do this?” No, many people don’t pay attention to human behavior; they are too stuck in their mental bubble. As a result, they don’t get as much out of their encounters with others, missing potential opportunities for improvement.

Think Outside The Box – The Maintenance

You see, thinking outside the box is a mindset that you have to work at if it doesn’t already come naturally. Some people like myself developed a psychological lens since childhood (check out the learn more about me section). But even then, I must still keep working at maintaining this state of mind. We are so influenced by society, that it’s very easy to crawl back in the box and forget about expanding our consciousness. Now you can imagine that this can be a challenge for those who don’t naturally think outside the box. In other words, your aim should be to always think outside the box; make it a permanent mindset.

You must also be careful with the news sources that you rely on to get your information. While mainstream media provides you with the most juicy pictures and stories, much of that information may also have a twist or agenda. These twists and hidden agendas can easily influence you to remain inside the box. You end up becoming comfortable with what’s presented to you and no longer care to explore more independent news sources. You start to believe what is presented to you without even asking questions or doing your research. When this happens, your mind becomes captured by your environment and prevents you from thinking outside the box.

The Wrap-up

In conclusion, to think outside the box requires you to reunite with your childish state of mind. Once tapped into it, you must continuously work at executing this mindset by practicing curiosity, studying your surroundings and playing with your imagination. Lastly, you must make an effort to maintain this mindset by being careful with your surroundings and preventing outside influences from keeping you trapped in the box. I have no timeframe for how long this can last, but my recommendation is to maintain this mindset for life. You will only continue to grow and learn more about yourself and your surroundings. Growth will bring you satisfaction, happiness and a desire to further expand your consciousness.

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Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun

Kill Rigidity with Creativity

You have one computer and that’s all you get. There is no yearly updated version like a brand new Windows computer or MacBook with a new M1 chip. Your brain is all you have and if you don’t continuously upgrade it by challenging yourself, seeking new horizons and crossing new boundaries, then you will remain in your present reality that will eventually dull your existence. Creativity is intelligence having fun.

Guess what happens when your existence is dulled? Mental health problems arise. To avoid such problems, you must constantly recreate your reality by keeping your decision-making in check. What do I mean by this? If you continue to make the same decisions month after month, your reality will not change much. You will become a slave to your environment. Your decisions prescribe your reality; if they’re not carefully crafted, you will puff up with confusion, dismay and displeasure.

Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun – The Process

So how do you create wisely? Life is based on trials and errors. Start the trial, pile up the errors and continue to update your computer. But if you don’t start the trial, you don’t have any opportunities to improve yourself. To start the trial, you must first seek to be creatively intelligent. I’m not necessarily referring to arts and music, even though these can help to reshape your reality. I’m referring to your thoughts and getting creative with them. To be creative requires a special form of intelligence that anyone can tap into. It involves the will to use your imagination to explore new thoughts and ideas.

Try to find that inner child of yours that will help you become more imaginatively creative. Remember when you were a kid and how you loved to explore new activities? I used to love playing with snails and other insects in my backyard in Montreal when I was 5 years old. I used to pick them up and position them near each other and observe how they would interact. Today, I dislike insects. That’s what I mean by being creative; finding the desire to try new things. If you can tap into that desire, make it part of your personality and maintain it, it will become much easier for you to alter your reality.

Don’t be one of those people who are afraid to try new things. Your thoughts can be experimented with and can be used to improve your life. But if you remain rigid, life will keep providing you with rigid options. Rigidity prevents you from being flexible, thinking outside the box and trying new people, places and things. Rigidity can be deadly to your mental health. Kill rigidity with creativity.

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Creative Minds

Learning to Utilize Imagination

Creative minds are calling you

Imagination is a tool underutilized

Its roots come alive only when tapped deep enough

Sometimes the soil is stubborn

The plants don’t get through

The rains keep trying

Your thoughts are glued

You wonder why you think so lame

Why you can’t elevate your game past a certain membrane

You lose touch with any excitement

Everything has become repetitive

You miss Mike Tyson

Your imagination is not going through

You just want to improve your outcomes

But your thoughts are glued

You have to learn how to use it like a tool

It’s not just dreaming and moving on

It takes a lot of acting to set it on

To make it a reality

From your mind to your environment

To manifest your wishes into real-world successes

The choice is yours if you want to tap in

Your imagination is waiting within

Do you know how to break in?

Creative Minds: Breaking into your Psyche

You heard that substances can provide traction

Cannabis, alcohol or caffeine

You take them and you’re suddenly relaxing

Musical molecules swim up from your speakers

I hear colors

But you see sounds

The synesthesia is profound

You’re stuck in the matrix or whatever you call it

A gnome opens up a vault within your mind

Immediately a bunch of juice creeps out like slime

Its colors don’t matter

You know right away what it is

Creative juice does exist

Who would ever resist?

You’re flowing now and you can’t stop

Your mind is high

Call it anti-locks

Who would have known about this cruise control feature

Imagine a wheel behind your forehead

You’re the captain of this ship

No longer government-led

But are drugs a cheat code to the matrix?

If so, will you resist or continue playing?

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I Can Only Imagine

Creating Your Reality

You’re given a brain that is blessed with a mind. This mind gives you the ability to experience reality, mental health, perception, emotions, thought content, relationships, etc. This mind gives you the ability to create, though you never thought about doing that before, have you? I can only imagine how wonderful it is to be able to visualize something into existence.

Many of us rely on our environment to create our reality; sometimes our mental health too! We rely on others to provide us with happiness, joy and contentment, when we should be providing this for ourselves.

What is the solution? Writing the rules. Waking up tomorrow and deciding that you will start taking things in your own hands. Waking up tomorrow and crying your tears out, realizing how much power you truly hold.

You disconnecting from your environment which is most likely half asleep and living in a trance like sheep in a pen. Aren’t you ready to evolve beyond this? Aren’t you ready to create and design your reality so that you can avoid mental health suffering?

I Can Only Imagine What Reality Looks Like

The one defining feature that separates humans from animals is our imagination. Through imagination we can create our reality. Through repetition of thoughts, our unconscious mind somehow learns to attract our desires into the physical realm. I’m not sure how it works but it does. Have you ever repeatedly thought of something and then noticed it appear in your life? It usually happens when you least expect it.

You don’t always get access to it, but at least you can observe it. But sometimes you do get access to the object or person you visualized. My point is that our thoughts shape our reality, but I don’t understand how. Somehow, we attract in our life what we think about. I don’t have an explanation for how it happens, but I’ve noticed that it does.

Your job is not to focus on how your mind manifests things into reality, but to use your mind to manifest whatever you desire. A lot of people don’t use their imagination and live simple lives. Are you satisfied with just having a random job, house and a car? Don’t you want more out of life? If you do, then you have to start using your imagination and believing that your dreams will become a reality.

It can happen and it will happen. You just have to do it. I can only imagine.

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Don’t Give Up On Your Imagination

Dreams Do Come True

Part of the learning process of life is the trial and error of different mindsets. With constant change in our surroundings and the universe being disordered as per physics, we are almost forced to apply new ways of thinking in order to adapt; it’s called survival. But maladaptations can also occur and impact our future.

Maladaptive thoughts are the ones which don’t serve your best interest; they are there to set you back or prevent you from moving forward. They are not always implemented on purpose; many times, your unconscious mind is responsible for maladaptive thoughts.

Part of these maladaptive thoughts is the burial of your imagination. For instance, something very stressful happens in your life, initiating a change in mindset which also involves the loss of your imagination. By observing past failures and reacting too strongly, unconsciously or consciously, you start to lose interest in your creative forces.

Imagination should never be given up on. Some people claim that this great ability of the mind is what God gave to man as one form of proof of his existence; that God also imagined life before it was created. Why would you throw away what God gave you? Imagination is a gift that can set you free.

Many people become frustrated with their imagination because they do not see the results which they’ve been longing for. This is part of the process! By agreeing to imagine, you are accepting the fact that what you imagine may never come true. But this shouldn’t stop you from playing!

Imagination should be a fun mental process that gives you aspiration. But as with anything, breaks are needed or else your imaginative forces will burnout. And keep your expectations low for Pete’s sake! Stop being so hard on yourself all of the time, expecting this and that. Allow nature to take its course.

Living life is your first gift. Imagination is your second. Dreams coming true is your third and final gift!

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Few People Have The Imagination For Reality

Your Dreams Become Your Reality

Most people dream of a successful life where everything is easy; the problem is that they do not have a realistic plan or they give up on their dreams when their reality remains the same.

Dreaming but not having a realistic plan is equal to playing tennis without a racquet; you will be watching at most! In order to achieve your dreams, you must lay out steps and goals that will get you there. The problem is that most people do not lay out steps and goals because it is either too much work or they do not know how to.

No dream is out of reach! As long as you can imagine it, then you are already halfway there. But you need to find a way to come up with realistic steps and goals and that is often the hard part; your steps and goals must align with your dreams and must be realistic enough to accomplish.

Another problem is that people give up on their dreams when they do not see a change in their life. They have the imagination for dreaming but do not have the imagination for reality! Changing your reality may take months or even years; it is not an overnight event like a dream that you wake up to in the morning.

Another mistake that people make is that they do not dream enough! They believe that their reality is destined or controlled by fate. This type of belief system only attracts mediocracy at best; in order to reach higher levels of success, you must also tap into your creativity and dream! Feed your reality with a spoon full of creative juice.

The DSM Ready Movement is all about combining dreams and reality and creating something great in return: helping humanity be free of mental health stigma through the power of honesty, trust and love!

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