You’ve heard this saying a million times before, “think outside the box.” But what does it mean? The general consensus is that “thinking outside the box” means to create a new solution or invention that is outside of the conventional plane of thinking. It is the creative process in the imagination of the mind.
In reality the “box” is nothing but an illusion. There is no box. Both inside and outside of the box have had moments where inspiration and invention met. Let’s take a moment to pretend that this so called “box” exists. This will give you a better understanding of the creative process at work.
Inside of the box is where all of the ideas, concepts, theories and inventions have been brought to fruition and implemented into the world. All this can be mixed and combined in a different way to create something not previously done before. It is taking known knowledge and rearranging it into a new way of thinking. Doing this still takes sufficient imagination on the part of the individual. It is in a sense, thinking outside the box. But within the confines of what is already known.
Now let’s go outside this metaphorical box. Here is where all new discoveries previously unknown to society are brought to light. This compiles all the breakthroughs in every facet of human life. This is where genius is born. When the universe gives the finite mind power to create something new.
You see there is no actual box. In both situations creativity is able to thrive for the person with sufficient imagination. Whether something is rearranged into a new combination or something completely new is discovered. The possibilities for the creative process are endless.
So let’s ditch the “think outside the box” concept. Instead let’s build a mental awareness, keeping our minds open to all things that surround us. Allowing our imaginations to run wild with the possibilities of creating something new. You never know how your imagination may change your very life.
The spark of the creative process begins with inspiration. Inspiration strikes like a lightning bolt during a summer storm. It is a madness that sends into a fever pitch of activity. When inspiration strikes we must utilize it to our advantage.
Inspiration has no concept of time. It may strike at any moment of the day. Day or night. It could be during the middle of the night. Or in the middle of your current work day. Inopportune times that may hinder the creative process of inspiration.
Don’t fret about it when this occurs. Take a few minutes to jot down your ideas. Make sure that you grab the essence of the idea. When you have the free time, you’ll be able to recollect and continue upon that inspiration.
If you are granted a moment when inspiration hits and you have the time, be grateful. For there is nothing stopping you from giving it your all. Give it hell and do not stop. Paint, write, design, whatever it takes for you to act upon that inspiration.
Creativity doesn’t have a schedule. So it is essential you utilize your time when it does come. You never know what may happen when inspiration hits. Sparking a creative process that could change the course of your life.
As humans we are constantly processing images in our minds. A massive compilation of pictures in a seemingly endless storage within the mind. A neurological firestorm of visual people, places, and things that can be recalled at any point in our lives within a split second. The mind is truly a powerful tool.
Now with all that said you can use the powerful tool of the mind to your advantage. How? By taking a few moments to visualize the future that you want to have for your life. Take some time to think about it. What do you want you life to look like in a year? 5 years? 10 years? Really think about it.
Think about the details. What kind of car do you want? What type of house? What type of career will you be in? What type of things will you have? How will your relationships be with family and friends? Be specific. The more details the better. There is a reason for this.
As you are doing this visualization exercise already feel as if these people, events and things were already in your life. How would you feel? Begin to feel those emotions of happiness, love, faith, prosperity and gratitude. Really FEEL them. Because the more positive emotion you put into the visualization the more power it has.
That future of yours seems bright doesn’t it? That’s good! That vision that you have is important to you because it is the ideal picture of what you want your life to look like. Make sure to repeat that vision when you wake up, before bed and a several times throughout your day. Why? It is because the more you hold that vision in your mind the more real it becomes to you. That is where you can use it to your advantage.
Here are the advantages of visualizing regularly:
The more you visualize the more clear it becomes to you. If you aren’t able to visualize everything you want in precise detail that’s okay. It may take some practice but it will develop when you constantly exercise it. Getting crystal clear clarity is essential because the universe reacts with precision.
Once you get that clear picture in your mind of what you want. The universe will begin to move these people, circumstances and things to you through nature’s laws. Once you have the clarity of vision for your life the next advantage is just as crucial.
Reinforcement of Positive Emotions
You have to have positive emotions when you visualize. When you have true positive emotions, you are emitting positive energy to the universe. That energy builds in power the more visualization is practiced. It is a meditation for your dream life. You feel incredible during the process and it shifts your state of mind into one that desires these visions.
You must truly feel as if you already possess everything that you want. Express gratitude for receiving it, allowing that joy and love to fill your heart. It is the emotions that you desire most. When you reinforce those positive emotions a shift begins to occur. Which leads you to the final advantage.
Insights to Action
When you begin to believe that you already have what you envision for your life, the universe begins to deliver on your thoughts. Especially when backed by strong, positive emotion. These “insights” often come in the form of ideas, opportunities or experiences. Be on the lookout for them. It is a sign for you to take action.
Don’t hesitate when this comes along. You’ll know if it is right. The crucial part is to take action. Begin immediately and never give up. The universe is abundant with its resources for those who know exactly what they want. You will be lead on a journey where more ideas, opportunities and experiences will come your way. The end result being you in your end destination. The vision that you would in your mind right now.
Take some time every day to visualize. For those things are what you desire most in life. Your dreams and aspirations of living your life to the fullest.
When I decided that I wanted to start a blog I brainstormed several names for the site. I knew what I wanted to write about and the message that I wanted to convey to my readers. After a few names, one stuck and I knew that it would be the name for the blog. Imagination Salvation. It struck a chord with me.
So why Imagination Salvation? It is because I truly believe that the only limitation that we as human beings have is our imagination. Throughout the course of history time and time again the word “impossible” has been evaporated from society when an individual with imagination changed the course of human civilization. When we condition our minds with a positive mental attitude towards a purpose we feel is worthy of coming to fruition, imagination becomes the only limiting factor. We often settle for what we can conceive within our minds of what is possible for our lives based on limiting beliefs that we have set for ourselves.
Our imaginations are a blessing because they allow the finite mind to connect with a higher universal power. But as we grow up and become adults in society that imagination slowly dies. We allow reality to set in and we settle for concrete evidence of life that we can see in our physical world. It is limiting beliefs in our own minds because of external influences of society that we accepted as our realities of what is possible for us to achieve for our lives. It is a crying shame that imagination so often dies this way. Because it is a gift that we must cherish for us to live our life to its maximum potential.
We must revive that imagination that we possess in our minds. The reason being is that our imagination is an immensely powerful force. Through invisible forces it attracts to us ideas, concepts, inventions and theories that can change the course of human history. It also attracts to us everything that we see in our day to day realities and everything that will come to us in the future. We must save our imaginations by cultivating them and nourishes them because they will nourish us in return.
What if I told you that you can achieve anything in life? I mean anything. It is the truth. Your imagination is your only limit in life. Let your imagination run wild. You will live your life to its maximum potential. I believe that its possible for you. Set your goals high and don’t settle for anything less than your best.