Out of the Box
Hannel writes in the Master Key System:
The only activity which the spirit possesses is the power to think. Therefore, thought must be creative because spirit is creative. This creative power is impersonal, and your ability to think is your ability to control and make use of it for the benefit of yourself and others.
What interested me about this line of thinking was the connection to my past, watching my Mother draw and use special tactics.
My Mother was an artist, and she had worked in oils and pastels. Most of her oils were of scenery, and portraits were of pastels. You could see her progress as she became better at the portraits. Completing all eight of her Grandchildren in pastels.
One of her “tricks” was to turn the picture upside down as she worked from photos. She used this tactic to make the photo impersonal. I called it “Out-of-the-Box,” thinking.
Way of Working
This way of working gave her a unique advantage in portraying the character of her subject. You can see this clearly in the portraits of my twin nephews. They were so close in looks that I could hardly tell them apart; my Mother knew by the slight difference in the shape of their faces, which she saw clearly as she took control of how she looked at them upside down.
Let’s look at this creative process for ourselves as our new way of doing, which creates a new way of thinking. This creative power is impersonal, and it becomes your superpower to think.
We can get no understanding of the truth from the world without; the world without is relative only; Truth is absolute. We must therefore find it in the world within.
Take Control of Thought
Let’s do this exercise to take control of our thinking. With your dominant hand, write the word horse. Now take your non-dominant hand and write a name of a different animal.
- Do you do this with difficulty?
- Is it uncomfortable for you?
- Do you have to think about how to write with the non-dominant hand?
Now try brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand.
How did you do?
One more exercise you may find interesting is to pose some questions that you would like to answer. Ask, “what would the person I intend to become do next?” or another compelling question about yourself.
Using your non-dominant hand, write out several answers to your own question. This is a way to get some really amazing answers and look at things entirely differently by taking control of your thinking. This is what I call “out-of-the-box” thinking.
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Joan, I loved how you shared about your mom’s “out of the box” trick with her paintings and your explanation of “out of the box” thinking exercises using the non-dominant hand and the question for ourselves, “what would the person I intend to become do next?”
Yes, I agree with Ms. Esther “out of the Box” exercises and mom being artistic and fun!
How thought-provoking, Joan! Thanks for challenging us all to think differently!