In describing how the human brain functions, anticipating your experience, researchers John Kounios and Mark Beeman conclude, “Thus “the box” came to represent the knowledge and assumptions you have gleamed from experience. It constrains your thinking and behavior in ways that can cause you to miss a better idea or perspective.”
In my work with clients, and day to day in my own life, I see thought as the limiting factor of our lives. It is so redundant, that I can’t give you just one example, every moment we are thinking ourselves into our limitation.
Yet we also have this other built in capacity, “Insight allows you to transcend the box’s unnecessary limitations and assumptions and grants you the freedom to consider all of the possibilities of the situation,” Insight, the power of realization to extend our human experience beyond the imagined or previously perceived boundary of ‘who I think I am’, is a built in emancipator.
Ironically, thought is the vehicle by which insight is revealed. But it doesn’t happen the same way as our habitual, personal and limited thinking does.
My job is to train people to see thought at work in their lives. I teach clients how to recognize when they are conned by their habitual thinking into doing the same old, unsuccessful, thing. And, I do that by helping clients identify and differentiate between the different kinds of thinking – not the content of their thinking –but the quality of it.
Thought has a feeling to it and this feeling is qualitatively different when you are in habitual, limited thinking versus when you are transcending personal thought. The feelings are so different that once you begin to identify and differentiate for yourself, you will start to do it more and more.
Does this mean you will eventually always feel good? Always live present in the moment and enjoy the bliss that appears to be inseparable from the now?
Until last night, I thought the answer was no – of course not. We are all human, we are all living in the limitations of thought. Now, I am not so sure. What if my thinking about that is my box? What if every time I think something isn’t possible, I stop myself from experiencing it?
I don’t know what I don’t know. No one does. The temptation would be to start worrying right now, “how do I do it? how do I think differently? how do I make this change happen in me?” and so on. But don’t. Stop yourself whenever you begin to go into your personal, habitual thinking, and see what develops in the space provided.
It is worth every investigation.
Ready to go beyond your thinking? Learn how your human system is designed to work in this three-day workshop. Or learn how to build your coaching practice through insight and transformation. Read More…
What you take home will change something inside of you for the better – no matter your circumstances – or your money back.
Reference: Kounios, J., & Beeman, M. (2015). The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain. Random House.