posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 02:56 AM
I agree, a vivid imagination can be a blessing or a curse- it needs to be mastered.
It plays a big part in empathy, in theory of mind (your conception of what others feel and think), in anticipation and creativity.
When I used to work in horsemanship, I noticed there was a lot of girls who had a problem with what I called a "runaway imagination"- more so than
men. In that activity, the sensitivity of the horse makes them act out what is going on in your head, so if you are anticipating trouble in your
imagination, so it will be!
Like they'd be imagining look at that mailbox up there, what if my horse gets scared of it?
They do that to plan out how they might be able to react if it happens, or how to avoid it,
and while doing so, they are envisioning the horse spooking,
their body is doing these micro responses to the vision (rise in blood pressure, heartbeat, tension in muscles..).
The horse picks that up and gets the message- there is something threatening around here! She's scared! And starts looking around to see what it is
(reading her body like a game of hot and cold- seeing what direction make the responses accelerate) and figures out- Its that mailbox thing! YIKES!
And you got yourself a runaway, exactly as the imaginative rider foresaw.
It was in this activity that I first became aware of my active imagination, and the pitfalls and traps I cause myself in life in general. I became
focused on learning to master this ability. Because this influences other people too, in subconscious ways, it influences how you react to events and
provoke their outcome.
- Something to consider as an interesting side note-
we all have gotten frustrated with someone who refuses to see or understand another point of view or side to the story.
They refuse to empathize for a minute, and you can wonder why and insist- why won't you open your mind for just a second???
Well, this is the reason. They have a good reason!
In my case, rather than keep myself from empathizing or stepping into other shoes, in order to keep my intended focus,
I worked on developing the ability to be extremely flexible instead. To step in, develop the imaginative perspective, but then stop it and move back
into mine as will.
The first step to that is determining what my personal perspective, ideas, conceptions and experiences ARE.
That gives a firm base to return to, like an anchor.
When you are young, or haven't developed your own character and personality that well yet, this is the problem you run into- you get swayed to and fro
by the winds of others, as you empathize her and there, imagine this outcome or that, and just don't have one to come back to and ground yourself. So
you feel confused and not at all master of your life.
So I would often work with those girls on developing their character and individual will first. What do you intend, what do you prefer and like, in a
very self centered manner. When you know that, then you are safer to stretch the imagination more.
Just my ramblings this morning. Have a great day!!!