By Gwyn, Mar 1 2019 06:16PM
Imagination and Inner Relationship
Tuning in to our imagination can be a helpful way to connect to our deeper being and source itself. Imagination can allow us to move from more formed ideas of ourselves to less fixed places, and this can be a creative way to better understand our inner processes.
Coming into a deeper relationship with ourselves through noticing what is happening in our inner lives can help us to listen to our inner voice. The ‘who’ we are, our depth of being, is shining through but we have a tendency to forget this. We tend to be carried by our habits, to different degrees, throughout our days: we can be so busy getting things done, clinging onto or grasping, defending ourselves against making mistakes, and even manipulating behaviours so we get what we want.
Deep down, under all this, there is an intuition of love, presence and awareness that is waking up in us and we are here to let this unfold, revealing its own nature.
Deepening into Awareness
The true self may not be about trying to develop awareness, but around noticing how awareness is blocked with our thoughts and our judgments. The mind in its natural state is pure awareness and not obscured by following after thoughts or suppressing them.
Talking about our internal world through imagery, words or phrases can be a way for us to connect to our source coming into some sort of form, and we can have a subtle sense of the possibility of this emerging territory.
Allowing our Sensitivity through
When we tune into our inner feelings, images can arise from the unknown, and we can stay with them and allow them to reveal their wisdom to us. Recently, the image of a lake came up for me, and I intuitively felt a connection with my heart in a very real way; it was the same colour as my heart and I could sense into my body and feel a sensation in my heart. If we allow such an image ‘in’ and stay with this image, we can start to connect more with our deeper sensitivity, instead of keeping distant from our vulnerability out of fear.
The magical child within us may not have been met in those places, so this territory feels too uncomfortable to be with; maybe when we were very young, there was not enough sensitivity in our external environment.
Being met with compassion and sensitivity in these vague, nebulous places can help us to recognise and be with our own compassion and sensitivity more fully. We may be able to soften around our more formed structures. These structures helped us to survive, and protected us, and carried who we needed to be.
The Wisdom in the Unknown
While I may have a body, a personality and a sense of ‘self’, I can also contact my deeper being and source. I’m not trying to get away from the formed or the constricted, but simply noticing my formed constructions as the way in to deeper states and creative possibility. When we touch into the unknown, the deep, the dark, the impenetrable and that profound depth, something comes through. This is to watch wild geese flying and to be hidden behind a cloud, or to walk on and on in a great forest without thought of return.
The image has everything it needs; we don’t need to ‘add’ to our imagination, we simply allow any meaning to emerge from it. We don’t need to do anything, or work hard, for this to happen: our relationship is one of ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’ which can be a helpful practice in itself. We might see this process in a similar way to birdwatching: we walk quietly in the woods, and wait for the birds to come, instead of crashing around looking for them.
Owning our Lives
When we start to engage with imagination in therapy, we can start to own our processes instead of acting out or being unconsciously driven by the drama within. We notice, for example, the fire inside our chest, the tightness in our shoulders and sensations in our neck, and talk about our anger. We can deepen our ownership of our anger through developing a connection and relationship with it, and saying ‘I am feeling angry’. This might be preferable to acting out our anger by having an argument with someone, or lashing out in some way when triggered.
A Compassionate Approach
As we actively engage with our imagination, our inner process, we can start to transform our internal experience. We may drop in questions that feel right at the time: what do you need? What have you got to offer? What helps you to grow?
The subconscious includes monsters as well as allies. With compassion at the heart of the work, we can be more present to meet whatever unconventional gifts they may bring, as we take careful steps down into the unknown.