In Fall: Help with Anxiety & Individuation, 4
This last post in my series on issues of individuation and help with anxiety in the Fall start-up season focuses on the role of imagination.
Imagination has a huge role in both our anxieties and also in our hopes and aspirations. How does it affect us as we deal with the challenges of this time of year?
Imagination Has Formidable Power
In the Fall start up, whether we are aware or not, our imagination is powerfully activated. We can imagine the greatest possible outcomes for ourselves or our children, and we can often imagine the most threatening and scary outcomes.
Often, imagination is the power behind anxiety. Those with powerful imaginations often experience more anxiety, because they can vividly imagine negative possibilities.
But imagination is also strongly connected to individuation. The things that come into consciousness, through dreams, daydreams, fantasies and even the images connected with internet addiction are powerfully related to what goes on in the unconscious. Our deepest conflicts and fears, as well as new possibilities that try to break into our lives — all are vitally connected with imagination.
Imagination: Rooted in the Unconscious
We tend to think of imagination as under conscious control, but actually our control is rather limited. Things we imagine burst into consciousness from the unconscious all the time, if we are honest with ourselves, and do not censor. There are connections between these manifestations and the deep processes of the unconscious self.
Whether as adult or child, if we explore what we imagine, we learn a great deal about ourselves and our journey.
Taking What We Imagine Seriously
It’s striking how deeply that which emerges from imagination can affect us. On the unconscious level, they come out of what we’ve experienced, combined with the deep level issues with which the unconscious concerns itself.
The power of the imaginal profoundly structures our relationship to our lives.
Fantasies of Fall
This Fall start-up season is laden with emotions. They can produce joy, strong anxiety, or may even colour our expectations and experiences with dark foreboding.
Alternately, if we can explore and understand what our imagination is putting in front of us, and where it comes from, we may understand some profound things about what is trying to emerge and live itself out in each of our individual lives.
The fantasies and anxieties of Fall surround us. They touch on our deepest hopes, fears and aspirations. They invite us on the journey to ourselves.
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