Hi Ginger 11
Glad you've got an appointment coming up and glad that Sophie has been able to give you the great guidance she has.
Not sure if this will be of any help but I'll put it out there anyway:
About 15 years ago, when I came out of a long battle with depression, my brain went through a kinda 'rewiring' process I suppose you could say, for about 6 weeks or so. While everything started off as rainbows and sunshine (happiness and joy), things began to take a more quirky turn. I began wondering way too much, about the meaning behind a lot of things, about the meaning of life, about the intentions of others (oppressive kind of folk) and a host of other things. With greater clarity, I look back and realise I was so stuck in wondering, which is connected to imagination. I imagined the possibility of many things, good and not so good. Felt like I was going crazy.
There are parts of our brain (such as the part that deals with imagination) which dictate 'Just about anything is possible' and parts of our brain that deal with logic, which ground us in reasoning (all the reasons not to test out our imagination). From my experience, when things are out of balance and we're not grounded enough, we can seriously begin to wonder about things we wish we weren't wondering about.
If we're someone with a vivid imagination, there definitely has to be some grounding skills. While imagination is looked at as simply being the playful realm of the imaginative person, it is not always as simple as that. It can be a dark place at times. If you're stuck in imagination and that part of the brain is currently highly active, imagine all the constructive (not destructive) things that can ground you. 'I imagine myself seeing a psyche, in order to balance things. I imagine this as a stage of life which I see being rectified. I see myself coming to understand how my brain ticks in unique ways. I imagine wearing an outfit which I absolutely love that others openly disapprove of. I see myself wearing it, as a rebel who poo poos the closed minded opinions of others'. Imagination is definitely a powerful thing. I've come to realise it's like a super power in a way. It's super natural for us to live the best version of our self through imagining our way to being that person. It's self doubt and seeking the approval of others that can often get in the way of us becoming our best self.
Definitely scary when our imagination gets the better of us and we just don't know how to manage it.