People who describe themselves as anxious often have imaginations that run away from them. On the flip side, people with active imaginations are often very intelligent. People whose imaginations run wild are generally highly motivated to have a better life, but are lacking tools and strategies.
When we are little we often have fantastic imaginations. We daydream about the future, we play make believe and dream great dreams about what we will become in the future. We are told stories at home and in school and often see the world as our oyster. If we are lucky, that is. Some children begin their lives with role models and exposure that limits their ability to use their imagination in an uplifting, positive future focused manner.
Negative thinking seems to be a common experience for people. In spite of the abundance of “positive thinking” resources available to people there is still a “natural” negativity inherent in our social programming.
Negative thinking should be seen as negative imagination. Imagination is “imaging” and “picturing.” The subconscious mind loves images yet the anxious individual continues to feed the mind “food” that is not consistent with healthy, deliberate, freely chosen goals.
Being able to direct, restrain, control and discipline our imagination is critical. It requires new tools and strategies but is really quite simple. People who are anxious will continue to be anxious until they learn to manage their imagination. Until a strong desire to create something new is tapped into the subconscious mind will continue to run an anxiety program much like a wild horse running out of control.