A Wild Imagination

There I was sitting in traffic. To my right I noticed an owner struggling with her new puppy that was so full of beans I thought it might just pull the owner off the path and onto the road. She was struggling, and her face clearly showed the strain as she shouted “no Rocky, no Rocky”.Mark Fen The lead was practically horizontal as the dog was up on his hind legs trying to pull in whatever direction he could get free. As a dog owner myself I know how this feels. Your dog just wants to play and explore. There is nothing more to it, but on a dogs mission of exploration they might wind up under a car or even lost for good if there is nobody there to hold him back. It was right at that moment I realised a great lesson. A lesson I’ve known, but now I had a clear example to explain how we can relate to this excited puppy.

Free to think anything…
The interesting thing is that for a lot of us we develop a thinking pattern like the puppy. What I mean is a thinking attitude of anything goes. For so many people they struggle with their thoughts and emotions. They struggle with the fact that whatever they think, is therefore their reality. Their perceptions become fact as far as they are concerned. People with anxiety, depression, and other mental challenges will be all too familiar with this. In fact for some people they feel they don’t have any control over their thoughts, and therefore their thoughts are out of their control. To be honest we think so many things every minute there is a lot we don’t even acknowledge. The fact is though, we will only ponder on what gets our attention, and these things are normally heart issues, perceived threats, and things that challenge our core beliefs and values.

A negative imagination…
So back to the puppy on a lead and what does he have to do with all this thought talk. You see it’s not the thoughts that are a problem. In fact you are likely to think anything at any point based on your surroundings, sub conscious, sight or sound. So the thoughts aren’t really the issue and we can’t always control them. Instead it’s your emotional reaction to the thought and the imagination that goes with it. The stronger the reaction to the thought, the more prone to thinking that thought we become. Our imagination will think the worst if allowed.

You are not subject to your thinking…you are in control
The key to changing a negative thought pattern is to disempower the thought by taking away its power. Dilute the emotional reaction and the associated imagery that goes with it and it eventually will become powerless. It’s like thoughts that bring trauma, and due to the distress they cause they are powerful. The Bible is where I first came across this in the verse that read “cast down all imaginations” in 2 Corinthians 10:5. It didn’t say you would never think wrong thoughts, but instead to cast wrong negative thoughts down. You are more powerful than thoughts. Your imagination is the puppy and you are the owner, and in time as the puppy matures it won’t be as wild as it once was. It may still want to chase a car or a cat, but you will never forget that you are the boss and not your imagination. You are not subject to your thinking unless you allow it to be.

Put your imagination on a leash…
For example a guy who doesn’t want to lust after girls sees a poster of a girl in a bikini. His imagination wants to expand the story of the image and tries to push him to explore the image more precisely. The guy doesn’t want to explore, so he tries to not think about the image, but the more he forces himself to not think about the thought the more difficult it becomes. The key is to not give it attention, and to take control by letting the thought pass by. Our imagination is just like the puppy on a lead. It wants to explore, it wants to create, it’s curious, and if you don’t keep it on a lead it might cause you problems. We can’t always control what we think, but we can control what we do with the thought…but it will take practise till the puppy gets it. Sometimes we start to think the worst but it requires us to take control and keep our mind on more positive and rational thoughts. If this helped you, please comment below or Subscribe Here.

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  2. Hi yes its great.i like that (We can’t always control what we think, but we can control what we do with the thought…but it will take practise). working on that at the moment, negitive thoughts and thinking to much. ie all the WHAT IF questions or I WONDER IF OR WHY? when i get negitive thoughts into my head i think satin has something to do with it. cant remember how i started thinking of it that way.
    well as we know satin wants us to be sad, upset, angry etc
    so i tell him to go away, leave me a lone, and he does.
    sometimes he goes quick,
    other time i have to say it a few times. when i say it strongly to go away it works better for me.
    then i say to myself, god is in control, he has a plan for us,things happen for a reason,
    i ask him for help. if i dont know why things happened, i know god knows, and we go through things to learn from them. and if thats god plan for me who am i to argue.
    i put my trust in god.
    i just hope i can keep it up. i.e. if something major happens that i will be able to keep positive.
    might sound crazy but it works for me. 🙂

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