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Using Imagery To Explore Thoughts And Feelings. Sunday October 20, 2013

Last year a frozen trauma within me melted. Understatement. It rushed outwards in a torrent. And my whole life was strewn out along a beach. Everything about me was being washed out to sea or was flying off into the wind. And all I could do was to let it all go. I had neither the energy nor the motivation to run after it.

Gradually these past few months I have salvaged and beach combed and trawled - in order to rescue my life.

Some aspects were from the outpouring and others were little treasures that I fell upon.

It wasn't a breakdown - it was a break through.

And now the imagery has changed. From a windswept beach to a small sheltered, secluded garden. And for all there are some weeds and a few thorny bushes there are also new seedlings, perennials, berries on bushes, flowers and an old tree!

How do you "see" your life?

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Peter Wood Sun, Oct 20th 2013 @ 10:35am

That's beautifully described, thank you Wendy. I has an experience like this over 15 years ago, following cognitive behavioural therapy. "Frozen trauma" exactly describes what I had at the time. It took me another ten years to complete the salvage and repair of my life, but I am now both stronger and more compassionate and very much happier.

Diana Sun, Oct 20th 2013 @ 11:20am

Have you tried actively working with the imagery too? If you get an image for something you are experiencing then focus in on the detail of it-really examine the qualities in the image- like a mindfulness exercise, if you're familiar with that- make it as clear as possible- then be curious about it- asking questions of it- why is it in that particular form? what does it want to say to you? Very important not to judge it but just to become aware and see what emerges. Can be very revealing.

Anonymous Sun, Oct 20th 2013 @ 1:15pm

You have described my experiences over the past 6 months in perfect imagery, even down to the small garden that became my focus for doing and achieving something. Fantastic Wendy, thank you.

Anonymous Sun, Oct 20th 2013 @ 1:21pm

Within the last month I've had a serious return to PTSD. I resonated so deeply with your words "a frozen trauma melted". It had been 8 years since I suffered with that blend of terror, anxiety, and hopeless/helplessness. I have no doubt I'll come out the other side more mature, wiser, and I hope in a place that will allow me contentment. Thank you for sharing Wendy. Meg

Julia Sun, Oct 20th 2013 @ 6:35pm

I have never seen my life through imagery and am finding it hard to know where to begin to "see" my life. I do remember however two images I had of of me during a difficult time at work which described my worth or how I felt I operated with no control over my daily tasks. I saw myself as blotting paper or rather the ink which spread over it and sinking in. It ran in a haphazard way with no direction.I felt like that ink. The other image was of a bursting rubbish sack. I visualised myself in the middle of a room at work not being able to cope or fulfil other peoples constant demands. These images sound quite shocking to me right now but that is exactly how I felt at work for a number of years. I do not feel like that now thankfully. I suppose it might be helpful to write down imagery of how I feel now. A very forceful and dramatic blog Wendy. We are such imaginative creatures.

Anne Szadorska Sun, Oct 20th 2013 @ 9:35pm

I referred to myself when talking with a close colleague the other day, as being a special piece of metal, that got melted down and reshaped into something new exciting and full of possibilities. I am still me but a better version that feels like life is beginning and able to cope better.

Elizabeth Mon, Oct 21st 2013 @ 7:12am

That sounds great Anne, I am so glad for you. Maybe you could write a blog on how that happened? I believe a lot of us needs hope, at least when I was the worst I desperatly looked for proofs that there really are people who feel well again.

Julia Mon, Oct 21st 2013 @ 8:25am

Dear Meg
I hope you will feel better soon but it even though it may take some time, you know it will pass. PTSD is a label I know a little about from reading about soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. There has been some interesting research done recently which suggests ways in which to avoid PTSD before the event is likely to happen. I am not sure if this would help you but if you google "how to avoid PTSD" you may come across it. I haven't googled it but read about it in the paper. If you can't find anything I will tell you the basics of what I read if you think it might help. We seem to be in various stages of depression and difficulties but I think the common element amongst us all who are members of Moodscope is that we share our experiences because we want to help each other and ourselves;by doing this, I believe we give each other hope and encouragement that things do indeed get better. Very slowly though and it is the small things that make a difference. I don't think I'll ever be on top of things every day ever again but I accept that as part of my personality and my life could I be bubbly every day? It's just not reasonable or possible however much I would love that. Anyway take care and honestly Moodscope, and the bloggers and the members are here for you.

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