Imagination is a two edged sword.
On one hand imagination opens us to delight, but on the other opens us to misery.
If we were nurtured during childhood, it is likely our imagination will lead us to delight. But if we were abused or controlled as children, it is likely our imagination will continue to replay our misery.
Talking with animals such as mole, ratty, toad, badger, holmes and watson enables us to lose enough control to enter our imagination.
For some of us losing that amount of control is a natural, delightful and refreshing experience, but for others losing any control throws us back into the misery of childhood.