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My daughter immediately concluded that there was a problem in her relationship with her home. The remedy, she felt, was to give up part of the programme of rushing around which she had envisaged for the holidays, and to spend some time at home. So far, so good. But there is also a deeper layer, one which moves into less personal territory. My home, symbolically, refers to my self or psyche. To lock myself out, therefore, implies that I have lost touch with my centre. If this is the case, one would expect such an explanation to be supported by further evidence from dreams or other synchronous events. Coincidences tend to occur in clusters. If I am not ‘at home’ with myself, this is going to keep manifesting until there is some inner movement.

Some years ago, there was an occasion when, for the first time in a long period, I had a few extra pounds in my wallet, over and above the minimum needed to keep life and limb together. I then managed to leave the wallet (and money) on the counter of a sweets-and-tobacco booth in the concourse of Charing Cross Railway Station from whence I was not able to retrieve it later. Again, more is involved than mere carelessness or whatever. We human beings have more than one constituent in our psyche. In addition to our conscious mind – the one that deals in reason, planning and organising our lives – we also have an unconscious, which has its own agenda, and is perfectly capable, if need be, of torpedoing the intentions of our conscious mind. In the lost wallet case, my conscious attitude was to battle to acquire the breathing space in my life represented by a few extra pounds sterling, whilst my unconscious was not able (through unacknowledged guilt) to accept a degree of easement in my daily struggle for existence.

From the standpoint of reason, the actions of the unconscious may make no sense at all. Yet this apparent irrationality or non-sense arises from the fact that the agenda pursued by the unconscious is not the same as that of the reason. Indeed, the unconscious is complementary to consciousness. If the force of our conscious intent is driving us ever deeper into psychic imbalance, then the unconscious will try ever more forcefully to counteract that disequilibrium, moving us back towards the centre.
 
 
The Artist – first contact of the author-‘illustrator’ with the inhabitants of the realm of Computania; still a very long way from an actual saleable pack
The Artist – first contact of the author-‘illustrator’ with the inhabitants of the realm of Computania; still a very long way from an actual saleable pack
Inspiration: from the early pack, later known as ‘interchange’
Inspiration: from the early pack, later known as ‘interchange’
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