Staying would mean embracing his dreams. His will was bent on staying, it had brought him here even though he was near-drowning in the booming drone of his inner 'Doom Radio'.
I offered J that image. 'It's like there is a Doom Radio on and it is drowning out everything else in your inner space.' J slowed up and looked at me surprised: 'Yes.'
'Well, to develop the metaphor, just like if you have a radio, there are many frequencies, and Doom Radio is just one of the stations transmitting. If you could find the tuner button and the volume control, you would have many more choices of background tracks for your life.'
'That sort of makes sense. But how?'
What I was about to offer him is referred to in Psychosynthesis psychology as 'sub-personality work' (I've described it in an earlier blog post 'Every Dragon is a Keeper of Treasure'
'The first step, paradoxically, is to hear out what Doom Radio has to say. It may get less insistent, just like a person might after they'd had a proper chance to speak their piece.'
J looked apprehensive. He'd been at pains to try to keep Doom Radio down, to keep that bully-within at a distance. The idea of turning the volume up, passing the Mic, so to speak, to this 'inner monster' must have seemed completely counter-intuitive.
'I promise you would not get stuck on Doom Radio Broadcast if you let it speak more fully. We may even discover a deeper truth beneath its rantings.'
He chose to trust me.