My friend and I were talking about making important decisions and I said "sometimes I can't look right at it, it has to come at me sideways like a crab."
She said "oh it makes you cranky."
"No it has to come in through my peripheral vision."
We went back and forth until we understood each other, but the crab was not her favorite metaphor.
But I like the idea of the crab.
If your unconscious is going to hoard something and not let you see it, its probably not a puppy or a kitten of an idea. Its going to be more like a crab.
Crabs are hard, unlovely, but undeniably real. And, it could be worse. I am not even talking snakes and spiders here. Surely those are in my unconscious too, but I am happy to leave them there.
But crabs walk sideways moving faster than you would think, you can imagine them getting away from your hoarding unconscious onto that beach that is the place of between, of productivity and possible danger. Crabs are used to moving from one medium to another, sometimes living in the water, and sometimes venturing onto land. They are only going to come out at special times when they think they can do it safely.
If it happens that you catch something out of the corner of your eye and turn your head fast, you might just see a crab scuttle away because he is as scared of you as you are of him. But maybe a little bit curious too. So he might pause before slipping away in that hole in the rock and look right at your with his beady eye.
You will know that you have seen something that is usually hidden. And you should pay attention.