He is the skilled Knight that is sure enough to take the reigns and smart enough to keep a master within reach. Though he clearly senses his higher self, he has a lot further to go to complete his transformation once and for all.
When you accept that phobias are meaningful, dreamlike scenarios the unraveling of which can actually help deepen self knowledge and compassion, then, in a wider sense and having faced the terror of being but a speck in a grinder, you also make yourself available to the prospect of being redeemed by Nature, the self that exists outside.
Be careful how much wall you allow yourself to put up during the interaction. Being too defensive can make us seem like we are not willing to try to work with the person that needs to clear the air. Be as honest as you can be and allow both sides to present their perspective.