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    The Narrow Path – Encountering the other – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Narrow Path – Encountering the other – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

August 29, 2020

The tasks of every age differ, and it is only in retrospect that we can discern with certainty what had to be and what should not have been. (Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1976, pp. 59, para 87)

The cobblestone road leads to and from a small village in India. It is wide enough for two people to pass each other, but if a wheeled cart comes along you must move to the side to let them pass. The pattern of hand-made bricks shows the impact of so many souls on it. I imagine listening carefully enough to hear the echoes of voices as they look into each other’s eyes and acknowledge the other as they pass on the road.

While in India, I noticed how evidence of history seems respected and cherished. It is quite different here in the United States where signs of aging (in the population as well as structures) are hidden. Perhaps I am romanticizing a simpler life, yet it does seem easier than how we live today.

The pollical conventions are over. Candidates are decided, and the campaign trails will be made. So many topics to take on those journeys: the pandemic, social justice, financial struggles, unemployment, and the protest movement across the country. When it is all over, and the election is decided, we too will retrospectively discern the should and should not of the outcome. It is our task as Jung described to compare history with the moment. The road of the future is being constructed today. It will be reflected upon when It arrives.

Imagine that you are walking on this narrow cobblestone path in this Indian village. There comes along another individual from the […]

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    Our Soul’s Code – What the eyes cannot see – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Our Soul’s Code – What the eyes cannot see – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

August 22, 202

The nature of the psyche reaches into obscurities far beyond the scope of our understanding. (Jung, 1969, pp. 412, para 813)

The image creates tension. My first instinct is to figure out what it is rather than admire its visual qualities. I make it familiar and fit it into the world I know. I want to know or recognize the image. I want the puzzle pieces to come together to identify it. Then I can then admire the qualities of the angles, textures, color, and subject to create a story around the image. I know I want to contain the image rather than let my imagination run wild.

When I think about Covid-19, social justice reform, the financial crisis, unemployment, political disputes, and the struggle of the democracy I have known, my sense of certainty of the world is gone. It appears the world is upside down, and I long for the world of the familiar without so many issues racing for first place. I experience dramatic upheaval at the thought of one of those events getting left behind. My challenge is to allow the messages from my dreams, symptoms, synchronicities, etc. into my reality rather than just hold onto what I know. The box I am familiar with, may need changing. I must learn to listen to the unfamiliar. What I do not know might be more valuable if I give it room and a voice.

Two factors can help us untangle the mystery of perception beyond space and time. Our limited human cognitions are bound by the coordinates of space and time. Now when we dream, where is the space and time? Now we are totally in a realm beyond space and time. […]

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