August 1, 2020

The conscious mind often knows little or nothing about its own transformation and does not want to know anything. The more autocratic it is and the more convinced of the eternal validity of its truths, the more it identifies with them.(Jung, 1970, pp. 358, para 503)

The eucalyptus routinely sheds its bark. It lets go of all the external layers until its smooth surface is fully exposed. I love the textures, colors, and shapes of the bark as it loses its weather shield. It The way it looks to the outside world always changes, and the core remains essentially the same. I value this example of dynamic living. It demonstrates internal and external cooperation for living fully into its nature

Our lives are more uncertain as we adjust to the current conditions and look to the future. The pandemic, social protests, and loss of employment for millions of people created a difficult climate to live in. It requires more protection (masks/social distancing) and engagement with our values regarding racism. The news gives us daily counts of Covid-19 cases and deaths. The choice to shield our core or have empathy for others feel at odds with each other. How many layers (like bark) do we place between our core and the outside world? When will it be safe to remove a layer we no longer need? Life now feels more organic, and less routine. Each moment requires assessment and awareness of it, so we choose a response congruent to our nature.

In every individual and society, a certain viewpoint is the dominant frame of reference. It guides the politics, commerce, education, wealth distribution, power gradient and leadership. However, over time, this view point becomes outdated and […]