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    Kenosis – Empty your Cup to make room for New Beginnings -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

Kenosis – Empty your Cup to make room for New Beginnings -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

March 27th, 2021

The patient is unconscious of the fact that the obstacle to be overcome lies in herself: namely a boundary-line that is difficult to cross and hinders further progress. (Jung, 1953, p. 85 para 132)

In spring, there is opportunity to shape how the future will look in this garden. The structures we place can hold up what will grow in summer. They can also hold back overgrowth. The garden is cleaned. Dead wood. leaves and debris gone to the composting pile.

As we begin to anticipate spring within ourselves, what kind of clearance is going to give us a better self or better world to live in? What structures would be helpful going forward and what structures might be removed? Each frame in the garden image provides a way to focus yet is part of the entire scene. Each part of us is part of our wholeness and part of the collective.

The process of cleaning the dead wood is called Kenosis – Empty your Cup. Unless we empty the cup of the old structures, we cannot make room for the new beginnings. Often, we are excited and keen to launch new initiatives. However, to plant the new seeds, we must cull the soil of the psyche to prepare it for the planting process. So, what must we empty? In my clinical experience, this means letting go of our old ways of perceiving through distorted lens or character defects. These may include perfectionism, narcissism, suspiciousness, control, self-negation, etc. Then we must confront our Shadow; traits we attribute to our adversaries. Next, we must confront our complexes or hang-ups. All of us have complexes or rather, they have us. We may have a negative father complex […]

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    The Safety Bubble -Rearranging the Chairs on the Deck of the Titanic -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis. 

The Safety Bubble -Rearranging the Chairs on the Deck of the Titanic -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis. 

March 14th, 2021
It is therefore of the utmost importance in practical treatment to keep the integrity of the personality constantly in mind. For, if the collective psyche is taken to be the personal possession of the individual, it will result in a distortion or an overloading of the personality which is very difficult to deal with. Hence it is imperative to make a clear distinction between personal contents and those of the collective psyche. (Jung, 1953, p. 154 para 241)

This image helps me see how many world views a person can take and how many different views of us are possible as any given moment. The important factor is having perspective objectively and subjectively.

In midst of the pandemic and global racial fairness movement among other contemporary challenges that face us, we are all in our individual bubble of safety and viewpoints. We tend to look at ourselves, others, world and the future from inside our bubble. However, our bubble is still part of the collective. While it is our personal responsibility to establish a safe and secure bubble for ourselves and our families, we must never forget that we are part of the whole. Our destiny is intertwined with the rest of humanity. If we forget that continuity with the collective, we are merely rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. We swim or sink together. That the spiritual message of the pandemic and the other global crises. It reminds us of our interdependence, attachments and importance of neighborliness. Most importantly, to attend to the least fortunate amongst us. As Christ succinctly put it,

Matthew 25:40- King James Version (KJV)

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, […]

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