Do unto others

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

June 2, 2020, 2020

Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst

Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist

In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick an image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.

The artist does not follow an individual impulse, but rather a current of collective life which arise not directly from consciousness but from the collective unconscious of the modern psyche. Just because it is a collective phenomenon it bears identical fruit in the most widely separated realms, in painting as well as literature, in sculpture as well as architecture. (Jung, 1966, p. 117)

These buildings stand like guards of the coast dressed in art deco uniforms. They are stately and beautiful because of creative minds. A large plot of real estate with coastal shoppes was excavated then built upon. So much of the old had to be removed before the new could constructed.

During the pandemic, there is more time to look at my old internal structures. I can evaluate their usefulness and practicality. I can develop and construct a more contemporary self. The challenge is for me to be in tandem with what would be valuable to the collective. I will be more valuable if I am contributing to the community/collective than if I drain resources because I need so much repair.

Currently, our country faces twin trauma: the COVAD -19 pandemic and the Protests around Racial Justice in America. These twin challenges call for the excavation of our history as a nation, to look at the history of Slavery and subjugation of women and minorities, the genocide of the Native Americans, the social, gender and racial injustices that have become the foundation stones of our otherwise glorious history as a nation. These historical challenges have further played out in the present crisis at the issue of access to medical and other resources to the marginalized citizens of our great nation leading to much higher COVAD -19 mortality in these groups in the Western world in general and USA in particular.

This calls for excavation and restructuring our historical wrongs and rebuild them to reflect our core values of decency, fairness and brotherhood and sisterhood of all the children of the Universe. Let us be guided in this restructuring of our society by our Higher Angels, not our lowest instincts.

This is not a job of politicians, or leaders alone: it is a transformation of attitude and values that each one of us must undertake by intense soul searching. It will call for courage and sacrifice. But in the long term, we will all be winners. If we do not rise to this moment and call of our history, we will be rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. Let us together build a robust, fair and just society that is worthy of our grandchildren and for generations to come. Our ancestors build a strong and rich nation: let this generation improve on that foundation and rebuild a Just and Fair nation that can become the Spiritual light for the rest of humanity. We carry the burden of our exceptionalism and privilege to lead this charge for Change.

Matthew 7:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Some Points to Ponder:

  1. What structures of your history are no longer useful?
  2. What is to be done with them, ignore, deconstruct, remodel, or?
  3. The architects planned those structures in the photo. What structures are you planning for you and your community?
  4. How do you know what internal structures need to be built?
  5. As you do the soul searching, what old values and attitudes need to be dug up and demolished?
  6. As you demolish the old values and attitudes that demean and diminish the value of your fellow citizens, what new values and attitudes do you envision for a fair and just society for all our citizens’?
  7. What actions do you plan to take to implement these new value structures?

Photo taken in London, England.

Jung, C. G. (1966). The spirit in man, art, and literature. London,: Routledge & K. Paul.

Matthew 7:12 New International Version (NIV)

© Ashok Bedi, M.D. and Robert BJ Jakala, PH.D