The Lichen Pact – Balancing your outer and inner life – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis
The Lichen Pact
Balancing your outer and inner life
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
April 17, 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.
When we must deal with problems, we instinctively resist trying the way that leads through obscurity and darkness. We wish to hear only of unequivocal results, and completely forget that these results can only be brought about then we have ventured into and emerged again from the darkness. (Jung, 1960b, p. 389)
The tree is dressed in a variety of lichen, a symbiotic blend of fungi and algae. The green and white patches adorn without real harm to the bark. The tree is a substrate and does not provide any nutrients to the lichen. (Lichen will also form on rocks.) Even though they are not considered plants, they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provide oxygen to the air. Their health greatly depends on air quality and are seldom seen near factories or in places with the air quality is poor.
The image is like a surreal painting. It is gives visual liberation to my conscious mind and a challenge of exposure to […]