Tears – The healing elixir of the soul- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis
October 17, 2020
The center is the goal, and everything is directed toward that center. Through this dream I understood that the self is the principle and archetype of orientation and meaning. Therein lies its healing function. (Jung, 1961, pp. 198-199)
The pandemic continues to spread. The number of cases and deaths increase every day here in the United States. Sadness and grief can be overwhelming at times. Sadness stems from the fact that some of the numbers would be reduced if more people followed CDC guidelines. Grief comes from the loss of connection to normal life and the changed families/friends of lives that ended.
One morning as I wiped away the tears, I noticed how casually I used the tissues and discarded them. I treated them as an inconvenience or annoyance. I stopped to notice the subtleties of what I was doing. I remembered stories I heard as a young adult about how upon the pharaoh’s death, criers were hired to fill little glass vials with tears and buried with them. The practice was done so the gods on the other side would know how much the pharaoh was missed. The morning of that image, I changed discarding my tears (my connection to humanity) as if they had no value.
Each time I become aware of sadness and/or grief I acknowledge my humanity with gratitude. I look towards my center that gives meaning to my values of human life. I add perspective to my experience and look to what I can do to make the situation better: I cherish my tears; I practice CDC guidelines and encourage others to do the same; I protect myself and others from becoming another statistic of this pandemic. I will vote […]