The Ganesha Moment – Our Auspicious New Beginnings-In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis
January 16, 2021
The beginning, where everything is still one, and which therefore appears as the highest goal, lies at the bottom of the sea, in the darkness of the unconscious. (Jung, 1967, p. 23 para 34)
Fourteen years ago, I purchased a statue of Ganesh on a trip to India. When I brought the crate home from the shipyard, I decided to open the wooden box outside my home. I remember talking to him while it was still sealed shut. I told him I was going to be making a lot of noise (opening the box with a hammer) and that when the noise was done, he would have a view of his new home.
As the cover came off and I pulled to wrapping away, I excitedly greeted him into my world. I told him the place for his image to reside would be in my entryway, and that I was going to take him out of the box to carry him inside. As I picked up the statue, a new awakening sparked inside me. I felt obstacles to see myself more clearly had been removed.
I felt an aliveness, the energy of the sound of a drum reverberating from deep within the statue and me. The deep tone anchored the moment yet freed my soul to move out of time and into the unknown world of beginning again.
The idea of projection helps me intellectually appreciate the experience in psychological terms. Ganesh’s ability to remove obstacles and constellate a new beginning was something within me that his image reflects. He is a mirror to remind me of who I am and the abilities I have within me. The idea of it is clear to my thinking […]