Conflict and Healing – Creating your healing image – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis
September 19, 2020
Under normal circumstances, every conflict stimulates the mind to activity for the purpose of creating a satisfactory solution. (Jung, 1969, pp. 489, para 780)
The image shows a moment natural engagement. The ocean crashes into the rocks, breaks into a variety of droplets, and falls back into itself. The force of that encounter is determined by the stability of the rocks and the speed of the ocean as it comes to shore. I admire the site and sound as I witness the upward splash and its reunion into the ocean pool. It is invigorating and soothing much like inspiration and exhalation of my breath.
So many things in today’s world present forceful conflict. The news is full of vigorous political, social, and medical disagreement. It is as though we are only at high tide and have forgotten that a full cycle of engagement includes simple discussion and opinion without making the other the enemy.
I believe Jung is correct in the quote above when he uses the phrase “satisfactory solution,” but lately is seems like winning is the object of discussion rather than negotiation to both sides of the topic.
Every conflict is a crisis and an opportunity. From the perspective of our consciousness, a conflict is a crisis. From the lens of our inner eye or the unconscious, it is an opportunity for a higher and more evolved resolution, consistent with the voice of our soul. However, several conditions must be met for such a soul resolution.
Firstly, we must accept that our present consciousness and logical discernment has its limits in getting our hands around the conflict.
This then activates what the Buddhist’s call the “Beginner’s mind” to deal with the conflict without preconceptions. […]