At the bottom of the Stepwell – Archetype of Apocalypse and a New Beginning – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis
At the bottom of the Stepwell
Archetype of Apocalypse and a New Beginning
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
May 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.
The circular movement thus has the moral significance of activating the light and dark forces of human nature, and together with them all psychological opposites of whatever kind they may be. (Jung, 1967, p. 25)
This circular stepwell was constructed about four hundred years ago to store rainwater. The steps go all the way down to the base of the well. The day I went the well was dry at its base, and I could walk to the bottom. However, historically, in the rainy season, people would carry their water containers to the level of the water, fill them up, then carry the water back up the steps to their homes.
I am in the depths of the pandemic and may be leaving the shelter in place that seems much like the stepwell. I can see the steps that lead out, but I cannot see all of them. As they turn up and to the left, they seem to disappear […]