The Actor and the Witness – Dynamics of Discernment – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis
The Actor and the Witness
Dynamics of Discernment
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
May 14, 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 persona is a complicated system of relations between the individual consciousness and society, fittingly enough a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and, on the other, to conceal the true nature of the individual. (Jung, 1956, p. 192)
I imagine the mind of the surfer to be preoccupied with keeping a sense of balance on the board as it moves along with the force of a wave. The immediate need of alignment with the oceanic energy is dominant. If he wants to wear the “mask” of a successful surfer, focus is on the present and his experience of having done this before.
How this looks to the other man in the water is probably not even in his awareness. I imagine the observer anticipates and hopes success. He not only sees how to do it but also feels joy when the surfer fully stands and rides the wave in (which happens). Unless of course, his […]