Experience shows that it is practically impossible, owing to adverse circumstances in general, for anyone to develop all his psychological functions simultaneously. The demands of society compel a man to apply himself first and foremost to the differentiation of the function with which he is best equipped by nature, or which will secure him the greatest social success.
(Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1976, p. 450 para 763)
The forces of nature are at work as the ocean body breaks into droplets against the rocks. There are several influences that make up the moment of the image. Light, color, texture, motion, and stillness compose the scene. Each element contributes its natural quality make this the best moment.
I, too, am influenced by life’s forces. There are qualities I do not have to work hard at for them to be experienced in the world. There are innate abilities that feel easy to show the world. Then, of course, there are aspects of me that need patience and effort to improve (my inferior functions). I need to remember to maintain a balance between acknowledging what I am good at and what I must improve. I need to give credit where credit is due, and patience to the skills I am developing.
While the Sensate function (attention to detail) renders the aesthetic of this image available to consciousness, I wonder what would I see with my intuition function in this image? Does my intuition see the mirror of some larger forces in the collective crash into the rock of my ego consciousness? Is this an inner image the experience of the global pandemic, war and strife as I experience it in my inner space?
If I were to experience this image with the thinking and logical lens, I wonder if this is the prototype of wind and ocean power which we may tap into to have alternate sources of energy to reduce our carbon footprint on this fragile planet?
However, if I were to experience this image with my feeling function, how do I relate to it? Does it feel like a traumatic event of waves crashing the water into a million droplets like the shattered pieces of my soul? Does it inspire awe and fascination as an experience of the mystery of the ocean and its timeless history and treasures? Does it provoke intrigue about what lies buried in the bosom of this magnificent ocean? What lands lie across this ocean? What creatures live in its depths yet to be discovered? What lost civilizations lie archived in its timeless memory?
When I put all these perspectives together, what mandala emerges? What is this Mandala trying to tell me? What are its prescriptions for me at this point in time? Why did it call my attention of all other possible fields of vision and attention? Nothing is random in the Universe – why this image grabs my fleeting attention? How must I honor this image and its teleological guidance?
Points to Ponder:
- What aspects of you feel natural and healthy?
- How do you acknowledge those aspects?
- What do you see as your inferior function(s)?
- How do you invite or support your inferior functions to improve?
- What image or experience caught your attention recently?
- How did you catalogue the details of this image?
- What was your logical analysis of this image?
- What was your intuition or gut feeling about this image’s message?
- What feelings did this image provoke?
- When you put all these perspectives together, how did it modify this image?
- Did this composite new image have a new feeling or meaning to you personally?
- When you dialogue or journal your reflections about this new image, does it guide in any way to deal with your present life challenges?
- Do you feel that you need to be passive or active in response to this message?
- Do you think that you may need to change your course of action based on your reflections upon this image?
- Do you feel that you need to focus on the foreground crashing waves or background mountains in this image?
Jung, C. G., & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress). (1976). Psychological types (A revision / ed. Vol. 6). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
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.
© Ashok Bedi, M.D. and Robert BJ Jakala, PH. D