In the Eye of the Strom
An individual response to the Global Crisis
The Path of Light in the Dark Forest at Night
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 and 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.
So it is not surprising that when an archetypal situation occurs we suddenly feel an extraordinary sense of release, as though transported, or caught up by an overwhelming power. At such moments we are no longer individuals, but the race; the voice of all mankind resounds in us. (Jung 1966)
The challenge of being in the forest at night is helped by the lights that allow me to see the pathway. There is a sense of strength that diminishes the fear of darkness, as the darkness recedes into the forest. I can see both where I am and where I want to go. The lights are reliable. I can count on them to let me know what I am going to encounter.
In this dark time of the Covid-19, the light source is uncertain. I see how other countries have moved along their path and are still on an incomplete journey. I am not alone: We are all in a time that demands we find and carry our own light. The “voice of mankind” to survive resounds. We take precautions and follow the guidelines for protection while the path remains unclear.
In the walk through the dark forest, each of the lights has influence on the space it can fill. Each light along the way contributes to the journey separately and collectively as I walk. As I pass each light, I am grateful for its assistance and I must leave it in order to finish my journey.
The journey in the dark forest is parallel to my life journey. There were lights along the way: ideas, beliefs, people, philosophies, and religions to name a few. I stood close and then moved forward. Unlike the physical world that demands I walk away from the individual light to go forward, in the spiritual world or the world of memory or imagination, I can carry those who have heled light my way. It is helpful to remember my quest has had a lot of companionship along the way.
In this time, I want to remember what has helped me and look to others to be a guiding light as well as look deep within to find the ultimate navigator, the soulful whisper that leads me to my destination. I can look to my dreams and imagination for clues to the mysteries of today.
At a Collective level in response to the Global crisis, each one of us is a Light Post in the dark forest at night. When each one of us does our inner work and let it guide us to become part of the Solution rather than become part of the Problem, we become a source of light and new consciousness that collectively helps the Society deal with collective problem like the Global warming, inequities in opportunities, pandemics and terrorism. Once we have clarity about our own light in terms of new consciousness in relationship to collective problems, we then need to implement this insight via SERVICE. We must WALK THE WALK!
Points to Ponder
What resources help you in times of darkness?
How have you moved on your path?
What pattern of response do you see in yourself as a result of this pandemic?
How does it affect your relationship to others?
Has it influenced you sense of self?
Do you feel that you are part of the problem or have become part of the Solution?
What new insight you have about your personal contribution to the problem?
What new consciousness you have attained about how you can contribute to the Solutions?
Are you engaged in SERVICE based on your insights and new awarenss?
Photo taken at Descanso Gardens, LaCanada CA
Jung, C. G. (1966). The spirit in man, art, and literature. London,, Routledge & K. Paul.