Kick Away the Obstacles

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

March 31, 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 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.

Pegasus struck the fountain of Hippocrene from the earth with his hoof. A Corinthian statue of Bellerophon, which was also a fountain, was made so that the water flowed from the hoof of the horse. Baldur’s horse struck froth a spring with his kick. The horse’s foot is therefore the dispenser of fruitful moisture. (Jung, 1956, p. 278)

The artist created a feeling of beauty, movement and strength in a variety of Pegasus portrayals. It is a contemporary tribute to an ancient myth.

During this time of stay at home, I too can reach into the successful aspects of my personal history. I remember times when I accomplished goals that seemed so distant. I had to direct my attention on what was to come more than the struggle I felt in the moment. I had to be flexible and move out of my usual way. Much like the story of Pegasus, I had to kick something out of the way, so the natural flow of success could be revealed.

Pegasus is a mythical winged divine horse. Usually depicted as pure white, Pegasus is the offspring of the Olympian god Poseidon. As an offspring of the sea god, who gallops on solid earth and flies in the blue skies, it symbolizes the union of the three realms, the ocean, earth and sky. When we face obstacles, we must call upon our unconscious (ocean), conscious (earth) and spiritual (sky) potentials to work at tandem to confront the obstacles. Then we restore the flow of the fountain of our creative flow to deal with the crisis at hand.

In dealing with the COVAD-19 pandemic, we must bring to bear all our resources to remove the obstacles that stand in the way of a creative resolution of the pandemic. We must explore the unconscious resources through contemplation, conscious enterprise through courage and altruism and spiritual resources via faith and hope to kick out the obstacles that stand in the way of a collective community and global response to this crisis. United we stand, divided we fall.

Some Points to Ponder

What anchors you in this stay-at-home time?

What challenges have you been putting off because you didn’t have enough time? What would it take for you to begin them now?

What have you done today for self-care?

What do you need to kick start?

In your personal response to this pandemic, are you corralling your contemplative, altruistic and spiritual potentials to confront the personal behaviors that sabotage the medical guidelines, e.g. social distancing, hand-washing, not hoarding, improving your immune system via appropriate diet, exercise, rest, relaxation, staying connected to your support system and staying off the grid to make room for essential services?

What new helpful interventions have you personally made to be part of the solution?

Photo taken at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Jung, C. G. (1956). Symbols of transformation; an analysis of the prelude to a case of schizophrenia. New York: Pantheon Books.