August 22, 202
The nature of the psyche reaches into obscurities far beyond the scope of our understanding. (Jung, 1969, pp. 412, para 813)
The image creates tension. My first instinct is to figure out what it is rather than admire its visual qualities. I make it familiar and fit it into the world I know. I want to know or recognize the image. I want the puzzle pieces to come together to identify it. Then I can then admire the qualities of the angles, textures, color, and subject to create a story around the image. I know I want to contain the image rather than let my imagination run wild.
When I think about Covid-19, social justice reform, the financial crisis, unemployment, political disputes, and the struggle of the democracy I have known, my sense of certainty of the world is gone. It appears the world is upside down, and I long for the world of the familiar without so many issues racing for first place. I experience dramatic upheaval at the thought of one of those events getting left behind. My challenge is to allow the messages from my dreams, symptoms, synchronicities, etc. into my reality rather than just hold onto what I know. The box I am familiar with, may need changing. I must learn to listen to the unfamiliar. What I do not know might be more valuable if I give it room and a voice.
Two factors can help us untangle the mystery of perception beyond space and time. Our limited human cognitions are bound by the coordinates of space and time. Now when we dream, where is the space and time? Now we are totally in a realm beyond space and time. A proactive method to claim access to this mysterious zone of perception proactively other then during dreaming is during fantasy. This is the realm of Imagination where we can create an image beyond the present constraints of space and time. Jung actively used this zone of consciousness during his experiments on Self during the process of Active Imagination well archived in his master opus of inner work – the Red Book, the Liber Novus. (Jung & Shamdasani, 2009)
For us to dig our way out of the collective crisis that confront us civilization, we need to be creative and use the power of imagination for new possibilities outside of the box. Each one of us must do our inner work to come up with our unique paradigm for individual response and our contribution to the collective resolution of these crises.
Once we have our paradigm, we must navigate in the darkness not knowing the validity of our conclusions and their outcome In the darkness, we must be guided, not by eyes or senses but by faith in the power and guidance of our soul.
Some Points to Ponder:
Where do you find comfort?
What do you rely on and trust to get you through difficulties?
What internal or external resources have you left out?
How do you explore the unknown?
How did you adapt to a circumstance in life that was unfamiliar?
Do you access the guidance of your soul when senses have reached their threshold?
How do you tune into your soul’s guidance – dreams or fantasy or both?
How do you honor this soul guidance?
Jung, C. G. (1969). The structure and dynamics of the psyche (2d ed. Vol. 8). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Jung, C. G., & Shamdasani, S. (2009). The red book = Liber novus (1st ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
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