Our Unicorn Moment
A Brave New World
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
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 horn as an emblem of vigor and strength has a masculine character, but at the same time it is a cup, which, as a receptacle is feminine. So, we are dealing here with a “uniting symbol” that expresses the bipolarity of the archetype. (Jung, 1968, p. 471)
The unicorn in the storefront window is stunning. The pose is lifelike, and I know it is not real. Its gentle character promotes humility while it radiates a blend of myth and magic. Somehow it touches my heart strings and yet it is inside the building. I am drawn to it in a way that I want to buy it and take it home with me, but I choose to take its picture instead.
When I look at this image, I have an immediate response. My imagination is fully engaged with medieval scenes of it prancing in the forest at twilight. It incarnates and evaporates as it grazes in the grasses. It seems incredibly strong and approachable, yet it is elusive.
The pandemic and social equality/justice have similar demands on my imagination. Both require that I go beyond the moment at hand and consider the stories and realities of them. So much of what is being said has the bias of the speaker. There are so many different spins of what is happening and what is meant by what is said.
The challenge of today’s crises is finding a unifying symbol for health and equality. It is up to us to use our imaginations and actions to bring balance to our lives and the lives of our communities.
A Unicorn is a mythical animal and is something unusual, rare and unique. The present state of our society offers such a Unicorn moment. It intrigues us. Both crises are unusual and a rare conjunction in our history and time. Both call for a reception and active attitude. We need to be receptive to the deeper meaning and calling of both these challenges. The COVAD-19 pandemic invites us to took at contributing factors like globalization, international travel, environmental issues, among others. The Peace Protests call for examining our Souls for Racial and Social Justice. The police attitude is a symptom and not necessarily the cause of these social issues. The Police are US! They accurately depict deeper societal biases and attitudes. We don’t need just the police reform but a social reform and a spiritual reset of our values aligned with our humanity.
Like a horn, we need to be a cup – a holy grail, receiving the blood from the wounds of our citizens and our environment: but we also need to engage the healing wisdom of the Holy Grail via Sacrifice of the old attitudes and making way for the New Beginnings of a fair and just society. We need the empathy and love of the Mother Grace and the Vigor, Courage of the Father to make bold new changes. Thus it will take the union of the Masculine and Feminine energies to grasp the mystery of this moment in our history. Carpe Diem – we must seize this moment – Our Unicorn Moment.
Unicorns are mentioned 8 times in Bible. Here is one that may be relevant for our moment –
God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of a unicorn.
Some Points to Ponder:
How do you blend or unify diverse issues in your life?
What determines your loyalty to a cause or ideal?
How do you enact decision making/moving forward and nurturance/holding?
How does your imagination engage the pandemic and/or social equality/justice?
How will you bring imagined ideas into action?
Are you open and receptive to deeper issues raised by the Pandemic and the Protests?
List the issues that the Global Protests and Pandemic raises that you can relate to you, your attitude and your actions as an individual?
Are you able to seize this Unicorn moment and make Changes in your Attitudes and Actions going forward to a Brave New World?
Photo taken in London, England.
Jung, C. G. (1968). Psychology and alchemy (2d ed.). [Princeton, N.J.]: Princeton University Press.
Holy Bible: Numbers 23:22 King James Version (KJV)
© Ashok Bedi, M.D. and Robert BJ Jakala, PH. D