The Key to the Mystery
Crossing the Bridge
n the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
April 19, 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 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.
Dream symbols are for the most part manifestations of a psyche that is beyond the control of consciousness. Meaning and purposefulness are not prerogatives of the conscious mind; they operate through the whole of living nature. There is no difference in principle between organic and psychic formations. (Jung, 1976, p. 223)
The image invites more questions than answers. The threshold delineates inside from outside and does not reveal much of either. There is a mysterious quality to the opposing forces of an open and locked door. I want to know what is behind the door, but how can I unlock it? What is in that room? If its empty, why was it locked? Why isn’t it locked shut? What subtle and direct messages does the image produce in me?
This image feels parallel to the Covid-19 situation in that the pandemic produces more questions than answers. So, what if the pandemic were viewed as a dream symbol? What if it was treated the organic like a psychic formation?
The Psyche conceals for a reason. It puts us on alert to prepare for the MYSTERY. Once we are optimally prepared, the mystery is revealed and we find the KEY to unlock the mystery. This tension between the CONCEALED AND YET TO BE REVEALED creates a sacred Liminal bridge space. This bridge to the Unknown is our opportunity to create the right intention, the right attitude, the right thought, the right feeling, the right purpose and this lends us the Key for the RIGHT ACTION to resolve the mystery. This is the Fourth Noble Truth of Buddhism, which has eight instructions in it.(Bedi, 2013)
The Right implies aligned with our Soul and its relationship to the Spirit. This leads to a Spiritually purposeful engagement with ourselves others and the world around us. When our leaders, the movers and shakers, heads of institutions, families and every individual commit to such an alignment, the KEY TO THE MYSTERY is revealed. Presently, our global community is in the process of crossing to bridge. When a critical mass of leaders and individuals have crossed this bridge, we will crossover to the resolution.
Some Points to Ponder if the Pandemic was a dream:
- Write out what you remember/know about it.
- What is the overall feeling?
- What questions arise?
- What images stand out?
- What associations are there?
- What community contribution can you make to help?
- Have you established a system to ponder on the Right intention for you personally in this crisis?
- What is your thought, feeling and attitude to deal with the crisis?
- What deeper purpose do you have personally in this crisis?
- What is your framework for personal initiative and action to manage the crisis?
Photo taken in Point Reyes, CA
Bedi, A. (2013). Crossing the healing zone : from illness to wellness. Lake Worth, FL
Newburyport, MA: Ibis Press, a division of Nicolas-Hays, Inc.,Lake Worth
Distributed to the trade by Red Wheel/Weiser.
Jung, C. G. (1976). The symbolic life : miscellaneous writings. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
© Ashok Bedi, M.D. and Robert BJ Jakala, PH.D.