The Mind’s Eye
The Inner Vision
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.
All human beings are bad observers of things that are unfamiliar to them. (Jung, 1976, p. 307)
There are moments of stillness and concentration in nature. I notice it when some birds land to survey for potential food sources. They seem to focus well before making their move. They live in the unfamiliar for the most part except around their nesting place. So, having good observation skills are essential to their survival.
We as human seem to have a different outlook. Our thinking and feelings of the moment determine what see notice and ignore/overlook. The power of observation is a person skill influenced by awareness, curiosity and attention. We can have preoccupations that limit or enhance our ability to observe.
The pandemic and protests intersect our usual world personally and professionally. Their presence can filter or magnify our ability to see the world. Then with the filter or magnification in place, we often see the world in a way that makes us right. Our observation skills could have a destination in mind so focused we overlook evidence to the contrary. There are times when our personal history creates blind spots to protect us.
Humans do not see it with their eyes but with their brains and minds. In this context, the Brain means the three layers of our Triune Brain (MacLean, 1990)– Reptilian, Limbic/Emotional/Archetypal and Neocortical – logical, discerning, will oriented and choice maker (Bedi, 2013). By Mind, in this context implies our Personality structure, the Personal Myth we live by and our Life Narrative – meaning story we have created to integrate events in our life in a coherent framework. The Mind recruits the Brain to support the story and then we stick with it; irrespective of the Data!
This structure of Seeing with your Mind/Brain composite is the Inner Vision: looking with your Third Eye. When all these layers of complexity are consciously factored in and each of these stake holders have a vote in the final trajectory of Inner Vision, we make deep and informed choices. Such an informed choice is not only our personal best perception attending to the Dilemma of our Times but informed by the Wisdom of the Depth (Jung & Shamdasani, 2009). It helps us master the current crisis and supports the Welfare of the Society and the Universe. May the Wisdom be with you!
Matthew 4:4 New International Version (NIV)
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”
Some Points to Ponder:
How have your observation skills been influenced by the current crises?
What does “new normal” look like?
How does your personal history effect your ability to see what is happening in the world?
What is the value of stillness in your life?
How has your thinking or emotional response to the world changed recently?
What is the biggest influence on your observation skills?
How can you better your observation skills?
Are you evaluating the current crisis – the Pandemic and the Peace Protests with your two eyes or your THIRD EYE?
How does the current world crisis’ look when you see them with your two outer eyes versus your INNER VISION?
Photo taken in Kerala, India.
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.
Jung, C. G., & Shamdasani, S. (2009). The red book = Liber novus (1st ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
MacLean, P. D. (1990). The Triune Brain in Evolution: Role in Paleocerebral Functions: Springer Publications.
© Ashok Bedi, M.D. and Robert BJ Jakala, PH. D