The Phoenix shall rise again

The post pandemic society

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407


April 20, 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.

Practical experience shows us again and again that any prolonged preoccupation with an unknown object acts as an almost irresistible bait for the unconscious to project itself into the unknown nature of the object and to accept the resultant perception, and the interpretation deduced from it, as objective. (Jung, 1967, p. 205)

The interior of a garage is under construction. The windows and a door on the right-hand side give outside access. The framed partitions organize what was open space into various rooms. An architect brought their ideas to the blueprint. The workmen followed the blueprint and made it three-dimensional. The structure now has the shape of living space that is both hardened fact and potential. The transformation from here on is more personal than structural.

In a short time, the interior designer will take over. The wall colors, window coverings, and furniture will move from imagination to floor plans and 3-D computer print outs. When the work is done to complete those plans, someone can move in.

When I look at the image, my eyes invite my heart to join in a conversion about transformation of house to home. I wonder what I would do at this point. I want more than just an intellectual appreciation of accomplishment. I want to create a feeling that resonates with who I am. I look deep inside myself so I can align the internal and the external. I want the unconscious to take the “bait” and let me catch the images as they emerge.

In this time of Covid-19, our lives are in the process of transformation. There are framed pieces in place. There are structures and organizations already in our lives. What our lives look like from here on is somewhat determined, yet it is still about potential and what we bring to the moment. It is still about how we imagine the future and how we work to realize it. Both the image and the pandemic invite and lure our unconscious to show itself.

As we strip down the old societal structures and down to the bones – each one of us individual and society collectively is in the process of Reconstruction. Each individual, family, community, nation and the international order is in the process of Reconfiguration. But the Collective reboot is an exponential sum total of individual images and a blue print of the outcome. So, the Collective Psyche is in a fluid state and each one of us will the fractal of the emerging whole. In this global crisis, paradoxically, the individual has become the most decisive variable in the final trajectory of the Collective Ethos and Order. Thus, it is the sacred responsibility for each one of us to deliberate on this inner IMAGE of what kind of Society we want to rebuild. It will determine the New order for each one of us as individuals and for our global community. Those who exercise their vote of representation in this new order will have an outsized impact on the outcome for generations to come. Every ending is the preface to a new beginning. From the ashes of its own destruction, the great Phoenix rises again.

Some Points to Ponder

  1. What is being remodeled in your life by the pandemic?
  2. What else needs to be redesigned?
  3. What projection does the pandemic evoke?
  4. How do you receive messages from your unconscious? (symptoms, dreams, accidents, etc.)
  5. How do you envision your future?
  6. What work needs to be done in the present to transform the life you have to the life you want?
  7. What is your image of your family once we reboot our society following the pandemic?
  8. What kind a Nation do you envision post pandemic?
  9. What is your fantasy of the New World Order with new set of priorities post pandemic?
  10. Journal your reflections on these questions.

Photo taken in Los Angeles, CA

Jung, C. G. (1967). Alchemical studies. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.


© Ashok Bedi, M.D. and Robert BJ Jakala, PH.D.