The Seeds of Change
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
June 3rd, 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.
It is really as if attention warmed the unconsious and activate it, thereby breaking down the barriers that separate it from consciousness. (Jung, 1970, p. 152)
I had never seen a pomegranate tree before and was surprised to see all the seeds in the open fruit and the other one that has just cracked open. All the other fruit on the tree were still closed and are holding their contents unrevealed. The fruit remind me of the unconscious that holds so much. Then when the conditions are ripe, it bursts into consciousness.
The conditions of the pandemic and the protests blended two vital issues of humanity, health and safety. The protestors are wearing masks (for the most part), although social distance is not always possible, while standing up for themselves and others. The collision of these two issues (as well as others) has demanded a consciousness of good care for oneself and others.
The unconscious belief that the virus is not that bad, or perhaps the conscious denial of it, is challenged throughout the world. The unconscious racism, or perhaps the promotion of it, has opened/created a wound that needs to be healed. The current circumstances have pulled an inordinate number of people together around the globe who are demanding change. The time is now to examine what is being revealed and what still lies beneath the surface.
The fruit of our time today is a mysterious vessel with contradictory seeds. The Pandemic has brought the country together and the humanity in unison to fight a common threat. The George Floyd murder has ripped the nation apart in racial tensions. But it has also galvanized our youth of all colors and stripes to band together for social justice and a better world. In the alchemic vessel of the current dual crisis lie the seeds of a Mega Transformation of human consciousness. Each one of us can either be part of the problem to hold on to the old order of divisiveness or become part of the solution by supporting fairness, respect and opportunity for all of God’s children.
Points to Ponder:
How have current events affected how you think about yourself?
What is the dominant feeling right now?
How are you acknowledging it and what action might be indicated?
What is your image of the post pandemic society?
What is your fantasy of post George Floyd American Society?
What action do you plan to take to support you image of change?
Photo taken in Los Angeles, California
Jung, C. G. (1970). Mysterium coniunctionis : an inquiry into the separation and synthesis of psychic opposites in alchemy (2d ed.). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
© Ashok Bedi, M.D. and Robert BJ Jakala, PH.D