October 9th 2021
The hypothesis of the unconscious puts a large question-mark after the idea of the psyche. The soul, as hitherto postulated by the philosophical intellect and equipped with all the necessary faculties, threatened to emerge from its chrysalis as something with unexpected and uninvestigated properties. It no longer represented anything immediately known, about which nothing more remained to be discovered except a few more or less satisfying definitions. Rather it now appeared in strangely double guise, as both known and unknown.(Jung, 1969, p. p.167 para 356)
The image provides an early morning view of a seed branch as it emerges from the womb of the pod. I visited this spot the evening before, and the pod was completely closed. I was surprised at the amount of growth that happened during the night.
The dynamics remind me of Jung’s ideas of the psyche. The light of the sun shines on the pod as the life of the seed branch begins to emerge from its womb. Some of it can be seen. Some remains hidden. All will be revealed in due time. As the branch matures more, the outer covering falls away so it can fully connect with its source of growth, the sun. The sun gives the proper energy for the seed branch to use for tis development. The branch must do the work of life contained in its genetic code to fully achieve maturity. The environment has the essential ingredients for its proper development.
Your soul is the seed. The branch is your ego consciousness. The night is the unconscious. The Sun is the Spirit which stimulates the seed of the Soul to blossom. The nigh is the womb of the Psyche or the Unconscious where interiority paves the way for outer growth. The dawn is the time of the creation of new consciousness. When new consciousness emerges as our new personal myth, we must shed the outer covering of the branch – the Persona which served us well in our old adaptation but must now be shed to make room for our new beginnings. The environment is the parenting by parents, teachers and community to offer us the optimal conditions to achieve our personal best potentials. These are the flowers that beautify the world and fruits that nurture the family, community and the world. Hindus call this our Dharma or spiritual purpose which leads to service. The flowers and the fruits bear seeds that fall in the soil and rise again like the mythical bird Phoenix to create yet another cycle of life, service and merger with the Spirit. The Uroboric cycle of life continues for eternity. The present life is just a small window in our journey through the transcendent. The present moment is where our Soul dances with the Spirit to create a unique creation called a “Lived life”. That is what the Buddhist tradition call the Mindfulness moment: a complete attention to the numinosity of the present moment. Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a possibility, Now is all we have as our window into the mystery. Claim it!
Points to Ponder:
- What provides protection for you?
- What signals do you get that inform your moments of growth?
- How are you nourished in your spiritual, mental, emotional, and spiritual life?
- What seeds of new insights have emerged during the pandemic or a personal crisis?
- What process of discernment and reflection have you undertaken to attend to this new insight?
- What new action or initiatives have you taken to honor this new idea?
- What old attitudes did you let go to make room for the new beginning?
- What support did you get from your family and community to implement this new process?
- What new potentials did you cultivate to honor this new beginning?
- How does you new paradigm serve your family, your community and how does it make your world a better place?
Jung, C. G. (1969). The structure and dynamics of the psyche (2d ed. Vol. 8). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
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.
© Ashok Bedi, M.D. and Robert BJ Jakala, PH. D