To Every Thing there is a Season

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

June 6th,
2020

Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst

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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.

Before the experiment begins the subject of the test is given the following instruction: “Answer as quickly as possible with the first word that occurs to you.” (Jung, 1973, p. 441)


I took this photo while walking around downtown St. Petersburg. Florida. Yes, it is a piano in sand under a freeway overpass by the sidewalk of a busy street. I began to many associations with this inanimate object in its context. I began asking a lot of questions of who, why, what, when, and how. I found myself engaging in the detective part of my mind to make sense of what I was seeing.

The pandemic and the recent murder of George Floyd provoked questions for which I do not have all the answers. The issues regarding racism and police brutality leave me wanting understanding but not acceptance. I believe our current slower pace give us the opportunity to reflect, ask and listen to the current life of 2020.

Hindus say that the world is MAYA – an illusion created by our SUBJECTIVE CONCIOUSNESS. What we see out there is a projection of what dwells in the recesses of our Psyche. What we perceive out there is a HOLOGRAM of what is Latent in us. World gives us a Theater to play out our inner life.

That is the basis of Jung’s famous Word Association Test. He and his collaborators gave 100 test words to their subjects. The way in which the subjects responded to these test cue words gives the researcher a profile of the Map of the respondent’s mind. It is not the content of the response but the quality and manner of response was diagnostic of our hidden Complexes and personality blind spots.

So when we see events in the world around us: Pandemic or Racial Injustice – How we respond to it defines us. Are we too slow to respond? Do we not respond at all? Do we divert to some other subject? Actually, there are 11 response paradigms that define that this issue has put us in a complex or a mental tail spin! Since the Pandemic and Peace and Justice Protests around the Globe in response to the Racial Injustice are such crucial issues confronting our generation and our civilization, I will list the 11 Complex Indicators so that each one of our readers can evaluate of their response to these crisis’ are Soulful or Complex Driven and diversionary. Here are Jung’s research findings on the complex indicators.

  1. Longer that average reaction time
  2. Repetition of the stimulus word
  3. Misunderstanding of the stimulus word
  4. Expressive movements (such as laughing)
  5. Reacting with more than one word
  6. Reacting in a striking manner (e.g. with a sound or gesture)
  7. Meaningless or nonsensical response
  8. Failure to react at all
  9. Repetition of the same word in response to next stimulus word
  10. Slips of tongue
  11. Use of foreign word

Source: C. G. Jung, C.W. 2, para 1363-1364

So, each one of the readers could do a little soul searching:

  • Are you taking too long to respond?
  • Are you stuck on the same old responses?
  • Do you misunderstand the real issues involved?
  • Do you go in a nervous giggle mode?
  • Do you overreact thus obscuring your real and necessary response?
  • Do you respond with empty gestures or real action?
  • Do you give a meaningless or nonsensical response not relevant to these crisis’ at hand?
  • Are you emotionally and spiritually paralyzed?
  • Are you still responding to some old hurt or perceived crisis rather than issues at hand?
  • Are you in some La La land response?
  • Do you divert to some foreign cultural framework rather than render a courageous and soulful response relevant to our time and station in History?


It is your call to make.

For those still searching for a response: here is list to choose from

CHAPTER 3

On Appointed Time

1 To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

Some Points to Ponder:

  1. What questions are you asking about life in 2020?
  2. What answers have you found?
  3. How do you engage listening to the other when you disagree?
  4. What do you experience with the blend of pandemic and protest?
  5. What was the first association you made to today’s photo?
  6. What thoughts and/or feelings does it evoke?
  7. In response to the pandemic and the Peace Protests for Racial Justice how are you responding?
  8. Are you taking too long to respond?
  9. Are you stuck on the same old responses?
  10. Do you misunderstand the real issues involved?
  11. Do you go in a nervous giggle mode?
  12. Do you overreact thus obscuring your real and necessary response?
  13. Do you respond with empty gestures or real action?
  14. Do you give a meaningless or nonsensical response not relevant to these crisis’ at hand?
  15. Are you emotionally and spiritually paralyzed?
  16. Are you still responding to some old hurt or perceived crisis rather than issues at hand?
  17. Are you in some La La land response?
  18. Do you divert to some foreign cultural framework rather than render a courageous and soulful response relevant to our time and station in History?

Photo taken in St. Petersburg, Florida

Jung, C. G. (1973). Experimental researches. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

https://biblescripture.net/Ecclesiastes.html

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