Your Unique Light
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
April 1, 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 and 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)
There is so much unknown in the photo while I find myself looking at the different candles. Each of them has their own characteristics. I notice the one in the middle row is slightly darker and has a smaller flame than the rest. I wonder it would think, if it knew it was different. Would the difference be celebrated or eclipsed?
All the candles are made from the same materials, yet they show their flame individually. It would seem there would be more uniformity in how they burn, but they “do their own thing” on this night. Much like the candle, I use what is in me to show my light to the world. There is fuel near the surface that I use in the moment, and more fuel to be discovered with time.
In the present pandemic, each one of us is called to make our unique contribution to the resolution of the crisis. Some of us are called upon to take up arms in the crusade against the global threat, e.g. first responders, medical personnel, police, national guards; others are to maintain safety of home and families, e.g. mothers and parents. Yet others are to work behind the scenes like the teachers who work online to maintain the momentum of their student’s learning process. Many of us are called upon the sacrifice our social instincts and stay distant. Some of us must burn own flame brightly, others gently and yet others dimly by design. Yet each candle creates the path of light out of the darkness. Let us honor each candle in this path of light and healing.
Points to Ponder
How do you see yourself in community?
How do you believe others see you?
If you were to host a gathering of friends right now, what would you do?
How do you keep physical distance, and emotional connection?
What fuels you to show your light?
What is your assignment from the Universe? To manifest brightly, gently or dimly by design and intention?
For those who should light dimly, are you able to honor your humility?
For those of us who should burn brightly, are you able to do so without hubris?
What encourages you to discover the unknown within?
Photo taken in Bangalore, India
Jung, C. G. (1967). Alchemical studies. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.