the beauty I could see in the presidential elections in Brazil
People who had never made clear their political position, made it now, in the last presidential elections in Brazil. People who had an incredible fear of exposing themselves, did it. Masks have come definitely down and faced with this brutal decision we were asked for, we made our positions clear. Even the ones who think they did not choose, yes, they did.
In my clinic, we had intense weeks. Many people came in saying ‘doesn’t make any sense to talk about me and my things. I need to talk from a wider perspective. I need to talk about the elections. What does it mean from a deeper level of understanding… philosophical, spiritual level, you know?’ Yes I know. Dozens of very deep sessions. Reaching places that had not been touched before.
To go through a junguian therapy process is to be willing to touch deep parts of our being. As Jung proposed, to go through a path towards the SELF. Not an easy task. It’s the exercise of letting go of the Ego to go deeper inside. Two directions. That might seem opposite but are complementary in every little bit.
Might the energy invested in the polis, by everyone in this process, be the way to individual and collective unfold at the same time. If the collective shadow comes to surface in this moment, it shows the individual ones quite as much. And if there is something I feel today with all my hart, is that the wound can only be taken care of if it’s uncovered, seen in its full colors, our defenses and reactions that serve to cover our shadows, fears, anger and full potential.
So, as much painful as it might be to see our wounds and our potential, there is no other way. As my dearest master Mariette told me once, in my own words… ‘we all want to have peace inside, we all want to feel good, to speak to God… but very few of us are willing to be there where you are right now, somewhere very painful and with a sense of despair… but there is no other way.’
I hope that this presidential elections can be the start of and unfolding process of our true wounds as a country and as peoples. And from within the deep sorrow we might be feeling today, we can find our power. To resist. To spread as much love as we can. To cure our fears. To be able to feel joy with our everyday life - ‘cotidianices’ in Portuguese - as Eliane Brum taught us in this article - in Portuguese…
We’ll stick together! <3