Lately, my mind has been generating images of bridges as I consider the pandemic we are in.
The virus has created ‘bridges’ of opportunity between people, things, ideas and even worlds.
The virus has caused bridgeable physical divisions through physical distancing; and bridgeable spiritual divisions through the ether—the airwaves.
The point of a bridge is that it can either be crossed, or not. The space—depicted by what the bridge spans, whether physical space or mental/etheric space—represents the divisions generated by the virus. There are many such divisions and the virus appears to crystallize them acting like a kind of magnifying glass that enlarges our defects, our weaknesses.
Although it is easier to see and lament the physical divisions that ensue from the virus, spiritual divisions are harder to see, yet equally real.
Bridges act as facilitators that offer opportunities to ‘cross over’ and unite. They also act as separators. And they can be dangerous, too, because you can fall off a bridge and get hurt and even die.
To prematurely cross a bridge of physical distancing at this writing could, potentially, lead to death by catching the virus. Wisdom and discernment, therefore, are in order before crossing such a bridge. A certain amount of preparation is called for (i.e., wearing a mask and washing our hands), although sometimes, no matter how much we prepare, the consequences of crossing a bridge that we are not meant to, not ready to, or should never cross could be deadly.
The pandemic, therefore, presents us with choices within our quarantine. Having been involuntarily thrust into a kind of ‘survival mode,’ we consciously debate in an ongoing fashion what action is essential versus what is merely desirable.
Do I call that person or not?
Do I write a blog post or do I food shop?
Do I spend time with myself or get busy with an activity?
The questions will vary from person to person, as will the answers, though essential human needs remain the same.
As we journey through ‘Pandemic Land,’ it is important to remember that the ‘bridges’ we encounter on a daily basis also connect the known to the unknown. We do not know what the consequences of crossing a particular bridge may be. We are not sure what is on the other side.
Life is risky and life in Pandemic Land particularly so. Nevertheless, without risk there is no gain. Remaining in lockdown minimizes risk; but without pushing forward—step by careful step with the utmost precaution—we shall never leave home. Without recognizing favourable opportunities, we will never venture out. Without allowing ourselves to feel the unseen spiritual forces of protection working toward the greater good, we will fall into paralysing fear.
The pandemic has forced most of us back into a psychosocial ‘womb’—a cozy and comfortable environment that feels risk free. But we need to emerge to see the cues.
Good decisions can only be made when we are thinking clearly, when our minds are free and clear like a sunny day. Walking across a bridge may involve a balancing act. This is because some bridges, like the Sword Bridge, are narrower and more precarious than others.
When we perceive that an opportunity has been afforded us to safely cross a bridge, then we must courageously commit to doing so.
What bridges are you facing during the pandemic? What moves should you be making?
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Badescu, Sanda. From One Shore to Another: Reflections on the Symbolism of the Bridge. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
 I refer to the COVID-19 pandemic declared as such by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020.
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