We have been brought to our collective knees in grief, shock and sorrow by the lastest irruption of violence against the most innocent and vulnerable among us- kindergartners and their teachers. Pundits and politicians will continue to discuss gun control, the balance between rights and freedoms, how to add more cops to schools, how to prevent this tragedy from “ever happening again.” Perhaps change will come, most likely not. What is needed is to bring consciousness to the archetypal constellation driving the escalating violence we have experienced in the last forty years.
I was thinking about the way we understood Kent State. The same way we understood Pharaoh and Herod ordering the massacre of the young. The archetypal ruling value attempts to destroy the new emergent regime, the powers that be, the world of the fathers and the status quo, authority and dominion are to be maintained. The new energy which gets constellated and called into being when the kindgom is ill and has become evil must be redeemed by new life. The orders go out: destroy those who would overthrow the old ailing regime.
What makes the tragedy of Newton Ct so horrific, is that the ruling value is hidden. It is not wearing a uniform and hiding behind orders, it is not decreed by a higher power. It is the young killing the young.
It would seem as though chaos were the ruling power. But I don’t think so. It think it is the shadow king in our collective psyche, that power which has slowly but surely been growing in the dark as it purports to serve the needs of the collective. When political platforms and policies cut services to the most vulnerable in the name of efficiency and financial constraints, the shadow king grows in power. When the ruling values do not include care and responsibility for everyone, especially those who cannot care for themselves, the shadow king amasses his forces and sends his young minions to destroy the innocent.
There will be much talk and discussion in the coming months about this tragedy, how we can live with it, what needs to change, what we can do. Perhaps that is our greatest hope; by bringing it up into the light of consciousness and awareness, it can no longer hide.
Dr. Silvia Behrend is a Certified Pattern Analyst, educator and mentor