By Kalpana (Rose) M. Kumar, M.D.
“During times of great change, the symbolic level of things becomes more important, as the literal levels of life become more chaotic and confusing, and the psychological levels become more intense and demanding.” ~ Michael Meade
I have never taken anything at face value. I have always interpreted life through the lens of symbolic meaning. Over the past year, in addition to studying the pathophysiology of COVID19, I have dug deep beneath the surface to try and understand the symbolic meaning of the COVID19 Pandemic. To me the layers of meaning appear to be precisely interconnected and reflective of our level of consciousness. It appears that how we think and the consciousness we live from and the resulting lack of harmony we have created has finally caught up with us. The current Pandemic along with the fires now burning on the West coast are precisely connected with the lungs. Gaining further clarity would necessitate viewing the mechanism with which the COVID19 virus infects the body through a symbolic lens. When we go deeper than the surface of things, we also gain insight into the realm of myth where society rarely ventures.