The NOSOI were feared Greek personifications of plague,(LUES) sickness (MORBUS) and disease(PESTIS). They were among the evil spirits that flew out of Pandora’s jar that had held all the illness and evils of the world.
In our modern world ‘going viral’ relates to images, videos, fake news and links that spread rapidly through a population by being frequently shared with many individuals. At this time in our history the biological virus COVID-19 is rampaging throughout our world infecting many of us. We are affected both personally and collectively as we try to navigate the grief, the loss and the sudden changes. The lack of connection with each other bites into our souls and yet our hearts and minds are finding new ways to reach out not only to our dear ones but to all human beings. No more powerful is it than now to understand the true meaning of ‘we are all connected’ .
Carl Jung used the phrase psychic infection to describe what happens to us when we become worn down, burnt out and anxious…or when we are overly affected by the Collective. We run the risk of getting sick psychologically in much the same way as our body catches an infection. This is a time when our core beliefs and social constructs may become challenged and whilst this may in the long term be a positive thing in the short term it may feel like we are walking on very shaky ground. Fear and dread alongside frequent news bulletins and social media interaction may become overwhelming ramping up our feelings of stress, panic and anxiety which can create poor physical and mental health within us. May we all find nourishment for our bodies and souls and are able to create peace within the space that has just opened up, allowing our biological and psychic immune systems to carry us through these unprecedented times…..I AM VIRAL