Monthly Archives: March 2020

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    Kick Away the Obstacles -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Kick Away the Obstacles -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Kick Away the Obstacles

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

March 31, 2020

Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst

www.pathtotheosoul.com

www.tulawellnessllc.com

Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist

In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick and image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.

Pegasus struck the fountain of Hippocrene from the earth with his hoof. A Corinthian statue of Bellerophon, which was also a fountain, was made so that the water flowed from the hoof of the horse. Baldur’s horse struck froth a spring with his kick. The horse’s foot is therefore the dispenser of fruitful moisture. (Jung, 1956, p. 278)

The artist created a feeling of beauty, movement and strength in a variety of Pegasus portrayals. It is a contemporary tribute to an ancient myth.

During this time of stay at home, I too can reach into the successful aspects of my personal history. I remember times when I accomplished goals that seemed so distant. I had to direct my attention on what was to come more than the struggle I felt in the moment. I had to be flexible and move out of my usual way. Much like the story of Pegasus, I had to kick something out of the way, so the natural flow of success could be revealed.

Pegasus […]

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    Ancestral Wisdom guiding us NOW – In the Eye of the StormAn individual response to the Global Crisis

Ancestral Wisdom guiding us NOW – In the Eye of the StormAn individual response to the Global Crisis

Ancestral Wisdom guiding us NOW

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

March 30, 2020

Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst

www.pathtotheosoul.com

www.tulawellnessllc.com

Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist

In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick and image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.

Our souls as well as our bodies are composed of individual elements which were all already present in the ranks of our ancestors. The “newness” in the individual psyche is an endlessly varied recombination of age-old components. Body and soul therefore have an intensely historical character and find no proper place in what is new, in things that have just come into being.

(Carl G. Jung, 1961, p. 235)

I am struck by the difference as well as the similarity of the young Flamingo amongst its elders. I recognize its youth easily. The youngster can look around and see what it can become, and how it might look if it follows the patterns of the ancestral flock. Of course, all of that is external and visual.

The therapist in me wonders how it feels and what is the soul’s trajectory. How does it maneuver in and around the flock?

While staying at home for Covid-19 prevention, there is time for self-reflection and examination of my soulful journey. What does the […]

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    Balance -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Balance -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

March 29, 2020

Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst

www.pathtotheosoul.com

www.tulawellnessllc.com

Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist

In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick and image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.

The process of adaptation requires a directed conscious function characterized by inner consistency and logical coherence. Because it is directed, everything unsuitable must be excluded in order to maintain the integrity of direction. (Jung, 1960b, p. 35)

So much of how I knew the world is in flux. I feel like the reclining chair I’ve rested on has changed to a hammock. My approach movements need to be calculated and guarded. I need to have flexibility as I encounter the ropes. How do I adapt? Each movement I make has consequences to my balance. It is drastically different than plopping on a recliner.

Once I find the sweet spot and can relax, there is a sense of gratitude and comfort in the net that holds me. I have support in a new way; the ropes tied to trees are above me rather than a reclining chair on the floor below. In the hammock, I am held from above and supported underneath. Once I am secure on my new “recliner” I can notice the beauty in the world around me. I still feel that […]

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    The Rose -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Rose -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Rose

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

March 27, 2020

Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst

www.pathtotheosoul.com

www.tulawellnessllc.com

Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist

In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick and image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.

The significance of the rose as the maternal womb was nothing strange to our Western mystics…

(Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 363)

This one rose plant shows me beauty in a variety of ways. There is tenderness in the colors, grace in the shapes, and majesty in their stature. They remind me how important it is to be nurtured properly. Their scent is appealing and seductive. It lures me to stop, take a moment and admire its magnificence.

It is spring now, and I am tending my rose plants to encourage strong healthy growth that will help them bring out the best blossoms. I use compost so the soil will be a nurturing womb. I want to admire the stalks and leaves too. For all the plant is important, not just the flowers.

In this time of stay at home, I find it important to remember what I am rooted in, and how I am nourished in order to grow in all aspects of who I am. It is time for deeper reflection, laughing out […]

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    The Buoy in a turbulent Ocean-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Buoy in a turbulent Ocean-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Buoy in a turbulent Ocean

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

March 27, 2020

Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst

www.pathtotheosoul.com

www.tulawellnessllc.com

Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist

In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick and image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.

Only after I had familiarized myself with alchemy did I realize that the unconscious is a process, and that the psyche is transformed or developed by the relationship of the ego to the contents of the unconscious. In individual cases that transformation can be read from dreams and fantasies. (Carl G. Jung, 1961, p. 209)
The buoy is anchored in the ocean floor yet how it is held is not seen. It looks as though its is floating yet it remains stationery and reliable as a marker. It appears inanimate yet there are different kinds of life on it. One could say, “It’s just a buoy,” as well as, “It’s in process.” It is in relationship to life in the sky, weather, salt water, and life from the salt water. It is always transforming.

My relationship to the images in the photo change as I identify with or disconnect with each of them. This still photo is alive with conscious and unconscious associations. I am the host […]

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    The Secret Garden- In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Secret Garden- In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Secret Garden

In the Eye of the Strom

An individual response to the Global Crisis

Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst

www.pathtotheosoul.com

www.tulawellnessllc.com

Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist

In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick and image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.

An archetypal content expresses itself, first and foremost, in metaphors.
(Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 157)
I could not resist taking a photograph of this sign. It invites me to know more yet asks me to keep its contents secret. It lures me into an imaginal space where I am the gardener and the garden. It is like my being the dreamer and the dreamed.

I purposely did not photograph any of the garden. I try to recall my experience of walking in it and the memories only reveal a feeling of being in a sacred space. There are no objects to picture in my mind. There is only a feeling of comfort, beauty, and nourishment to a deeper part of me.

I believe there are two archetypes (universal concepts) posted: secret and garden. Each of them touches us personally and collectively. They require work to be kept or harvested. They are open to the elements of the day and need protection when threatened by drought or inclement circumstances.

During this Eye of the Storm Covid-19 pandemic, […]

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    The Path of Light in the Dark Forest at Night -In the Eye of the Storm

The Path of Light in the Dark Forest at Night -In the Eye of the Storm

In the Eye of the Strom

An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Path of Light in the Dark Forest at Night

Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst

www.pathtotheosoul.com

www.tulawellnessllc.com

Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist

In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick and image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.

So it is not surprising that when an archetypal situation occurs we suddenly feel an extraordinary sense of release, as though transported, or caught up by an overwhelming power. At such moments we are no longer individuals, but the race; the voice of all mankind resounds in us. (Jung 1966)
The challenge of being in the forest at night is helped by the lights that allow me to see the pathway. There is a sense of strength that diminishes the fear of darkness, as the darkness recedes into the forest. I can see both where I am and where I want to go. The lights are reliable. I can count on them to let me know what I am going to encounter.

In this dark time of the Covid-19, the light source is uncertain. I see how other countries have moved along their path and are still on an incomplete journey. I am not alone: We are all in a time that demands we find […]

Resilience -In the Eye of the Storm

In the Eye of the Strom

An individual response to the Global Crisis

Resilience
Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst

www.pathtotheosoul.com

www.tulawellnessllc.com

Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist

In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick and image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.

Ego…seems to arise in the first place from the collision between the somatic factor and the environment, and, once established as a subject, it goes on developing from further collisions with the outer world and the inner. (Jung and Hull 1959/1968)
The life force of this plant has allowed it to survive in an extreme environment. It does not stand upright like most of its species, yet its beauty arises out of its tenacity. It has survived the collisions that Jung describes in his writing about the ego. It continues its life as it accommodates and assimilates the desert world.

During this time of the pandemic of Covid-19 we are put to task to find out what we are made of, what gives us sustenance, and how we are to cope with our present circumstances. This plant demonstrates how vitally important flexibility is. If is had held a straight up course, it would have been uprooted and unable to obtain the nutrients it is grounded in. Instead, it kept is roots buried and leaned […]

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    The Mystery of the Rainbow -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Mystery of the Rainbow -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

In the Eye of the Strom

An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Mystery of the Rainbow

Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst

www.pathtotheosoul.com

www.tulawellnessllc.com

Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist

In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick and image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.

A symbol does not define or explain; it points beyond to a meaning that is darkly divined yet still beyond our grasp, and cannot be adequately expressed in the familiar words of our language. (Jung, 1960b, p. 336)

 

My intention this morning was to get out of the house early and walk in a local park. There were a few distractions at home that kept me from that early departure, so I thought I’d just walk in my neighborhood and go to the park this afternoon. I took this photo with my phone two blocks from my house. If I had gotten in my car and driven to the park, I would have missed this morning’s gift in the sky. Now, I am grateful to those little delays; a shift from being annoyed to feeling blessed. In yesterday’s blog, I noted the importance of what I bring into my home. Today I have this rainbow photo and memorable experience to carry home.

As I stood in admiration, I thought of […]

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    The Distorted Time -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Distorted Time -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst
www.pathtotheosoul.com

www.tulawellnessllc.com
Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist
In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick and image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

In the end one has to admit that there are problems which one simply cannot solve on one’s own resources.

(Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 21)
I have been trying to find words to express how different life feels today. Language is insufficient to communicate how distorted everything is. The image above helps express what words would ordinarily do for me. On my own, I have not been able to convey how distorted life seems right now. Resources outside of myself, like the image above and the words of Jung, help me appreciate the impact of the external on the internal. I can then find a way to express my experience with word(s). I have hope to contain my feeling function and give my thinking function some room to consider coping strategies.

Perhaps in this deconstructed and twisted time, you can find a way to express the internal experience and move it into the world. I encourage the form that best resonates you:

Draw, paint, sculpt, photograph, sing, dance, sew, garden, scrapbook, tell stories, play, laugh-let the world hear you laugh, cry-the preverbal expression of […]