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Connecting the sea and the land – BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst: January 27th, 2019

The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.

About the Presenter

Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for over twelve years. He is the former Assistant Director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles for 5 years. He retired from thirty years of Private Practice in Woodland Hills, CA in November. 2017.

Dr. Jakala promotes the idea of transformation and change as a function of image and language in patients, as well as clinicians. He teaches the rewards of deep listening to the images created by language and the value of an image’s experience before words emerge. He aligns with Carl Jung’s ideas regarding a universal consciousness that is often hidden beneath the surface of our ego consciousness. He encourages clinicians to appreciate the collective in order to assist clients become more of themselves.

Ashok Bedi, M.D. is a Jungian psychoanalyst and a board-certified psychiatrist. He is a member of the Royal College of psychiatrists […]

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Village walk– BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst: January 26th, 2019

The village walk deepened an appreciation for a simple life. The road serves as a footpath, the means for bicycles, motorbikes, carts filled with deliveries and a surface to dry harvested grains and grasses in the sun. The shops on the right sell essential goods for everyday life.   In the background, the day’s laundry hangs in the sun. This walk through the village reminds me to be in this moment of life. It is enough. When I  strip away the distractions of complexity and desire, space and fullness co-exist. There is room to feel life’s blessings and be in gratitude to exist in this moment. Grace is alive and brings renewal as I appreciate the gifts of connection and separateness. Each part of my breath sustains me. I breathe in naturally and it is exactly the right amount. Then after a slight pause, I exhale and release without effort. I pause and begin the cycle again. The first pause lets me know —I am full and enough.The second pause lets me know— I am empty and enough.  Space and fullness co-exist.

 The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital […]

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Durga– BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst: January 25th, 2019

The gigantic sculpture of Durga in her temple leaves me awe-stuck. She stands armed and asserting her power to slay the demon. Her self confidence is palpable in her posture. She sees his threat and knows he will not win. The priest performed several blessings that deepened the encounter with Durga. I feel it resonate like rain that gently saturates the ground after a long drought. I feel my foundational soul/soil has been nourished in a much needed way. 
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for over twelve years. He is the former Assistant Director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles for 5 years. He retired from thirty years of Private Practice in Woodland Hills, CA in November. 2017.
Dr. Jakala promotes the idea of transformation and change as a function of image and language in patients, as well as clinicians. He teaches […]

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Kali Temple– BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst: January 24th, 2019

 The Kali Temple in Kolkata. There are no photos allowed inside the temple area. The beauty of the outside is in drastic contrast to the experience of going into the courtyard and temple. I can only use language as a brush to paint the experience encountering Kali:Shoes and socks are removed. Only bare feet can walk the journey to Kali in the temple. The crowd was thick and any movement was controlled by being shuffled along. The noise of crowd management whistles, and shouts of people left no room for enjoyment. At times, I had to plug my ears as the noise pounded my eardrums. The path of stairs and steel gates, corners and doorways left the goal of seeing the image of the goddess only to my imagination. The end seemed no where in sight and the journey much longer than desired. Then suddenly we cross a threshold into the temple corridor, dark and cramped. My bare feet stepped down onto wet slippery floor of offering petals and dirt creating a cold sandal from heel to toes. A turn left, up a few stairs and inside a giant steel cage sits Kali adorned with so many flowers she is not revealed until I am standing directly in front of her. Immediately there is only my experience of her: all sound, and sense of others evaporates. I am in the presence of an ancient goddess image, often mistaken or misunderstood. There are no words to describe what happened—other than it parallels my experience of trying to describe lightening. Much like a flash of lightening she was gone. The crowd moved me away from her. The stairs up, through a doorway and I am outside of […]

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Images from the Boat– BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst: January 23rd, 2019

We cruised on a river boat up and down the Hooghly River in West Bengal. Carved and painted artwork on the ceiling of the river boat display themes and myths of India. To the boats who pass by us, we looked like a nice tour boat taking tourists to see the sites. However, the images and carvings inside the boat displays stories of the gods and goddesses. They are carried along with us as our tour guide tells the history of Kolkata. Our experience in enriched with these internal images on the boat as we hear how the river life has influenced contemporary and ancient times.
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for over twelve years. He is the former Assistant Director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles for 5 years. He retired from thirty years of Private Practice in Woodland Hills, […]

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Rice Work – BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst: January 22nd, 2019

 Planting and/or harvesting rice is done by hand. The workers must get into the wetland to perform any farming duties.  It is hard work from beginning to end. The result is the grain of rice which seems much more valuable having seen how much work it takes to make it happen. 
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for over twelve years. He is the former Assistant Director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles for 5 years. He retired from thirty years of Private Practice in Woodland Hills, CA in November. 2017.
Dr. Jakala promotes the idea of transformation and change as a function of image and language in patients, as well as clinicians. He teaches the rewards of deep listening to the images created by language and the value of an image’s experience before words emerge. He aligns with Carl Jung’s ideas […]

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Palm Leaf Engraving – BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst: January 21st, 2019

In the small village of Nayakpatna near Puri, there is a school that teaches palm leaf engraving. The photograph depicts the intricate detailed artwork that is being engraved and painted with soot and water. The artist decides the content of the entire panel then etches scenes depicting the god or goddess in various situations. The panel can take one to three months to complete, working daily from sunrise to sunset. Time moved out of my awareness as I watched this man engrave. In the room with him, I lost access to language to describe my experience. Now, in this moment hours after being with him, I can only say that I was touched so deeply  that words cannot do justice to what I felt. There was only that present moment where nothing else existed nor mattered.  There seemed no separation between what he was doing and who he was. The engraving was making him as much as he was making it.I believe I witnessed divine inspiration and a life dedicated to living in the place of no place; a life carried by inner images that must be shown to the world in an ancient art form. He gently awakened something very deep inside me: a place where only image lives; a place where language is inadequate; an experience of the eternal present. 
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies […]

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Chopping the hard shell to access the sweet fruit and milk within – BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst: January 20th, 2019

 
 The young coconut is being chopped open to access the fresh juice and fruit. The shop owner operates quickly cutting away the protective layers.  He holds the coconut just so, and in a few chops, it is transformed. Look closely at the photo below the coconut he is holding. There is a piece in mid-air and below that two white pieces that have not hit the ground yet.  His experience has taught him a skill that removes the outer layers in order to reveal the coconut milk and fruit. He is using the proper tool at the right moment to cut away that which conceals the coconut’s true flavor.  It is not what the world sees as it hangs in the tree, but its real value can be harvested with skilled work at the right moment in the right way. 
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan […]

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The Sacred Marriage – BJ Jakala, PH.D, and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst – January 19th 2019

A wedding celebration travels through the streets of Puri. The joy is contagious as they dance to drummers and DJ music on a huge cart (not in the photo). The local craft is displayed on the giant umbrellas local craft of embroidery. The artistic floral decorations on the car are breathtaking. The wedding party wants everyone know how happy they are this couple has made a lifetime commitment to each other. The union celebration brings a smile inside my heart much like the smile of a baby-new life, a new beginning, the foundation of facing life together.
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for over twelve years. He is the former Assistant Director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles for 5 years. He retired from thirty years of Private Practice in Woodland Hills, CA in November. 2017.
Dr. Jakala promotes the […]

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Trauma as a path to Wholeness- by BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D. January 17, 2019

The Bloggers are traveling through India as a part of a study tour presently and we will be blogging a daily reflection chosen by photographer and Depth Psychotherapist BJ Jakala and reflections by Jungian Psychoanalyst – Ashok Bedi.

This is an image at a temple. On the right is the Shiva and Shakti – integrated in wholeness: half man and half woman. In the middle is a desecrated Goddess Shakti whole on breast is vandalized. However, inadvertently, it has transformed the goddess into an Androgynous wholeness: masculine and feminine integrated – the goal of individuation and personal growth. Sometimes, it is through our traumas that we grow the most. It gifts us wholeness and integration. It challenges us to activate our deepest resources which amplify our hidden treasures of personality on the stage of life.

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