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The Guide – January 30, 2016

The Guide

 

 
 About this image – BJ Jakala

 Our guide through the old quarters of Ahmedabad was a valuable source of historical knowledge. As we came to places of importance he explained the blatant and subtle characteristics; past, present, and yet to come.
This two-hour tour impressed the value of having an inner guide, a trustworthy and knowledgeable part to escort me through life: a source to encourage living fully in the moment yet holding the value of my past, and the direction of my future; a multi-dimensional compass for life.
The craftsmanship of the artisans created so much lasting beauty in this temple. Their devotion to the image is beyond words, leaving the me speechless except for an occasional “wow”.
CONTEXT: Inner city tour of Ahmedabad through the House of MG. Mr. Saiyed Badoudin, our incredibly valuable and knowledgeable guide, is writing a book about the tour sites. He is a proud, yet humble man who opened our eyes to the treasures of this part of the city. His email: easywaySaiyed@gmail.com

About this image – Ashok Bedi
While we live in the present zone of consciousness, our soul is the inner guide that archives the history of our ancestral wisdom and the seeds of our emergent potentials to fulfill our program or destiny in this lifetime. Each one of us has at least 2 million years’ worth of archetypal history stored in our limbic brain that we can Google and access via our dreams and creative products (Art, painting, writing etc.) our complexes, our medical and psychiatric problems, our relationship tangles, our accidents and synchronistic events. We can access this archetypal guidance via our inner work and deploy this to claim our teleos or destiny- our Dharma […]

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The Prayer of the Shadow January 29th, 2016

 About this image – BJ Jakala

 A feeling of deep meditation and prayer dominates the moment. At first, I am lost to the surroundings of the mihrab and mosque as I witness a man in contact with his soul and source. The reflective stillness emanates a gentle peacefulness and deep connection to the eternal. I am filled with a sense of humility and wonder of how many knees have been placed on the floor over the past four to five hundred years.
As I notice the man’s shadow, and imagine he is unaware of it as he prays. It is as though there are two who are praying. I am curious about the prayers of the shadow.
The window on the far left is radiant and is a source of light. I imagine that just beyond the wall the man faces is the source he seeks. Yet, the wall itself is ornamented with beauty of its own. It acts as a barrier and as a facilitator of the creative artistry of a divine source. It holds him in place and enables the connection he desires.

 

 About this image – Ashok Bedi
A prayer is communication with the divine. We pray through our consciousness. However, it the presence of the sacred, not just our light but our shadow is also present. Those who are connected with the sense of the sacred unwittingly put their shadow in service of the divine along with their light. The totality of the psyche is in communion with the sacred. Often it is not via our light but through the shadow that we serve the sacred. When we put our light and potential in service of the society we do good work […]

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New Test 12 24 2015

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Test Blog 2016

JUNGIAN ENCOUNTER WITH THE SOUL OF INDIAʼS HEARTLAND
Sponsored by the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York; Guest Faculty – Ashok Bedi M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst
January 31 to February 11, 2016
Ashok Bedi, M.D. & B.J. Jakala, PH.D.

 This is the 11th study tour of India to explore the archetypal soul of India from a Jungian, Analytical lens. For the next several days, the faculty member of the group, Jungian Analyst Ashok Bedi and a Depth Psychotherapist Dr. Robert J. Jakala will compose a daily blog of their reflections about the experience. B.J. is the blog photographer and will display a photograph of the day and share personal reflections. Ashok Bedi will amplify the image with an archetypal lens.

  Ashok Bedi, M.D. is a Jungian psychoanalyst and a board certified psychiatrist. He is a member of the Royal College of psychiatrists of Great Britain, a diplomat in Psychological Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and a training analyst at the Carl G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is in private practice in Milwaukee and is the author of several books which may be previewed at his website www.pathtothesoul.com. He is the liaison for the IAAP for developing Jungian training programs in India and travels annually to India to teach, train the consult with the Jungian Developing groups at several centers in India including Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

 
  Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a depth psychotherapist in private practice for twenty-eight years. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpentaria, CA. He is […]

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 Resilience: Analytical, Neuroscience and Spiritual Perspectives Ashok Bedi, MD

Jung giving finishing touches to my presentations on Resilience on March 14th in Milwaukee. It is exciting to synthesize the research and my clinical experience on the Dynamics of Resilience from a Neuroscience and Jungian Perspective. Carl Jung’s story of Resilience is instructive from Despair to Hope and Mastery after his break up with Freud as depicted in his Red Book. Come and join me in exploring the exciting findings in Neuroscience – Resonance, Interoception and other findings, the impact of Plastic Surgery on Resilience among other findings!

 The brochure is here >>>>>>>>>

 
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The Butterfly and the Flower – India January 20, 2015

Journey to the Land of Shiva through the Jungian Lens: January 9-22, 2015
Ashok Bedi, M.D.
B.J. Jakala, PH.D.
From January 9-22 2015, a group of soul seekers will travel in India to experience the land of Shiva through Jungian lens of Analytical Psychology. This experience is sponsored by the New York Jung Foundation. For the next several days, the faculty member of the group, Jungian Analyst Ashok Bedi and a Depth Psychotherapist Dr. Robert J. Jakala will compose a daily blog of their reflections about the experience. Other group participants have been invited to contribute to the blog and may join us from time to time. We are glad to share our experiences and reflections. Today is our last day on this journey as a group – so this will be last blog in this series.
Enjoy!

 Shiva (portrait) by ChristasVengel on DeviantArt
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By B.J.Jakala

 Each morning the fisherman stands in reflection and casts his net into the lake.  The harvest brings him food to sustain his life.Sometimes, when I wake I the morning, I cast my net back into the world of my dreams. There are times when it is empty:  The dreams elude my net.  Like the fisherman, it is important to know those that got away are still in the source.  Perhaps someday they will come into the net of my conscious life.  Then there are times when I retrieve nurturing images to give me a more informed life.  I must always remember the source is vast and I only catch what I can digest and what truly feeds my soul.It is time to leave the flower of India. I am the butterfly who I does not carry the flower, but only the nectar of life.Thank you India for […]

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The Unspoken Word – India January 19, 2015

Journey to the Land of Shiva through the Jungian Lens: January 9-22, 2015
Ashok Bedi, M.D.
B.J. Jakala, PH.D.
From January 9-22 2015, a group of soul seekers will travel in India to experience the land of Shiva through Jungian lens of Analytical Psychology. This experience is sponsored by the New York Jung Foundation. For the next several days, the faculty member of the group, Jungian Analyst Ashok Bedi and a Depth Psychotherapist Dr. Robert J. Jakala will compose a daily blog of their reflections about the experience. Other group participants have been invited to contribute to the blog and may join us from time to time. We are glad to share our experiences and reflections. Enjoy!

 Shiva (portrait) by ChristasVengel on DeviantArt
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By B.J.Jakala

 
Kathakali is a 17th Century highly stylized dance-drama of Kerala.  The dancers require about three hours to prepare their make-up and costumes for the performance.  The actors never speak but use hand gestures, facial expressions, and dance to tell the story. Prior to the actual performance, the lead dancer demonstrated a variety of movements to help the audience interpret the story as it was being danced. Traditionally Kathakali can last from dark until morning, although we were given a glimpse of it for about an hour.When the performance was over, I noticed how my world had been transformed. I felt as though I was in between reality and imagination. It was much like a dream state that fuses reality, history, and potential of all possibilities. Something preverbal was awakened: the world was only images and feelings; the world did not need words to be experienced.  The dance of life is alive in me.  I value language so much that it often takes priority in my mind.  […]

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The Inner Temple – India: January 18, 2015

Journey to the Land of Shiva through the Jungian Lens: January 9-22, 2015
Ashok Bedi, M.D.
B.J. Jakala, PH.D.
From January 9-22 2015, a group of soul seekers will travel in India to experience the land of Shiva through Jungian lens of Analytical Psychology. This experience is sponsored by the New York Jung Foundation. For the next several days, the faculty member of the group, Jungian Analyst Ashok Bedi and a Depth Psychotherapist Dr. Robert J. Jakala will compose a daily blog of their reflections about the experience. Other group participants have been invited to contribute to the blog and may join us from time to time. We are glad to share our experiences and reflections. Enjoy!

 Shiva (portrait) by ChristasVengel on DeviantArt
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By B.J.Jakala

 
 This amazing temple is dedicated to Sundareshvara (Shiva) and his consort Meenakshi (Parvati).
There are four main towers, each constructed on a base of granite as the foundation for the stucco figures of deities, and semi-divine entities painted in vivid colors. There are 3,646 figures on these outer tower landmarks. Inside the temples are carved granite pillars that provide the base structure as well as artistic representations of Hinduism. The complex gives new dimensions to the word “spectacular.” It is hard to imagine the amount of labor it took to construct such a site. The towers are maintained by repainting every twelve years.

 When I walked inside the temples, I found a deeper place inside me: My own inner sancto sanctorum; a place of peace and a feeling of velvet stillness. It is that place where there is nothing to be done. There is no desire to be more or less than I am. I can just be in the […]

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New Beginnings – India January 17, 2014

Journey to the Land of Shiva through the Jungian Lens: January 9-22, 2015
Ashok Bedi, M.D.
B.J. Jakala, PH.D.
From January 9-22 2015, a group of soul seekers will travel in India to experience the land of Shiva through Jungian lens of Analytical Psychology. This experience is sponsored by the New York Jung Foundation. For the next several days, the faculty member of the group, Jungian Analyst Ashok Bedi and a Depth Psychotherapist Dr. Robert J. Jakala will compose a daily blog of their reflections about the experience. Other group participants have been invited to contribute to the blog and may join us from time to time. We are glad to share our experiences and reflections. Enjoy!

 Shiva (portrait) by ChristasVengel on DeviantArt
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By B.J.Jakala

An 11th century bronze sculpture of Ganesha is the god of new beginnings and the remover of obstacles.

 
 
 It is a wonderful example of Chola artistry held in Tanjore, India. The 14th century poet, Avaiyar, expressed Ganesha’s role in the world when she wrote, “He has weeded out all difficulty and shown the path of grace.”Days of celebration of Pongal, the new year, are evident as we travel through the cities and villages of South India.  Hope and the freedom to move towards a more improved world are written on everyone’s face as they wish a Happy Pongal. The energy of potential is palpable.Ganesha reminds me of the importance of consciousness as I listen deeply to what is and yet to come within me.  I must remain aware of the path and those obstacles that I encounter along the way.  They will take effort to remove; effort that I cannot do by myself.  I need help to stay on the path and manifest/reveal more of who […]

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A Reflective Life – India: January 16, 2015

Journey to the Land of Shiva through the Jungian Lens: January 9-22, 2015
Ashok Bedi, M.D.
B.J. Jakala, PH.D.
From January 9-22 2015, a group of soul seekers will travel in India to experience the land of Shiva through Jungian lens of Analytical Psychology. This experience is sponsored by the New York Jung Foundation. For the next several days, the faculty member of the group, Jungian Analyst Ashok Bedi and a Depth Psychotherapist Dr. Robert J. Jakala will compose a daily blog of their reflections about the experience. Other group participants have been invited to contribute to the blog and may join us from time to time. We are glad to share our experiences and reflections. Enjoy!

 Shiva (portrait) by ChristasVengel on DeviantArt
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By B.J.Jakala
We had an extraordinary experience being granted permission to watch one of the local priests perform a morning ritual honoring this goddess.  It is a daily labor of love.I often start my day with coffee, shower, daily planner and to do lists.  How much different it would be to establish a morning ritual that bathed and honored the qualities I value within myself. I would to face the day with more consciously cherished and acknowledged resources.  I would  then give gratitude for what they offer in my life. I need to remember to anchor who I already am and not just be on the path of becoming more. Ancient traditions have helped me see ways of being more present 
BJ Jakala, PhD is a participant in this year’s Journey to the Land of Shiva through the Jungians Lens led by Dr. Bedi.

 Reflections by Ashok Bedi, M.D.
Much of our life must be lived in managing our outer life and concerns about survival and responsibilities. This is the task […]

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