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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

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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 […]

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    Mind our Nest -In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

Mind our Nest -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.

Minding our Nest – Our vulnerable Humanity on a Fragile Planet
Often this work is wearisome and difficult, because it cannot be accomplished by intellectual shortcuts or moral recipes, but only by careful observation of the inner and outer conditions. (Jung, 1976, p. 617)

 

I woke up uncertain of what condition the world would be in and how I would face it. Before finding out what the outside would want, I sat quietly to check in with my internal world. I notice I am scared and need some courage. I remember a teacher long ago who said, “Fear is the embryo of courage. Courage is not born unless fear is present.”

I decide I need to act on tasks, familiar tasks, so I will feel a sense of influence and accomplishment rather than fear. I do some work out in the yard and notice how spring is here. None of the plants, butterflies, fruits, grasses or birds know about the Covid-19 virus. I begin to align with the natural feeling of spring. The work to care for my small piece of the planet helps me be […]

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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