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It is about Service – India: January 15, 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
The giant deity cart on the streets of Chitabaram, just outside the Natraja Temple,is in preparation for a parade during Pongal.  The deities are moved out of the temples and into procession so the gods can see the community and the community can view-honor them.This practice of procession encourages me to examine what I hold sacred, where I house it within me, and how do I bring it out into the world. I notice the value of revealing and concealing with discrimination.  The deities are brought out when the community has been prepared. The sacred within me is revealed when I trust the world around me, when I have prepared it for what is held close to my heart.  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.
Many individuals devote some or often considerable time to do the inner work. They go to retreats, Yoga, Church, therapists, analysts, […]

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The Roots – India: January 14, 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 drove to Auroville (City of Dawn) to visit the Matrimandir (Sanskrit for Temple of The Mother) a giant metallic sphere for practioners of Integral Yoga.  The experimental township is set in the countryside of Tamil Nadu, India. The enormous Banyan Tree, pictured above, grows in Auroville.This tree provides a valuable life lesson.  It’s trunk it well planted and its branches extend outward from the core.  As they reach out into the world they send down roots to support and nurture their life.  The entire tree looks like a forest rather than a single tree.My life reaches out in many directions much like that tree. It requires support and nutrition from the central source as well as being planted in the present. I benefit when I am grounded by what has been as well as being grounded in the moment. I can extend who I am when I have proper support. I can reach into the future me as I am being held by who […]

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Life is a Stage – We are all actors: January 13, 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

Our tour guide, Jairaj, explains one of the gigantic carvings to honor Shiva.  These reliefs in granite were completed around 640-670 CE in Mahabalipuram.I am humbled by how the ancient artists made these lasting deep impressions. There are no written records explaining the accomplishment, only the carvings. I find myself wanting to know how many artists it took, how long it took, and what was their experience of creating this timeless work of art.  They did not create temples for worship. They made a storybook in stone to last throughout time.I hope to remember to distinguish what has been constructed for worship and what needs to be honored within me. I begin to appreciate the value of my inner artist, that is still alive, constructing my contemporary and future self. The inner artist translates the Source but is not the Source.  I must honor the inner artist and be careful not to worship the translator. Just like the ancient artists who carved these gigantic reliefs, […]

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Alchemy of Personal Transformation – January 11, 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 flower teaches me patience during this adjustment to India.  Clearly there are blossoms open in full view and yet there are buds in various stages of growth. Each aspect has its own experience of the present and collectively it demonstrates life is a spectrum.  
I know I cannot open one of the buds without causing damage. I realize the importance of allowing its internal clock to manifest the best, natural way of expression.  In contrast to my appreciation of this flower, I try to impose my will on undeveloped aspects of myself.  I dig and prod, sometimes without respect, for the life that is emerging. I feel sad about the disrespect I have given to my soul.  My ego wants to be in charge and I will do much better if I trust the inner, often preverbal wisdom of patience.  I am here and will practice being in the present moment.  I am grateful to the flower that is the mirror.  I open my heart, let […]

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The Guide – January 12, 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

 

The city of Chennai is full of historical and contemporary elements of India. The architecture provides a visual reminder of how other countries have traded and/or dominated this area. The outdoor shops, like the one in the picture, invite the locals and travelers to trade in the same way that has been done for thousands of years. As our tour guide shared his knowledge of the area, I was aware of how my experience was being shaped by the context and content of his presentation.

 I am full of pilgrimage questions as my inner journey begins: Who is my inner tour guide? How does that guide shape the experience of myself? What inner architecture has been constructed? What cultural remnants of history remain? Do they still serve me? Are their influences prominent and desired? What contemporary construction is needed to facilitate an engaged life? How do I trade with the outer world?

 India gives me a window to witness the […]

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Presentation at the Jung Center Mumbai – Kripa Foundation, January 7, 2015

KRIPA FOUNDATION, INDIA
Indian NGO working with drug users and people living with HIV.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015
Jungian Dr. Ashok Bedi M.D. & Fr. Joe conduct workshop on Spiritual Paradox of Addiction- Day 1

 
 
Mumbai Jungian center and Kripa Foundation is conducting a two day workshop on “The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction by renowned Jungian Dr. Ashok Bedi M.D. from Milwaukee US. The workshop is being held at Dr. Leo Barnes Foundation, Bandra Mumbai.The workshop commenced with a Prayer and Meditation service by Fr. Joe, who later introduced Dr. Ashok Bedi to the participants. Fr. Joe further mentioned that it was the Grace of God to have Dr. Bedi train the staff of Kripa as his new teachings will help Kripa face the challenges that are today rising at an alarming rate in the treatment of addiction.The day long workshop conducted by Dr. Ashok Bedi included topics on Spiritual Paradox of Addiction, Faith Cultivation and case study. It was indeed an enriching experience as Dr. Ashok Bedi and Fr. Joe conducted the session with a lot of interactions and group participation.After lunch Fr. Joe conducted a superb light meditation with the participants to pep them up for the afternoon session of Dr. Bedi.The In-house catering service of Kripa led by Lester and supported by Simon, Bryan, Chandu and Praveen prepared some excellent cuisines for Breakfast, Lunch and Tea,As the day ended the participants who were enriched with some new teachings, went home looking forward for day two of the workshop  tomorrow,Collage and Submitted byNewsdesk
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Presentation at the Jung Center Mumbai – Kripa Foundation, Mumbai January 8, 2015

KRIPA FOUNDATION, INDIA
Indian NGO working with drug users and people living with HIV.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction – Workshop Day 2

 
 
 
On day two the workshop commenced with the introduction by Dr. Bedi of Mr. Luke Waldo who conducted a Marathon half day session on Child Witness to Domestic Violence: How to build resiliency in children who suffer adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress. Which included interactive sessions and later on question and answers.
The afternoon session was conducted by Dr. Ashok Bedi. M.D. on Resilience Cultivation in Recovering Addicts – a Neuroscience and Analytical Perspective. Dr. Bedi also demonstrated the latest technology of how one could measure different brain waves onscreen.
After the sessions Dr. Bedi presented Fr. Joe with a set of 5 recordings of previous sessions of Jungian teachings. Fr. Joe and Dr. Bedi presented each participant with a series of these DVD’s and also a certificate of participants. The workshop ended with on enriched note of knowledge surely empowering the staff to be able to counsel their clients more clinically. 
Fr. Joe thanked Dr. Bedi and Mrs. Usha Bedi for their valuable time and knowledge spent h Kripa. Fr. Joe also thanked Mr and Mrs. Luke Waldo and their children for being with us and especially Luke for teaching us new dimensions in how to build resiliency in children who suffer adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress.Submitted and collage byNewsdesk
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Analytical Psychology, Indian Healing Traditions, and the Emerging Frontiers of Neuroscience

Analytical Psychology, Indian Healing Traditions, and the Emerging Frontiers of NeuroscienceAshok Bedi Jung JournalVolume 8, Issue 2 pp. 20-35 | DOI: 10.1080/19342039.2014.900416Abstract | Download full text | View full text  Share free access to your article using the eprint link below | 50 eprints remainingHistory (Publishing models and article dates explained)Published in Volume 8, Issue 2, 2014Published online: 29 May 2014AbstractOne of C. G. Jung’s seminal concepts is the union of the opposites, a process that leads to a higher coniunctio. I propose that when we alchemically dissolve numerous frames and perspectives dealing with a similar issue, we may dissolve these similarities to constellate a unique synthesis and a deeper understanding of the issue. In this article, I blend the Indian healing traditions, allopathic psychiatry, and analytical psychology with the emerging research in neuroscience. I consider the emerging research in the triune brain, microchimerism, junk DNA, mirror neurons, and the neuroplastic impact of purposefulness, resilience, and the healing image. Some of the possible theoretical and clinical implications of these neuroscientific frontiers are explored in a preliminary manner.  

Looking Out from Within

ISSN 1939-3407
By – © Ashok Bedi, M.D.
Psychiatrist & Jungian Psychoanalyst

 Rani Ki Vav- Looking out from in the Step well to the Outside

 Generally we tend to look in from outside in. However, in this ancient structure in Gujarat India during a recent visit, it was a unique experience looking out from within!

 Reflections of the Image by Ashok Bedi
All spiritual traditions counsel us to look within ourselves. They counsel us to look with our Ego’s eyes; from our outer consciousness into our Soul; or the deeper center of consciousness to get a consultation from our Soul – our deeper consciousness about the daily affairs and concerns of our existence; a sort of horizontal to a vertical perspective. However, I wondered, how would we characterize our life story if looked at our outer life with our soul eyes. Would our soul see any pattern, purpose and meaning in our life. Would our soul see us as wandering aimlessly or pursuing a deeper rhythm? Might we make some time daily to reflect our outer, routine life with the timeless and transcendent lens. How will we evaluate our life then? Are we leading a thrill seeking life attending to our daily concerns or are we attending to our personal best potentials and putting these in service of our family, our community and higher good? Such is a definition of a purpose driven or Dharmic life. (Bedi, 2000)

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DR. ASHOK BEDI, MD

 
 Ashok Bedi’s fourth book, Crossing the Healing Zone: From Illness to Wellness, was published earlier this year by Ibis Press, a division of Nicolas-Hays, Inc. His previous books are Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Goddess Archetypes (BookSurge, 2007), Retire Your Family Karma: […]

The Jung Center – Mumbai, the Kripa Foundation & the USA India Jung Foundation sponsor a presentation by Ashok Bedi, M.D., Dinshah Gagrat M.D & Fr. Joe Pereira

A joint presentation sponsored by the Jung Center – Mumbai, the Kripa Foundation (www.kripafoundation.org ) and the USA India Jung Foundation (www.uijf.org) February 3-4, 2014. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between the three organizations over the last several years to promote exchange of ideas, training of students in the Jungian thought and improve the treatment of individuals in India and USA. The International Association of Analytical Psychology has sponsored the establishment of the IAAP (www.iaap.org) developing Jungian groups in India under the leadership of Jungian psychoanalyst Ashok Bedi, M.D., who is the IAAP’s liaison person in India and travels annually to India to promote its mission for about a decade.   Wednesday, February 26, 2014 The Wounded Healer and Emerging Frontiers in Alcohol and Drug Addictions were very well facilitated by Dr. Ashok Bedi, M.D. and Dr. Dinshah Gagrat, M.D. along with Fr. Joe H Pereira – A Jungian Experience    A very edifying and prolific workshop was organized by The Jung Center Mumbai, The Kripa Foundation and the USA India Jung Foundation on “Emerging Frontiers in Addiction Treatment” on the February 3 and 4, 2014. The two day workshop was facilitated by Ashok Bedi, M.D and Dinshah Gagrat M.D, themes like Crossing the Healing Zone – From Illness to Wellness, Emerging Frontiers in Eating Addictions, The Wounded Healer and Emerging Frontiers in Alcohol and Drug Addictions were very well facilitated by Dr. Ashok Bedi, M.D. and Dr. Dinshah Gagrat, M.D.   The workshop gave a lot of scope to the attendees to talk about their experiences and understanding related with the themes taken up with respect to their direct encounter with the chemically afflicted through sharing, discussion and case presentations. The workshop […]

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