Monthly Archives: April 2020

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    This Too Shall Pass – The Eternal underlying the Transient – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

This Too Shall Pass – The Eternal underlying the Transient – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

This Too Shall Pass

The Eternal underlying the Transient

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

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April 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 an 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.

Two opposing “realities,” the world of the conscious and the world of the unconscious, do not quarrel for supremacy, but each makes the other relative. (Jung, 1956, p. 218)

There is just enough first light to catch this shot. The storm passed but the deep clouds linger. Reality of yesterday is barely visible. Everything is dominated by the presence of snow. Only a few things play frozen peek-a-boo from under the white blanket. I am struck by the drastic environmental change. For now, the change is all that apparent. Yet both yesterday’s world and today’s vista are present in my mind.

As I look at this image today, I think about how the world is covered by the pandemic. Life prior to it is held in memory more than it appears evident. I must dig deeper to recall everyday life as it existed before Covid-19 dominated. Just as the snow will melt and leave traces of itself with damage and change, the pandemic will […]

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    The Wisdom of the Source – Reaching out to the guidance of the Collective Unconscious – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Wisdom of the Source – Reaching out to the guidance of the Collective Unconscious – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Wisdom of the Source
Reaching out to the guidance of the Collective Unconscious
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 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 an 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.
 
Thus, in coming to terms with the unconscious, not only is the standpoint of the ego justified, but the unconscious is granted the same authority, The ego takes the lead, but the unconscious must be allowed to have its say too…. (Jung, 1960b, p. 88)
 

 
The firefighting helicopter draws river water up through a giant hose. Once its tank is full, it flies off to use the water on a nearby forest fire.
A forest fire is clearly an emergency. Such an occasion requires special equipment to remedy the situation. This helicopter is a magnificent water transport vehicle. Simply put, it is a flying big bucket getting water for a fire.
As I took this photo, the smell of fire is prominent. Off to the right, beyond the image, are huge plumes of smoke from the burning forest. The dominant sound of the helicopter blades diminishes as it flies off to drop its contents. I hope the ongoing mission is […]

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    Shadow and the Soul – The Mystery of the Dark Side – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Shadow and the Soul – The Mystery of the Dark Side – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Shadow and the Soul

The Mystery of the Dark Side

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 28, 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 an 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.

By shadow I mean the “negative” side of the personality, the sum of all those unpleasant qualities we like to hide, together with the insufficiently developed functions and the contents of the personal unconscious. (Jung, 1956, p. 66)

In this image as well as in life, there are times that shadow qualities reveal more. In sunlight the “blotches” are not as visible, but in the shadows, they are more pronounced. This is quite parallel to how there are aspects not clearly visible in consciousness (light). It is seeing the undesirable quality outside of myself (projection) that reveals it.

It was a funny moment when I took this image of myself and two of my best friends. We all laughed at how the others’ shadow looked. We did not like our own. It was a very playful time about a very telling dynamic.

During this stay at home time, there are fewer distractions. I do not have as many ways to get away from my shortcomings. I certainly do […]

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    Hibernation and Incarnation -Gestation of the New Beginnings – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Hibernation and Incarnation -Gestation of the New Beginnings – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Hibernation and Incarnation

Gestation of the New Beginnings

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 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 an 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.

No man can change himself into anything from sheer reason: he can only change into what he potentially is. When such a change becomes necessary, the previous mode of adaptation, already in a state of decay, is unconsciously compensated by this archetype of another mode. If the conscious mind now succeeds in interpreting the constellated archetype in a meaningful and appropriate manner, then a viable transformation can take place. (Jung, 1956, p. 235)

This bear has just come out of hibernation. After a long winter’s nap, it has shifted from sleeping to finding food. One of its favorite flowers, the dandelion, is quite large and plentiful. It followed its instincts to shift from a winter bear to a springtime bear. I do not know how it happens. It might be externally nudged by temperature or air scent or internally awakened by hunger. It has followed the natural way of the spring archetype; the season of beginning to be active and grow again.

The pandemic gave us a forced winter hibernation. […]

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    The Divine Guest – Prescriptions from the Source – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Divine Guest – Prescriptions from the Source – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Divine Guest

Prescriptions from the Source

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 25, 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 an 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 whale, a denizen of the deep, is a well-known symbol of the devouring unconscious…(Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1971, p. 271).

The photo captures the breech of a whale. I am happy to have taken it because when whale watching is done, moments like this fade from my visual memory move into experiential/feeling memory. Sometimes experiences like this are like a dream in the night that I chase after to capture/recall when I wake up. There are dreams that let me keep the image, sometimes I am only left with a feeling, and other times it dissolves.

I remember how excited I was to witness this giant life burst out of the ocean. In the photo I can see much more than my memory holds. The water cascading out and around its body. I see its reflection on the surface of the water and of course the background shoreline and forest. I wonder how it feels as it falls back after reaching […]

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    The Creative Instinct – A New center of soul in midst of the Chaos and Crisis – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Creative Instinct – A New center of soul in midst of the Chaos and Crisis – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Creative Instinct

A New center of soul in midst of the Chaos and Crisis

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 25, 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 an 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.

Instincts are not creative in themselves: they have become stably organized and are therefore largely automatic. The reflective instinct is no exception to this rule, for the production of consciousness is not of itself a creative act but may under certain conditions be a merely automatic process.(Jung, 1960b, p. 118)

I love to watch animals being themselves. When I first saw this squirrel, I thought it was eating grass. However, it was only holding it in its mouth and not using its paws or chewing. With a little further observation, I discover it was gathering nesting materials to take back to its nest near the top of a huge tree. It is following its instinct to build a home in a safe environment.

During this time of the pandemic, I have time to make my home more comfortable and safer. I can follow my instincts to have a place to live and add the creative act to make […]

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    Failures as the Building Blocks of Success – Breakdown is a Breakthrough In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Failures as the Building Blocks of Success – Breakdown is a Breakthrough In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Failures as the Building Blocks of Success

Breakdown is a Breakthrough

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 24, 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 an 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.

Hence, I regard the loss of balance as purposive, since it replaces a defective consciousness by the automatic and instinctive activity of the unconscious. Which is aiming all the time at the creation of a new balance and will moreover achieve this aim. Provided that the conscious mind is capable of assimilating the contents produced by the unconscious, i.e., of understanding an digesting them. (Jung, 1956, p. 162)

The rock sculptures on the shoreline astound me. How did someone find and place the right rock for each layer? I wonder how they chose a rock and how many attempts were made to get it to stay in place. They organized random objects into an upright whimsical statement.

I do not know the defective elements that were set aside or not chosen. I only see the result. It leads me to think about how many times I have reconstructed my life. There were a lot of things left behind as well as carried […]

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    ALETHIOMETER – The Truth Meter – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

ALETHIOMETER – The Truth Meter – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

ALETHIOMETER

The Truth Meter

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 23, 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 an 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.

Luckily for us, symbols mean very much more than can be known as first glance. (Jung, 1956, p. 302)

The eruption of Old Faithful is a result of volcanic activity beneath the earth’s surface. It has been named because of its relative predictability. The shape and height of each eruption is varied, but the event itself happens with relative regularity.

I remember visiting Yellowstone and wondering if it would really erupt. I felt anticipatory excitement, and the waiting anxiety stretched every second of every minute. I kept looking at my watch wondering how much time had lapsed and it would only be a minute or two. My desire of the outcome amplified each waiting moment.

This natural wonder began to show itself gradually until its full height was attained. It is a known and mysterious at the same time. It feels as alive as the trees in the background, yet it is not the same.

Covid-19 has both known and mysterious aspects. We can see how it is showing up in […]

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    Destruction, New Creation and Consolidation – The Archetypal Eternal Cycle activated in the pandemic – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Destruction, New Creation and Consolidation – The Archetypal Eternal Cycle activated in the pandemic – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Destruction, New Creation and Consolidation
The Archetypal Eternal Cycle activated in the pandemic
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
April 22, 2020
ISSN 1939-3407
 
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 an 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.

Through the progressive integration of the unconscious we have a reasonable chance to make experiences of an archetypal nature providing us with the feeling of continuity before and after our existence. The better we understand the archetype, the more we participate in its life and the more we realize its eternity or timelessness. (Jung & Kitchin, 1954, p. 695)

The structure of the arbor guides the vines and the tourists. It shelters the walkway from overgrowth and facilitates a flowering archway for the summer. It provides ease of passage from here to there without knowing the destination. I have a sense of security and trust because I know someone else has taken this path before. I know when I get through it, there will be others who will follow. In the moment of taking the photo, I only know where I am standing, and uncertain of what will happen as I go forward. I can rely on the history […]

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    A Matter of Choice – Reacting from our lowest Instincts or Responding to the Call of our Higher Angels – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Matter of Choice – Reacting from our lowest Instincts or Responding to the Call of our Higher Angels – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Matter of Choice
Reacting from our lowest Instincts or Responding to the Call of our Higher Angels
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 21, 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 an 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.

In dreams and fantasies the sea or a large body of water signifies the unconscious. (Jung, 1956, p. 219)

Dunbeg Fort was built in the Iron Age about 2500 years ago. The sea wall protected against the harsh environmental elements as well as a deterrent to attackers. I am astonished by the amount of work it took to construct. Every stone moved from the ground and placed by hand. It has held up well over time, but every now and again, storms erode it into the sea.
It reminds me of all the work I have done to shield myself from various elements of life. I have constructed walls to keep things both in and out. Some structures were made to last my lifetime and others more circumstantial. And then there is the internal world…
I remember feeling the ancient builders’ wisdom regarding the doorway. It allows access to and protection from the sea. It is […]

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