Ashok Bedi , M.D.
B.J. Jakala, PH.D.
From February 7th through 18th, a group of soul seekers will travel in India to experience the land of Mahatma Gandhi 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!
Incarnation of Vishnu,
This morning I was contemplating what it is about India that invites me to her. I was reviewing my photographs and found that a majority of them reflect a spiritual or philosophical foundation. I believe the stories of the images help me see the world of India in a perspective that other places in the world do not offer so freely.
India consistently reflects its ancient roots, holds the present moment in meditation, and guides the inquisitive and just with hope for a better future.
BJ Jakala, PhD is a participant in this year’s Journey to the Land of Gandhi through the Jungians Lens led by Dr. Bedi.
Reflections by Ashok Bedi
In India, the past, the present and the future live in simultaneity and tension. Its spiritual and archetypal past informs and instructs the present to align it with its destiny and teleos. When we hold the memory of our myths and culture and the timeless archetypal wisdom they prescribe, we make decisions based on the constellated wisdom of our ancestors, we are informed by our Limbic DNA and the two million years old memory of cumulative human experience to deal with challenges that confront us and opportunities that beckon us. We ignore this guidance at our own peril. It is like each time you want to use your car, you had to reinvent the automobile technology that took over a century to mature or rediscover the wheel! Unfortunately, those who ignore the myths and archetypes to inform them about some of the options to deal with life crisis and opportunities are one such group. Every nation and culture must make this choice of whether they want to live in dementia about their history or maintain a robust memory of their roots.
Tonight, we conclude our Jungian Journey to the land of Gandhi. Thank you for joining us via my first experiment with the Blog! It was fun.
Ashok Bedi is a Diplomat 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, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
He has been a Psychiatrist in Milwaukee since 1976 and now practices Adult Psychotherapy and Jungian Psychoanalysis (www.tulawellnessllc.com). He is a Honorary Psychiatrist at the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital and the Aurora Health Care Network. He has been a psychiatric consultant to several agencies in Metro Milwaukee. Presently he is the consultant for the Sexual Assault treatment center at the Aurora Sinai Samaritan Hospital, Dewey Center at the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital for treatment of Addictions and the Pastoral Counseling Services of Greater Milwaukee.
Trained in India, Great Britain and the US, he is interested in the emerging frontiers of Spirituality and Healing and the synapses of the Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit. He is author of several books including- Crossing the Healing Zone: From Illness to Wellness, Nicholas Hayes Inc. 2013, Path to the Soul, Weiser Books, 2000, Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Goddess Archetypes, Booksurge Publishers, 2007, and the coauthor of Retire Your Family Karma, Nicholas-Hays, Inc. 2003, These and his other upcoming presentations can be previewed at his website www.pathtothesoul.com
He is the liaison person for the International Association of the Analytical Psychologists for developing Jungian training programs in India (www.iaap.org). He travels annually to India to teach, train the consult with the Jungian Centers that he led in establishing at several cities in India including Ahmedabad, Mumbai & Bangalore. He leads the annual “A Jungian Encounter with the Soul of India” study group to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation.
He is the Co-Founder of the USA India Jung Foundation (www.uijf.org). The USA India Jung Foundation promotes educational and clinical activities in India and USA based on the principals of Carl Jung’s analytical psychology and Eastern spiritual and healing wisdom and traditions. It fosters clinical, medical, and educational exchange between professionals of the United States and India. These activities include educational activities directed both to professional and lay organizations in both countries to promote mental health education and prevention activities based on principals of analytical psychology and Eastern Spirituality. To support this A 501(c)(3) Foundation and its charitable activities, kindly make your tax deductible contribution via the website: www.uijf.org