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    Conflict and Healing – Creating your healing image – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Conflict and Healing – Creating your healing image – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

September 19, 2020

Under normal circumstances, every conflict stimulates the mind to activity for the purpose of creating a satisfactory solution. (Jung, 1969, pp. 489, para 780)

The image shows a moment natural engagement. The ocean crashes into the rocks, breaks into a variety of droplets, and falls back into itself. The force of that encounter is determined by the stability of the rocks and the speed of the ocean as it comes to shore. I admire the site and sound as I witness the upward splash and its reunion into the ocean pool. It is invigorating and soothing much like inspiration and exhalation of my breath.

So many things in today’s world present forceful conflict. The news is full of vigorous political, social, and medical disagreement. It is as though we are only at high tide and have forgotten that a full cycle of engagement includes simple discussion and opinion without making the other the enemy.

I believe Jung is correct in the quote above when he uses the phrase “satisfactory solution,” but lately is seems like winning is the object of discussion rather than negotiation to both sides of the topic.

Every conflict is a crisis and an opportunity. From the perspective of our consciousness, a conflict is a crisis. From the lens of our inner eye or the unconscious, it is an opportunity for a higher and more evolved resolution, consistent with the voice of our soul. However, several conditions must be met for such a soul resolution.

Firstly, we must accept that our present consciousness and logical discernment has its limits in getting our hands around the conflict.

This then activates what the Buddhist’s call the “Beginner’s mind” to deal with the conflict without preconceptions. […]

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    Abundance or Deprivation – Survival or sharing – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Abundance or Deprivation – Survival or sharing – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

September 11, 2020
The curve of life is like the parabola of a projectile which, disturbed from its initial state of rest, rises, and then returns to a state of repose. (Jung, 1969, pp. 406, para 798)

The Twin Tower Memorial in New York City honors those lives lost in the 9/11 tragedy. This week has been filled with news that compounds the grief of that day and its aftermath; tapes of the president admitting he knew more about the virus but did not want to cause panic, deaths from the pandemic continue as well as the social injustice protests, financial hardships without a rescue package for the unemployed, wild fires in the western states burning millions of acres that is a result of climate change according to some sources, voting issues, etc. So many issues have lasting implications and problematic resolutions.

When I visited the site it was pouring rain, it seemed to appropriate. The sadness of the encounter brought reminders of how precious life is. Each of those names remains engraved in the place they lost their life. Their lives stopped on what started as an ordinary day. The incident reminds me of how valuable life is and each moment is precious in a way that asks me to live it to its fullest.

Now more than ever, I need to ensure healthy boundaries about how much I listen to the news, keep the quality of my conversations to maintain hope, get enough physical exercise to maintain strength, endurance, and flexibility. I ensure my spiritual life is interactive and guiding any healing to a full and enjoyable life. The external is just that, external. It is my responsibility to protect my internal life from danger as […]

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    From Despair to Hope – The power of Imaginatio – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

From Despair to Hope – The power of Imaginatio – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

September 6, 2020

Life is born only of the spark of opposites.(Jung, 1953, pp. 54, para 78)

I am struck by the impact of this image. I find it difficult to simply admire the qualities of gray, brown, and various textures. My mind instantly breathes more color and life into it. I wonder what it looked like as it was growing. I want to know more of what was and not fully accept the present state shown in the photo.

My experience of this image parallels what I am seeing/hearing on the news. The remnants of a full democratic life are more of a memory than available in the moment. The news focus is on unrest, corruption, death, and financial decline. The American dream feels faded from the reality of waking life.

There is a part of me that wants life to go back to the way it used to be. However, that is impossible because it would deny what has taken place especially in the last nine months. So, I experience the challenge of instilling hope into the moment. The values of this country need to be reconstructed and inclusive of everyone not just the powerful or wealthy. It is about seeing the moment, remembering the past, and envisioning a future of a robust democracy that protects the environmental resources.

As I review Jung’s quote, it reminds me that when I encounter the opposites, they inspire a struggle to create life. In these challenging times, I need to till the fertile soil of my imagination for hope to spark new life.

When all is said and done, the questions that confronts our soul is not what we were, how we are now but where we are going? On this […]

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    The Narrow Path – Encountering the other – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Narrow Path – Encountering the other – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

August 29, 2020

The tasks of every age differ, and it is only in retrospect that we can discern with certainty what had to be and what should not have been. (Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1976, pp. 59, para 87)

The cobblestone road leads to and from a small village in India. It is wide enough for two people to pass each other, but if a wheeled cart comes along you must move to the side to let them pass. The pattern of hand-made bricks shows the impact of so many souls on it. I imagine listening carefully enough to hear the echoes of voices as they look into each other’s eyes and acknowledge the other as they pass on the road.

While in India, I noticed how evidence of history seems respected and cherished. It is quite different here in the United States where signs of aging (in the population as well as structures) are hidden. Perhaps I am romanticizing a simpler life, yet it does seem easier than how we live today.

The pollical conventions are over. Candidates are decided, and the campaign trails will be made. So many topics to take on those journeys: the pandemic, social justice, financial struggles, unemployment, and the protest movement across the country. When it is all over, and the election is decided, we too will retrospectively discern the should and should not of the outcome. It is our task as Jung described to compare history with the moment. The road of the future is being constructed today. It will be reflected upon when It arrives.

Imagine that you are walking on this narrow cobblestone path in this Indian village. There comes along another individual from the […]

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    Our Soul’s Code – What the eyes cannot see – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Our Soul’s Code – What the eyes cannot see – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

August 22, 202

The nature of the psyche reaches into obscurities far beyond the scope of our understanding. (Jung, 1969, pp. 412, para 813)

The image creates tension. My first instinct is to figure out what it is rather than admire its visual qualities. I make it familiar and fit it into the world I know. I want to know or recognize the image. I want the puzzle pieces to come together to identify it. Then I can then admire the qualities of the angles, textures, color, and subject to create a story around the image. I know I want to contain the image rather than let my imagination run wild.

When I think about Covid-19, social justice reform, the financial crisis, unemployment, political disputes, and the struggle of the democracy I have known, my sense of certainty of the world is gone. It appears the world is upside down, and I long for the world of the familiar without so many issues racing for first place. I experience dramatic upheaval at the thought of one of those events getting left behind. My challenge is to allow the messages from my dreams, symptoms, synchronicities, etc. into my reality rather than just hold onto what I know. The box I am familiar with, may need changing. I must learn to listen to the unfamiliar. What I do not know might be more valuable if I give it room and a voice.

Two factors can help us untangle the mystery of perception beyond space and time. Our limited human cognitions are bound by the coordinates of space and time. Now when we dream, where is the space and time? Now we are totally in a realm beyond space and time. […]

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    At a Crossroad – In the Eye of the Storm- An individual response to the Global Crisis

At a Crossroad – In the Eye of the Storm- An individual response to the Global Crisis

At a Crossroad
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 6, 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.

But, just as our free will clashes with necessity in the outside world, so also it finds its limits outside the field of consciousness in the subjective inner world, where it comes into conflict with fact of the self. And just as circumstances or outside events “happen” to us and limit our freedom, so the Self acts upon the ego like an objective occurrence which free will can do very little to alter. It is, indeed, well known that the ego not only can do nothing against the Self, but is sometimes actually assimilated by unconscious components of the personality that are in the process of development and is greatly altered by them. (Jung & Hull, 1959/1968, pp. 5-6)

The bifurcation calls to make a choice, since I cannot go in both directions at the same time. So rather than choose quickly, I spend time in the moment of choice and photograph it. I listen to visual mind as a photographer that considers the potential of the interplay […]

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    Honey – The Elixir and a Poison – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Honey – The Elixir and a Poison – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Honey – The Elixir and a Poison
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 5, 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 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.

With the honey the pleasure of the senses and the joy of life went into the mixture, as well as the secret fear of the “poison,” the deadly danger of worldly entanglements.(Jung, 1970, p. 493)

The drop of honey is about to return to the jar, but in this moment, it is noticeably separate. The unusual design of the spoon is functional for just such an occasion. It is used like a regular spoon to scoop things our of a jar, but then rests in a way that facilitates conservation. The spoon is placed in position so there is little or no waste of honey.
The image reminds me how important the right tool at the right moment is in life. We have been asked to follow medical guidelines, based on research, to protect our health. One of those guidelines is to wear a mask to help prevent the spray of droplets during conversation. We are not used to seeing people wearing masks in public. […]

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Trauma as a path to Wholeness- by BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D. January 17, 2019

The Bloggers are traveling through India as a part of a study tour presently and we will be blogging a daily reflection chosen by photographer and Depth Psychotherapist BJ Jakala and reflections by Jungian Psychoanalyst – Ashok Bedi.

This is an image at a temple. On the right is the Shiva and Shakti – integrated in wholeness: half man and half woman. In the middle is a desecrated Goddess Shakti whole on breast is vandalized. However, inadvertently, it has transformed the goddess into an Androgynous wholeness: masculine and feminine integrated – the goal of individuation and personal growth. Sometimes, it is through our traumas that we grow the most. It gifts us wholeness and integration. It challenges us to activate our deepest resources which amplify our hidden treasures of personality on the stage of life.

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How to Make Your Company More Successful

My consultation with CEO Jonathan Pellegrin was recently featured in his work and book in the New York Post.

http://nypost.com/2017/09/04/hiring-a-shrink-could-make-your-company-more-successful/

You may preview Mr. Pellegrin’s book at

 

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Selling-Family-Business-Responsible-ebook/dp/B06XD3WCS1

 

 

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Spiritual Paradox of Addiction

My recent book, The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction, Co-Authored by Fr. Joe Pereira was recently launched in Mumbai at the Press Club of India. Here is the link. It will soon be published in USA.

https://www.facebook.com/events/140790343192180/

Book on psychological, spiritual origins of substance addiction

 

 

 

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