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    Encounter with the “I” – From Transience to Immortality – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

Encounter with the “I” – From Transience to Immortality – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

February 28, 2021
Characteristics of the spiritual attitude include:

…Respect for the unknown. Your soul lives at the boundary between what you know consciously and the unknown precinct where Spirit begins. (Bedi, 2013, p. 81)

When I took a cruise to a part of the world I had never seen, I was excited and curious about the adventure into the unknown. I was on a huge ship with a very reputable company. The food was great, accommodations superb, the passengers were friendly. I did not care what part of the ship I was walking on, I felt secure as we ventured into new lands. I could stand at the front of the ship, even lean over the edge without fear. I trusted I was being guided to explore the unknown.

Let me compare the ship to my ego venturing through life. Like the photograph, there are times that I only feel the outer edge of who I am. The center of my security does not feel accessible. I am exposed to elements and not feeling connected to my known life. I do not want to move forward. I feel vulnerable and lost. I want to retreat but life’s circumstances will not let me.

The challenge for me in those moments is to breathe into another way of knowing. My soulful and spiritual connection are inviting me to remember I am much more than my ego. I have a center (Self) that guides me, even though I may not recognize it. I feel the pull of going inward to the best guide of my life and look for cues as to how to proceed. Then I remember this is a soulful journey that is on its course, and not an […]

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    Stumped! – Our Brokenness is the Key to our Wholeness. – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

Stumped! – Our Brokenness is the Key to our Wholeness. – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

February 20, 2021

At present the only thing we know about the contents of the unconscious, apart from the fact that they are subliminal, is that they stand in a compensatory relationship to consciousness and are therefore essentially relative. It is for this reason that knowledge of the conscious situation is necessary if we want to understand dreams. (Jung, 1960b, p. 260 para 498)

The focus of the image is the remnant structure of a tree. I can spend time exploring its textures, shapes, and colors. It seems both haunting and beautiful. The life is had above ground is missing. The life underground, if any, is unknown for it is still attached to the base of life to its left.

I can treat this photo as a dream image. In my conscious life, I was captivated by the image—much like the memory of a dream that my ego can hold. I took this photo for conscious reasons, as well as unconscious reasons yet to be explored.

The challenge of such an image is its context. What happened to it and what purpose does it serve to my imagination and creative self? What story of its life do I imagine and how does that story relate to the story of my life? What feelings emerge in its remains and what feelings are felt for what was lost?

Jung’s writings give explorative permission to my imagination, rather than a solution-oriented method which leads to a conclusion. His work promotes a living dialogue between conscious and unconscious. I am not “stumped” but rather encouraged to engage the image. I inform it with a story, and it informs me to what subtle aspects of my life I can pay attention.

We are stumped by […]

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    Balance – The Right Attitude for the Present Moment – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

Balance – The Right Attitude for the Present Moment – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

February 13th, 2021

There is no position without its negation. In spite or just because of their extreme opposition, neither can exist without the other. It is exactly as formulated in classical Chinese philosophy: yang (the light, warm, dry, masculine principle) contains within it the seed of yin (the dark, cold, moist, feminine principle) and vice versa. Matter therefore would contain the seed of spirit and spirit the seed of matter. (Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 109 para 197)

This image is from a Chinese garden which displays the interplay of opposing forces—a doctrine of harmony and balance. As I celebrate the Chinese New Year, my contemporary self feels in touch with their ancient wisdom.

As I look at the image, I find many opposing forces, still, flowing, hard, soft, straight, curved, liquid, solid, light, dark, constructed, natural, air, earth, etc. Internally, I experience beauty and serenity as I resonate with the balance in the photo. Everything seems to be in peaceful harmony. I am grateful to a culture that promotes true wholeness.

My challenge is to allow opposing forces within myself to exist in balance. There are times that I identify with one side and engage resistance against the other, even making the other an enemy to eliminate it. I get caught up trying to have one aspect “win” over the other. Then, in that victory, want that other to no longer exist. This dynamic does not allow inner diversity nor is it real. When I see my inner life like a photograph, I see foreground and background. I can ask myself what is in focus, and what needs be in focus without losing the benefit of the whole picture. I also can ask what is out of focus […]

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    The Divine Light -May our life reflect the will of the Universe – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

The Divine Light -May our life reflect the will of the Universe – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

February 5th, 2021

Reflection re-enacts the process of excitation and carries the stimulus over into a series of images which, if the impetus is strong enough, are reproduced in some form of expression. (Jung, 1969, p. 117 para 242)

The light in this image is all reflection. The moon reflects sunlight. The clouds and water all reflect moonlight. The ultimate source of illumination, the sun, is not seen but its effect is dramatic.

There are times in my life when I feel enlivened or enthusiastic about an issue and want to take full credit for the energy of it. I value my experience and with more careful exploration, I realize that I am not the source, but rather a conduit for the source(s).

As I engage this scene, the beauty resonates. There is quiet and calm in the clouds and the surface of the ocean. Beauty is not only this moment, but it is like many moments throughout history. The capacity to appreciate beauty is deep within. I am not its source but rather a receptacle to reflect it. Like the moon is to sunlight, I need to be in the right position to reflect beauty. It is often a matter of my ability to align myself with what occurs naturally. I must remove all the mind chatter and any preoccupation to be in the moment of reflection. It is then, that I embrace how I too am illuminated by moonlight. It touches me on the surface and if I open my heart, it gently lights the corridor to the feeling of eternity.

The most profound Mantra or prayer in the Hindu Veda scriptures is the Gayatri mantra. Here it is,

Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ

Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ

Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi

Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt

We […]

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    The Tombstone – Our many lives – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

The Tombstone – Our many lives – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

 January 31, 2021

When, on the other hand, psychic energy regresses, going beyond even the period of early infancy, and breaks into the legacy of ancestral life, the mythological images are awakened: these are the archetypes. (Jung, Jung, & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1972, p. 77 para 118)

When I visit cemeteries, I stand in the land of the ancients. I get a feeling of lives lived well before I was born. I step into the time of their lives. I move beyond myself. I move to a world before my existence. At times, I find it hard to imagine what their lives were like and yet I feel I am in familiar territory.

The marker on this grave dominates the scene. The family constructed a gravesite with noticeable symbols for the life buried beneath it. The site captures my imagination with each of them. Those symbols move me into more ancient times where “mythological images are awakened” (Jung, 1972). I wonder if they truly represent the life under it.

I imagine the voice of person under the marker saying, “I am so much more than what you see represented here. There are parts of me I wish they had included in my gravesite.” I also imagine the voice saying, “I wish I had revealed more of who I am.”

The image can be a metaphor for many aspects of life. The above ground marker is my persona, what I show the world. Then, there is what lies beneath, so much more than what I showed the world or what I consciously know. The image also carries symbols of the spirit of life. It reminds me how I am a product of the ancients, their wisdom, their […]

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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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