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    The Thousand Masks of Our Soul – The Journey from Me to I -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

The Thousand Masks of Our Soul – The Journey from Me to I -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

October 22, 2021

It is only because the persona represents a more or less arbitrary and fortuitous segment of the collective segment of the collective psyche that we can make the mistake of regarding it in toto as something individual. It is, as its name implies, only a mask of the collective psyche, a mask that feigns individuality, making others and oneself believe that one is individual, whereas one is simply acting a role through which the collective psyche speaks.(Jung, Hull, & Jung, 1966), para 245

What a surprise to discover a 5-foot snakeskin in the bushes. I do not know what kind of snake shed its skin. (It may be a black snake which is common in the area.) I do know that is has outgrown this shell of its existence.

I begin to wonder what it means to I find this symbol of transformation. There are two ideas that come to mind. First, the snake has a new skin and subjectively it feels freedom from what no longer suits it. Second, I think about what skin I would like to shed to feel the freedom of a contemporary me.

The image is a bit scary as well as beautiful. There is a blend of terror and hope. It certainly is spooky yet reminds me how it feels to let go of something that no longer suits me. I feel clean and refreshed. I imagine myself stepping out of the “shell” I have been in, and how the dynamics of the world and me would shift. My potential would feel closer to realization. I would be more of who I am without the burden of what no longer fits.

For every occasion, there is an outfit. For a […]

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    The Mythic Self – The Rest of the Story-In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

The Mythic Self – The Rest of the Story-In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

October 15, 2021

We cannot visualize another world ruled by quite other laws, the reason being that we live in a specific world which has helped to shape our minds and establish our basic psychic conditions. We are strictly limited by our innate structure and therefore bound by our whole being and thinking to this world of ours. Mythic man, to be sure, demands a “going beyond all that,” but scientific man cannot permit this. To the intellect, all my mythologizing is futile speculation. To the emotions, however, it is a healing and valid activity; it gives existence a glamour which we would not like to do without. Nor is there any good reason why we should. (Jung, 1961, pp. 300-301)

I can make a scientific explanation of the image, which according to the Jung quote, brings satisfaction to my intellect. There is value in being familiar with the objects in view and understanding what is happening. The result brings ease and quiets my mind like solving a math problem. Somehow, I find the knowledge settling.

There is another way to engage the image that invites my imagination—through story. What is the story of image? I can start in this moment of flight and flowers where the sunlight is enlivening all the colors. I imagine myself as each of the various elements. What is the experience of the butterfly and the flowers? Is the story/myth about the movement of the butterfly or the stillness of the flowers? What is the history of each? What is the future of each? When I engage and amplify the image with my imagination, my emotional life is enlivened. My intellect is stimulated with possibility rather than settled and quiet.

Story can explain […]

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    The Seeds of the Soul– A Window into the Eternity – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

The Seeds of the Soul– A Window into the Eternity – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

October 9th 2021

The hypothesis of the unconscious puts a large question-mark after the idea of the psyche. The soul, as hitherto postulated by the philosophical intellect and equipped with all the necessary faculties, threatened to emerge from its chrysalis as something with unexpected and uninvestigated properties. It no longer represented anything immediately known, about which nothing more remained to be discovered except a few more or less satisfying definitions. Rather it now appeared in strangely double guise, as both known and unknown.(Jung, 1969, p. p.167 para 356)

The image provides an early morning view of a seed branch as it emerges from the womb of the pod. I visited this spot the evening before, and the pod was completely closed. I was surprised at the amount of growth that happened during the night.

The dynamics remind me of Jung’s ideas of the psyche. The light of the sun shines on the pod as the life of the seed branch begins to emerge from its womb. Some of it can be seen. Some remains hidden. All will be revealed in due time. As the branch matures more, the outer covering falls away so it can fully connect with its source of growth, the sun. The sun gives the proper energy for the seed branch to use for tis development. The branch must do the work of life contained in its genetic code to fully achieve maturity. The environment has the essential ingredients for its proper development.

Your soul is the seed. The branch is your ego consciousness. The night is the unconscious. The Sun is the Spirit which stimulates the seed of the Soul to blossom. The nigh is the womb of the Psyche or the Unconscious where […]

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    The Sacred Marriage – A Win-win Dynamic- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

The Sacred Marriage – A Win-win Dynamic- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

October 2nd, 2021

All conceivable statements are made by the psyche. Among other things, the psyche appears as a dynamic process which rests on a foundation of antithesis, on a flow of energy between two poles. (Jung, 1961, p. 350)

Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is not actually a moss but rather a bromeliad. It is an air plant that is in the same family as pineapples. It gets its nutrients from air particles. It does not harm its host or use the host’s nutrients. It can even grow on telephone, electric, and cable company wires. When examined closely there are often tiny yellow-green flowers.

It reminds me of the individual psyche. There are so many different threads of life in it. There are aspects that congregate and others that reach out into the unknown. It seems to have a “body”, yet its form is not predetermined. There is freedom and attachment as it hangs from the branch. Its life is guided by experience, but not constricted in its shape. It grows yet is under the influence of gravity.

In world, fundamentally, there are two types of relationships. One, in which the two partners are intertwined in a symbiotic at best and parasitic at worst relationship. The parasitic relationships are win-lose relationships where the parasite depletes the host of their soul energy. The co-dependency and living with a narcissist are two examples of such a relationship. At the end, this becomes a lose-lose relationship, since the predator accumulates a lot of negative karma which must be retired in this or future lifetimes. Unless the narcissist/predator undergoes a profound transformation in their personality, this relationship must end for the prey to reclaim their soul.

The symbiotic relationship is a win-win relationship, […]

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    The Safety Bubble -Rearranging the Chairs on the Deck of the Titanic -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis. 

The Safety Bubble -Rearranging the Chairs on the Deck of the Titanic -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis. 

March 14th, 2021
It is therefore of the utmost importance in practical treatment to keep the integrity of the personality constantly in mind. For, if the collective psyche is taken to be the personal possession of the individual, it will result in a distortion or an overloading of the personality which is very difficult to deal with. Hence it is imperative to make a clear distinction between personal contents and those of the collective psyche. (Jung, 1953, p. 154 para 241)

This image helps me see how many world views a person can take and how many different views of us are possible as any given moment. The important factor is having perspective objectively and subjectively.

In midst of the pandemic and global racial fairness movement among other contemporary challenges that face us, we are all in our individual bubble of safety and viewpoints. We tend to look at ourselves, others, world and the future from inside our bubble. However, our bubble is still part of the collective. While it is our personal responsibility to establish a safe and secure bubble for ourselves and our families, we must never forget that we are part of the whole. Our destiny is intertwined with the rest of humanity. If we forget that continuity with the collective, we are merely rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. We swim or sink together. That the spiritual message of the pandemic and the other global crises. It reminds us of our interdependence, attachments and importance of neighborliness. Most importantly, to attend to the least fortunate amongst us. As Christ succinctly put it,

Matthew 25:40- King James Version (KJV)

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, […]

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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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