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    Wish, Prayer and Courage-Process of Change-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

Wish, Prayer and Courage-Process of Change-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

 
July 4, 2020
 
In addition, dreams can rely on subliminal memory traces that are no longer able to influence consciousness effectively. With regard to prognosis, therefore, dreams are often in a much more favorable position than consciousness. (Jung, 1960b, p. 256)
 

This wishing well was placed during the 1800’s. It sits off to the side of the property which allows privacy as I consider the wish I want to make. The scenery is tranquil. The air is fresh, My ears rest in silence. This opportunity feels like anything is possible. It feels like a dream. I am in the world of no restrictions, no movement, and yet in the world of potential.
The photo was taken in February 2020, when the world was so different. Sometimes it is hard to remember back then. It is like chasing a dream to journal before waking up too much. It feels elusive and remote. I am grateful to have the image to remind me of the gesture of the wishing well—the tossing of a coin into it. It is different than prayer that is tossed to the heavens. The coin is something of value I am willing to let go of to give me hope that my wish will come true. I have made an investment in my future.
In this resurge of the pandemic in the United States, the social unrest, etc., it would be valuable to find cherished moments of life to hold onto, and to still dream/wish for healing to happen and make needed changes in our democracy for social justice. The energy from those moments can be used to create action. The wishing well should say, “Make a wish. Now do the work to have it come […]

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    The Tree of Life – Time for Renewal -In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Tree of Life – Time for Renewal -In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

June 26, 2020

The tree appears frequently in the medieval chemical tests and in general represents the growth of the arcane substance and its transformation into the philosophical gold (or whatever the name of the goal may be). (Jung, 1967, p. 274)

When I see buds on a tree, I still have a childlike response, “How did you figure out when to show up?” (I do understand from the botanist point of view, there is a lot of plant physiology that makes it happen.) The leaf buds show up very dark, deep purple. As they grow, the shape is “pinched” in the middle, as though it is two leaves in one, then turn green. Next, the miracles of the tree trunks, branches, leaves, buds, and blossoms (and bees) are all cooperate to have the tree bear fruit. Once again, in my imagination, I wonder if the fruit appreciates the combined effort of its existence as the “gold” of the tree. It is the harvest.

In this time of the pandemic numbers climbing and the social justice movement, something will blossom and bear fruit. It will take time, effort, and societal chemistry to ensure a bountiful harvest. There is no guarantee what the outcome will be, especially since there are so many ingredients needed to bring about change. We also have working definitions of health, our constitution, moral and ethical guidelines to assist the process. We have a responsibility as citizens of this country to better/transform ourselves and nation. We will need to make harvest choices of what is the best outcome for all.

The night before I was planning to compose this Blog, I had the following dream. I offer it to my readers as a gift, […]

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    RECONCILIATION AND HEALING-The Path of Empathy & New Beginnings-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

RECONCILIATION AND HEALING-The Path of Empathy & New Beginnings-In the Eye of the Storm-An individual response to the Global Crisis

June 23, 2020

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Luckily for us, symbols mean very much more than can be known at first glance.(Jung, 1967, p. 302)

There are so many forces at work to create what is seen in the photo. It is true whether the surface is calm or full of surfing waves. The ocean temperature, air temperature, barometric pressure, cycle of the moon, weather, ocean bottom landscape, etc., all play a part of what it looks like the moment the photograph is taken. Then there are all the selections made for the camera to create a desired effect. Yet, I can call it a photograph of the ocean. It can also be a symbol and be assigned various meaning by the viewer.

In these times of the pandemic and social justice protests we are subjected to verbal and visual snapshots, as well as video clips of today’s news. The images create conscious and unconscious responses. It is our responsibility to keep what we hear or see in perspective and use our power of discernment to assign value to them based on who we are individually as well as collectively. The challenge during these times is to know when to generalize and when to stay specific. The photo is a moment and not how the ocean looks all over the world.

This is OUR MOMENT in history. What we choose to see, how we perceive what we see, how we interpret what we see, feel, think, intuit are extremely subjective phenomenon. However, the moment is REAL; only the perception is Subjective. The reality is not objective but a function of our Subjectivity. However, the most significant criteria […]

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    Change of Guard -Letting Go and Stepping Up -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

Change of Guard -Letting Go and Stepping Up -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

June 22nd, 2020

As a rule, the life of a young person is characterized by a general expansion and a striving towards concrete ends; and his neurosis seems mainly to rest on his hesitation or shrinking back from this necessity. But the life of an older person is characterized by a contraction of forces, by the affirmation of what has been achieved, and by the curtailment of further growth. His neurosis comes mainly from his clinging to a youthful attitude which is now out of season. Just as the young neurotic is afraid of life, so the older one shrinks back from death. (Jung, 1954, p. 39)

The image shows vegetation in various stages of life. The desert is an environment of extremes. You can see young plants beginning and the old drying up. It is a reminder of desert life. Environmentalists say let nature do its thing. A desert landscaper would want the dead plant removed. The action will be determined by the rules of the land.

The pandemic and justice protests provide opportunities for the competing agendas (Jung wrote in the above quote) to join forces to make life better in the moment as well as the future. There are old ideas and structures that require revision or repair. Some may even need to be removed to give space for new ideas or structures.

The protestors are of all ages that want the United States to address social justice in policing matters, health care, employment, etc. It is a unifying activity that demands the ideals of the constitution be brought forward for all. The dynamics of recent events have caused a lot of people to move out of their usual coroners of life and into the […]

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    Standing Alone – Courage in Crisis -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

Standing Alone – Courage in Crisis -In the Eye of the Storm -An individual response to the Global Crisis

June 21st, 2020

If we realize that the child gradually develops out of the unconscious state into a conscious one, we can understand why practically all environmental influences, or at any rate the most elementary and most lasting of the are unconscious. The first impressions of life are the strongest and most profound, even though they are unconscious—perhaps indeed for that very reason, for so long as they are unconscious, they are not subject to change. We can only correct what is in our consciousness; what is unconscious remains unchanged. Consequently, if we wish to produce a change, we must first raise these unconscious contents to consciousness, so as to submit them to correction. (Jung, Read, Fordham, & Adler, 1953, p. 153)

Stories from long ago live in our unconscious much like living in the dark cave the tortoise is coming out of. It is with the light of consciousness that change happens according to Jung in the quote. So perhaps it is seeing news of a virus and the video tape evidence of racial bias police tactics that changes the old story that facilitates our unconscious to conscious. Minimizing or denial no longer work when visual evidence shows us the contemporary world. Those latent and subtle messages of early life may be carried with us like a protective shell, but once we poke our head out into the moments of reality, things change.

So how are early experiences stored in our unconscious and what can we do to transform these early impressions that form the unconscious foundation of our present worldview and actions in response to crisis like the Pandemic and the Racial Injustice? Let us explore some of these unconscious predispositions and their transformation through […]

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    Instinct to Act – Creating new Possibilities – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Instinct to Act – Creating new Possibilities – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

June 20th, 2020

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. This may take place directly, for instance in speech, or may appear in the form of abstract thought, dramatic representation, or ethical conduct; or again in a scientific achievement or a work of art. (Jung, 1960b, p. 117)

The pandemic and the protests “insist” on reflection. They are stimulus as much, and maybe more, than the flower in the image above. The flower reflection could be about beauty, color, intensity, warmth, texture, etc., and certainly could prompt us to externalize it. Do you have the same amount of freedom regarding the pandemic or the protests? What have the images or thoughts about either the pandemic or protests stimulated in you?

Rather than post a photo of the pandemic or protest, I decided to use the flower to demonstrate a point regarding reflection, that is, some reflections are easier to express than others. For our current social circumstances, some wear masks, some do not, some take to the streets with signs while others stay at home. Each of us has our own reflection and response to what the United States is experiencing. It is during this times that we might be more activated and unable to contain our response to ourselves. The reflective energy is amped up because of intensity or duration.

All mammals have instincts – compulsive activity essential for survival. Freud emphasized Sexual instinct as the basic instinct of human nature – which if not managed optimally leads to Neurosis. Later, he added aggression or death instinct – Thanatos. Thus Sexuality and Aggression; […]

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    Shadow and Light – Transform the Darkness – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Shadow and Light – Transform the Darkness – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Shadow and Light

Transform the Darkness

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

June 19th, 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.

What is commonly called “self-knowledge” is therefore a very limited knowledge, most of it dependent on social factors, of what goes on in the human psyche. Hence one is always coming up against the prejudice that such and such a thing does not happen “with us” or “in our family” or among our friends and acquaintances. On the other hand, on meets with equally illusory assumptions about the alleged presence of qualities which merely serve to cover up the true facts of the case. (Jung, 1964, p. 249)

This old structure is around 5,000 years old. Its mystery intrigues visitors whether in person or on the page. The site activates the imagination regarding the thinking when they built it.

In 2020, there are two major events that will be recorded in the history books for the United States, the pandemic and the social protests. The reflective view of what we are experiencing now might also include questions of “what were people thinking,” or “how did that happen” […]

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    Blend in or Stand Apart – The Dog Complex and the God Complex – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Blend in or Stand Apart – The Dog Complex and the God Complex – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Blend in or Stand Apart
The Dog Complex and the God Complex
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
 
 
June 18th, 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 structure and physiology of the brain furnish no explanation of the psychic process. The psyche has a peculiar nature which cannot be reduced to anything else. (Jung, 1964, p. 270)

Natural camouflage is completely mind boggling to me. The ability to go unnoticed by the predators in the environment is crucial for survival of the species. The bird is barely noticeable.
Our human species has so many layers of camouflage because demographics of the United States is complex. A person can look like most in their community but have radically different politics, philosophies, etc., or they can look radically different yet fit into the cultural values of those around them. Our brains have common ground as far as what is seen by a PET Scan or MRI, but we are all individuals in so many ways.
In these moments of the pandemic and protests, alignment and rebellion are shifting radically. The neighbor you are friends with does not want to wear […]

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    Courage to Act – Making room for the Whispers of your Soul – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Courage to Act – Making room for the Whispers of your Soul – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Courage to Act

Making room for the Whispers of your Soul

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

June 17th, 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.

Any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will undergo it and carry it through. The change must begin with one individual; it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford to look around and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself. (Jung, 1976, p. 261)

The image shows a man sitting with his arms resting on his cane. I watched him navigate the challenging landscape. When he got down those stairs, he took a seat and let out a grunting sound of relief. He needed rest for the moment and let go of “what will others think?” He has supplies in his backpack, some things in his pockets, and his cane to give him support to navigate the world today. Nobody else can do his walk in the world for him. He must do it himself.

The intersection of the pandemic and protests present a new world to navigate. The […]

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    Light and Shadow – Transformation and Assimilation of the Dark Side – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Light and Shadow – Transformation and Assimilation of the Dark Side – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Light and Shadow

Transformation and Assimilation of the Dark Side

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

June 16th,
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.

Because of its unconscious component the self can only be partially expressed by human figures; the other part of it has to be expressed by objective, abstract symbols. (Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 187)

 
The young man’s relationship to the elephant taught me new ways to engage the world. Each of them has their own mobility and yet significantly influence each other. The man tends the elephant including bathing, which they are about to do. He guides him into the lake and the elephant not only lies down in cooperation but seems to enjoy it. The elephant appears affectionate and agreeable during the entire process. It appears the man oversees such a giant being. However, there is one significant factor looming. The elephant does have a mind of its own, with its own instincts for survival. It has accommodated, for now, but could at any moment disobey or even crush the man easily to satisfy unknown needs.

In this time of the pandemic and racial protests, […]

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