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    An Outer Image – a Projection of our Soul -An Outer Image as a Portal to the Spirit – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

An Outer Image – a Projection of our Soul -An Outer Image as a Portal to the Spirit – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

 
July 24, 2021,
Individuation does not shut one out from the world, but gathers the world to oneself. (Jung, 1969, p. 226 para 432)
 

One morning on my daily walk, I saw this coyote about five hundred feet in front of me. It was sniffing the ground as it made its way along the trees. I had my camera with me and wondered if I could get a photo of it. I walked closer until I was across the road from it. I took a few images but then moved my camera away from my face and looked at it directly. We both stared at each other.
In that moment, I sensed a life-to-life connection. I wondered what its experience of me was. I felt as though I witness to true natural beauty. I was stunned, speechless, and caught in an eternal moment of the encounter. I raised my camera once more to make the photograph above. It stood still, I clicked the camera and it turned it head forward and continued its journey.
The shared moment is captured digitally, but it is also embedded in me. I can still feel the look of the coyote, a tender, quiet natural moment.
When some aspect of objective or outer reality intrigues us, engages us beyond a fleeting cognitive scan, then it is likely that it is a projection of our Soul and our portal to the collective consciousness, to the Brahman awareness, to the womb of the flow of the Universe. It must then be considered a synchronistic event, a messenger from our Soul and the Universe, alerting us to the numinous in the normal, to the sacred in the mundane, to the ocean in a drop.
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    Image – an X-Ray of the Soul- The Personal and the Visionary dimension of the Image – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

Image – an X-Ray of the Soul- The Personal and the Visionary dimension of the Image – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

July 17, 2021,

…active imagination. The latter is a method (devised by myself) of introspection for observing the stream of interior images. One concentrates one’s attention on some impressive but unintelligible dream-image, or on a spontaneous visual impression, and observes the changes taking place in it…. The advantage of this method is that it brings a mass of unconscious material to light. (Jung, 1934/1954/1968, pp. 190 para 319-120)

The image of the foliage of the palos verde tree shows one blossom in focus and other aspects of it in various stages of growth are out of focus. The work of active imagination, as described in the Jung quote above, is to choose something “unintelligible…or spontaneous visual impression” to bring it into focus and engage the response. It is a method to enhance the subtleties of what is clearly seen or bring forth that which is unclear.

One advantage of taking the time to engage subtle dream material, daydreams, etc. is the development of considerations beyond our ego. The idea is to have curiosity about the current relationship and how might it change with further examination. The term Jung used tells me what I am to do, that is, actively imagine. It is engagement with freedom and flexibility to question the current view and what is needed to understand the relationship more fully to what is clear and out of focus. I can have a dialogue with any part of the image to get a greater appreciation of my relationship to it.

Two topics are in the forefront of the news again. Covid numbers are rising again. The political scene is actively examining voter rights and rules. What is your view? Where is your clarity and what is out […]

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    I and IT- The Dance of the Ego and Our Soul- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

I and IT- The Dance of the Ego and Our Soul- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

July 11, 2021,

Experience shows us that the sense of the “I”—the ego-consciousness—grows out of unconscious life.

As I watch the kite festival, I think of dynamic interaction of the wind and the kite. It feels parallel to the relationship to the soul and the ego. I think of the wind as the energy flow of the soul as it animates the ego. When conditions are right, the kite and wind let me see how valuable the invisible wind is for the kite to fly. When conditions are right, my soul shows my ego its higher purpose. My ego, like the kite, needs to be constructed of the right material to fly. My ego needs contact with my soul to engage the life I am here to live out.

Each one of us lives out of two realities: the Outer Ego reality and the Inner Soul reality. The center of our outer reality is the Ego or Aham in Sanskrit. The center of our inner, outer, total, past, present, future and timeless reality is our Soul or Atman. The task of our lifetime is to gain access to this deeper, transcendent, timeless, celestial consciousness. Every philosophical, religious, spiritual and psychological system offers a framework to cross that bridge from Ego to the Soul. Each system is like the blind men trying to describe the elephant. Each has a valuable perspective on the totality of his transcendent reality: they run into trouble when they claim to describe the totality, which is beyond comprehension for any mortal, any framework. Together, they give us a better but not a complete picture. Modern, personal spirituality uses these different systems as pieces of an infinite jigsaw puzzle. The process of accessing your […]

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    Treasure and the Traps in our Unconscious- Living a purposeful life – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

Treasure and the Traps in our Unconscious- Living a purposeful life – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

July 2, 2021,

The serious problems in life, however, are never fully solved. If ever they should appear to be, so it is a sure sign that something has been lost. The meaning and purpose of a problem seem to lie not in its solution but in our working at it incessantly.(Jung, 1960b, p. 394 para 771)

The image reminds me of the question, “How do I keep my head above water?” The frog in the photo is resting in shallow water of a creek. Its life requires water, air, and food. It absorbs water through its skin (does not need to drink) and breathes air through its nostrils. Its life must keep a balance of having a food supply and being able to get away from predators quickly. The food supply is often found above the water, so while it sits it is also looking for something to eat. Survival requires vigilance for nutrition and well as protection from predators. The vigilance is worked at “incessantly”.

Our human life also requires vigilance, perhaps not quite as dramatic as the frog, yet we must pay attention to what nurtures us and what threatens us. As humans, we also have another dimension of survival/flourish. It is the spiritual issues of life and what we believe/follow regarding after life. There are many options in philosophy, religion, etc., that might guide us in attaining a rich environment to feed the deeper part of ourselves. The question is how much we immerse and how much do we stay above—just like the frog.

For most of the civilized sections of our society – albeit, fast shrinking, the real dangers for most of us is not outer but inner dangers. For the enlightened sector […]

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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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