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Rice Work – BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst: January 22nd, 2019

 Planting and/or harvesting rice is done by hand. The workers must get into the wetland to perform any farming duties.  It is hard work from beginning to end. The result is the grain of rice which seems much more valuable having seen how much work it takes to make it happen. 
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for over twelve years. He is the former Assistant Director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles for 5 years. He retired from thirty years of Private Practice in Woodland Hills, CA in November. 2017.
Dr. Jakala promotes the idea of transformation and change as a function of image and language in patients, as well as clinicians. He teaches the rewards of deep listening to the images created by language and the value of an image’s experience before words emerge. He aligns with Carl Jung’s ideas […]

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Palm Leaf Engraving – BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst: January 21st, 2019

In the small village of Nayakpatna near Puri, there is a school that teaches palm leaf engraving. The photograph depicts the intricate detailed artwork that is being engraved and painted with soot and water. The artist decides the content of the entire panel then etches scenes depicting the god or goddess in various situations. The panel can take one to three months to complete, working daily from sunrise to sunset. Time moved out of my awareness as I watched this man engrave. In the room with him, I lost access to language to describe my experience. Now, in this moment hours after being with him, I can only say that I was touched so deeply  that words cannot do justice to what I felt. There was only that present moment where nothing else existed nor mattered.  There seemed no separation between what he was doing and who he was. The engraving was making him as much as he was making it.I believe I witnessed divine inspiration and a life dedicated to living in the place of no place; a life carried by inner images that must be shown to the world in an ancient art form. He gently awakened something very deep inside me: a place where only image lives; a place where language is inadequate; an experience of the eternal present. 
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies […]

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Chopping the hard shell to access the sweet fruit and milk within – BJ Jakala, PH.D. and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst: January 20th, 2019

 
 The young coconut is being chopped open to access the fresh juice and fruit. The shop owner operates quickly cutting away the protective layers.  He holds the coconut just so, and in a few chops, it is transformed. Look closely at the photo below the coconut he is holding. There is a piece in mid-air and below that two white pieces that have not hit the ground yet.  His experience has taught him a skill that removes the outer layers in order to reveal the coconut milk and fruit. He is using the proper tool at the right moment to cut away that which conceals the coconut’s true flavor.  It is not what the world sees as it hangs in the tree, but its real value can be harvested with skilled work at the right moment in the right way. 
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan […]

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The Sacred Marriage – BJ Jakala, PH.D, and Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst – January 19th 2019

A wedding celebration travels through the streets of Puri. The joy is contagious as they dance to drummers and DJ music on a huge cart (not in the photo). The local craft is displayed on the giant umbrellas local craft of embroidery. The artistic floral decorations on the car are breathtaking. The wedding party wants everyone know how happy they are this couple has made a lifetime commitment to each other. The union celebration brings a smile inside my heart much like the smile of a baby-new life, a new beginning, the foundation of facing life together.
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for over twelve years. He is the former Assistant Director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles for 5 years. He retired from thirty years of Private Practice in Woodland Hills, CA in November. 2017.
Dr. Jakala promotes the […]

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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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Your Inner Buddha – February 10th, 2016

Buddha at Sanchi

 

 About this image – BJ Jakala

 The statue of Buddha brings a feeling of tranquility and peace. There are particular kinds of stillness inside of me as I witness his image: a stillness that notices the value of all life, a respect for internal harmony, and the awareness of the travel on the bridge between the two of them.

 Context: This carving is outside the stupa at Sanchi

About this image – Ashok Bedi

 We live at two planes of consciousness; Ego and the Soul. The Ego is the center of our conscious personality and the Soul is the deeper center of our total personality. We project this Soul onto Self Symbols like Christ, Buddha, Krishna, Moses etc. depending upon our cultural context. These Self Symbols are our Soul Guides and light our path to our deeper and higher Self. Buddha is one such Path. He symbolizes contemplative life, quieting our Monkey mind and making room for a reflective and Symbolic life. He teaches that to be human is to suffer, the cause of suffering is attachment, the way out of suffering is Detachment and the path to detachment is contemplative and reflective life that maintains compassionate detachment. May you connect with your inner Buddha on your path to Enlightenment.

 
 JUNGIAN ENCOUNTER WITH THE SOUL OF INDIAʼS HEARTLAND
Sponsored by the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York; Guest Faculty – Ashok Bedi M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst
January 31 to February 11, 2016
Ashok Bedi, M.D. & B.J. Jakala, PH.D.

 This is the 11th study tour of India to explore the archetypal soul of India from a Jungian, Analytical lens. For the next several days, the faculty member of the group, Jungian Analyst Ashok […]

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The Power of the Image – February 8th, 2016

About this image – BJ Jakala

 I try to imagine having caves as my occasional home and being at the mercy of a successful hunt for some food; a radically different life. I am grateful for the artists who made the images. I wonder if their work was admired during their lifetime.
 
 The images transport me out of my ordinary life and into my imagination. The familiar, distant, and foreign feelings collide and leave me without words. I begin to imagine myself as the images waiting to be witnessed for thousands of years, holding the moment out of time. It must have been a relief to be discovered after such a long wait. I cherish the value of being noticed.

  CONTEXT: The rock shelters of Bhimbetka transport me to a time before written language. These ancient paintings, as much as 15,000 years ago, display activities of everyday life. They were discovered by accident in 1957-58.

About this image – Ashok Bedi

 Ancient art from this prehistoric cave in the heart of India reminds us of a time before language evolved in human civilization. The image precedes the word. Images are more powerful than the word. Language is a recent acquisition of human beings compared to the images. An image touches on something deeper in our psyche. It recruits limbic, archetypal brain to bear on the experience of the image. While the word may divide cultures, the image unites us with universalities of themes depicted in an image. This image depicts the collaborative enterprise of human groups for survival and security of their clans.

 
 
 
 JUNGIAN ENCOUNTER WITH THE SOUL OF INDIAʼS HEARTLAND
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