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    To Every Thing there is a Season – a time to keep silence, and a time to speak

To Every Thing there is a Season – a time to keep silence, and a time to speak

To Every Thing there is a Season

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

June 6th,
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.

Before the experiment begins the subject of the test is given the following instruction: “Answer as quickly as possible with the first word that occurs to you.” (Jung, 1973, p. 441)

I took this photo while walking around downtown St. Petersburg. Florida. Yes, it is a piano in sand under a freeway overpass by the sidewalk of a busy street. I began to many associations with this inanimate object in its context. I began asking a lot of questions of who, why, what, when, and how. I found myself engaging in the detective part of my mind to make sense of what I was seeing.

The pandemic and the recent murder of George Floyd provoked questions for which I do not have all the answers. The issues regarding racism and police brutality leave me wanting understanding but not acceptance. I believe our current slower pace give us the opportunity to reflect, ask and listen to the current […]

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    Be the Change – Change the world by changing you! – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Be the Change – Change the world by changing you! – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Be the Change

Change the world by changing you!

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

June 5th,
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.

Hence no culture is ever really complete, for it always swings towards one side or the other. Sometimes the cultural ideal is extraverted, and the chief value then lies with the object and man’s relation to it; sometimes it is introverted, and the chief value lies with subject and his relations to the idea. (Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1971, p. 72)

This image of Lothal, an ancient city built about 4, 500 years ago, evokes my imagination to reconstruct a civilization. I think about life when what happened in the village was all that was known until travelers or vagabonds brought news from the outside. I romanticize those ancient times by thinking how much simpler life was back then. Of course, it does not take long until I remember no electricity, machinery, etc. so life was probably much harder.

Today, we have a lot of modern conveniences including a twenty-four-hour news cycle. We can know what is happening all over the […]

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    Jonah in the belly of the Whale – Sacrifice and New Beginnings – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Jonah in the belly of the Whale – Sacrifice and New Beginnings – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Jonah in the belly of the Whale

Sacrifice and New Beginnings

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

June 4th,
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.

Of course we all have an understandable desire for crystal clarity, but we are able to forget that in psychic matters we are dealing with processes of experience, that is, with transformations which should never be given hard and fast names if their living movement is not to petrify into something static. (Jung, 1967, p. 162)

Sunset is a process, not a static moment. In photography, there is the golden hour and the blue hour that describe to kinds of light available when the sunlight moves from being seen to beyond the horizon. When I took this photo, I remember how drastically different things look when there is not enough available light in the foreground. My eye is drawn to the light as it is reflected in the clouds. Most everything else is invisible.

Whether it is the issue of the pandemic or murder of George Floyd in the custody of police, I am in complete agreement with Jung’s idea of keeping […]

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    The Seeds of Change – Transformation – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Seeds of Change – Transformation – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Seeds of Change

Transformation

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

June 3rd, 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.

It is really as if attention warmed the unconsious and activate it, thereby breaking down the barriers that separate it from consciousness. (Jung, 1970, p. 152)

I had never seen a pomegranate tree before and was surprised to see all the seeds in the open fruit and the other one that has just cracked open. All the other fruit on the tree were still closed and are holding their contents unrevealed. The fruit remind me of the unconscious that holds so much. Then when the conditions are ripe, it bursts into consciousness.

The conditions of the pandemic and the protests blended two vital issues of humanity, health and safety. The protestors are wearing masks (for the most part), although social distance is not always possible, while standing up for themselves and others. The collision of these two issues (as well as others) has demanded a consciousness of good care for oneself and others.

The unconscious belief that the virus is not that bad, or perhaps the conscious denial of […]

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    Rebuild – Do unto others – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Rebuild – Do unto others – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Rebuild

Do unto others

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

June 2, 2020, 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 artist does not follow an individual impulse, but rather a current of collective life which arise not directly from consciousness but from the collective unconscious of the modern psyche. Just because it is a collective phenomenon it bears identical fruit in the most widely separated realms, in painting as well as literature, in sculpture as well as architecture. (Jung, 1966, p. 117)

These buildings stand like guards of the coast dressed in art deco uniforms. They are stately and beautiful because of creative minds. A large plot of real estate with coastal shoppes was excavated then built upon. So much of the old had to be removed before the new could constructed.

During the pandemic, there is more time to look at my old internal structures. I can evaluate their usefulness and practicality. I can develop and construct a more contemporary self. The challenge is for me to be in tandem with what would be valuable to the collective. I will be more valuable if I am […]

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    The Compliant and the Rebel – Unto thyself be True – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Compliant and the Rebel – Unto thyself be True – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Compliant and the Rebel

Unto thyself be True

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

June 1st, 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.

Possession by an archetype turns a man into a flat collective figure, a mask behind which he can no longer develop as a human being but becomes increasingly stunted. (Jung, 1953, p. 234)

The man in the photo is obviously in costume as a walking advertisement for a souvenir shop. Others in the photo did not take the “photo op” as he did. He stopped in place while others continued their way out of the store. He knew he had my attention and felt proud to be his portrayal. To me, he wanted to be noticed for all his work in makeup, hair, and costume. His objective to be noticed was met by me and my camera.

In the pandemic, a variety of factors influence how we look and act. There is the obedient citizen who follows guidelines and advice. There are rebels who do not want to be told what to do and hold onto their rebellion despite encouragement to do otherwise. I […]

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    On Heroism – Claim the Inner Hero-Heroine – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

On Heroism – Claim the Inner Hero-Heroine – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 31, 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 happens within oneself when one integrates previously unconscious contents with the consciousness is something which can scarcely be described in words. It can only be experienced. (Carl G. Jung, 1961, p. 287)

 
When I was a child, I learned that London Bridge was falling down in a song. A few years ago, when I visited it, I was shocked at how good it looked. In fact, I still look at it and wonder where the damage is? The tune was still living in my unconscious as a reality of disrepair and the kinds of things needed for it to be whole again. There is a gentle collision of history with the current reality. It seems like the early impression still wants to be current, when in fact, it is obviously not falling down. A message deep in my unconscious lingers, and I am unclear what to do with it as it is called back into consciousness.

Also, as a child, I watched monster movies, read science fiction, etc., where in the end humanity defeated the attackers. For the most part, problems […]

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    What the Eyes cannot see – The Ultimate Source – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

What the Eyes cannot see – The Ultimate Source – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

What the Eyes cannot see

The Ultimate Source

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 30, 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 unconscious, however, in its principal and most overpowering manifestations, can only be regarded as a collective phenomenon which is everywhere identical, and because it never seems to be at variance with itself, it may well possess a marvelous unity and self-consistency, the nature of which at present shrouded in impenetrable darkness. (Jung, 1954, p. 124)

This image helps me understand Jung’s quote. There is darkness in part of the photo that does not allow knowledge of what it contains. It is in front of me, yet I cannot see the contents. I can look around and beyond it rather easily. What is important is that I do not pretend it is not there.

There is darkness in this pandemic. There are parts I do not know or understand. The virus seems impenetrable in some ways, yet science and medicine are working at finding its consistency; the consistency that will hopefully facilitate an effective vaccine and/or treatment.

Individual consciousness is limited by our Ego’s capacity to […]

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    The Deep Soil – The Mystery of the Healing Symbol – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Deep Soil – The Mystery of the Healing Symbol – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Deep Soil

The Mystery of the Healing Symbol

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 29, 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 transcendent function does not proceed without aim and purpose but leads to the revelation of the essential man. It is in the first place a purely natural process, which may in some cases pursue its course without the knowledge or assistance of the individual, and can sometimes forcibly accomplish itself in the face of opposition. (Jung, 1956, p. 110)

The circumstances had to be right for this plant to take root in the rock as well as the soil. I was surprised at its ability to look healthy given its anchor is not in the ground. This process in nature illustrates Jung’s point in the quote. I do not believe the plant “knew” what was happening and it benefited from it.

So, during this time of the pandemic, I find it helpful to believe that my unconscious is working on things I do not know or understand. It is important for me to remember my ego is not in charge of all of […]

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    Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s. -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s. -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s

and unto God the things that are God’s.

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 28, 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.

When we must deal with problems, we instinctively resist trying the way that leads through obscurity and darkness. We wish to hear only of unequivocal results, and completely forget that these results can only be brought about when we have ventured into and emerged again from the darkness. (Jung, 1960b, p. 389)

The hummingbird nest is so small. It is hard to imagine two lives need it for home. The nest would fit in the space made by touching my thumb and index finger in the same hand (the “okay” sign). The natural camouflage blend of nest and baby feathers give them predator protection. Look for the beaks and eyes pointed up; you can see two babies standing on the nest.

They are not interested in anything except their parents bringing food. They do not want to hear how far their parents had to fly, or the number of flowers they had to gather nectar from, […]

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