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    The Flower of the Night – Integrating our Solar with our Lunar Consciousness – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Flower of the Night – Integrating our Solar with our Lunar Consciousness – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Flower of the Night

Integrating our Solar with our Lunar Consciousness

In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 4, 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.

From the darkness of the unconscious comes the light of illumination, the albedo.(Jung, 1970, p. 179)

The Night-blooming cereus blossom with its majestic qualities opens just before nightfall, stays open all night, and dies the following morning. It beautifies the darkness and provides nectar to a variety of moths. It is in season for only one night. The delicate nature is fully revealed while most of the world sleeps. It is much like a dream that opens at night and stops its performance in daylight.

There is nothing wrong with it because it does not blossom in the daytime like most other flowers. Its time is in the darkness. I have always admired its springtime announcement, as well as its courage to fully show itself in one night. It reflects the idea of now more dramatically. There are no second chances, no second nights to show itself. Its full life is in unusual circumstances.

During this unusual time of the pandemic, I […]

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    Being in the Present- Still your consciousness – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Being in the Present- Still your consciousness – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Being in the Present

Still your consciousness

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 3, 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.

Our will is a function regulated by reflection: hence it is dependent on the quality of that reflection. (Jung, 1956, p. 49)

 

I see two themes in this image:

There are times in life when we need to look back to continue our journey forward. This image of the fisherman, with his head turned to the left looking back on something he has passed, is such a moment. He is distracted by curiosity while his boat moves ahead. His quest continues but his mind is lingering on what is behind him. If he finds the answer to his question, he can look forward once again to focus on going forward. If his mind remains preoccupied by it, his attention will not be dedicated to the task of the day. It will sacrifice being fully present. Another possibility is that he carries what he sees with him the rest of the day, in a positive or negative sense. Then reflection has influence moving forward. Perhaps the […]

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    Our Lotus Nature -Pristine in the muddy waters – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Our Lotus Nature -Pristine in the muddy waters – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Our Lotus Nature

Pristine in the muddy waters

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 2, 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 ego is thus related to the self as part to whole. To that extent the self is supraordinate. Moreover, the self is felt empirically not as subject but as object and this by reason of its unconscious component, which can only come to consciousness indirectly, by way of projection. Because of its unconscious component the self is so far removed from the conscious mind that it can only be partially expressed by human figures; the other part of it has to be expressed by objective, abstract symbols….Plant symbols are generally flowers (lotus and rose). (Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 187)

This image captures my attention just as it did when I took it. It reminds me that accurate reflection is found in my stillness. As I look at it, the right brain absorbs this image better than any mirror and translates it into a full sensory experience. It is much like an infant looking at the world before language. My nervous system carries stillness throughout […]

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    The Right Choice – Balancing the Survival and the Spiritual Dimension of Choice – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Right Choice – Balancing the Survival and the Spiritual Dimension of Choice – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Right Choice

Balancing the Survival and the Spiritual Dimension of Choice

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 1, 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 in to conflict with the facts of the self. (Jung & Hull, 1959/1968, p. 5)

This junction offers several choices: walk to the left, grab some coconuts, take the rope and machete, walk up the stairs to higher ground, just stand, or turn around and go back. Each of them has different consequences, so how to choose? What is the ruling idea and where did it come from? Is there a subjective answer? Does another voice act as judge or inner guide? Does curiosity or certainty lead the way?

Today, May 1, there are more choices about the pandemic guidelines for some states. There is continuation of the same, as well as other choices regarding going out of the home.

The choices and the free will put us in […]

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    This Too Shall Pass – The Eternal underlying the Transient – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

This Too Shall Pass – The Eternal underlying the Transient – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

This Too Shall Pass

The Eternal underlying the Transient

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 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.

Two opposing “realities,” the world of the conscious and the world of the unconscious, do not quarrel for supremacy, but each makes the other relative. (Jung, 1956, p. 218)

There is just enough first light to catch this shot. The storm passed but the deep clouds linger. Reality of yesterday is barely visible. Everything is dominated by the presence of snow. Only a few things play frozen peek-a-boo from under the white blanket. I am struck by the drastic environmental change. For now, the change is all that apparent. Yet both yesterday’s world and today’s vista are present in my mind.

As I look at this image today, I think about how the world is covered by the pandemic. Life prior to it is held in memory more than it appears evident. I must dig deeper to recall everyday life as it existed before Covid-19 dominated. Just as the snow will melt and leave traces of itself with damage and change, the pandemic will […]

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    The Wisdom of the Source – Reaching out to the guidance of the Collective Unconscious – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Wisdom of the Source – Reaching out to the guidance of the Collective Unconscious – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Wisdom of the Source
Reaching out to the guidance of the Collective Unconscious
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
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April 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.
 
Thus, in coming to terms with the unconscious, not only is the standpoint of the ego justified, but the unconscious is granted the same authority, The ego takes the lead, but the unconscious must be allowed to have its say too…. (Jung, 1960b, p. 88)
 

 
The firefighting helicopter draws river water up through a giant hose. Once its tank is full, it flies off to use the water on a nearby forest fire.
A forest fire is clearly an emergency. Such an occasion requires special equipment to remedy the situation. This helicopter is a magnificent water transport vehicle. Simply put, it is a flying big bucket getting water for a fire.
As I took this photo, the smell of fire is prominent. Off to the right, beyond the image, are huge plumes of smoke from the burning forest. The dominant sound of the helicopter blades diminishes as it flies off to drop its contents. I hope the ongoing mission is […]

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    Shadow and the Soul – The Mystery of the Dark Side – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Shadow and the Soul – The Mystery of the Dark Side – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Shadow and the Soul

The Mystery of the Dark Side

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 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.

By shadow I mean the “negative” side of the personality, the sum of all those unpleasant qualities we like to hide, together with the insufficiently developed functions and the contents of the personal unconscious. (Jung, 1956, p. 66)

In this image as well as in life, there are times that shadow qualities reveal more. In sunlight the “blotches” are not as visible, but in the shadows, they are more pronounced. This is quite parallel to how there are aspects not clearly visible in consciousness (light). It is seeing the undesirable quality outside of myself (projection) that reveals it.

It was a funny moment when I took this image of myself and two of my best friends. We all laughed at how the others’ shadow looked. We did not like our own. It was a very playful time about a very telling dynamic.

During this stay at home time, there are fewer distractions. I do not have as many ways to get away from my shortcomings. I certainly do […]

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    Hibernation and Incarnation -Gestation of the New Beginnings – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Hibernation and Incarnation -Gestation of the New Beginnings – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Hibernation and Incarnation

Gestation of the New Beginnings

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 27, 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.

No man can change himself into anything from sheer reason: he can only change into what he potentially is. When such a change becomes necessary, the previous mode of adaptation, already in a state of decay, is unconsciously compensated by this archetype of another mode. If the conscious mind now succeeds in interpreting the constellated archetype in a meaningful and appropriate manner, then a viable transformation can take place. (Jung, 1956, p. 235)

This bear has just come out of hibernation. After a long winter’s nap, it has shifted from sleeping to finding food. One of its favorite flowers, the dandelion, is quite large and plentiful. It followed its instincts to shift from a winter bear to a springtime bear. I do not know how it happens. It might be externally nudged by temperature or air scent or internally awakened by hunger. It has followed the natural way of the spring archetype; the season of beginning to be active and grow again.

The pandemic gave us a forced winter hibernation. […]

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    The Divine Guest – Prescriptions from the Source – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Divine Guest – Prescriptions from the Source – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Divine Guest

Prescriptions from the Source

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 25, 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 whale, a denizen of the deep, is a well-known symbol of the devouring unconscious…(Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1971, p. 271).

The photo captures the breech of a whale. I am happy to have taken it because when whale watching is done, moments like this fade from my visual memory move into experiential/feeling memory. Sometimes experiences like this are like a dream in the night that I chase after to capture/recall when I wake up. There are dreams that let me keep the image, sometimes I am only left with a feeling, and other times it dissolves.

I remember how excited I was to witness this giant life burst out of the ocean. In the photo I can see much more than my memory holds. The water cascading out and around its body. I see its reflection on the surface of the water and of course the background shoreline and forest. I wonder how it feels as it falls back after reaching […]

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    The Creative Instinct – A New center of soul in midst of the Chaos and Crisis – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Creative Instinct – A New center of soul in midst of the Chaos and Crisis – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Creative Instinct

A New center of soul in midst of the Chaos and Crisis

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 25, 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.

Instincts are not creative in themselves: they have become stably organized and are therefore largely automatic. The reflective instinct is no exception to this rule, for the production of consciousness is not of itself a creative act but may under certain conditions be a merely automatic process.(Jung, 1960b, p. 118)

I love to watch animals being themselves. When I first saw this squirrel, I thought it was eating grass. However, it was only holding it in its mouth and not using its paws or chewing. With a little further observation, I discover it was gathering nesting materials to take back to its nest near the top of a huge tree. It is following its instinct to build a home in a safe environment.

During this time of the pandemic, I have time to make my home more comfortable and safer. I can follow my instincts to have a place to live and add the creative act to make […]

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