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    The Lichen Pact – Balancing your outer and inner life – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Lichen Pact – Balancing your outer and inner life – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Lichen Pact
Balancing your outer and inner life
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 17, 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 then we have ventured into and emerged again from the darkness. (Jung, 1960b, p. 389)

The tree is dressed in a variety of lichen, a symbiotic blend of fungi and algae. The green and white patches adorn without real harm to the bark. The tree is a substrate and does not provide any nutrients to the lichen. (Lichen will also form on rocks.) Even though they are not considered plants, they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provide oxygen to the air. Their health greatly depends on air quality and are seldom seen near factories or in places with the air quality is poor.
The image is like a surreal painting. It is gives visual liberation to my conscious mind and a challenge of exposure to […]

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    Your Totem Animal – A Soul Guide – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Your Totem Animal – A Soul Guide – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Your Totem Animal
A Soul Guide
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
April 16, 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.
Modern investigation of animal instinct, for instance in insects, has brought together a rich fund of empirical material which shows that if man sometimes acted as certain insects do he would possess a higher intelligence that at present. (Jung, 1960b, p. 349)

As I stand near a pond to admire the beautiful setting, I notice the variety of dragonflies. I watch their wings glisten in the sunlight as they dart over the pond and into the grasses. With a careful eye, I notice the scene is not random or chaotic. The dragonflies appear in community. I do not see disputes or territorial squabbles anywhere. It seems like there is respect for each other’s space.
This one catches my eye in flight, and I look for it to land. I follow its lead several times and walk around the pond to discover the afternoon perch. There is a slight breeze to sway the grasses while it holds on. It flies off and then comes back to this exact […]

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    Hero or the Victim – Foreground and the background – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Hero or the Victim – Foreground and the background – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Hero or the Victim
Foreground and the background
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 15, 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.
Something that strikes me about the object may very well be a real property of that object. But the more subjective and emotional this impression is, the more likely it is that the property will be a projection…. Here it frequently happens that the object offers a hook to the projection, and even lures it out. (Jung, 1960b, p. 273)

When I look at this photo, I struggle to focus on the stamen of the hibiscus. My eyes habitually pay more attention to the petals behind it. The subjective leads me away from the foreground and pulls me to the familiar background. When I admire flowers, my admiration leans to the petals’ shapes and colors. It is only when I photograph them that I pay attention to the fullness of the blossom and its parts.
In contrast to what I do, I imagine the bees and butterflies have an opposing view. They are looking for nectar and pollen to be harvested. The petals are a […]

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    The Squirrel’s Dilemma – To ramp or to tamp – In the Eye of the Storm

The Squirrel’s Dilemma – To ramp or to tamp – In the Eye of the Storm

The Squirrel’s Dilemma
To ramp or to tamp
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 14, 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.

Although the introverted consciousness is naturally aware of external conditions, it selects the subjective determinants as the decisive one. It is therefore oriented by the factor in perception and cognition which responds to the sense stimulus in accordance with the individual’s subjective disposition. (Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1976, p. 374)

The squirrel sits, eats, and watches the external while on the ground. It does not have the luxury of just eating but must always be aware of its surroundings. It keeps a “safe distance” to any passerby; It darts and climbs to safety when it feels threatened.
During this time of Covid-19, health officials tell us what safe distance is to stay healthy. They recommend certain behaviors to prevent contact with the viral enemy. Our usual sense of safety is not enough. Their guidelines require a diligence outside of our usual behaviors. Subjective and objective are called to work in tandem. The usual can jeopardize our health and/or life. Our awareness […]

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    Individual and Community – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Individual and Community – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Individual and Community

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

April 13, 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.

Since, in accordance with the laws of mass psychology, even the best man loses his value and meaning in the mass, it is doubly important for him to be in secure possession of his good qualities in order not to damage the community of which he is a member. Instead of talking so much about the team-spirit it would be more to the point to appeal to the spiritual maturity and responsibility of the individual. If a man is capable of leading a responsible life himself, then he is also conscious of his duties to the community. (Jung, 1976, p. 586)

I had just spent a few hours in a rose garden taking photos of flowers, foliage, thorns, etc. when this ant caught my attention. The self-paced journey shows determination as it acrobats up, down, and around the petals. There is no help available and it seems motivated by some unseen force within. It answers its instinctual sense of duty to gather information about this flower.

There are times when […]

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    The Eagle’s Eye View – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Eagle’s Eye View – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Eagle’s Eye View
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 12, 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.
Intellect does, in fact, harm the soul when it dares to possess itself of the heritage of the spirit. It is in no way fitted to do this, because spirit is something higher than intellect in that it includes not only the latter, but the feelings as well. It is a direction, or principle of life that strives…. (Wilhelm, Jung, & Liu, 1962, p. 85)

Here is a moment where the intellect is insufficient. The feeling of an eagle taking flight is spectacular. I remember being captivated by its wingspan and strength. Language does not identify my experience as I witness it, because for that instant I participate. I fly too.
During this time of stay at home, I look to good memories to help me feel the vitality of my life. I keep a perspective that the wings of my soul will take me where I will do the most good. My intellect is inadequate to fully manage. I must rely on what is more than knowing. […]

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    A Bridge to the Future – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Bridge to the Future – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Bridge to the Future
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 11, 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 process of coming to terms with the unconscious is a true labour, a work which involves both action and suffering. It has been named the “transcendent function” because it represents a function based on real and “imaginary,” or rational and irrational, data, thus bridging the yawning gulf between conscious and unconscious. (Jung, 1956, p. 80)

As I stand here, I see the bridge arch over the water and connect to the path on the other side. The beauty ahead invites me to cross the bridge and come closer. I walk slowly and feel the surface of the bridge under my feet. I pay attention to the amount of time and effort it took to construct it. There are sacrifices of tree life, and human work/time/effort that built the way to move across the stream. I imagine the time before the bridge when the way to the other side was through the water. I step into that water and find myself captured by the moment. I […]

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

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

Incubation
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 10, 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 basis of the opus, the prima Materia, is one of the most famous secrets of alchemy. This is hardly surprising, since it represents the unknown substance that carries the projection of the autonomous psychic content. It was of course impossible to specify such a substance, because the projection emanates from the individual and is consequently different in each case. (Jung, 1968, p. 317)

The rooftop nest provides safety from some of her predators. Instinctually, she knows to stay at home and incubate her eggs. She is alert and resting, quiet and working with her body warmth to give her eggs what they need now. I don’t know how developed the eggs are, how long she has been tending them. What she is sitting on was not visually revealed. It is what I project into the situation that gives it more life. I wonder if she gets tired of just sitting there.
(As a point of inclusion: Her mate is on the ground below, near the structure, guarding the home of […]

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    An MRI Scan of the Mystery – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

An MRI Scan of the Mystery – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

An MRI Scan of the Mystery
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 9, 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 unknown falls into two groups of objects: those which are outside and can be experienced by the senses, and those which are inside and are experienced immediately. (Jung & Hull, 1959/1968, p. 2)
The day I took this photograph, I didn’t know the name of the subject. I lost my ability to understand and label what I saw. All my senses were active to witness this unusual moment but resulted in no categories or explanation of what I saw. I decided to stop the detective search of the exterior and pay attention to the inside life it created.
I was captured by the influence of light on the various surfaces. The colors, textures, spaces and shadows created amazing geometrics. The threshold invited my curiosity to witness and explore more fully what I was feeling. I was not able to clearly label my experience other than to leave it as unknown.
I am more comfortable when I can label something definitively. There is a beginning, middle, and […]

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    A Flower Blossoms for itself and the Garden – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Flower Blossoms for itself and the Garden – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Flower Blossoms for itself and the Garden

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 8, 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.

Although the conscious achievement of individuality is consistent with man’s natural destiny, it is nevertheless not his whole aim….the natural process of individuation brings to birth a consciousness of human community precisely because it makes us aware of the unconscious, which unites and is common to all mankind. Individuation is an at-one-ment with oneself and at the same time with humanity, since oneself is a part of humanity. (Jung, 1954, p. 108)

This springtime flower is a welcome individual amongst the vines of its life’s source. It exists because the whole plant has facilitated the blossom. It stands out in this seasonal moment. Its surrounding leaves will last long past the flower if their roots stay grounded in fertile soil. The ecosystem of life on the planet earth gives me a visual harvest.

My eye is drawn to look at the passionflower in focus. The vines’ leaves fall into the background even though they can be clearly seen. What is it that lures me? […]

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