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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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    Failures as the Building Blocks of Success – Breakdown is a Breakthrough In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Failures as the Building Blocks of Success – Breakdown is a Breakthrough In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Failures as the Building Blocks of Success

Breakdown is a Breakthrough

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 24, 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, I regard the loss of balance as purposive, since it replaces a defective consciousness by the automatic and instinctive activity of the unconscious. Which is aiming all the time at the creation of a new balance and will moreover achieve this aim. Provided that the conscious mind is capable of assimilating the contents produced by the unconscious, i.e., of understanding an digesting them. (Jung, 1956, p. 162)

The rock sculptures on the shoreline astound me. How did someone find and place the right rock for each layer? I wonder how they chose a rock and how many attempts were made to get it to stay in place. They organized random objects into an upright whimsical statement.

I do not know the defective elements that were set aside or not chosen. I only see the result. It leads me to think about how many times I have reconstructed my life. There were a lot of things left behind as well as carried […]

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    ALETHIOMETER – The Truth Meter – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

ALETHIOMETER – The Truth Meter – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

ALETHIOMETER

The Truth Meter

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

April 23, 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.

Luckily for us, symbols mean very much more than can be known as first glance. (Jung, 1956, p. 302)

The eruption of Old Faithful is a result of volcanic activity beneath the earth’s surface. It has been named because of its relative predictability. The shape and height of each eruption is varied, but the event itself happens with relative regularity.

I remember visiting Yellowstone and wondering if it would really erupt. I felt anticipatory excitement, and the waiting anxiety stretched every second of every minute. I kept looking at my watch wondering how much time had lapsed and it would only be a minute or two. My desire of the outcome amplified each waiting moment.

This natural wonder began to show itself gradually until its full height was attained. It is a known and mysterious at the same time. It feels as alive as the trees in the background, yet it is not the same.

Covid-19 has both known and mysterious aspects. We can see how it is showing up in […]

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    Destruction, New Creation and Consolidation – The Archetypal Eternal Cycle activated in the pandemic – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Destruction, New Creation and Consolidation – The Archetypal Eternal Cycle activated in the pandemic – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Destruction, New Creation and Consolidation
The Archetypal Eternal Cycle activated in the pandemic
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
April 22, 2020
ISSN 1939-3407
 
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.

Through the progressive integration of the unconscious we have a reasonable chance to make experiences of an archetypal nature providing us with the feeling of continuity before and after our existence. The better we understand the archetype, the more we participate in its life and the more we realize its eternity or timelessness. (Jung & Kitchin, 1954, p. 695)

The structure of the arbor guides the vines and the tourists. It shelters the walkway from overgrowth and facilitates a flowering archway for the summer. It provides ease of passage from here to there without knowing the destination. I have a sense of security and trust because I know someone else has taken this path before. I know when I get through it, there will be others who will follow. In the moment of taking the photo, I only know where I am standing, and uncertain of what will happen as I go forward. I can rely on the history […]

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    A Matter of Choice – Reacting from our lowest Instincts or Responding to the Call of our Higher Angels – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Matter of Choice – Reacting from our lowest Instincts or Responding to the Call of our Higher Angels – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Matter of Choice
Reacting from our lowest Instincts or Responding to the Call of our Higher Angels
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 21, 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.

In dreams and fantasies the sea or a large body of water signifies the unconscious. (Jung, 1956, p. 219)

Dunbeg Fort was built in the Iron Age about 2500 years ago. The sea wall protected against the harsh environmental elements as well as a deterrent to attackers. I am astonished by the amount of work it took to construct. Every stone moved from the ground and placed by hand. It has held up well over time, but every now and again, storms erode it into the sea.
It reminds me of all the work I have done to shield myself from various elements of life. I have constructed walls to keep things both in and out. Some structures were made to last my lifetime and others more circumstantial. And then there is the internal world…
I remember feeling the ancient builders’ wisdom regarding the doorway. It allows access to and protection from the sea. It is […]

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    The Phoenix shall rise again – The post pandemic society – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Phoenix shall rise again – The post pandemic society – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Phoenix shall rise again
The post pandemic society
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 20, 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.
Practical experience shows us again and again that any prolonged preoccupation with an unknown object acts as an almost irresistible bait for the unconscious to project itself into the unknown nature of the object and to accept the resultant perception, and the interpretation deduced from it, as objective. (Jung, 1967, p. 205)

The interior of a garage is under construction. The windows and a door on the right-hand side give outside access. The framed partitions organize what was open space into various rooms. An architect brought their ideas to the blueprint. The workmen followed the blueprint and made it three-dimensional. The structure now has the shape of living space that is both hardened fact and potential. The transformation from here on is more personal than structural.
In a short time, the interior designer will take over. The wall colors, window coverings, and furniture will move from imagination to floor plans and 3-D computer print outs. When the work is done to complete those plans, […]

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    The Key to the Mystery – Crossing the Bridge – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Key to the Mystery – Crossing the Bridge – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Key to the Mystery
Crossing the Bridge
n the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 19, 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.
Dream symbols are for the most part manifestations of a psyche that is beyond the control of consciousness. Meaning and purposefulness are not prerogatives of the conscious mind; they operate through the whole of living nature. There is no difference in principle between organic and psychic formations. (Jung, 1976, p. 223)

The image invites more questions than answers. The threshold delineates inside from outside and does not reveal much of either. There is a mysterious quality to the opposing forces of an open and locked door. I want to know what is behind the door, but how can I unlock it? What is in that room? If its empty, why was it locked? Why isn’t it locked shut? What subtle and direct messages does the image produce in me?
This image feels parallel to the Covid-19 situation in that the pandemic produces more questions than answers. So, what if the pandemic were viewed as a dream symbol? What if it was treated the organic like […]

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    From the Caterpillar to the Butterfly – The Imaginal Discs of Chrysalis – Dynamics of Personal Transformation – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

From the Caterpillar to the Butterfly – The Imaginal Discs of Chrysalis – Dynamics of Personal Transformation – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

From the Caterpillar to the Butterfly
The Imaginal Discs of Chrysalis – Dynamics of Personal Transformation
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 18, 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.

Never are we closer to the sublime secret of all origination than in the recognition of our own selves, whom we always think we already know. Yet we know the immensities of space better than we know our own depths, where—even though we do not understand it—we can listen directly to the throb of creation itself. (Jung, 1960b, p. 380)

Life changes dramatically from caterpillar to butterfly. Its stay at home order in the cocoon provides an environment that makes metamorphosis natural and essential for survival. In its life cycle, transformation is required for the continuation of the species.
But how does this transformation gestate? Here is some information about the metamorphosis of the caterpillar from the Scientific American.

As children, many of us learn about the wondrous process by which a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. The story usually begins with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar, or what is more scientifically termed […]

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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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