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    The Ganesha Moment – Our Auspicious New Beginnings-In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

The Ganesha Moment – Our Auspicious New Beginnings-In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

January 16, 2021

The beginning, where everything is still one, and which therefore appears as the highest goal, lies at the bottom of the sea, in the darkness of the unconscious. (Jung, 1967, p. 23 para 34)

Fourteen years ago, I purchased a statue of Ganesh on a trip to India. When I brought the crate home from the shipyard, I decided to open the wooden box outside my home. I remember talking to him while it was still sealed shut. I told him I was going to be making a lot of noise (opening the box with a hammer) and that when the noise was done, he would have a view of his new home.

As the cover came off and I pulled to wrapping away, I excitedly greeted him into my world. I told him the place for his image to reside would be in my entryway, and that I was going to take him out of the box to carry him inside. As I picked up the statue, a new awakening sparked inside me. I felt obstacles to see myself more clearly had been removed.

I felt an aliveness, the energy of the sound of a drum reverberating from deep within the statue and me. The deep tone anchored the moment yet freed my soul to move out of time and into the unknown world of beginning again.

The idea of projection helps me intellectually appreciate the experience in psychological terms. Ganesh’s ability to remove obstacles and constellate a new beginning was something within me that his image reflects. He is a mirror to remind me of who I am and the abilities I have within me. The idea of it is clear to my thinking […]

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    Emergence – From Chaos to New Order- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

Emergence – From Chaos to New Order- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

 
January 8, 2021
 

The alchemists understood the return to chaos as an essential part of the opus. (Jung, 1970, p.197 para 253)

It is hard to believe a finished piece comes out of wood carver’s workshop when the front of the shop is clean and highly organized. The view from the street is much different than the experience of the workroom.
There were two significant events this week. The first was the election in Georgia that brought about a different kind of balance in the senate. The second event was the invasion of the nation’s Capital building. When I saw the result of the Georgia run off, it was much like the store front of the wood carver. All the time and effort it took to make it happen is hidden behind the scenes.
The scenes at the Capital riot were in opposition to what the building represents and the work it does. It is hard for me to see the embodied opposition to democratic values, just as it is difficult to look at the mess in the wood carver’s workshop. Jung’s reflection of the alchemist is helpful to me. The work of democracy is no different than the personal work I must do. There are messy parts of me that I hide from view. My inner workroom is chaotic, and I need to remember it is an essential and valuable part of who I am. Creativity can be born out of chaos and the feelings that emerge as I encounter it.
Groups of human beings, left free to each regulate themselves, tend to produce spontaneous order, rather than the meaningless chaos often feared. This has been observed in society at least since Chuang Tzu in ancient China. Human […]

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    The Power of Now – Your Earth Soul and your Star Soul – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

The Power of Now – Your Earth Soul and your Star Soul – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis 

January 1, 2021

It has always seemed to me that I had to answer questions which fate had posed to my forefathers and which had not yet been answered, or as if I had to complete, or perhaps continue things which previous ages had left unfinished, (Carl G. Jung, 1961, p. 233)

What fate is posed as the sun rises in the desert? What life will emerge from the darkness of night to harvest the nutrients of the day?

The image of a barren landscape leaves room to cultivate imagination and curiosity of what the day will bring. Then I must ask myself what I bring to it. Just as the rocks are landmarks of history, I have DNA of my forefathers. Just as the sun above the horizon is a marker of the present moment in time, I have this moment to be here and now. Just as the potential of the day is open, I engage the possibilities within me. What I will contribute? What will I harvest from it?

The horizon of a new year Is upon us. It is time to reflect, be present, and imaginative of how I hold the future.

We hear often about staying in the Present – the power of Now. What does that mean. What is Now? Is it I in this physical space? Is it “I” in this space? Is it I in this space at this time? What are the dimensions of this I, this place, this space at this time? If we ponder this image, the answers seem simple initially, but if we stay in the Now, it becomes complicated? Let us try to explore.

Do I exist in the Now only in the physical space I can […]

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    At a Crossroad – In the Eye of the Storm- An individual response to the Global Crisis

At a Crossroad – In the Eye of the Storm- An individual response to the Global Crisis

At a Crossroad
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 6, 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 into conflict with fact of the self. And just as circumstances or outside events “happen” to us and limit our freedom, so the Self acts upon the ego like an objective occurrence which free will can do very little to alter. It is, indeed, well known that the ego not only can do nothing against the Self, but is sometimes actually assimilated by unconscious components of the personality that are in the process of development and is greatly altered by them. (Jung & Hull, 1959/1968, pp. 5-6)

The bifurcation calls to make a choice, since I cannot go in both directions at the same time. So rather than choose quickly, I spend time in the moment of choice and photograph it. I listen to visual mind as a photographer that considers the potential of the interplay […]

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    Honey – The Elixir and a Poison – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Honey – The Elixir and a Poison – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Honey – The Elixir and a Poison
In the Eye of the Storm
An individual response to the Global Crisis
ISSN 1939-3407
 
April 5, 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 and 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.

With the honey the pleasure of the senses and the joy of life went into the mixture, as well as the secret fear of the “poison,” the deadly danger of worldly entanglements.(Jung, 1970, p. 493)

The drop of honey is about to return to the jar, but in this moment, it is noticeably separate. The unusual design of the spoon is functional for just such an occasion. It is used like a regular spoon to scoop things our of a jar, but then rests in a way that facilitates conservation. The spoon is placed in position so there is little or no waste of honey.
The image reminds me how important the right tool at the right moment is in life. We have been asked to follow medical guidelines, based on research, to protect our health. One of those guidelines is to wear a mask to help prevent the spray of droplets during conversation. We are not used to seeing people wearing masks in public. […]

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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

 

 

By |September 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

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

 

 

 

By |September 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

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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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