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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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    Carpe Diem – A crisis is a portal to hidden potentials – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Carpe Diem – A crisis is a portal to hidden potentials – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Carpe Diem
A crisis is a portal to hidden potentials

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 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.

Our psychology takes account of the cultural as well as the natural man, and accordingly its explanations must keep both points of view in mind, the spiritual and the biological. (Jung, Read, Fordham, & Adler, 1953, p. 86)

When I saw this man playing, I thought how unusual it was to transfer a tool for cutting wood into a musical instrument. Its sounds were determined by the arch of the steel and the movement of the bow. In my imagination, I wondered how he got to be a street musician. Something in his spirit led him to it. He did not follow traditional paths of generating income, but he did follow and share his passion.

This frozen moment shows how his body is creating the sound with the saw and bow. He looks as though the surroundings have evaporated as he plays the tune. It seems like a deep meditation. His spirit is creating and following inner guidance while playing. He seems […]

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    Hubris to Humility – Dynamics of Denial versus Acceptance – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Hubris to Humility – Dynamics of Denial versus Acceptance – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Hubris to Humility

Dynamics of Denial versus Acceptance

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 26, 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.

We do not know how far the process of coming to consciousness can extend, or where it will lead….Meaning makes a great many things endurable—perhaps everything. (Jung, 1961, p. 340)

The natural light in the foreground is from sunlight shining between the trees from above. My vantage point gives some perspective of what lies in front of me in the deeper terrain. I can take twenty to twenty-five steps before moving into unseen and unknow territory. I feel confident I can navigate the places I can see. There does seem to be safety beyond, but I have no certainty, just hope and curiosity of the moment. I know I will assess as I go, taking one step at a time while continually reassessing.

The image feels quite like the light of my conscious/aware mind. I journey forward with some familiar structures/defenses in trying to find meaning in this pandemic. I feel I can endure its presence if I can find meaning(s) for it in my […]

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    The Aesthetic Experience – Echoes of your Soul – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Aesthetic Experience – Echoes of your Soul – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Aesthetic Experience

Echoes of your Soul

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 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.

Since antiquity, our general attitude to art has always been empathetic, and for this reason we designate as beautiful only those things we can empathize with it. (Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1976, p. 291)

There are moments when beauty focuses my mind. It grabs my attention and holds me captive to it. My eyes stare without blinking. My breath is silent. I am grounded in admiration without movement, except maybe my mouth dropping open. The world has disappeared except for the object of my attention.

The science of nature blends with individual expression in the art of a blossom. There are so many aspects to notice and admire. It is gracefully living its way; in the way it “knows”. In this time of the pandemic, I know I need beauty to fortify me. I take time everyday to notice beauty, whether outside on a walk, the images created in a poem, music or in the voice of a friend.

In this time of […]

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    The Creative Instinct – Survival and Creation instincts – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Creative Instinct – Survival and Creation instincts – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Creative Instinct

Survival and Creation instincts

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 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.

Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him. (Jung, 1966, p. 101)

 

The carvings are more descriptive of a clan’s alignment with the ancestors than a surname. The figures provide a visual representation of values and characteristics of those who live around them. As I stand in front of them, they resonate directly to my heart. My brain does not seem involved, even though technically it is as it signals my senses to view the totems. There is wisdom without words, a knowing without labels, an exchange without external movement. I was “Aw” struck by their size and the spirit of what they portray. In an odd way, I felt like I am their projection. There is an imposing presence about them. It seems like they stand still and watch […]

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    Change of Season – Change of paradigm – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Change of Season – Change of paradigm – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Change of Season

Change of paradigm

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 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.

The wordless occurrences which are called forth by regression to the pre-infantile period need no substitutes: they demand to be individually shaped in and by each man’s life and work. (Jung, 1956, p. 79)

 
A few years ago, I was at a conference in Lake Arrowhead. I arrived on Friday afternoon to a lovely spring blossom time. On Saturday afternoon, a cold front moved in and within one hour the rain changed to snow. It was a drastic shift. There is a little bit green on the tips of the bushes and on the trees mid-image. There were wet, white flakes falling and resting on the ground. I grew up in Minnesota, so my childhood through age twenty-one was filled with the experience of snow. It was comforting and reminiscent of so many memories. But the day before, I was walking around in a summer shirt. During this shot, I had a heavy jacket on.

In fact, the world I woke up to that morning was not […]

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    Our Two Selves – A dialogue with your inner Merman – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Our Two Selves – A dialogue with your inner Merman – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 22, 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.

Every creative man knows that spontaneity is the very essence of creative thought. Because the unconscious is not just a reactive mirror-reflection, but an independent, productive activity, its realm of experience is a self-contained world, having its own reality, of which we can only say that it affects us as we affect it—precisely what we say about our experience of the outer world. And just as material object are the constituent elements of this world, so psychic factors constitute the objects of that other world. (Jung, 1956, p. 185)

PREQUEL-Today’s entry is the image and write up I sent to Dr. Bedi yesterday afternoon. He did not receive it, and sent an email telling me. So, I forwarded the email I sent, and as an ensuring measure, I sent it to him as a completely new email. He never received any of them. He called me this morning to find out what happened to yesterday’s entry. I explained what I did and told him I thought “Psyche” has a sense of humor, because I was hesitant about my write up yesterday […]

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    Stones Speak to Us! – Tuning into the Whispers of your Soul – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Stones Speak to Us! – Tuning into the Whispers of your Soul – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Stones Speak to Us!

Tuning into the Whispers of your Soul

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 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.

Consciousness grows out of an unconscious psyche which is older than it, and which goes on functioning together with it or even in spite of it. (Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 281)

 

The image Is not changed to make the man look smaller. He puts context to the size of the boulder formation. Sometimes when I look at this photo, I think of the boulders as the chaotic elements of the unconscious, and the man as the ego. It keeps me humble regarding how much of the unconscious I know. And then, there is the collective unconscious….so much more to consider.

When I was a child, I played a game called, “Follow-the-Leader”. Playing meant everyone had to follow the leader and imitate everything the leader did. It was a lot of fun to do what everyone else was doing. Eventually, it would get to be my turn to lead, and I would try to something different, not just repeat what the other leaders would […]

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    Connect with your Roots – The Tree and her Roots – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Connect with your Roots – The Tree and her Roots – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Connect with your Roots

The Tree and her Roots

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 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.

Plurimi pertransibut–but he who is rooted in the soil endures. Alienation from the unconscious and from its historical conditions spells rootlessness.(Jung, 1964, p. 49)

 
Erosion reveals roots that transform grounded nutrition. They are exposed in a way that gives a better understanding of what it takes to keep a tree alive and vibrant. I seldom get that view of entangled feeding messengers. They are hardened and dark, no longer tender or pale, as I expect them to be while buried in the soil.

The tree is still standing and looks healthy (although you cannot see it in the photograph). I do not know how long it has lived this way or how it might look different had the erosion taken place. I only the present tree with its life in the present.

In the pandemic, some of the foundations of social freedom, health, and economy are threatened and some have eroded. I can not just walk outside and be with other people. I must wear […]

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    The Power of Commitment – Begin it NOW – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Power of Commitment – Begin it NOW – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Power of Commitment

Begin it NOW

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 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.

The unconscious is accordingly a different medium from the conscious. (Jung, 1960b, p. 187)

 
This image feels like the pandemic. The forefront is dry, cut, dead lumber and just beyond is a healthy forest and lake. I had never seen lumber being readied for export. When this first encounter moment happened, I felt struck by grief. All I could feel was how much life had been stopped, not only the trees but also the lives of their forest-homes. All had been dramatically changed.

As I stood there robbed of my breath, my mind went blank. It had been cut down and stripped of thought. I closed my eyes for a moment and thought, “I am so sorry for what happened to you.” Then I took a deep breath, opened my eyes, and hoped that they would be well purposed. I began to imagine an afterlife of buildings, furniture, picture frames, and carvings which gave me some solace. My brain came back online, and I remembered that […]

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