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    The Playground of Life – Living a Symbolic Life- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

The Playground of Life – Living a Symbolic Life- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

September 18, 2021

The man, therefore, who, driven by his daimon, steps beyond the limits of the intermediary stage, truly enters the “untrodden, untreadable regions, where there are no charted ways, and no shelter spreads a protecting roof over his head. There are no precepts to guide him when he encounters an unforeseen situation—for example, a conflict of duties. (Carl G. Jung, 1961, p. 344)

I remember how excited I was to go to the playgrounds as a child. They were an exciting place with various structures to engage a blend of physical strength, imagination, and gravity. For the most part, it was about my ability on the piece of equipment rather than a competition against anyone else. It was a challenge, especially when it was something I had not tried before. Then of course, once I was familiar, it was about climbing faster, jumping higher, etc. It was practice of making choices, gaining new skills, as well as natural growth and development as it occurs in childhood.

Today, my “playground” is so different in a structural way. It requires making choices, but they are from a variety of ideas, responsibilities, dreams, personal and spiritual growth endeavors. When I let my dreams lead me, I always seem to be invited to be more than my ego recognizes or identifies with. There is often much more experience to engage in, more horizontal as well as vertical.

When presented with a challenge, I do better when I take an optimistic view with curiosity and action. I must ask myself what success looks like and how will I know I’m successful? I ground myself in trust that more will be revealed as the journey proceeds, rather than thinking I must know […]

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    Image and Imagination – One Image = Many Realities- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

Image and Imagination – One Image = Many Realities- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

Experience shows that it is practically impossible, owing to adverse circumstances in general, for anyone to develop all his psychological functions simultaneously. The demands of society compel a man to apply himself first and foremost to the differentiation of the function with which he is best equipped by nature, or which will secure him the greatest social success.

(Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1976, p. 450 para 763)

The forces of nature are at work as the ocean body breaks into droplets against the rocks. There are several influences that make up the moment of the image. Light, color, texture, motion, and stillness compose the scene. Each element contributes its natural quality make this the best moment.

I, too, am influenced by life’s forces. There are qualities I do not have to work hard at for them to be experienced in the world. There are innate abilities that feel easy to show the world. Then, of course, there are aspects of me that need patience and effort to improve (my inferior functions). I need to remember to maintain a balance between acknowledging what I am good at and what I must improve. I need to give credit where credit is due, and patience to the skills I am developing.

While the Sensate function (attention to detail) renders the aesthetic of this image available to consciousness, I wonder what would I see with my intuition function in this image? Does my intuition see the mirror of some larger forces in the collective crash into the rock of my ego consciousness? Is this an inner image the experience of the global pandemic, war and strife as I experience it in my inner space?

If I were to experience […]

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    The Tree Top and the Roots – Connect the Manifest and the Latent dimensions of your personality – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

The Tree Top and the Roots – Connect the Manifest and the Latent dimensions of your personality – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis.

Without depth, I do not have the heights. I may be on the heights, but precisely because of that I do not become aware of the heights. I therefore need the bottommost for my renewal. If I am always on the heights, I wear them out and the best becomes atrocious to me. (Jung & Shamdasani, 2009, p. 262)

The palos verde blossoms create a yellow and orange carpet on the dirt. They are thick enough that hardly any ground can be seen in the image. In the beginning of summer, my tree bursts of yellow and orange. The blossoms are one of the first things to show up at daybreak and tell the world sunrise is here. It is stunning to see such bright colors in the tree against the morning sky. .

When the blossoms fell this year, I asked my gardener to leave them on the ground rather than rake them up. I enjoyed the blossoms in their fallen state as well as in the tree. In fact, when the tree was bare of blossoms, and only had its tiny green leaves, I could still enjoy the blossom colors as they dry under the umbrella of its branches. I saw them on the ground and remembered them in the heights.

In the Jung quote above, he tells the value of the spectrum. It helps me have perspective of the world at large. When I attend to the full spectrum, I have a greater appreciation for the value I notice. When I keep the spectrum in mind, I have less chance of getting locked into a particular point of view.

Trees need roots. For the personality to blossom to its highest potential, it must cultivate the […]

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    The Safety Bubble -Rearranging the Chairs on the Deck of the Titanic -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis. 

The Safety Bubble -Rearranging the Chairs on the Deck of the Titanic -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis. 

March 14th, 2021
It is therefore of the utmost importance in practical treatment to keep the integrity of the personality constantly in mind. For, if the collective psyche is taken to be the personal possession of the individual, it will result in a distortion or an overloading of the personality which is very difficult to deal with. Hence it is imperative to make a clear distinction between personal contents and those of the collective psyche. (Jung, 1953, p. 154 para 241)

This image helps me see how many world views a person can take and how many different views of us are possible as any given moment. The important factor is having perspective objectively and subjectively.

In midst of the pandemic and global racial fairness movement among other contemporary challenges that face us, we are all in our individual bubble of safety and viewpoints. We tend to look at ourselves, others, world and the future from inside our bubble. However, our bubble is still part of the collective. While it is our personal responsibility to establish a safe and secure bubble for ourselves and our families, we must never forget that we are part of the whole. Our destiny is intertwined with the rest of humanity. If we forget that continuity with the collective, we are merely rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. We swim or sink together. That the spiritual message of the pandemic and the other global crises. It reminds us of our interdependence, attachments and importance of neighborliness. Most importantly, to attend to the least fortunate amongst us. As Christ succinctly put it,

Matthew 25:40- King James Version (KJV)

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, […]

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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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By |October 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|