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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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    At the bottom of the Stepwell – Archetype of Apocalypse and a New Beginning – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

At the bottom of the Stepwell – Archetype of Apocalypse and a New Beginning – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

At the bottom of the Stepwell

Archetype of Apocalypse and a New Beginning

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 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.

The circular movement thus has the moral significance of activating the light and dark forces of human nature, and together with them all psychological opposites of whatever kind they may be. (Jung, 1967, p. 25)

 

This circular stepwell was constructed about four hundred years ago to store rainwater. The steps go all the way down to the base of the well. The day I went the well was dry at its base, and I could walk to the bottom. However, historically, in the rainy season, people would carry their water containers to the level of the water, fill them up, then carry the water back up the steps to their homes.

I am in the depths of the pandemic and may be leaving the shelter in place that seems much like the stepwell. I can see the steps that lead out, but I cannot see all of them. As they turn up and to the left, they seem to disappear […]

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    Myths we live by – Resetting your personal myth – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Myths we live by – Resetting your personal myth – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Myths we live by

Resetting your personal myth

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 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.

The unconscious helps by communicating things to us, or making figurative allusions. It has other ways, too, of informing us of things which by al logic we could not possibly know. Consider synchronistic phenomena, premonitions, and dreams that come true. (Carl G. Jung, 1961, p. 302)

 

The wooden framework is in place before the concrete is poured. A landscape designer drew plans to be followed by the workers. They gathered supplies and made a structure that gives shape to liquid concrete. Once properly poured, it will stay within the boundaries and harden in place. Years from now, the prep work will be forgotten.

During the pandemic, my life has elements that have been destroyed or deconstructed. There is space where something used to exist, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually as well as physically. It Is my responsibility to decide how I am going to live with or fill that space. How do I deeply listen to the various voices of life offers me? In this time of […]

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    Light and Shadow – A Peek into our Unconscious – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Light and Shadow – A Peek into our Unconscious – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Light and Shadow

A Peek into our Unconscious

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 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.

This question, regarding the nature of the unconscious, brings with it the extraordinary intellectual difficulties with which the psychology of the unconscious confronts us. Such difficulties must inevitably arise whenever the mind launches forth boldly into the unknown and invisible. (Jung, 1960b, p. 184)

 

The railing allows visitors to get onto parts of the hillside where the Buddhists carved out caves from the Black Basaltic rock to enclose statues, inscriptions, etc. The guardrail did two things that I can think of as I walked. One, provided balance support on the climb up or down. Two, it functioned as a blockade to prevent tourists from getting onto more dangerous formations. It allowed a close visit but not full immersion. It let me get familiar with some of the landscape on foot, more visually and then of course there was some the was not visible nor visit able.

When I was a child, I was taught about boundaries and safety in my family. Then as I grew […]

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