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    Living at the Source – Beyond what the eyes can see -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

Living at the Source – Beyond what the eyes can see -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

May 14, 2021

Theoretically, no limits can be set to the field of consciousness since it is capable of indefinite extension. Empirically, however, it always finds its limit when it comes up against the unknown. This consists of everything we do not know, which, therefore, is not related to the ego as the center of the field of consciousness. The unknown falls into two groups of objects: those which are outside and can be experienced by the senses, and those which are inside and are experienced immediately. The first group comprises the unknown in the out world; the second the unknown in the inner world. We call this latter territory the unconscious. (Jung & Hull, 1959/1968, p. 3 para 2)

The image gives the option of revealing something conscious or unconscious. I can use the waking world as a source of the familiar for recognition or I can use the unfamiliar to trigger my imagination as to what the image is in the outside world. Another option is to have it be something of my inner world, something in my unconscious.

When I reach into the outer world for familiarity, I might soothe my need to know, but I cut off my imagination. So sometimes having an answer brings the process to an end, much like finding the meaning in a dream which is then set down.

Another option is to take the image inside into the unconscious via sensation. By doing so, I acknowledge a deeper response, a physiological reaction to it. Essentially, my brain would be in its most primary response before activating higher levels of acknowledgement. It would inform me with heart and breathing rate, touch, smell, taste, and visual experience of the image. Then […]

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    To Mothers – Guidance of the Realm of the Mothers – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

To Mothers – Guidance of the Realm of the Mothers – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

May 9, 2021

The positive aspect of the first type of complex, namely the overdevelopment of the maternal instinct, is identical with that well-known image of the mother which has been glorified in all ages and all tongues. This is the mother-love which is one of the most moving and unforgettable memories of our lives, the mysterious root of all growth and change; the love that meant homecoming, shelter, and the long silence from which everything begins and in which everything ends. (Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 92 para 172)

Mother’s Day is the celebration our mothers and the women in our lives that contributed to our becoming who we are. It is a recognition of the blend of what was given or held and what was received.

Our personal experience in life is also limited or expanded by the concept of mother told in fairy tales, legends, and myths, etc. We often compare our personal mother with the images of the perfect mother we imagine. For some, Mother’s Day is about admiring what was received, and for others it is longing for what did not occur.

Look at the image as a representation of mother. One post is the positive qualities of your mother and the other is her shortcomings. Where are you more attached? How do you anchor yourself to the land she governed? When and how do you remove the attachment for freedom of choice?

It is the task of a lifetime to differentiate between the experience of the personal mother from the mother complex. The mother complex is a blend of our real mother; light or dark with the fantasy of a mother experience we would have liked to have. This gap between the real mother and […]

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    Order and Chaos-Your place in the flow of the Universe -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

Order and Chaos-Your place in the flow of the Universe -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Personal and Global Crisis. 

May 1, 2021

The meeting between the narrowly delimited, but intensely clear, individual consciousness and the vast expanse of the collective unconscious is dangerous, because the unconscious has a decidedly disintegrating effect on consciousness. (Jung, 1967, p. 9 para 46)

The plant in the image is Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia). When it first blooms the blossom is purple, then it changes to pale lavender, and finally to white. Each flower not only transitions from bud to blossom, but also reveals its age in color.

The parent plant encourages and supports the individual flower growth. Each blossom is not the plant and yet they contribute to it, much like we are part of the collective but are not it. When I step ten feet away from the bush, I see a variety of color but cannot appreciate each story of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,

Each of us might have three views of a time defined collective like the plant’s common name. However, there is a timeless dimension to the collective that is beyond the limits of time and space. My ego struggles to stay conscious when I consider the vastness of where I came from. So, I find it challenging to imagine beyond time and space, yet I am limited to only stay aware of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. At times in meditation, my imagination is drawn to what lies beyond beyond.

Our unconscious is an Alchemic vessel that dissolved our consciousness, adds the relevant bits from the unconscious, seals the vessel in form of an individual life and slow cooks it over time. The gods preside over this process disguised as archetypes that further directs this alchemic process to our individual destiny in the collective space, in 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

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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