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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

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 between […]

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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

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. We […]

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    The Lost Sea Weed In the Eye of the Storm An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Lost Sea Weed In the Eye of the Storm An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Lost Sea Weed

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

April 4, 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.

When we consider the course of human life, we see how the fate of one individual is determined more by the object of his interest, while in another it is determined more by his own inner self, by the subject….But everyone possesses both mechanisms, extraversion as well as introversion, and only the relative predominance of one or the other determines the type.
(Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1976, pp. 3-4)

The seaweed has lost its footing in the ocean floor, washed ashore, and its tip rested on a rock. I cannot think of a more unlikely connection for this plant. The photo seems available for all kinds of projections especially now with the Covid-19 issue in the world. As the plant, I feel out of my usual environment and thrown into a world where I must find new ways of being. As the beach, I have been given something I don’t know what to do with. As the water, I want to be at low tide […]

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    The Healing Image – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Healing Image – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Healing Image

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

April 3, 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.

Patients who possess some talent for drawing or painting can give expression to their mood by means of a picture. It is not important for the picture to be technically or aesthetically satisfying, but merely for the fantasy to have free play for the whole thing to be done as well as possible. (Jung, 1960b, pp. 82-83)

A photo only captures a moment in the process of life. Here is an elderly woman on a tour boat with me. I get busy taking my photographs and I loved the idea of her journaling while taking in the sights. I shoot a variety of landscape photos and decide I want to capture her image. I take the shot rather quickly as to not be imposing. (Although, she is wearing a hat and her head is down. I never really see her face.) It is only that evening I discover the woman was not journaling with words. She sketches her experience to capture it.

Of course, the Jungian influence comes into my […]

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    Your Unique Light – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Your Unique Light – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Your Unique Light
In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

April 1, 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.

Practical experience shows us again and again that any prolonged preoccupation with an unknown object acts as an almost irresistible bait for the unconscious to project itself into the unknown nature of the object and to accept the resultant perception, and the interpretation deduced from it as objective. (Jung, 1967, p. 205)

There is so much unknown in the photo while I find myself looking at the different candles. Each of them has their own characteristics. I notice the one in the middle row is slightly darker and has a smaller flame than the rest. I wonder it would think, if it knew it was different. Would the difference be celebrated or eclipsed?

All the candles are made from the same materials, yet they show their flame individually. It would seem there would be more uniformity in how they burn, but they “do their own thing” on this night. Much like the candle, I use what is in me to show my light to the world. There is fuel near […]

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    Tree and its Roots – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Tree and its Roots – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Tree and its Roots

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

April 1, 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.

An image which frequently appears among the archetypal configurations of the unconscious is that of the tree or the wonder-working plant. (Jung, 1967, p. 253)

What do you see? What do you imagine it to be?

The variety of colors, textures, and shapes are reminiscent of the artist’s pallet. The closer I look the more I see. There are so many subtle distinctions within the varieties of segments. What is the interplay between the inner core and the outside influence? What facilitates it? Is inner determination or outer conditions?

The bark of this tree is majestic close-up as well as from a distance. Its outer layer is all I see, yet I know there is more life beyond the surface. It reminds me of the human condition that does show the world who I am, and there is an amazing life inside, deep inside that navigates the expression.

The tree’s life is stay home. It does not leave the place it has taken root. During this time of stay-at-home, I look to get nurtured from what is around and inside me, the external world of my home and the internal world of my unconscious.

In the current COVAD-19 pandemic, each one of us must stay steady and stay put like a magnificent tree. But […]

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    Kick Away the Obstacles -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Kick Away the Obstacles -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Kick Away the Obstacles

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

March 31, 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.

Pegasus struck the fountain of Hippocrene from the earth with his hoof. A Corinthian statue of Bellerophon, which was also a fountain, was made so that the water flowed from the hoof of the horse. Baldur’s horse struck froth a spring with his kick. The horse’s foot is therefore the dispenser of fruitful moisture. (Jung, 1956, p. 278)

The artist created a feeling of beauty, movement and strength in a variety of Pegasus portrayals. It is a contemporary tribute to an ancient myth.

During this time of stay at home, I too can reach into the successful aspects of my personal history. I remember times when I accomplished goals that seemed so distant. I had to direct my attention on what was to come more than the struggle I felt in the moment. I had to be flexible and move out of my usual way. Much like the story of Pegasus, I had to kick something out of the way, so the natural flow of success could be revealed.

Pegasus […]

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    Ancestral Wisdom guiding us NOW – In the Eye of the StormAn individual response to the Global Crisis

Ancestral Wisdom guiding us NOW – In the Eye of the StormAn individual response to the Global Crisis

Ancestral Wisdom guiding us NOW

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

March 30, 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.

Our souls as well as our bodies are composed of individual elements which were all already present in the ranks of our ancestors. The “newness” in the individual psyche is an endlessly varied recombination of age-old components. Body and soul therefore have an intensely historical character and find no proper place in what is new, in things that have just come into being.

(Carl G. Jung, 1961, p. 235)

I am struck by the difference as well as the similarity of the young Flamingo amongst its elders. I recognize its youth easily. The youngster can look around and see what it can become, and how it might look if it follows the patterns of the ancestral flock. Of course, all of that is external and visual.

The therapist in me wonders how it feels and what is the soul’s trajectory. How does it maneuver in and around the flock?

While staying at home for Covid-19 prevention, there is time for self-reflection and examination of my soulful journey. What does the […]

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    Balance -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Balance -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

March 29, 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.

The process of adaptation requires a directed conscious function characterized by inner consistency and logical coherence. Because it is directed, everything unsuitable must be excluded in order to maintain the integrity of direction. (Jung, 1960b, p. 35)

So much of how I knew the world is in flux. I feel like the reclining chair I’ve rested on has changed to a hammock. My approach movements need to be calculated and guarded. I need to have flexibility as I encounter the ropes. How do I adapt? Each movement I make has consequences to my balance. It is drastically different than plopping on a recliner.

Once I find the sweet spot and can relax, there is a sense of gratitude and comfort in the net that holds me. I have support in a new way; the ropes tied to trees are above me rather than a reclining chair on the floor below. In the hammock, I am held from above and supported underneath. Once I am secure on my new “recliner” I can notice the beauty in the world around me. I still feel that […]

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    The Rose -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Rose -In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Rose

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

March 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 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.

The significance of the rose as the maternal womb was nothing strange to our Western mystics…

(Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 363)

This one rose plant shows me beauty in a variety of ways. There is tenderness in the colors, grace in the shapes, and majesty in their stature. They remind me how important it is to be nurtured properly. Their scent is appealing and seductive. It lures me to stop, take a moment and admire its magnificence.

It is spring now, and I am tending my rose plants to encourage strong healthy growth that will help them bring out the best blossoms. I use compost so the soil will be a nurturing womb. I want to admire the stalks and leaves too. For all the plant is important, not just the flowers.

In this time of stay at home, I find it important to remember what I am rooted in, and how I am nourished in order to grow in all aspects of who I am. It is time for deeper reflection, laughing out […]