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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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    The Actor and the Witness – Dynamics of Discernment – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Actor and the Witness – Dynamics of Discernment – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Actor and the Witness

Dynamics of Discernment

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 14, 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 persona is a complicated system of relations between the individual consciousness and society, fittingly enough a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and, on the other, to conceal the true nature of the individual. (Jung, 1956, p. 192)

I imagine the mind of the surfer to be preoccupied with keeping a sense of balance on the board as it moves along with the force of a wave. The immediate need of alignment with the oceanic energy is dominant. If he wants to wear the “mask” of a successful surfer, focus is on the present and his experience of having done this before.

How this looks to the other man in the water is probably not even in his awareness. I imagine the observer anticipates and hopes success. He not only sees how to do it but also feels joy when the surfer fully stands and rides the wave in (which happens). Unless of course, his […]

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    A Matter of Balance – The tension of the opposites – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Matter of Balance – The tension of the opposites – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

A Matter of Balance

The tension of the opposites

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 13, 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.

It became abundantly clear to me that life can flow forward only along the path of the gradient. But there is no energy unless there is a tension of opposites: hence it is necessary to discover the opposite to the attitude of the conscious mind.(Jung, 1956, p. 53)

The spectrum of life shows in the branches. Some buds are just beginning to sprout out of the stem while other blossoms have opened and are closer to the end of their life. I can feel the reaching of youth and the relaxation of age. The primary colors in the photo are the key combination ingredients for our visual engagement. There is a contrast between space and plant life.

Jung’s statement regarding the flow of life is a notable foundation. My mind chews opposing ideas like bubble gum that I stretch out or make a bubble then chew it again. When I engage an idea, I consider its favorable and unfavorable aspects, benefits and risks. But, […]

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    Adaptation to Crisis – Heroism or Love – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Adaptation to Crisis – Heroism or Love – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Adaptation to Crisis

Heroism or Love

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 12, 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 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)

 
The image catches a bird’s take-off from the green fence post. As a photograph, my inner critic tells me several corrections. However, there is value of this moment, a moment I have never caught before or since. It is the opening of a sunlit wing.

The movement of the open wing gives the lift for flight. The feathers show beauty as well as function in the sunlight. Each of them works as a member of the wing team. Then the bird’s feet come off the post and are pulled close. There are so many ingredients that provide balance and movement into the air. Its natural pattern is alive and robust. It can move about freely to explore safe nesting habitats and food. It has a mission in mind as it […]

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    Inspiration or Invasion – Choose: “Lose-lose” or “Win-Win”. – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Inspiration or Invasion – Choose: “Lose-lose” or “Win-Win”. – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

Inspiration or Invasion

Choose: “Lose-lose” or “Win-Win”.

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 11, 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.

Between an artistic inspiration and an invasion there is absolutely no difference. (Jung, 1976, p. 34)

The image could be a poster for Jung’s quote. Certainly, he was talking about human pathology, and I believe his thinking may help as I relate it to the pandemic. Let me explain.

There, in the middle of forested land, is a designer landscape of natural elements no longer living. The white rock is a dramatic color and texture change from the forest floor. The tree stump is lifeless. Although, I could say it is an afterlife for the tree stump. It even holds new life in its crevices.

Yet, if I take the perspective of the forest, I could feel invaded by some outside elements. The natural flow of green and bark are abruptly stopped. So, it depends on which position I stand on/in that gives me a perspective of inspiration or invasion.

In this time of the pandemic, when an invasion against normal life has taken place, can it be […]

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    On Mother’s Day – Our Two Mothers – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

On Mother’s Day – Our Two Mothers – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

On Mother’s Day

Our Two Mothers

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 10, 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.

Like any other archetype, the mother archetype appears under an almost infinite variety of aspects. (Jung, 1934/1954/1968, p. 81)

 
The basket of sweets and adornments is used by a monk who comes daily to strip, clean, and re-dress the goddess Laxmi. “She is the most revered of the Hindu goddesses and unlocks our potential for peace, prosperity and plenty in our inner and outer life “.(Bedi, 2007) The basket holds a variety of ways to show love and gratitude for the blessings and stirrings.

I felt this image to be very appropriate for Mother’s Day because both the container and its contents are simple. Today is the celebration to honor and remember those who gave us life, and those whose gifts along the way may not have been pleasant to us, but necessary in their eyes.

The photo does not show the recipient but rather the offering and its container. It demonstrates and expresses feelings toward another for what has been received and encouraged.

As we honor the day […]

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    The Banyan Tree – One tree, many roots – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Banyan Tree – One tree, many roots – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Banyan Tree

One tree, many roots

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 9, 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.

Age-old convictions and customs are deeply rooted in the instincts. If they get lost, the conscious mind becomes severed from the instincts and loses its roots, while the instincts, unable to express themselves, fall back into the unconscious and reinforce its energy, causing this in turn to overflow into the existing contents of consciousness. It is then that the rootless condition of consciousness becomes a real danger. (Jung, 1954, p. 54)

 
This is only one tree. The main trunk is the darker, thicker trunk to the right of center. It is the banyan tree. Its aerial roots grow to the ground to become another trunk. The tree, if allowed, can be more wide than high.

This tree is incredibly “smart”. Its limbs send out (and down) aerial roots as it grows away from the main trunk. It will then get support from the main source as well as its own system. It has a much bigger life because of its ability to get nutrients as well […]

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    The Secret Ingredient – For Better or for Worse – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Secret Ingredient – For Better or for Worse – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis

The Secret Ingredient

For Better or for Worse

In the Eye of the Storm

An individual response to the Global Crisis

ISSN 1939-3407

May 8, 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 dream, we would say, originates in an unknown past of the psyche and prepares the dreamer for the events of the following day.(Jung, 1956, p. 7)

 
The vendor adds an ingredient to her fruit to make it tastier. Visually it is attractive and then her action invites curiosity. What is she adding? What does it do? How much does she add? The fruit is plain just like the bowl on the left, but she enhances the fruit in front of her. She finger-sprinkles it like magic fairy dust to change it. The bowl of fruit will not go back to its original flavor. It has absorbed her additional ingredients. The present bowl of fruit is what her buyers will know.

I see a dream as a parallel act. During the night, our dreams give us ingredients to carry with us into the next day. It We cannot go back and undo it any more than we can stop aging. We have today’s body with […]

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