We cruised on a river boat up and down the Hooghly River in West Bengal. Carved and painted artwork on the ceiling of the river boat display themes and myths of India. To the boats who pass by us, we looked like a nice tour boat taking tourists to see the sites. However, the images and carvings inside the boat displays stories of the gods and goddesses. They are carried along with us as our tour guide tells the history of Kolkata. Our experience in enriched with these internal images on the boat as we hear how the river life has influenced contemporary and ancient times.
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for over twelve years. He is the former Assistant Director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles for 5 years. He retired from thirty years of Private Practice in Woodland Hills, CA in November. 2017.
Dr. Jakala promotes the idea of transformation and change as a function of image and language in patients, as well as clinicians. He teaches the rewards of deep listening to the images created by language and the value of an image’s experience before words emerge. He aligns with Carl Jung’s ideas regarding a universal consciousness that is often hidden beneath the surface of our ego consciousness. He encourages clinicians to appreciate the collective in order to assist clients become more of themselves.
Ashok Bedi, M.D. is a Jungian psychoanalyst and a board-certified psychiatrist. He is a member of the Royal College of psychiatrists of Great Britain, a diplomat in Psychological Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and a training analyst at the Carl G. Jung Institute of Chicago. His books include The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction, Crossing the Healing Zone , Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Goddess Archetypes, Retire Your Family Karma: Decode Your Family Pattern and Find Your Soul Path and Path to the Soul. He is the liaison for the IAAP for developing Jungian training programs in India and travels annually to India to teach, train the consult with the Jungian Developing groups at several centers in India including Ahmedabad and Mumbai. He leads the annual “A Jungian Encounter with the Soul of India” study group to several centers in India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation. His publications and upcoming programs may be previewed at www.pathtotheosul.com
Images carry timeless wisdom that words cannot express. They surround us and are archives of our archetypal ancestral wisdom available to us to deal with life’s challenges and crisis, developmental challenges and new possibilities. They standby as silent witness to our emergence ready to help us and guide us. But usually they remain on the sidelines, unobtrusive, not interfering but available as needed. Their goal is not to become our autopilot but rather an additional source of guidance and instruction, should we need it. In emergencies, they take over till we are out of the harm’s way. They manifest Synchronistically when we need them: our unconscious zooms in on these images to provide us an additional source of guidance. An optimal attitude is to stay open to these images and their archetypal wisdom which often comes from obscure corners of our neglected matrix. When we ponder on these images, reflect on their guidance, journal and amplify their meaning, our algorithm is enriched and we become a better version of ourselves. We invite the readers to ponder on the images we share as a gift to you and reflect on how they enhance your understanding of your current situation.