A wedding celebration travels through the streets of Puri. The joy is contagious as they dance to drummers and DJ music on a huge cart (not in the photo). The local craft is displayed on the giant umbrellas local craft of embroidery. The artistic floral decorations on the car are breathtaking. The wedding party wants everyone know how happy they are this couple has made a lifetime commitment to each other. The union celebration brings a smile inside my heart much like the smile of a baby-new life, a new beginning, the foundation of facing life together.
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
A marriage is a legal and a spiritual union between two individuals. We are attracted to the “Other” who carries a rejection of our un- lived potentials and possibilities. The other holds a mirror to our soul. If fee level what we see in the other we are attracted to that person. If you despise what we see about ourselves and the other, they become enemies. The one carries our light, the other carries our shadow. The other individual may carry our un-lived potentials in creative, relational and teleological contexts. Sometimes our partner carries our complexes, and other times they carry our inner masculine or feminine potentials-the anima or the animus. At other times they carry a component of our personal myth. If we are caught in the myth of Hades the dark Lord-we are attracted to a submissive partner who carries the complementary projection of Persephone. If you are caught in the archetype of Zeus the king, we find a partner who may carry the complementary projection of the institutional wife Hera. At other times of her partner may carry our inferior typological functions. For a thinking type of individual, a feeling type of individual may be a good complementary partner. However, the task of inner work is to gradually re-claim these potentials and assimilated them in our own lived life. But this has been accomplished, we knead the authentic other free from our projections. If you can stay with this withdrawal projections and encounter the other in their authenticity and wholeness, it is an experience of grace and Numinosity. It is like encountering a whole new universe for the first time in our partner. We can endure the sacred journey to its peak conclusion, a ordinary marriage becomes a sacred marriage-HerosGamos.