Journey to the Land of Shiva through the Jungian Lens: January 9-22, 2015
Ashok Bedi , M.D.
B.J. Jakala, PH.D.
From January 9-22 2015, a group of soul seekers will travel in India to experience the land of Shiva through Jungian lens of Analytical Psychology. This experience is sponsored by the New York Jung Foundation. For the next several days, the faculty member of the group, Jungian Analyst Ashok Bedi and a Depth Psychotherapist Dr. Robert J. Jakala will compose a daily blog of their reflections about the experience. Other group participants have been invited to contribute to the blog and may join us from time to time. We are glad to share our experiences and reflections. Enjoy!
Shiva (portrait) by ChristasVengel on DeviantArt
This flower teaches me patience during this adjustment to India. Clearly there are blossoms open in full view and yet there are buds in various stages of growth. Each aspect has its own experience of the present and collectively it demonstrates life is a spectrum.
I know I cannot open one of the buds without causing damage. I realize the importance of allowing its internal clock to manifest the best, natural way of expression. In contrast to my appreciation of this flower, I try to impose my will on undeveloped aspects of myself. I dig and prod, sometimes without respect, for the life that is emerging. I feel sad about the disrespect I have given to my soul. My ego wants to be in charge and I will do much better if I trust the inner, often preverbal wisdom of patience. I am here and will practice being in the present moment. I am grateful to the flower that is the mirror. I open my heart, let […]