Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

IN THE EYE OF THE STORM ZOOM MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT - Circle Center Yoga - June 6 2020   IN THE EYE OF THE STORM Staying Centered in the Pandemic The safest place is turbulent weather is to stay in the eye of the storm. When we are centered, we get balanced and connect to the Source of Healing and Wellness. This center is the spark of the divine within – Antar-yamin (Antar = withing, Yamin=the divine principle). The timeless wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra offers the GPS to connect with the source. Psychiatrist and Jungian Psychoanalyst – Ashok Bedi, M.D. in collaboration with Yoga masters Zeliha Zembilci and Patty Gehl will present a Jungian and Neuroscience perspective on the Patanjali Yoga Sutra. Zeliha and Patty will demonstrate centering yoga exercises for home and office practice. Date: June 6th, 2020 Time: 9 AM to 1 PM, CST Location: Zoom Meeting Fees: Voluntary donation PayPal RSVP: Circle Center Yoga ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE HUNGER TASK FORCE  

Live Online! Weeklong Seminar Transformation and the Power of the Imagination January 10–15, 2021

About the Weeklong Seminar Transformation and the Power of the Imagination
 January 10-15, 2021 All the works of man have their origin in creative imagination. —C.G. Jung In some cultures, imagination is seen as a creative act parallel to the creation of the universe. Poets, artists, composers, writers, thinkers, and others share their vision—inviting us to enter the world of the imaginal, expand our consciousness, and find our own inspiration. Thus, the imagination can show us the way, give us inspiration and hope, and open us to the possibilities that abound. Transforming the imaginal into reality is an alchemical process that can be a catalyst for creativity and individuation. This past year has tested all of us in ways we weren’t prepared for. The Coronavirus has given rise to fear of illness or death, mental health challenges, economic hardship, racial unrest, political divisiveness and a great disruption of our personal and professional lives. We have endured being separated from loved ones and community—but most of all, we have been in a constant state of ambiguity and uncertainty. Many of the world’s greatest philosophers, creative artists, writers, and thinkers turned out their most important works during times of social and economic disruption, turmoil and stress. The psychiatrist Gerald Epstein writes that it is necessary to endure stressful and fearful situations as they are part of the Individuation process—not unlike rites of initiation. But how do we persevere when everything feels chaotic in this state of liminality? How do we keep heart, psyche, and soul alive? Jung’s ideas supply no easy answers, but they can help us reframe our questions and change our perspective. From a Jungian perspective, dropping into an imaginal space through reflection, meditation, active […]

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The Lowcountry Mental Health Conference 2021

Preconference Session In the Eye of the Storm - Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 Keynote Presentation The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction - Friday, July 30th, 2021   2021_Schedule_lcmhc_3day (1)

Complexes: Pathways to the Soul – Ashok Bedi, MD, Jungian Analyst Saturday, January 29, 2022 │ 8:30am-4:00pm via Zoom | Convert Time Zone| 6 CEs

Complexes: Pathways to the Soul Ashok Bedi, MD, Jungian Analyst Saturday, January 29, 2022 │ 8:30am-4:00pm via Zoom | Convert Time Zone| 6 CEs Complexes are the building blocks of the DNA of our Psyche. Embedded in the personal and the collective unconscious, they are the sand grit around which the oyster of our personality can gestate the pearls of new potentials. They help us harvest the gifts of the archetypes that form the nucleus of the complexes. The first to use the term complexes was Breuer, from whom both Jung and Freud borrowed the concept.  Jung established the experimental evidence for the complexes using his word association tests. This led to a transient collaboration between Jung and Freud and Freud established the centrality of the Oedipus complex as central dynamic of neurosis. This also led to the eventual breakup of their collaboration when Jung proposed that there are infinite complexes, and they may have an enriching impact on the personality if made conscious and assimilated in the Ego complex. Complexes are the foundation of the psyche and form the matrix in which the archetypes, alchemy, typology and individuation may blossom. Jung had his own complexes based on the word association tests – we will explore these as well.   A complex, well integrated with the ego complex leads to individuation, a complex at war with the ego complex leads to neurosis, a complex takeover of the personality leads to psychosis. Join me in exploring the mystery and the mastery of the complexes. Suggested Reading     - Jung, C. G. (1969). The structure and dynamics of the psyche, Volume 8 (2d -- ed. Vol. 20). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press., pages 92-106, paras 194-219     - Jung, C. […]

The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction

  Addicts have a high degree of spiritual desire. The problem is they don’t know how to approach the numinous directly and instead take destructive detours. Dr. Ashok Bedi has treated people with addictions for decades, drawing from both Eastern spirituality and Western psychology. He views the 12 Step Program with a lens that’s practical, personal and Jungian. He describes the bargain with the devil that addicts make, and practices from ancient wisdom traditions and modern medicine to retire this bargain. This inspiring course will help you understand the dynamics of your own addictions and those of others. Be assured by Ashok that something greater than you can restore your sanity. For more information  

The Shadow and Addiction November 12 2022

Free Registration:   November 12, 2022, 9am PT / 12pm ET The Shadow and Addiction Carl Jung was instrumental in the founding of Alcoholic Anonymous (A.A.), even if Jung himself only learned about this at the end of his life. Jung thought that an alcoholic was searching for a spiritual experience and found that on a lower level in the spirits of the drink. In this session Jungian Analyst Ashok Bedi explores with us how the Shadow shows up in addictions. The dark Shadow almost completely overtakes a person who is under the spell of addiction. Bedi also shows how working with one’s Shadow is one of the ways out of the trap of addiction. A.A. is based on the 12 Steps program. Those working through addiction are facing deep Shadow work in the initial steps. In this session you’ll discover: How the Shadow appears in addiction How the spiritual side of a person has moved into the Shadow Doing Shadow work is a way to get and stay sober Ashok Bedi is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and a Training Analyst at the Jung Institute of Chicago. Trained in India, the UK, and the US, he is interested in the frontiers of spirituality and healing and where the mind, body, soul and spirit meet. He is the author of many books, and regularly presents lectures and seminars on the topic of the spiritual and analytic dimensions of treatment, healing and personal growth. He is the International Association of Analytical Psychologists (IAAP) liaison person for developing Jungian training programs in India and travels annually to India to teach, train and consult with the Jungian developing groups at several centers in India including Ahmedabad and Mumbai. More […]