During a personal or collective crisis, our ego consciousness is overwhelmed and retreats into the healing depths of the personal and collective unconscious with a petition for guidance to negotiate the crisis and trauma. In the unconscious, the Self archetype is activated to respond to this petition. Self consults the archetypes to construct a new paradigm to guide our consciousness. This new paradigm now emerges into our consciousness as a new image as a Mandala. This new image is experienced as meaningful, affectively charged and numinous and becomes a GPS to guide us on; not only to deal with the crisis or trauma but to reset our path towards our teleos and new beginning. The presenters will explore the healing power of the image and amplify a series of images that Synchronistically emerged in collaboration between the presenters in response to the COVID pandemic, racial justice movement and global upheaval. Participants are encouraged to bring an image that has been meaningful to them during this crisis. Participants will be invited to construct their own mandala using some of these insights.
- Bedi, A., MD; Jakala, BJ, PH.D. (2020). In the Eye of the Storm- Staying Centered in Personal and Collective Crisis. USA: Mandorla Books.
- Jung, C. G. (1968b). Psychology and alchemy, Volume 12 (2 ed. Vol. 12). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul ; Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press., para 122-306
- Describe the psychodynamic adaptation to crisis and trauma mediated by the Self and its Archetypes.
- Explore the activation of a Complementary Image to fill in the missing pieces of Consciousness to optimally respond to the Situation.
- Discover the healing potential of the Image using authors’ and participants’ images.
- Demonstrate a method of creating a Healing Mandala Image by participants.
- Assess the neuroscience of the image.
Ashok Bedi, MD 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 In the Eye of the Storm- Staying Centered in Personal and Collective Crisis, 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 and the Carl Jung Institute of Chicago. His publications and upcoming programs may be previewed at www.pathtothesoul.com
Robert “BJ” Jakala received his PhD (2006) in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He retired his Jungian based private practice as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist after thirty years in Woodland Hills, California. He was the Assistant Director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles for five years.
He retired as a Registered Nurse at the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA after thirty-three years. He has taught Stress Management and Resilience to the first year Nurse Residents at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for the past sixteen years. He has been a core facilitator of the Circle of Caring, a three-day conference for health care workers, held at the Lake Arrowhead Conference Center since 2004. His love of photography, travel, and depth psychology are embedded in his semi-retirement life. He continues to teach depth psychological concepts in a variety of settings. He is co-author of In the Eye of the Storm- Staying Centered in Personal and Collective Crisis.