In the Eye of the Storm: Staying Centered in a Personal & Collective Crisis

5 hours
5 CEs Available



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.

PowerPoint: Slides are included in the video.

Audio: An audio mp3 of the recording is included for your convenience.


Recommended Reading
  • 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
Learning Objectives
  1. Describe the psychodynamic adaptation to crisis and trauma mediated by the Self and its Archetypes.
  2. Explore the activation of a Complementary Image to fill in the missing pieces of Consciousness to optimally respond to the Situation.
  3. Discover the healing potential of the Image using authors’ and participants’ images.
  4. Demonstrate a method of creating a Healing Mandala Image by participants.
  5. Assess the neuroscience of the image.

© 2023 Ashok Bedi & Robert Jakala
℗ 2023 CG Jung Institute of Chicago


Bedi, Ashok

Ashok Bedi, MD is a Diplomat Jungian psychoanalyst and a board certified psychiatrist, 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 Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the medical College of wisconsin in Milwaukee, a vaculty member at the Analyst Training Program at the Carl G. Jung Institute of Chicago and a Psychiatrist at the aurora Psychiatric Hospital and the Aurora Health Care Network. He has been a psychiatric consultant to several agencies in Metro Milwaukee. Presently he is the consultant for the Sexual Assault treatment center at the Aurora Sinai Samaritan Hospital, The Residential Receovery Program at the Dewey Center at the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital and the Pastoral Counseling Service of Greater Milwaukee. Trained in India, Great Britain and the US, he is interested in the emergine frontiers of spirituality and Healing and the synapses of the Mind, Body, Soul and spirit. He is author of the book, Path to the Soul, Weiser Books, 2000, Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Goddess Archetypes, Booksurge Publishers, 2007, and the coauthor of Retire your Family Karma, Nicholas-Hays, Inc. 2003. His activities can be previewed at his website Dr. Bedi has been in practice in Milwaukee for over thirty years and specializes in Adult Psychotherapy and Jungian Psychoanalysis. He regularly presents lectures and seminars in India, Great Britain, Ireland and USA on the topic of the Spiritual and analytic dimensions of treatment, healing and personal growth. Over the last several years, he has been the International Association of Analytical Psychologist’s liaison person 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 &, Bangalore. He leads the annual “In the Footsteps of Carl Jung in India” study group to several centers in India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation. Contact 414.219.9039 In-Person/Telehealth: In-Person & Telehealth Main Office: 1220 Dewey Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213 Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. (2000) CERTIFIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPIST: Medical College of Wisconsin and the Cognitive Therapy Institute of Milwaukee. (12/90) MEMBER OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS OF GREAT BRITAIN: Royal College of Psychiatrists of Great Britain. (12/75) DIPLOMAT IN PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England. (7/75) Professional Organizations C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago International Association for Analytical Psychology Medical College of Wisconsin Age Groups Adults Types of Treatment Individuals

Jakala, Robert BJ

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.



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