India –an odyssey of individuation of an ancient civilization

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India –an odyssey of individuation of an ancient civilization

A presentation by Ashok Bedi M.D

Friday, September 2, 2011 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

India is a land of cultural and religious splits. Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Buddhism have warred for minds and souls of Indians for centuries. Yet, the Indian psyche has found a way to weave a fragile yet enduring matrix of reconciliation, healing and wholeness. The complexity of the Indian Psyche is both intriguing and overwhelming. Analytical Psychology offers us a paradigm for integration of opposites and wholeness in individuals and cultures. This process of individuation of an individual and the collective are the microcosm and the macrocosm of the same process. As Jungians, we are uniquely positioned to study the individuation process of the larger groups, societies, nations and cultures as a template for the individual. This permits us to harvest the wisdom of ancient cultures to guide the individual in its personal Odyssey.

India is the longest living ancient culture that continues to evolve within the contemporary matrix while still firmly grounded in its ancient traditions and archetypal wisdom. India continues to integrate its past into the present into its teleological destiny. India’s Odyssey may be instructive to other nations and individuals as we navigate a split world with competing ideologies.

Ashok Bedi, M.D. is a Diplomat 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 the President-elect, a Training Analyst and a faculty member at the Analyst Training Program at the Carl G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is a Psychiatrist at the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital and the Aurora HealthCare 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, Dewey Center at the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital for treatment of Addictions and the Pastoral Counseling Service of Greater Milwaukee.

Trained in India, Great Britain and the US, he is interested in the emerging 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, These and his other upcoming presentations can be previewed at his website

Ashok Bedi has been in practice in Milwaukee for over twenty- five years and specializes in Adult Psychotherapy and Jungian Psychoanalysis. He regularly presents lectures and seminars in India, Great Britain, Ireland, USA & internationally 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 Psychologists 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 Mumbai, 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.