About the USA-INDIA Jung Foundation
The Western world led by United States has made dramatic strides in Medical and Mental health care, prevention and treatment.
While the allopathic medicine can palliate the symptoms of many illnesses, the cause and the cure remain elusive. The East led by India offers the ancient wisdom and healing traditions that attend not only to the body and the mind but also the soul and the spiritual dimension of health, healing and wholeness. This compensates for the lopsidedness of the Western medical and mental health healing practices. However, for a long time, we were missing a bridge between these two frameworks to communicate and collaborate. Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung’s discoveries in Analytical Psychology finally offer a bridge and a common language between these two universes.
With the Rosetta stone of Carl Jung’s analytical psychology, we can translate the wisdom East and knowledge of the West available to public, patient and practitioners on both sides. This collaboration can expand our understanding to a higher level of consciousness, which can potentially benefit the rest us.
The USA India Jung Foundation will promote educational and clinical activities in India and USA based on the principals of Carl Jung's analytical psychology and Eastern spiritual and healing wisdom and traditions. It will foster clinical, medical, and educational exchange between professionals of the United States and India. These activities will include educational activities directed both to professional and lay organizations in both countries to promote mental health education and prevention activities based on principals of analytical psychology and Eastern Spirituality.
History of the USA-INDIA Jung Foundation
The founding member of the foundation, Ashok Bedi, M.D., is a psychiatrist, and a Jungian psychoanalyst who his medical schooling in India, his psychiatric training in Great Britain and his Jungian analytical training in Chicago, USA.
He now practices and teaches in Milwaukee. His experiences in both the East and the West convinced him of the value of integrating the two frames of references to optimize the understanding of the human psyche and optimizing the treatment of individuals struggling with medical and psychiatric problems, relationship tangles, complexes or hang ups and various maladies of the soul.
Synchronisticaly he was invited by the leadership of the International Association of Analytical Psychologists (www.iaap.org), the world’s parent organization of Jungian analysts to become the liaison person of the IAAP to take the lead in developing the Jungian training and treatment centers in India. Over the last several years, he has traveled to India annually to establish these centers with the support and guidance of the IAAP, the volunteer international faculty of Jungian analysts and Indian mental health professionals at various centers in India. Presently, there are two regional Jungian centers in India under the auspices of the IAAP including centers at Ahmedabad and Bangalore. Kusum Dhar Prabhu is the president of the All India Association of Analytical Psychologists and has devoted her time, energy and talents at the Indian end of the spectrum.
The plan of the USA India Jung Foundation is to support the initiatives of the IAAP in India. But this is the tip of the iceberg and many possibilities of collaboration between the Jungian community and Indian matrix exist to enrich both ends of the spectrum in a shared creative endeavor. The foundation will explore and support such initiatives.
The founding member of the foundation Ashok Bedi is grateful for the support of Siddhartha Bedi and Usha Bedi, who have graciously and generously volunteered their time, talent and energies to support the formation and functioning of the USA India Jung foundation.
About the Founding Member Ashok Bedi, M.D.
Ashok Bedi, M.D.
1220 Dewey Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Phone: (414) 454-6610
Ashok Bedi, M.D., D.P.M, R.C.P.S. (England) M.R.C.Psych. (Great Britain), F.A.P.A., is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Diplomat Jungian psychoanalyst and a board certified psychiatrist in Britain and USA. 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 Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and a faculty member at the Analyst Training Program at the Carl G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is Honorary Psychiatrist at the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital and the Aurora Health Care Network. He has been a psychiatric consultant to several agencies in Metro Milwaukee, including the Sexual Assault Treatment Center at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center, the Pastoral Counseling Center of Greater Milwaukee and the Dewey Center Recovery Programs.
Trained in Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis 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), and the coauthor of Retire Your Family Karma, (Nicholas-Hays, Inc. 2003). These and his other upcoming publications can be previewed at his website www.pathtothesoul.com.