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The Bible and the Creation of Consciousness

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Joseph Campbell, the renowned mythologist and friend of Jung, once remarked that we consider the sacred books of other people as myths, but ours, as theology. But to understand some stories of our sacred books we have to take them for their symbolic content; we have to read them as mythology.

In my book – The Jungian Bible – I explain some stories of the Old Testament using mythology and Jungian psychology. This post presents an overview of the story of the creation of the world with its psychological interpretation.

Darkness was boundless when God created Light. Seen metaphorically, this story can be understood as the beginning of human life. The human fetus in the womb is surrounded by water and darkness.

Chaos begins to change when God creates light. Light is a symbol of consciousness. In so far as Heaven and Earth are separated and seen clearly, humans are capable of consciousness. God created light – consciousness – allowing discrimination and recognition of objects. Evidently, the baby is not born with conscience. The myth of Eden points that Adam and Eve didn’t realize they were naked before eating the apple. They had no consciousness.

Jung claimed that human beings exist to achieve consciousness, to thread the path of individuation. Human beings must become progressively more conscious. They should bring to consciousness elements hidden in their unconscious. This is not a painless process.

Westerners are ill prepared for the final stage of life. In general, they fear death; they fear old age, and the issues that arise from it. Only a few – those spiritually advanced – can reach the final stage of life at peace with life, at peace with death. This is the theme of another post Death – The Grace in Dying.

I’m Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian. I write Jungian books –  The Jungian BibleThe Little Prince for Grownups — and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness.

A Bíblia e a criação da consciência humana

Joseph Campbell, o famoso mitólogo e amigo de Jung, disse que consideramos os livros sagrados de outras religiões como mitos, mas os nossos, como teologia. Mas para entender algumas histórias da Bíblia, devemos considerar seu conteúdo simbólico, devemos lê-las como mitologia.

Biblia CapaEm meu livro – A Bíblia Junguiana – interpreto algumas histórias do Antigo Testamento usando a mitologia e a psicologia junguiana. Neste artigo, apresento uma visão simplificada da interpretação da história da criação do mundo.

As trevas enchiam tudo, quando Deus criou a luz. A luz é um dos símbolos da consciência. Visto metaforicamente, essa história pode ser entendida como o início da vida humana. O feto no útero está cercado por água e escuridão.

O caos começa a se organizar quando Deus cria a luz. Assim, Deus permite a discriminação e o reconhecimento de objetos. Evidentemente, o bebê não nasce com consciência. No mito do Jardim de Éden, Adão e Eva não perceberam que estavam nus antes de comerem a maçã. Eles não tinham consciência.

Jung afirmou que os seres humanos devem ter como objetivo alcançar a consciência, trilhar o caminho da individuação. Devemos trazer à consciência os elementos escondidos no nosso inconsciente. Este não é um processo indolor. Pelo contrário, a vida humana parece mais uma tragédia que termina com a morte.

Nós ocidentais estamos mal preparados para a fase final da vida. Em geral, tememos a morte, a velhice e as questões que surgem com ela. Apenas uns poucos – aqueles avançados espiritualmente – podem chegar à fase final da vida em paz. Em paz com a vida; em paz com a morte, tema de outro artigo.


I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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