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Joseph Campbell on the life we choose

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Wisdom Quotes – Joseph Campbell on the life we choose

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), the great mythologist and sage, said: We must let go of the life we planned, so as to live the one that is waiting for us.

We all start our lives full of plans. Many people choose a career influenced by family and find out that the choice was wrong that the choice did not lead to happiness. This is not uncommon. As a result, some people change their life objectives in the middle of life’s journey. But, if the wrong choice is recognized too late, the possibility for correction may not exist.

Our Ego, the archetype that controls our conscious mind, and that some mistakenly think is the ruler of all our decisions may direct our lives aiming for certain objectives, but the Self – the name Jung gave to the archetype that orients our psyche – may have different intentions. If we insist with our Ego plans, we risk living an unhappy life.

The cases of successful executives that get to the top of the ladder and find that they are unhappy are not uncommon. They discover, sometimes too late that they placed their ladder against the wrong wall.

Beware. Life is not a videotape that you can erase and start again. If it takes too long for you to recognize that the path you chose doesn’t make you happy that you took the wrong turn in your search of happiness, you may not have time to start again, to take another path.

I am Roberto Lima Netto, author of The Jungian Bible, which presents Jung’s concepts to the layman exemplifying them with stories from the Bible. I also wrote The Little Prince for Grownups, The Amazon Shaman, In Search of Happiness  and others, offered in Amazon.

You find me at www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org

Versão Portuguesa

Pepitas douradas de sabedoria (3) Joseph Campbell e a vida que escolhemos

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), o grande mitólogo e sábio disse: Temos de deixar de lado a vida que planejamos, para viver a que está esperando por nós.

Todos nós começamos nossas vidas cheios de planos. Muitas pessoas escolhem suas carreiras influenciados pela família e descobrem mais tarde, as vezes muito tarde, que a escolha foi errada, que a escolha não o faz feliz. Isso não é incomum. Muitas pessoas mudam os seus objetivos de vida no meio da jornada da vida. Mas, se a escolha errada é reconhecida muito tarde, a possibilidade de correção pode não existir.

Nosso Ego, o arquétipo que controla nossa mente consciente, e que alguns equivocadamente pensam ser o governante de todas as nossas decisões, pode pensar que devemos dirigir nossas vidas apontando para certos objetivos, mas o Self – o nome que Jung deu ao arquétipo que orienta nossa psique – pode ter intenções diferentes. Se insistirmos nos nossos planos egóicos, arriscamos a viver uma vida infeliz.

Não são incomuns os casos de executivos bem-sucedidos que chegam ao topo da pirâmide e descobrem que são infelizes. Descobrem que colocaram a escada na parede errada.

Cuidado. A vida não é uma fita de vídeotape que você pode apagar e começar a filmar novamente. Se você levar muito tempo para reconhecer que o caminho escolhido não o faz feliz, que você tomou o rumo errado em sua busca da felicidade, você pode não ter tempo para começar de novo, para tomar outro atalho.

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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