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Little Prince on Consciousness

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Little Prince on Consciousness – Wisdom of the Little Prince (8)

The next stop of the Little Prince was in the smallest asteroid he visited. There, he met a fellow whose function was to light the lanterns at night and put them off at dawn. The problem was that the rotation of the planet was accelerating, and the lamplighter was frantically trying to do his job on time. After all, that was his task, and that was the law.

Jesus was passing alongside an orchard with his disciples on a Sabbath. They were hungry and gathered some fruits to eat. Jesus was questioned by a Pharisee if they did not go against the law that forbids work on a Sabbath. He answered: (Lucas 6-5): “The Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath.

To understand Jesus’ words we will ask the help of the Codex Bezae, a reproduction of the New Testament written in the fifth century, containing most of the four canonical gospels and the Acts, There, Jesus is quoted as saying: “Man, if thou knowest what thou doest, thou art blessed, But if thou knowest not, thou are accursed and a transgressor of the law.

Whoever has not reached a higher level of consciousness must follow the law, and that was what Yahweh preached in the Old Testament. That was also the Pharisees’ preaching. But Jesus was preaching at a high level of consciousness.

In effect, He was saying: If you know what you are doing, go ahead and do it; if you don’t know, follow the law. Whoever has not reached a higher level of consciousness must follow the law, and that was what Yahweh preached; that was also the Pharisees preaching. But Jesus was preaching from a higher level.

The poor lamplighter had to follow the law, even though his planet was increasing the speed of its rotation. One day, his task would get impossible, and he would have to think about his life. He will have to “knowest what thou doest.”

Jung stresses that the objective of human life is the increase of consciousness, a task he named individuation. He goes further and says that each gain of consciousness of each human being is kept in the psyche, in the collective unconscious, for use of all humanity.

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.




Sabedoria do Pequeno Príncipe (8)

A próxima parada do Pequeno Príncipe foi no menor asteroide que ele visitou. Lá, ele conheceu um homem cuja função era acender as lanternas à noite e apaga-las de manhã. Seu problema é que a rotação do planeta acelerava, e o acendedor estava tendo dificuldade de realizar seu trabalho em tempo. Afinal, ele tinha que realizar sua tarefa; ele devia cumprir a lei.

Jesus estava passando ao lado de um pomar com seus discípulos em um sábado. Eles estavam com fome e reuniu algumas frutas para comer. Jesus foi questionado por um fariseu se aquela ação não ia contra a lei que proíbe o trabalho no sábado. Ele respondeu: (Lucas 6-5): “O Filho do Homem é Senhor do sábado“.

Para entender estas palavras enigmáticas de Jesus, vamos pedir ajuda ao Bezae Codex, uma reprodução do Novo Testamento escrito no século V, contendo a maioria dos quatro evangelhos canônicos e dos Atos. Jesus é citado dizendo: “Se sabes o que fazes, és bendito, mas se não sabes, és maldito e um transgressor da lei.”

Quem já não chegou a um nível superior de consciência deve seguir a lei, e isso foi o que Yahweh pregava no Velho Testamento e que também os fariseus pregavam. Mas Jesus vivia em um nível muito mais elevado. Se você sabe o que está fazendo, vá em frente e faz, se você não sabe, siga a lei. Quem não chegou a um nível superior de consciência deve seguir a lei, e isso foi o que os fariseus pregavam. Mas Jesus estava pregando a partir de um nível de consciência muito mais elevado.

O pobre acendedor de lampiões devia seguir a lei. Mas seu planeta estava aumentando sua velocidade da sua rotação. Um dia, sua tarefa ia ficar impossível, e ele teria que refletir sobre sua vida. Ele teria que “saber o que fazes.”

Jung salienta que o objetivo da vida humana é o aumento da consciência, uma tarefa que ele chamou de individuação. Ele foi mais longe e disse que cada ganho de consciência de cada ser humano é mantido na psique, no inconsciente coletivo para o uso de toda a humanidade.

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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