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Directing lives

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Who directs our life?

Summoned or not, the god will come.

Carved on the door of Carl Jung´s Bollingen house


Directin lives

Directin lives

Directing lives. When Jung built his Bollingen house, on the shore of Lake Zurich, he carved this saying on a stone. What it means?

When questioned by John Freeman, in a BBC Face to Face program, if he believed in God, his answer was: “I don’t believe; I know.

In several occasions, Jung stressed the limitations of our psyche. It does not allow us to know the real God, the Major Force that created the universe, but that we all have, inside the psyche, the Self that he also called the Image of God.

Not being capable of understanding or saying something about the Major Force, when Jung talks of God he refers to this God – the Self, the Image of God we all carry inside our psyche.

We may think that our Ego directs our lives that we have free will. Not true! The Self is the director of our lives. The Self will come and meddle with our life if we are straying from the journey planned for us.

Life – the Self – send us signs. Initially, the signs are gentle but, if we do not heed them, they may increase in intensity. We better heed the signs of life before a major tragedy hits us. As Jung stated: Summoned or not, the god will come.


I am Roberto Lima Netto, a writer who seeks to present, in easy words, the ideas of Carl Jung and of notable mystics and sages. I also write fiction, always trying to convey lessons of life. After all, Jesus taught us that the stories are the best way to present ideas. Some of my books are: The Little Prince for GrownupsThe Jungian BibleThe Amazon ShamanIn Search of Happiness, and A Boy, a metaphor for life, all available in Amazon and Kindle.

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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