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Life is a Hero Journey

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Life is a hero journey.


Hero Journey

Hero Journey

We start our life in a state of unconsciousness, living in a metaphorical Garden of Eden. Our task in the first half of life is to increase our level of consciousness – to strengthen our Ego.

In the second half of life, the objective is completely different. Having structured our Ego, the task is to recognize that the Ego is nor the King of the Mountain. We are called to recognize a power superior to the Ego – the Self, also called the Image of God, an archetype all human beings carry inside their psyches. Recognizing this superior power is a difficult and stressful task to the Ego. The Ego resists granting primacy to the Self.
Several myths and fairy tales depict this process, referring to the fight against a dragon that guards a treasure. We will use as an example a Gnostic tale – the Hymn of the Pearl – summarized below.
A little boy dwelt in his father´s palace, living with his family among riches and splendor, and wearing a robe of glory and a purple mantle. His father took off his rich garments and sent him in a journey to Egypt in search for the one precious pearl that lies in the middle of the sea encircled by a serpent.
In his way to Egypt, the boy gets involved with bad companions and forgets his mission. His father sends a message carried by an eagle that awakens him for his mission. Awaken, the son follows with his duty, fights the serpent, and recovers the pearl.

The second half of life calls human beings to recover the treasure, to go down into the abyss to recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lie your treasure.
The goal of the second half of life is to bring back the jewel back to the surface. In Jungian language, the goal of the second half of life is to accept that the Ego is not the absolute ruler of our psyche. We need to accept a superior entity – the Self, the Image of God inside our psyche. The Self needs to be heard by the Ego.


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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