Life is a hero journey.
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 Grownups, The Jungian Bible, The Amazon Shaman, In Search of Happiness, and A Boy, a metaphor for life, all available in Amazon and Kindle.