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Jung Active Imagination

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Jung Active Imagination

Jung on Active Imagination

 

Jung  Active Imagination

Since early age, Carl Jung had a difficult life. As a child, he had strange dreams and visions. His father, a pastor that lost his faith and struggled to recover it, was not a good example. A recipe to psychosis.

Jung and Freud

Jung was strongly attracted to Freud’s ideas and concepts. Jung went to Vienna to meet Freud for the first time, and the meeting, is said to have lasted more than eight hours. Not only was Jung attracted to Freud’s ideas, but Freud was also impressed by his young visitor. Freud considered Jung to be his successor. When they parted their ways. (for the reasons expressed in previous posts on this site – Freud and Jung, the basic differences and Freud and Jung on religion:

Active Imagination

Jung felt as if he had lost a second father as though the ground under his feet had disappeared. He entered a difficult period and, to survive, to keep his sanity, he had to perform a heroic deed.  Every afternoon, after keeping a normal working life attending clients, Jung would close himself in his office and do what today is known as Active Imagination.

This process went intensely from 1913 to 1917, but continued until 1930, for 17 years – a process of self analysis and therapy – and Jung produced his “Red Book” a lovely work of art with handmade drawings and writing in beautiful drawn letters.

In this book, Jung talked with his “Daimons” and registered the conversations, the first systematic example of Active Imagination. Later on he stated that all his further work, his concepts and methods, derived from this period, were the seeds of his entire oeuvre were planted.

The Red Book

The “Red Book” is not an easy book, and, if you are not familiar with Jung’s ideas, I do not recommend it. But, to give you an idea of the depth of Jung’s struggle to free himself from his latent psychosis, I suggest you browse through a few pages of his work of art. Go to Amazon.com for a feel of the “Red Book”. There you can have a glimpse at a few pages of Jung’s major work.

Roberto Lima Netto believes that our objective in life is to be happy, and that Jungian psychology and Spirituality, his main areas of interest, can help us in this search for happiness. He is the author of several books, including “The Little Prince for Grown-ups”  and  “The Jungian Bible”  that can be found in Amazon. His blog is www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org.

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Felicidade – Podemos escolher entre psicose e sabedoria?

Desde cedo, Carl Jung teve uma vida difícil. Quando criança, ele tinha sonhos estranhos e visões. Seu pai, um pastor que perdeu sua fé e lutava para recuperá-la, não era um bom exemplo. Uma receita para a psicose.

No início de sua vida profissional, Jung foi atraído pelas ideias de Freud. Viajou para Viena para conhecer Freud, e esta primeira reunião durou mais de oito horas. Freud também ficou impressionado com o seu jovem visitante. Ele considerava Jung como seu sucessor. Quando seus caminhos se separaram. (Pelas razões expressas em um post anterior neste site – http://happinessacademyonline.org/blog/jungian-psychology-2/freud-and-jung-the-basic-differences) Jung sentiu-se como se o chão sob seus pés tivessem desaparecido, como se tivesse perdido um segundo pai. Ele entrou em um período de crise e, para sobreviver, para manter sua sanidade, teve que realizar um feito heroico. Todas as tardes, depois de manter uma vida normal de trabalho, Jung se fechava em seu escritório e fazia o que hoje é conhecido como imaginação ativa. (Também explicado em um post anterior – Gostaria de falar com seus demônios – http://happinessacademyonline.org/blog/jungian-psychology-2/would-you-like-to-talk-to-your-demons?

Este processo foi intenso no período 1912-1916, mas continuou até 1930, um processo de autoanálise e terapia. Nesse período Jung produziu seu Livro Vermelho, um trabalho fantástico de arte com desenhos feitos à mão e escrito em letras desenhadas.

Neste livro, Jung registrou suas conversas, com seus daimons, o primeiro exemplo sistemático de imaginação ativa. Mais tarde, ele afirmou que a gênese de sua obra, seus conceitos e métodos, brotaram neste período, quando as sementes de toda sua obra foram plantadas.

O “Livro Vermelho” não é um livro fácil e, se você não está familiarizado com os conceitos de Jung, eu não o recomendo. Mas, para dar uma ideia da profundidade da luta de Jung para se libertar de sua psicose latente, eu sugiro que você navegue através de algumas páginas desta obra na Amazon.com. Lá você poderá ter um vislumbre de algumas páginas deste grande trabalho de Jung.

Como resultado de sua luta e suas discussões com seus daemons, Jung conseguiu se livrar de sua psicose latente e iniciar o período mais produtivo de sua vida. Ele ganhou sua luta contra a depressão e garantiu uma vida mais feliz.

E você? Você está em busca da felicidade? Que tal tentar conversar com seus daemons usando a Imaginação Ativa?

 

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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