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Mental and Physical Diseases

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Mental and Physical Diseases

Jung said: “A wrong functioning of the psyche can do much to injure the body, just as conversely a bodily illness can affect the psyche; for psyche and body are not separate entities, but one and the same life. (On the Psychology of the Unconscious – CW 7)

Not only I agree with Jung, but I go further. Most of the diseases start in the psyche before reflecting in the body. Even a car accident has its deep origin in the psyche. I think we come to this life to learn lessons. The Spiritists, a branch of Spiritualism developed by a French teacher Allan Kardec (1804-69). The persons that accept this philosophy (they claim it is not a religion), say that the spirit, before coming to earth agrees on a plan for life that allows him to learn needed lessons but, when born, he forgets this plan and has to live life as well as he can. If he succeeds in learning the prescribed lessons, he can go ahead. If not, he has to repeat that life. Spiritism, as well as the Asian religions, believe in many lives with different bodies for the spirit. Incarnation only finishes after we learn all life lessons, when we become illuminated. Although this makes sense, nobody can guarantee if it is true or not. I believe that God (the Self) sends signals to us, trying to lead us in the strait path. Initially, they are gentle signs but if we do not heed them, the intensity of the signs increases, and we may have an accident. According to this theory, even accidents start in the psyche. All diseases have a psychic origin.

Doenças Mentais e Físicas

Jung disse: “Um funcionamento errado da psique pode fazer muito para ferir o corpo, assim como inversamente uma doença corporal pode afetar a psique, pois psique e corpo não são entidades separadas, mas uma e a mesma vida (sobre a psicologia do. Inconsciente – CW 7)

Não só concordo com Jung, mas vou mais longe. A maior parte das doenças começam na psique antes de se refletirem no corpo. Mesmo um acidente, tem sua origem primeira, sua gestação, na psique.

Nós chegamos a esta vida para aprender lições. Os espíritas, um ramo do Espiritualismo desenvolvido por um professor francês Allan Kardec (1804-1869), aceitam esta filosofia (eles alegam que não é uma religião). Dizem que o espírito, antes de reencarnar em um corpo na Terra, concorda com um plano para a nova vida, plano este que lhe permita aprender algumas lições. Porém, quando nasce, ele esquece esse plano e tem que viver sua vida atendendo aos preceitos éticos. Pode não conseguir, pode se desviar do plano. Se tiver sucesso em aprender as lições prescritas, irá em frente. Se não, tem que repetir as lições em outra vida.

O Espiritismo, assim como as religiões asiáticas, acredita em muitas vidas com corpos diferentes para o espírito. A encarnação só termina depois que o espírito aprender todas as lições da vida, quando se tornar iluminado. Embora essa teoria faça sentido, ninguém pode garantir se assim se passa.

Eu acredito que Deus (o Self) envia sinais para nós, tentando nos induzir a tomar o caminho correto. Inicialmente, são sinais suaves, mas, se não dermos ouvidos a eles, a intensidade dos sinais aumenta, e podemos ter um acidente. De acordo com esta teoria, até mesmo acidentes começam na psique. Todas as doenças teriam uma origem psíquica.

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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