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Oedipus Journey

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Oedipus Journey – The Shackles of the Unconscious


Oedipus Journey

Do you know that you carry the burden of the unlived life of your parents and your parents‘ parents?

What a child born into a family of parents that equals education with spanking can expect of life? What an infant with a drunken and violent father and a mother unable to love him can expect of life?

The initial years leave imprints in our psyches that will accompany us through life. Not having, at an early age, the rational capacity to understand the situation, whatever input the psyche receives is stored in the deep recesses of our brains.

When the rational capacity starts to develop, it is too late to correct these imprints. The persons will try to defend themselves by adopting attitudes that minimize their pains, but, whatever the unconscious stores, rationality alone cannot change. It will stay there and influence our entire life unless we get conscious of them.

Adolescents of abusing parents may adopt defying attitudes against society, participating in gangs or joining criminal organizations, the objective being to punish society for the pain. Others go through life as silent unhappy persons, lost in the jungle of despair, incapable of being a fulfilled human being. Some overcome their plight at the cost of great effort and suffering.

These childhood experiences imprinted in the psyche act as if you carried invisible shackles tying you to the past, tying you to the life and actions impinged on you by unconscious parents.

The only solution is a complete review of your life, that gets to the deep roots of the unconscious. With rare exceptions, this process requires the support of a trained analyst.

According to Carl Jung, the objective of life is attaining a higher level of consciousness. If you manage to make conscious the shackles that tie you to the suffering forced on you during the early period of life, you have a chance to break these shackles, and may be able to live a fuller and happier life.

Maybe the best example of this recovery is the story of Oedipus. Freud interpreted this myth as showing the mother complex but the tragedy can be read as salvation through the increase of consciousness. For more explanation, click here.

The ancient Greeks said that children carry the sins of their ancestors for three generations. The Bible goes further; it projects on all of us the original sin of Adam and Eve.



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 Bible, The Amazon Shaman, In 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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