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A Blog about Psychology (Jungian), Spirituality and Happiness, By Roberto Lima Netto.

The rainmaker healing a town.

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Some world cities lack of balance. Many are violent, hostile, etc. What could we do to help?  Maybe we could learn something from the story of the Chinese rainmaker . Richard Wilhelm, one important sinologist known as the translator of the I Ching, witnessed the event as a missionary in China and reported it to Jung.

The Renaissance was a cultural movement that started in Florence, Italy, in the 14th century, and can be considered the dividing line between Middle Age and Modern Age. At that period, the sciences started a strong period of development.

But not all are roses. One of the losses suffered by humanity was the depreciation of the interior life. The heavy emphasis on science was followed by a growth of materialism. Human beings, to their loss, forgot the interior world, a disease we suffer in the XXI century. Materialism never has been so strong in the minds of modern people.

As Nietzsche said: God is dead. As a result, humanity is destroying itself, depreciating the interior world.

There was a great drought where Richard lived. After asking for prayers from the Christian community, after burning joss sticks and shooting guns to frighten the demons of the drought, the population was desperate. In an agrarian area, no rain, no food. They called a rain maker from another province.

An old man came to the city, asked for an isolated cabin and meditated inside it for three days. In the fourth day, a great snowstorm came down from the skies. Mind you; it was a time of the year when no snowstorms should be expected.

Astonished, Wilhelm questioned the rain maker, and he answered: “The whole area was unbalanced, out of Tao. I meditated to balance things out, to bring the Tao back,” and he added, as if what he had done was the most obvious thing in the world. “It rained, it had to rain.”

Human beings believe only in the existence of what they can see; they believe only in the material world. They give no space for the existence of an interior world. As a result we classify as unbelievable, occurrences that are normal to the old Chine sage.

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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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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