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Taking care of our inner world

(para português)

Taking care of our inner world

Do you want happiness?

Do you want happiness?

Carl Jung said that we should not try to be perfect – because perfection is above what humans can aspire – but that we seek to be complete.

What do we understand being complete? The vast majority of Westerners is extroverted. As a result, pays attention to external objects and facts and attaches little importance to what goes on inside the psyche. In other words, we take care of our material progress and neglect of our inner world, our soul. It is essential to pay attention to our inner world; it is essential to talk to our soul.

How to talk to our soul? One way is paying attention to dreams.

Dreams have three functions:

1. Challenge the assumptions of the Ego;

2. Compensate unilateral attitudes of the ego;

3. Bring us messages from the unconscious questioning the way we think, feel and live.

Dreams are a form of dialogue with our inner self, with our soul.

Jung lived an existential crisis in 1913, when it disagrees with Freud concerning some of his ideas, and these two genii broke their cooperation. It was when Jung started the production of the Red Book, where are the germs of all his future ideas and theories. It was a difficult period for Jung. Anguished, he wrote in the Black Book, which preceded the Red Book: “My soul, my soul, where are you?”

The Red Book is a monumental effort in which Jung converses through dreams and visions with his “daemons”, an interior dialogue with his soul.

Although most of us probably would not be able to go down as deep as Jung, it is vital that we attempt a dialogue with our soul. It is essential that we develop an inner life to complement our life in the outside world.

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Cuidando do nosso mundo interior

Carl Jung disse que não devemos tentar ser perfeitos – até porque a perfeição está acima do que o ser humano pode almejar – mas buscar ser completos.

O que podemos entender por ser completo? A grande maioria dos ocidentais é extrovertida. Como consequência, se liga aos objetos externos e atribui pouca importância aos internos. Em outras palavras, cuidamos de nosso progresso material e descuidamos de nosso mundo interno, de nossa alma. É importante dar atenção ao nosso mundo interior, dialogar com nossa alma.

Como dialogar com nossa alma? Uma das formas é dando atenção aos nossos sonhos.

Os sonhos têm três funções:

  1. Desafiar as presunções do Ego;
  2. Compensar atitudes unilaterais do Ego;
  3. Trazer-nos mensagens do inconsciente questionando nosso modo de pensar, sentir e viver.

Este último ponto é uma forma de diálogo com nosso interior, com nossa alma.

Jung viveu uma crise existencial em 1913, quando, por discordar de algumas ideias, se separou de Freud. Foi quando iniciou a produção do Livro Vermelho, onde estão os germes de todas suas futuras ideias e teorias. Foi um período sofrido. Jung, angustiado,  chegou a escrever no Livro Preto, que antecedeu ao Livro Vermelho: “Minha alma, minha alma, onde estás?”

O Livro Vermelho é um monumental esforço do que \jung viria a chamar Imaginação Ativa, em que ele dialoga através de sonhos e visões com seus “daemons” interiores, dialoga com sua alma.

Ainda que provavelmente não consigamos descer tão fundo como Jung, é importante que cada dialogue com sua alma. Que cada um desenvolva uma vida interior para complementar sua vida no mundo exterior.




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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