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Wisdom of Joseph Campbell

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Wisdom of Joseph Campbell

 

Wisdom Joseph Campbe

Wisdom Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist of the XX century, said:

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

 

What are you? If you are a medical doctor, you may answer: “I´m a doctor¨. A scientist may answer: I´m a scientist:” Both are wrong. This is their Persona, this is how they appear to the world. The doctor is not a doctor, but a unique individual that choose to be trained and to work as a doctor. Likewise, the scientist.

Jungian psychology teaches that we carry many archetypes inside our psyche. The Persona is one, the Ego, another. Many persons act through their Personas, but think that their Egos direct their actions. They also think of themselves as rational persons. Again, they are wrong. Human beings act rationally for a part of their waking life. Under the grip of an emotion, the Ego loses control to a Complex assumes the command. Tricks of the unconscious.

If we are not a Persona, if we are not our Ego, who are we? The most important archetype we carry inside our psyche is the Self, that Jung also called the Image of God.

The Self is the real force inside our psyche. It commands our life. Our Ego may decide not to obey the Self, but we will pay the price.

Life –the Self – sends us signs every time we deviate from the road intended for us. The initial signs are gentle, but, if we do not pay attention to them, they will get strong, and hurt us. That is why we should pay attention to the messages the Self sends us to correct our journey through life.

That is the essence of Campbell´s advice – be who you are or, if you prefer, be who you are programmed to be. This is a guarantee for a happy life.

Stories of the Bible with Jungian interpretation

Stories of the Bible with Jungian interpretation

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 and 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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