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Active Imagination. Would you like to talk to your demons?

Active Imagination. Would you like to talk to your demons?

(Versão em português)

Jung showed that the ego, the conscious portion of our psyche, is not the absolute king of our mind. In our unconscious we have archetypes and complexes that, when the ego loses control, act as if they possessed our bodies. We can call them, metaphorically, our demons, because, as the great mythologist and disciple of Jung Joseph Campbell once said: “My definition of demon is an angel who was not recognized. Rather, it is a power which you denied expression, and you repress it. So, with all of its’ energy repressed, it starts to grow and becomes very dangerous”.

Would you like to talk to your demons, understand them and turn them into angels? Using the method of active imagination, developed by Jung, you can. How?

Inner Work is a book by Robert Johnson that I emphatically recommend. He is a Jungian analyst and a prolific writer, capable of turning some of Jung’s complex concepts into a book easy to understand. I appreciate Johnson’s writing so much that I have read all his books.

Inner Work deals with dream interpretation and active imagination. Johnson explains active imagination in his simple and easy style. Only this section, covering half of the book, would be enough to guarantee five stars to Inner Work, but the chapters on dream interpretation are just as excellent.

Do you prefer a demon on your back or an angel by your side?

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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Imaginação Ativa. Você gostaria de falar com seus demônios?

Jung mostrou que o Ego, a parte consciente de nossa psique, não é o rei absoluto da nossa mente. Em nosso inconsciente temos arquétipos e complexos que, quando o Ego perde o controle, agem como se possuíssem nossos corpos. Podemos chamá-los, metaforicamente, nossos demônios. Joseph Campbell, famoso mitólogo e adepto junguiano, disse: “Minha definição de demônio é um anjo que não foi reconhecido. É um poder para o qual você negou expressão, e que você reprime. Então, com toda a sua energia reprimida, ele começa a crescer e torna-se muito perigoso”.

Se você der espaço para seus demônios, não reprimi-los, mas dialogar com eles, eles podem se transformar em anjos. Gostaria de conversar com seus demônios, compreendê-los e transformá-los em anjos? Você pode usando o método de imaginação ativa, desenvolvido por Jung.

Inner Work é um livro de Robert Johnson que eu recomendo enfaticamente. Está traduzido para o português, ainda que o título inglês tenha sido mantido em inglês. Johnson é um analista junguiano e um escritor prolífico, capaz de transformar alguns dos conceitos complexos de Jung em um livro fácil de entender. Eu aprecio a escrita de Johnson tendo lido todos os seus livros.

Inner Work trata da interpretação de sonhos e imaginação ativa. Johnson explica a imaginação ativa em seu estilo simples e fácil. Somente esta seção, cobrindo metade do livro, seria o suficiente para garantir lhe cinco estrelas, mas os capítulos sobre a interpretação dos sonhos também são excelente.

Você prefere um demônio em suas costas ou um anjo ao seu lado?

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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