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Wisdom of the Shaman

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Wisdom of the Shaman

The Shamans can travel through different levels of reality, where they meet spirits and receive guidance. In our materialist Western Societies, we tend to dismiss these spiritual manifestations as unreal. But, if we think so, we are missing an essential part of reality and choosing to live in an impoverished world.

We cannot deny that Shamans do perform cures. Some dismiss these cures, claiming that they were brought by the mental force of the sick person, but these cures may occur even when the subject does not believe he/she can be cured.

The Shaman works on a level of reality that our materialist societies tend to dismiss. This same level is travelled by saints, seers and psychics. Saint Paul, when he received Christ’s message on the road to Damascus, was on this level of reality.

All of us, with some training, can get familiar with this different world. It is a matter of training and practice. Some can succeed more easily, but all of us can, with the necessary effort, acquire this ability.

I’m Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian. I write Jungian books –  The Jungian BibleThe Little Prince for Grownups — and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness.



Sabedoria do Xamã

Os xamãs podem viajar através de diferentes níveis de realidade, onde se reúnem com espíritos e recebem orientações. Nossas sociedades ocidentais, muito materialistas, induzem seus membros a não acreditar nessas manifestações espirituais, a  julgá-las irreais. Mas, se pensarmos assim, estaremos jogando no lixo uma parte importante da realidade e escolhendo viver em um mundo empobrecido.

Não podemos negar que os xamãs realizam curas. Alguns descartar essas curas, alegando que foram realizadas pela força mental do doente, mas elas podem ocorrer mesmo quando o doente não acredita que pode ser curado.

O xamã trabalha em um nível de realidade diferente. Este mesmo nível é vivenciado por santos, videntes e médiuns. Neste nível de realidade, São Paulo recebeu a mensagem de Cristo na estrada de Damasco.

Todos nós podemos nos familiarizar com este mundo diferente com um pouco de treino. É uma questão de prática. Alguns podem ter sucesso mais facilmente, mas todos podem adquirir essa capacidade com esforço e treinamento.

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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