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

Be happy: Spirituality beyond Religion

Be happy – Spirituality beyond Religion

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Happiness

Do you want to be happy? Human beings cannot live only the material/rational life, without paying attention to their souls. Jung said that he had not seen a person, living the second part of life, solve his/her existential dilemmas without a connection to the divine.

Decline of Christian churches

The centuries have eroded the luminosity of the Christian symbols. The Christian dogmas that dominated Western civilization for so many years cannot satisfy many persons living in the twenty first century. Since the Renascence, with the growth of rationalism, the Christian church has been losing its command over modern man’s life
. To many persons the traditional religions are empty and do not lead to a real emotional connection to the divine. The symbols of Christianity are weakening, and, as Jung said, once the gods have left the temples, they never return.

Spirituality beyond religion

How can we perform the important task of living a spiritual life without joining an established religious denomination? Lionel Corbett gives an answer in his superb book of, “Psyche and the Sacred.”. He teaches how we can live a spiritually meaningful life – a symbolic life, as Jung used to say – without embracing any particular theology or religious tradition. Problems like suffering and evil, once answered by religion, can now be faced with the help of deep psychology, especially Jungian psychology. I consider this book by Lionel Corbett a must to everyone searching for a fuller life.

Active Imagination

I also advise the practice of Active Imagination, a method developed by Jung, when he struggled with the inner figures of his psyche after his break with Freud.

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 or “Daemons”. The great mythologist and disciple of Jung, Joseph Campbell once said: “My definition of a 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? You can, using the method of active imagination developed by Jung.

Inner Work

If you are interested in knowing more about this method, I strongly suggest the book “Inner Work”, by Robert Johnson, a Jungian analyst and a prolific writer, capable of turning some of Jung’s complex concepts into easy to understand ideas. I appreciate Johnson’s writing so much that I have read all his published books.

Demons or angels

Do you prefer a demon on your back or an angel by your side?
I’m waiting for your comments, please.

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.

Em busca da felicidade? – Espiritualidade sem Religião

Você quer ser feliz? Os seres humanos não podem viver somente a vida material / racional, sem prestar atenção as suas almas. Jung disse que ele não tinha visto qualquer pessoa, vivendo a segunda parte da vida, resolver o seu dilema existencial sem uma conexão com o divino.

Declínio das igrejas cristãs

Os séculos têm desgastado a luminosidade dos símbolos cristãos. Os dogmas cristãos que dominaram a civilização ocidental durante tantos anos não podem satisfazer muitas pessoas que vivem no século XXI. Desde o Renascimento, com o crescimento do racionalismo, a igreja cristã vem perdendo seu comando sobre a vida do homem moderno. Para muitos, as religiões tradicionais estão vazias e não levam a uma conexão emocional real com o divino. Os símbolos do cristianismo estão enfraquecendo, e, como disse Jung, uma vez que os deuses deixaram os templos, eles nunca retornam.

Espiritualidade além da religião

Como podemos realizar a importante tarefa de viver uma vida espiritual sem pertencer a uma religião? Lionel Corbett dá uma respostapreciosa em seu livro – “Psique e o Sagrado.”. Ele ensina como podemos viver uma vida espiritualmente significativa – uma vida simbólica, como Jung costumava dizer – sem abraçar nenhuma teologia particular ou tradição religiosa. Problemas como o sofrimento e o mal, que erm respondidos pela religião, podem agora ser confrontados com a ajuda da psicologia profunda, especialmente a psicologia junguiana. Eu considero este livro de Lionel Corbett uma pérola e o recomendo para todos à procura de uma vida mais plena.

Imaginação Ativa

Eu também aconselho a prática de imaginação ativa, um método desenvolvido por Jung, e que o salvou da depressão após sua ruptura com Freud.

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, de nossos demônios. O grande mitólogo e discípula de Jung, Joseph Campbell disse uma vez: “Minha definição de um demônio é um anjo que não foi reconhecido. É um poder que você negou expressão, e reprimiu. Então, com toda energia reprimida, ele começa a crescer e torna-se muito perigoso. ”

Gostaria de conversar com seus demônios, compreendê-los e transformá-los em anjos? É possível, utilizando o método de imaginação ativa desenvolvida por Jung.

Trabalho Interno

Se você estiver interessado em saber mais sobre este método, sugiro o livro “Inner Work”, de Robert Johnson, analista junguiano e escritor prolífico, capaz de transformar alguns dos conceitos complexos de Jung em idéias fáceis de entender . Eu aprecio a escrita Johnson tanto que li todos os seus livros publicados.

Demônios ou anjos

Você prefere um demônio em sua volta ou um anjo ao seu lado?

Aguardo seu comentário, por favor.

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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