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

Video: Journey Through Hell

Journey Through Hell
Art: Nicole Lanza

You probably know the division of human life into two parts. In the first half of life, our task is to strengthen our ego, creating a space for us in human society. It is time to get a profession, make money, secure your financial independence, constitute a family, all external objectives. In the second part, you should take care of your soul.

In our materialist Western societies, the midlife crises, strong as it may be, does not change the life of many. They continue to pursue earthly objectives: making more money even if they don’t need that anymore, trying to climb the professional ladder, looking for external recognition and buying more and more material goods that they probably do not need.

Did you notice that we meet two kinds of old people in life: the ones that keep complaining from life – the boring elders – and the ones that give us pleasure to talk to? Unfortunately, in our Western societies, the majority belongs to the first group. The second group, the sage, is not often met.

The Video: Journey Through Hell

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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