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Gospel of Thomas – Saying 4

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Gospel of Thomas – Saying 4

Jesus says: The person old in his days will not hesitate to ask a child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become a single one.

Ask a toddler? A seven days old? He doesn’t speak, and evidently this saying has to be understood symbolically.

What Jesus is saying becomes evident with the help of Jungian psychology. By the way, some consider Jesus one of the top psychologists of his time, a time when psychology was inexistent as a subject.

Jungian interpretation

Jung teaches that one of the archetypes that live inside our unconscious is the Self. Whereas ego is the center of the conscious psyche the Self is the center of both conscious and unconscious psyche. Differently from the ego, which guides our conscious mind, the Self orients the whole psyche. Jung considers that a child is one of the possible symbols for the Self.

With this introduction, Jesus counsel is clear. He is suggesting that we talk to our Self that we seek guidance with it.

Talking to the inner personalities that inhabit our psyche is important for a healthy psychological life. It foremost in our search for happiness.

One advice I don’t tire of repeating comes from Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist that was a Jungian. He said: My definition of a devil is an angel that was not recognized. Rather, his is a power which you denied expression and repressed. So, like all repressed energy, it begins to grow and become very dangerous.

How can we talk to the Self? How can we talk to the several personalities that live inside our mind? Jung developed a method for that: Active imagination. If you are interested in knowing more, click here.

I am Roberto Lima Netto, and I believe that our objective in life is to be happy and that Spirituality and Jungian psychology, my main areas of interest, can help us in this search for happiness. I am a writer. Some of my books are “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, “The Jungian Bible“, “The Amazon Shaman” and “In Search of Happiness“. I invite you to visit my blog and leave your comments at:  www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org.

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Evangelho de Tomé – Provérbio 4

Jesus diz: O homem idoso perguntará, nos seus dias, a uma criança de sete dias pelo lugar da vida – e ele viverá. Porque muitos primeiros serão últimos, e serão unificados.

Perguntar a uma criança? De sete dias? Criança de sete dias não fala, e, evidentemente, esse ditado tem que ser entendido simbolicamente.

Este conselho enigmático torna-se evidente com a ajuda da psicologia junguiana. A propósito, alguns consideram Jesus um dos maiores psicólogos que já existiu.

Jung ensina que um dos arquétipos que vivem dentro de nosso inconsciente é o Self. O Ego é o centro da psique consciente, enquanto o Self é o centro da psique, englobando consciente e inconsciente. Diferentemente do ego, que comanda a nossa mente consciente, o Self orienta a psique todo. Chamo a atenção que orientar não é sinônimo de comandar.

Jung considera que uma criança é um dos símbolos possíveis para o Self. Levando essa simbologia em consideração, o conselho de Jesus torna-se claro. Ele está sugerindo que nós falemos com nosso Self em busca de orientação.

É importante para uma vida saudável que nós onversemos com as personalidades interiores que habitam a nossa psique. É fundamental em nossa busca pela felicidade.

Um conselho que não canso de repetir vem de Joseph Campbell, o grande mitólogo e junguiano. Ele disse: Minha definição de demônio é um anjo que não foi reconhecido. Melhor dizendo, é um poder seu para o qual você negou expressão e você o reprime. Então, como toda energia reprimida, ela começa a crescer e a tornar-se muito perigosa

Como podemos falar com o Self? Como podemos falar com as várias personalidades que vivem dentro da nossa mente? Jung desenvolveu um método para isso: Imaginação Ativa. Se você está interessado em saber mais, clique aqui.

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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