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Gospel of Thomas #5

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Of all the Gospels that came to us, the Gospel of Thomas is by far the most enigmatic one. This could have been a reason for its exclusion from the canonical Gospels. A religion that strived to be popular, to be accepted by all,  the majority being illiterate, could not address itself to an elite, To be popular, this religion could not ask its followers to be capable of interpreting metaphorical and symbolic sayings.

The fifth saying of the Gospel of Thomas is another enigmatic saying of Jesus as many others in this gospel.

Jesus says: Come to know what is in front of you, and that which is hidden from you will become clear to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not become manifest.

Let’s try to understand this the message. Evidently Jesus is not dealing with the material world. The sayings in this gospel are mostly esoteric, pointing within. Jesus wants us to see and understand what is inside of us.

C. G. Jung suggests that the objective of every human being is to follow the journey of individuation. A different name for this would be a journey towards complete awareness. This confirms the advice in the entrance of the Temple of Apollo, in Delphi, Greece, – Know Thyself – that we commented in an earlier post. Jesus is urging is to do exactly this. Look inside, find what is hidden and everything will become clear. Jesus counsels us to know what is inside of us.

Knowing what is inside of us is extremely valuable to our mental health and to our journey in search of happiness.

We carry inside our psyche several personalities that the Greeks used to call deamons. These personalities can be seen as demons or angels depending on their being honored or not. Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist of the XX century and friend of Jung, gave an advice that I do not tire of repeating because it illustrates so perfectly this advice. “My definition of a demon is an angel that was not recognized by the ego. It is a power that you denied and repressed. So, like any repressed energy, it begins to grow and to become very dangerous.

The objective of Jungian psychology is to make possible to lift the veil that hides parts of our unconscious. This coincides with the advice given by Jesus in this Gospel of Thomas and with the saying in the Temple of Apollo..

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.

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Evangelho de Tomé # 5

De todos os evangelhos que chegaram até nós, o Evangelho de Tomé é, de longe, o mais enigmático. Isto poderia ter sido uma razão para a sua exclusão dos Evangelhos canônicos. Uma religião que se esforçava para ser popular, para ser aceita universalmente por uma população em sua maioria constituída por analfabetos, não poderia se  restringir a uma elite capaz de interpretar palavras metafóricas e simbólicas.

O quinto provérbio do Evangelho de Tomé é outro pronunciamento enigmático de Jesus como muitos neste evangelho.

Jesus diz: Venha conhecer o que está diante de você, e o que está escondido se tornará claro. Pois não há nada escondido que não se torne manifesto.

Evidentemente, Jesus não está se referindo ao mundo material. Os provérbios neste evangelho são principalmente esotéricos, apontando para o interior do nosso ser, da nossa psique. Jesus nos quer indicar o que está dentro de nós.

Carl Jung sugere que o objetivo de todo ser humano é seguir o caminho da individuação. Um nome diferente para este seria um caminho para a plena consciência. Isto confirma o conselho na entrada do templo de Apolo, em Delfos, na Grécia, – Conhece a ti mesmo – que comentamos em um post anterior. Jesus está sugerindo que façamos exatamente isso. Olhe para dentro, descubra o que está escondido em sua psique, e tudo ficará claro. Jesus nos aconselha a conhecer o que está dentro de nós.

Saber o que está dentro de nós é extremamente valioso para a nossa saúde mental e para a nossa jornada em busca da felicidade.

Nós carregamos dentro de nossa psique várias personalidades que os gregos chamavam deamons. Estas personalidades também podem ser entendidas como demônios ou anjos, dependendo da atenção dada a elas.

Joseph Campbell, o grande mitólogo do século XX e amigo de Jung, deu um conselho que não me canso de repetir porque ilustra perfeitamente este ponto.

Campbell disse: “Minha definição de um demônio é um anjo que não foi reconhecido pelo ego. Ele é um poder que você negou e reprimiu. Assim, como toda a energia reprimida, ela começa a crescer e se tornar muito perigosa.”

O objetivo da psicologia junguiana é tornar possível levantar o véu que esconde partes do nosso inconsciente. Este é também o conselho dado por Jesus neste Evangelho de Tomás.

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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