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Arthur Schopenhauer and Carl Jung – Wisdom Quotes (3)

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Wisdom Quotes – Arthur Schopenhauer and Carl Jung

Schopenhauer (1788-1860), the German philosopher, stated on his essay – An Apparent Intention of the Fate of the Individual - that when you are at a certain age and look back over your life, it seems to be almost as orderly as a composed novel.

Sometimes you think that life has tricked you, but, years later, you may come to the conclusion that it was only trying to force you on the right track.

Carl Jung (1875-1961), said that we have, inside our psyche, one central archetype – Self – that orients our life. Jung defines the Self as the archetype of order, the totality of the personality.

Whereas the Ego is the center of the conscious psyche, the Self is the center of both conscious and unconscious psyche. Differently from the Ego, which commands our conscious mind, the Self orients the whole psyche. A helpful metaphor here is of a football coach. He may give guidance to the players before the match and during the breaks, but he cannot determine what each player will do when he has the ball. That is Self.

God granted freedom of choice to human beings. The personalities which inhabit our psyche also have energy and free will. It is not only the Ego that has this freedom, but also other personalities, which are inside our unconscious mind. Neither the Ego nor the Self controls the Anima –  another archetype men carry inside the psyche. This is why we use the metaphor of the coach and not that of the boss to explain the Self.

The notion of Self is extremely important as it represents the psychological God, the Image of God that the Bible deals with. Reading the Bible metaphorically, whenever it mentions Yahweh, Elohim, Lord or God, it refers to the Self, the central archetype in our psyche.

Going back to Schopenhauer, the Self would be the agent that composes the novel we call our life.

My view is that life – Self – sends us signs all the time. These signs come via dreams, visions, hunches, and things that happen with us. The first signs are gentle but, if we don’t pay head to them, they increase in intensity – diseases, accidents – forcing us to take a different road.

My advice. Beware the signs of life (the Self). Hear them, act on them before life hits you really hard.

I am Roberto Lima Netto, author of The Jungian Bible, which presents Jung’s concepts to the layman exemplifying them with stories from the Bible. I also wrote The Little Prince for Grownups, The Amazon Shaman, In Search of Happiness  and others, offered in Amazon. You can find me at: www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org

Pepitas Douradas de Sabedoria – Arthur Schopenhauer e Carl Jung

Schopenhauer (1788-1860), filósofo alemão, afirmou em seu ensaio – Uma Intenção Aparente do Destino do Indivíduo – que quando você chega a uma certa idade e olha para trás, sua vida parece ser quase tão ordenada como romance.

Às vezes você pensa que a vida te enganou, mas, anos mais tarde, pode chegar à conclusão de que ela estava apenas tentando forçá-lo a trilhar o caminho certo.

Carl Jung (1875-1961), disse que nós temos, dentro de nossa psique, um arquétipo central – Self – que orienta nossa vida. Jung define o Self como o arquétipo da ordem, a totalidade da personalidade.

O Ego é o centro da psique consciente, o Self é o centro da psique total -consciente e inconsciente. Diferentemente do Ego, que comanda a nossa mente consciente, o Self orienta toda a psique. Uma metáfora útil é um treinador de futebol. Ele pode dar orientações para os jogadores antes do jogo e durante os intervalos, mas não pode determinar o que cada jogador vai fazer quando ele tem a bola. Isso é o Self.

Deus concedeu a liberdade de escolha para os seres humanos. As personalidades que habitam a nossa psique também tem energia e vontade própria. Não é somente o ego que tem essa liberdade, mas também outras personalidades, que estão dentro da nossa mente inconsciente. Nem o Ego, nem o Self controla o Anima – outro arquétipo que os homens carregam dentro da psique. É por isso que usamos a metáfora do treinador e não do chefe para explicar o Self.

A noção de Self é extremamente importante, pois representa o Deus psicológico, a Imagem de Deus que a Bíblia menciona. Lendo a Bíblia metaforicamente, sempre que menciona Javé, Elohim, ou Deus, refere-se ao Self, o arquétipo central em nossa psique.

Voltando a Schopenhauer, o Self seria o agente que compõe o romance que chamamos de nossa vida.

Meu ponto de vista é que a vida – Self – envia-nos sinais o tempo todo. Estes sinais vem através de sonhos, visões, palpites, e outras coisas que acontecem conosco. Os primeiros sinais são gentis, mas, se não dermos atenção a eles, eles aumentam de intensidade – doenças, acidentes – forçando-nos a tomar um caminho diferente.

Meu conselho. Cuidado com os sinais da vida (do Self). Ouça-os e tome atitudes  antes que a vida lhe atropele.

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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