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The Creation of Consciousness in Greek Mythology

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The Creation of Consciousness in Greek Mythology

The Greek myth of creation says that the world was created from the separation of Caos into the earth, Gaia, and the sky, Uranus.
Because Uranus was afraid of losing his power, he imprisoned his children – Titans and Cyclopes.
With the help of his mother, Cronos, a Titan, overthrew Uranus and castrated him. From the blood that spilled on earth, the Erinyes (the Furies) were born. The genital was thrown in the sea, and Aphrodite (Desire) was born.
Kronos ruled the realm with the same policy of Cronos. He imprisoned his brothers to avoid being overthrown by them. Cronos was overthrown in a war against his sons, and Zeus, of the race of gods, took the helm.
We can take a psychological lesson from this myth. Human beings resist changes. This is an old resistance, born when the race did not exist. This came from Uranus and Cronos but also affected Zeus. The progress of civilization depends and new ideas, but they are always resisted.
Many fathers resist the new ideas brought by their sons, the classic war of generations. The old does not yield lightly to the new ideas of youth, but, metaphorically, you have to kill your father.
Another lesson to be taken from this myth is that the creation of conscience is not an easy process. The gains have to be paid with suffering, that calls our attention to our \biblical myth of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
In this Greek myth, the Furies (Erinyes) came to earth and also desire (Aphrodite). According to Buddha, no desire, no suffering. The problem is that is is extremely difficult – I would say impossible for normal human beings – to get rid of desire.

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.

 

A Criação da Consciência na mitologia grega

O mito grego da criação do mundo, diz que o mundo foi criado a partir da separação do Caos em Terra – Gaia – e Céu – Urano.
Porque Urano tinha medo de perder o seu poder, ele aprisionou seus filhos – Titãs e Ciclopes.
Com a ajuda de sua mãe, Cronos, um Titan, derrubou Urano e o castrou. Do sangue derramado sobre a terra, nasceram as Erínias (Fúrias). O genital foi jogado ao mar, e deu origem á Afrodite (Desejo).
Kronos governou o reino com a mesma política de seu pai, Uranos. Ele prendeu os irmãos para evitar ser derrubado por eles, mas foi deposto em uma guerra contra seus filhos, e Zeus, da raça dos deuses, assumiu o comando.
Podemos tirar uma lição psicológica a partir deste mito. Os seres humanos resistem a mudanças. Esta é uma resistência antiga, existente quando a raça humana ainda não existia. Isto veio de Urano e Cronos, mas também afetou Zeus e os seres humanos que lhe seguiram. O progresso da civilização depende e novas ideias, mas o antigo sempre resiste às mudanças.
Muitos pais resistem às novas ideias trazidas por seus filhos, a guerra clássica de gerações. O velho não aceita facilmente as novas ideias da nova geração, Metaforicamente, você tem que matar seu pai.
Outra lição a ser tirada deste mito é que a criação da consciência não é um processo indolor. Os ganhos têm de ser pagos com o sofrimento, o que chama a nossa atenção para o mito bíblico da expulsão de Adão e Eva do Jardim do Éden.
Neste mito grego, as Fúrias (Erínias) vem à terra e também o desejo (Afrodite). De acordo com o Buda, se você consegue sublimar o desejo, você não sofre. Infelizmente, isso é muito difícil.

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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