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

Series: Myths of the World – Introduction

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Myths of the World. (with Jungian interpretation)

Why do myths, these simple, sometimes naive tales have survived for so long? What keeps then alive? We could suspect that their survival can be explained by a function, an important function that they performed and still perform in our days. If we do suspect that, we are right. The old myths and tales survive because they touch a cord in our unconscious, and teach us lessons for life.

We will be discussing several world myths and tales, throwing light in their lessons with the concepts of Jungian psychology. For the ones that do not know Carl G. Jung, let me mention that this great Swiss psychologist, that I consider one of the great genius of the XX century, developed the concept of the collective unconscious, probably the main reason of his fight with Freud. As the body of modern human beings carry traces of the body of our most remote ancestors, the psyche, likewise, keeps in the collective unconscious, the psychological story of humanity. For more explanations, I suggest you click here.

Concerning myths, their importance cannot be downplayed. Edward Edinger, a noteworthy Jungian analyst, starts his book – The Creation of Consciousness- saying: “History and anthropology teach us that human society cannot long survive unless its members are psychologically contained in a central living myth, Such myth provides the individual with a reason for being.”

Maybe that is what our modern world needs – a sustaining myth – since the Christian myth that organized Western civilization for twenty centuries is showing signs of weariness, and this difficult transition phase the Western civilization is passing through, with the loss of our values, could be the result of the erosion of our central myth.

If we can believe in the many myths that indicate the end of the world in December 2012, that I interpret as the death of an old era and the resurrection to a new era, the Era of Aquarius, our Western world is in the process of a dramatic change.

Talking about myths, I would like to throw a remark for your meditation. It is said that human beings consider the religion of others as myths, but their own as theology.

In this blog, you will be offered several posts, discussing world myths and tales that will compose a book. I will organize the book and posts by themes. In the next posts we will discuss the theme of hubris, a Greek word that can be translated as a feeling of being almost a semi-god.

We will start with the myth of Icarus, as told by the Wise Old Man in my book The Little Prince for Grownups.

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.

Mitos do Mundo Introdução

(Com interpretação junguiana)

Por que mitos, estes simples, às vezes ingênuos contos pode ter sobrevivido por tanto tempo? O que os mantém vivos? Poderíamos suspeitar que a sua sobrevivência pode ser explicada por uma função, uma função importante que eles realizavam e ainda realizam em nossos dias. Se nós suspeitamos isso, estamos certos. Os velhos mitos e contos sobrevivem porque tocam uma corda no nosso inconsciente, e nos ensinam lições de vida.

Iremos discutir mitos e contos de vários países e regiões, jogando luz em seus ensinamentos com os conceitos da psicologia junguiana. Para mque não conhecem Carl G. Jung, deixe-me dizer que este grande psicólogo suíço, um dos maiors gênios do século XX, desenvolveu o conceito de inconsciente coletivo, provavelmente a principal razão de sua briga com Freud. Como o corpo de seres humanos modernos carregam vestígios do corpo de nossos antepassados mais remotos, a psique da mesma forma mantém no inconsciente coletivo a história psicológica da humanidade. Para mais explicações, sugiro que você vá para meu post Arquétipos e o Inconsciente Coletivo..

A importância dos mitos não pode ser subestimada. Edward Edinger, analista junguiano notável, começa seu livro – A Criação da Consciência, dizendo: “A história e a antropologia nos ensinam que a sociedade humana não pode sobreviver por muito tempo a menos que seus membros estejam psicologicamente contidos em um mito vivo central, que proporciona ao indivíduo uma razão de ser. ”

Talvez seja o que precisemos no mundo atual – um mito central. O mito cristão que organizou civilização ocidental pelos últimos vinte séculos está mostrando sinais de cansaço, e esta fase de transição que a civilização ocidental está passando, com a perda de valores, pode ser o resultado da erosão do nosso mito cristão.

Se pudermos acreditar nos muitos mitos que indicam o fim do mundo em dezembro de 2012, que interpreto como a morte de uma era antiga e a ressurreição para uma nova era, a Era de Aquário, o nosso mundo ocidental está em processo de uma mudança dramática.

Falando sobre mitos, eu gostaria de jogar uma observação para a sua meditação. Diz-se que os seres humanos consideram a religião dos outros como mitos, mas a sua própria como teologia.

Neste blog, nos vamos oferecer posts discutindo vários mitos e contos mundiais que irão compor um futuro livro. Vamos organizar o livro e as mensagens por temas. Nos próximos posts vamos discutir o tema da hubris, uma palavra grega que pode ser traduzida como uma sensação de ser quase um semideus, um excesso de confiança em suas próprias capacidades

Vamos começar com o mito de Ícaro, como exposto pelo Velho Sábio em meu livro O Pequeno Príncipe para os Gente Grande, e que será discutido no próximo post.

 

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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