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Searching for happiness in the last phase of life 121011

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Life passes rapidly and, when you open your eyes, you are in the third period of life. Now you are sixty or more; your middle-age goals have been achieved or adapted to what is possible. This [period …

Life passes rapidly and, when you open your eyes, you are in the third period of life. Now you are sixty or more; your middle-age goals have been achieved or adapted to what is possible. This [period may be very difficult or the happiest period of your life. How to find happiness?


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  • 1. The Last Phase of LifeDo you prefer a sad or a happy life?
  • 2. 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. Roberto Lima Netto, Ph.D. Stanford University
  • 3. Life passes rapidly and, when you open your eyes, you are in the third periodof life. Now you are sixty or more; your middle-age goals have been achieved or adapted to what is possible.
  • 4. It is time to start a phase of yourlife when decisions will determineif your life will be a sad or a happy one.
  • 5. For this phase of life, the objectivesof the previous phases are useless. You have to rethink your life.
  • 6. Many try to live the life of theirchildren, hopping their children couldachieve the successes they could not get. This is nor a satisfying solution.
  • 7. And it doesnt help the children either.It burdens them with goals that may not be their own.
  • 8. To find a solution to this stage of life, youhave to think about the objective of life. Not only your life, but of the lives of human beings in general.
  • 9. Why God threw us on earth?Metaphorically speaking, why God expelled us from the Garden of Eden?
  • 10. Im convinced that we came toearth to learn lessons that allowour souls to grow, to get closer to God.
  • 11. Meister Johannes Eckhart, O.P,(c. 1260 – c. 1327), a German theologian and mystic, said: "Know that, by nature, every creature seeks to become like God. Nature’s intent is neither food nor drinking, nor clothing, nor comfort or anything else in which God isleft out. Whether you like it or not, whether you knowit or not, secretly nature seeks, hunts, tries to discover the path on which God may be found."
  • 12. Buddhism and of many Oriental religions preach we have millions of passages on earth to work on our life lessons and toimprove our souls. The body changes, but the soul is immortal.
  • 13. This is also the view of Christianity, but for thereincarnation in a material body.
  • 14. Jung, one of the great minds of the XX century,proposes that the objective of human life is the increase of conscience – to know ourselves.He claims that the gains each of us achieve aresaved in the collective unconscious for the use of all.
  • 15. According to Jung, humanity will improve with every gain of consciousness each human beingachieves, and we may have a more just society in the future.
  • 16. My personal view concerning lifes objective is that we should strive forhappiness, which does not conflict with the previous advices, because the road tohappiness passes through the nurturing of the spiritual life.
  • 17. As I mentioned in other occasions(other videos), to live a spiritual life you dont need to join an established church or religion.
  • 18. If you want to be happy, to work on your soul and to gain conscience,spare some daily time for meditation and spiritual work. Prayer is a type of meditation.
  • 19. Jung asserted that, inside our psyches, we carry many personalities, one of thembeing the Self, an archetype that strives to put us in the correct path of life. Jung called it the path of individuation
  • 20. If you want to develop a spiritual life, one alternative you have is to talk to the personalities that live inside our psyche using Active Imagination, a method developed by Jung.
  • 21. If you want to learn more about ActiveImagination, there is a couple of posts in my blog.
  • 22. But I suggest, for a comprehensive approach, an excellent.
  • 23. Robert Johnson wrote a preciousbook – Inner Work – dealing withdream interpretation and Active Imagination that I highly recommend.
  • 24. I invite you to visit my site to have access to my other videos and for additional information. I also invite you to download a free eBook. “Shortcuts to happiness”www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org
  • 25. I wish you HAPPINESS. Thanks for your time and attention. Roberto Lima Nettowww.HappinessAcademyOnline.org.