Egg: Symbolism

Let’s celebrate Easter with a Mindfunda Blogpost about the symbolism of the egg. Don’t you find it is strange that eggs and easter have become so close?

Egg: Origin of the World

We will have to go back to East Asia, between 1700 en 1100 BCE. In the Rig Veda, a book that contains 1017 rhymes it is said that:

 

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Jacob Bryant’s Orphic Egg (1774

 

“The Creator, as Hiranyagarbha, arose from the great waters and by his power and energy germinated the egg containing the world matter, thus setting in motion the process of Creation. From this standpoint, Creation was not a new beginning but a rearrangement, setting things in a proper order.”

But that was a long time ago. Why are we still fooling around with eggs around easter?

Egg: Changing Perception of the Universe

Einstein, the guy we all love, because he was not only a genius, but also a very good marketeer (he invented personal branding), changed the perceptions of the universe.

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Cartoon: Tom Richmond at tomrichmond.com

 

And like any major change this one: that we, the species living on earth, are just a tiny part of a much bigger system.

And we are really the center… nothing really…

BUT: by discovering so much more about the creation of the universe those old mythologies became populair again.

It wasn’t really coincidence that Carl Jung wrote about the cosmic egg in his red book.

Egg: The Red Book

In the Red Book Jung has a scene that involves the cosmic egg.  This cosmic egg has a seed in it: the promise of fertilization and growth.

Doesn’t that remind you of the Seed Of Yggdrasil? Maria Kvilhaugg describes in her book how the Tree of Life clearly has a seed that brings fertility on earth.

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Carl Jung, The Red Book
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“On the evening of the third day, I kneel down and carefully open the egg. Something resembling smoke rises up from it and suddenly Izdubar is standing before me, enormous, transformed, and complete. His limbs are whole and I find no trace of damage on them. It’s as if he had awoken from a deep sleep”.

Izdubar represents the inner voice, the silent inner knowing that does not need evidence. Jung even sees science as the thing that wounded Izdubar.

Izdubar crawls out of the egg and gives light like the sun. The egg, birth and the sun they are always connected. But haven’t you, like me, ever wondereed why on earth we celebrate the death of our god Jesus when nature starts to emerge, and we celebrate his birth in the darkest days?

Egg: Symbolic Meanings

As I have already mentioned in an earlier Easter blog about the goddess Eostre, on a very literal level people used to eat a lot of eggs during Easter because they were not allowed to eat them during lent, so they saved up tons of them.

But does an egg have more symbolic meanings than fertility?

The color yellow in the egg is the brightest colour to the human eye. The colour is  associated with youth and happiness.

In general eggs are considered to represent new possibilities. Unlike my attempt to associate sex dreams (see #2) in a different way as the usual “you want to unite with the thing your sex partner represents” theme, I have not been able to use my creativity here.

But I do have, as an Easter Bonus a nice blog I wrote about chocolate. Have fun this Easter and eat a lot of (chocolate) eggs.


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Meaning of Dreams: 8 Ways to Start Interpreting Dreams

The meaning of dreams. If you remember a dream and it was intriguing, or emotional, the first thing you want to do is attach meaning to it. It is debatable if a dream ever has a definite meaning.

Meaning of Dreams: Literal

The first step I always take when someone shares a dream with me, is to find out if the dream has a literal quality. Health dreams, for instance, have a tendency to be very literal.

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For instance, a business man kept having dreams of his secretary taking money out of the cash register. He interpreted it as a sign that he needed to give his female side more energy. He started to embrace and honour his anima (which isn’t a bad thing). But one day, he walked in on his secretary actually grabbing money out of the cash register. the dreams had been a literal warning.

Downside: of course not every dream is literal.

Meaning of Dreams: Symbolic

Usually a dream is interpreted symbolic. Either through the use of dream dictionaries or through personal association.

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You write down your dream, make a list of every symbol in it and write down the first thing that does to mindful that symbol.

Downside: this method can block some people some times. When you ask them for their first association they look at you in despair and shrug their shoulders.

Meaning of Dreams: 5 Ways

When you are seriously interested in dreams you might have read some good books about them (here is a list of 10 books about dreams I recommended, let me know if i missed a good book).

But in reality, most people jump around intuitively from one method to another. Here is an interesting blog I have written about 5 popular techniques that can help you interpret dreams.

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Shamanism is one of the oldest religions and the use of the shamanic drum can put you in a trance, with or without help from plants.

Gestalt is an intuitive technique that can help you find the gestalt in a dream. In that way, it resembles the use of Jungian archetypes rather close.

Jungian dream interpretation has been around for decades. It has become very popular, because this method is also very intuitive.

Dream Tending is -in my eyes- a very soft and gentle method, where you give a dream the chance to gently unfold.

Content analysis: there are several dream sites where you can insert your dream into a database that will be used by dream researchers. DreamsCloud is one of them.

Meaning of Dreams: Personal Consultation

This is of course my personal favourite. Getting professional advice on your dream can give your dream so much more depths and meaning.

A professional dream worker can use a variety of techniques. Read this blog that I wrote about questions that can help you determine if a dream worker will add value to your dream.

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Of course you can always sent me an email if you want a dream consultation. You can also visit my online course page to se if there are courses that might enhance your general knowledge about dreams and mythology.

Because getting involved with your dreams is an investment in yourself.

 


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Connect Your Inner Strength With The World

Join us now! Spiritual Soul Searching. 

Do you think all living things are connected? I think we are connected in much more ways than we are aware of.

When people start to connect, energy changes. For the better or for the worse, but transformation is an inevitable result. We add value to our live and the life of others when we connect. We do not want walls. Even though the may protect us, they leave us feeling alone, depressed and isolated.

This blog connects to Spiritual Soul Searching. If you want to find out how you can add value to your own life by connecting your own inner strength to this world, this is the blog for you.

If you have ever stood on the top of a mountain and looked down, you must have felt it. Every little thing on this earth is connected. Life is build on cycles. There is the cycle of water, there are inner cycles in your body that govern your hormones and glucose levels.

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And life is build up this way to maintain homeostasis. Inner balance. Only when you are able to sustain inner balance, you are able to live a healthy life.

Connect with a broader vision

You want to do more than look at yourself as a physical unity, as a “car”. You know you are so much more than a collection of homeostatic cycles. You have felt it in waking life. You have met mythological giants in your dreams. You yearn to have a better sense of your own innate spirituality. You know that it will make you happier. Better equipped to face challenges of life.

Mindfunda offers you an online course to guide you through this re-connection with inner strength. Step by step, during the course of a month we will tune into dreams, meditations and questions about different aspects of spirituality.
We will connect wit our innate sense of spirituality. We will dive into our own shadow. We will carefully analyse dreams to detect the archetypes they represent. And finally you express your new sense of spirituality through art. Because often there are no words to express this inner feeling.

Connect with inner strength

If you think back, what were the circumstances when you looked at your life and recognised how things are connected? Once, I was flying back to Europe after I gave a presentation about dreams in America, I looked out of the window, and admired the beauty of the earth.  I said to the lady next to me: “how gorgeous is this world we are living on”. And she responded: “yes, I feel blessed every day”. Looking downwards upon  the trees, the mountains, the water, I could so easily feel how things are connected. Not only physically. Connected mentally and spiritual as well.

But the world is hard and you are not always on top of a mountain or in a plane. Life gets you down. When you feel depressed, you feel alone. You have lost the ability to connect. This loss happens in your psyche and is reflected in the world around you. Mindfunda Spiritual Soul Searching contains four lessons that will re-connect you with your inner sense of spirituality.

Connect with Your Shadow

“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole”
― C.G. Jung

After we have explored dreams that showed our innate spirituality, it is time to take the next step. We will follow the path of the hero. We will incubate dreams about our own shadow. There is an ancient technique called dream incubation. You write a clear statement that will focus your dreaming mind into receiving dreams about a certain topic. Every dream you remember will be interpreted by you as an expression of the shadow.

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This course is not about dream interpretation. It is aimed at enhancing your knowledge so you can make connections. You will discover metaphors that your dreaming mind uses and you will be able to make more sense of your life and the path you have taken so far. The course offers four incubations for you to use to capture your own dreams.

Connect with Archetypes

James Hillman, who coined the term “Archetypical Psychology” in the seventies of last century said: “dreams tell us where we are, not what to do”.
Hillman was the first director of the Jungian Institute in Zurich. An archetype is an innate, universal prototype for ideas and may be used to interpret observations.

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Mindfunda Spiritual Soul Searching will devote itself to help you look for, and connect with archetypical energy. Not only the archetypical Father, but also the archetypical Mother. We will discover that archetypes represent the origins of life as well as personifying the unconscious.

This might be the most interesting, life changing course you have ever done in your life. If you take the version with personal guidance, you will get four hours of personal coaching. An objective perspective of either me, Susanne van Doorn, or Christian Gerike. You will get one coach, so he/she can mentor your process of personal growth. This way, you can be sure that repeating dream themes are detected and that your dream incubations will be more effective. It is in human nature to perform better with a personal mentor.

The Course: Mindfunda Spiritual Soul Searching

The course consists of 4 weekly blocks. One lesson each week;

Lesson 1 is about your innate spirituality;

Lesson 2  about connecting with your shadow;

Lesson 3 about archetypes;

Lesson 4:  The concluding lesson is about your personal mandala;
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Each block you will also get:

  • Specific dream examples to guide you in re-interpreting your dream journal;
  • Challenging questions to explore your own inner wealth;
  • A dedicated dream incubation to use the rest of that week, or any time you would like to re-discover this aspect;

When you finish the course you will have created a personal roadmap for your Spiritual Self. A valuable asset to obtain inner balance. A way to seek fulfilment within. It will keep you focussed and balanced. 

Add more value to your life exploring your own Spirituality. Come and join us!

An even more personal experience is provided to you when choosing the premium Personal Guidance Plan, with an additional 4 hours of One-on-One consultation.

Each week, after you have collected your dreams and answered your questions you will get one hour of personal guidance on Skype, so you can make a quantum leap in your spiritual development.

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psychology for everyday with a spiritual layer of meaning, searching for the soul. Our brains are wired for believe in magic. In a world filled with rationality, you sometimes need a little magic, a little “I wonder why”. Synchronicity, the insights of Carl Jung, the mythology used by Freud, the archetypical layers in the Tarot, the wisdom of the I Tjing, Shamanism, the oldest religion of humanity, all that information gets published in the Spirifunda section of Mindfunda.

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Negative Dreams: 3 Positive Ways of Dealing with them

Why are dreams so negative? Turn open any book about dreams (here is a list of ten books about dreaming I recommend) and they all guide you into an inner conflict that needs to be resolved. Are we so addicted to the apocalypse? Or is there something else going on? Three Positive ways to counterbalance negative dreams.

#1: Negative Mindset: Human Nature

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People are wired to detect negative things. This helps them to survive. So when you dream, you play out possible futures. This way, your neurons can practice.

I remember my dream that predicted the death of my father (I talk about grief dreams in my book A Dreamers’ Guide Through the Land of the Deceased). So how did that negative dream was necessary. Even though I did not understand it when I woke up, five months later at the bed of my father, a shock went through my body: I had experienced this before! It made me immediately phone my sisters and brother so everybody had the time to say a proper goodbye to my father.

#2: Negative dream as a warning sign

When I translated Kasatkin’s book about dreams and health, it became very clear to me that dreams are prone to get more negative when there is immediate danger for the dreamer. It is like they push on all the buttons and blow the whistles at the same time.

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Needless to say there is a close relationship between your dreams and your health. Kasatkin was one of the first psychiatrists who collected dreams of his patients and was able to draw scientific conclusions about it in his book.
You might also want to read 7 symbols that tell you dream is about your health.

#3: Negative dreams as spiritual gateways

“The darkness which clings to every personality is the door into the unconscious and the gateway of dreams, from which those two twilight figures, the shadow and the anima, step into our nightly visions or, remaining invisible, take possession of our ego-consciousness.”

Carl Jung

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In one of my dreams I meet Captain Stubing of the Love Boat. Do you remember the television show? He is standing for a door in a boat. I try to open the door but he prevents me. He looks at me really angry. I wake up agonised…

This was a very negative dream for me. Not being allowed to enter a portal, the door on the boat of life, it made me very sad. But did you know that Captain Stubing, played by Gavin MacLeod, has experienced a spiritual reunion with his wife Patti? the pair got divorced, but Patti asked her friends to pray for their reunion. And because they both experienced a connection, Gavin started to think about his ex wife again. Eventually he called her and they fell back in love again.

So I started to re-interpret this dream as an encouragement to search for a deeper spiritual connection in my own relationship.

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My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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Everything you need to know about dreams. Practical How to’s, the latest scientific research, the most commonly used ways to attach meaning to dreams. This and more is given to you for your everyday use in this part of Mindfunda

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Eros in dreams

When was the last time you were mesmerized by somebody who took your breath away?

Eros is in the heart of every dream. I know that is a very romantic thought. When I interviewed Bart Koet about his book Spirituality and I suggested that maybe god, in the form of spirituality, is a part of every dream.


He did not agree with me. Some dreams are spiritual dreams other dreams are not.. But still I feel there is truth in the notion Jeremy Taylor once proclaimed:  “But the dream comes always in the service of health and wholeness, of the best and most complete and most creative being that we can be ”

Eros as Dionysos

“The cave is, traditionally, the location of Dionysos’ cult; the serpent, according to Kerenyi, is a life phenomenon, whose coolness, mobility, slippery character and, frequently, deathly threat, cause a highly ambivalent impression. The snake also represents the identity of Zoe, indestructible life, in its lowest form. The earth’s sun, from the depths, is Dionysos himself, “the light of Zeus”. Jung emphasized, in the corrected draft, the references about the Orphic representation of a stream of mud in the underworld.

The Orphics worshipped the first Dionysos (Zagreus), who was dismembered by the Titans. Zeus recovered his heart, and gave it to Semele in a drink, so that she would gestate it. With her death, Zeus placed Dionysos on his thigh, and from that the god was born, the second Dionysos -hence he is considered the god of death and rebirth. To protect him from Hera’s fury, Hermes gave him to Ino, who, together with her husband, King Atamas, raised Dionysos as a girl. His capacity to move between the world of genders is attributed to his living among women, thus he is seen as an androgynous god, in the sense of being able to integrate both masculine and feminine elements in his personality.

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Eros/Phanos

Unlike Apollo, the sun-god, representative of culture and civilization, Dionysos is associated with the mysteries of life and death, with vegetation, with consciousness associated with the depths, irrationality, a life fully lived, the emotions and sensuality that lead to an altered state of consciousness, and to transcendence through experience. Dionysos is considered the god of ecstasy and of enthusiasm, because his devotees, after a frenzied dance, “become enraptured”, and then “the god merges into his adorer, through enthusiasm”.

The Eros/Phanos picture was the target picture of the psiber conference orginized by the IASD. It is an online conference were people can read about psi- connections in dreams. And I do not consider it coincidence that I was reading the book about Jung his love life at the same time this image was selected as target picture!

This quotation I read in Maria Helena Guerra her book “The love drama of C.G. Jung”:

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The love drama of C.G. Jung

This book is very much worth reading. (If you want to buy it just click on the link and go to Amazon, that way you will support Mindfunda). Maria weaves the strings of Jung’s process of constructing the Self in a web of the love triangle that was created after Jung introduced Tony Wolff into his home. She was his lover, his therapist, the one that kept him sane. She was the manifestation of his anima.

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Tony Wolff

Eros as anima

This was Jung his dream:
In the dream I found myself in a magnificent Italian loggia with pillars, a marble floor and a marble balustrade. I was sitting on a gold Renaissance chair. in front of me was a table of rare beauty. It was made of green stone like emerald. There I sat, looking at a distance, for the loggia was set high up on the tower castle. My children were sitting at the table too.
Suddenly a white bird descended, a small sea-gull or a dove. Gracefully came to rest on the table, and I signed the children to be still so that they would not frighten away the pretty white bird. Immediately, the dove was transformed into a little girl ], about eight years of age, with golden blond hair. She ran off with the children and played with them among the colonnades of the castle.
I remained lost in thought, musing about what I had just experienced. The little girl returned and tenderly placed her arms around my neck. Then she suddenly vanished, the dove was back and spoke in a human voice: “Only in the first hours of the night can I transform myself to a human being, while the male dove is busy with the twelve death”. then she flew off into the blue air and I awoke”.

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The dove as symbol of the anima

 

Eros in your life

How about you? When was the last time you were mesmerized by somebody who took your breath away? In your dreams? Or in your waking life?

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Dream analysis: 5 ways of looking at your dream

Dream analysis, how do you do that? What does my dream mean? Is a question many people ask themself if they wake up in amazement. This article will give you 5 possible ways that are used to unravel the message. I will mention some good books that you can use to apply the method to see if it resonates with you.

Dream analysis way #1: Shamanism

Shamanism is the oldest religion in the world. Living in small groups, Homo sapiens had one or two wise men or women whose function was to be a bridge between earth and sky. They were selected in prescribed ways: chosen by the other shamans, called for in a dream. It was an innate quality.
Shamanism has gotten a new vibe: people want to go back to human nature and get callings in dreams. The trend is now to be your own shaman.
A shaman uses dreams to get in tune with the rhythm of the earth. A way of finding the Schuman resonance. The extended knowledge of ways to induce psychedelic experiences using herbs and vegetables is described by Paul Devereux in his book the long trip.

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The long trip Paul Devereux

A good introduction to shamanism is the book of Tom Dale Cowan. Inn this intelligent, clear written book he explains about the basic principles of shamanism. Traveling to the different realms of reality, tuning into natures vibes, exploring your inner imagination to enter the different realms.

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Shamanism Tom Cowan

Dream analysis way #2: Gestalt

Gestalt focusses on the images of a dream. It does not want to analyse an image to pieces, it wants to look at the whole image, the Gestalt. Frits Perls became one of the prominent spokesmen for Gestalt and his “Verbatim” a collection of his workshops. Perls was not very easy on his workshop participants, he made sure that they came out of their usual way of acting. In his dream analysis he was always looking for the “top dog” and the “underdog”,  a way that many people still use when they interpret the content of their dreams.. If you have not read it, you might want to add it to your list of dream classics.

 

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Gestalt Therapy Verbatim Frits Perls

Dream analysis way #3: Jung

Carl Jung broke all the rules of science when he treated day dreams and fantasies as realities. He drew on ancient mythologies, shamanism, and science, pouring them into a tasteful appalling sauce. The book that will tell you most about how to apply his method of working is his book Man and his symbols:

 

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Man and his symbols Carl Jung

If you really want to understand the ideas of Carl Jung and enjoy all the notes in the Red Book you might want to buy the readers edition:

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Carl Jung Red Book

The readers edition will be so much easier for you to read and handle because it is so much smaller. Reading the Red book has led me to so many good relevant literature that has opened my eyes to a new perception of mythological stories and if Jung his life.

Dream analysis way #4: Dream Tending

Steven Aizenstat focusses on four ways of dream analysis.  The psyche is multidimensional. Just like a shaman, Steven distinguishes three realms of consciousness: personal unconscious, the collective unconscious and the world unconscious.

The heartbeat of dream tending is that dreams are alive. A dream is not static, written down in words and brought to an therapists’ office. A dream is alive. Dream characters are more than symbols, they have a mind of their own (something we all have experienced).

Another shamanic oriented notion in dream tending is that everything dreams. Not only creatures with spines like science says, but rocks, trees, plants, insects too. It is the same presumption as Anne Baring takes when she asks the thought-provoking question: What is the dream of the cosmos? In an animated world, everything is dreaming says Aizenstat.

The last presumption of dream tending is that dreams happen now. You could be dreaming, or being dreamed as you read this.

 

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Dream tending Aizenstat

Last year I heard Steven speak for an enthusiastic crowd at a dream conference of the Iasd.  I think dream tending is a pleasant mixture of old insights in a new coating, with a foreman that has an appealing charisma.

Dream analysis way #5: Content Analysis

Content analysis has been around since the late ’50s early ’60s. Especially the ground work of Hall and van de Castle is still the leading way in current dream research. Whenever someone wants to graduate using dream work, using this method is the way to gain respect in the community of dreamers. Dream texts can be qualified and analysed using the categories distinguished by Hall and van de Castle.


Untill Milton Kramer’s work Dream research, contributions in clinical practice” gets published at the end of May 2015, you can get more information from the master himself: Robert van de Castle wrote Our dreaming mind. A classic, filled with research about dreams. Here is a link telling more about content analysis.

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Everything you need to know about dreams. Practical How to’s, the latest scientific research, the most commonly used ways to attach meaning to dreams. This and more is given to you for your everyday use in this part of Mindfunda

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World War 2: Wodan’s Wind blew

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In my dream
Women flew
Larger than any
Birds I had seen

They flew high
They flew together
Over trees
And dry, dusty land.

They came back, some
After years, with water
Careful in their beaks
For those who had
Forgotten how to fly.

Manju Kapur

Today we remember World War 2.  In May 1940, when the Germans came marching into his hometown my father was only 14. He lived in a city near the German border. He was soon recruited to work as a volunteer in the hospital. This made him grow up fast. He never told us about his work, but I could tell that he saw some things not meant for a boys’ eyes.

My mother was 12 when World War 2 started. Her father worked as an instructor in Morse Code at the post office. In that capacity he was able to forge identity papers from his students to keep them from being drafted. My mother told me that it scared the hell out of him. Every time he did it, he called in sick to work and got into bed. Waiting for the Germans to come and ship him off. luckily, he always got away.

They where no hero’s but they did the best they could to survive. My grandfather even got knighted for his actions during World war 2. He was very proud of that.
Looking back at the family history I wonder what I inherited from those experiences. Could it be that my dreams that refer to Wotan are a reminder of what my parents have been through? Carl Jung wrote an essay on Wotan referring to the First World War, but I think it is applicable to World war 2 as well.

“What is more than curious – indeed, piquant to a degree – is that the ancient god of storm and frenzy, the long quiescent Wotan, should awake, like an extinct volcano, to new in a civilized country that supposed to have outgrown the Middle Ages…. Wotan is a restless wanderer who creates unrest and stirs up life, now here, now there, and works magic”.

I remember meeting the wanderer Wotan in my dreams. I remember being called by him in another dream where the storm was blowing. I think my parents, growing up in an environment taken over by Wotan picked up on this archetypical force and it changed their Dna like epigenetic reasearch has shown in the last decade.

Sharon Moalm wrote an intriguing book about it: Inheritance. I really recomment that you read it. You will understand more about yourself and your family tree.

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Sharon Moalem Inheritance

We live in an age that makes us aware that what the things we eat, think and experience changes our brain, and even gets imprinted in our dan. Traumatic experiences get encrypted in our Dna and change the future of your offspring.

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Red Book reading: searching the soul

The Red book. First time I laid eyes on it I craved for it. It is a huge book (not very useful that is why I put a link to the readers’ edition up here) and filled with amazing art. It made an impression on me.

I have had the book for several years now and I decided to actually read it. I must confess I am one of the few people who dares to say aloud that reading Jung often confuses me. He wants to be too scientific and I stumble from one definition into another. Every time I read Jung and I was about to be captured by his intellect he kept on juggling with definitions.

 

 

Red Book

 

I feared the Red Book would be the same. Thankfully it is not. I think it is a very stimulating book. Let me take you on a journey to look for our souls.

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Red Book Carl Jung

Today I read the famous piece about how Jung had a vision of how Europe was going to change in 1915. He had a premonition about the First World War. That event made a big impression and got him to create the concept of the Collective unconscious. It shows how highly intelligent Jung was, creating a concept around an intuitive notion. To understand and appreciate the magnitude of this construction you need to know more about Jung.

Jung was the only surviving child of reform pastor Paul and a Emilie Jung, a paranormal gifted lady. The tension between the strict and clear theological rules his father lived by and the more experimental spirituality his mother engaged in can be found in the question that Jung asked himself in the Red Book.
Jung puts two energies opposite each other. The “Spirit of this Time” versus “The Spirit of Depths”.

We all have struggled with both energies. The Spirit of this Time wants us to be rational, scientific. We live in an age where everything can be explained. This energy made Jung, like Einstein, yearn to search for “The Supreme Meaning“.
But this energy of the Supreme Meaning is hardly reconcilable with The Spirit of This Time: “To understand a thing is a bridge and possibility of return to the path. But to explain a matter is arbitrary and sometimes even murder. Have you counted the murders among scholars?”

Have you ever searched for your soul? Have you ever incubated a dream about it? (I am going to do it, I will let you know how that works out). Have you ever felt a glimpse of the Supreme Meaning Carl Jung talks about? I can intuitively understand it and I think I was more connected with it when I was a child.

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Neurology newsflash: new neurons trained in sleep

In today’s Mindfunda I want to dedicate a blog to the brain. To neurology to be more specific (see here for a more detailed description of the brain). In this Ted Talk Paul Roossin discusses the history of sleep, the history of sleep science and leads us through a voyage through the brain.

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Paul Roossin

Trained as a neurobiologist, Mr. Roossin’s broad knowledge base and accomplishments led him to be featured as one of the 100 smartest individuals in the greater New York City area in a 1995 New York Magazine cover story. Mr. Roossin holds an B.S. and M.S. in Biology from New York University.

The Ted Talk of Paul: on the neurology of dreams discusses the use of the frontal lobe in dreaming (we recently found out that lucid dreamers have a greater pattern of activity in their frontal lobe during sleep), about the Red Book, Salvador Dali who used to sleep in a chair holding a metal spoon. As soon as the spoon dropped, he would be awake and write down his dream. it inspired some beautiful paintings.

At the end of his talk, Paul reveals that the buzzing of the brain during sleep helps new neurons to adapt more quickly to its tasks. This hypothesis needs to be tested but is very promising, Neurology is one of the most interesting topics of interest around. Mindfunda will keep you posted! Meanwhile you can read some nice neurology facts in this Mindfunda.

Unicorn: two visions on a fierce healer

Do you remember your first encounter with a unicorn? Nobody ever saw one, but everyone knows the unicorn and everyone likes it.

Even though we all think the unicorn is a mythological animal, there are no mythological stories about unicorns. Maybe because people used to think it was a living animal and not a mythological one.

In Lascaux France, where in the Stone age drawings were made there is this picture of a unicorn:

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Unicorn in Lascaux France

As far as 14,000 years ago. Ctesias, Greek traveler is the first one to write about unicorns. Julias Caesor claimed to have seen them running around in the German Hercynian forest. Cosmas Indicopleustes mentioned them in the sixth century. He did not actually see one. He tells that in the court of Ethiopia there is “a brass figure of a ferocious beast whose strength lies in its horn”. The horn of the unicorn can neutralize poison and give healing.

The Unicorn as a healer

If you look at this clip from the BBC series “Merlin” you see the unicorn as a symbol of trust, intuition and healing. This ultimate faith in nature is violated by the prince (Arthur in his younger years) and applauded by Uther, If you see Artur as the ego and Uther as rationality, the scene tells you that you have to trust in healing, friendship and unity between people.
In the bible the unicorn is mentioned several times.
Later, in the Middle ages, the unicorn became associated with Christ. His horn is healing, and he lies his head at rest in the lap of a virgin (the Virgin Mary).

The Unicorn as the devil

The other vision on the unicorn is that it is a creation of the devil. In Physiologus, an ancient Greek text from an unknown author the unicorn is the evil that can be overcome by the Virgin. The unicorn as a sexual symbol, being hunted by men and captured by a virgin is enough to run the imagination wild.

Carl Jung thought that the unicorn could be a symbol of the Self in the magical process of individuation. In the Mindfunda Magnificent t-shirt you can show your awareness of the magic and symbolism surrounding us: “Dreams tell the myths, forgotten by the day”. A quote from Jung to tell the world you listen to magic.

 


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Dream of the Cosmos interview

Mindfunda proudley presents the first Mindfunda Skype Meeting! On April 02 2015 I will present my interview with Anne Baring.

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Anne Baring

 

Anne Baring (www.annebaring.com), author and Jungian analyst, wrote her magnum opus The Dream of the Cosmos in 2013.

The book is the story about living in a Western culture that has lost the connection to a deeper reality and how this affects all our lives. She belongs to a new organization called Rising Women, Rising World Rising Women, Rising World that is calling on women everywhere to come together to create a world that works for all.
Other books Anne Baring has written as co-author with others are: The Myth of the GoddessEvolution of an ImageThe Mystic VisionThe Divine Feminine, and Soul Power: An Agenda for a Conscious Humanity. Her children’s book, The Birds Who Flew Beyond Time, has been honored with a Nautilus Gold Award for 2011.
We will be talking about dreams, intuition and how everything in the cosmos seems to be connected. We are all part of this cosmos. Our bodies are constructed from the same material that cosmos originated from. How can you interpret that connectiveness looking at your life-story? How can you feel connected through the friends you make? the stories you read? and even in the arguments you engage in? Anne Baring used ancient knowledge to write about a new vision for a way of living we need now more then ever.
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Red book jung, should you read it?

He sees the tree of life, whose roots reach into Hell and whose top touches Heaven. He does not longer know differences: who is right? What is holy? What is genuine? What is good? What is correct? He only knows one difference: the difference between below and above, and that it has its crown at the top, clearly differenciated by the roots. To him this is unquestionable. Hence he knows the way to salvation”
Carl Gustav Jung, The Red Book

A couple of years ago I stept into the Jungian Institute at Nijmegen. And there it was the Red book. A big, no I mean BIG red book, liber novus with gothic language handwritten by Jung. I was allowed to look inside (carefully tough because it was as expensive as it was tall), turned over the pages and enjoyed the artwork I saw. I was impressed. I was craving.

Red Book Carl Gustav Jung, reader’s edition

A couple of years later I saved enough to buy myself a copy of the Red book. Reading it over the years has helped me in my own religious wrestlings. Like Jung, I like science. But science despises magic. I need some magic to make my live more interesting.
Please do not take my curiousity badly. Recently I heard something about magic that awakened my interest in this bygone practice. And then I came to you because I heard that you understand the black art. If magic was 

Jung’s inner explorations are moving: “I suffer my agony between two madman. i enter the truth if I descend. Become accustomed to being alone with the dead.”,
they outrage you sometimes: “She moaned and whispered in a weak voice: “Give me blood, I need blood” . Jungs’ anima Salome, was based on his crush for Sarah Bernhardt:

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Sarah Bernhadt by Paul Nadar

 

and shaped by his sexual addiction to Sabina Spielrein.

So I can definitly advice you to buy the Red Book. The Red Book helps you dive into the brilliant mind of Carl Gustav Jung. What he has offered the world were the results of inner musings like he describes in the Red Book. Even tough it can be difficult to display the discipline to read it, even though sometimes you get a bit offended, even irritated at the text and you have to tell yourself it has to do with the zeitgeist, the era in which Jung lived. He can be irritating, he can move you, you can recognize your own doubts about the life you live in his writings.

Now the Red book is available on a smaller format. My Red book can be very user-unfriendly if I need it to quote or if I take it with me to give workshops. If I had to buy it again I would certainly go for the smaller version.

If you would like me to orginize an online course about the Red Book please let me know

 

 

 

 

The secret trick to understanding dreams you dream

There is a secret trick to understand more about the dream you dream. It is this secret: dreams tell stories. But who is the storyteller? What is the perspective of your dreamstory? This is a subject that gets ignored by most dream methods: Jungian, Freudian, Gestalt. There is only one book I know of that mentions this: Lucid dreaming, Gateway to the inner Self by Robert Waggoner. Let’s explore. I’ll start by telling you one of my favorite dreams:

“I am walking in the garden, the grass is green and next to me walks an older man with grey hair and glasses on. He wears a suit. I recognize him as Carl Jung. We walk together and he keeps on talking to me, telling me things about the psyche, that by waking up I forgot about.”

My feeling when I woke up was one of sheer happiness. I was a great admirer of Carl Jung and his insights in the human psyche. To come up with a concept like “the collective unconscious” has always impressed me. To dream of such a man treating me like his equal, discussing things that mattered to him with me made me very happy.

My Dutch teacher Sister Michelle was a nun of the order of the sisters of love, so she was mean. But she was also thorough in teaching the language and we both loved books. I was enlightened to be taught about books because I read so many.  The books’ perspective I had to find. Sometimes it was the I, like in dreams, sometimes it is a first person’s perspective. But most of the time it is not. Most of the time there is an Omniscient Viewpoint. No one tells the story, it seems to be told from a god like point of view. I came to call this viewpoint in my dreams “the dream-maker”.

If you look at my ream what do you see? Who tells the dream? I start with an “I” perspective: “I am walking in the garden”. It is clear, it is a dream about me, seen from my perspective. Then there is an introduction of another character: Carl Jung. He does a lot of talking. So there is a change in perspective, from me to Jung. He tells me a lot about psychology, about the human psyche but when awake, i have forgotten all. (Given Carl Jung his intellect I guess this happened to him quite often, he was so intelligent most people lost track in conversations. It is known that he asked people to pre-read his books before publication, to check if they where not too complicated).
But- who’s perspective has the dream taken on now? Not Carl Jung’s. There seems to be a third person: the storyteller. An Omniscient Viewpoint. How does this help you understanding dreams you dream? It helps you to step back from the dream as being a part of you. the notion that all deam characters are only a part of you. If this dream of mine came from a Omniscient Viewpoint then it must have been a divine message? Indeed I did go to University and studied psychology, a study that fitted like a glove. For me, looking at the perspective of a dream story has always been the secret trick to understanding dreams you dream. I think my Sister Michelle in hindsight.What do you discover when you look at your dreams to see whose perspective the story tells?

After reading Robert Waggoner’s chapter: Connecting with the Hidden Observer of Dreaming in his book Lucid Dreaming Gateway to the inner self (highly recommended, if you have not read it yet I encourage you to do so) I did the following experiment.

"Lucid dreaming - Gateway to the Inner Self" by Robert Waggoner
Lucid dreaming Gateway to the Inner Self Robert Waggoner

I wanted to know who my dream maker was. I decided to try to get a lucid dream to get more clarity on this intriguing subject. That night I dreamed that I was standing outside a tower, a dark medieval tower. Inside was a man, looking a bit like how I imagine Merlin looks. Older man, grey hair, sharp nose, an archetypical wise old man. And I admit, I was disappointed. My dream-maker was a man. At the second I thought that (as it happens often in dreams) Merlin changed in a woman. An elderly lady dressed in a green robe with a lovely red necklace on.

How about you? Have you ever given thought about the perspective of your dream story?