Mythological Musings: 2 Mindfunda’s to discover mythology in your own life

Remember when you were young? How your history teacher would tell you with radiant eyes- about the Greek mythology? Mythology seems far away. How are mythological stories relevant in your life today? Mindfunda explores mythological themes in 2 blogs :

Your mythic life
Myth Stories

Mythological themes in your mythic life

Personal myths structure our awareness and point us in the direction that becomes our path” as June Singer describes it in the foreword of the book Personal Mythology.

Personal Mythology

This book written by David Seinfeld and Stanley Krippner, might change the vision you have of your life and your role in it.
The writers invite you to look at your life as a fairy tale and to describe your role according to the hero’s journey. This blog will identify the steps you can take to start writing and re-writing your own story.

Mythological themes in stories

Films and television series: the hero’s journey has become a concept for any scriptwriter. Almost all of us know how the hero’s journey has guided George Lucas in creating Star Wars.

The Hero’s journey

If there is a film or a television series that resonates with you, there is bound to be a mythological theme hidden that will guide you on your path. If you look at the success of films like the Matrix or Sense8 you will know how alive mythological themes still are. We will also talk about some old gems and their mythological perspective like my fair lady and apocalypse now.

Gaming also uses mythological themes. In gaming you use an avatar while being present: a dream like state of awareness. In that way, gaming represents a form of awareness you also experience during dreaming: a third person’s perspective. You identify with the avatar/dream image, but you are aware that you are not your avatar. Stepping from this third person perspective of awareness into a first person’s perspective will broaden your horizon.

Mythological themes in culture

The culture you grew up in. every culture has its own sense of mythology. Most of us are familiar with the Greek and Roman mythology. we know the Greek and Roman names for several gods: Zeus for Jupiter and Hades for Pluto.
Ralph Metzner has told us how most Europeans and Americans are descendents from the warrior tribes that invaded Europe.

the well of remembrance

Having a horse and carriage gave them the chance to defeat the original tribes. The third Mindfunda blog will explore the different cultural mythologies.

Mythological themes to resolve crises

Crises: that is when you need the lessons of mythological stories the most. When you fall in love, leave your parents, lose a job, when you feel that the whole world is against you. We have all been there. Mythological stories tell about how sometimes you need some help from a magical creature. They tell you to look for the strength within. This blog will look at leaving home and becoming a (wo)man, about finding true love and about loosing your loved one.

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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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Sense8: a mythology of connection and magic

Sense8 is the name of a new Netflix series that started June 2015. Written by the Wachowskis (yes the writers of the Matrix). It is a story about eight people living all around the world who can connect using telepathy. Mindfunda explores the mythological constructs of the series and how they weave into current society.


Sense8: the main characters

There are eight characters in Sense8, living across the world. If you watch closely you see there is a male and a female version of each character. Here is a trailer that Netflix made that introduces the characters.

Carpeus: a very warm and caring man who associates himself with his big hero Jean-Claude van Damme.
Kala: the female counterpart of Carpeus. She is very mild, very religious. She is also a pharmacist and represents the alchemical notion of the series.

Sun: the female kick ass. She gets into prison for a crime her brother has committed because she once promised her mother to take care of him.
Wolf: the male fighter. He commits crimes but stays out of prison. He falls madly in love with the peaceful Kala.

Lito: a homosexual male actor living with a man.
Nomi: a transgender woman, living with a woman.

Riley: a female DJ who travels the world. She once lost her child and husband.
Will: a police officer who is used to playing by the rules. He falls madly in love with Riley.

If you want to use Jungian psychology you might say that the first pair: Carpeus and Kala represent the water element. They are connected with their feelings. More importantly both of them have a reasonably good relationship with their own mother. Carpeus’ motive for plunging into a different way of live was his urge to care for his mother who suffers from Aids.

Sun and Wolf represent the fire element. Sun seems to repress her emotions, but she has the fire to fight for what she believes in. Suns’ relationship with her mother is a rather unbalanced one. Her mother has asked her before she died to sacrifice her own life for the happiness of the males around her. No wonder Sun developed her animus qualities whith such endeavor.
Wolfs’ fire gets him alive out of the most dangerous situations. Like Sun he is a fighter. Like Sun, Wolf is not affraid of confrontations. But he is the first person of the eight hero’s who has a fathership issue: he despises his father.

Lito and Nomi represent the air element. Lito knows how to pretent to survive, how to drive on the wings and be taken were the situation wants him to be. Nomi  has the brains to hack computers. She also has a mother issue: her mother has never accepted her wish to change gender.

Riley and Will are the last two: they represent the earth element. Riley has lost her mother (it begins to sound familiar doesn’t it? In the next paragraph I will explain how eight also refers to the spider, an ancient symbol of the Great Mother). and her father is very important to her.
Will also has a good relationship with his father, they are both cops. The earthly Will follows the rules but needs to bend them ever more. Because of his need to fix things he falls in love with the lovely Riley who seems to be in trouble all of the time.

Sense8: number 8 as a symbol

There are eight main characters in Sense8. The number eight is the atom number of oxygen. Oxygen is an essential part in the process of getting energy in your body. Energy you need to make changes. All of the main characters are in a dead-end situation in their life and need some energy. As Stanley Krippner and David Feinstein wrote in their classic book Personal mythology: “When your experiences and your myths do not correspond, there are two basic possibilities: alter your perception or change your myth”.

A spider has eight legs. The spider is an ancient symbol of the mother Goddess. The Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes believe the world was created by a spider. This mythological mother motive is represented by the character Angel. Angel gives birth to all eight of the sensates in the opening scene.

Sense8: a current mythology

In our society science is the new religion. But science seems to kill off our need for magic. Our need for connection. The need for connection in our society has grown. After industrialisation, most of us live in a large community, but have little close friends. This innate sense of connection is taken to a new heroic level in Sense8. The main characters save each others lives multiple times. You see Sun saving the live of Carpeus in a fight of live and death, you see Wolf saving Lito and vise versa.

Science is represented by the company BPO: Biologic Preservation Organization. The main villain of the series is Dr. Metzger. If he looks one of the hero’s in the eyes, he will know their minds.  His aim is to destruct free will. He wants to manipulate the eight sensates. Often, in Sense8 – like in real life- there is no telling who is on the “right” side and who is wrong. Because Dr. Metzger also has a counter part. The lover of the mother of the sensates: Jonas. He is able to connect with each of the characters in Sense8 to give them guidance. But is it for the better or is it for the worse? This issue of trust is very significant. We live in a society were science has taught us to question everything. It is a big responsibility. It increases our longing to be surrounded by a tribe of people we can trust.

Finaly the ease with which Sense8 addresses homosexuality and introduces a transgender as a main character is worth a big round of applause. Finally in June 2015 marriage between gay people was legalized in the United States. Sense8 is really a mirror of the time we live in.

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