Is a Dream A Story? Philosophy, Dreaming and Literary Imagination

People are story tellers. I have always had that romantic notion of Homo sapiens siting around the campfire in ancient times listening to stories. Like we, in this day and age sit around our television set and watch story after story. In the night we follow the stories of our dreaming mind.

But why hasn’t there been any book that explores the intersection of dreaming and literary imagination. A book that draws together neurocognitive, empirical, philosophical and literary sources. Until Michaela Schrage Früh stepped up the plate and wrote this juicy, well written book.

Nutrition, Neurons, and the Brain: Your Brain on Food Book Review

Your Brain on Food, How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts And Feelings by Gary L. Wenk Oxford University Press, 2010, 2015, $24,95, ISBN 978 0 19 939327 5 Reviewed by Susanne van Doorn   how Nutrition can be addictive Gary Wenk PhD, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State …

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Holy Night Dreaming Event: My Experiences

  This is a Guest blog by Lidia Tremblay, author of books like Nightshade, Contemporary Urban Crone: A journey into Aging in Today’s Pagan Society, and many more. I have gotten to know Lidia as a very intelligent, articulate women who appreciates the value of dreams. She talks in this blog about her experiences with the previous Mindfunda …

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When the Veil between the Worlds is Thin: Holy Nights 2016-2017

Holy Nights, not one but 12 holy nights begin on Christmas eve. A time to search for wisdom within. A Time to Dream. Mindfunda invites you for the Holy Nights Event 2016/2017.  Each year, when the sun is close to the earth and the days are dark, there is an opportunity to connect with your …

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Book Review: 11 titles on Mindfunda 2016

Welcome to this years’ list of book review’s that I put on Mindfunda. At its core, Mindfunda is here to distribute useful information to you. Information that will make your life more fun. In three ways: we offer online courses, we offer book reviews and we offer blogs with information about dreaming, spirituality and mythology. …

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Cat Call for the Soul: the Bond between Cats and Humans

Call of the Cats What I Learned about Life and Love from a Feral Colony by Andrew Bloomfield New World Library $ 10.70 paper version ISBN-10: 1608683982 kindle $15.43 ISBN-13: 978-1608683987 Reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn and Maria Cernuto   Cat and the soul Any cat owner knows a cat seeks out its owner. My Dropje, Dutch for Liquorice, …

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Consciousness: the Ripples in the Lake of the Brain

‘A Day in the Life of the Brain – The Neuroscience of Consciousness from Dawn Till Dusk’  by Susan Greenfield Reviewed for Mindfunda by Drs. Susanne van Doorn Allen Lane, 2016, kindle ISBN: 0241256674 hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0241256671     Susan Greenfield takes you through the day and night of a male with a teenage son in an unhappy marriage. …

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3 things you should know about a Visitation Dream

A Visitation Dream is like an orgasm. If you had one, you know it. There is no doubt about it. A visitation dream is a special kind of dream. “Visitation dreams have an even more illustrious historical and cultural background. Dreams of dead ancestors are a prominent and well-known experience found in virtually every indigenous culture …

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Mythological Themes and Modern Movies

I have recently launched Mindfunda Movies; Four film interpretations that help you apply the mythological themes to your own life. Mindfunda Movie will give you a new perspective on: Pan’s Labyrinth and Girl Interrupted. This two films are interpreted as modern stories of female initiation in a men’s world. Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption are stories …

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Children Dream about Sleep Monsters and Superheroes

Sleep Monsters and Superheroes: Empowering Children through Creative Dreamplay Clare R. Johnson and Jean M. Campbell, Editors ABC-CLIO, LLC 2016, $48.00 paper ISBN-13: 9781440842665, $47.85 ebook: ISBN-10: 1440842663 Reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn Edited by Christian Gerike M.A.   Children Dream, parents panic Children dream. In their dreams they are creative, they are scared, they cope with the challenges …

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Film Feature: Four Stories about Gender

I want to thank Jungian Author Susan Scott, artist Brenda Ferrimani and Psychoanalyst Lou Hagood for their advice on Mindfunda Movie. It is the season to watch a film. Days are getting shorter, evenings are getting longer. Nowadays films are easily found online, but these four classic films will be an asset to your collection. Mindfunda …

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Extrovert Ideal versus Introvert World

An Introvert is a person who is energized by spending time alone. Often found in their homes, libraries, quiet parks that not many people know about, or other secluded places, introverts like to think and be alone. Contrary to popular belief, not all introverts are shy. Some may have great social lives and love talking to …

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Schizophrenic Dreams and Art: Mythology of the Soul

Mythology of the Soul A Research into the Unconscious from Schizophrenic Dreams and Drawings by H.G. Baynes Routledge 2015, $61.18 paperback, Kindle $49.46 ISBN 9781138852334 Reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn Edited by Christian Gerike The Routledge Tayler and Francis Group started an initiative to re-publish works of distinguished authors that were no longer available. The …

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Inspiration: 4 Ways to Find Intuitive Solutions

Inspiration is a volatile thing. I just came back from a very inspiring holiday. I traveled through England and France for almost three weeks in search for the Arthur Myth (see my online Mythology course: the final lesson is dedicated to what Gustav Jung claimed was the mythology of the Western society: The Arthur Myth). Now, even …

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The Power of Ritual: Informative and Intriguing

The Power of Ritual by Robbie Davis Floyd and Charles Laughlin Daily Grail Publishing, 2016, $26.95 paper, ISBN 978-0-9874224-9-1 Reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn   the power of ritual: introduction Do you remember the eighties when Joseph Campbell talked to us about “The Power of Myth”? It was magic on television. His engaging way …

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Translating Myth: Re-wording the unseen knowledge

Translating Myth Edited by Ben Pestell, Pietra Palazzolo and Leon Burnett. Legenda 2016, hardcover $120.00 kindle $37.22 ISBN978-1-910887-04-2 (hbk) 978-1-315-54320-8 (ebk) Reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn, edited by Christian Gerike. Translating Myth is a book that attempts to scientifically define myth. Or at least, come to describe 5 aspects of it: how to translate …

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Holiday Heaven: 5 destinations

Me and my family recently came back from a holiday visiting places connected with the Arthur myth. King Arthur is the mythological king that would unite England. I write more about Arthur and the Grail Mythology in Mindfunda’s Mythology, on online course to help you understand more about mythological themes in your life and in your …

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Cognitive Dream Theory: Bill Domhoff

Mindfunda Talked with Bill Domhoff about the Cognitive Dream Theory. In the Mindfunda Online Course Dreaming about the Brain, this is one of the three models discussed. The other two are the psychodynamic model of Mark Solms and the Activation-Input-Modulation  of Allan Hobson. The latter being the most widely accepted theory of dreaming by scientists.

Albert Einstein and the Theory that Explains Everyting

Jeffrey Bennet is the author of a new book about Albert Einstein his theory of relativity. He writes in his introduction: “Prior to studying relativity, I had misunderstood the basic nature of space and time”. That sounds intriguing doesn’t it? If you are like me, you have this eagerness to learn more about the hidden …

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Nightmare and Dreams: a presentation for Rivas

Six percent of the population regularly suffers from a nightmare. But a nightmare is a blessing in disguise. No other dream gives a dreamer such a strong impulse to act upon a dream. It is like a dream urges you to change your ways. Literally, or symbolically. I was invited by the Dutch Rivas Organisation to give a …

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