The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman

Book review of The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman. Danielle Dulsky asks us to look at our own stories and “tiny soulful treasures long-buried” for spiritual truth and to embrace our right to an authentic relationship with the sacred.

The Hidden Worlds: Book Review

The Hidden Worlds is an easy to read book aimed at teen readers about using shaman techniques to address environmental problems. The Hidden Worlds introduces power animals, the four elements and mutual dreaming to enter the hidden worlds of perception.

Asian Journals: the Allegory of American Mythologist Joseph Campbell

This Mindfunda Book review is written by Misa Tsuruta, Ph.D. I have asked Misa, a Japanese psychologist,to write this review as she is very familiar with Western ways of thinking.Joseph Campbell, a Western man, was very familiar with the Eastern way of thinking. Usually we associate Campbell with the hero myth, but he was very aware […]

Civil War and Dreams: The Home Voices Speak Louder Than the Drums

Wanda Burch re-writes the American civil war in terms of dreams. She has collected a multitude of dreams that make you realize how important dreams were in that time period. Newspapers published dreams about the end of the war as a way to shed some light on the question when the war should end. A book filled with remarkable dreams. If you like history and love dreams, this is a book for you.

The Fiction of Dreams, A Book Review

Dreams are a manifestation of fiction. In The Fiction of Dreams Otto Rheinschiedt takes us on a journey to discover how dreams and fiction are part of the universal creation.

Writing in the House of Dreams by Jenny Alexander

Dreams are stories that beg to be written. Writing an dreaming both seem to tap into another real of reality with different laws. A Mindfunda Book Review of Writing in the House of Dreams, written by Jenny Alexander.

Best Books on Dreams 2017

What are the best books on dreams in 2017? And my question to you: what are the most inspiring books about dreams you have never read? Let me know in the comments because I love to get inspired by new books. DO YOU LIKE THIS POST? SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG USING THE SIGN UP FORM […]

Healing the Nightmare Freeing the Soul

I had my last nightmare  in December 2008. I stand outside a hospital room looking in. there is a young guy waiting to get an operation. A black strap is around his chest.   The door opens, and in walks a surgeon with black curly hair. From the moment he walks in I know he is going to […]

The Ideal World: Is Science Going to Create it?

In an ideal world we would learn from the past and create a future that is based on the progress of science. Adolfo Plasencia talks with some of the biggest names in scientific research to shed more light on big questions like Is there a planet besides Earth where we could live on? What if robots […]

Environment: 3 Ways a Place can Have an Impact on your Well Being

Your environment has got more impact on you and your state of well being than you’d imagine on first sight. Grounding Religion, a Book Review. It was only after reading this book that I could get a grip on how many aspects are involved in the intertwining of Ecology and Environment.

The Dream Interpretation Dictionary

The Dream Interpretation Dictionary. Symbols, Signs and Meanings. by J.M. DeBord Visible Ink, 2017, $16.50 paperback ISBN-13: 978-1578596379; kindle $16.09 ISBN-10: 1578596378 reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn       Do you like this post? Subscribe to my blog using the sign up form on the left side of this page Dream Interpretation Dictionary: Reddit When you […]

Woman Most Wild, 3 Keys to Liberating the Witch Within

Danielle Dusky explains in Woman Most Wild, Three keys to Liberating the Witch Within that there are not one, not two, but three keys to unlock your broom closet and fly away to kiss the moon.

Heinrich Zimmer: Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization

Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization Heinrich Zimmer, edited by Joseph Campbell shows how much Zimmer contributed to our current concepts of mythology.

Byung Chul Han: Agony of Eros, a Book Review

This is a Mindfunda blog about the book The Agony of Eros, written by Byung Chul Han.

Learning Difficulties Can Be a Chance to Excel: The Power Of Different

If you have, a child with learning difficulties, like I do, you have experienced the same heart ache. You know the feeling of disappointment and anger against the system. Why do schools always stay the same, while everyone has agreed that we have lost the connection between education and the real world? This Mindfunda is […]

Who thinks Dreams have a Place in History? A Review in 4 Questions

Can information about the past gained through dreams, spirit possession rituals, or dancing performances count as history? This Mindfunda Book Review of Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece
by Professor Charles Steward PhD, asks you 4 questions to re-write our own narrative.

Joseph Campbell: 5 Secrets to Yield Your own Yoda

A Mindfunda Book Review: Joseph Campbell The Mythic Dimension, a compilation of essays. This book will help you undertand groundwork of mythology according to Campbell

4 Features of the Dreams of the Crone

Each woman goes through phases of life: the young and fertile Maiden, the nurturing Mother and the wise Crone. A Crone is a woman who has been through hell and back, and on her travels she has gained secret knowledge.

Ramon y Cajal: Father of Neurology and his Vision on Dreams

A Book review of The Dreams of Santiago Ramon y Cajal by Benjamin Ehrlich
In this blog you will find out:
why the Nobel price winner Cajal wanted to proof Freud wrong

Aging and Becoming: A Roadmap Towards Authenticity

Aging and Becoming, A Reflective Inquiry, written by Susan Scott and Susan Schwartz is a book that will try to paint a roadmap of your journey through aging, using the letters of the alphabet as gps points.

Five books to Read on Dreams in the first Three months of 2017

Here is Mindfunda’s selection for books you can read on dreams. Books on the cutting edge of psychology, mythology and (neuro)science that will make your life better

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.

Freud in His Time and Ours

Freud in His Time and Ours by Roudinesco contains more than 400 pages of information about Freud, his life, his disciples and his personality. A must read for anyone who is interested in dreams.

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 […]

Conan Doyle: Gothic Tales,

Gothic Tales, by Arthur Conan Doyle Edited with and Introduction and Notes by Professor Darryl Jones Oxford University Press, 2016, $14,95 Kindle, $27,95 paper, ISBN 9780198734291 Reviewed by Susanne van Doorn   Conan Doyle and the paradigm Conan Doyle was trained as a medical doctor. A scientist. Most of us know him from the stories of […]

The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil

As a figure of ritual importance since the pre-Christian era, the Krampus is of archetypal significance. He lives in the cultural unconscious … and bidden or not, he will come.

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. […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Problem Solving using the Committee of Sleep

Life is about problem solving. You just conquered a problem. Before you have a chance to lay back and enjoy your peace of mind, another problem is calling to be solved. Deirdre Barrett Ph.D, who teaches at Harvard, wrote a book about how dreams can be used as tools for problem solving.

Ariadne’s Clue, a guide to the symbols of humankind

Ariadne’s clue, written by Anthony Stevens is an interesting book for everyone interested in symbology and dreams. It will bring more depth into your understanding of mythological themes in music dreams and films.

The Treasure Hunt for the Black Swan

In his hunt for the black swan, Kelly Bulkeley researches sleep, dreaming big dreams and religion in “Big Dreams, The Science of Dreaming & The Origins of Religion”. It is a clearly structured easy readable book.

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 […]

Conversion as a way of thinking

Being raised as a Catholic I was always taught that conversion was a gentle process to help people to get their souls saved. Believing in one god was the highest thing, and the only thing that could bring salvation.

James Joyce: Juicy, Jaunty and Jaded

“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.” ― James Joyce, Ulysses James Joyce and mythology Mythic Worlds, Modern Words, On the Art of James Joyce, edited by Edmund Epstein for the Joseph Campbell foundation tells us how we can use James Joyce as a guide for interpreting mythological material. […]

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