Celtic Cailleach Guardian of Holy Nights

Photo in Header: Rob Hurson  Mindfunda has been organizing the Holy Nights Event for several years now. This year the Cailleach is guardian of our inner journey. This blog is your travel brochure. The Dark Days around Christmas is the best time to dive into your Inner Light. Each year Mindfunda offers an opportunity to […]

Halloween, meet the Banshee

Happy Halloween! Tonight, Banshees, and other fairies and spirits visit freely to reunite with loved ones.
Want to learn more about the Banshee that enchanted the God of Love of the Celts? Sign up and join tonight for a myth, an invitation to interpretation, questions to see how you have lived this myth and an incubation to tune into the energy of the Banshee.

Celtic Mythology

Celtic Mythology is rich in symbolism of life death and transition. No wonder that Halloween or Samhain is a remainder of Celtic Mythology. This blog explores it’s origin, and how it still influences our lives.

The Body of Poetry: Sculpting Curves into Words

This is the last Mindfunda blog in my series about the body and it features the body of poetry. Female poetry to be more precise. This blog is a part of a 4-blog series about the body. The first blog is about Body Image and Self Esteem This blog is about the spiritual body; The third […]

Start of Spring: An Invitation to Dream an Ode to Freya

The Start of Spring is always a very good time of year to start dreaming. Literally, in the night, and mentally by visualising new goals to take you to new places on your life’s path.

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

Trickster Gods: Tricky Ways to Discover the Self

Trickster Gods are tricky. They tease you, they obstruct your path, and when you look back at your life you see how much they have helped you.

A trickster breaks the rules. The Trickster Gods have knowledge beyond this world. They can be mean, but they always put the hero on the path of his life.

The 5 Finest Fundamental Female Ways to Become Authentic

Female mythology is about being initiated into the secrets of femininity. Mindfunda Mythology offers archetypes and questions to discover your authenticity in five steps. This blog gives you a bonus tip as well!

Yggdrasil: Tree of Life, Portal to Nine Worlds

The Seed of Yggdrasil explores the symbolism of the old Norse poems of the Edda, poetry, by Snorri Sturluson. Maria Kvilhaug treats the Edda as a parable. Using symbolism she tries to relate the ancient wisdom to modern times.

4 Secrets about Male Mythology: What you Should Know Before You Get One

Mindfunda Mythology of Men explores hormones as messengers, social expectations, typologies, the four male archetypes and gender differences in dreams. You can take this course at your own speed, in the privacy of your own home.

The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology

Myths are about the human struggle to deal with the great passages of time and life – birth, death, marriage, the transitions from childhood to adulthood to old age. Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine. Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Join our online course now.

From Genesis to Big Bang: a Mythological View on Creation Myths

“Myths are about the human struggle to deal with the great passages of time and life – birth, death, marriage, the transitions from childhood to adulthood to old age” Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine. Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Join our online course now.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Arthur

Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Join our online course Mindfunda Mythology now. This is the last of a six part blog about Mindfunda Mythology, an online course that will make your life easier: The Creation myth: Genesis and The Big Bang The Amazing Animal: The Animal in […]

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.

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 […]

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. […]

Helix: a modern version of Cain and Able

Helix is a series that is available on Netflix. It features two brothers. Both doctor. Both brilliant. Yet the oldest one, Dr. Alan Farragut always was the smartest, the most desirable and the one “favored by God”. Helix is not a religious series. By “favored by God” I mean that he was clearly the one most […]

David Bowie, living the myth

David Bowie died January 10 2016, to the effects of liver cancer. He was an alien, a weirdo, who gave all of us the courage to express ourselves without holding back our creativity. Three thoughts on the mythology of David Bowie.

Holda and the winter

Frau Hola, Winter Queen, sometimes seen as the wife of Odin. In the Fairy Tale about her she lives on the other side of the well. Did you jump in this winter?

The Redeeming Dark

In the month of December Mindfunda will publish a series of blogs about the descent. Today’s Guest blog, written by Elaine Mansfield, is about The Redeeming Dark. The first one was about depression as descent. In the second Guest blog, Jean Raffa explored Inanna’s descent as a personal myth. The third blog will focused on the common themes found the […]

Sleeping beauty as modern day Inanna

In the month of December Mindfunda will publish a series of blogs about the descent. Today’s blog is about the resemblance of the story of Sleeping Beauty with the Descent Mythology.

Descent

Around Christmas time Sunlight fades on the Western hemisphere the inner light usually lights up and ignites special dreams and spiritual insights. This is Mindfunda’s first blog about the descent.

The Journey of the Heroine: embracing the Goddess in 5 steps

Do you consider yourself a Goddess? You should. The Goddess is the earth. We are all part of the earth. But the Goddess is more. She is also that spiritual vessel that brings love in new unexpected ways. She is connected with the moon. This week’s Mindfunda is about dreaming with the goddess, incubating dreams […]

Mother Earth as Goddess

Trista Hendren, author of the girl god reminds us that we owe our live to the gifts of mother earth. If we honor the earth in actions as much as we do in words we will leave a fertile place to our children

Triple Goddess dreaming: an alliance with the moon

We are connected with the ancient mythology of the triple goddess. In your dreams you will find out that the creative arcetypical energy of the Goddess is very much alive

Romance of the Grail: 3 discoveries

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature”. Joseph Campbell Grail and synchronicity Several years ago I had a dream that ends with a voice-over telling me: “You belong to the court of Arthur“. I respond that Arthur is just a story. I was […]

Eve as Goddess

Do you consider yourself a Goddess? You should. The Goddess is the earth. We are all part of the earth. How has the main religion in the Western world, Christianity, shaped our beliefs about femininity? The bible tells us about how Eve was seduced by a snake and had to suffer for it. Almost every […]

Goddess: 4 blogs to integrate the goddess into your life

This is part one of a four part series about the Goddess. The Goddess seemed to have disappeared

Myth stories: mythological musings #3: Shamain or halloween

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 4 blogs Your mythic life Myth Stories Culture Crises Halloween and the Celtic culture Today I want to explore different cultural mythologies. […]

Myth Stories: mythological musings #2

Mindfunda wants to thank Hezekiah Condron, who directed The second life, Better days, and “The INVITATION” for his comments on this blog. 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 […]

Your mythic life: mythological musing #2

Diving into your personal Mythology will bring you at the root of your being. Mindfunda went through the process and encourages you to do the same. Here are the five steps suggested by David Feinstein and Stanley Krippner in their classic book Personal Mythology.

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 […]

The Self and Dreams: Case study

In his search for the supreme meaning evoked by his personal crises in 1913 Jung discovered his anima, the soul. I have dreamed with a group of people, reading the Red Book and using the texts to incubate our own dreams

God in dreams: 4 steps to defining your god image trough dreams

In his search for the supreme meaning evoked by his personal crises in 1913 Jung discovered his anima, the soul. I have dreamed with a group of people, reading the Red Book and using the texts to incubate our own dreams

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