Mythofunda

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“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths” Joseph Campbell used to say. The Mythofunda part of Mindfunda.com shows you how your personal mythology can create peace in your life.

UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED: ALL MYTHOFUNDA CONTENT IS CREATED BY SUSANNE VAN DOORN, AUTHOR AND OWNER OF MINDFUNDA; MAKING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOLOGY, MYTHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY EASY TO USE IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE!

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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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Reading the Red Book, part 3: How to discover your Anima in 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

Reading the Red Book, part 2 : Psychic Powers and 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

Anima, soul, supreme meaning: Reading Carl Jung’s Red Book in 5 (easy) steps

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. This Mindfunda is the written text of the presentation I was going to give about this project but I was unfortunately

How Rolling Thunder redefined shamanism

Today’s Mindfunda wants to celebrate Rolling Thunder’s birthday, September 19. Rolling Thunder, whose birth name was John Pope, was a self-proclaimed shaman. He had a huge following, with famous people like Bob Dylan and the Grateful Death among them. But most of all he was in touch with nature. He had a remarkable ability to tune into the energies of nature.

Stonehenge and sacred geography

Just this week you found out that there is another collection of stones near Stonehenge. 4,000 years ago it was built. And it is covered with earth. Why? Nobody knows. It is not excavated yet. Scholars have been tracing it down for years using remote sensing and geophysical tomography.   The monoliths are buried in the ground. …

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Golden Dawn: Talking to the Gods using magic

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” W.B. Yeats Almost every one of us believes that we can tap into a greater pool of creativity if we only knew how to use the laws that can unleash our creative powers. This Mindfunda is going to shed a …

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John Dee, betrayed friend or accomplice?

What if you were held in high regard at the court of the English Queen, lost her favor, dwelled over Europe in company of a man performing seances, traded wives, returned home again to find your home ruined…it happened to John Dee! John Dee was a respected scholar and one of the confidants of Queen …

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Trickster tactics: from archetype to evolution

The minute the builders of the Titanic announced that it was “unbreakable” the Trickster yawned and stretched and looked around for an iceberg”
Jeremy Taylor

Mindfunda 100, a look behind the scenes

Today I celebrate the #100th blog post of Mindfunda. The number 100 is a special number. All ratios can be brought back to 100 using a percentage. 100 was considered to be the desired age for a human being in the bible. 100 represents eternity. (Don’t worry, I don’t plan on writing for Mindfunda that long). …

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3 ways of being creative like van Gogh

To remember the death of one of the mosr famous painters in the netherlands, Vincent van Gogh, Mindfunda was invited to give a presentation on how we can use dreams as a creative gateway to improve the quality of our lives

Sense8: a mythology of connection and magic

Mindfunda explores Sense8. The Netflix series of the Wachowskis (yes from the Matrix) has some intriguing mythological themes. Watch the show to take you to an inner journey for your personal mythology.

Starry night, a painting as a dream

This Mindfunda looks at Starry night from Vincent van Gogh as if it was a dream. Vincent wrote his brother Theo: I dream of a painting, and then I paint my dream”.
If Starry night is a dream of Vincent, what does it tell us about him?

Dalai Lama dreams: here is looking at you kid!

Today Mindfunda’s guest is blogger Patti Allen. In this blog she shares with Mindfunda she talks about how people in dreams reflect aspects of your own personality. I know Patti Allen as a gifted dreamer, a good writer who combines inner wisdom with straightforward actions. That always gives her that touch of extra magic when it …

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Spiritual retreats for this summer

The summer is getting near. This is the month of June and on June 21 there will be the solstice. Time to take it slow and to retreat. Time to travel inwards preferably to a place that brings out the best in you. There are spiritual places where the earth seems to have an effect …

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Psychology professor Stanley Krippner about dreams myths and visions

Mindfunda had the honor of interviewing Stanley Krippner, professor in psychology on Saybrook University about his life. You can watch it on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to sign up because I will be uploading lots of interesting interviews. Stanley Krippner is a featured speaker on the conference of the International Study for the Association of …

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Mandorla, a way to see the other side of the coin

“The message is unmistakable our own healing proceeds from that overlap of what we call good and evil, light and dark. It is not that  the light element alone does the healing, the place where light and dark begin to touch is where miracles arise. This middle place is the mandorla” Robert A. Johnson I had the …

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Well of Remembrance: what goes down must come up

The well is a familiar symbol in Myths and dreams. I talked about it with Ralph Metzner this month for a brand new Mindfunda Interview. Ralph is a psychotherapist, Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies, poet and author. You can visit his website grounearthfound here. Mythology always played a significant part in his life and he …

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Aboriginal ancient secrets scientifically explained

Aboriginals have lived a life confirmed to the earth. Tuning into the energy of their environment, their mythologies proof to be a valuable source for scientific research

Mindfunda puts new light on the shadow

  The shadow, your own inner dark personas. Carl Jung was the first to talk about it. The method of discovering your shadow types is well-known. Make up a list of thing you completely dislike about people your own gender. Et voila, there is a list of your dark side. Things you are reluctant to …

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Jim Morrison, rider on the storm?

I was re-reading Well of remembrance this weekend. In 1994 Ralph Metzner wrote this magnificent book. It tells you about how the mythology of Europe got integrated in America. You learn about Odin. Odin/Wotan was not only the one-eyed wanderer. He was a shaman. A changeling. He understood the energies of nature and could tape …

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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 …

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Moon tribute: Connie Kaplan about ‘The woman’s Book of Dreams’

Connie Kaplan talks about how the moon influences your dreaming and how she used the wisdom in her dreams to reconnect with the moon

Earth day: the magnetic field of the earth

On this beautiful picture above you can see the magnetic field of the Earth. To me, the earth looks like a Spider. I am not surprised that the oldest mythologies about the origins of the universe talk about the Spider Grandmother who created all. So what exactly is the magnetic field of the earth? The …

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Spring: when Earth marries nature, or do your dreams change in tune with earth’s cycle?

Spring: I like this season. The temperature is easy: not too warm, not too cold, the Earth returns from the realms of Hades. During Spring several years ago I had this dream: I am standing in a forest, surrounded by elves and fairies. I have the feeling I am “the chosen one” because it is …

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Lego Ninjago

Today’s Mindfunda made possible by Luc van Nijnanten, Lego Master by birth Mythology isn’t gone. It is very much alive. In the stories of the children playing with Lego bricks, in the games they play. Take for example Lego Ninjago. Each Ninjago master represents an element. Lego Ninjago Cole: is the master of Earth, Lego …

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5 series to watch

If you are interested in psychology, mythology and spirituality you are always looking for new inspiration. You do not like the average brainless series, you want a series that makes you think! That has a mythological edge. An unexpected vision. Here is Mindfunda’s list of 5 series to watch: Series to watch #1: Heroes Heroes is …

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Hathor the Goddess of dreams

On January 6th 2015, Moon in Leo. In my dream I am on a farm. I cut open the stomach of a cow to put two frozen meatballs inside, so she will get pregnant. The meat balls are cold, they almost feel frozen so I try to warm them in my hands before I put …

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Anne Baring Dream of the Cosmos: 4 Intriguing Questions

“I must learn that the dregs of my thoughts, my dreams, are the speech of my soul. I must carry them in my heart, and go back and forth over them in my mind, like the words of the person dearest to me” Carl Jung Red Book Anne Baring Dream of the Cosmos: Question #1 …

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Shekinah, or how snakes sometimes are successful spirit guides

I interviewed Anne Baring yesterday (I will try to publish the interview tomorrow). She is the writer of Dream of the cosmos and she talked about the Shekinah. The Shekinah is an ancient Goddess, refered to in Judaism as the “dwelling particle of God”. The holy spirit in the Catholic church. The vision of Shekinah came …

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What your cd collection tells about your personality traits

Psychologist Sam Gosling wrote an interesting book about what your material stuff (your cd and book collection even your paintings and even your Facebook profile) tells about who you are. Snoop: what your stuff says about you: Snoop: what your stuff says about your personality traits   Sam Gosling assumes that your stuff gives a clear indication …

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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. Be sure to sign up to the blog to don’t miss this great lady.

Things my grandmother didn’t tell me

I am at a party, but I have left the house were the music is playing. I walk outside and see a pool of water. Near the pool there is a lady. Black curly hair. With an incredibly fast move of her fingers she snaps a fish out of the water and slaps him against …

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