Eros in dreams

When was the last time you were mesmerized by somebody who took your breath away?

Eros is in the heart of every dream. I know that is a very romantic thought. When I interviewed Bart Koet about his book Spirituality and I suggested that maybe god, in the form of spirituality, is a part of every dream.


He did not agree with me. Some dreams are spiritual dreams other dreams are not.. But still I feel there is truth in the notion Jeremy Taylor once proclaimed:  “But the dream comes always in the service of health and wholeness, of the best and most complete and most creative being that we can be ”

Eros as Dionysos

“The cave is, traditionally, the location of Dionysos’ cult; the serpent, according to Kerenyi, is a life phenomenon, whose coolness, mobility, slippery character and, frequently, deathly threat, cause a highly ambivalent impression. The snake also represents the identity of Zoe, indestructible life, in its lowest form. The earth’s sun, from the depths, is Dionysos himself, “the light of Zeus”. Jung emphasized, in the corrected draft, the references about the Orphic representation of a stream of mud in the underworld.

The Orphics worshipped the first Dionysos (Zagreus), who was dismembered by the Titans. Zeus recovered his heart, and gave it to Semele in a drink, so that she would gestate it. With her death, Zeus placed Dionysos on his thigh, and from that the god was born, the second Dionysos -hence he is considered the god of death and rebirth. To protect him from Hera’s fury, Hermes gave him to Ino, who, together with her husband, King Atamas, raised Dionysos as a girl. His capacity to move between the world of genders is attributed to his living among women, thus he is seen as an androgynous god, in the sense of being able to integrate both masculine and feminine elements in his personality.

eros
Eros/Phanos

Unlike Apollo, the sun-god, representative of culture and civilization, Dionysos is associated with the mysteries of life and death, with vegetation, with consciousness associated with the depths, irrationality, a life fully lived, the emotions and sensuality that lead to an altered state of consciousness, and to transcendence through experience. Dionysos is considered the god of ecstasy and of enthusiasm, because his devotees, after a frenzied dance, “become enraptured”, and then “the god merges into his adorer, through enthusiasm”.

The Eros/Phanos picture was the target picture of the psiber conference orginized by the IASD. It is an online conference were people can read about psi- connections in dreams. And I do not consider it coincidence that I was reading the book about Jung his love life at the same time this image was selected as target picture!

This quotation I read in Maria Helena Guerra her book “The love drama of C.G. Jung”:

eros
The love drama of C.G. Jung

This book is very much worth reading. (If you want to buy it just click on the link and go to Amazon, that way you will support Mindfunda). Maria weaves the strings of Jung’s process of constructing the Self in a web of the love triangle that was created after Jung introduced Tony Wolff into his home. She was his lover, his therapist, the one that kept him sane. She was the manifestation of his anima.

eros
Tony Wolff

Eros as anima

This was Jung his dream:
In the dream I found myself in a magnificent Italian loggia with pillars, a marble floor and a marble balustrade. I was sitting on a gold Renaissance chair. in front of me was a table of rare beauty. It was made of green stone like emerald. There I sat, looking at a distance, for the loggia was set high up on the tower castle. My children were sitting at the table too.
Suddenly a white bird descended, a small sea-gull or a dove. Gracefully came to rest on the table, and I signed the children to be still so that they would not frighten away the pretty white bird. Immediately, the dove was transformed into a little girl ], about eight years of age, with golden blond hair. She ran off with the children and played with them among the colonnades of the castle.
I remained lost in thought, musing about what I had just experienced. The little girl returned and tenderly placed her arms around my neck. Then she suddenly vanished, the dove was back and spoke in a human voice: “Only in the first hours of the night can I transform myself to a human being, while the male dove is busy with the twelve death”. then she flew off into the blue air and I awoke”.

eros
The dove as symbol of the anima

 

Eros in your life

How about you? When was the last time you were mesmerized by somebody who took your breath away? In your dreams? Or in your waking life?

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner, Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater, Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill and Justina Lasley about her book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep! Evan Thompson about his book Waking Sleeping Being.

Soon I will be interviewing Kate Adams and Bart Koet about their book Dreams and Spirituality.

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK
Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

Chicken soup for the soul: dreams and premonitions

Chicken soup for the Soul
Dreams and premonitions

 

Dreams and premonitions

Today, September 22, the book ‘Dreams and Premonitions’ is launched. This book was born on twitter. Amy Newmark twittered about wanting to publish a book about dreams. She is a publisher on Chicken soup for the Soul. And Kelly Sullivan Walden let her know she was interested. you can listen to the book launch and the stories behind the scenes.

I have met Kelly Sullivan Walden at a conference of the International Association of Dreams in Berkeley. I know about her energy and her determination when it comes to promoting the magic of dreams. And I know several people who did a great job of reading all of the dreams that were submitted. So you know that when you buy this book you get a very good selection of amazing dreams. If you buy the book using the link on this page you will support all of the good work of Mindfunda.

In the book is a collection of 101 dreams divided into 10 sections. They are: Navigating life, Messages from heaven, Facing fears, Early warnings, Next generation, Waking up to a new life path, Life savers, True love, Personal transformation and Miracles happen.
Each section has about 10 dreams from different people. Among them are ‘famous dreamers’ like Patricia Garfield and Robert Moss.
I would like to share the painting that belongs to the dream that Patricia shares in the book. You would have to read the dream to get the full appreciation of the picture. In her dream, Patricia looked in the mirror and saw that out of her head two antlers were growing. This dream inspired dream artist Brenda Ferrimani to create the painting “Branching Woman”.

chicken soup for the soul dreams and premonitions
Branching woman
Brenda Ferrimani

 

Dreams and premonitions

It is always nice to read a book filled with magical dreams. I hope that this book will inspire lots of people to look at their dreams more closely. I want to share one very nice story about the book. Me and my dream group decided to do a pre-cognitive challenge to see if we could dream up dream number 101, before the book was published. We did not know the dream, we did not know the participants, we did not know the subjects.
The title of the dream 101 is ‘Stella Sky’. Several people in this group are very talented dreamers and they had dreamed connections with sky. Others picked upon the medical theme of the story. There are two names in the story: Stella and Janet that were dreamed about by members of our dream group. Other themes in this story have to do with the all intriguing question if the future is predetermined or not: “The question I ask myself is this. Can writing a story about someone where they are saved from dying safe that person from dying?”
In our group we had a vibrant discussion about writing because lots of dreamers that participate in that group (including me) are writers or contemplate writing a book about dreams. So in general, our group of precognitive dreamers picked up on health issues and writing in all of our dreams.

Precognitive dreams

I had my share of premonitions and dreams that changed my life. The precognitive dream about my father’s death  was the most impressive one. It came as a nightmare where I felt completely helpless. In waking life, seeing my father in his hospital bed with nothing I could do to make him feel better made me feel the same way. The dream wanted to prepare me for this new phase in my life.

Right before his death I dreamed of painting a garage white for a friend of my brother. In this garage, there was a motor cycle, which made perfect sense to me because my brother rides a motor.
In waking life, my father used to ride a motor bike but stopped doing that years ago. My father and my brother where best friends.
After his death my brother dreamed about going to a garage to take a bike ride with one of his friends. The garage opened and my father came riding out. He said to my brother: “she has to come with us too”. And he put me -as a little baby- on the front of the motor.

In my experience dreams that tell (a bit) about the future (or a possible future) are ordinary dreams. there are no angels with trumpets singing hallelujah. But in retrospect you can find a lot of clues to things that will happen. Is that coincidence? It could be. I always say to people who are interested in dreams: dreaming is like training a muscle. The more you do it, the stronger this muscle becomes.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner, Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater, Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill and Justina Lasley about her book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep! Soon I will be interviewing Evan Thompson about his book Waking Sleeping Being

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK
Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

 

Living the dream

Mindfunda's Susanne van Doorn was invited by the Societas Studiosorum Reformatorum Eindhoviensis or SSRE in Eindhoven to give a presentation to celebrate their 58th anniversary. The motto of their anniversary was Living the dream, so they reached out to me to talk about dreams. This Mindfunda is a transcript of the 'Living the Dream' presentation of September 14, 2015.

Living the dream, a cultural perspective

When I went away to University in the eighties, I had the Western idea of Living the Dream in mind. I was going to live on a beach somewhere, with lots of sun and lots of swimming. I would find myself a nice hunk to spend my life with and I would find a challenging job that payed well. It looked a bit like this:

Brad Pitt
living the dream

 

living the dream
The Best Job in the World

I know a lot of you share that view on ‘Living the dream’ with me. It is a cultural phenomena. A Western cultural ideal. How can we use something as individual as a dream to help us reach that goal? Let’s define dreaming using physical and psychological elements. I will give two techniques that will help you direct your dreams in a certain direction. They will help you reach your goals. Finally I will give you some great examples that will convince you that dreams can help you with Living the dream.

Let’s get philosophical

Are you dreaming right now? Do you ever wonder during the day if you are dreaming? Patricia Garfield did some research into common dream themes. Getting educated (by reading this blog) is one of the most common dream themes. So are you quite sure that you are not dreaming right now?

You could perform a reality check: count the fingers of your hands. Carlos Casteneda wrote about it in the seventies and lots of people learned to lucid dream by looking to their hands before falling asleep. Hands are always with you. Looking at your hands before you fall asleep and telling yourself to look at your hands during your dream to remember yourself that you are dreaming seems to be a sure technique to reaching lucidity in your dreams. Robert Waggoner used this technique to acquire the basic principles of lucid dreaming.

living the dream
Descartes

 

The question ‘are we dreaming right now?’ is the inheritance of Descartes. Descartes thought us to question everything. Yourself, your body, reality. we get taught to think that way in our universities and high schools. Descartes claimed that he existed because he was a thinking person: cogito ergo sum, I think therefore I am. But that caused us to make a distinction between our mind and our body. And that is how I am going to define a dream. I will define three elements of physical dreaming and three elements of psychological dreaming. After doing that we can go back to “living the dream” and see how we can dream ourselves a way into this Western ideal.

Living the dream: technique #1

So how do you know if you are dreaming at this moment? There is a technique, introduced by Carlos Casteneda in the seventies. Looking at your hands and counting your fingers. When this becomes a habit you start to do this in your dreams. In your dreams your fingers look different.  And you always have your hands with you. Before you go to sleep: relax your body, look at your hands and say to yourself: I will look at my hands in my sleep and realize that I am dreaming.
There are more reality checks: looking a watch or a clock two times. The second time the clock hand will point at a different number.
Turn on the light: in your dream this is not possible.
Go back in time: wonder what you did before this event. In a dream you will not be able to remember a natural sequal of events.

So with this technique in mind, let’s define dreaming. I will cut up the dreaming process in physical and psychological elements.

Three Physical elements of dreaming

living the dream
suprachiasmatic nucleus

#1: The supraciasmatic nucleus takes care of our day – night rhythm. It regulates your body clock. Light reaches into your eye, and regulates this nuclei. It is one of the reasons why you better not wear sun glasses in the summer. And why you should dim the lights at night. When people can not fall asleep, I often give them the advice to talks a walk in the dark. Movement and darkness are ways of resetting the supraciasmatic nuclei. Darkness is the sign for the tryptophan in your body to be transferred to melatonin, which make you fall asleep. So don’t buy melatonin in the supermarket. Turn out the lights on time and go out for a walk in the dark!

#2: Brainwaves are a certain indicator of your state of awareness. Especially the Delta and Theta waves are present during sleep. REM sleep occurs during Theta waves.

living the dream
Brain waves

During Delta waves there is Deep Sleep. Sleep with no awareness. the total darkness. I will be interviewing Evan Thompson for Mindfunda soon. in his book Waking Dreaming Being, he devotes a whole chapter on this kind of sleeping. Where is the Self, The I, the awareness during this state? Is it a kind of ‘death’? or is there a sense of awareness?

The Rapid Eye Movement (REM sleep we got to know and love during the fifties appears in the Theta sleep. It was during REM that Stanley Krippner woke up his dreamers in his telepathy projects. He wanted to research of dreamers could be influenced by an outsider. In his experiments he got art, he got a dreamer and he got a sender in his dream lab. An artwork was randomly selected, the sender started concentrating and the dreamer started dreaming. Whenever the dreamer reached REM sleep he was woken up and a dream report was written down. This report was judged by an independent jury and scored on various points. Krippner published some amazing results, dreamers did manage to report dreams that showed fragments of paintings in a very accurate manner.

#3Inhibition of the spinal motor neurons. We do not move in our dreams from the neck down. We can turn around in our bed, but we do not get up and act out our dreams, because of this inhibition. Here you can see a dreaming cat who is acting out its dreams. Now you can see why this inhibition has been an evolutionary advantage.

So now we have defined the physical elements of dreaming. We are buckled up, let’s go ahead and explore the psychological elements of dreaming.

Psychological elements of dreaming

#1: First of all, you dream in images. In 2012 Japanese researchers could provide us with images we are dreaming, as you can see in this film. Impressive huh? What a work that must have been. The decoding of the human brain will leap us into new mysteries to be explored. Did you notice the beginning of this film is a scene from Inception? Leonardo di Caprio is a lucid dreamer, not only on-screen but also in real life…

#2: The second psychological element of dreaming is: you dream in symbols. this little film I found tells you more about it.
I only have three remarks about it. Being chased is not necessarily a bad thing. It can lead to lucidity. A very well-known lucid dreamer had nightmares when he was a kid, He was being chased by a monster. He was so frightened he did not dare to go to bed at night. But his nother said to him: why don’t you just turn around when you see that monster again and ask him what he wants from you? So the dreamer did just that and found out that the monster was not meaning any harm. The monster said: “I want to tell you something, but you always run away”
Falling in your dream does not have to symbolise failing. It is also a reflection of the energy level of your body decreasing. Just let yourself fall down and start to fly. Enjoy the process.
I know that it is a common assumption that all characters in a dream are reflections of you. But not always… I did some research (you can download it here). I had several dreams about meeting people who had dreamed the same. So one day i decided to do an experiment. I got 15 couples. Every couple of dreamers were supposed to meet each other in a dream. One had a gift, the other was the receiver. After the night of dreaming I collected all the dream reports. And… Several couples indeed had met each other and reported the right gift in their dream reports.

The third psychological element of dreaming are emotions. A lot of people see emotions as the key to giving meaning to a dream. Te film Inside Out gives such a good representation of our basic emotions. Fear, Anger, Disgust, Sadness and Joy. When you look at the world we live in, only a few of these emotions are tolerated. Joy is accepted as a public emotion. Anger is tolerated when it comes out as dominance or sarcasm. But you must never be to angry, too sarcastic, too sad or too fearsome. Showing disgust makes you an arrogant person. So most of us have gotten used to hiding our emotions. Dreaming is reconnecting with your emotions. To get to know yourself better. To accept that those emotions are just part of life.

Now we have defined the elements of a dream, it is time to tell you about the second tecnhique you can use to dream your way into a better future.

Living the dream technique #2 Incubation

Dream incubation is an old technique. It was used in ancient Greece in the dream temples of Asclepius. You concentrate on what you want to dream about. You write down your problem. preferably before going to bed. And you end with writing down one positive formulated sentence. A sentence that reflects your dream question in a positive way. “What is the best for me right now?” or “What do I need to know about …?” And while you are in bed dozing off, mumble that sentence. Do not forget to tell yourself that you will remember and understand your dream each time after mentally stating your dream request.
You might not remember a dream your first night. And maybe even the second night. But you will remember a dream if you keep doing this. The more you practice this technique the better you will become.

Living the dream by using your dreams

There is one technique, besides lucid dreaming that I have not talked about. It is called incubation. The ancient Greeks used it in their dream temples when they wanted guidance for their health. And so can you. Here is what you do.

You write down a specific wish/problem/subject you want to dream about. during the day and again before sleep. You write down what you what to dream about and you finish with one clear positive sentence that states your request. ‘Tonight I will dream about … in a way that I will remember an understand’. Mumble those words as you doze off to sleep.

Living the dream consists of three things that go well in your life: love, your career and your health.  I will tell you stories about dreams that have changed the lives of people in those three areas that are so important. All three areas are a reflection on who you are or on who you want to be in this life that you are given. These dreams will make you see that by dreaming, you can turn your world around for the better.

Living the dream: love

Justina Lasley found the man of her dreams by remembering a dream. In her book Wake up she tells us:
My dreams and intuition were instrumental and informative as I met and married Chad Minifie, the man of my dreams. One day I had tearfully shared my previous night’s dreams with my very intuitive friend Cathy. The dreams were brimming with sadness about not having met the man with whom I would share my future. She stopped me, saying she sensed from my dreams that I already had a connection to the man I would marry. As strange as it still seems to me, she was right. I followed her suggestion: I closed my eyes and tried to connect with the love I yearned for. I quickly felt a connection to both New England and England, which seemed very bizarre. I didn’t know many people in New England and had never spent time there…
The feeling of that experience stayed with me for several weeks. After a month or so, on e-Harmony (how can it be?) I met a man who lived on Hilton Island and decided to meet him for dinner in Charleston. Soon after being seated I asked, “Where are you from originally?” I am still in awe of his answer: “Well, I have spent most of my life in New England, but my family comes from England”

Dreaming and intuition are twin sisters. If you want to hear Justina tell more powerful stories about changing your life for the better using dreams as a guide you can watch the Mindfunda interview with her.

 

Living the dream: Career

living the dream
Einstein

It was a dream that guided Einstein towards his theory of relativity. When he was 16, his grades in school were bad. His father said: “Son, I am giving up on you. Why don’t you become a plumber!”. Einstein was  very upset because he felt he was smart. That night he had a dream that would nurture him into his fertile future. The dream that had all the ingredients of his discoveries.

‘In my 
dream I am on the top of a hill, covered with snow. My friends are with me and we all have sledges. We start to glide down and we all laugh and have fun. But my sledge is going down real hard and soon I go with the speed of light. I leave my friends behind me. When I look up to the sky I see the light fall apart into a spectrum.’

Einstein told this dream at the end of his life. This dream had been a secret inspiration for him. He told the interviewer that whenever he felt down or uninspired, he remembered the feeling of this dream.

Living the dream: Health

A dream can save you life. If you listen to the podcast of my dreams and health panel for the IASD conference in 2013 you can hear impressive examples.
But the story of Rita Dwyer and her colleage Ed Butler is one of the most impressive stories around. Ed had several dreams about saving Rita from a fire. He opened the door (we all know that you should not open a door when the door handle is hot or smoke comes out of the doorway. The flames will burst out because of the oxygen coming in). He got into her burning laboratory and got her out alive. Against all odds.

When they were in hospital Rita asked him: “Why did you open the door, and put your life in danger? You know it is against all formal regulations?” And he told her he had saved her in recurring dreams. “I knew I was going to survive this. I knew what I had to do, I had done it before in my dreams”. And that is one other good thing about dreams: they rehearse possible futures. You are able to dream the future. Perhaps it is better to say: dreams will rehearse several possible futures for you.

I want to thank SSRE for inviting me, and my colleague Hans van Nuland for his contribution to my ‘Living the Dream’ presentation.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner, Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater, Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill and Justina Lasley about her book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK
Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

 


THIS 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!

What is Mindfunda about?

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.

This posting is categorised as Dreamfunda:
Everything you need to know about dreams. Practical How to’s, the latest scientific research, the most commonly used ways to attach meaning to dreams. This and more is given to you for your everyday use in this part of Mindfunda

Read more about Mindfunda here, or visit our Courses Page.


Ready for more free Mindfunda content on ‘#DREAMS‘?

The Fiction of Dreams, A Book Review

Fiction and dreams are closely related. "The dream's essence lies in its storytelling capacity. Dreams are autobiographical fictions that tell ...
Read More

Sleep: how long can you stay awake? and 15 other secrets about sleep

What is the longest time somebody did not sleep? What happens in the brain when we sleep? Why do you ...
Read More

Dreams that Guide You on Your Life Path

Finding your life path. It can be quite a journey... To my great enjoyment I saw that the International Association ...
Read More

Comments or suggestions? Share your thoughts:

We hate Spam as much as you do, your information is safe with us and we will not provide your data to others. To authenticate you are human, you are kindly asked to opt-in on periodic updates as the Mindfunda Monthly. Please check the appropriate box below, and fill in the little puzzle

keep me posted on news (monthly)no mail please

9/11 in precognitive dreams

9/11 2001 the unthinkable thing happened. All consists of energy, all energy is connected. Dreams are vehicles for energy. Can we protect ourselves using the power of dreams?

9/11

9/11 will be marked in the mind of everybody of my generation as the day that the unthinkable thing happened. The outrage you feel when innocent people are the victim of political forces. It could have been you, or me. We could have gotten up early and gone to work in the greatest symbol of America’s capitalism: the twin towers. Gotten our morning coffee, looked out of the window, and …

9/11 powerless

The powerlessness we all feel when political forces beyond our control immediately threaten our life. It makes us want to re-shape, re-think, re-invent methods that will provide security when something like this happens again. Because in the political arena, not much has changed. The energies are still the same. The ‘Big’ countries haven’t grown together in a peaceful way even though we all hoped and prayed they would. So what are the alternative ways that we simple, modest human beings like you and me, can protect ourselves? Would dreaming be a way to safety?

9/11 dreams

There were a lot of people with pre-cognitive dreams about 9/11. I will share some impressive ones with you.

Al Davison; a predictive dream-comic. Two days before 9/11: I dream I’m a child at ground zero, mourning the devastation–and witnessing rebirth.

Maria Cernuto, dreamer, and co-worker of DreamsCloud:
My own dreams have provided knowledge of future events as well. In keeping dream journals for many years I have been able to recognize when my dreams are revealing waking life emergency situations. During a dream, if I say, “call 911” or “get an ambulance,” a waking life emergency with similar elements to my dream occurs. This pattern began to emerge several months prior to the attack on New York City’s World Trade Center. One dream in particular, February 13, 2001, really depicted the attack, but not literally; in it I dreamt, “I am watching from an overview – 2 young males are left in a white convertible car with the key still in the ignition and the car running. They are ‘juvenile delinquents,’ and their case worker goes inside to plea bargain on their behalf. They drove a stolen car into the support column of a ‘government building’—I am now inside running and these Middle Eastern males are chasing me – the place was on fire some people were injured, others killed. I run past desks, and then through a floor that looks like a bank. I am yelling ‘call 911!’ It is very rare, even since this event that I dream of Middle Eastern people.[…]
A man who calls himself ‘The Dream Detective’, Christopher Robinson had some very literal dreams about the attack. The website Starpod shows the pictures in his dream journal that depict an airplane near a high building, intending to crash into it, as early as August 2000.
Almost all precognitive dreams are very literal. Dreams tend to be literal when trauma is big. Symbolic dreaming occors when the psyche has dealt with the trauma. So if you wonder how to ‘catch’ theese kind of dreams: try interpreting your dreams in a literal way, as one of the possible layers of meaning.

Dreamers unite after 9/11

There is a group of dreamers (I am proud to say I am one of them even though my contributions are largely from other very skilled dreamers) called the Peace Bridge. It was founded by Jean Campbell, writer of Group Dreaming, dreams to the tenth power. She unites the energy of the dreamers who dream together on certain nights to help bring more peace into the world.
9/11
Group Dreaming

 

Post 9/11 dreaming

Even though it has been a long time since 2001 we all felt the threat imposed upon us. So I wanted to share a dream of Brenda Ferrimani that reflects the shock and horror we all went through. Because you and me, we know we could have been the ones sitting there. Brenda asks us, as she asks herself: Is the healing of the world possible from an individual perspective? Start with looking at your own dreams and be aware of all the potential in a dream, even if it is a very scary one. You can read the full dream here. I will share some things about the dream and Brenda’s perspective on it that resonate with me today, 14 years after.

 I am in my bed at night. I hear coyotes in the distance. There’s a window at the foot of the bed and a light in the sky, shinning in. I sense there’s something out there. I move toward the window and as I do I am sucked out! I begin falling into endless darkness!

I am falling down, down into the deep darkness. I feel like screaming, but then I remind myself I am dreaming. At this point I become lucid.

I can see and feel everything slow, and I stop falling. I ask, “What is for me here?” I demand, “SHOW ME, SHOW ME!” Then, I begin to move upward. I see the stars as I am traveling up to the heavens. Then huge metal discs with alien writing start moving up around me. I yell once more, “SHOW ME!” — I even say this out loud in waking reality and I wake myself up.”

Brenda considers this dream an invitation to look -with love and warmth- at your own fears. And we share fears. Loosing our health, loosing our jobs, loosing our loved ones and finally loosing our lives. 9/11 showed us how fragile we are.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner, Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater, Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill and Justina Lasley about her book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK
Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

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.

Stonehenge ikea

 

The monoliths are buried in the ground. What is more attractive and mysterious as a hidden landscape of stones. Did they create a gate towards Stonehenge? Did they fence off the natural avenue that Stonehenge formed with Durrington Wall? There is something magical about stones. Some people claim stones vibrate energy that can heal. But the gigantic stones once moved by human beings are simply impressive.

The magic of stones

For years I wanted to visit Stonehenge. The mystical place where the sun was honored and the turning of seasons was celebrated. Paul Deveraux writes in his book Sacred Geography:

Stonehenge
Sacred Geography

The Stonehenge Riverside project took place between 2003 and 2009. A little more light has been shed on the sacred geography of the area as a result… When the mosaic pieces of archeological findings were put together, a picture emerged of a place being used to celebrate the recent dead and the river Avon being used as a link with Stonehenge, a place of the ancestors’.

Mike Pearson

The Riverdale project was led by Mike Pearson, professor of archaeology at Sheffield University. He led the Stonehenge Riverside Project from 2003 to 2009. He has appeared in Stonehenge, a decade of discovery.

 

 

Stones used to build it are not only from the area but also from the Preseli hills in Wales. In that way uniting two ancestral circles in England. He explains how ancestors, astronomy and the mid winter sunset are the most important features of the magic of Stonehenge.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner, Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater, Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill and Justina Lasley about her book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK
Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

The lean mean dream washing machine

What if we could create a database filled with dreams about dreaming? Dreamed up by people who seriously look at their dreams for inspiration? I would buy a copy of it right away! Here is the first onset to it.

I wonder how working with dreams would change if everybody who seriously works with dreams would submit their dreams about dreaming into a giant database. In the ideal world someone clever would analyse those dreams and perhaps we could come up with a whole different view about dreams and dreaming. This is one of the dreams I had that tought me something about dreams: I dream about a man explaining to me that dreams are like washing machines.

dream

 

You take dirty clothes (your way of acting in the world) put them in the Self: did you ever notice that the door of the washing machine is mandala shaped?

dream
mandala

 

You choose the temperature. What emotional temperature do you need to wash your emotions clean? Clean enough to handle them during the day time? Is it going to be nightmarish hot so all the conducts, all the habits of waking life are washed up and sterilized? Or will it be a smoothly wash just to get your way of living refreshed?

You add detergent. An aide to resolve the dirt on your way of acting in the world. To wash away the smell of living day by day. What is your detergent? And how much are you going to use? Are there any stains on your clothes that need some extra care? A solvent that gets the difficult stains out? Some books about dreaming can help you do that. The most recent one I read was written by Justina  Lasley.

Wake up to your dreams

Justina her detergent is the Dream Synergy method. Emotions (the water in the machine), Characters (the stain-solution) and Beliefs (the temperature you choose). For more information see my interview with Justina.

But there are many more good dream detergents. Dream groups like Connie Kaplan mentions.

Woman’s book of dreams


If you are lucky enough to get involved in a dream group (several of them are online) you get different views on your dream. That gets your creative juices flowing. Connie’s second method of interacting with dreams is tuning in with the moon. She talks about how the moon and the woman (wo-moon) merge energies. The energy of the moon colors the meaning of your dream.

Ok back to the washing machine. So you picked together your filthy clothes, choose a temperature, added some detergent and… It all starts tumbling! Everything is jumbled upside down. Meshed around. Beaten up in a steady rhythm. Gently, but firmly. There is no stopping our mean lean washing machine.

In the middle there is… A mandala. the symbol of the Self in Jungian terms. The dream selves tumble round and round, while the mandala closes off the process, so no cloths fall out. Jean Raffa told me about the Mandorla: two mandala’s enclosing.

Healing the sacred divide

 

This middle place where light and dark touch is where the healing begins she told us.

At the end of the washing process the machine begins to turn around real quick. It is in its spinning cycle. Spinning tales, spinning connecting energies. In such a fast way that all the water, all the emotion is pulled out. Things are often put up side down in dreams. To spin your head around. To make you see that different angle that you otherwise would have missed.

Wanna share a dream about dreaming with me? I might just put it in a database and create that dream book we all are longing for.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner, Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater, Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill and Justina Lasley about her book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK
Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Dyer: dreams are the place to create

wayne-dyer
Wayne Dyer

We recently lost some inspiring men. Oliver Sacks and Wayne Dyer. Wayne Dyer was not only the self-help-best-seller guy.  I read some of his books a few decades ago. I remember they were easy to read. But there is another side to this man. He worked as a Jungian therapist. The statement of Carl Gustav Jung: “I didn’t have this idea, it had me” was a guiding principle in the way Wayne Dyer shaped his life. Ideas and synchronicity guided him on his path.
The surest way to lose your soul is to believe in a god outside yourself” he told his audience. He took the path we all have to go, if we are religious, spiritual or not. It is the same spiritual struggle Carl Jung shared with us in his Red Book. the search for your inner God. (Read your inner spirituality if that resonates more with you).

Wayne Dyer and Synchronicity

He tells about it on his website. One night, being a teacher, he had given a presentation for parents about how they could guide their children to become happy adults. The next day, a student walked into his room, bearing a gift. A gift that would change his live. It was a book composed of stories from inspiring people. Wayne Dyer, on the verge of choosing a subject for a new study, read The Whole man, written by the famous psychologist Maslow (yes the one with the hierarchy of needs). And he decided to start focussing on the things that are right: “I don’t want to study what’s wrong with people. I want to study what’s right.” And that was the beginning of his success.

Wayne Dyer
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Wayne Dyer and dreams

Wayne Dyer was the man of dreams. Not necessarily night-time dreams but goals. However, he taught his audience about the art of dream incubation. He was fully aware of the creative potential of dreams.
When deep sleep falls upon men while slumbering in their beds, then he opens the ears of men and seals their instruction‘ Job 33:15
Wayne Dyer saw dreaming as the time when the brain ‘marinades’ in the subconscious. And when you fall asleep thinking about all the things that went wrong during your day, all the people you are angry with, you are going to instruct your brain to give you dreams about that misery.
Think about good things. The things that you are happy about. things that you want to multiply in your life.

It is a simple, yet effective way of incubating dreams.
Thanks Dr. Wayne Dyer for giving so many people a helping hand when they needed it.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner, Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater, Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill and Justina Lasley about her book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK
Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

 

Persephone or how mythology is still relevant

Kore, later known as Persephone, loved flowers. One beautiful day she saw and extraordinary flower. So much beauty she had not seen before in any living being on earth. She reached out her hand... Little did she know that this would change her life forever. Such a little gesture, the picking of a flower changed the whole universe. Do you want to uncover the mythologic themes in your own life? I offer an online Mythology course that helps you explore six different subjects. The Mythology of creation, the Amazing Animal, Mythology of Women, Mythology of Men and the Mythology of the Grail.

Little gestures can have big consequences as in the story of Persephone. Doing nothing can have big repercussions as in the story of ‘Les jeux sont faits‘ written by Sartre. By not being together the couple that thought they where soul mates did not get a second chance of happiness.
We live in a society that hold you responsible for the life you lead. Even though, just as Persephone, you almost never foresee the consequences of our actions. So let’s take a closer look at the myth of Persephone and Hades.
It tells us a lot about our ways of dealing with crises. It tells us a lot about our way of dealing with love. It tells us a lot about our way of dealing with mother – daughter tension.

persephone-iii-jpg
Photo: glogster.com

Persephone and crises

Like Persephone you will be in a crises someday. The one you thought was your soul mate does not love you back, you are rejected for the job of your dreams, you lose a child, you loose a loved one.
The pain is physical. It is like a part of your body is cut off without any form of sedation. You walk around in shock: this is not true. This is not happening. In a moment I am going to wake up…

Going down into the underworld. The underworld smelling of death. Down into the dark earth. It is usually a place off numb despair. The last day my mother was living I visited her… She was in hospital and everything was examined. in my presence a doctor examined her stomach. It was big, like she was in her second trimester of pregnancy. That is when I knew she was running out of time. I was afraid that when I told her she would be so afraid.. I decided that ignorance is bliss. My mother was not dumb. I think she knew her chances of waking up again where very small. I think she just kept on hoping. But both of us did not communicate that. So I went home. I received an email of one of my sisters that my mother was going to be operated. I phoned the hospital to  tell them that my mother would probably not have the strength to survive an operation. The hospital told me that it had to be done. I hung up the phone crying. Feeling powerless. I was in the underworld, in Hades’ realm. It is a place of numbness. I was feeling so sad, so angry, so helpless. I had gone down into the underworld. Involuntarily like Persephone. But it made me connect with my helplessness, with my anger, with my feelings for my mother.

Persephone and love

When I invited Stanley Krippner to give a Personal Mythology workshop in the Netherlands he talked about Persephone. “Nobody ever asks what Persephone thought about all of this” he said. And indeed, the myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone is told from the perspective of the mother. Demeter who is so heart-broken that her daughter is gone. Taken away by Hades who had fallen desperately in love with her. He was so love struck that he created a flower, the narcissus, for her. The narcissus is a symbol of new beginnings.

266px-Narcissus_flowers

 

Seeing such an extraordinary flower, so different from other flowers, Persephone just had to pick it. Not only stepping into a new beginning, Persephone was drawn into it by Hades. The black earth opened up and Hades pulled her upon his carriage with black horses. So earth longs for spring in a fertile way…

 

The change in perspective Stanley Krippner suggested in his workshop Personal Mythology is a vital one. You get into the habit of thinking the same thing. About yourself. About your life story. Change perspective. You can pluck the narcissus by retelling your own life story from a new perspective. Step into the perspective of your mother/father/brother/best friend and retell your story through their eyes. See how things change. See how your understanding grows.

Persephone and the mother daughter crises

We all know them don’t we? Daughters who must fulfill their mothers desires. Who must become the film star/writer/photo model etc mother never had the change to be. But even if it is on a more subconscious level there is an innate tendency between mother and daughter. Likewise there is a tendency between father and son that is displayed in the Oedipus myth.

rs_634x879-150509201317-634-cindy-crawford-kaia-gerber-mini-me-tomorrowland-disney-premiere-050915
Cindy Crawford and daughter Kaia Gerber

In every women her life she has to take a moment to reflect upon her relationship with her mother. The way your mother dealt with nurturing you and your other siblings. The way your mother dealt with love and sexuality. Is it your way? So mentally or physically, you have to step back and look at what it is that she has taught you. And how you use that knowledge in your life. Is it fruitful for you? Or is it time to focus on your life as lover and queen like Persephone did? It is not necessary to break of your relationship with your mother while you are doing this. It takes a while to contemplate about the unspoken lessons about life. In what way are you still being the daughter, the princess?

Now look at this lady going into Hades realm like a girl, daughter of mother Earth named Kore, and becoming the Queen named Persephone. I can imagine why she ate the pomegranate. In the live of almost every woman she has to break up with her mother. Not forever. But she must let go of the advice and approval of her mother. This is a temporary break up. Each mother and daughter have their moments of separation. Wanted or unwanted. Planned or as a result of actions beyond our control. This enables you to become woman. To search for your own approval. To become the person you would like to spend an evening with.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner, Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater, Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill and Justina Lasley about her book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK
Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

 


THIS 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!

What is Mindfunda about?

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.

This posting is categorised as Spirifunda:
psychology for everyday with a spiritual layer of meaning, searching for the soul. Our brains are wired for believe in magic. In a world filled with rationality, you sometimes need a little magic, a little “I wonder why”. Synchronicity, the insights of Carl Jung, the mythology used by Freud, the archetypical layers in the Tarot, the wisdom of the I Tjing, Shamanism, the oldest religion of humanity, all that information gets published in the Spirifunda section of Mindfunda.

Read more about Mindfunda here, or visit our Courses Page.


Ready for more free Mindfunda content on ‘SPIRITUALITY‘?

Imboc

Imbolc Celebration

Imbolc is the old Celtic celebration of the return of the light. On February 1, the old ancient Goddess Brigid* returns after being held in captivity by the old Hag ...
Read More

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 ...
Read More

Woman Most Wild, 3 Keys to Liberating the Witch Within

Woman Most Wild, three Keys to Liberating the Witch Within by Danielle Dusky New World Library, 2017, $10.84 paperback ISBN-13: 9781608684663; kindle $13.51 ISBN-10: 1608684660 reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn "We are ...
Read More

Comments or suggestions? Share your thoughts:

We hate Spam as much as you do, your information is safe with us and we will not provide your data to others. To authenticate you are human, you are kindly asked to opt-in on periodic updates as the Mindfunda Monthly. Please check the appropriate box below, and fill in the little puzzle

keep me posted on news (monthly)no mail please

Meditation

Reading 'The Buddha Pill' written by Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm gave me some insights into meditation I want to share with you. The book was so good that I decided to mail to Catherine and invited her for a Mindfunda interview about 'The Buddha Pill'. The audio is sometimes a bit tardily because my provider was hacked at the time of the recording.

Can you change or are you born a certain way?

When I was educated as a psychologist I had to think about this ‘nature – nurture debate‘.
The nature side of this debate says we are born with a fixed set of genes. William Bernet has researched so-called ‘criminal genes‘. Being born with those genes, even though you are brought up in a loving environment will unleash the criminal in you. But don’t you like to assume that a good family, love laughter and acceptance can make even bad criminal genes flourish into happiness? Maybe so…
On the nurture side there is a compelling story in ‘The Buddha Pill’ about Nick.
A born criminal, a drug dealer. Being in prison just taught him how to be a more effective criminal. It gave him new connections, new methods. But one time he made a decision to stop. He focussed his energy on meditation and yoga and he has become a succesful meditation teacher.

Is meditation the Buddha pill?

meditation
Buddha Pill
Catherine Wikholm and Miguel Farias

I remember when I was young a lot of people, including my parents were engaged in transcendental meditation. Pictures of serene people floating above the air… Catherine Wikholm also saw these pictures in her childhood. And came to the same conclusion: there most be something magical about meditation that makes you a better person. When she was asked by Miguel Farias to research the effect of meditation on prisoners she did not hesitate one second.

meditation
The Buddha pill
Can meditation change you?

The book originated from a meeting with Sandy Chubb of the Phoenix trust. She uses meditation to improve the inner sense of well-being of prisoners. Being two experienced meditators with a scientific background, Miguel Farias and Ctaherina Wikholm decided that they would do a scientific experiment to see if meditation is indeed the Buddha pill.

Researching the scientific literature, Catherine and Miguel found out that there is not a lot of solid scientific research available into the merits of meditation and mindfulness. Nowadays, mindfulness has gained acceptance as THE panacea for inner peace for restless people (and aren’t we all restless?). But there is not a lot of research done about meditation that could meet the scientific standards of having a control group and a clear defined variable that is manipulated to see the difference between the two groups. 

The results of the experiment are in ‘The Buddha Pill’. But the writers have added some very useful sidenotes for meditation. First of all: sitting alone reciting a mantra does not make you a better person. Change needs to be incorporated in the body. Yoga does just that. It is no wonder that their experiment involved Yoga practices.

The second sidenote was picked up by the media. Catherine explaines in the interview that she did not always like that. She and Miguel really belief in meditation as a good thing. The dark side of meditation got a lot of attention from the media. But I think it is a very important chapter. Meditation and Mindfulness are not for everybody. That is important to know. However, this book is not an attack on meditation or mindfulness. The Buddha Pill wants to unite the two contradictions that still hunt society today: magic versus reason. Often these two are seen as incompatible

So, after you have seen the interview, what do you think? Can people change for the better?

Do you like this post? Don’t forget to share!

Visit my Youtube channel (Don’t forget to subscribe)

Twitter: @susannevandoorn


THIS 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!

What is Mindfunda about?

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.

This posting is categorised as Spirifunda:
psychology for everyday with a spiritual layer of meaning, searching for the soul. Our brains are wired for believe in magic. In a world filled with rationality, you sometimes need a little magic, a little “I wonder why”. Synchronicity, the insights of Carl Jung, the mythology used by Freud, the archetypical layers in the Tarot, the wisdom of the I Tjing, Shamanism, the oldest religion of humanity, all that information gets published in the Spirifunda section of Mindfunda.

Read more about Mindfunda here, or visit our Courses Page.


Ready for more free Mindfunda content on ‘SPIRITUALITY‘?

Imboc

Imbolc Celebration

Imbolc is the old Celtic celebration of the return of the light. On February 1, the old ancient Goddess Brigid* returns after being held in captivity by the old Hag ...
Read More

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 ...
Read More

Woman Most Wild, 3 Keys to Liberating the Witch Within

Woman Most Wild, three Keys to Liberating the Witch Within by Danielle Dusky New World Library, 2017, $10.84 paperback ISBN-13: 9781608684663; kindle $13.51 ISBN-10: 1608684660 reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn "We are ...
Read More

Comments or suggestions? Share your thoughts:

We hate Spam as much as you do, your information is safe with us and we will not provide your data to others. To authenticate you are human, you are kindly asked to opt-in on periodic updates as the Mindfunda Monthly. Please check the appropriate box below, and fill in the little puzzle

keep me posted on news (monthly)no mail please

Create the life that you want using your dreams

Have you ever had that feeling that you are just going through the motions? You say what you need to say to keep your mother/father/wife/husband/child/friend (fill in what applies to you) happy. Wouldn’t you like to create a life build around your authentic personality? Without pissing everybody off? Because being your authentic self isn’t about bluntly saying what you feel is right. Being authentic is about expressing the things you know in your soul to be true in a way that is genuine and respectful to the other human beings you share your life with.

Justina-105 red

Justina Lasley (www.DreamSynergy.com) did just that. She created a new life for herself. By listeing to her dreams she became authentic. And discovered that being true to yourself does not mean that people do not like you anymore. Her book is called Wake up to your dreams.

 

 

create
Wake up to your dreams

Mindfunda had the pleasure of talking with Justina Lasley about her book. In this interview she shares her techniques. She talks about how she transformed her career. She tells a moving story about how she met the right guy at the right time. And she talks about the way she got a proper diagnose for an illness that had been a turmoil for quite some time. Be sure to have a written dream by your side when you are watching the Mindfunda  interview. Justina applied her Dream Synergy method to a dream of mine. By giving your own answers to her questions you will gain a quick insight into possible interpretations of your dreams.

Create the life you want step #1

Listen to your dreams. You have your own private counsel each night. To advice you on where you want to go. Justina gives you tips and exercises to improve your dream memory. One very good method she talks about in the Mindfunda interview: treat your waking life as a dream. An old wisdom based upon dream yoga. But in a modern jacket.  Watch the complete interview for more information.

Once you have increased your ability to remember your dreams (it is really like you have a ‘dream muscle’, you have to use it regularly so it grows) you are ready for step two.

Create the life you want step #2

Be wise in interpreting your dreams. Like the Talmud says: ‘a dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read’. But the Talmud also explains how an interpreted dream has the tendency to fulfill itself. Justina knows this like no other. By using the Dream Synergy method you have the tool box of the wise man (to use an archetype) to create your own inner miracles. The Dream Synergy method consists of three key components: emotions, characters and belief combined with three levels of dreamwork: recap, relationship and recognition.

By analyzing your dream in such a thorough way you will become so much more gentle with yourself. You will understand more about your emotions. There is a very useful table of emotions in the book that is worth mentioning. Just like in the film Inside out, Justina divides emotions into 4 main categories: Mad, Sad, Glad and Afraid. (Click here to read more about the Pixar film Inside Out).

The dream characters are considered to be parts of yourself. You interpret them in that way. This will enhance your sense of self because you will most certain discover neglected talents.

Beliefs are often shimmering beneath conscious awareness. The Dream synergy method will help you to become more aware of them. And by understanding yourself more you will look back at mistakes of your past with more compassion.

Create the life you want step #3

Last but certainly not least: take action! Do something with the insights that are given to you in DreamTime. Justina turned her whole life, her world upside down for the better. Don’t be afraid to rock the boat. If you are going to change you will surely rub some feathers the wrong way. But, as Justina says at the end of the interview: ‘If one advances confidently in the directions of his dreams, and endeavors to the life which he has imagined, he will meet a success unexpected in common hours’ (Henry David Thoreau).

On 25 – 26 October Justina Lasley and Robert Waggoner will give an online workshop. To read more about it click here. Here is a link to my Mindfunda interview with Robert Waggoner we mentioned in the interview.

Visit my Youtube channel (Don’t forget to subscribe)

Twitter: @susannevandoorn

Birthday dreams: an example

Celebrating the 10th birthday of my youngest son made me think about birthday dreams. Not the dreams you have about the presents you want to get but dreams that can shed a light on the year that lays ahead.

Birthday dreams and literature

The thirst time I heard about birthday dreams was when I read The Woman’s book of dreams written by Connie Kaplan (click the link to read about my interview with her).

 

Birthday dreams: be alert

Every year, about a week before your birthday the moon is in the same sign, at the same position as when you were born. That dream would have a predictive quality for the year you are about to experience. So each year my dreaming mind remembers dreams in april.

Here is my dream from April 03 2015, when the moon was in Virgo, like my birth moon.

First dream:
I am standing at the dock of the bay talking to a guy about his problems.

Second dream:
I am in the kitchen. My dreaming friend K is sitting at the kitchen table talking with a friend. I am trying to make cookies. I chop down luncheon meat from the Ardennes into little pieces and add some onions. The dough is too dry so I add a can of beans. Now all the beans are on top of the dough and my emotions are very sad: I failed. I try to pour the juice of the beans into the sink and ask for a glass of water. When I look at the kitchen table I see that my glass of water is already standing there ready for me to take a sip.

About dreaming with the moon in Virgo, Connie Kaplan says: ‘Virgo, the virgin is always appropriate. She is pure, polished, focused, discriminating and perfectionistOne might have One may have dreams about breaking down and assimilating food and/or information’.

When I look at this dream as a guidance for creating Mindfunda, my cookie filled with soul food I am most fascinated by the contradiction. Cookies are sweet while I am busy mixing up savoury ingredients. The water from the dock in the first dream returns at the end: it is already on the table. Water gives live.

Birthday dreams interpretations

The thing that struck me is the fact that I am preparing am afternoon snack, a cookie, using ham and beans. So I decided to become the beans in my dream (This is a fairly common method of dream interpretation: you use your creative imagination, re-enter the dream and pretend, well, in this case, the beans floating on top of the cookie. This is what the beans had to tell me:

'I don't know what I am doing here, so I drift to the top. If you want to get rid of me, you can easily do so. I get spilled too often. I am packed with nutrition but you used to get sick with us'.

Now that was true. When my diabetes was undiagnosed and my mother used to cook beans I got sick. I was not able any more to digest beans. But this was such a good clue for my work. I now knew that it was good to write about the things I could not ‘digest’ (click here to read an example).

The luncheon meat from the Ardennes was another enigma. Using the same technique I mentioned above I ‘became’ the luncheon meat from the Ardennes:

'I have to be chopped up to give some substance. I am easy, cheep and everybody is able to digest me. You don't want too much of my because my substance (pork meat) is not really healthy.'

And indeed I have gotten used to chop up ‘easy’ pieces of Mindfunda to give substance to the mixture that you are glad yo read. For en example click here to read my Mindfunda about Inside oud a very good Pixar film.

The kitchen table is a familiar dream symbol for me. At my kitchen table I have met many dream friends including Travis Wernet who was a guest blogger for Mindfunda. Click here to read his blog about dreams and music. The lady in this dream at my kitchen table with her friend seems to be a symbol for the triple goddess. For friendship. She is very aware of food and has lots of food dreams. So dreaming about food for the soul in her presence is a very good thing. I am trying to impress her. And frankly, I am trying to impress with Mindfunda. I will be blunt about it. I want Mindfunda to be the best. I want people who want to know more about the best books, the best methods to read Mindfunda. That is ambitious I know. But that is the way I am.

birthday
Mindfunda

 

The animus in my first dream is like Otis Redding ‘sitting on the dock of the bay’. The water only found as a solution in the last part of the second dream (it was there all along) is here in abundance. The ships of life come here to take a rest, to refill and sail on. That is exactly my aim with Mindfunda. To be a haven for the various ships of life.

In the second part I am trying my best to be innovative. Creating an afternoon snack that is not sweet. But it has to be juiced up a bit. With the water of life. I hope I have added enough to please you, reader.

Did you have birthday dreams yourself? Did they have guidance for you? Advice that you needed? I would love to hear about it.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater. I will be doing an interview with Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill very soon so be sure to sign up and with Justina Lasley about her book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK
Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

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 light on where those beliefs originate from.

Magic is everywhere right? In the eyes of a child, filled with promises and unfulfilled potencies. In the sunlight that kisses your skin. In the smile from your lover that left this morning. But we almost all have this uncanny feeling that there is so much more that lies hidden behind secret laws.

Of course we do not believe in magic anymore. We call it sorcery. But give us ‘The Secret’, based on wishing and visualization and we go wild. Give us the ‘The Celestine Prophecy’ and we change our lives. This craving to learn how to control the laws of nature is just the thing what brought about the Order of the Golden Dawn in the late 1800s.

Golden Dawn

Susan Graf talks about the Golden Dawn in her book ‘Talking to the Gods‘ using a very interesting perspective. She reviews four different authors, all still in print today, according to their magic qualities. The magic qualities they all four had learned about in the Secret order of the Golden Dawn.

Talking to the Gods
Susan Graf.
Buying the book using this link supports the good work of Mindfunda

The Golden Dawn was a secret occult society. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was founded in London in 1887. This order used esoteric knowledge from many cultures: Egyptian, Hindu, Jewish, Greek, Christian. The aim was to control the laws of nature and accomplish goals that would benefit the world.

The world was multi-layered according to the Golden Dawn and an initiate learned, like a shaman, to travel the different worlds using rites. There were different levels a Golden Dawn initiate could attain. At each level the initiate learned more secret rites about how to obtain entrance to one of the total of ten worlds. Each world being based on the Life tree of the Kabbalah, the Sephiroth. World number 10 was the realm closest to the earth and world number 01 was the world closest to God. So Susan Graf shows us the way the four writers: Yeats, Machen, Blackwood and Fortune used this knowledge to climb up to the realm of the Gods.

Susan Graf starts her book with a description of the Golden Dawn and its basic merits. A secret society for the upper middle class who tuned into the spiritual upheavel that accompanies the “fin de siècle”. Most of the members were well read, scolars even, that wanted to deal with the tension created between the new scientific findings and their old catholic and protestants beliefs.

Her choice of writers to compare: the famous W.B.Yeats, Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood belonged to the cultural elite of their days. Dion Fortune did not but she was the one writer who used her books to educate her readers about the magical laws of the Golden Dawn. She got more appreciated in the 60’s of the last century when the “Goddess movement” began its rise. Her book “Applied Magic” is still one of the best magic introduction books around.

Applied magic
Dion Fortune

Dion is the last writer to be discussed in the book and the only woman. She is the only one of the four who openly admitted to be occult. The other three men did not do that. But Susan had a different reason to pick them.

Even though all three were secret about their membership and their occult practices, magic was Yeats religion. He had 35 years of involvement in the Golden Dawn and was an established writer rewarded with the Nobel Prize. And even though the occult beliefs of the Golden Dawn are in his work he never openly violated his promise of secrecy.

Fairy and Folk Tales
W.B. Yeats

There was a sense that Yeats had of a “greater spiritual mind” that he could tap upon using magic. It enabled him to write Fairy and Folk tales of Irish peasantry. And even though he yearned to tell about his encounters with the fairy people he did not mention his magical knowledge to anyone.

Algernon Blackwood, had like Carl Jung, very a religious father who inspired him to search for his own method of experiencing religion.

golden dawn
Algernon Blackwood

Blackwood did not get the international recognition like Yeats dis, but his John Silence stories are still appealing today. They paint the hero of the Golden Dawn movement.

John Silence
Algernon Blackwood

The concept of God is like an enlightened doctor who travels the world on a healing mission in the service of all that is good and right. 

Arthur Machen was, just as Yeats and Blackwood, a member of the literary establishment of England and also kept his membership of the Golden Dawn a secret. But he did not capture the worldwide recognition of Yeats. The Great God Pan still is his most read publication.

The Great God Pan
Arthur Machen

And where Yeats was a Golden Dawn adept, Arthur Machen wanted to be inspired by the knowledge within. He already had a lot of spiritual knowledge. Compared to Yeats he was more reserved towards the Golden Dawn.

I have enjoyed reading Talking to the Gods. The perspective of looking at the Golden Dawn influence in the books of the writers gives us a lot of knowledge about the Golden Dawn. Everybody who works with symbols should get their hands on a copy of this book. The use of symbolism by the Golden Dawn has infiltrated todays art, books films and dreams. Reading Talking to the Gods makes you see how the wish for a new era, a new way of living for humanity is a shared vision of generations. This book makes you want to dive into your own rite to communicate with your higher self.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater. I will be doing an interview with Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill very soon so be sure to sign up and with Justina Lasley about her book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK
Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

Gossip: the ghost that glues together because it separates

A few years ago I received a mail from a former best friend I had at University. It said: “I never dared to ask you but are you on drugs? Everyone said you were”.
Reading it made me angry. At university telling a gossip is the order of the day. Other people also told me stories about her. I had always defended her because that is what friendship is all about.
How could one of my closest companions of that time assume that such a ridiculous accusation could be based on the truth?
I sent her an honest answer but we never met again. Ever. And I don’t think I will feel the urge in my heart to connect with her again.

404537_410842542342462_1278481902_n
Here is a photo of me during my university years. I am the second girl on the left side of the photo.

Looking back now, I can see how my friendship with another lady, let’s call her Nadja, might have brought these rumours into life. That lady was flamboyant. I loved her free spirit. She posed as a naked model at the art academy. And she grew her own cannabis. I did not mind, but I was not compelled to go along with it. Being diabetic I have experienced loosing my consciousness too often. I would not consider drugs because I like being myself. I don’t feel the need to delve into other realms. I just loved the fact that this lady came from a completely different background then I did. Nadja was something else. I never ever met anybody quite like her again.

Gossip. It glues people together by setting others apart. The in-group versus the out-group. And when you are in the out group there is no way in hell you are going to be allowed back in.

Let’s look at the dreams I have had over the years about the “gossip lady”. In one of my dreams, I had long before she sent me her email, she is wearing an army jacket. She is jumping up and down to a rhythm and I can not keep up. I decide to stop jumping and look at her working herself into a cold sweat.
Looking at the dream in retrospect I think that my former friend symbolizes that part of me that keeps the pace and follows orders. My friendship with Nadja was all about breaking with the things that where familiar for me (It surprises me that I never ever dream about her but I did have several dreams about the “gossip lady” before she sent me her email)

In yet another dream she is graduated and I am still in school. I hate myself in this dream, I feel stupid because I know we are intellectually on the same level.
In waking life we graduated on the same day with the same score. It was obvious that “gossip lady” is also in my perspective my superior. Both dreams I had long before she ever sent me this mail.

Gossip. How do you cope with it if it is aimed against you. Even though I did not get defensive in my response to “gossip lady” I clearly created emotional distance.

Gossip
Gossip
Buying the book using this link will support Mindfunda

I don’t know what happened to my former friend. I just know that there are some good tips protecting yourself from the emotional damage of gossip.
As the Dalai Lama says, ‘You don’t have to be a God, just stop hurting people.
In the book Gossip Bob Burg and Lori Palatnik give 10 ways to eliminate gossip from your life. The book Gossip explores the role of lashon hora (evil speech) in the Bible and in Jewish tradition, putting the process of gossip in a spiritual concept. Furthermore the authors explore paths to keep relationships good, to put bad words aside and to focus on the positive.

A final dream I had about my friend the gossip lady: In my dream I am looking for a dress. I am panicked because there is a party and I am one of the invited guests, I am expected to turn up there soon. My former friend shows up with a blue dress and relieved I accept her gift. I put on the dress and it is the perfect gift.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater. I will be doing an interview with Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill very soon so be sure to sign up and with Justina Lasley about her book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK
Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

 

Music and dreams

Sometimes I wake up humming a song. Sometimes I sing in me dreams. I wrote a mindfunda about it earlier (click to read it). But because one of my friends is a dreamer and a musician, I asked for his expert advice on the subject of music and dreams.

Music Dream Ceremonies

Todays Mindfunda is written by Travis Wernet, Dream Teacher, Author, Breath Worker and Unitarian Universalist Minister.
Travis has worked for 20 years offering online and local groups as well as workshops, ceremonies and private sessions based in “inner work”. He has a private practice and worked for 10 years in the Community Mental Health Field in California.
He has traveled co-leading musical dream ceremonies from Northern India to the Great Pyramids in Egypt and did a coastal tour of Australia. Sound, breath, dreams and music support learning from deep wisdom sources about what we don’t already know. Workshops featuring these practices have been presented by Travis at International Association for the Study of Dreams Conferences. He is a musician with three albums to his credit, and articles published in Dreamtime Magazine, Dream Network Journal and Depth Insights E-Zine.

Dreams and music have much more in common than we may realize. For one, any time we listen to a song or piece of music, we’re invited to enter the alternate space of reality that is evoked by the collage of sounds that are gathered there. You could say that when we listen to a specific piece of music, we’re seeking to create a certain kind of dream.
Both dreams and music arrive in a sort of invisible fashion. That is to say, even though we may become lucid in our dreams, and we experience them in a perceivable visionary state, there is something elusive and hard to pin down about our nighttime journeys. Music itself is experienced as a kind of spirit, due to its invisible nature.
Sound is heard – audible – and even though we know it exists, we don’t exactly see it. There’s a subtle connection here that shows similar qualities of each experience.
It’s been my experience in my work that certain kinds of sounds support, invite and honor our dreaming capacities. Ancient cultures have known this for ages, and this is why in most – if not all – traditional communal settings, music is a part of any ceremony or rite. Such activities help to “bring the dream alive” in a manner of speaking.
Folks who work with dreams often think of the experiences and content in the form of visual images. When we work with our dreams we also may become aware of certain mythic patterns that prevail within them, often referred to as “archetypes”. Just as images can symbolically portray deep and transpersonal, timeless forces of energy, so too might we receive and be influenced by these powers through sound. In other words, sound and the colors it creates may also be understood as an archetypal reality.
Listening to or making certain tones puts us in contact with the mythical forces of the cosmos. It’s been shown that the major archaic cultures in Greece, Egypt, and even ancient Ireland all had some form of dream incubation practice based on meditative ritual that involved sacred music. We know today that certain sounds produce very exact effects, in the body and I suspect, also in the psyche.
In the following piece of music, a song I co-wrote with internationally renowned producer Ben Leinbach under my musical moniker ‘Outlaw Dervish’, we intentionally sought to create a piece of music that could open the awareness to the depths and multiple realities of the psyche.
I invite you to listen just before going to bed at night, when you are perhaps already a little sleepy, and to play with this musical offering as a potent tool for your own dreaming incubations. You might consider using this when you are hoping to receive a particular dream in response to a specific question or request for support.


You can find the song and the full album at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/yoro-yoro/id387160277
More info at

www.thedreamingwell.com

www.facebook.com/TheDremingWell
www.thedreamingwell.wordpress.org

 


THIS 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!

What is Mindfunda about?

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.

This posting is categorised as Spirifunda:
psychology for everyday with a spiritual layer of meaning, searching for the soul. Our brains are wired for believe in magic. In a world filled with rationality, you sometimes need a little magic, a little “I wonder why”. Synchronicity, the insights of Carl Jung, the mythology used by Freud, the archetypical layers in the Tarot, the wisdom of the I Tjing, Shamanism, the oldest religion of humanity, all that information gets published in the Spirifunda section of Mindfunda.

Read more about Mindfunda here, or visit our Courses Page.


Ready for more free Mindfunda content on ‘SPIRITUALITY‘?

Imboc

Imbolc Celebration

Imbolc is the old Celtic celebration of the return of the light. On February 1, the old ancient Goddess Brigid* returns after being held in captivity by the old Hag ...
Read More

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 ...
Read More

Woman Most Wild, 3 Keys to Liberating the Witch Within

Woman Most Wild, three Keys to Liberating the Witch Within by Danielle Dusky New World Library, 2017, $10.84 paperback ISBN-13: 9781608684663; kindle $13.51 ISBN-10: 1608684660 reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn "We are ...
Read More

Comments or suggestions? Share your thoughts:

We hate Spam as much as you do, your information is safe with us and we will not provide your data to others. To authenticate you are human, you are kindly asked to opt-in on periodic updates as the Mindfunda Monthly. Please check the appropriate box below, and fill in the little puzzle

keep me posted on news (monthly)no mail please

3 reasons to watch Pixar Inside out

The Pixar film Inside out gives an amusing look inside the head of a girl growing up to be a woman. Mindfinda gives you three reasons to go and watch this Pixar movie. I will even throw in a bonus reason!

Watching Pixar Inside out #1

Imagine this: You are a perfect 11, maybe 12-year-old. School is nearly finished, leaving you a bit anxious about starting highschool after the holidays. And then, out of nowhere your parents tell you the family will be moving. It happened to me. It probably happened to you. And it happens to Riley in Pixar: Inside out.

 

Pixar
The control board in headquarters

 

Watching Pixar Inside out #2

But Pixar’s Inside out is about more than a symbolic initiation ritual into the cold hard grown up world. Riley moves from the cold Minnesota where she had a warm childhood and many friends into the warm, but colder San Francisco. Colder because she has no friends in this new world.

You get an inside the mind view of emotions behind the control board in our headquarters. Fear, Anger, Disgust, Sadness and Joy. Joy is our heroine in the film (click to see the trailer). All emotions are represented by a symbol. Joy is a star, Sadness is a teardrop, Fear is a raw nerve, Disgust is a broccoli (my kids hated broccoli when they where little so I can understand that very well). Anger is a fire brick.

Watching Pixar Inside out #3

Dreams play a part in this movie too. In dream time, Riley’s memories get stored into long-term memory. There is a Dreamland in her mind were a script gets written, there are fake memories and we all love the unicorn walking around theer. Movie posters dedicated to common dream themes like “Flying”, “I am falling into a pit” and “Something is chasing me” are hanging on the wall. Click here to see.

The thing I love most about this film is the Train of thought (click to see the trailer).  When Riley looses Joy from headquarters (remember how said you could feel during puberty?) this train of thought plays a vital role. Pixar has been very clever in resolving the quest for a new life. Two things have to be done. First the childhood toy has to sacrifice himself to put Joy back into headquarters. And in the second place: opposites must acknowledge each other. Joy and Sadness find out they need each other. Isn’t that what growing up is about? Finding, restoring and maintaining a sense of inner balance? And finding out that our extraverted heroine Joy has a sidekick-heroine in Sadness? Don’t we just love to sing the blues and reminisce about the good old days? Cry about all that is lost, drink a whiskey and move on?

Watching Pixar Inside out #4

This is the extra bonus reason: it is a very good entertaining and lovable film.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater. I will be doing an interview with Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill very soon so be sure to sign up!

Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

 

 

 

Dreaming at the crossroads of Life

This blog is a guest blog for I wrote for Patti Allen. You can find her website by clicking here. Patti is a dreamer, and a tarot-ist with her own deck of cards: The Abeton Key, named after the sleep chamber in the ancient healing temple of Asclepius.

Dreams at the crossroads of life. I had never imagined getting this old so I am celebrating. Listening to my dreams gives me the symbolism I need  to face the challenge of this new phase of life… I will share a bit of my blog here and invite you to read the rest of it at Patti Allen her blog: pattiallen.com

When Patti asked me to write a blog post to contribute to her Heart-Centered Dreamwork I was thrilled. Patti and I share the same dream of creating a platform to share knowledge about dreams, spirituality, and mythology.

crossroads
Photo: Holloman publishing

Looking back at my life, I see three crossroads I have passed through. I matured from childhood into womanhood, I choose my partner for life and entered a life stage of companionship and motherhood. And now at this point in my life I say farewell to my fertility and welcome the Crone stage. (In the ancient societies there where three stages of womanhood: the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone, all manifestations of the triple Goddess.)

Crossroads From Childhood Into Womanhood

My earliest memory of a dream is a nightmarish dream I had about an airplane being stuck in my closet. I was scared about the noise it made and how trapped it must feel in that little closet of mine. We used to live near a military airway. I later on deciphered it to be about the way I had to tune down my energy in the big family I grew up in. I am the youngest one in a family of 7 siblings. We had nine people living in our house. So it was always fun, always busy and there always was the need to tune in or tune down. I think my dream supported my longing to fly out, to spread my wings. I left home relatively early at age 17, doing just that. You can see that a dream that is concerned with showing you new roads on which to travel, often uses symbols of travel. In this dream it is an airplane. The air and the wind flow and chill, but it also supports transportation into new endeavors.

Ralph Metzner talks on Mindfunda’s Youtube channel https://youtu.be/-fJcYnuB8R8 about the battle between the Aesir sky gods and the Vanir earth gods as the battle between old and new technology. To resolve this battle Odin showed both tribes how to conduct rituals based on mutual respect. The earth tribe in my childhood home was my father. Being the principle of the local high school he was all about rules. Teaching the rules, playing by the rules; do your homework. He liked things that where tangible. I was more “airy”: I saw ghosts, spirits, I could talks to them for hours. I was a dreamy girl. It took me several decades to engage in a ritual based on mutual respect to build a bridge towards my father’s knowledge. A dream paved the way for that. In this dream of mine I foresaw his death. After having this dream I asked him if he wanted to do anything before he was gone; anything he had not gotten around to in his life? He talked with me that night about his life, about how wonderful it had been and about how much he loved my mother. He had enjoyed the company of his children and told me how I always amazed him with my analytic skills and my guts to ask questions other people only thought, but never said out loud.

Read on at Pattiallen.com

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner Stanley Krippner and P.M.H. Atwater. I will be doing an interview with Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill very soon so be sure to sign up!

Join me on Facebook
Twitter @susannevandoorn

 

Mindfunda 100, a look behind the scenes

Mindfunda’s #100 !!

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).

Behind the scenes of Mindfunda the blog

Mindfunda started in February with a first blog post about Valentines day and a scientific method of making somebody fall in love with you. That was what I want for Mindfunda: fun articles with a different edge. To make you think. To make you stop. To make you wonder. To encourage you to reconsider your own beliefs. I usually want some scientific data to back up my story. That means research. And research. And research. Jotting things down on paper, usually my notes look like this:

notes
I call Mindfunda the walking website. Because after I have done all this work I usually walk. Nothing can bring notes and thoughts more into perspective then a walk, while thinking about what I want to say. I think about how I am going to say it, why I am going to say it and why my readers would want to read it. I think my Ray Kurzweil post is one of my favorites. I put so much effort in researching Kurzweil (I really got to like him), his life, his determination, his brilliant mind that I had to contemplate how to convince you of his brilliance without coming across as a love-sick puppy.

My post about a dream that alerted the dreamer to a heart condition is one of the most visited posts, according to statistics. We live in a time that many people suffer from heart conditions.

Behind the scenes of Mindfunda YouTube

After two months of blogging I wanted to publish an interview. Being a book addict I wanted to let writers tell about their books. I wanted people to engage with them, like them, see them, hear about their struggles, their solutions, their happiness but also about their failures. Because failing is not a problem. Failing is a side road to success. I created a YouTube channel for Mindfunda.

One of the books that had intrigued me the most was Dream of the Cosmos written by Jungian author Anne Baring.

behind the scenes
Anne Baring

In April 2015 I taped the first Skype interview with non other than Anne Baring. She, in my eyes, is a star. Having read her “Mythology of the Goddess” I was severely impressed with the intellectual depth of this lady. She has read so many old books about Kabbalah, about Sacred Geometry, she traveled the world: she is like an intellectual rock star to me. After emailing her she agreed to an interview on Skype. I was jumping tables, filled with joy. Unfortunately she had to cancel the interview. Twice. That is not good for your self-confidence. At an earlier age in my life, when I was about eight year old I really wanted to be a journalist. And interviewing people comes close. So having interviews cancelled for any reason is not good for your self-esteem. And she mailed me she did not like my questions. So I decided to jump in at the deep end and skip the questions but to ask her to tell about subjects. She agreed to that (and now you know the reason why I do not talk very much in that interview). But she was indeed my intellectual superstar. She gave such an inspiring talk that I was glowing with enthusiasm after I hang up the phone on Skype.

I usually give the authors my questions at least a week before the interview, so they can prepare. I like to start with a personal question about a dream, or a life changing experience. Most viewers don’t look long at interviews so you have to catch them early on to capture them. So that personal question, where the interviewees show a vulnerable, likable side of him or herself is very important.
When the introduction is done, my job as interviewer gets a bit harder. I have to listen, I have to scan the answers to see if the people watching have gotten an answer, and I have to prepare the next question in my mind. I can tell you that is a lot of work. I am not very good at multitasking…

The interview that surprised me the most was that with Ralph Metzner. He was in a good mood during our Skype conversation. We had a time mix up being 10 hours apart, I called him too late or he called me too early. But he gave an in-depth analysis of Western culture. He talked about Russia, with its Bear totem animal. He talked about ancestry, about Odin. And when I closed the interview after 50 minutes he said surprised: “Are we done already?”

Robert Waggoner was a delight to interview. I just admit to you that I am no good at multitasking and Robert thought along with me. He recommended research, he gave reading tips, he summarized.
I called him in his early morning and he was sharp. He is an early bird.
I did not have my headphone working while I did the interview with him, that is the reason I edited myself out of the video. And besides, Robert is far more interesting when it comes to lucid dreaming. I only have about 3-5 lucid dreams a month so I do not consider myself to be an expert on the subject.

I was so glad when I saw one of my friends on Facebook was a friend of Connie Kaplan. Her ‘Woman’s book of Dreams’ influenced me very much. We could have talked for hours. But keeping my interviews around 50 minutes is my aim. Preferably shorter, twenty minutes would be my favorite length. Experts say an ideal interview just lasts about three minutes. Connie talked with ease and felt really comfortable. She displays so much joy and wisdom in her film that you have got to fall in love with her.

I was really afraid that Jean Raffa would be far too busy to be interviewed by me. I heard such good things about her books especially ‘Dream theatres of the Soul’ and the ‘Healing the Sacred Divide’. But she was delightful, down to earth, but jet very spiritual. But she was happy to do the interview, even at a time when she was occupied with her keynote speech for the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) annual conference where she was invited to be the keynote speaker.
I usually engage in a talk before I do the interview (I edit this part out) and we discovered we had mutual Facebook friends and that we both had this longing for a spiritual depth that we could not fulfill using the traditional spiritual methods. So I ended up telling her everything about my “Reading the Red Book project” something I am working on now. I use the Red Book as a tool to incubate dreams to guide my own inner experience of religion.

The last interview I uploaded (I have not uploaded my interview with PMH Atwater yet) is that of Stanley Krippner. Stanley is a highly intelligent man who always impresses me with his knowledge of books and research. There is no subject to be discussed with him, or he can give you a good book written about it, or some excellent research for you to read. The only thing he is not able to give you is the ISBN number of the book. The interview went very well even though he was very hungry (It was his one-o-clock that I interviewed him). During this interview he showed a magnificent shamanic drum he once got, I was very impressed by it.

Now I am busy editing PMH Atwater’s interview and preparing questions for Catherine Wikholm who is one of the authors of the Buddha pill.
PMH Atwater is a writer and dyslexic, a combination that is very impressive. During our interview she was very direct, very scientific and very down to earth. The thing I had to get used to is that she likes to be called PMH. She considers that to be her first name. It was easy to get used too, because I became quite charmed with her energy. She has been researching near death experiences for a long time. Like Jean Raffa, she is has re-defined her personal religion. Now she is searching for people who had a near death experience at an early age and she does an appeal to you to connect with her and tell her your story if indeed you had one at an early age.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner and Stanley Krippner. I will be doing an interview with Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill very soon so be sure to sign up!

Twitter: @susannevandoorn

3 ways of being creative like van Gogh

Mndfunda about van Gogh @ Cultura Ede (NL)
Mndfunda about van Gogh @ Cultura Ede (NL)

Mindfunda was invited by Cultura to give a presentation about dreams and art. Cultura is the municipal art gallery and theatre in the Dutch town of Ede.

To remember the death of one of the most famous artists in the Netherlands, Vincent van Gogh, who died Juli 29th, 125 years ago. All over Europe, art galleries are organizing expositions around this memorial so Mindfunda was honored to be given an opportunity to shine a light on how dreams are a gateway into creativity.
Mndfunda about van Gogh @ Cultura Ede (NL)
Mndfunda about van Gogh @ Cultura Ede (NL)

 

Van Gogh wrote in a letter to his brother Theo: “The sight of the stars makes me dream”. It is commonly accepted that dreams are creative so the fact that van Gogh got his inspiration by looking at the pictures of his dreams makes common sense. But in 2009 there was scientific proof (Mednick et al) that dreaming induces creativity.  In a research people had to do a creative test: they had to couple three words with a fourth that matched. For instance: the words heart, sixteen and cookie had to be matched with the word sweet. In the research only the group that had enjoyed REM sleep improved their scores on the creativity test.

Pianist, writer and painter David Dubal talks about how he uses his dreams as inspiration. He uses dreams to solve problems and to get inspiration. He even had an exhibition from paintings that had been inspired by dreams. In this film you can hear him talk about the importance of dreams for creativity.

Vincent van Gogh
photo from nswcourtscom.au

There is one very important thing David Dubal says in the YouTube film. One thing that defines creativity. Sitting in the subway, I break the unwritten rules by looking at people”. Breaking the rules. Looking at things from a whole different perspective. Let’ s explore the life of Vincent van Gogh to see how many times he broke the rules….

  • He started working for the art company of his uncle. His uncle washed his hands of Vincent after seven years. van Gogh did get the chance to visit London and Paris (this is why his brother Theo was able to live in Paris: he kept on working for this uncle).
  • van Gogh worked in a bookstore to earn money for the government examination for a study Theology. Like his father he wanted to become a preacher. He stopped because he was not able to pass for Latin.
  • He went to Missionary school were he was sent to Borinage. This is one of the poorest areas in Belgium. He got his inspiration for his famous painting The potato eaters. He used to cry himself to sleep each night because he could not bear the suffering he was surrounded with.
  • van Gogh went to art school in Antwerp, convinced that he was meant to be a painter. Unfortunately he was ridiculed by his professors. Humiliated, he dropped out of school.
  • He started painting on the streets of Antwerp, selling his sketches to the tourists. Living a life of poverty, bad health and debts he fled to Parish.
  • The “famous” ear incident happened when Gauguin and van Gogh lived together. Van Gogh cut off a part of his own ear. A very interesting vision is given by researchers Hans Kaufmann and Rita Wildegans. They wrote a book: Van Gogh’s Ear: Paul Gauguin and the Pact of Silence. After analysing the letters of van Gogh they assume that Gauguin got a sword and injured van Gogh. Van Gogh agreed to keep this a secret so Gauguin was kept out of jail.
  • Vincent van Gogh had himself admitted to the mental hospital Saint-Paul Asylum, in Saint-Rémy

Well, we can all agree that Vincent van Gogh broke a lot of rules. His creativity was key in finding new ways to explore when things fell apart.
In one of his letters to his brother Theo he wrote: I dream my paintings, and then I paint my dreams”. Given that research has indicated that REM sleep enhances creativity, let’s interpret Van Gogh’s Starry night as a dream also read my Mindfunda about Starry night.

strarry night - van gogh
starry night – van gogh

Since the seventies of last century we are used to see a dream as a representation of one’s own mind. It is perfectly reasonable how that assumption came into being. A new generation wanted to get rid of the bearded professors telling people what their dreams meant. They successfully seized power: a dream is about you and only you. I disagree with that because I think human beings are social people who are custom-made to live in tribes. So dreaming about another tribe member is natural (also see my experiment in mutual dreaming described in my e-book). But if this painting is a dream of van Gogh, what does it tell us about van Gogh?

Mndfunda about van Gogh @ Cultura Ede (NL)
Mndfunda about van Gogh @ Cultura Ede (NL)

What is the first thing that stands out in this picture? The Nebula that seems to divide the painting in two. If you look at your dream, first look at its day residue so you are able to explore pure symbolic things more in depth. Things you do during the day get into your dreams.
Looking at this painting, the brilliant piece of Albert Boime gives a hand at distinguishing the real facts from the symbolism in the painting. Albert Boime carefully esearched the sky and found out it was an almost accurate representation of the night sky in Saint-Rémy. Accept for two things. Two things we can interpret symbolically. One is the spiral nebula that divides the painting in two parts. Vincent had not seen this in 1889. In 1880 this picture, taken by Henry Draper of the Orion Nebula was published and caused quite a sensation. Astronomers at that time assumed that a star was born in the middle of the nebula.

van Gogh
Henry Drape Orion nebula
source Wikepedia

A star being born…. It is not a surprise that Vincent van Gogh got his first exposition nine months after this painting. The time it takes for the star being born to mature. And one month later he got his second exposition in Antwerp. That is where he sold the only painting he ever was going to sell while he was alive.

But there has got to be a better way to use the creativity in your dreams. We don’t want to break the rules the way van Gogh did. And we don’t need to. Salvador Dali was very succesful while alive using his dreams in a completely different way.  Let me tell you how he did it.

Dali’s method involved a chair that was not too hard, but not too comfortable either. (It had to be a Spanish chair, off course). A plate, a key, and olive oil. Dali rubbed his wrists with olive oil. He held a large key in his left hand, between his thumb and his forefinger. He relaxed, closed his eyes and when the key hit the plate he was awake. Using this method he made the most extraordinary paintings.

 

Vincent van Gogh
Dream caused by the flight of a bee

 

Once a month he took out a whole afternoon to get inspired by dreams and he had a special menu. He ate 3 dozen sea urchins that had to be selected two days before the moon was full. He drank a glass of young white wine, and did not leave his room untill he had an inspiring dream.

You can see the chair he used for his daily dream routine in Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. In this film he got the opportunity to demonstrate how important dreams can be as a tool for creative problem solution.

There is yet a third way to use dreams to enhance creativity. Where van Gogh used ways to explore other options and Salvador Dali used dreams as a way to guide him through his career path, artist Brenda Ferrimani uses dreams in a third way. She dives into the confrontation van Gogh walked away from. She used dreams to dive right into the conflict (Read a Mindfunda blog by Brenda Ferrimani here).

I compiled all the above information in a vivid Prezi to show the audience the coherence of it all in an attractive way. The organization had a nice touch to their thank-you-bouquet:  Sunflowers off course, like van Gogh!

Sunflowers, like van gogh

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner and Stanley Krippner. I will be doing an interview with Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill very soon so be sure to sign up!

Twitter: @susannevandoorn

James Randi, honest liar, let’s us focus on our own spirituality

James Randi
James Randi

 

Recently, I watched the film honest liar (click to watch the trailer) about the Amazing Randi. James Randi, former magician and escape artist is very honest about the fact that he deceits people. But being a skilled magician he could see through tricks that famous mediums engaged in. He made it his life effort to expose fraud mediums. Yes, even the ones that truly thought they were gifted like child whisperer Derek Ogilvie.

 

James Randi
An Honest liar
If you use this link to by an honest liar you will support Mindfunda

 

Stanley Krippner (see my blog and interview with him) a professor in parapsychology used to be a magician too. Not by profession, but never the less he had his maimonides lab for sleep research checked by magicians. Krippner and Montague Ullman performed several experiments exploring ESP in dreams. A dreamer was selected, a painting was randomly chosen. There was a “sender” who looked at the painting and tried to submit the picture to the dreamer. If there was sign of REM sleep, the dreamer would be awaked. The dream was written down and analyzed for similarities between the images in the dream and the image in the painting.  James “The Amazing” Randi, perhaps the world’s most prominent skeptic, also offers Krippner his benediction: “There are so few things in this field you can depend on, and there are so many people who are prejudiced and biased. But I can depend on Stan. And I don’t think he’s biased at all.” (quoted from sfweekly.com)

The film takes us back to the glory days of the Amazing Randi who could escape out of every trap. We learn that James Randi always deceits. When he battles fake mediums, he trains magicians to act as a medium. When he wants to proof that Uri Geller is a fake, he trains magicians to manipulate scientific tests, the way Uri Geller has done it. He battles using the same ingredients. In a way he is performing the principal of homeopathy: using the same “poison” as the thing that got you sick (or fooled) in the first place. In his battle against homeopathy he has gone out o his way to make sure people were aware of the absurdity of the homeopathic principle (click here to see a Ted talk about it) The film gets an interesting plot-twist when he suddenly finds out that his partner has been using a fake id all those years.

What has James Randi tought us? Always be skeptical. Always be aware that you can be biased yourself. A heartbreaking story in the documentary is when two by James Randi trained magicians have tricked a film maker into believing they have paranormal abilities. They tell that it was so very hard to tell them that they had used tricks. “It was like he (the film maker) discovered the Holy Grail only to find out it was not the real one. We are believers. We need magic. It is time to discover, maybe even rediscover our own believe. Our own faith. Our own magic.

Do you like this post? Share it with your friends
PS:

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner and Stanley Krippner. I will be doing an interview with Catherine Wikholm about her book the Buddha Pill very soon so be sure to sign up!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK

twitter: @susannevandoorn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanne.vandooorn

Must an Artist Struggle?

Today's Mindfunda is written by Brenda Ferrimani. Brenda began her artistic work in the 1980’s. She was President of the Berthoud Arts and Humanities Alliance, an organization dedicated to promote local artists and to provide art in public places. In 2000 she was invited to be the attending artist to the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. In 2007 her painting “Fall Into Fear” was awarded a Nancy Richter Briezki Dream Art Award, at the IASD’s conference at Sonoma University, CA. As a successful artist who tapped deep into the creative sources of creation Brenda asks us all today: "Is struggle a good thing?"

Today’s Blogger on Midfunda is succesful artist Brenda Ferrimani.

artist
Brenda Ferrimani

She has an intruiging question to ask: Is struggle a good thing? All of us strive to happiness. We teach ourselves to cope with the difficulties of life by acceptence, compromise and coping. But what if you dive into your sruggles and let them lead you to creativity? Brenda explaines:

“Artists struggle for integrity”, “Artists struggle for success”, “Artists struggle to be original”, “Artist struggle to transcend pain” – All quotes I found when I googled “Artists struggle.” – Yes! ARTISTS DO STRUGGLE! My life and work as a Dream Artist is a testament to this painful but glorious truth. Sometimes when people ask me how my life is I often remark, “It’s the Agony and the Ecstasy!” (You may remember the famous movie staring Charleton Heston, as Michelangelo, with the same title.) As your guest blogger, I would like to initiate a discussion around the question, “Is struggle a good thing?”

I believe inner demons, and outer antagonists are sometimes just what we need to overcome complacency, and to transcend self imposed limits toward new heights and new realities.
The subject has been in front of my mind recently, inspired by watching the independent film “Whiplash,” at the behest of my musician son, which opened an intense discussion at my house. This film is about a young musician who encounters brutal opposition from one of his admired professors in music school. The film was hard to watch, at times, because I resonated so much with the pain of the young artist, so eager to please his abusive mentor, and and so wanting to be perfect (click here to see the film).

artist
Whiplash

The movie is very dream like, especially the surprise ending, where the young hero finds himself in a nightmare, on stage in front of hundreds of critics, and his music sheets can not be found. The band had been cued up to play music he was not prepared to play. Just when he’s about to give up in total humiliation, he seems to become lucid. He reverses the dreaded outcome by turning and facing his abuser. He has a breakthrough on stage, a triumphant moment of courage and innovation, giving a brilliant performance (click here to see the film) at last!

While the movie made me abhor ego filled, demon driven people of authority, who always think they are being tough on you to help you succeed, it also made me reflect on my own past with a new feeling of gratefulness. Perhaps my strict, and often cruel father, the religious cult I was part of, the endless conditioning to suppress my creativity, all ignited in me a life-changing, life-affirming push toward self expression! Naturally my dream life has reflected my struggles and the artwork I have created thus far, seems to chronicle this.

My first dream painting, “Expansion” (painted in 1997- my first dream painting), marks a period in my life where I felt a great “inner struggle” to be free to express my visions. It is a composite of many nightmares about flying and being pulled down.

artist
Expansion
Brenda Ferrimani
Followed by the painting “Beauty’s Challenge” (2001). At this time my psyche was giving me a “kick in the pants” to stop living inside myself, being too safe and comfortable. I had a series of dreams about women inside beautiful houses who were being forced out. 
artist
Beauty’s Challenge Brenda Ferrimani
“Soul Tree” expresses a soul contract for growth, with all the pushing that requires, and life lessons leading to the fullest expression of what was contained in the seed at birth:
artist
Soul Tree
Brenda Ferrimani
In my self portrait, “Dark Night” the struggle of the artist is visible. You can see how the outer antagonists of my life have become inner voices to torment me:
artist
Dark Night
Brenda Ferrimani
“I am Salmon” retells a dream where in Spirit renames me and says to me directly, “You are Salmon because you try so hard and through your struggles new creation is born”.
This new name connects me to all other struggling artists who have to fight their way upstream to give birth to their creations:
artist
I Am Salmon
Brenda Ferrimani
And here is “Whale Speaks” where the huge explorer of the depths delivers a speech on camera, for Earth’s inhabitants, and says he’s “been pushing against Christianity” in order to bring his message. The painting reflects a painful journey, a struggle to understand and share something relevant to being human on one planet, that could heal the destruction caused by religious supremacy, and conflict:
artist
Whale Speaks
Brenda Ferrimani
As an artist I have been aided by purely instinctual forces inside me, that are keen on survival. I know deeply the struggle that birthing anything authentic, soulful, and revolutionary brings. But that’s the beauty of it!  I leave you with these lyrics, I love from, “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”… “But nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight — Got to kick at the darkness ’til it bleeds daylight.” (Bruce Cockburn)”

Do you like this post? Feel free to Share!

Mindfunda will be giving a presentation on dreams and art at Cultura in the Netherlands. You can read more about it here.

Also download yourself our free e-book about mutual dreaming: and find out everything you always wanted to know about dreaming with another.

 


THIS 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!

What is Mindfunda about?

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.

This posting is categorised as Spirifunda:
psychology for everyday with a spiritual layer of meaning, searching for the soul. Our brains are wired for believe in magic. In a world filled with rationality, you sometimes need a little magic, a little “I wonder why”. Synchronicity, the insights of Carl Jung, the mythology used by Freud, the archetypical layers in the Tarot, the wisdom of the I Tjing, Shamanism, the oldest religion of humanity, all that information gets published in the Spirifunda section of Mindfunda.

Read more about Mindfunda here, or visit our Courses Page.


Ready for more free Mindfunda content on ‘SPIRITUALITY‘?

Imboc

Imbolc Celebration

Imbolc is the old Celtic celebration of the return of the light. On February 1, the old ancient Goddess Brigid* returns after being held in captivity by the old Hag ...
Read More

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 ...
Read More

Woman Most Wild, 3 Keys to Liberating the Witch Within

Woman Most Wild, three Keys to Liberating the Witch Within by Danielle Dusky New World Library, 2017, $10.84 paperback ISBN-13: 9781608684663; kindle $13.51 ISBN-10: 1608684660 reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn "We are ...
Read More

Comments or suggestions? Share your thoughts:

We hate Spam as much as you do, your information is safe with us and we will not provide your data to others. To authenticate you are human, you are kindly asked to opt-in on periodic updates as the Mindfunda Monthly. Please check the appropriate box below, and fill in the little puzzle

keep me posted on news (monthly)no mail please

Starry night, a painting as a dream

‘Starry Night’ from Vincent van Gogh. He painted it in 1889, before he got into a major depression. A famous painting.  This Mindfunda looks at ‘Starry Night’ as if it was a dream.

"The sight of the stars makes me dream". Vincent van Gogh wrote this to his brother Theo. And: "I dream of a painting and then I paint my dream".

Mindfunda is invited to Cultura Galerie in the Netherlands to talk about dreams and art. The painting Starry Night of Vincent van Gogh serves as a starting point for artists to make their own interpretation of the painting in the specific style of Vincent van Gogh. Mindfunda invites you to look at the painting as if it depicts a dream of Vincent van Gogh. Like Vincent once wrote to his brother Theo: I dream of a painting, and then I paint my dream”. If Starry Night is a dream, what does that dream tell us about Vincent van Gogh?

Starry night Vincent van Gogh
Starry night Vincent van Gogh, museum of modern art

If you look at the painting you see twelve bright stars in the heavenly sky. The number twelve has a particular significance in human history. Robert Gongloff explains in his book Dream Exploration: “We find twelve in all walks of life, from religion and politics to measurement and mathematics”. He goes on to give examples: twelve arts and sciences are considered essential to spiritual growth by the Rosicrucians, twelve followers of Jesus, Twelve followers of Odin. The list goes on. Twelve is a very religious number and Vincent painted Starry Night in a very religious period of his life. Body, soul mind and spirit are united in the number twelve. It represented the inner peace Vincent was longing for.

Seven stars and the moon are above the first wave. The moon is in its last quarter, the need to let go and make way for a new moon.  The number eight symbolizes things that lay beyond nature. It was a very spiritual time for Vincent. He was searching for meaning, searching for a style, for a way to support himself.

If you look at the colors used you see the color yellow. the Dutch writer Ada de Boer wrote a book “Kleuren in dromen” about the meaning of color in dreams. She tells about the bad reputation the color yellow used to have. “Yellow is seen as the color of Satan and Judas. Outcasts were obliged to wear yellow to be recognized by ordinary citizens”. But luckily, dreaming of yellow can be an encouragement to show yourself more.

The color blue that is very dominant in the painting. Dark blue in dreams is associated with rules, uniforms. Often according to Ada de Boer signifies dark blue an alternative that can not be reached by the dreamer. If you look at Starry Night you can see that dark blue is mixed with black. A symbol of the upcoming depression of Vincent van Gogh.
But there is also light blue in the picture: the church roof is light blue, like religion offers Vincent an escape out of his worldly struggle, out of his feelings of not being appreciated for his talents.

The cypress tree that is quite dominant in the painting is known as the mournful tree. Sacred to the spiritual watchers of other realms. The tree has the shape of an exclamation mark towards the sky. Its color is a nearly black-ish green. In dreams, green is a very positive color. Ada de Boer writes: “Green is the life bringing force, when there is no green left in our dream, our powers of living stop flowing”. And indeed, unfortunately Vincent took his own life almost a year after he painted Starry night.

Here is the invitation to the presentation (in Dutch):

Kunstfestival de Smaak van Van Gogh Ede juli  2015 Lezing over dromen en sterren.

Psychologe en droomdeskundige Susanne van Doorn geeft op zaterdag 11 juli om 15.00 uur in Cultura een lezing over dromen. Robert de Jong geeft vervolgens een lezing over sterren. Deze lezingen zijn in het kader van de expositie ’De aanblik van de sterren laat me dromen’ naar een uitspraak van Vincent van Gogh in één van zijn brieven aan zijn broer Theo.

Geïnspireerd door dit citaat toont Cultura Galerie de sterren van het witte doek zoals Marilyn Monroe. De sterren van het Facebook project Selfie & van Gogh. Hedendaagse kunstenaars tonen in licht objecten, olieverfschilderijen en etsen hun aanblik van de sterren.

Susanne van Doorn gaat in haar lezing in op de betekenis van dromen. Niet alleen de betekenis van dromen voor Vincent van Gogh maar ook voor andere kunstenaars zoals Salvatore Dali. Susanne van Doorn studeerde psychologie in Tilburg en volgde daarna de academie van het Jungiaanse Instituut in Nijmegen. Robert de Jong van de sterrenvereniging Astra Alteria vertelt u over de sterren die we boven ons hoofd zien.

Een interessant uur waarbij u van harte welkom bent.

Lezing De aanblik van de sterren laat me dromen

zaterdag 11 juli 15.00 – 16.00 uur Cultura
Molenstraat 45 6711AW Ede Toegang gratis

Mindfulness: Muse, be Alert, Aware and amazed

mindfullness
Ellen Langer Photograph by Jim Harrison.

Ellen Langer is a professor in psychology at Harvard university. She is also known as the mother of Mindfulness. In her famous book ‘Mindfulness‘ she describes several experiments she has done.

Mindfulness
Mindfulness

She gave people in a nursing home simple choices, for example whether to see a film on Thursday or on Friday. Such a simple thing made the people in the nursing homes feel more capable and happy.

If we are honest, most of our time is spent not being mindful. But what is time anyway? Ellen Langer decided to write a book about it called ‘CounterClockwise‘.

mindfulness
Counter clockwise


One of the experiments she talks about in this book is the healthy effect it had on a group of people who acted like they were 20 years younger. Every time you become aware of a choice, you are becoming mindful.

It is mindful to talk about yourself in healthy, positive terms. It is mindful to become aware of the choices you make, even if you think there are no choices.
If I turn back the clock 20 years like Ellen de Lange suggests I am reminded of a book I read back then that changed my life. ‘Les yeux sont fait’ by Jean Paul Sartre. In this book he tells the story of Pierre, who gets betrayed by his friends and Ève who gets murdered by her husband. At the gates of heaven they meet and fall madly in love. They go to plead for a second chance: this love is so strong: it has to be given a chance on earth.
They are given a second chance but they have to fulfill just one condition. They have to be together and in love. When back in the land of the living they go their separate ways. Ève wants to rescue her sister from the man who murdered her and Pierre wants to alert his friends about the betrayer in their circle of friends.
They got lost in the lives they lived. From that moment on I realised that not making a choice was a choice. A Choice I had to live by.

Another fun experiment described in Counter clockwise is turning the letters you see at the optometrist upside down. Instead of expecting the letters to be harder to read, you expect the letters to be easier to read.

mindfulness
Eye chart

And indeed, if the chart is turned upside down, people score better. They are able to read more tiny letters because their expectation has been adjusted.

Do you like this post? Share it with your friends
PS:

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner and Stanley Krippner. I will be uploading an interview with P.H Awater about near desth experiences very soon so be sure to sign up!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK

twitter: @susannevandoorn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanne.vandooorn

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 comes to dreams and spirituality.

Have you ever had a dream about a famous person and wondered what this could mean for you? Is the dream a precognition for a future event or is there another way to work with these dreams? Patti Allen had a series of dreams about his holiness the Dalai Lama and discovered 4 ways of tuning in to your inner dream investigator. The Dalai Lama goes Casablanca style: here is looking at you kid…

“In 2002 through to the present, I started dreaming about the Dalai Lama. It wasn’t a stellar number of dreams—only five—and none of them were precognitive nor giving me information about my relationship with His Holiness or anyone like him, yet they piqued my curiosity and inspired me to dig deeper into the role of people in our dreams. I’ve discovered that I have an inner Dream Investigator who loves to solve mysteries and these characters are most often showing me parts of my Self that it’s time to get to know, own and integrate into my conscious awareness.

 

dalai lama
Dalai Lama

 

We are often surrounded In dreams, as in waking life, by the people we know but also by strangers. Family, friends and co-workers, as well as generic “somebodies”, movie stars and other famous characters we don’t know. Over time, our dreams may seem like we are dealing with a cast of thousands in a Cecil B. DeMille extravaganza! But the fact is, we are the producer, director, writer and actor in our dreams. If you are a dreamer who is consciously evolving and using dreams as a tool towards this end, then you may have wondered, “Who are these people and what are they doing in my dream?”

This is not a simple question. It helps to determine if the dream and the characters are giving you information about a relationship or situation in waking life or if the dream is largely symbolic and the people in your dream are showing you aspects of your Self. Often it is both/and, not either/or, as every dream can have multiple layers of meaning for the dreamer. In some cases, the dream can be precognitive. You may find yourself in waking life face to face with the people in your dream in the same way the dream actually unfolded!

In the first dream about the Dalai Lama is  entitled “The Dalai Lama Visits”:

“The Dalai Lama is coming over. He arrives with his entourage and chooses to hold court in my office. I am pleased and busy attending to the entourage’s needs. I was fussing with the blinds so the glare from the sun wouldn’t be too bright and His Holiness won’t be uncomfortable. His people think it is too dark; they want it lighter. He sits on the couch and at one point calls me over. I think he is calling someone else standing behind me. (I was nervous, reacting with a “Who? Me?” type of response.) His people offer me ghee that was intricately shaped into the shapes of animals. I say it looks different here (in our country). Some biker gang- type neighbours are making a lot of noise and I go next door to yell at them. “Don’t you know we’ve got a holy man here?

In this dream, I found myself grappling with the layers of symbolism with the character of the Dalai Lama. What is the holy man or the leader in me?  How much “light” or enlightenment is just right? Do I adjust the blinds or would I rather stay in the dark? Who are the “biker or gang-types” in me? What is my need to keep them quiet telling me? What is the offering in my life or what am I being offered? In an intuitive or precognitive possibility, at the time of the dream I had no idea that there really is a butter and flour offering in the Tibetan tradition called “Torma”, which are “figures or shapes, some conical, made mostly of flour and butter used in tantric rituals or as offerings in Tibetan Buddhism.” -Wikipedia] And finally, and importantly, why am I always serving or attending to the needs of others?

In other Dalai Lama dreams, H.H. is wearing jeans and smoking after blessing my home, being asked questions about when he goes to the bathroom and when he prays, what souvenir should I buy or whether I can serve pork to his wife!

So with these mysterious characters in our dreams, what is the best way to approach them? Wearing my best “Dream Investigator” Fedora, I first look for clues in this way (with apologies to Casablanca fans!). The Dalai Lama goes Casablanca style. Four questions to sharpen your inner detective tools.

Dalai Lama
Casablanca

Dalai Lama goes Casablanca #1

Round Up The Usual Suspects (associations): Look at the characters in your dream by thinking of 3-5 adjectives to describe them. Don’t try to clean up your descriptions to be politically correct. I call your associations “the usual suspects” because it is your typical thoughts, associations and assumptions, whether true or correct, that we want to know. What first comes to mind when you think or describe that person? I learned a lot over the years and I love Gayle Delaney’s “Tell it to an alien” technique as a simple, powerful and direct way to come up with these descriptions. (Note: there are other similar techniques that are drawn from various types of psychotherapy schools, but framing it in this way Delaney cuts to the chase!)

Dalai Lama goes Casablanca #2

Play it, Sam: When you can’t quite get a handle on any associations in a way that resonates for you, imagine you are the person in question in your dream, and speak from their perspective. Tell us about yourself. “I am…” Playing the part of the characters in your dream will draw out your own associations. Soon you’ll be humming As Time Goes By.

Dalai Lama goes Casablanca #3

Here’s Looking at You Kid: Is the character telling you about a relationship or situation in your life or is the dream about a part of you? Take all the time you need to explore the usual suspects and situations in your life, and let your emotions guide the way. Sometimes, we too quickly rush to make associations and if nothing or no one in our life is a perfect match, we swiftly discard the connections. But taking the time to look with our emotions will often have us taking a second look. As you explore your associations, watch for yours body sensation as clues. You may have a physical or energetic reaction to the character and your associations that will tell you when you find your dream treasure, that juicy “aha” moment. You may know “in your gut” what the people in your dream represent.

Dalai Lama goes Casablanca #4

Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship: Once the connection is made between your life and your dream people, befriending them is a great way to begin to integrate their messages. Treat them as honoured visitors and dialogue with them. Invite their energy or point of view into your life. Begin to own their place and value in your conscious awareness. In Casablanca, Rick and Louise start out as enemies…or at best “frenemies” and by the end of the movie, they were going off together to fight in the Resistance. When it comes to dream messages, resistance will often be met with more dreams, both recurring dreams and nightmares, until we pay attention. These dreams and the characters in them can become beautiful friends, when we take the time to get to know these diverse aspects of Self”.

Dalai Lama: here is looking at you kid!

 

dalai lama
Patti Allen

Patti Allen has a rich background in the healing arts, education, and public speaking on the topic of dreams and has been facilitating dream groups for 18 years. As a Dream Teacher, Blogger at www.pattiallen.com, Mentor and Coach, Patti helps people use their dreams to access their inner wisdom, creativity and problem-solving abilities. You can contact her by writing to: patti@pattiallen.com.

Do you like this post? Share it with your friends
PS:

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner and Stanley Krippner. I will be uploading an interview with P.H Awater about near desth experiences very soon so be sure to sign up!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK

twitter: @susannevandoorn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanne.vandooorn

Summer solstice: when the sun does not seem to move

summer solstice
art @ginnygaura.com

Summer Solstice. The day in the year that the sun seems to hang still in the air. Solstice originates from the Latin word Solstitium: sol = sun and stitium is to stand still.

Summer solstice

It has been celebrated ever since agriculture came into fashion, about 10,000 years ago. We all know that solstice was celebrated in places like Stonehenge. But what does it mean for dreams and dreaming? Do you remember the Mindfunda on Earth day? Here you can read it. Solar flames trigger the earth magnetic field. The earth magnetic field influences dreams and dream content. Stanley Krippner, professor of psychology at Saybrook University (see an interview with him here) found out that during the times of high solar flames the earth magnetic field responds and dream content changes. In his extrasensory perception experiments he found out that dreams that where telepathic often occurred on days with a low magnetic activity.

Summer solstice: research

Other research has been conducted by Russian researcher Shumilov. He looked at activity in the Earth’s geomagnetic field from 1948 to 1997 and found that it grouped into three seasonal peaks every year: one from March to May, another in July and the last in October. You can read more about this research here.

Some people can be very sensitive to the earth’s magnetic field. According to a man calling himself Harry Magnet you are more sensitive if you have a psychiatric disorder. That is a little troublesome, but I can understand his reasoning. Just like a magnet has poles, Harry assumes people also have magnetic poles that can be pulled by disturbances in the earth’s magnetic field. This is what Harry has to say about the summer solstice: “The general pattern was that my symptoms would get progressively worse for a month or two before the solstice (both winter and summer), then get better after the solstice. If your depression, mania, anxiety, or any other symptom changes with the seasons, this can be a sign of geomagnetic field sensitivity”.

Summer solstice: this year

At this years summer solstice (2015) the activity of the sun will be low, the highest activity are moderate flares. You can find out all about the strength of solar flames using this link here. So this solstice is good for telepathic dreaming. For engaging in your own mutual dreaming experiment (more info see here).

Enjoy your summer solstice. Honor the light and the dark in your life. they need each other. So much of our time is waisted trying to be perfect. Be like the sun these days: hang still in the air. observe, be nurturing.

Do you like this post? Share it with your friends
PS:

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner and Stanley Krippner. I will be uploading an interview with P.H Awater about near desth experiences very soon so be sure to sign up!

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK

twitter: @susannevandoorn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanne.vandooorn

Tryptophan, the royal road to sleep

tryptophan
@caronistgroup.com

Sleep is vital to our health. Recent research says we need at least seven hours of it. If dreams are the royal road to the unconscious as Freud once said, then tryptophan is our royal road to sleep. This Mindfunda will tell you more about this essential amino acid. I wrote before about sleep: how long can you stay awake and 15 other secrets about sleep and about how neurons get trained during sleep. Sleep is important. Let us explore tryptophan, the royal road to sleep

Tryptophan,the royal road to sleep #1

The first step in understanding tryptophan is understanding amino acids.  There are two kinds: essential and non-essential amino acid. The essential amino acids who find in our food, we have to eat them. Our food consists of three groups: fat, carbohydrates and protein. To understand the tryptophan pathway we focus on protein. Your body uses tryptophan to make proteins. Protein is build out of amino acid.

Non essential amino acids are quite important for your body, even though their name would imply that they where just fun to have around but non-essential. But your body can build them no matter what you eat. Things are different for essential amino acids. In total there are 20 amino acids. 13 of them are non-essential but 9 of them you have to digest in your daily meals. Our little friend tryptophan is one of them.

Why do I focus on tryptophan? Because tryptophan is the building block of melatonin. The stuff that makes you drowsy and guides you into sleep. So how does that happen?

First you need to eat food rich in tryptophan. Cashew nuts, bananas, spinach, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, mozzarella, tuna fish, eggs. You can create some delicious meals with tryptophan rich food. But I know what you are going to say now. Tryptophan is not melatonin. I need melatonin to fall asleep when it gets dark.

Tryptophan,the royal road to sleep #2

The second step to creating melatonin from tryptophan involves vitamin B3. A bit of tryptophan “leaks away” into the production of Niacin (vitamin B3). that is why it is sometimes a good idea when you have sleeping problems to take some 5 htp. That way there is no leakage of tryptophan into vitamin B3.
And that is why I always advice people to use a good vitamin B supplication whenever they are having problems sleeping.
Using this a substance called 5 hydroxy tryptophan is created. If you have trouble sleeping you might want to consider taking 5 htp as a supplement.

tryptophan
5 htp

It can also help you reduce food cravings and aggression.

To create serotonin from 5 htp your body needs zinc, magnesium and Vitamin C. vitamin C with rose hips is easier for your body to use so always make sure that when you want to use a vitamin C supplant you search for one with that ingredient.

tryptophan
Vitamin C with rose hips
tryptophan
Magnesium


Only when these substances are available in your body serotonin can be build. So mak sure, bu healthy eating or using supplements that your body can compose serotonin.

Tryptophan,the royal road to sleep #3

The last step is creating melatonin from serotonin. That is easy. You need two things. Movement and darkness. So when you eat the right foods, use supplements when you need them and you still can not fall asleep: start moving when it gets dark. Go for a walk in the dark.

tryptophan

Do you like this post? Share it with your friends
PS:

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner and Stanley Krippner.

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK

twitter: @susannevandoorn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanne.vandooorn

Time Travel: tasting the future while dreaming the present

Lately, I have had several dreams about time travel. In my first dream, at the beginning of 2015 I was part of a group of people who demonstrated for their right to time travel,

time travel

It was a high energy, very positive dream. Lots of laughing, lots of talking. I woke up with a very good feeling.

My second time travel dream was of a different nature. in the first dream I was not actually time traveling. In my second dream I was aware of a different reality. You can read about that dream here. In my dream I meet my husband in another time frame. He has a girlfriend that tells me about how she and him fell in love dancing to a Bob Marley record. On a symbolic level, the dark girlfriend is mother nature, dancing to the inner music we all hear in our veins.

This morning I had my third time travel dream. i am lying on a bed and a man tells me I have to concentrate on the Vikings. I have to travel back to this time and enter another life to experience it. A rather shamanic experience.

 

time travel
Shamanic journey

If you use this link to buy the shamanic journey drumming you will support the good work of Mindfunda
Shamans have traveled in different realms of reality. Using dreams (Like on this record above). The sound and certain plants and mushrooms helped shamans to get into a trance.
According to my third dream, Vikings used shamans’ wisdom. My good friend Wikipedia tells me Viking shamans were called Seiðr.  “Various scholars have debated the nature of seiðr, some arguing that it was shamanic in context, involving visionary journeys by its practitioners” And it gets even betterSeiðr practitioners were of both genders, although females are more widely attested, with such sorceresses being variously known as vǫlurseiðkonur and vísendakona.

The Norse theme is relevant in my dream life. I once met Odin in my dream without knowing who he was. A rather archetypical image. In my interview with Ralph Metzner I tell him about my dream. Odin is said to have his shamanistic practices taught to the seiðr. Jan Fries wrote an excellent book about it called Seidways.

time travel
Seidways

I have not read the book yet. But the reviews are promising: “After about 10 pages I decided that Fries is the greatest author on Germanic magic alive. He is able to consider so many perspectives, casually avoids the rigidity of authors such as Thorsson that I found so discouraging as a newbie, and is very open about where research stops and personal opinion starts. His ideas are extremely unorthodox, and the extent of “authenticity” can be questioned about this book in various ways – but Fries never pretends to be anything he is not, and this open honesty is far more preferable than the pompous pretend-authenticity of many other books about historically inspired magical practices“.

While getting all of those Norse mythology dreams: meeting Odin, dreaming about having to re-marry on Wednesday (Odin’s day) in another dream and now this traveling back to the Vikings convince me even more about the inheritance of dream content. Given that I am diabetic and diabetes has “originated” in the North European countries (high sugar level served as anti-freeze during the ice age so my ancestors could get old enough to conceive children) I think this would be such an interesting topic for research…

Do you like this post? Share it with your friends
PS:

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner.

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK

Astrology

astrology

 

Astrology is a very ancient way of dealing with crops. The Indo European people (More info here). As far back as the third millennium before Christ people have been searching meaning in the sky. But in the current day astrology is associated with those fragments in the newspaper: “Aries: today you will meet a tall dark handsome stranger and he will mysteriously disappear again”.

Astrology vs science

Science doesn’t like astrology either. Look at this film fragment from the amazing Randi about astrology. intuitively we know that the moon influences us and our dreams. Look and listen to the wisdom of Connie Kaplan about the influence of the moon on dreams.

Recent research however shows that a birth month correlates with certain diseases.

astrology
@Tatonetti lab

Analyzing data from over 1,7 million people, scientists of Colombia University deduced that May is a relative healthy month to be born in while being born in October is relatively unhealthy.

Astrology and science

Stanley Krippner writes in his Song of the Siren:
The Gauquelines examined the planetary positions of the French Academy of Medicine. There seemed to be an odd preference of people who were later to become doctors to be born at the moment when Mars had just risen over the horizon or cumulate at the meridian“.

 

astrologu
Cosmic Influences on Human Behavior: The Planetary Factors in Personality

Based on detailed analysis of 16000 names and dates of birth of famous European man and woman they concluded that planets do have an effect on personality. People born when Mars is rising or at its upper culmination are active and eager, even quarrelsome. People born with Jupiter temperament are at ease and ambitious. People with Saturn temperaments are formal and  reserved. And finally people with Lunar temperament, born when the moon was on the horizon or the meridian, are amiable and friendly.

In 1968, Gauqueline’s insights were reproduced by a research done at the Belgium Committee for paranormal phenomena. They analyzed the birth data of sportsmen. Most of them were born when Mars was culminating.

My own experience with astrology was when I had the data of my mutual dreamers analyzed by Maria Cernuto. Bob van de Castle connected us after I had read an article on the astrological details of people who are good in dream telepathy. You can read our report about it here.

Do you like this post? Feel free to share!

ps: twitter: @susannevandoorn

Psychology professor Stanley Krippner about dreams myths and visions

psychology
Stanley Krippner

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 dreams (IASD) where he will be talking about his work on ptsd – post traumatic stress disorder -. *)

It was a dream of mine that triggered me to sent him an invitation for an interview. I dreamed that I was performing a ritual with my hands. I had to move my hands in synch with Stanley Krippner in my dream. I knew exactly what to do, intuitively and I woke up very happy. With a new sense of trusting my inner self.

psychology
Stanley Krippner A life of dreams, myths and visions

If you purchase this book using this link, you will support the good work of Mindfunda

In this book Stanley Krippner, a life of dreams myths &  visions, a picture is painted of a psychology professor who combines a very analytical skill with tact and diplomacy. A rare combination. A lot of well-known scholars contributed a chapter to this book: Allan Leslie Combs, Jurgen Werner. Michael Winkerman, Charles Laughlin, Jean Millay & Suzanne Engelman, Deidre Barret, Daniel Deslaudiers, Faribah Bogzahran, David Feinstein and Deidre Barrett to name a few. This book is filled with wisdom.

Stanley Krippner has explored the field of psychology in all possible realms. He has a special interest in dreams. He has kept a dream journal from a relative young age. His article about how the magnetism of the earth influences dream content is just one of the ways he shows his love for the earth. Growing up in a farmer’s family he was involved in ecological agriculture at an early age. Slug the Bug! was his first ecological product that he sold himself at the local market. He always is very aware of his connection to the earth. His advice to students of psychology is: to stay grounded

psychology
@nldreamtime

This connection to the earth must get nurtured by a believe in magic. In the Mindfunda interview Stanley Krippner talks about how his good friend Rolling Thunder surprised him with some magic. One day a bird was brought to Rolling Thunder, a Cherokee medicine man. His wing was broken. Rolling thunder just took the bird in his hands and it flew away, healed.

psychology
Rolling thunder

If you buy this book using this link you will support the good work of Mindfunda 

In the Mindfunda interview you will hear Stanley Krippner talking about that event. The picture on the cover of the book was taken shortly after.

psychology
photo @zoom.nl

The interview with Stanley Krippner made perfectly clear that psychology needs grounded people who base their conclusions on observable facts. But that only observable facts are not enough. You have to be open-minded for the magic to do its work. Otherwise the earthly facts would be too dry to consume.

His knowledge about magic (he used to study and perform magic tricks) came into good use when he investigated several paranormal events. A haunted house got analyzed by Stanley who deducted that every time something happened the grandson of the couple that lived in this haunted house was present. It turned out that the grandson wanted a place of his own and creating a story about the house being haunted made people crazy enough to experience weird things.
Magic also played a role when he conducted his experiments with Montague Ullman and Alan Vaughan concerning dream telepathy. The laboratory where he investigated dreaming persons using electrodes to measure their brainwaves was checked by magicians. It are those kind of details that make this man stand out.

I know Stanley Krippner not only from the books he has written but also because I invited him to perform a workshop Personal Mythology in the Netherlands. In the Mindfunda interview Stanley says that finding out your Personal mythology is important. Getting to know yourself better is vital for liking yourself. Liking yourself creates inner peace. inner peace creates the ability to give back to the world. If you want to join the Facebook group Personal Mythology I initiated click here. In this group we talk about mythology, mythological themes that penetrate our lives, we talk about dreams and how we have evolved from old personal mythologies into new mythologies.

There is one thing I have not mentioned yet. Shamanism. Deidre Barrett, in her contribution to the book “Every Tribe’s Wise man” talks about how a supervisee, Amaro Laria found shamans in remote places who all asked him once they heard he was from America: “Do you know Stanley Krippner?”

Stanley talks in the Mindfunda interview about how he used Carlos Casteneda’s hand method to aquire the art of lucid dreaming (for more info about lucid dreaming see my interview with Robert Waggoner).
Like Ralph Metzner he researched and experienced natural means of expanding consciousness and has written several articles about it.

Stanley Krippner gives psychology a new two-sided face. On the one hand he is about facts: analyzing data, reading the latest research. On the other hand he always keeps an eye open for magic. “The one thing I wish that students would do is gather facts about precognitive dreams” he stated in one of the interviews I saw while preparing my Mindfunda interview. Facts, sprinkled with a little touch of magic.

psychology
Post-traumatic stress disorder

*)  purchase this book about PTSD, and support the good work of Mindfunda

Do you like this post? Share it with your friends
PS:

Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner.

GRAB YOURSELF A FREE E-BOOK AND LEARN ALL ABOUT MUTUAL DREAMING USING THIS LINK

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
mandorla
Jean Raffa

I had the pleasure of interviewing author Jean Benedict Raffa about her book “Healing the sacred Divide”. You can watch it on the Mindfunda YouTube-channel. Jean is a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the International Association of Dreams (IASD). Healing the sacred divide got the Wilbur Award,  recognizing excellence in the communication of religious issues.

Jean and I talked about how in this day and age we seem to be addicted to war. Inner disagreements and outer arguments where we seek and emphasize the differences between ourselves and “the other”.

In a previous interview I had with Ralph Metzner, I discussed how Europe was taken over by warrior tribes and how this inheritance changed mythology. Jean Raffa describes how our religion is based on those old warrior mythologies. Masculine, with a God image outside of us. Her book Healing the sacred divide is divided in two parts, just like a mandorla.

mandorla
Healing the sacred divide

If you purchase the book using this link, you will support the good work of Mindfunda

Mandorla consciousness #1

The first part tells about the eight mistakes in our current concept of God. This part analysis how culture has emphasized one part of the continuum: creating a masculine God, that is outside of us and that really lacks a female touch. With female I mean the qualities our culture has marked feminine like empathy, intuition, acting based on an inner knowing instead of facts. Qualities that both male and female posses and express. It is a clear statement how we need both sides: we need to combine facts with intuitive insights.

Mandorla consciousness #2

The second part tells about the nine wisdom gifts of integrating the divided God image. She builds up the second mandala of consciousness fout of nine stones of wisdom. A nine folded lapis lazuli. Holistic consciousness, transforming light, acceptance of the shadow, emotional integrity, partnership, balance, sovereignty, meaning and the mandorla consciousness.

Mandorla consciousness #3

In the interview Jean Raffa shares a dream about her shadow that she has never shared before. It is a clear example of how valuable working with dreams can be. To out value on your dream images is a sure step towards more inner peace and acceptance. Like Robert Waggoner explained to us in his interview with me about Lucid dreaming plain and simple: dreams can provide key insights towards integrating your own shadow. those parts of yourself you are used to project on somebody else.

Mandorla consciousness #4

In the interview Jean Raffa told me that the key to a happy live is the ability to unite opposites. Her book holds valuable keys to make that work much easier. I wish I read this book years earlier. It would have saved me a lot of pain and mistakes. But then again, I might have missed out on a lot of wisdom…

Other Books from Jean Benedict Raffa:

Dream Theaters of the soul (clck the image for the kindle version)
What are your dreams telling you? Dr. Raffa believes that “dreams show us who we are and what we can become.” In this fascinating book of how to analyze dreams, explore the feminine aspects, and use dreams to grow emotionally and spiritually, Raffa combines the metaphor of a theatre with the practicality of a handbook to provide a practical guide to understanding your dreams.

mandorla
Dream theaters of the soul kindle version

 

mandorla
Bridge to wholeness

Bridge to Wholeness, ” describes an inner feminine way where one makes peace with dragons instead of fighting them. This moving account of a mythic journey from humility to strength, through darkness to light, carries a powerful message of unity and balance for seekers everywhere.”

 

If you purchase the book using this link, you will support the good work of Mindfunda

Do you like this post? Share it with your friends
PS:

Watch the complete interview here. Please sign up for my YouTube channel to enjoy all the beautiful Mindfunda interviews with inspiring people. People like Jean Benedict Raffa, Anne Baring, Connie Kaplan, Ralph Metzner. I got an interview with Stanley Krippner coming up soon!

Grab yourself a free e-book and learn all about mutual dreaming using this link
Don’t forget to join me on twitter: @susannevandoorn
And join my FACEBOOK TRIBE

 

 

What my near death experience did for my life

She had been feeling so tired. Her legs hurt so much. But her parents told her she was not ill. Her siblings told her she was just hungry for attention. And she, always the good girl believed them to be right. She was allowed to go to the doctor but he diagnosed "growth" and sent her home again. And she ate and she ate. She could not get enough of eating. Her parents became very displeased with her because she ate all the candy in the house. And she became so tired.. One day, when she want to school, being a 10-year-old, she had to throw up. With a shock she realised that her parents where wrong. Her life was at stake!
near death experience
@thefaeriesandangelsmagazine

When I started blogging for Mindfunda three months ago I had some “golden rules” for blogging. One of the most important one is that i do not blog about myself. People don’t care, I was told, unless you had a near death experience.

So reluctantly, because I love my parents very much and I do not want to give the impression that they where bad caretakers, I decided to tell you about it.
My parents were born and raised in the twenties of last century. They where hard, cool analyzing people who did not like to fuzz. Being born the youngest child I did not have a high status in my family of birth. Seven siblings seemed to dislike me very much for the simple reason I was born last. My parents did not seem to respect me very much for the same reason. Subconsciously I decided I needed to take care of myself. Good thing I did.

Having had a natural birth, I had an advantage: my gut was nurtured with good mother bacteria from the get go. In a natural birth, some of the fasces of the mother get into the child’s mouth to inhabit the gut of the child. Stay with me, this is vital information to understand the tragedy that was about to happen. In an auto-immune disease like mine, the gut plays a vital role. It is the barrier between the inside world and the outside world. And my gut was leak: the barriers of my system, guarding the inside world was permeable.

My immune system was not set off right: it is hyper active. so my immune system was in a burned out state: everything was a thread. Including my own cells. My own immune system destroyed the beta cells of my pancreas, creating Type one diabetes.

But let’s not travel forward in time too soon. I was not aware of what was happening in my body. I only knew that I had pain. I only knew that I craved candy (which annoyed the hell out of my parents and siblings). But my parents had one golden rule: “You are not sick unless you have a fever”. And I did not have a fever. Yet.

As “luck” would have it, I got a bad ear infection. With a high fever.  So I was allowed to go to the doctor who diagnosed me with Diabetes. I thank my mother for the diagnoses because she asked the doctor to check my blood sugar level. He did and immediately called the hospital to make an appointment for the next day. I was crying. I did not want to say goodbye to sweets and candy. My mother rushed out to get me some natural sweeteners for my tea because I was very thirsty. Everything seemed under control.

In the evening the fever took over. I began to “see” things. I saw visions from flowers, morphing into images of the sky and the sun. My body was aching all over. In the middle of the night I dragged myself to the bathroom for some water. I remember clearly that I reached the hallway and then left my body.

On out-of-body experience can be terrific. I had several in my dreams, but none have given me so much relief as that escape out of my aching body. I remember flying about in a room I did not recognize. I was sitting next to a girl who was lying in a hospital bed. She was not me: she had a round face and curly hair. She had tubes in her vanes and I felt very worried about her.

In the next moment I was flying again, I saw a hallway and a bed with my own body in it. It scared me that I had become so skinny. I jumped back into my body and got confronted with my pain once again. The reason that I decided to leave my body. I decided to go out of bed to find somebody to help me. As soon as i tried, an elderly lady came running and told me to stay in bed. I was confused. Why should I stay in bed? She told me my body was too weak to carry me around.

I know what you are going to say. “Susanne, you promised us a near death experience. I expected angels, god, the whole shebang. Not a flight in a hospital sitting at the bedside of a peer.
Well, I was at the verge of death with not much energy left in my system and a vicious infection that cost me the hearing ability of my left ear. And before I left the hospital i began to look for the girl. She was there! In a closed off department I was not allowed to enter. right before I was dismissed I saw her and she looked at me. I shivered…

Going back home I started to read everything about paranormal investigation. My parents had “The Readers digest” that told stories of miracle healers that operated without sedation. I read all I could find written by Professor van Praag, the now discredited professor who allegedly forged proof about his favorite clairvoyant Mr. Croiset. One of the best books I read is life after life from Raymond Moody, one of the best authors on the subject.

near death experience
Life after life

The book told me that I was not foolish. Raymond Moody gathered data from more than one hundred patients. This book made me understand how important it is to befriend death, to be able to live a fulfilled life.

I decided that I had to become a psychologist because I could not figure out why people have this need to be so cruel. I wanted to make the world better. So nearly loosing my life at age 11 has set the stage for my most important life decisions. What work I do, the family I choose to create with my partner, my concept of God.

Even though I had a spiritual experience I did not have a meeting with God (or did I? I often wonder if that little girl was not a symbol). And that became my outlook in life: always to wonder, always ready to explore new intellectual and emotional endeavors.

Mindfunda is an end product of this process. I often call Mindfunda “The walking website” because most of the time I write down something, I am disappointed with the result and I go walking. While walking, my mind becomes creative and I juggle around thoughts, concerts, contradicting facts that will make a blog more interesting.

This is my story. I hope to hear from you. What do you like about Mindfunda? What sucks? What other topics do you want me to write about? Research? Spiritual stuff? Mythology? Or something completely different like a weekly question hour?

Do you like this post? Share it with your friends

PS:
I will be uploading another very interesting interview on my YouTube channel soon.
 Jean Raffa author talks about her book Healing the sacred divide that got the 2013 Wilbur Award so be sure to sign up!

Grab yourself a free e-book and learn all about mutual dreaming using this link

Don’t forget to join me on twitter: @susannevandoorn

 

Good books on Mindfunda

good books
Photo @Iowa library

I was pregnant with the idea for Mindfunda for a while. It had to be a blog that combined research and spirituality juiced up with a little bit of mythology. About three months ago, on February 10, the first Mindfunda was published. Since then I talked with you about a lot of good books. Thank you all for your support, your shares on Facebook and twitter. You all make my job so much fun!

By the way, I wanted to let you know that there is an Amazon deal to listen to audio books for free: Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

Here is a list of the most visited blogs according to our statistics:

Good books #1: 10 dream books you should read

Actually these are 10 books for the price of one! This is one of the most visited blog posts I have written untill now. The list contains good classics on the subject of dreaming and dream interpretation.
Creative dreaming by Patricia Garfield, the book that got me “hooked” on dreaming at the age of 16 (I could not stop reading it and it introduced me to lucid dreaming) is my personal number one. You can read the list here. Be sure to leave a comment in the section below if I have missed a good book that I should be reading and blogging about.

Good books #2: Dream from the Cosmos

Anne Barring was introduced to me while I was talking with Patricia Garfield about good books written about the Goddess. Anne Baring had written, together with Jules Cashford The myth of the Goddess. At home I purchased it and I dived into their phenomenal knowledge about the Goddess principle.
Dream of the cosmos had an even more alluring sound to it, because it discussed the myth of the Sekhina: the dwelling part of god on earth.

good books
Dream of the cosmos

You can read my blog about it here, in the blog is a link to my interview with Anne Baring. My first interview, with such an educated lady. You will definitely look at the world in a different way after reading/digesting it. You will see how things are connected, you will be able to feel the tiny lines of the web of Indra that connects all.

Good books #3: The woman’s book of dreams

Connie Kaplan wrote a book about how the moon affects dreams. It is something we are all aware of. Dreaming during full moon is usually more intense. Somebody told me, right before I had to do a dream workshop for some pregnant ladies that in the book of Connie Kaplan you will find a method for group dream work that is very useful. And indeed, the night before I had to do the workshop I dreamed about going downstairs and getting her Woman’s book of dreams out of my bookshelves. You can read my post about it here. In the blog the link to my interview with her is included.

good books
the Woman’s book of dreams

 

Good books #4: Theory of dreams by Kasatkin

As a young girl I had a near death experience caused by a diabetic coma. Being ill for a long time, the doctors could not find anything wrong with me and dismissed it as “growth”. Meanwhile I was getting thinner and thinner and finally my fat supply was gone…

Ever since I have been very interested in health. I did some research about dreams and health, I started a rather unsuccessful questionnaire that not many people responded to. But I had this notion that your dreams follow the process of your disease and that you in fact can incorporate them to heal yourself.

I was not the first with that idea. A Russian psychiatrist, Vasily Kasatkin gathered data from all his patients in several hospitals in Russia. He analyzed the data and published a book called A theory of dreams.

 

good books
A theory of dreams

This book was never translated. I sent an email to a German military library asking for a copy and I got it. Then I had to translate it. This was a problem: I don’t speak Russian and I did not have the money to have it translated for me. I dd actually find someone who withdrew because Russian was not her native language. But she promised me to help whenever I got stuck in a sentence. And boy did I need that help! My husband, the invaluable invisible force behind Mindfunda helped me to scan the documents in a way that permitted me to cut and paste it into google translate. Then I had pieces of text that I had to re-write and remodel into proper English. I wanted to update the insights of Kasatkin (which where remarkable modern for his day and age) and put in a lot of footnotes referring to modern research in the areas he mentioned.
It was a labour of love.  Read all about dreams and health here.

Good books #5: Lucid dreaming plain and simple

Robert Waggoner wrote another book together with Caroline McCready. His first book Lucid dreaming Gateway to the inner self is on my favorite dream book list for years.

Good books
Lucid dreaming gateway to the inner self

With his remarkable talent of analysing Robert waggoner always finds an interesting edge in your road to self discovery. His newest book is filled with tips, techniques, loaded with information, and the two writers have gathered dreams from the most skilled lucid dreamers. You can read my bog about it here, in the blog is a link to my interview with him.

good books
Lucid dreaming plain and simple

Do you like this post? Share it with your friends

PS:
I will be uploading two very interesting interviews on my YouTube channel soon. Ralph Metzner, author Well of remembrance and one with Jean Raffa author of Healing the sacred divide be sure to sign up!

Grab yourself a free e-book and learn all about mutual dreaming using this link

Don’t forget to join me on twitter: @susannevandoorn

Hot on social media

What are the 6 most popular and interesting posts shared on social media?  

Hot on social media #1

My most shared link was this one about going to sleep without putting artificial light on. It changes your sleep cycle into the ancient ways tribes kept awake at night. You will sleep sooner but wake during the night: an ancient principle described by various people including Robert Moss.

Hot on social media #2

On twitter Dutch lucid dreamer Tim Post shared news about an article that was shared about him on snoozon. Tim Post is a man who I met only once, when I was giving a presentation at my alma mater. He is a lucid dreamer that got trained by Stephen LaBerge in Hawaii. Want to dream like Tim? An excellent book on lucid dreaming is the one and only guide from the master himself: Stephen LaBerge

social media
Exploring the world of lucid dreaming

For a good price (just 6 dollars) you have one of the best guides towards lucidity. Stephen gives you methods to analyse your dream journal to come up with symbols that you can be aware of while dreaming so you can achieve lucidity. He talks about how you can train your memory to remember what you want to do when you actually achieve lucidity… One of the best books I have ever read about lucid dreaming.

Hot on social media #3

On twitter we also found a presentation of Justina Lasley about her book Wake up! Use your nighttime dreams to make your daytime dreams come true.Use your nighttime dreams to make your daytime dreams come true.

social media
Wake up!

Justina talks about how joining a dream group changed her sense of self and her life. Growing up a dreamy girl in an analytical family she knew that there was something missing in an analytical life. You need to sign up to hear this one but it is good stuff that Justina shares.

Hot on social media #4

On Facebook my post about Stanley Krippner, invited presenter on the Iasd Conference in June got the most likes this month. Stanley will be my guest for an interview so be sure to sign up for my YouTube channel.

Hot on social media #5

Another topper of this months’ shares on Facebook was the photo of the Moon:

social media
Eyes of God

Hot on social media #6

If you are living nearby London be sure to go to Fariba Bogzaran’s lecture on Creative & Therapeutic Practice in Dreams & Lucidity. Fariba is a scholar, an artist and a lucid dreamer. You can purchase a ticket to the presentation here.

Be sure to join me on Facebook on my Mindfunda page (don’t forget to like the page) or on my personal account Susanne van Doorn.

If there are subjects you want me to blog about, if you want to write a blog for Mindfunda, if you have a book you are crazy about and you want to sent me a reading copy, please connect with me using social media.

Mind your micro expressions?

micro expressions
Are you able to spot a liar?

 

Micro expressions. We heard of them. We saw the smile of O.J. and we all thought he was guilty.

mico expressions
O.J Simpson

 

Micro Expressions on television

A television series called Lie to me was a big hit. A man trained as a super detective scanning people’s faces can spot a liar and solve crimes, keep innocent people out of jail, break up with a cheating lover… The possibilities to succeed within life once we are able to read these micro expressions seemed endless.

~Somehow I got bored with the series. It seemed so impossible that the ugly brother of Brian Ferry, Dr. Cal Lightman, solved so many crimes with so little effort.

A micro expression is an emotion that shows up in the face just in micro seconds. Less then one fifth of a second, impossible to see without a video camera. Nicholas Epley decided to test the empirical proof that micro expressions are emotions leaks that are unavoidable. He asked a group of volunteers to look at emotional pictures. They had to cover their real feelings. They had to show their real feelings.

Mindwise Nicholas Epley

 

He wrote about it in his book Mindwise. It is not so hard to cover up your real emotions. It is very hard to catch a micro expression. It is very hard to interpret subtle signals from other people. Here he is talking about how important it is to catch the mind of other persons. To help you lead a better life.

Do you like this post? Share it with your friends

I will be interviewing Ralph Metzner soon and putting it on my Youtubechannel so be sure to sign up!

Grab yourself a free e-book and learn all about mutual dreaming using this link

Don’t forget to join me on twitter: @susannevandoorn

 

Lucid dreaming plain and simple

Mindfunda had the honor of interviewing Robert Waggoner about a new book he has written together with Caroline McCready: “Lucid dreaming plain and simple”.

You can watch it on the Mindfunda YouTube-channel.

 

Robert Waggoner
Robert Waggoner

Robert Waggoner is past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) . For the past ten years, he has been the co-editor of the online magazine, The Lucid Dreaming Experience, the only ongoing publication devoted specifically to lucid dreaming. A lucid dreamer since 1975, he has logged more than 1,000 lucid dreams. He is also author of Lucid dreaming, gateway to the inner self, read all about that book here.

Caroline McCready is an author, teacher, artist, a graduate of the University of Warwick, with a BA honours degree in History of Art and also has a postgraduate SQC in Psychology from Oxford Brookes University. Caroline spent a year at the Julian Ashton Fine Art School in Sydney, Australia before going on to study Sculpture in Chelsea, London.

They both met at the presentation and courses Robert gives in Lucid dreaming and decided to write a book suitable for beginners as well as more experienced Lucid dreamers.

lucid dreaming
Lucid dreaming Plain and simple

 

For the sake of the interview I decided to divide the book into four parts:

#1: Basic techniques for lucid dreaming

The first part of the book (chapter 1-4) gives information about the history, science and basic techniques of lucid dreaming. There are some nice stories about dreams in the book. For instance how Google founder Larry Page woke up with the idea “What if we could download the whole web and just keep the links?”
We all know how big Google has become.
Basic lucid induction techniques like finding your hands, mental suggestions, Mild (Mneminic Inductions of Lucid Dreams), the Critical reflection Technique of Paul Tholey and Wild (Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams), Cram (Constant Repetition and Affirmation Method), Wbtb (Wake back to bed) are discussed. It makes the book a valuable resource for all lucid dreamers around.
The methods of stabilizing your lucid dreams : Meme: Modulate your emotions, Enhance your awareness, Maintain focus, Establish your intent or goal, ways to prolong lucid dreams, waking from lucid dreams and how to recognize a false awakening you can find all of this in the first 4 chapters of this book.

 

#2: Fine tuning the basic techniques

The second part of the book (chapter 5 – 9) revolves around fine tuning the core techniques of lucid dreaming. Robert touches on interacting with other dream figures in a lucid state to resolve, balancing your inner energy, explore different materials in a lucid dream, intent and the power of surrender, for some dreamers the hardest part of all in lucid dreaming: the power of surrender. This book is not plain and simple. It initiates you to approach lucid dreaming in a respectful way that will increase the knowledge of yourself.

#3: Lucid dreaming and healing

The third part of the book chapter 10 – 13, around dreaming and healing: healing emotionally and physically.  finding inner balance by integrating the shadow (the book has a recognizable and enjoyable Jungian flavor), how to heal in a lucid dream and one of my favorite suggestions is meditating in a lucid dream (I never meditated in a lucid dream before I read this book.  Meditating while being lucid  gives you a healing sense of connection with the universe. In the interview Robert gives credit for this idea to experienced lucid dreamer Clare Johnson.

#4: Lucid Living

The final part of the book is Lucid living. Robert Waggoner is an expert on this. Listen to the interview to hear what he has to tell you about Lucid Living.

(If you decide to buy the book using the link in this blog you will support Mindfunda. Thank you for that!)

Do you like this story? Share it with your friends!

Ways of legally stalking:
@susannevandoorn on twitter Join me!
Mindfunda Facebook: become part of my Facebook clan
Subscribe to my newsletter and read all about Mutual dreaming in my ebook

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 I decided to actually read it. I must confess I am one of the few people who dares to say aloud that reading Jung often confuses me. He wants to be too scientific and I stumble from one definition into another. Every time I read Jung and I was about to be captured by his intellect he kept on juggling with definitions.

 

 

Red Book

 

I feared the Red Book would be the same. Thankfully it is not. I think it is a very stimulating book. Let me take you on a journey to look for our souls.

Red Book
Red Book Carl Jung

Today I read the famous piece about how Jung had a vision of how Europe was going to change in 1915. He had a premonition about the First World War. That event made a big impression and got him to create the concept of the Collective unconscious. It shows how highly intelligent Jung was, creating a concept around an intuitive notion. To understand and appreciate the magnitude of this construction you need to know more about Jung.

Jung was the only surviving child of reform pastor Paul and a Emilie Jung, a paranormal gifted lady. The tension between the strict and clear theological rules his father lived by and the more experimental spirituality his mother engaged in can be found in the question that Jung asked himself in the Red Book.
Jung puts two energies opposite each other. The “Spirit of this Time” versus “The Spirit of Depths”.

We all have struggled with both energies. The Spirit of this Time wants us to be rational, scientific. We live in an age where everything can be explained. This energy made Jung, like Einstein, yearn to search for “The Supreme Meaning“.
But this energy of the Supreme Meaning is hardly reconcilable with The Spirit of This Time: “To understand a thing is a bridge and possibility of return to the path. But to explain a matter is arbitrary and sometimes even murder. Have you counted the murders among scholars?”

Have you ever searched for your soul? Have you ever incubated a dream about it? (I am going to do it, I will let you know how that works out). Have you ever felt a glimpse of the Supreme Meaning Carl Jung talks about? I can intuitively understand it and I think I was more connected with it when I was a child.

Do you like this story? Share it with your friends!

Ways of legally stalking:
@susannevandoorn on twitter Join me!
Mindfunda Facebook: become part of my Facebook clan
Subscribe to my email newsletter and read all about Mutual dreaming

Spirit molecule: the stuff dreams are made of

 

It has long been speculated that Dimethyltryptamin (DMT), a form of Tryptophan, one of the building blocks of melatonin, is the thing that contributes to dreaming images.

Rick Strassman: The spirit molecule

 

Rick Strassman wrote a book about it called: “The spirit molecule”. In the book he explains how the pineal gland produces DMT each night. How the dying people have more DMT in their blood. How is gives good experiences. There are even people who experiment on using it as a drug to see how it influences their dreams and lucid experiences.

 

Spirit Molecule
DMT Rick Strassman

If you want to read more about Rick Strassman and his research you can buy his book (If you use the link in this article you support Mindfunda). You can also read more about his work at the site Cottonwood Research foundation.

I found this quote written by Javier Reyna: “We don’t know whether DMT is made in the pineal. I muster a lot of circumstantial evidence supporting a reason to look long and hard at the pineal, but we do not yet know. There are data suggesting urinary DMT rises in psychotic patients when their psychosis is worse. However, we don’t know whether DMT rises during dreams, meditation, near-death, death, birth or any other endogenous altered state. To the extent those states resemble those brought on by giving DMT, it certainly makes one wonder if endogenous DMT might be involved, and if it were, it would explain a lot. But we don’t know yet. Even if the pineal weren’t involved, that would have little overall effect on my theories regarding a role for DMT in endogenous altered states, because we do know that the gene involved in DMT synthesis is present in many organs, particularly lung. If the pineal made DMT, it would tie up a lot of loose ends regarding this enigmatic little organ. But people seem to live pretty normals lives without a pineal gland; for example, when it has had to be removed because of a tumor.”

So there is a lot of debate about the molecules that influence dreaming. Acetylcholine, Dimethyltryptamine, there is a nightly dance between substances going on. The spirit molecule leads the way.

House of Jesus found by professor Dark

Archelogists claim that a house that has been known as the house where Jesus grew up in might be his actual home indeed. two houses where found (one in 2009) that dates back to the first century.

The person that made the connection that this might have actually been Jesus’ house is Professor Dark (there is a little irony in his name, I am aware of that) from Reading University.
In the verse of “Locus Sanctis” written by Irish monk Adomnán. In it he describes a pilgramage to Nazareth by Bishop Arculf. In the text a church is described that matches the remains of the house. That would mean that from early on the house had been recognized as a sacred place and rebuild as a church.

esus
remains of house where Jesus might have been born

Here is a link to a film of the discovery. The Sisters of Nazareth first claimed in 1880 that the house belonged to the son of God. The house has been cut out of a limestone hillside and is good preserved because of the chalk floor. It was a believe among ancient Jewish people that limestone was pure.
In 1936 Jesuite priest Henri Senès did some archeological research on the spot, but his work remained unnoticed. it was not until Profesor Dark connected the ancient pelgrim text Locus Sanctis to the house that the findings became world news.

Do you like this story? Share it with your friends!

Ways of legally stalking:

@susannevandoorn on twitter Join me!
Mindfunda Facebook: become part of my Facebook clan
Subscribe to my email newsletter and read all about Mutual dreaming

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

The Moon has an effect on dreams. We have known that for a long time, even though we might not realize it consciously. I spoke with Connie Kaplan about the effect the moon has on dreaming. Watch the complete interview on Mindfunda’s YouTube channel so you can enjoy it too (don’t forget to subscribe).

Connie is a woman who “dreamed herself awake”. During a time she was burned out, she dreamed and she kept on dreaming. She shares that valuable information with you in her books and in the interview.

 

Connie’s book “The Woman’s book of dreams” is divided into five parts. The first part is about astrology. Connie broke down in 1986 and rebuilt herself using dreams, spiritual guidance and the power of the moon. If you listen to the interview you can enjoy her energy and her wisdom.

The Moon is affecting dreams

In the first part she talks about how the moon affects dreaming. This made her distinguish several types of dreaming that might shed a new light on the dreams in your dream journal. She talks with us about the 13 types of dreaming she recognizes and how they can help you.

If you have a dream circle, or think about starting one, you should really take a look at the interview. Connie Kaplan describes a very powerful method (buy The woman’s book of Dreams if you want to know all about it). It has been the method that I use myself. The power of silence can really intensify the messages a dreamer comprehends about a dream in a dream circle, Not speaking when you have nothing to say is a spiritual act.

moon
The woman’s book of dreams Connie Kaplan

A thing almost all of us do while working with dreams, is projecting our problems of the past on them. Connie Kaplan talks about re-dreaming the past in a powerful way. She discusses the myth of Persephone, queen of the real of the death with us because that is a recurrent myth for women everywhere. Taken into the dark Persephone takes charge and becomes queen.

The dreaming of the future is a thing we all know. But often we do not talk about it. We ignore it or reason it away. Connie talks about an extraordinary coincidence that happened in her dream group. A mutual insight her dream group had into an important future catastrophy.

And the last subject is about giving the gift. It is Connie’s calling to help you embrace your contract of life. The most important clause in your contract giving your gift. Embracing yourself and enjoying life.

This and nore is discussed in my recent interview with Conny Kaplan. I hope you enjoy watching the complete interview!

If you like this post, please share it with your friends.
I have a twitter account: @susannevandoorn, you are welcome to join me there. Sign up for my monthly newsletter and grab yourself a mutual dreaming ebook.

 

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 not common for a human being to get invited to a ceremony like this. Even though I am not quite sure what is going to happen, the air is filled with expectation. I feel the tension of all the magical creatures that have gathered here this evening... Behind a tree a beautiful lady appears, dressed in a green gown. She is waiting, searching for her mate. Suddenly there is a zooming sound. I understand intuitively that this is what she has been waiting for. Her mate. a man dressed in brown, appears in the sky. Where did he come from? He just suddenly materialized.. The Green goddess and the brown man fly towards each other. When they meet in the sky there is a celebration of light: all colors sparkle in the sky...

I dream of Spring

I think this dream speaks of the marriage of the earth (in my dream symbolized by the brown man) with nature (the Green goddess). In her book “The Myth of the Goddess” Anne Baring says: Fire, light and the dazzling luminosity of the starry dimension are all images that were associated through the ages with the radiance of Wisdom, which, as a fusion of love and insight, or gnosis, expresses the union of queen and king, the highest feminine and masculine qualities of the soul”

spring
The myth of the Goddess Anne Baring and Jules Cashford

So many times, after dreaming like this I look up information in The Myth of the Goddess. Anne Baring is a very well-educated, thorough analyst of ancient mythology, stories, poems and themes. She presents a wealth of information about the Goddess.

I recently interviewed Anne Baring about her book Dream of the Cosmos. I put it on my YouTube channel, please subscribe because I will be putting more interviews here soon. Dream of the Cosmos is, just like The Myth of the Goddess a valuable addition to your bookcase.

spring
Dream of the cosmos Anne Baring

 

Spring is the time to become fertile again

Spring is the time for the Earth to flourish, to become fertile again. Being invited to witness this ceremony is very special. Being surrounded by magical creatures gives the atmosphere a special vibrance. Is spring also your favorite time of year? Do your dreams change in tune with Earth’s cycles? I think mine do! At the darkest times, Christmas, the return of the light changes my dream content. I have organized a Holy dreaming internet group for several years. There is an ancient believe that during the period surrounding Christmas the veil between the worlds is transparent. Information from the future can be dreamed of in advance.

What are your experiences? Does spring change your dream content?

 

Dream music: listening to inner songs

Dream music: some people wake up humming or singing a song. What do you think: do musicians dream other music dreams then non musicians?

Yesterday evening, I was interviewing Connie Kaplan about how the moon influences our dreams. I will put the interview on Mindfunda’s Youtube channel soon, so sign up for the channel. In her book A womans’ book of dreams she states: “The moon is like a music player in the sky that plucks the lines as harp strings”. The thought of the moon playing our dream music is very appealing to me.

In the moving documentary “Alive inside” you can see Henry, an Alzheimer patient come alive when he listens to the music he liked when he was younger.

dream music
Alive inside

Music is stored in the procedural memory. Procedural memory knows procedures: how to walk, how to ride a bike, how to swim. And procedural memories are consolidated during sleep. Research of Steffen Gais and Jan born suggests that dreaming has a lot to do with consolidating procedural memory. So dreaming about music helps you to consolidate new things in your brain so you are better equipped for life’s challenges.

Dream music: listening to inner songs

When I dreamed of being part of a tune, it was a big dream for me. It was something I had not experienced before. I was not a person, I was energy, vibrating. I was part of a unity. I was dream music. It was my first dream of being part of the cosmos.

Dream music indicates new ways of learning: the consolidating of procedural memory. At that point in time I was starting some new challenging projects and journeys to countries I had never visited before.

When an Alzheimer patient comes alive hearing music he has found his sense of self again. Most of us intuitively know that dreaming about music is dreaming about our soul. But I suggest dreaming about music has a very practical function as well. It reshapes neurological paths in our brains to make us deal with the world better. Listen to the dream that author Ann Aswegan describes in her book  “Awakening to the song of yourself”:

Awakening to the song of yourself Ann Aswegan

…”As I gaze at the piano, it automatically begins to play a lovely melody. I am strongly drawn to its music and begin moving toward it. At the same time the piano starts to glide in my direction and then lumbers gently past me down the hill until it reaches the sidewalk…
I feel as if I am destined to receive it. I am filled with gratitude for this amazing gift. I catch up with it on the sidewalk and follow it as it gradually starts to move again”…

I think that music in dream tells us a lot about who we are. It might even catch our core qualities, the soul of our being.