5 series to watch

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

Series to watch #1: Heroes

Heroes is a tale about human connection. Five strangers across the globe have remarkable abilities. They meet because there is a dark plot going on: the destruction of civilization as we know it. All ingredients are there: 12 people in a secret organization, the mother (Angela Petrelli) being able to dream the future, the shadow (Sylar) destroying lives and loves. I will not say anything more, just watch for yourself. Enjoy seeing George Takei play the father of charming Hiro Nakomoto, the guy who can bend space and time.

series to watch: Heroes
Heroes season 1

 

Series to watch #2: Orphan black

Do you ever have the feeling that there is a twin soul out there? Orphan black’s Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) meets her twin sister at a rather bad time: when she commits suicide by jumping in front of the train. Sarah’s life is a mess and she decides to take the place of her lookalike. Something we all have fantasized about. And even though her original plan was plain and simple: get the money of her deceased twin sister and run she gets involved in her own shadows and her own lies. Every time she is real, she saves the day, showing more guts than any of her other remarkable clones. The series has a Jungian edge: the parts of the Self need to be integrated to solve the problem.

series to watch: Orphan Black
Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany

 

Series to watch #3: Merlin

Almost all of us know of the secret weapon of King Arthur: Merlin. Merlin has become legendary. To make a series about him that was worth looking at, the BBC created an unexpected edge: Merlin in his younger years. The series is about how Merlin gets into the court of the prince who is destined to become one of the greatest Kings in Europe. If you watch the series, you can see how Uther Pendragon symbolises the super ego, Arthur is the rational mind, and Merlin represents the magic.

series to watch: Merlin
Merlin

Series to watch #4: Grimm

Grimm is about a descendant from the famous brothers Grimm who wrote down all the fairy tales. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who works as a detective solving murders, discovers he has the ability to see people change in scary beasts. He finds out this has been running in the family: he is a Grimm. Each Grimm has the ability to see Wesen: fairy tale like creatures who are disguised as human beings. He befriends the big bad wolf who apparently only got a bad rep: Monroe is his bridge between the two realms of realities.

series to watch: Grimm
Grimm

Series to watch #5: Once upon a time

Series to watch: Once (upon a time)
Once (upon a time)

Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) takes Henry Mills to his home: Storybrooke. The Happy Endings are gone and he is convinced she is the one who can bring them back. Emma gets convinced more and more and discovers that she is the daughter of Snow white and prince Charming. That the Evil Step mother is not that evil (although the red apple jokes are really very funny) and my ultimate favorite is Rumpelstiltskin aka Mr. Gold: “All magic comes with a price“. One thing I really likes about this series is that the ladies in this modern fairy tales are active emancipated females and not desperate princesses that wait to be saved. Snow white (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a street robber: steeling from the rich giving to the poor.

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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 Mythofunda:
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Music: what does it mean to you?

Without music, life would be a mistake 
Nietzsche

I think music has a special meaning for us don’t you? We, Homo sapiens, made musical instruments as early as 75,000 years ago. Melody is emotion, communication, tunes unite; some say it even plays a key role in the evolutionary path we have undertaken. Sounds that are pleasant to us is tell us about our soul: our inner well being. We all know the magic: with some kind of music the words and the chords are just so good you forget everything around you: it resonates. Music is energy vibrating, just like we imagine our souls to vibrate.

Some say that dreams are messages from the soul. That dreams signify the highest well-being you can be. I don’t think that is true for all dreams. But I do believe that tunes in dreams speak from the soul. In one dream, I was singing, while in waking life I can not keep a tune.  I experienced music was all around in dreams. I was part of it. I was part of the song I was playing, being part of a cosmic experience. I never could find the right words to talk about those kind of experiences so I was so very thrilled to read David Levitin’s insights in his book “This is your brain on music

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This is your brain on music Daniel Levitin

David is a neuroscientist and former musician. He is a pop musician, that is one downside of the book: he merely discusses classical music. I love music but my knowledge of classical music is limited. I listen to it, I like it or I tune into another channel. I only recognize the very famous classical music like Beethoven’s fifth.
With that notion aside: if you are interested in music, in the brain and in dreaming about music: this book will give you more insight.

It tells you about how music is very prominent in our species. Levitin proposes that music was important in our evolution and I tend to agree with him. Music unites tribes. If you think back about the slaves in America that invented the blues to vent out their grief, to unite against their oppressors, it just makes sense.
Music was the tool to unite the group without strong repercussions.

What does music in dreams mean? This book was able to shed light on that for me. Music in dreams can be about feeling united with my tribe: I can remember dreaming about making music together in the woods of Rolduc years before I became involved in dreaming and ecology, years before I knew there was going to be another dream conference at the same Dutch Convent called Rolduc in the south of the Netherlands.
Music in my dreams is also connected with my soul: when I was younger and away from my loved one I used to hear “our song” in my dreams to keep my flame burning.
Music in my dreams has also helped me to emancipate: not only by performing in my dreams but also by being uplifted by many people in a concert hall and being transported: the ultimate meaning of life: the way you transcend through time.

What are your experiences?

 

Tree of life: 3 visions on how climbing the tree of life can restore our well being

The Tree of life is a wide recognized symbol. The green of trees are healing, Research shows that it is one of the healthiest ways to spent your life. Surrounded by green listening to birds, enjoying the sounds and life around you. We are hairless monkeys with arms made to climb trees. Trees gave us protection. Trees give us oxygen. There is a whole movement of research that indicates that plants have a form of consciousness.

Michael Pollan wrote a very interesting bestseller about how we use plants and plants use us: “The Botany of desire”. It is a mutual benefit. It is such a revelation to have Michael speak for the plants and give them their perspective. To become fully aware of the way we are connected to nature and how the plants we eat become part of us.

Tree of life
The Botany of desire

Michael tells us that there are trees who really like to do business with us like the apple tree (It is no coincidence that the current tree of knowledge is a phone with an Apple on it). But there are trees that did not want to enter into this mutual beneficial relationship like for instance the Oak tree. Acorns are not to our liking.
The Tree of life is a tree that resonates with us. The Tree of life makes us dream.
The Tree of life protects us. The Tree of life nurtures our body and spirit.

Today I want to share Our Dreaming about the World Tree panel.
Last summer June 2014 I presented about the Tree of life at the Conference of the International Association of the Study of Dreams (see link to subscribe to this years’ conference). Together with two lovely knowledgable ladies: Linda Mastrangelo and Jodine Grundy.

#1 The first vision on climbing the Tree of life: listen to your dreams
I was invited for this panel by Linda Mastrangelo. Linda, dreamer, psychologist, alchemist and writer moved into the Red Woods and met the tree people in her dreams.  In this panel she shares a very powerful dream that will move you.

#2: The second vision on climbing the Tree of life: look at mythology:
My part of the panel presentation is to remind you about the mythology of trees. In mythology there are trees that give us knowledge, trees that give us life and trees that give us dreams. My story is about a dreaming tree. An ancient myth about a sacred tree, hidden in the would that gives knowledge through dreams. Profound knowledge. Shamanic knowledge. Listen to it and open your ears for the ancient whispers of the trees in your dreams.

#3: The third vision on climbing the Tree of life: plant a tree in your environment
In our panel, Jodine Grundy is very concerned about the earth. Jodine is an advisor for Green Partnership.  As an advisor she is involved in Taking Root: a reforesting organization that aims to plant a million trees, one for every man, woman & child in the region of Greater Cincinnati. At the conference she made sure we had green plants in our conference room. She pleads for us to start living consciously, in tune with the call from the earth.

 

 


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My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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3 Secrets about synchronicity

The term synchronicity was coined by Carl Jung to describe “temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events.” (source Wikepedia).
Living a life by synchronicity will change you. This blog will give you six easy steps to master the art of synchronicity, for it is an art. With a side effect: it will make your life more fun.

Secret #1 about synchronicity:
Pay attention to odd coincidences.
There are symbols that occur in my life and when they do I know I have to pay attention. For instance: in 2011 at the Conference of the IASD in Rolduc, I got an envelope from Rita Dwyer. Rita Dwyer once was research chemist at Thiokol Chemical Corp. in Denville, N.J. (source: Washington Post). She owed her life to a dream. Edward M. Butler saved her life because he had this recurring dream about saving her from a fire.
I had to deliver the envelope to somebody in my hometown, someone she met in a dreanm circle. So back in 2011, I got to his house, rang the bell, but got no answer. I left the envelope in the mailbox and forgot about it.
In 2014 I translated a Theory about dreams from Vasily Kasatkin:

 

Synchronicity
A theory about dreams

Now a few days ago, this man came to my house. He said to me: “I want to buy your book, I have been searching my whole life for a translation”. I told him that I did not translate all of the book because it took up so much of my time. But it seems to me like the universe is telling me that translating the whole book is a very good idea.

Secret #2 about synchronicity:
Pay attention to dreams.

Carl Jung was convinced that dreams are containers for synchronicity, nce you know how to decode their message. He wrote several good books about it. This is one of the best: learn from the master himself.

Synchronicity
Synchronicity: An A causal Connecting Principle Carl Jung

 

Secret # 3 about synchronicity:
Let nature speak.

We are energy. We live in a field of energy. We exchange information with our environment without even being aware of it and vice versa.
Stones are very good containers of energy. In my dream group we use a stone.
We hand it over from person to person and the stone helps us to listen to our inner nature. We use a specific stone. Pink Lepidolite. It helps you reconnect with mother earth and stimulates synchronicity in your life.

 

synchronicity
Lepidolite


 

Anne Baring Dream of the Cosmos: 4 Intriguing Questions

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

If the Cosmos is a living unity, what would it be dreaming about?

Anne Baring, author of Dream of the Cosmos, starts the Mindfunda interview by telling us the dream that started it all. She had a very profound dream about Shekinah (I wrote about Shekinah in this earlier post). This dream made Anne aware that everything in the universe is connected.

ANNE BARING DREAM OF THE COSMOS: QUESTION #2

What is femininity?

anne baring dream of the cosmos
Photo: Evan Kirby

 

In my interview as well as in Dream of the Cosmos Anne redefines femininity. It is not about seductiveness and fertility. It is about the connection with the soul. An inner connection to honour your awareness of soul.

ANNE BARING DREAM OF THE COSMOS: QUESTION #3

How do I connect with the soul?

Anne touches upon Buddha and Jesus as people being in touch with the Soul. They wanted to convince people of the inter-connectedness we all share. The Kabbalah is a tradition that plays an important role in the Dream of the Cosmos. Its ancient wisdom reveals so much about our universe and its hidden laws.

 

ANNE BARING DREAM OF THE COSMOS: QUESTION #4

How do we feel this connectedness, when we are in pain?

In a mythological perspective Dream of the Cosmos talks about the pain the myth of the fall has caused. How it encouraged misogyny, the hatred for women. It was a false perception that has been haunting the world since the Neolithic time.

Anne talks about how quantum science confirms the insights she reveals in Dream of the Cosmos. About how she feels about the tragedy of Germanwings. About sin being a trauma inflicted in childhood. About how we need the dark side of our personality because dark matter is the biggest creative force in the universe.

ANNE BARING DREAM OF THE COSMOS: Questions For You

Watch my 4-chapter video interview with author Anne Baring about ‘Dream of the Cosmos’  to find out how this book will change your life for the better.

Ann Baring

Anne Baring, author and Jungian analyst, wrote her magnum opus: ‘Dream of the Cosmos’ in 2013. Click on the picture to buy it:

Dream of the Cosmos - Anne Baring
‘Dream of the Cosmos – a quest for the soul ‘ by Anne Baring

 

 

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10 Dream books you should read

I have been working with dreams for several years now, and I read a lot of dream books. But sometimes there is that one book that really has a special edge. A way you have not looked at dreams before. Here is my list of 10 dream books you should read i.e. I can recommend all of you to buy and read. Please let me know if you agree with my choices. If one of your personal favorite dream books is absent, let me know by using the comment section below the blog.

  • Dream books tip #1: ‘Creative Dreaming’ by Patricia Garfield:
    Years ago, in the eighties, I read this book, in one night. It was the first book ever that discussed dreams as creative material. I fell asleep and had my first lucid dream (a dream you have while being aware that you are dreaming). This is not only about lucid dreams however. It is about getting the most out of a dream to make your life better. Patricia was criticized for not being scientific and for not having visited the Senoi people she wrote about. But that does not change the fact that this book gives you a method you can use that will change your dream-life. Patricia was on the panel I organized on the conference of the International Organisation of the Study of Dreams (IASD) in 2014 click here
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Dream books tip #1: Creative dreaming – Patricia Garfield

 

  • Dream books tip #2: ‘Extraordinary dreams and how to work with them’ written by Stanley Krippner, Fariba Bogzaran and Andre Percia de Carvalho. This book gives you such a good insight in all the different types of dreams: creative dreams, Lucid dreams, Out of body dreams, healing dreams, mutual dreams… It is carefully organized and there are a lot of references to very good research about dreams. There is even a paragraph about “Working with dreams within dreams”.  I have only come across this phenomena in books about dreams in Frederik van Eede’s Dromenboek  (A Dutch lucid dreamer and writer who was in the same circle as Carl Gustav Jung).
    This book will give you so much information about dreams, your head may spin. read it one chapter at a time so you will digest all the information in it. After all these years it is still a source of reference for me.
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Dream books tip #2: Extraordinary dreams and how to work with them

  • Dream books tip #3: ‘a Branch of the Lightning Tree’ Stanley Krippner came over in 2013 to do a workshop Personal Mythology in Utrecht. Identifying mythological themes in your life and your dreams can give you so much more understanding. About yourself, about the situation you are in and about the steps you can take. Reading  a Branch of the lightning tree written by Martin Shaw has taught me a lot about distilling mythological information out of stories. Dreams are stories told by the night. So even though this book is not about dreams, it will help you understand them better.

 

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Dream books tip #3: A branch from the lightning tree

 

  • Dream books tip #4: ‘Active Dreaming’ – Robert Moss is an excellent writer. He knows how to tell a story. When he came to Utrecht to give a workshop Active dreaming, people were glued to his lips. His books are filled with useful well researched information. Robert has written a lot of books and they are all good. I have chosen Active dreaming because I like the exercises in them. There are coincidence games in it, the mapping of your energy path, a low maintenance plan for your health… It is just a very good book. A dream is something to act upon and Robert gives you the keys to unlock the secrets in them.
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Dream books tip #4: Robert Moss Active Dreaming


  • Dream books tip #5: Another book that changed my way of looking at dreams is the ‘Woman’s book of dreams’. The knowledge Connie Kaplan shared about the moon and dreaming is something I have never read before in any other book.  She connects dreaming with astrology. It made me grab my dream notes and look at what sign the moon was in while I had these dreams. In that way I made discoveries about myself, my dreams and their content that I would not have been able to make without reading this book. She also discusses a way of working with dream groups that I have used several times. One time, before doing a workshop with pregnant women and their dreams I took this book out of my closet in a dream. It made me change my workshop in the “Connie Kaplan” way and it was a good decision. In the workshop some very profound discoveries were made and people were able to engage with each other on a deeper level because of the method I used.
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Dream books tip #5: The woman’s book of dreams Connie Kaplan

 

  • Dream books tip #6: ‘Lucid Dreaming’ – Robert Waggoner is a very experienced lucid dreamer. But what is so intriguing about this book is that he helps you to shift perspective. He asks you who the writer of your dream story is (you can read more about this perspective here). A lot of people who are involved in dreaming are against lucid dreaming. A dream should take its natural course. Don’t mess with it because that would be messing with the natural psychological process that dreams are made off. But Robert simply asked “Does the sailor control the sea?” and shows us that no lucid dreamer ever fully controls the content of the dream. And he has some other thought-provoking suggestions and experiences to share.

 

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Dream books tip #6: Lucid Dreaming Robert Waggoner

 

I have not read his newest book ‘Lucid dreaming plain and simple’ yet.
He wrote it together with Caroline McCready. But it is on my list. I plan to do an interview with him and put it on this blog, so stay tuned!

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Dream books runner-up: Lucid dreaming plain and simple Robert Waggoner and Caroline McCready

 

  • Dream books tip #7: Robert Gongloffs’ book ‘Dream Exploration’ changed my way of working with dreams because he taught me to take a step back. In this book you will find a matrix that enables you to look at the theme of a dream. Not focus so much on the meaning of a single symbol but look at the greater picture.
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Dream books tip #7: Dream Exploration Robert Gongloff

 

  • Dream books tip #8: I used to think alchemy was mighty interesting but beyond my understanding. So many old manuscripts, very hard to read and even more difficult to understand. Then a friend of mine gave me a copy of Monika Wikmans’ ‘Pregnant Darkness‘. She leads you through the alchemical process using dreams and symbols. Reading this book gave me so much more understanding of the path of transformation we all have to travel in live. It is well written and the examples she shares with us make us reconsider our own dream material.
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Dream books tip #8: Pregnant Darkness Monika Wikman

 

  • Dream books tip #9: Communing with the Gods’ is a well documented anthropological exploration into dreams. Charles Laughlin takes the reader on a journey to explore his neuroanthropology of dreaming. An attempt for a cross-fertilization between neurology, psychology, sociology and anthropology. Ambitious yes, but very interesting. I wrote about this book before you can read it here. The way Charles Laughlin builds the evidence for his Neuroanthropology of dreaming will give you a new way of looking at dreams.
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Dream books tip #9: Communing with the gods Charlie Laughlin
  • Dream books tip #10: Last but not least, my translation of Vasily Kasatkins’ classic ‘A theory about Dreams’. You can hear my presentation about it in this link. The reason why this book will change your vision on dreams is that it makes the relationship between the body and the dream content crystal clear. Even a hard-core scientist as psychiatrist Vasily Kasatkin was convinced that dreams are the early indicators of physical illness. A dream can safe your life.
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Dream books tip #10: ‘a Theory about Dreams’ – Vasatli Kasatkin translated by Susanne van Doorn

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Shekinah, or how snakes sometimes are successful spirit guides

I interviewed Anne Baring yesterday (I will try to publish the interview tomorrow). She is the writer of Dream of the cosmos and she talked about the Shekinah. The Shekinah is an ancient Goddess, refered to in Judaism as the “dwelling particle of God”. The holy spirit in the Catholic church. The vision of Shekinah came to her in a dream. A life changing dream that took several decades to show its meaning. Anne told me that “This was not only a dream for me, but a dream for everybody in the cosmos”. A Big Dream.

Maybe, just like me, you can grasp Shekinah intuitively. I always thought of God as the goodness of all living things on earth, combined into one energy. It makes sense to me to call this energy Shekenah. In early Judaism she was known as the Wisdom Goddess, later also known as Sophia.

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The cosmic Shekinah

Because I am a curious person, I bought myself one of the best books about Shekinah: the cosmic Shekinah. A dove is on the book cover: there is a special relationship between Shekina and the dove. Here is the writer David Rankine explaining this himself. The Dove used to be a bird of wisdom. Remember how Noah sent out a dove to check if the waters had lowered enough?

In this exciting book Sorita D’Este and David Rankine show how Shekinah is related to Isis the Egyptian mother Goddess, to Inanna the Sumerian Goddess that had to decent to hell to find life and to Astarte, the goddess of fertility in Canaan.

The snake we all know from the bible as the bad guy who seduced Eve to eat from the forbidden fruit, is the companion of Shekinah. But as a symbol of healing. The snake is the symbol of life after death and resurrection. Sometimes in churches, Mother Mary (the most modern expression of the ancient Mother Goddess) stands on a snake. The snake as a symbol of power.

I can recommend this book to you if you want to know more about the divine feminine. And Anne Baring re-defined femininity. It is not about women, not about power. It is about fertility. It is about growth. About nurturing. About the inner light. In both males and females.

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What your cd collection tells about your personality traits

Psychologist Sam Gosling wrote an interesting book about what your material stuff (your cd and book collection even your paintings and even your Facebook profile) tells about who you are. Snoop: what your stuff says about you:

Snoop: what your stuff says about your personality traits

 

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What your cd collection tells about your personality

Sam Gosling assumes that your stuff gives a clear indication about who you are. He analyses using the five traits that all people share. The Big Five personality traits are: Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism.
Art tells about how open and curious you are (I love paintings and there are three my bedroom wall). Books tell about your ambition (Oh my gosh, we had to buy three bookshelves to organize all my books!). People who hang quotes on the wall are bound to be a bit more neurotic than average (that would make a very good quote on a lovely t-shirt).

If you have different kind of music cd’s in your collection you are probably an open-minded character.  People who like punk are less friendly. People who have a high score on the friendliness scale of the Big Five test usually sit in the middle of the room were they work. Your Facebook profile page gives a reasonably good indication of your personality.

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A different way to look at clothes

What do clothes tell you? What message do you sent into the world with your clothes? We all know how complicated these messages are in the waking world. But how about the clothes you wear in your dreams? What do they add to your dream story?

Being an average looking woman, I hardly ever notice my clothes in a dream. Usually, I am in a dream and I can hardly remember what I wear. But in waking life I dress with care. Making sure I feel comfortable. I know I like black because I feel I can hide away in a black dress but it still has a magical quality. Black -in my eyes- is powerful. But wearing a black dress in a dream can give the dream a very alchemical quality. Black is the first color of the alchemical process of changing lead into gold.

Look at this book I have found about the psychological qualities of clothes. it is very interesting:

 

clothes
You are what you wear

“Most every woman has found herself with a closet full of too many clothes or surrounded by brand-new items that somehow never get worn. Instead she gets stuck wearing the same few familiar pieces from a wardrobe that just doesn’t feel “right.” Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner argues that all those things are actually manifestations of deeper life issues”.

Ok, let’s follow Dr. Jennifer’s suggestion and look at clothes in dreams as manifestations of deeper life issues. I can only share two dreams were the clothes stood out for me. In one I am wearing my wedding gown. In waking life, me and my husband married on two occasions several years apart. On the second occasion I was wearing a traditional white dress, and that was the one I was wearing in the dream.

Clothes are a symbol not only for what you want to express to the world about yourself. They are also a symbol of what you want to express to yourself. They have an effect on your self-image. If you wear a fashion item from a hip clothing brand like G star you feel more self-assured.
But clothes also show the group you want to belong to: conservative, hippy, reliable or adventurous. It is a symbol that is like a two-edged sword.

The wedding dress in my dreams is a clothing item for a special occasion. A once in a life time event. It was the symbol of letting go of my childhood and being allowed in the tribe of wives. White is not a color, it is the merging of all colors, all energy vibes into one tone.

In the second dream about clothes I ask the dream maker For more information see this) “I was standing outside a tower, a dark medieval tower. Inside was a man, looking a bit like how I imagine Merlin looks. Older man, grey hair, sharp nose, an archetypical wise old man. And I admit, I was disappointed. My dream-maker was a man. At the second I thought that (as it happens often in dreams) Merlin changed in a woman. An elderly lady dressed in a green robe with a lovely red necklace on”.

A green robe! I do not like -in waking life that is- green. I have never ever bought something green and actually worn it. But the lady was lovely. She belonged in that dress. She is a symbol of the earth. the Merlin-like guy is a symbol of the sky. A symbol of magic.

Off course I know this is a first beginning to interpret meaning of clothes in dreams. if you have anything to add, please do not hesitate to comment below. If you like this post, make sure you subscribe using the button on the left. Do like and share the post.

What no one tells you about religion

Most of us believe that civilization began when hunter gatherers invented agriculture. They settled down, founded cities and became civilized. But new archeological evidence points in the direction of religion.

Religion made people settle down

The earliest temple found untill this day was excavated in Turkey: Gobleki Tepe. Archeologist Klaus Schmidt has been romancing the stones found in southeastern Turkey. The almost 11,000 year old stones made up a temple that served to honor the death. because the stones are carefully arranged and much too heavy for a single person to move, a team of people must have worked on them.

religion
Göbekli Tepe

 

Also recent findings reveal that Mayan civilization was centred among religion.
Ceibal, the oldest city of the Mayan society. Recent excavations have found evidence for the ritual use of Ceibal’s main buildings. Religion as the centre of civilization, food and agriculture as a by-product.
In our rational world today we seem to have lost a connection with religion, only to find that religion is innate. In the centre of our earliest civilization!

Are you afraid of death? she asked me…

I am standing outside. A car comes along the street, a long black car, with an official “limousine” – like appearance.
She steps out of the car. I reach for her hands to help her. She is so cold that I feel frozen too. I look into her slender face, and she looks so old and tired…

“Were you supposed to leave the hospital?” I ask. She does not answer.
She sighs, steps back just a tiny bit as if she expects rejection. “Are you afraid of death?” A question so direct and so profound.. I was shaken to the core…

Should I answer that I am afraid of death? Should I answer that sometimes I just long for things to end? Would that give her the relief she so desperately seeks? I do not know what to do but to give her the warmth I feel inside my living and relatively healthy body.  I put my arms around her to give her the warmth of life and I say “Everything must come to an end.”

Everything must come to an end. Life can be as simple as that. This dream about my mother made me think back about the last time I visited my mother in hospital. I knew that she was going to die, but I was afraid to share that information. I am sure I did the right thing by not telling her.

Dreaming about the death
A dreamers guide through the land of the deceased

I did some research about dreaming of the lost loved ones and I wrote a book about it: “A dreamers guide into the land of the deceased”. I gathered more than 100 dreams worldwide and took them seriously. I literally read the dreams as  tales about life on the other side. A glimpse in the realm of Hades.

Like my own dream about death, many of the dreams I analyzed involved a social gathering. A meeting, a shared meal, a discussion between several people. I found in every dream a clue that enabled people to act in the world. Cause dreams are useless until you act upon them.

So now, you clever reader of Mindfunda are going to ask me: “What did you do with this dream of yours Susanne van Doorn?”. Well, it was more of a spiritual act I engaged upon after dreaming this dream. I acknowledged that my mother and I are so much alike. That might seem a small thing but in waking life I never felt really close to her. I had a feeling that it was mutual. The feeling of the coldness of her hands took me back to the day of her passing. How shocked I was sitting by her bed caressing her cold hands as she passed away.  Silently and calm she drifted into another awareness. I needed this dream to give me healing. Everything must come to an end. My memory of the coldness of my mother as well. It is time for me to embrace her memory with all the warmth of my relatively healthy living body. I hope my book can help you interpret dreams about your loved ones more easily.

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The Apple tv: unlocking knowledge in a heartbeat

I am a fan of Apple. And I laughed just like you, about the ridiculous price tag on the Apple watch. BUT this watch will be able to monitor your health somewhere in the future Apple’s Tim Cook has promised.

My life changed for the better when we  got ourselves an apple tv. It is affordable, and I love it. Being an information addict, my life has changed dramatically in the past two decades.

 

The apple tv bundle

1. The Apple tv saves time

Having had over 20 years of education I taught myself to look at indexes, find out where the information was I needed to know, read it, analyse it and use it for my own benefit. No I have to admit that, getting older a book hardly ever catches my full attention. I know what I want to know, look for it and hardly ever take the time to read a book from A to Z.
Now I just easily search for a documentary, or a good YouTube instruction and play it on the Apple tv. There are Universities, BBC documentaries, all kinds of cool and instructive knowledge that you easily absorb.
Being the moderator of a Facebook group about Mythology I get a lot of information about ancient history and mythology from all over the world that is available on YouTube, Vimeo

2. The Apple tv gives you freedom

You do not need to stay at home at a certain point in time. You can watch what you like, whenever you like and you can make the choices your intellect craves for. Are you into the creation of the universe? There are SO many good films, documentaries and YouTube films about it that you can call yourself an expert in the subject in a short amount of time, if you choice wisely.

3. You will not be bothered by commercials

That is one of the things I like best. No more silly useless commercials. I always resented that.

4. You dive into knowledge

All you ever wanted to know and more about psychology using for example itunes university which is filled with classes you can follow for free;
science with Michael from Vsauce who goes into depth about any subject and always know how to surprise you,
mythology: on Netflix (you have to be a member of Netflix) you can watch the mystery files with documentaries about Joan of Arc, King Arthur, Alexander the Great. So you see that every aspect of Mindfunda: psychology, science and mythology are represented in the pool of knowledge to dive into. You will come out refreshed!

My husband and I have been loving this Apple television since we purchased it a year ago. It has been worth evey cent. If you want to buy one yourself plaese consider using the link in this blog, it will give Mindfunda a little kickback fee so we can continue our work: to make your life more easy by giving you the knowledge you need. A Mindfunda a day keeps the doctor away!

 

 

 

 

 

What does my dream mean?

Imagine this: you have a dream. An actual dream not a phantasy about how life could be. Now you want to know What does my dream mean?. This article will give you a head start.

What does my dream mean?

Question-Mark
What does my dream mean?

 

First of all there are, in general, four ways of looking at a dream: dreams as “messages from the gods”, dreams as signs from the body, dreams as random neurological chit-chat from the brain and (my personal favorite) dreams as an invitation to get creative. I explore this subject into depth in this post.
If you look at the history of dream sharing and dream interpretation the first category was the most popular.

In “An Encyclopedia of Shamanism” Volume 1, Christina Prati shares with us: Traditionally, shamans and “grandmothers” were the respected specialists in dream interpretation and enactment. The most frequently consulted dream interpreters were the “grandmothers”, older women past menopause  who were respected faith keepers and clairvoyants. Traditionally, they might use scrying with water or fire to help divine and clarify the meaning of the dream”.

In the 20th century, Jung and Freud wanted to use  the “New divinity” that emerged scientific. They wanted to study the “divine messages” given in the dream and interpret them through scientific methods they emperically developed. Like the ancient grandmothers, they interpreted the dream for you. All you had to do was to relax on a sofa and listen to your doctor, who told answered for you the question: “what does my dream mean?”

Now it is very common to tell a dreamer that he/she is the only one that can interpret his own dream. I remember how disappointed I felt when a friend told me this. I had no clue how to start. Let me take you back in time again to explain how this “you are the only one that can explain your dream” originated from those therapist that told you what your dream meant. There was a lot of emancipation going on. The therapists of the old days were the authorities, but in the 70’s of last century much more people could attend college. And a lot of them became therapists. Now what is meant by: “you are the only one that can interpret your dreams?”

First: write down your dream. it will give you the opportunity to distance yourself from the story. A distance that you need to clearly analyse the story.
Second: write down all the symbols of your dream story. Everything that stands out, everything that does not stand out, everything that has emotion in it.
Step three: look at the list and write down the first thing that jumps in your mind.
Step four: re-write the dream with those associations and see what this story has to tell you.

This is just one way of looking at dreams. If you are ready for some advanced methods you can read this article. Of course I know there are a lot of other ways to look at dreams. I am not against looking in dream dictionaries. If a dream dictionary gives you another idea about a dream, then that is perfectly alright. Anything you do with a dream that enhances your creative thoughts, anything that gives you a different perspective on who you are and on what you can be is a gift. The gift of the dream.

 


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My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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

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Solar eclipse 2015: chance to turn the plot around?

My guys (11 and 9) have a “Newsflash” they read at school and this week it is about the solar eclipse 2015. I am not sure you will be able to see it in your part of the world. In my town it will be visible Friday morning.

Solar eclipse: the chance for a plot twist?

I remembered the solar eclipse of 1999, being at the depressive fin de siècle of that period of time. I was standing at the railway station (very symbolic, in retrospect) going to a job interview.

I did not get the job nor did I want to get hired there. I did however meet some very good people who helped me very much get settled into the capital of the Netherlands, where I worked for a couple of years. But the solar eclipse did not turn out to be the plot turn that it often is in movies and books.

Solar eclipse March 2015
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court

I hope my guys will see the solar eclipse Friday, I hope their teacher will take them outside or let them experience the magic of the darkness. I remember that when I was a child, I used to take a bath every Saturday afternoon. When I got out of bath all smelly and refreshed I used to walk downstairs where the television was on. One day I watched “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court”. In that movie Hank Morgan has traveled back in time to Arthur’s’ court and uses the solar eclipse to escape his execution. I can remember Bing Crosby (playing Hank Martin) was staring at the sun and making all kind of magical gestures to let the people think he controlled the sun.

In books and films the solar eclipse makes sure that a solar eclipse ignites a sudden turn of the plot and even explained it. It is like the solar eclipse unleashes spiritual energies. Or is it all play and make-believe, like in “A Connecticut Yankee”? I want to capture the opportunity to become aware of two realities like a shaman does. It feels like a magical time so let’s take the opportunity. Meditate on roads you can take and lives you want to lead. Be in the dark for a while, and listen to the inner voices. The voices of your spirit, the voices of your ancestors.
If you want to watch the spectacle: here is the link to do it.

Hidden meaning behind words: things you did not know about yourself

Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The name of the wind

 

hidden meaning behind words
The secret life of pronouns

 

There is a hidden meaning behind words. The words you use, in a talk, in a tweet, in a dream report in a presentation, they have an overt but also a hidden meaning that can tell a lot. The words your use can tell others if you are lying, if you are cheating on somebody and if you feel committed to the person you are talking to.

James Pennebaker wrote a fascinating book about the hidden meaning behind words. Let me give you an example. I used to be a bit ashamed cause I use the word I very often. And I was thought that doing so is very impolite. But James Pennebaker, researcher, analyzed diaries and concluded that the use of the word I indicates that you feel committed to the thing you are talking about. A person who is lying does not use the word I very often.

The hidden meaning behind the words you use

 

People who tell a lie will not use very personal words. If you ask somebody if they stole something they will often say” “why do you ask that?”.

The analysis of James Pennebaker of your words (check this link to do an exercise) can determine if you are male or female, if you are young or old, if you are introvert or extrovert.
I did the test as well and here are my results:

LIWC dimensionYour dataMale averageFemale average
Need for Achievement8.475.85.6
Need for Affiliation1.691.11.3
Need for power0.851.71.8
Self-references (I, me, my)0.000.50.8
Social words8.4711.412.0
Positive emotions2.541.82.1
Negative emotions0.001.51.6
Big words (> 6 letters)11.8618.717.7

I wrote a relatively short story, but I score above the female average on need for achievement and need for affiliation. So I have an inner need to excel, and a need for understanding and cooperation (what this blog is all about: how we can understand each other better by increasing our knowledge). I could go for using more social words. It is sticking that I did not use the word I, even though I always notice my preference for this word in my self-written articles and books.

I hope you have fun with the link and do read the book. It is a lot of fun and it will change the way you look at language.

 


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My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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Tarot Garden by Niki de Saint Phalle – Tuscany, Italy

Niki de Saint Phalle, a French artist has created ‘Giardino dei Tarocchi’, a tarot garden in Tuscany. It took her up to fifteen years to design and build it. And while she was working and living in this garden she really added some significant interpretations to the symbols. The pictures  illustrating this blog (courtesy Juvani photo) were taken when we visited the tarot garden in Garavicchio.

tarot - strenght: nikki de st phalle - dragon - juvaniphoto
tarot: strength

Let’s have a look at the first example of the stunning art work in the tarot garden.
One of the many handcrafted sculptures tiled with tiny mosaics of glas, porcelain and shattered mirror.

It is card 8, Strength.

The young girl finally dares to look her dragon in the eyes. He is mesmerized by her acknowledgment. He lets her lead he way. We all know this feeling. Tired of running away, let’s face our dragons. It is the only way to gently lead them.Each piece of art is carefully placed in the hilly tarot garden, surrounded by olive trees and other nature.

Tarot garden’s interpretation of  Card 15: The Devil

Another example is Niki’s Devil, who has two people that long for each other but are not able to come close. One is red, the other purple. Two opposites of the spectrum, longing but unable to unite.

the devil - tarot garden nikki de st phalle - juvani photo
tarot: the devil

They are not chained, there is no need for that. The devil has their feet. One red feet, the other purple. It is the longing for something we think we can never have that urges us to develop those qualities in ourselves.

If you look at tarot cards as a way of guiding your life’s journey you gain another perspective on hem. They are often used to predict the future and perhaps if you are on a certain journey the outcome can be accurately predicted by using the cards. But I am more in favor of using the cards as guideline for your life-journey.

Visiting the tarot garden is a great excursion when you are in Italy, and when you  have some basic knowledge of the tarot itself.

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This book tells you about the cards of the Major Arcana and their symbols. It contains exercises to experience the archetypical energy the cards represents and recognize them in your own life. Dreams are a good vehicle for those archetypical energies and using this book will give you a new understanding of your dreams. At the end of the course you will have a book containing the Major Arcana, an in depth understanding of the symbols and a new way of looking at your dreams.

Does tarot predict your future?

We live in an uncertain world. Using tarot is one of several ways to decrease that uncertainty. One of the most common things is to look at the past to predict the future. People are often hired for work using that method. But there are more ways, fun ways to decrease uncertainty. One of them is to use the tarot to predict the future. Do you think tarot can predict the future? What are your experiences?

Rider Waite tarot deck on Amozon.com
Rider Waite tarot deck on Amozon.com

When I was a lot younger I used to draw tarot cards. I made it into a ritual. I sat down, relaxed my body and focussed on the problem that bothered me the most. Then I spread out my deck of cards in a circle (I used the Rider Waite Tarot but use your own set of preference, there are many). Picking 1 – 3 cards out of the circle: one for the past, one present and one future. Many times things actually happened like the tarot predicted… But I never use the tarot that way any more. I do not believe the tarot can predict the future…

Carl Jung was one of the first persons to describe archetypes. It is a rather vague concept. Scrolling the net to find a definition I find this one: (in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches. (here is the source).
Vague yes but we all intuitively grasp the concept of archetypes. We all think, or like to believe that people are united by a common heritage. A knowledge inherited from our ancestors. New research in genetics has found evidence for genetical transmission of environmental data between generations. So genetical inheritance for basic concepts in a culture seems logical.

To predict the future you need to know a lot. And even then you can go wrong. Things can evolve in unexpected ways. People can react differently then you expected, and a sudden break or a sudden tragedy can occur in your own life as well as in the lives of people around you creating a whole new mixture of variables to react upon.

Tarot is a valuable asset in your life

So why did I write this article? I believe that tarot is a valuable asset in your life. If you can comprehend archetypes and know which one people use the most (we all have our favorite archetypical ways of acting and reacting) you can take action with more certainty.

To help you I am in the creating process of a Tarot work-book consisting of 22 digital chapters, one PDF for each card of the Major Arcana. Each chapter I discuss a card of the major arcana as a step in a process of initiation. An initiation is a process of being taught secrets only a selected group of people know. The first initiation in the tarot is the process from Magician (card 1) to Hermit (card 9). The second initiation is the process of The Wheel of fortune (card 10) to the Moon (card 18). The last three cards of the major arcana show the accomplishments of the journey. You are on your way to comprehend bigger mysteries of life.

The first chapter of the upcoming tarot work-book is now available as a free download if you signup here!

Alchemy: transformation of matter and spirit

Alchemy is the practice of transforming matter into other substances. In a very precise, orderly way.  Alchemy studies matter and its relationship to magic.

Alchemy is not only the transformation of matter, it also symbolizes the
transformation of spirit.

Alchemists did experiments to find relationships between matter, philosophy, astrology and spirituality. The aim of alchemy is transforming lead into gold. The way to do that was by the philosopher’s stone. Alchemy was practiced by respected researcher like Sir Isaac Newton’s. When John Keynes, yes the famous bought Newtons’ alchemical works he stated that Newton was “not the first in the age of reason, but the last of the magicians.”

Linda Mastrangelo, dreamer, teacher and alchemist has a wonderful Etsy shop where she sells jewelry that helps you strengthen the work of your soul. Can you imagine how powerful it is when you, on the verge of an alchemical process are reinforced by a beautiful jewel? A jewel that softly reminds you about the step to be taken in your alchemical process?

Linda M and the dragonfly

To do this Great Work, transforming lead into gold, alchemy uses a process of four stages. Each stage has a color to signify its chemical change:

  1. Nigredo: the blackness: all ingredients had to be cooked into a black matter, a decomposition. the dark night of the soul.When you have been kissed awake to go into your transformative process, this it the talisman for you. When I first met Linda, she was sitting on a terrace in beautiful sunny Virginia. Dragonflies kept flying up to her and landing on her hands. It was time to change. Linda put this urge of the universe into her Etsy shop, and now you can profit from this experience. This beautiful talisman will keep you aware of your determination to make a change for the better:
  2. Albedo: the whitening: after the chaos in the first stage, the alchemist washes away the shadow, the darkness and purifies it. Things you do not need any longer in your personality are moved away. Carl Jung considered it the animus anima stage: in this period you become aware of your other side.Between the Nigredo and the Albedo, there is the stage of the peacock. If you have had an inner experience of other world, the peacock is a multi colored symbol of the emotions you experience Linda’s peacock’s tail in heartshape form is a reminder of the work to come, It prepares you for the journey ahead. The peacock is a symbol of the many colors proceding the alchemical process. The Peacock has many eyes upon its feathers looking inward to spread your wings.

    peacockheart alchemy
    Alchemy Peacockheart
  3. Citrinitas: yellowing: the light found in the last step must now be put into conscious awareness: the silver of the moon must transform into the golden light of the sun. Carl Jung equated this stage with the archetype of the Wise Old Man or Wise Old woman.Linda has the perfect ring for this stage: The talisman of the Initiate, you delve into the deep Mysteries without flinching:

    ringyellow alchemy
    Alchemy: Flowering eye ring
  4. Rubedo: reddening: alchemical succes. The end of the Great Work, the Self.
rubedohair ornament alchemy
True spiritual emergence and awakening. Alchemy hairpin Linda’s Etsy shop

Meet the King and Queen of Nature! The Uraeus, like the Caduceus, is Snake of duality; right and left brain and kundalini energy: Two serpentine energy flows called the “ida” and the “pingala”. True spiritual emergence and awakening. The Third Eye. This is the healing medicine of Kings and Queens.

I hope to have inspired you with today’s Mindfunda. If you like it, feel free to share.

Music-heart connection
 of Beethoven

We all know how soothing music can be when our heart is broken. Or how we jump around on up-beat tempo music when we are in love. Recently cardiologists found out that listening to music can strengthen the heart and improve the recovery of patients suffering from heart disease. There is a connection between the heart and music.

The music of Ludwig van Beethoven was probably also affected by his heart.. Researchers at the University of Washington found out that when a person has an arrhythmia, it happens in patterns. These heart rhythm problems of Beethoven affected his work. The picture shows the rythm of a person with arrhythmia:

ventricular fibrilation
ventricular fibrilation

These same patterns coincide with sudden and unexpected changes in rhythm and key found in Beethovens’ later work: for instance his ninth symphony. His heartbeat must have been a focus point for him because he was almost deaf.

beethoven's-ninth
The pattern of notes in Beethovens’ ninth symphony

Zachary Goldberger publiced an article in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine called The heartfelt music of Beethoven. And because there is a connection we can all feel between music an the heart: the way your heart beats in synch with a drum, this relationship might just open very interesting perspectives.

 


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.

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Smile

 

And then he gives me a smile that just seems so genuinely sweet with just the right touch of shyness that unexpected warmth rushes through me.” 
Suzanne Collins, the Hunger Games

Smile

Today I will share an inspiring Ted talk by Ron Gutman. Ron Gutman is a personal inspiration for me because of his work on health and well being. At Stanford University he created a program called BeWell for students. Health depends on so much more then the body alone. We are connected with our environment in so much more ways then we realize. Click the link and enjoy. Ron’s talk is about how healthy smiling is for you. How you can predict the length of the life of a person on a photo judging by his smile. Smile as much as you can and feel the endorphines make you stronger and feel better…

After finishing my work on the connectio between dreams and health I was more aware then ever that my personality and my interpretation of things that happened to me affected my health. Listening to my dreams, like Vasily Kasatkin suggests in his book “A theory of dreams” helped me very much.
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The secret trick to understanding dreams you dream

There is a secret trick to understand more about the dream you dream. It is this secret: dreams tell stories. But who is the storyteller? What is the perspective of your dreamstory? This is a subject that gets ignored by most dream methods: Jungian, Freudian, Gestalt. There is only one book I know of that mentions this: Lucid dreaming, Gateway to the inner Self by Robert Waggoner. Let’s explore. I’ll start by telling you one of my favorite dreams:

“I am walking in the garden, the grass is green and next to me walks an older man with grey hair and glasses on. He wears a suit. I recognize him as Carl Jung. We walk together and he keeps on talking to me, telling me things about the psyche, that by waking up I forgot about.”

My feeling when I woke up was one of sheer happiness. I was a great admirer of Carl Jung and his insights in the human psyche. To come up with a concept like “the collective unconscious” has always impressed me. To dream of such a man treating me like his equal, discussing things that mattered to him with me made me very happy.

My Dutch teacher Sister Michelle was a nun of the order of the sisters of love, so she was mean. But she was also thorough in teaching the language and we both loved books. I was enlightened to be taught about books because I read so many.  The books’ perspective I had to find. Sometimes it was the I, like in dreams, sometimes it is a first person’s perspective. But most of the time it is not. Most of the time there is an Omniscient Viewpoint. No one tells the story, it seems to be told from a god like point of view. I came to call this viewpoint in my dreams “the dream-maker”.

If you look at my ream what do you see? Who tells the dream? I start with an “I” perspective: “I am walking in the garden”. It is clear, it is a dream about me, seen from my perspective. Then there is an introduction of another character: Carl Jung. He does a lot of talking. So there is a change in perspective, from me to Jung. He tells me a lot about psychology, about the human psyche but when awake, i have forgotten all. (Given Carl Jung his intellect I guess this happened to him quite often, he was so intelligent most people lost track in conversations. It is known that he asked people to pre-read his books before publication, to check if they where not too complicated).
But- who’s perspective has the dream taken on now? Not Carl Jung’s. There seems to be a third person: the storyteller. An Omniscient Viewpoint. How does this help you understanding dreams you dream? It helps you to step back from the dream as being a part of you. the notion that all deam characters are only a part of you. If this dream of mine came from a Omniscient Viewpoint then it must have been a divine message? Indeed I did go to University and studied psychology, a study that fitted like a glove. For me, looking at the perspective of a dream story has always been the secret trick to understanding dreams you dream. I think my Sister Michelle in hindsight.What do you discover when you look at your dreams to see whose perspective the story tells?

After reading Robert Waggoner’s chapter: Connecting with the Hidden Observer of Dreaming in his book Lucid Dreaming Gateway to the inner self (highly recommended, if you have not read it yet I encourage you to do so) I did the following experiment.

"Lucid dreaming - Gateway to the Inner Self" by Robert Waggoner
Lucid dreaming Gateway to the Inner Self Robert Waggoner

I wanted to know who my dream maker was. I decided to try to get a lucid dream to get more clarity on this intriguing subject. That night I dreamed that I was standing outside a tower, a dark medieval tower. Inside was a man, looking a bit like how I imagine Merlin looks. Older man, grey hair, sharp nose, an archetypical wise old man. And I admit, I was disappointed. My dream-maker was a man. At the second I thought that (as it happens often in dreams) Merlin changed in a woman. An elderly lady dressed in a green robe with a lovely red necklace on.

How about you? Have you ever given thought about the perspective of your dream story?

What does my dream mean? Four ways of looking at a dream.

“I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.”
– Albert Einstein

Is in our modern era the question “What does my dream mean?” still a valid one? Let’s explore.

The latest scientific research of our dreaming minds states that dreams are just images our brains construct out of the continuous firing of neurons during the night.

But having worked with dreams I want to invite you to put that notion aside for a while and dive into your dreams. See, after you played with your dreams for a while, if you still think that they are just random electric impulses.

James Hillman, psychologist, gives in his book: The dream and the underworld” a list of approaches to dreams that is still valid today.

James Hillman: The dream and the Underworld

There are three dominant views of the dream:

    1. Romantic: the dream contains a hidden but important message from another world. In today’s world, this view still pertains in films and television series, where a character receives important warnings through dreams and visions. For example, in the series Merlin (BBC) the Lady Morgana has several precognitive dreams and in Once upon a Time,  an American fairy tale drama series about a contemporary vision on Snow-white, Prince Charming has this dream about his daughter. (Yes, in this series he and Snow White have a daughter)
    2. Dreams are a worthless jumble of nonsense (however interpretable by a good psychiatrist). Because psychotherapy becomes out of fashion, analyzing dream on the canapé, like Freud once did, is not regularly used anymore.
    3. A dream reflects the physiological process going on while the body is asleep. This approach has been researched thoroughly, most of all by Vasily Kasatkin who collected data from all of his patients. Kasatkin was a psychiatrist working in several hospitals in and around Moscow. He analysed the data and wrote a book about it: A theory about dreams.
Vasily Kasatkin: A theory about dreams

4. Dreams are an invitation to get creative. This one you can not find in James Hillman his terrific book. It is my own. If you do remember a dream, write it down, draw it up, google it, associate symbols, re-write dream-stuff. There are so many cool ways of working with dreams: music, dancing, acting, painting, writing haiku’s… It really does not matter so much if they are nonsense, as long as you have fun with your dreams. They can give you a new sense of self. Dreams have led me into new ventures:

  • I studied the tarot because of a dream I had.
  •  I once dreamed about a one-eyed wanderer, and years later I discovered there is a one eyed God called Odin in Norse Mythology. This opened up a new way for me to explore Norse Mythology, and helped me to dive in ancient stories telling me more about the archetypical challenges life has to offer.
  • I made a couple of real nice clay works inspired by my dreams.
  • I had several real remarkable precognitive dreams about important things months and sometimes years before they manifested in my life: for example about meeting my husband.

So my advice to you is: dreams can be a guide into your own creative depths if you allow them to mean things.

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Our dreaming mind by Robert van de Castle

What I like about “Our Dreaming Mind” by Robert Van de Castle

It was many years ago that I first took a copy of “Our Dreaming Mind” home from the library. I can see in my later bought copy at home it is from 1994.
It would be years before I did actually meet Dr. Robert van de Castle and his lovely wife.

The reason for my interest in dreams was because I studied psychology. In my daytime dreams I could see myself treating patients with the “dangerous method” of talking to them.
My view on dreams was a romantic one: dreams where the playground of the Gods, the unraveled mysteries of our shadow kingdom, the voice of the dark side of our personality.

Robert van de Castle was a psychologist, a parapsychologist who helped in a number of very important experiments about telepathy and dreaming. After his death, Stanly Krippner wrote a little note stating that Robert showed up on their doorstep eager to be a test-person, because he knew how important their study would be.

In “Our Dreaming Mind” you will find a carefully listed summation of important scientific research, but also a heartwarming and enchanting personal tale of Robert van de Castle about his life, and his dreams. It is like an invitation to you: to get real about dreams and to scientifically straighten out your thoughts about all the revenues he reveals for you.

Chapter 1 and 2 are called the treasure chest and discuss dreams as portals between inner and outer worlds and the dreams that have changed the world. Ingmar Bergman, William Butler Yeats, Mary Shelly and lots of other famous persons’ dreamstories are told.

Part two of “Our Dreaming Mind” consists of a historical review of the early thinking about dreams. We are taken back to Artemidoris who wrote the first dream-translation list, taken into the Romantic era. The ideas about dreams being messages from God are still relevant today for some people.

Part three of “Our Dreaming Mind” catapults us into the twentieth century: Freud, Jung and others. In parts 4 Robert is at his best: he introduces research into dreams.

Part five of “Our Dreaming Mind” is a blessing for the eyes where Robert can dive into the content analysis, the method that made him famous in certain circles and that has brought forth so many good research about dreams.

Part six is the icing on the cake. Robert always did the dream telepathy contest at the IASD: the International Association of the Study of Dreams, and this chapter is about the dreams with that extra tiny bit of magic.

Our Dreaming Mind
Our Dreaming Mind

“Our Dreaming Mind” is definitely a book to read if you are interested in dreams, it has become a classic. You cannot buy a new print, but you may find “Our Dreaming Mind” as used copy over here:


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.

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Looking for Valentine day gifts ideas? Here’s a Mindfunda guide!

 Looking for original Valentine Day gifts ideas for your loved one?

First you might want to know what the origin of Valentine’s Day (as it is often written) is. Well, at first it was all about poetry.

The oldest Valentine’s poem known today, was written in the 15th century by Charles, Duke of Orleans, who was being held prison in the Tower of London.

the-first-valentines-day-letter

Je suis déjà d’amour tanné,
Ma très douce Valentinée,
Car pour moi fûtes trop tard née,
Et moi pour vous fus trop tôt né.
Dieu lui pardonne qui estrené
M’a de vous, pour toute l’année
Je suis déjà, etc.
Ma très douce, etc.
Bien m’étais suspeçonné,
Qu’aurais telle destinée,
Ainsi que passât ceste journée,
Combien qu’Amours l’eût ordonné.
Je suis déjà, etc.

—Charles d’Orléans, Rondeau VI.

The Duke spent most of his life in prison and nowadays is famous for his poetry. Valentines day originates in the middle ages when the tradition of courtly love flourished. It is said that Saint Valentine married couples, against the will of Emperor Claudius II, who thought that married men became weak. A number of myths go around attributing healing to Saint Valentine: in prison he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Before he was executed he sent her a letter signed: “your Valentine’.

Here you are, still staring at the screen and desperately looking for original Valentine’s day gift ideas. This is where some practical Mindfunda comes in!

If you, by any chance are a man or a lady saying: this is all too commercial then please buy your lover a gift or a bouquet of flowers on another day. Don’t let this be an excuse to ignore the woman or man who enlightens your heart every day and who accepts you as you are. Celebrate the love you experience in your heart and your life. If you do not have a lover, buy yourself something beautiful. I got a list of beautiful affordable presents below aimed to please you.

In Europe, in the last decade valentine’s day has become increasingly popular. And indeed, to give your loved one a gift once a year (it does not have to be Valentine’s day if you lover thinks it is too commercial just ask him to give you a gift on another day).

But what present? It should not bee too expensive, but not too cheap either.
For you guys, finding good Valentine’s day gift ideas could look more complicated than they are. Let us give you some Mindfunda thoughts:

  1. Give her a diary for her dreams, thoughts and poetry. This is a very beautiful one with a good luck stone on it. Seventy five pages for her to write on and your Valentine poem is on the first page of course.  If you need help writing poetry: here is a useful link to a page that helps you to come up with words.
  2. Give her a pendant necklace made from Lapis Lazuli. Lapis means stone, Lazuli means blue. L’azulaus is the arabic word means heavens and sky. This ancient stone enhances dreamwork and the old Egyptians thought could help the death find their way in the afterlife. It eliminates negative energy and helps open the third eye. A present with a mythological meaning!If you are in America, this would be a more affordable one, given the amount you have to pay nowadays for shipping (and we only have untill Friday to get those presents in) you might consider this one. This beautiful nekclace has Lapis is perfect for valentine’s day because it has the strongest influence when it is close to the heart. According to ancient believes it takes away fear, and procures wisdom and sincerity.
  3. She might be a book lover. Then give her a book, an ode to her beauty from without and within. She is your Goddess isn’t she? Give her Joseph Campbell’s Goddesses, Mysteries of the feminine divine. This excellent book tells about how the energy of the feminine divine originate in ancient times and is still relevant today.
    Joseph Campbell: Goddesses
    Joseph Campbell: Goddesses – Amazon.com

  4. Send her a personaly kissed Card! In the Netherlands there is a very sweet promotion from the dutch post office:

if your card has a red lip print on it and posted before five o’clock on Friday, your Valentine’s card will be delivered for free. Now that is an act of love!
So go on and buy her a red lipstick (so you can try to kiss it off). It has got to be a good one, that is as beautiful as it is lasting. This is one of my favorites. It does not last 24 hours, but it stays on your lips quite a long time.

 

We hope to have given you some inspiration and ideas for Valentine’s day gifts. But wait! What becomes of the broken hearted? Well you surf here and get yourself a really tasteful sexy outfit. Go out on the town and remember: sitting at home watching television is something you are going to do when you settle again!

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