Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Join our online course Mindfunda Mythology now.

This is the last of a six part blog about Mindfunda Mythology, an online course that will make your life easier:

The Creation myth: Genesis and The Big Bang
The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology
Mythology of Men 
Mythology of Women
Mythology of the Trickster
Mythology of the Grail, Pulling Out the Sword
Arthur in Mythology

Mythology seems to be lost in society. “Mythology consists of stories about half-naked Greek Gods running round doing crazy stuff and getting away with it”.
I used to think so… Untill I had a dream that showed me that stories are not always just stories…

Arthur in dreams

Sometimes, mythology just comes knocking on your door in a dream. For me, that happened several years ago. In a dream, I heard a voice over say: “You belong to the court of King Arthur”. I said back: “No that is only a story”. I was wrong about that. Mythology is about solving life’s problems. Mythology is about learning to live with life’s problems.

Round Table

In the Mindfunda Mythology Course, I created a lesson about Arthur. It is called: Mythology of the Grail, Pulling Out the Sword. This is a quote:

The Grail in the Arthur myth is about a spiritual kind of love, felt deep in the soul, where it touches upon the waters of life. Whenever you experience “a dry spell” in your life, a depression, you know you have to find the grail again. And according to the Arthur myth, you need to ask the right question on the right moment to find the grail and heal the fisher King“.

But sometimes mythology is hidden in themes that play a role in your life that is obvious for an outsider, but not for you. That is why each lesson has open-ended questions so you can re-interpret your stories, as well as your dreams. I will give you another example from the course:

“If you look at dreams you had about your mother and reinterpret them as dreams about mother earth, does their message change? How is mother earth talking  to you? Is she protecting you? Is she urging you to change your life? To change your nutrition?”

Arthur lessons

The Arthur lesson is the last one of six. Together they make a perfect line up of the trouble that one comes across while living life. The first lesson: “Creation Myth: Genesis and Big Bang” re-writes modern society as a contemporary myth. It’s exercises will give you clues into re-interpreting your dreams with new mythological meaning. The second lesson “The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology” will help you connect with and accept the animal part in your own personality. The third lesson “Mythology of Men” will help you understand men more. Whether you are born in a men’s body or in a woman’s body. The same is true for lesson number four: “Mythology of Women”. In lesson number five I invite you to a private party.  I invite you to a private party. “Trusting the Trickster: Hanging  With Loki and His Friends“. The focus of this lesson is to recognize and embrace the Trickster in yourself. We have already discussed the last lesson: “Mythology of the Grail: Pulling Out the Sword” in more depth in this post.

Each lesson consist of 26-30 pages A4 filled with text, exercises and a literature list filled with good inspiring books.

All Excited? Mindfunda Mythology is designed to make the journey of your life easier. You will get:

  • Knowledge about the Sefiroth, the Cabalistic Tree of Life;
  • You will be introduced to the two main categories of myth so you can (re)connect with the strength of your inner animal;
  • You will have access to al the 24 possible ways of behaviour of male and female archetypes;
  • You will be able to tap into the power of the Trickster whenever you feel reluctant to follow the call of your own path;
  • All these methods and techniques will enable you to enlighten your inner fire, your personal Grail;
  • You will get 44 exercises during the course, an average 6 – 10 exercises per lesson to help you master the knowledge.


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5 series to watch

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

Series to watch #1: Heroes

Heroes is 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

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

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.

Let me know if you missed any series on this list. If you like it, please share it.


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

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