Top books 2015

Top books 2015
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Since February this year, Mindfunda has been talking about dreams, mythology, spirituality and dreams. Looking back at the past months, this is the list of the best books I have reviewed. The Top books 2015 about dreaming, mythology and spirituality.

Top books 2015: Lucid dreaming, plain and simple

Lucid dreaming is a technique that became popular in the seventies because of Carlos Casteneda’s books. He described a technique that was easy: you look at your hands and you wonder if you are awake or asleep. Your hands are always with you. In his younger years Robert Waggoner trained himself to become a lucid dreamer.

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The book is filled  with tips and techniques that are clever and easily usable. Here you can read more about Lucid dreaming plain and simple and here you can see my interview with Robert Waggoner about it.

Top books 2015: Sidewalk Oracles

Robert Moss is an expert writer, a gifted story-teller, and his connection to the Goddess has made him one of my favorite authors when it comes to the subject of dreams and spirituality.

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When people ask me if I know any good books about dreams I always say: “any book that is written by Robert Moss about the subject is excellent. Mind you, Robert used to be a writer and a journalist before concentrating on the subject of dreams. Sidewalk oracles is filled with ways of bringing magic back into your life. A fun encyclopedia to have around in times when feel the need to breaking the circle to get out of a rut.

Top books 2015: Dreaming

Jennifer Windt has been the one who completed a philosophical map of the field of dreaming. I must confess this is not an easy read, but it will give you so much more insight into the field of dreaming. Its history, its philosophy, its challenges, its limits. Just the book for the cold winter days. A book that will illuminate your mind and hopefully will give you some crazy bold ideas yourself.

 

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Consciousness, what is it? Were in the brain can it be found? When you have a dreamless sleep, where are you? Professor Evan Thompson, who has written the next book on the list, says: “This book sets a new standard for the science and philosophy of dreaming in the twenty-first century.”

Top books 2015: Waking, Dreaming, Being

Using the oldest known map of consciousness, Evan Thompson, uses the newest neurological insights as a form of cartography. You can see Evan Thompson talking about Waking, Dreaming, Being in my Mindfunda interview with him.

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Waking, Dreaming, Being touches the fundamental questions about consciousness, combining the newest scientific knowledge of the West with the ancient Wisdom of the East.

Top books 2015: Wake Up to Your Dreams

Justina Lasley created a method called DreamSynergy. An easy to use method that enables you to comprehend the message in a dream you remember. And to take action. Justina told me in a Mindfunda interview how her dreams turned her life around. She found the love of her life, and followed a new career path.

 

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Wake Up to Your Dreams is an easy to use book, with lots of examples and dreams. Justina says: “Because dreams can be complicated, I wanted to create an easy method in a book filled with exercises”.

Top books 2015: Romance of the Grail

Mythology and Mindfunda. Being as interested in dreams as I am, you can not avoid mythology. I have dreamed about Odin before I knew who he was.
And when you say mythology, you say Joseph Campbell.

 

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The study of the Arthurian myth was a doorway for Joseph Campbell into comparative mythology. Using the mythological tales as symbols for spiritual development in the human psyche. In this book you can find Campbell’s dissertation: “The Dolorous Stroke”.

Top books 2015: The book of SHE

In November I started my first blog series. Throughout the month I publish 4 blogs around a central theme. This month the theme is the Descent. Going into the dark to find your inner light. In November the theme was the Goddess.
The book of SHE fitted right in. We know Joseph Campbell as the man who brought us the knowledge about the hero’s journey. Soon enough there was a lady called Maureen Murduck that acknowledged that women have got another journey.

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Sara Avant Stover has taken this knowledge into the twenty-first century. Things start to change if you embrace your inner Goddess. The connection that Sara feels with Mary Magdalen is a heartfelt one. The heroine’s journey is a challenge all women must face. To have a guidebook is necessary.

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Can I quote you on this? A list of the 7 best quotes

 

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Today’s Mindfunda is about quotes. Don’t you love it when you are reading a good book and a chapter starts with the perfect quote? In this Mindfunda I will give the top list of my favorite quotes.

Quote #1

‘There is no such thing as spiritual integrity without emotional integrity. Like it or not, we need to own up to our honest feelings and figure out what to do with them’.

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Jean Raffa

Jean Benedict Raffa in Healing the Sacred Divide (click to read more about Jean and her work). To see her interview with Mindfunda click here.

Quote #2

‘No sailor controls the sea. Only a foolish sailor would say such a thing. Similarly, no lucid dreamer controls the dream. Like a sailor on the sea, we lucid dreamers direct our perceptual awareness within the larger state of dreaming’.

Robert Waggoner in Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple. (click to read more about Robert and his work). To see his interview with Mindfunda click here.

Quote #3

‘When you look into a mirror, you know on some level that you are seeing the reverse reflection of yourself. However, the apparent accuracy of the reflection convinces you that you are seeing the real thing. When we look at our dreams without our sisters, we look into a reverse mirror. As dreamers we must know when we are seeing in reverse.

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Connie Kaplan

Connie Kaplan in The Woman’s Book of Dreaming (click to read more about Connie and her work). To see her interview with Mindfunda click here.

Quote #4

‘Myth is not an empirical science which has yielded considerable information about the natural world; indeed, it appears to be its polar opposite. However, the same shamans who told their communities imaginative stories about the origins of the world also used trial and error, as well as logical deduction, to determine which herbs had healing qualities, which substances would alter consciousness, which path hunters should pursue to find game, which changes the weather might take, and which direction would be the most propitious when it was time for a tribe to relocate’

Stanley Krippner in ‘Introduction: Some Perspectives on Myth’. The Humanistic Psychologist 22 (2), 122-123 Click here to read about Stanley Krippner. To see my Mindfunda interview with him click here.

Quote #5

‘Alchemy was the secret tradition which taught that the priceless treasure spoken of in so many myths and legends of the ancient world lies within our own human nature – unrecognised, despised, neglected. It transposed the images of mythology and in particular the myth of the sacred marriage and the divine birth to the human soul. The alchemist descended into the depths of his soul to experience a death and rebirth, to be transmuted from lead into gold, to redeem the treasure buried in the primal matter of his instinctual life and to be reunited with the divine ground of the Soul personified by the feminine image of Divine Wisdom’.

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Anne Baring

Anne Baring in ‘Dream of the Cosmos.’ Click here to read more about Anne and her work. To see my Mindfunda interview with her click here.

Quote #6

‘The Gods themselves require additional knowledge, gained, it seems , from the underworld, to interpret great and significant dreams which indicate the destiny of gods, kings and man’

Hilda Davidson, quoted in ‘The Well of Remembrance’ written by Ralph Metzner. Click here to read more about the Well of Remembrance. To see my Mindfunda interview with Ralph Metzner click here.

Quote #7

‘The only real death that ever occurs is when a dream we cherish dies’

P.M.H. Atwater. Click here to read more about all her work on near death experiences. To see the Mindfunda interview with her click here.

 

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Lucid dreaming book tips

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How to become aware in a dream that you are dreaming? A lot of books have been written on the subject. Some better than others. Mindfunda gives a list of the five best books about how to lucid dream.

Lucid dreaming Book tip #1

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The art of dreaming

The ultimate classic of lucid dreaming. It has taught many people the skills to achieve lucid dreaming by carefully looking at their hands before falling asleep. While doing so you must decide that every time you see your hands (you always have them with you) you ask yourself whether you are sleeping or not. A very succesful method that has helped many people who are now famous in the area of dreaming like Robert Waggoner and Stanley Krippner.

Lucid dreaming Book tip #2

 

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I will start out our list with a classic. Stephen LaBerge wrote this basic guide years ago. it is still one of the best guides around. It teaches you to remember things, it teaches you to become aware, and it teaches you to test the reality you are experiencing. A very good beginners book.

Lucid dreaming Book tip #3

Robert Waggoner wrote a basic book together with his student Caroline McCready. Mindfunda did an interview with Robert Waggoner you can read more information about it here.

Lucid dreaming plain and simple

This book gives very useful and practical how to exercises that challenge you to improve on your lucid skills. It is filled with the history of lucid dreaming and really a good source of information.

Lucid dreaming Book tip #4

If you have more experience in lucid dreaming, this guide is as useful as it is practical.  Lucid dreaming, New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep (Practical and Applied Psychology)

Written by Ryan Hurd, edited by Kelly Bulkeley. Fariba Bogzaran, Clare Johnson and many others participated in this historical overview of experiments, articles and books about lucid dreaming.

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Lucid dreaming Book tip #5

Since ancient times there is a special way of falling asleep and keeping conscious. Dream yoga. Dream yoga is an ancient Buddhist monk practice that is described in various books. Here is one of the best: it is useful, practical and easy to read.

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Dreaming yourself awake

Dream yoga are buddhist practices to learn the skill of lucid dreaming as a spiritual transformation. Several levels of awareness while dreaming can be taught. To become aware that one is dreaming, to face up to aspects of ones inner shadow, to practice changing objects in dreams.

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Mindfunda puts new light on the shadow

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shoot faster than your shadow

 

The shadow, your own inner dark personas. Carl Jung was the first to talk about it. The method of discovering your shadow types is well-known. Make up a list of thing you completely dislike about people your own gender. Et voila, there is a list of your dark side. Things you are reluctant to admit about yourself. But it does not all have to be that complicated and depressing. here are 5 relaxed ways of identifying and accepting your shadow.

Mindfunda’s 5 ways of interpreting shadow

Way of interpreting your shadow #1

We live in an age of technology. Work has been simplified by computers. the downside is that theer is a big change you might become replaced by a machine.
In their book Projecting the shadow: the cyborg hero in american film Thomas S. Frentz and Janice Hocker Rushing interpret films in a mythological way. They talk about sis movies: Jaws, the Deer Hunter, Manchurian candidate, Blade runner, Terminator and Terminator 2.

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projecting the shadow: the cyborg hero in american film

The hunter mythology is taken to a new level because the machine represents the shadow part of the hero. The old wise man/shaman who knows about the spiritual strength necessary to endure life is replaced by half man – half machines. These cyborgs hunt the hunter.
A lot of science fiction films have played with this mythology, humanizing the computers. One comes to mind easily: Robot. In this film, the machine becomes human. Does this mean that the shadow gets integrated?

Way of interpreting your shadow #2

Monika Wikman writes in Pregnant Darkness: When Saturn’s shadow takes us to the place of no imagination, no play, no humor, and no movement, the jackass brings us humor. Without humor about your own shadow aspects, we encounter difficulties that affect our connection with and participation in the mysteries of life.

 

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surviving saturn’s return

Every 28 years Saturn, the planet that represent your darker side, your challenges completes his circle around your birth chart. Surviving Saturn’s Return written by Sherene Schostak and Stefanie Weiss is a book that will help you identify 12 important lessons for your life. And it even promises you to help you find your true self.

Way of interpreting your shadow #3

Dr. Sharon Moalem writes in his book Inheritance: ..The real numbers are hard to come by but at least three-quarters of all children have been bullied at some point in their lives… Those experiences do more than psychological damage. There is a striking epigenetic change in children that were bullied. It changes your genes work and how they change your life.

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Inheritance

The book of Moalem gives you insights into your genetic heritage, encourages you to find out more about your ancestors, to change your diet according to the needs of your genes. I think that a lot of psychological work can be taken over by biology. This book helps you in an easy way to make the best of your genetic heritage.

Way of interpreting your shadow #4

Befriend the second you. A lot of us walk around with the notion we have a secret self we need to hide. We are in good  company. Hear Marion Woodman talk about it. Saying yes is her secret, nurture the two aspects.

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Dancing in the flames

In this book Marion tells you about the Black Goddess, Kali, about embracing chaos. To acknowledge your desire for creation as well as your capacity for destruction will make you a happier person. And you will enjoy the wisdom of a lady who is so knowledgable about the human psyche because she has lived it all. She will open the way for you to recover your shadow-self from your dreams and interpret them. Dreams are an invitation to get to know yourself better.

Way of interpreting your shadow #5

Lucid dreaming as a way of recognizing and incorporating your shadow. recently I interviewed Robert Waggoner about his new book Lucid dreaming plain and simple.  In his book he writes: “Jung felt that dreams occasionally bring up shadow elements that seek some kind of recognition. often, nightmarish or repulsive figures can be interpreted as shadow elements in the Jungian sense. By embracing these denied parts of the self and reintegrating them consciously, transformation occurs.

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Lucid dreaming plain and simple

If you are not an experienced lucid dreamer, this is the book for you. It has several techniques, it has a spiritual and philosophical edge to it and it is filled with nice how to exercises.

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