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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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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