Mythological Musings: 2 Mindfunda’s to discover mythology in your own life

Remember when you were young? How your history teacher would tell you with radiant eyes- about the Greek mythology? Mythology seems far away. How are mythological stories relevant in your life today? Mindfunda explores mythological themes in 2 blogs :

Your mythic life
Myth Stories

Mythological themes in your mythic life

Personal myths structure our awareness and point us in the direction that becomes our path” as June Singer describes it in the foreword of the book Personal Mythology.

Personal Mythology

This book written by David Seinfeld and Stanley Krippner, might change the vision you have of your life and your role in it.
The writers invite you to look at your life as a fairy tale and to describe your role according to the hero’s journey. This blog will identify the steps you can take to start writing and re-writing your own story.

Mythological themes in stories

Films and television series: the hero’s journey has become a concept for any scriptwriter. Almost all of us know how the hero’s journey has guided George Lucas in creating Star Wars.

The Hero’s journey

If there is a film or a television series that resonates with you, there is bound to be a mythological theme hidden that will guide you on your path. If you look at the success of films like the Matrix or Sense8 you will know how alive mythological themes still are. We will also talk about some old gems and their mythological perspective like my fair lady and apocalypse now.

Gaming also uses mythological themes. In gaming you use an avatar while being present: a dream like state of awareness. In that way, gaming represents a form of awareness you also experience during dreaming: a third person’s perspective. You identify with the avatar/dream image, but you are aware that you are not your avatar. Stepping from this third person perspective of awareness into a first person’s perspective will broaden your horizon.

Mythological themes in culture

The culture you grew up in. every culture has its own sense of mythology. Most of us are familiar with the Greek and Roman mythology. we know the Greek and Roman names for several gods: Zeus for Jupiter and Hades for Pluto.
Ralph Metzner has told us how most Europeans and Americans are descendents from the warrior tribes that invaded Europe.

the well of remembrance

Having a horse and carriage gave them the chance to defeat the original tribes. The third Mindfunda blog will explore the different cultural mythologies.

Mythological themes to resolve crises

Crises: that is when you need the lessons of mythological stories the most. When you fall in love, leave your parents, lose a job, when you feel that the whole world is against you. We have all been there. Mythological stories tell about how sometimes you need some help from a magical creature. They tell you to look for the strength within. This blog will look at leaving home and becoming a (wo)man, about finding true love and about loosing your loved one.

Read on in Part 2

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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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“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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3 ways to unlock your creative potential (and a free bonus)

Sometimes you feel stuck... The same life, the same love, the same children, the same work. Here are three ways to get you out of your routine to get some creative sparkle in your life.

We all know those people who are incredibly creative. Artists, poets, painters. They produce work that is so good that we all feel that we will never be able to match it. But you don’t have to produce another Nightwatch. There are three things to bear in mind, if you want to live a more creative life. Simple things.

Being creative #1

Don’t expect to be another Rembrandt. One is enough.

Rembrandt van Rijn

You have your own style, your own expression. An artwork, a painting, a poem is never going to look as good as the one in your head that you try to re-create. So this self-disappointment is part of the deal. But you will discover unexpected things about yourself. You will resolve creative problems that you did not even knew they existed. So be open-minded.

Being Creative #2:

Become your own best friend and supporter. Talk to yourself in a kind and gentle way like you would talk to your best friend.


Supporting, always looking for the good things in your creative expression. Did you choose your colors wisely? Did you dare to combine colors, materials, themes that nobody else has ever thought of? Did you dance like nobody was looking? Please don’t stop doing that.

Being Creative #3:

Let your curiosity lead you. Not your passion. I know this might surprise you. Bur curiosity is a gentle energy that leads you to paths you never would have explored. Passion is like a hurricane sweeping away the things that you know. Passion make you want to sell your home and live in the desert. Curiosity makes you want to explore being in nature, exploring sun and sand.There is nothing wrong with passion. But it is not a very solid pillar to build your life upon.

Being Creative: bonus

Make an effort to remember your dreams. Your dreams are a portal into new worlds. Your dreams can unlock creative potential.


This picture shows some of the art works I created based on my dreams. I know a lot of people always want to interpret their dreams. It is not always necessary. The mandala on the left side of the picture I made when i read the book Personal Mythology written by David Feinstein and Stanley Krippner.

Personal Mythology

The book takes you on a journey. you get exercises (like making a mandala) so you are able to look at your life from a different perspective. That is creative…

The drawing in the middle is a picture of my soul: the veiled one. I made it when I was reading Jung’s Red Book and I was incubating dreams about it. It made me ask myself very interesting questions like: “if I have a soul, what does it look like?’

The clay work on the left side of the picture is the image of Odin. I met a one-eyed man in my dreams once. I thought he was a wanderer. I got into a supermarket to buy him some really nutritious food. We got out and he looked at me. One of his eyes was gone. it was a powerful dream.

One last bonus tip: the Psiber Dreaming conference, an online dreaming conference has an art gallery each year, just waiting for your submission(s). I submitted an artwork once, a drawing I made of a man standing next to a tree. He was teaching me about dreams. Psi means that there is a connection between two people, two spheres that connect in dream time. This is an online conference with two presentations each day. the presenters are available online to discuss their topics. The theme this year is to leap into the mystery. That is where you can find creativeness.

Leaping into the mystery

So, being creative is being gentle with yourself, being curious, and dancing like nobody is watching (or singing like nobody listens).

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3 ways to look at your Animal Totem

When you call upon the power of an animal you are asking to be drawn into complete harmony with the strength of that creature’s essence

Animal totem in ancient times

In ancient times, an initiate, seeker, or person needing guidance would come before the elders.  The elders were usually six in number and sat in the North. The elders were wise, not only because they had les a long life, but because they knew the inner secrets. They understood the Wolf trails of the mind, experienced many powerful visions and owned their powers and gifts’.
Jamie Sams & David Carson in Medicine Cards

animal totem
Medicine Cards
Jamie Sams & David Carson

People used to know each other because of the animal their family was associated with. The Raven people, the Wolf men… I used to see hypnagogic images of wolves for a long time when I fell asleep. The elderly people in the tribe as Jamie Sams and David Carson describe it in their book had the ability to tap into the wisdom and power of several animals. Here is how they describe such a council:

Picture, if you can, a roaring Council fire and six elders sitting in the North under a new crescent moon. The crescent moon is drawn to the Earth in corn pollen. Three elder men sit on the left as you approach from the South, and three elder women sit on the right. You sit in front of the second, or middle, man. His fierce birdlike eyes hold you like a vise. He holds up a beaded medicine bag or pouch. It is covered in symbols and power designs and it is fringed at the bottom…

The middle man motions you to reach inside. You do so. You pull out, perhaps, a Wolf tooth or a Bear claw. He tells you to place it on the ground between the two of you, in a specific position. You do so. Then you take out other items from the pouch and place them with the first item. Each position or direction has a meaning and each object is a lesson or a talent.

The middle woman looks at the objects you have selected and at the figurations you have placed them in. She begins speaking to you in a soothing voice. She seems to know all about you. She seems to reach inside your very soul. She is a guide and a wise counselor. She is able to tell you if and how you parted from your trail.

The need for this type of guidance exists today. We live in an age that has severed itself from nature and magic. The Medicine Cards are a method for remedying that dissociation.
Jamie Sams & David Carson in Medicine Cards

Animal totem now

When Stanley Krippner (click here to read more about him) guided me and my fellow students of his two-day workshop Personal Mythology into a guided meditation to meet our power animal I met the deer.



I once had a dream of antlers that were born from my stomach so I already felt kinship with the deer. In my meditate state I ‘felt’ the softness of the skin of the deer while I also felt its strength. The deer could protect itself with the antlers. It uses the antlers to defend but also to connect with a higher energy, serving as a catalyst between heaven and earth.
Jamie Sams and David Carson call this card: Gentleness. ‘Deer teaches us to use the power of gentleness to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are trying to keep us from the Sacred Mountain. If the Deer has gently nudged his way into your cards today you are being asked to find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds. Stop pushing so hard for people to change and love them as they are‘.

Animal totem: going back to nature

Did you know there has been a man called Adrian Boshier who went back to Africa and lived the way people did in the old tribes? He connected with the wisdom of animals, plants and stones. In his workshop Personal Mythology Stanley Krippner told us about him.

Adrian Boshier
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There is a very good book written about his live that is very worth while to read if you want to know about connecting with your animal totem.

animal totem
Lightning Bird
Lyall Watson

‘Many people identify with a particular plant or animal believing that there is a group spirit or soul, a collective identity that is equated in some way with this totem. “What do you dance?” the villagers asked when Boshier became a part of their lives. At first he did not understand, but later he learned that this is always what people in Africa say when they want to know the origins of a stranger. The replay “I dance the owl” for instance means that the visitor comes from a community that recognizes the owl as its totem and is not only related to the bird, but historically to all the clans which know the same siboko’.
Lightning Bird Lyall Watson

Adrian had a special thing with snakes, the cobra in particular. There was something going on between him and cobra’s. Something beyond words. Do you know that movie about that lady that has to kiss a cobra three times? In this film you can see the magic and the magnetism between the two. You can see the concentration and the care with which the lady chooses her moment.

“In Africa, snakes are regarded as reincarnations of the spirits of the ancestors. Snakes are imbued with supernatural powers of wisdom and the secret of eternal youth. They represent the forces of life and regeneration, exercising a profound influence over fertility and good fortune’
Lightning Bird Lyall Watson

Snake in Prague

I think, when I was kissed by a snake in my dreams I was reminded of this power element of my totem animal. Like the woman kissing the cobra I was, in my dream, completely fixated at being in line with the snake. Carefully measuring his energy, feeling with my ‘third eye’ to see if it was the right time to come close. Like Boshier I felt my spirits lift and my back straighten. It was like a coming home. What about you? How do you connect with your animal totem?

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Sense8: a mythology of connection and magic

Sense8 is the name of a new Netflix series that started June 2015. Written by the Wachowskis (yes the writers of the Matrix). It is a story about eight people living all around the world who can connect using telepathy. Mindfunda explores the mythological constructs of the series and how they weave into current society.


Sense8: the main characters

There are eight characters in Sense8, living across the world. If you watch closely you see there is a male and a female version of each character. Here is a trailer that Netflix made that introduces the characters.

Carpeus: a very warm and caring man who associates himself with his big hero Jean-Claude van Damme.
Kala: the female counterpart of Carpeus. She is very mild, very religious. She is also a pharmacist and represents the alchemical notion of the series.

Sun: the female kick ass. She gets into prison for a crime her brother has committed because she once promised her mother to take care of him.
Wolf: the male fighter. He commits crimes but stays out of prison. He falls madly in love with the peaceful Kala.

Lito: a homosexual male actor living with a man.
Nomi: a transgender woman, living with a woman.

Riley: a female DJ who travels the world. She once lost her child and husband.
Will: a police officer who is used to playing by the rules. He falls madly in love with Riley.

If you want to use Jungian psychology you might say that the first pair: Carpeus and Kala represent the water element. They are connected with their feelings. More importantly both of them have a reasonably good relationship with their own mother. Carpeus’ motive for plunging into a different way of live was his urge to care for his mother who suffers from Aids.

Sun and Wolf represent the fire element. Sun seems to repress her emotions, but she has the fire to fight for what she believes in. Suns’ relationship with her mother is a rather unbalanced one. Her mother has asked her before she died to sacrifice her own life for the happiness of the males around her. No wonder Sun developed her animus qualities whith such endeavor.
Wolfs’ fire gets him alive out of the most dangerous situations. Like Sun he is a fighter. Like Sun, Wolf is not affraid of confrontations. But he is the first person of the eight hero’s who has a fathership issue: he despises his father.

Lito and Nomi represent the air element. Lito knows how to pretent to survive, how to drive on the wings and be taken were the situation wants him to be. Nomi  has the brains to hack computers. She also has a mother issue: her mother has never accepted her wish to change gender.

Riley and Will are the last two: they represent the earth element. Riley has lost her mother (it begins to sound familiar doesn’t it? In the next paragraph I will explain how eight also refers to the spider, an ancient symbol of the Great Mother). and her father is very important to her.
Will also has a good relationship with his father, they are both cops. The earthly Will follows the rules but needs to bend them ever more. Because of his need to fix things he falls in love with the lovely Riley who seems to be in trouble all of the time.

Sense8: number 8 as a symbol

There are eight main characters in Sense8. The number eight is the atom number of oxygen. Oxygen is an essential part in the process of getting energy in your body. Energy you need to make changes. All of the main characters are in a dead-end situation in their life and need some energy. As Stanley Krippner and David Feinstein wrote in their classic book Personal mythology: “When your experiences and your myths do not correspond, there are two basic possibilities: alter your perception or change your myth”.

A spider has eight legs. The spider is an ancient symbol of the mother Goddess. The Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes believe the world was created by a spider. This mythological mother motive is represented by the character Angel. Angel gives birth to all eight of the sensates in the opening scene.

Sense8: a current mythology

In our society science is the new religion. But science seems to kill off our need for magic. Our need for connection. The need for connection in our society has grown. After industrialisation, most of us live in a large community, but have little close friends. This innate sense of connection is taken to a new heroic level in Sense8. The main characters save each others lives multiple times. You see Sun saving the live of Carpeus in a fight of live and death, you see Wolf saving Lito and vise versa.

Science is represented by the company BPO: Biologic Preservation Organization. The main villain of the series is Dr. Metzger. If he looks one of the hero’s in the eyes, he will know their minds.  His aim is to destruct free will. He wants to manipulate the eight sensates. Often, in Sense8 – like in real life- there is no telling who is on the “right” side and who is wrong. Because Dr. Metzger also has a counter part. The lover of the mother of the sensates: Jonas. He is able to connect with each of the characters in Sense8 to give them guidance. But is it for the better or is it for the worse? This issue of trust is very significant. We live in a society were science has taught us to question everything. It is a big responsibility. It increases our longing to be surrounded by a tribe of people we can trust.

Finaly the ease with which Sense8 addresses homosexuality and introduces a transgender as a main character is worth a big round of applause. Finally in June 2015 marriage between gay people was legalized in the United States. Sense8 is really a mirror of the time we live in.

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Psychology professor Stanley Krippner about dreams myths and visions

Stanley Krippner

Mindfunda had the honor of interviewing Stanley Krippner, professor in psychology on Saybrook University about his life. You can watch it on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to sign up because I will be uploading lots of interesting interviews.

Stanley Krippner is a featured speaker on the conference of the International Study for the Association of dreams (IASD) where he will be talking about his work on ptsd – post traumatic stress disorder -. *)

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

Stanley Krippner A life of dreams, myths and visions

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

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


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

Rolling thunder

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 dream books tip #1
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. dream books tip #2
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. dream books tip #3
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. dream books tip #4
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. dream books tip #5
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. dream books tip #6
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! dream books runner-up
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. dream books tip #7
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. dream books tip #8
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. dream books tip #9
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. dream books tip #10
Dream books tip #10: ‘a Theory about Dreams’ – Vasatli Kasatkin translated by Susanne van Doorn

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Things my grandmother didn’t tell me

I am at a party, but I have left the house were the music is playing. I walk outside and see a pool of water. Near the pool there is a lady. Black curly hair. With an incredibly fast move of her fingers she snaps a fish out of the water and slaps him against the ground. The eye of the fish jumps in the air. I am in shock. I capture the fish and lie it back in the water, trying to revive it. But it is too late...

The lady in my dream is my grandmother. I never knew her. She died in childbirth. In Japanese mythology she is considered to be an Ubume. A spirit that wonders around searching for her child.

Ancestry is important

My grandmother

Ubume was originally the name for a small fish. With her smashing the fish in my dream she seemed to have a message for me. When she died giving birth to her fifth child at the age of 35 she had been a faithful Catholic. She had no knowledge of Japanese mythology, yet this dream was the first one in a dream – epos she wanted to share with me.

I am walking in a town I do not know. All of a sudden there is a woman walking behind me with a baby. I turn around and look into her eyes. I am startled that her eyes have a very spiritual green-brown color. She has a baby in her arms and hands it over to me. I do not feel like taking it from her, my baby-days are over. She is persistent and pushes the baby in my arms. A very lovely chubby baby boy.
Ubume Toriyama Sekien

My grandmother gave birth, the morning she died, August 22 1928, to a baby boy. My uncle. The Japanese folklore assumes a mother that dies in childbirth is not able to find rest untill her child is put into safe care. Did she smash the fish in the first dream to make way for the second one? The dreams were she gave her chubby baby boy a safe home?

About a year ago my uncle died, very unexpected. I went to pay my respect to his wife and his children. The night after his funeral I met her again…

I am sitting at a dining table with a lot of people I know in my dream (but not in waking life). We are talking laughing and eating. Then the mood changes. Very strange, but something is happening at the energy level of the dream. And there she is again, at the head of the table. Those same mesmerizing green brown eyes.She says: "did you take care of him?" I don't know what to say but we exchange a lot of feelings in the look we share. Desperation, joy, the feeling of incompetence, anger at the brutality of the world, a feast of recognition that there is a woman so similar to me. 

Ancestry has this strange way of connecting themes, worries and sorrows.

My grandmother had to work very hard, being pregnant every year and she did not see much of the world. Ancestry also can help you to realize you are not the only one that has to solve problems in this world. In her picture, the only picture I have ever seen from her, she wears her best hat and necklace. She looks a bit scared, as if the flash light from the camera startled her.

The things my grandmother never told me… About children, about childbirth and its dangers. And maybe the stories about how she perceived the world. All those things she gave to me in that one look filled with emotions. It was magic, a form of communication I only know from my dreams.

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