Spirit: Sensual Guide or Senseless Spirituality?

This Mindfunda is about Spirit. It is not about how to perform a séance. It is about connecting with the inner vibe that let’s you know you are alive.

Spirit: a Synonym for Vagueness?

Whenever I mention that my expertise are dreams and dreaming, people get a bit scared. “That is way to gibberish for me” they say while they slowly back away.

At parties, usually my husband talks a lot about his work, while mine is hardly ever mentioned. “You are busy with all that complicated stuff, research and online courses”.

spiritAnd what I want to talk about is that vague (?) feeling you get when you feel life floating: spirt.

  • When, after a long walk, you reach the top of a mountain and enjoy, no admire the view;
  • When you have survived a near death experience and you start celebrating each moment in the sun;
  • When you explore things in lucid dreams that increase you r knowledge of life and your ability to solve problems;
  • When you reach that age that allows you to fall in love with yourself.

Spirit in Dreams

In Norse Mythology Baldr, son of Odin and Frigg, foresaw his own death in dreams. There was no need to use any dream dictionary. Baldr woke up frightened, told his dream to the other gods and everyone knew something bad was going to happen.

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On the other side of the equation: dreams can be seen as mere chatter of the brain. In the book about neuroscientist Ramon Y Cajal, it became clear that even if he wanted to describe dreams as random, one could clearly distinguish patterns of meaning in his dreams.

Have you ever experienced a predictive dream? I have noticed that most of the time, when this happens, a very emotional event will take place. What is your experience?

Spirit in Death

You don’t know what you got till you lose it.  When I read On Dreams and Death written by Marie-Louise von Franz (actually I studied it carefully, scanning my dream journal for signs about a possible upcoming death) I started to realize that when people face death, they feel alive.

The hero’s who safe other people’s lives and thereby risking their own, usually say they acted without thinking about it. But they all admit that they felt more alive than ever while doing their good work.

Can you imagine doing something like that? Risking your own life for a stranger?

Spirit in Life

We usually go through life in random motions. Wake up about the same time each day, go to sleep at about the same time each night.

Dedicate ourselves to our dreams, or go to sleep and never remember one of them.

We go to work and back home and one day you wake up to experience that life has passed you by.

Time to call the spirit…

Promise yourself that you will devote time everyday to yourself. Five minutes spirit time. Devote it to your dreams. To poetry, to books you want to read. Let me know how your life has improved by doing so.

 


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!

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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 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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Anima, soul, supreme meaning: Reading Carl Jung’s Red Book in 5 (easy) steps

 

This is Mindfunda's presentation for the Dream Weekend organized by the Dutch society for dreamers: Vereninging voor de Studie van Dromen (VSD) . Unfortunately influenza payed me an uninvited visit. I was not able to attend the weekend. Aad van Ouwerkerk, author and dream worker read my presentation to the visitors. I thank him for doing that.

We all have been there: in total darkness. Lost and alone, looking for a new way of life. A new way of being. Carl Jung began writing the Red Book on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Mindfunda looks at his search for the supreme meaning in five (easy) steps. Because this will be a long post I have divided it into five seperate chapters. By clicking on each part it will guide you to the step I am talking about.

This is a series of blogs about my proces of dreaming my way through the Red Book. I have divided it into five steps:

  1. Carl Jung
  2. Psychic Powers and dreams
  3. Animus/anima dreams
  4. God
  5. the Self.

This blog will talk about the first step: Carl Gustav Jung and what led up to writing the Red Book.

The anima will be everywhere. The anima is the soul. Carl Jung his first concept of the soul was the female principle. The soul he thought he had lost when he gave so much (maybe too much) of himself to science.

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The first time ever I saw the Red Book at the Jungian institute, I wanted it. I did not actually crave to read it, I just wanted to have it. to open it up from time to time, read, try to read the caligraphy written in German, enjoy the art.

Take a look for yourself if you haven’t had the chance yet (sponsored link to Amazon.com):

Red Book - Carl Jung - Readers Edition (sponsored link to support this blog)
Red Book – Readers Edition (sponsored link to support this blog)

But at a given moment I mailed to some good friends of mine. People who are experienced dreamers. I invited them to read the Red Book with me and to incubate dreams and discuss them:

Jodine Grundy,
 Licensed Professional Counselor and former president of the International Association of Dreams.
Tim Schaming in training by Robert Moss who will make him realize that he already is a dream teacher.
Maria Cernutoproducer / researcher / writer/ makeup artist (and an extra ordinary gifted dreamer, who contributes to the site Dreams Cloud.
Linda Mastrangelo, Dream Worker, Researcher, Writer, Artist, and teacher .
Christian Gerike, Graduate student at Sonoma State University, Psychology Department, graduating on animals and dreaming.
Jenna Farr Ludwigdreamer, blogger on synchronicity and author.

This blog will talk about five (easy) steps:

  1. Carl Jung
  2. Telepathy and dreams
  3. Animus/anima dreams
  4. God
  5. the Self

But the anima will be everywhere. The anima is the soul. Carl Jung his first concept of the soul was the female principle. The soul he thought he had lost when he gave so much (maybe too much) of himself to science.

Carl Gustav Jung and the soul

Carl Jung (1875 -1961) was a psychiatrist living in Switzerland, married to one of the richest ladies of the country: Emma Rauschenbach. He was a charismatic man who was well liked by the ladies. One of those ladies, Tony Wolff, inspired the process described in the Red Book. She was Jung’s anima in the flesh.
The Red Book describes the process of Jung in search of his soul. His first concept of the anima was the soul. Later on he fine-tuned this process, making the anima part of the man’s psyche.

In 1913 Jung had a vision that lasted for about an hour. He saw blood. Red blood covering Europe. In his own words:

I saw a monstrous flood covering all the northern and low-lying lands between the North Sea and the Alps When it came up to Switzerland I saw that the mountains grew higher to protect the country. I realized that a frightful catastrophe was in progress. i saw the mighty yellow waves, the floating rubble of civilization, and the drowned bodies of uncounted thousands, Then the whole sea turned to blood. This vision lasted about one hour. I was perplexed and nauseated and ashamed of my weakness…

Two weeks past by then the visions recurred more vividly then before, and the blood was more emphasized. An inner voice spoke: “Look at it well, it is wholly real and it will be so, You can not doubt it”

Jung decided to stay with, and accept these visions. They later became part of a method called Active imagination. Stepping back into a dream or a vision and reliving the dream. Asking questions. Feeling feelings.
Many of us know about this part of the Red Book. Many of us see Jung as the shaman of the West because of this vision. Like a shaman he foresaw the horror facing many people. What do you think? Was it telepathy?

> Read on in part 2, about: Telepathy and dreams

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