Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Today I like to tell you more about our online course Mindfunda Mythology.
This is the fifth 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
Trickster Gods are tricky. They tease you, they obstruct your path, and when you look back at your life you see how much they have helped you.
A trickster breaks the rules. The Trickster Gods have knowledge beyond this world. They can be mean, but they always put the hero on the path of his life.
Let me know in the comments who has been a trickster in your life. Identifying your trickster gods will shine a light on your life’s path.
Trickster gods: the butterfly
There is one story that will help you understand the function of the Trickster. It is a short story about a man and a butterfly.
A man saw a caterpillar struggling to get out of its shell. It did not seem to work for this butterfly to be.
So he decided to help and gently cut away the cocoon. Out came the butterfly. But it was not able to fly…
The struggle of getting out of its cocoon would have enabled it to gain the strength its wings need to fly.
You need struggle in your life to find out who you are. Your trickster helps you to gain strength. Who has done that in your life? Let me know in the comments.
Trickster Gods: My story
When I look back upon my life, I can clearly distinguish my tricksters. One of them is my older sister. She was always more popular, more beautiful and much funnier than I was.
My sister could be extremely cruel to me, telling others how much of a loser I was. And to my great surprise, that did not seem to turn off other people. She was my trickster.
This trickster taught me that I had a path in life. Hers was to be beautiful and charming, mine was to be intellectual. I still like thinking and reading very much.
The lesson about the Trickster in Mindfunda’s Mythology course will tell you stories. Trickster stories. We will analyse them, and learn lessons about ourself.
And ask the daunting question: in what way(s) have we been tricksters ourselves?
Trickster gods: Trusting the Trickster
The first paragraph is about trust. We all get betrayed in our life. No matter how good treat others. Everybody gets hurt. The magic is in healing. Daring to open your heart again after you have been betrayed by a loved one.
No, this paragraph of the course is not about being naive or stupid. If someone treats you bad, either mentally or physically, you need to get away.
It is about trust that you are going to be alright. No matter what you have been through, to believe that you have the spiritual power to learn and grow.
Trickster gods: Loki the killing prankster
The second paragraph of the Mindfunda Mythology course tells a story about Loki.
Loki is the asshole who kills another god. Baldr, son of Odin and Freya. He does not get away with it. He gets severely punished. But it is apparent that a trickster transcends divinity.
James Hillman says in The Souls Code: “Loki is a Giant, a representation of the forces of nature that are beyond human control”.
In our current society we are held responsible for so many things. Often things beyond our control. It is healthy to acknowledge that some things are trickster – stuff. Using stories and questions, this course will give you techniques to recognise these patterns in the story of your own life.
TRICKSTER GODS: Carl Gustav Jung
First thing I want to do is to tell you all that I admire the spirit of Carl Jung and all that he has given this world. He had a brilliant mind. But he also was a great trickster.
I do consider him to be a shaman, a magician. And like everybody, Jung himself had a dark side.
In the Mindfunda Mythology course I consider Jung an example of the Know it All Trickster. This Trickster is a boy who has a sense of mental superiority from early childhood on.
A mental superiority that he feels compelled to prove and show off in various ways. The Know It All Trickster knows how to use his charm.
Trickster gods: animals
Exploring Carl Jung’s life in Trickster terms helps us get a grip on the Trickster as theme of the development of the Self.
The Trickster as animal also explores the theme of the Self, coming out of the unconscious darkness and becoming more shrewd, cunning, and wise along the way.
This lesson will share stories of the Chinook tribe, indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, to explore this energy in your life.
Trickster Gods: Death the final trickster?
The concluding paragraph of this lesson explores if death is the final trickster in our lives.
One of the themes of the Trickster Mythologies found around the world is to defeat death.
In our day and age, the mighty God Google, who knows everything about you and in that sense has gotten god-like qualities, has hired Kurzweil to see if they can defeat death.
Who has been the trickster in your life? Let me know in the comments!
TRICKSTER GODS: Fifth lesson of Mindfunda mythology
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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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.
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