Friday, October 10, 2014

News Release: Sea Glass - A Jungian Analysts Exploration of Individuation and Suffering

Advance Press Release for October 18, 2014

With great pleasure, Fisher King Press presents:

Sea Glass: A Jungian Analyst's Exploration of Individuation and Suffering

by Gilda Frantz

"Gilda Frantz knows first hand about difficult childhoods, early widowhood, aging, death of a beloved grandchild, and closeness to the end of life. She knows about suffering and the creativity and soul growth that can go hand in hand. These are themes in her own life and in her observations of others. Sea Glass is an apt metaphor for this book—to discover why requires reading it. "
—Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of Goddesses in Everywoman, Goddesses in Older Women, and Close to the Bone.

"Frantz shows us that individuation is much more than the distillation of consciousness within the confines of a long and dream-filled analysis. Rather, growth of awareness is revealed to occur in what cannot be contained, in the self that endures when illusions break down. Sea Glass pieces together many such moments in the life of its author. Taken together, they let us see the analyst she has become through the eyes of the person she has always been."
—John Beebe, author of Integrity in Depth.

"You could be listening to the storyteller by the fire, or to your favorite aunt at the kitchen table—the one who always makes you laugh—so vital and engaging is the narrative voice in Sea Glass. In fact, you are reading the gathered writings of Gilda Frantz, a beloved Jungian elder in the classical tradition. Frantz is on intimate terms with the gods and their myths. She has personal experience of alchemy, individuation, dreams, and the creative process, all of which she describes in accessible and lively language."
—Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, author of  The Sister from Below: When the Muse Gets Her Way and The Motherline: Every Woman’s Journey to Find Her Female Roots.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Free Webinar - Toward a Phenomenology of Participation Mystique

Toward a Phenomenology of Participation Mystique and a Reformulation of Jungian Philosophical Anthropology Webinar 
presented by John R. White PhD.

Date: Wednesday January 14, 2015
Time: 5 PM Pacific Time
Price: Free  
Space: Limited
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On Wednesday, the 14th of January, 2015 at 5 PM Pacific time, Fisher King Press will be hosting an online webinar with presenter John R. White PhD, contributing author to Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond. Join us as Dr. White outlines Jung’s notion of participation mystique and considers it from a philosophical standpoint.

Throughout his professional life, Carl Jung insisted that his theories were scientifically and empirically founded, based more or less exclusively on clinical observation and experience. While this claim rings largely true, we should not think of Jung as solely an inductive scientist of the psyche. For Jung offers many statements not only about what the psyche does – i.e. clinical observations – but also about what the psyche is, claims which therefore amount to speculative philosophical claims rather than empirical, scientific claims. That Jung made such claims is consistent with his research program, which included his efforts to establish analytical psychology’s superior understanding of the psyche over the views of Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler. But it is also this element of Jung’s thought which invites philosophical reflection on his theories and opens many of his claims to philosophical scrutiny and critique.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Free Online Webinar - The Creative Soul: Art and the Quest for Wholeness

The Creative Soul: Art and the Quest for Wholeness

A Free Online Webinar

Date: Wednesday February 11, 2015
Time: 12 PM Pacific Time
Price: Free
Space: Limited
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On Wednesday, the 11th of February, 2015 at 12 PM Pacific time, Fisher King Press will be hosting an online webinar. Join us as we explore Lawrence Staples' The Creative Soul: Art and the Quest for Wholeness.

This webinar includes a powerpoint presentation of images and examples from the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, in her attempt to integrate the opposites, and to make herself whole through art and its mirroring power. Mel Mathews, publisher of Fisher King Press, will be presenting this original material for Lawrence H. Staples.

Who we most deeply are is mirrored in our artistic work. Our need for mirroring simultaneously attracts us to and repels us from our creative callings and relationships. It is one of life's great dilemmas. Artist's block and lover's block flow from the same pool. Often, we fear deeply the very thing needed to create original art, to experience intimate relationships and to live authentic lives: we are frightened by the impulse to be fully revealed to ourselves, and to others, as this most often entails exposing the unacceptable shadowy aspects of our humanity and risking rejection.

FREE ONLINE WEBINAR - Narcissistic Wounding and the Mystery of the Holy Grail

Narcissistic Wounding and the Mystery of the Holy Grail - A Free online webinar with Kenneth A. Kimmel

Date: Thursday December 11, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM Pacific Time
Price: Free
Space: Limited
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On Thursday  the 11th of December at 9:30 AM Pacific time, Fisher King Press will be hosting an online webinar with presenter Kenneth A. Kimmel, Jungian psychoanalyst and author of Eros and the Shattering Gaze: Transcending Narcissism. Join us as Ken explores narcissistic wounding and the mystery of the Holy Grail.

The thirteenth century Grail Legend of Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach tells of a young knight’s quest to reunite with the Fisher King and heal his wound. From one perspective, it stands as a powerful Western metaphor for men’s transcendence of narcissism, entrapment in the mother complex, and depression. Parzival’s trial mirrors contemporary man’s encounter with the shadow that wounds his grandiosity. Deeper truths are revealed that expose the shame he must endure to heal his heart, learn to love, and become a man both humble and resilient. These ideas are presented through lecture, powerpoint imagery, and case presentation, based upon excerpts from Ken's book, Eros and the Shattering Gaze -Transcending Narcissism (Fisher King Press, 2011). Questions and discussion will follow.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Riting Myth, Mythic Writing Retreats with Dennis Patrick Slattery

Writing Retreats with Fisher King Press author Dennis Patrick Slattery, author of: Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story

Saturday, November 1, 2014: Riting Retreat, Greater Cincinnati Friends of Jung. More Information:

December 5-7, 2014: Riting Personal Myth Retreat. The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. More Information:

Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, and a growing list of alternative titles.

San Luis Obispo Poetry Reading by Brian Landis

On Sunday, October 5th, 2014 Fisher King Press author Brian Landis will be reading from Feathered Ladder, a collection of poetry by Brian Landis and Dennis Patrick Slattery.

WHERE: The Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo, 1531 Monterey Street, across from Frank's.

WITH: Laura Moll, environmental sculptor / David Stroup, large format photographs / Craig Kincaid, acoustic music.

Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, 
and a growing list of alternative titles. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Title Alert: Faith by Michael Eigen

Faith by Michael Eigen

An exploration of psychoanalytic faith and, more generally, the role of faith in the therapeutic process. In his earlier work, Eigen distinguished faith from beliefs used to organize it, the latter at once bringing people together and creating violent oppositions - belief as a defense against faith. In this new work, Eigen dives into faith experience itself and shares what he finds.

Faith spans many dimensions. The opening chapters focus on variations of faith, beginning with nature, sleep, beauty, goodness, the opening-closing of the human face, and the paradox of the growth of faith through pain and shattering. Accounts of faith in the author’s life lead to creative readings of Winnicott followed by meditations on evil. A chapter is devoted to teaching and learning Bion, who called faith the psychoanalytic attitude (or called the psychoanalytic attitude Faith). Another chapter discusses variants of everyday mystical participation and a climactic moment in the Zohar, a principal part of the Kabbalah. The book ends with interviews involving the author’s development as a psychotherapist-psychoanalyst, his views on mental health and society today, followed by a note on faith-work.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Earth Angel and Writing the Spirit of Place in Cleveland

Presenter - Naomi Ruth Lowinsky

Lecture - Earth Angel and the Tohu Bohu
9/19/14 | 7 to 9 p.m.

Earth is our Home, our Mother, our Rock of Ages, our Tree of Life, our Beloved – the source of all of our blessings. But in our restless quest for new worlds and treasure we exploit and abuse our Earth. We forget She is alive, forget She has a soul. How do we reckon our human nature with Nature? How do we suffer our grief, guilt and fear about what we have wrought without becoming paralyzed? Naomi Ruth Lowinsky will speak – in stories and poems – of her own struggle to respond to Earth Angel and the Rising Tides.

Seminar - Writing the Spirit of Place
9/20/14 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’ve turned our Beloved Earth into a fury. Weather is Her language. She bellows at us in hurricanes, tsunamis, warming oceans, melting glaciers, tornados and fires. How do we rebuild our erotic relationship with Earth, our reverence, our awe? In this daylong workshop, we will write our way back to our primordial love of Earth, back to the places that have shaped us as dwellers and as pilgrims – our own earthly inheritance. Ideal for those who write and those who want to write. Bring a notebook and pen.