Sunday, September 25, 2011

"The Grail Wound: Healing the Split between Father and Son, Eros and the Beloved"



Ken Kimmel, Jungian Analyst talk at CG Jung Society Seattle, Sep. 16, 2011 entitled, "The Grail Wound: Healing the Split between Father and Son, Eros and the Beloved" at his new book launch for Eros and the Shattering Gaze.

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. 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 rich themes are drawn from Ken's book, Eros and the Shattering Gaze: Transcending Narcissism, that address the struggles of these men and the women who have loved and been wounded by them. The author describes, through the lens of the story the transcendent image of compassion emerging in men severed from their feelings and relationships, that resolves the split between their erotic needs for self-satisfaction, and desire for the Beloved—that trace of the Divine in the other.
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