Kimmel (Workshop): The Grail Wound
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 a transcendent image of compassion that emerges from his clinical work with a man severed from his feelings and relationships, resolving the split between his erotic needs for self-satisfaction, and desire for the Belovedthat trace of the Divine in the other.
Workshop: Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Room 202,
Preregistration for workshops is encouraged.
Through journaling and visualization the workshop will explore the Grail mystery as a psychological idea, which, like the Self, can only be intuited, but never fully known. It may be glimpsed in the image of an inner, sacred unity, or in the living symbol of the wound that we bear that connects us to the suffering soul of humanity and to all lives we touch.
Ken Kimmel, LMHC, is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Seattle, Washington, with over thirty years of clinical experience. He received his Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the North Pacific Institute for Analytical Psychology where he is currently a clinical and faculty member. His present interests concern the interface of Analytical Psychology with con-temporary psychoanalysis, postmodern philosophy, and mystical traditions.
This program has been approved for 4.5 CEUs by the Washington Chapter National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number is #1975-157. The cost to receive a certificate is as follows: 4.5 units for lecture and workshop $15; 1.0 units for the Friday lecture $10; 3.5 units for the Saturday workshop $10.
Good Shepard Center, Rm 202
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
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