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Grendel and His Mother

Healing the Trauma of Childhood
Through Dreams, Imagery and Hypnosis




Table of Contents

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Preface vii
Chapter I: The Imagery of Dreams, Hypnosis and Myth 1
Dreams, hypnosis and myth are avenues for accessing the unconscious mind, for understanding and promoting individual change and for global understanding as found in the myth Beowulf. .
  • Dreams
1
  • Hypnosis
6
  • Myth
9
Chapter II: The Lineage of Hrothgar: 16
The lineage of Hrothgar describes the process of dissociation from childhood trauma through repression, ignorance and denial, thus allowing for personal growth and success. .
  • Dissociation from Abuse
16
  • The Nature of Abuse
20
  • The First Generation: Exacting Tribute
24
  • The Second Generation: Seeking to Please
30
  • The Death of Scyld: The Time for Dissociation
36
  • The Third Generation: The Payoff of Success
41
  • The Fourth Generation: Becoming Established
49
Chapter III: Grendel, Our Despair 54
With increased ego-strength we gain the ability to face the denied or repressed, facing our daily torment that arrives in the form of Grendel. .
  • Grendel of the Borderlands
30
  • Grendel, The Descendant of Cain
57
  • Grendel of Envy
60
  • The Grendel of Self Blame
64
  • God and Abuse
66
  • Attacked While Asleep
69
  • Grief
70
  • Further Attacks
73
  • Withdrawal to Outlying Buildings
76
  • The Spirit is Broken
78
  • The Treasure-Throne is Safe
81
  • Prayers to Heathen Shrines
84
Chapter IV: The Coming of Beowulf 86
Our emotional preparedness to face and overcome this torment comes from within in the form of the warrior Beowulf and is facilitated by psychotherapy. .
  • Beowulf Comes from Across the Sea
87
  • Beowulf Comes Unexpectedly
90
  • The Sentry Trusts Beowulf
95
  • Beowulf's Weapons are Left at the Door
101
  • Hrothgar's Chieftain Trusts Beowulf
109
  • Beowulf Proclaims His Prowess
127
  • Hrothgar Saves Face
133
  • Unferth's Jealousy
143
  • Wealtherow Nurtures
152
Chapter V: Beowulf's Preparation for Battle 159
We need to fight our torment without defensiveness just as Beowulf fights Grendel naked and barehanded. Therapy prepares us to let go of our defenses. .
  • Hrothgar Leaves, Entrusting Heorot to Beowulf
160
  • God is Recognized: The divine Inspiration
170
  • Beowulf Lays Down His Weapons
179
  • Beowulf's Men Fall Asleep
191
  • Only Beowulf Remains Awake
202
Chapter VI: The Death of Grendel 208
Our torment dies when we face it refusing to let go, just as Beowulf gains victory by grabbing Grendel's arm and ripping it off as he tries to escape. .
  • Grendel Enters Heorot
208
  • Grendel Destroys the Door of Heorot
219
  • Grendel Devours A Geat
219
  • The Death of Grendel
220
  • Beowulf Rises
220
  • Beowulf Grips Grendel
223
  • Everyone is Seized in Panic
233
  • The Hall Stands
238
  • The Geats Brandish Their Swords
244
  • The Wound
251
Chapter VII: The Celebration 257
Just as Hrothgar's people celebrate, celebrating our victory prevents us from forgetting the strength gained from dropping our defenses and refusing to let go. .
  • Grendel's Arm is Displayed
257
  • The People Rejoice
263
  • Tracking the Blood of Grendel
266
  • A Poet Immortalizes Beowulf
272
  • Hrothgar Arrives
278
  • The Celebration Gifts
282
  • A Ballad is Sung
285
  • Wealtherow Arrives
290
  • Flushed with Wine
293
Chapter VIII: Grendel's Mother 297
This strength gained in victory prepares us to face the deeper torment that comes from our past in the form of Grendel's mother. .
  • Grendel's Mother
298
  • Grendel's Mother Enters Heorot
302
  • Grendel's Mother Seizes Aeschere and Runs
305
  • Hrothgar is Broken Hearted
308
  • Beowulf Learns of the Night
313
  • Beowulf Accepts the Challenge
318
  • Following the Blood of Aeschere
323
  • Arriving at the Lake
328
  • Beowulf's Preparation to Dive
337
Chapter IX: The Death of Grendel's Mother 344
We overcome our torment by tracking it to its source in our unconscious mind, the bottom of a monster-infested lake, and kill it with new weapons gained in therapy. .
  • Getting to the Bottom
344
  • The She-Beast's Awareness
350
  • Grabbed by the She-Beast
353
  • The She-Beast's Den
357
  • The Beginning of the End
360
  • The Warrior and Beast Grapple
366
  • Finding the Needed Weapon
372
  • Hrothgar Returns Home
377
  • Beowulf Gathers the Evidence
380
Chapter X: The Final Celebration 386
The six clients of this book are truly rewarded with the rewards of victory as Beowulf is rewarded with gifts from the king and queen. .
  • Beowulf Swims Ashore
387
  • The Return to Heorot and Queen Wealtheow
392
  • The Audience with the King
396
  • The King's Oration
400
  • Bedding Down for the Night
406
  • Beowulf's Preparation for Returning Home
408
  • The Gifts from the King
411
  • Setting Sail
414
  • In Conclusion
416
References

419



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