The imagery that emerges from Psyche, if handled with care, leads us through trials of healing which could not, nor should not be grasped by the rational mind before hand.  That intuition is defined by Jung as an irrational function of the ego gives some credence to this.  Simply put, the serpentine path of our unfolding can not be figured out, it must be borne out.

If, as Robert Johnson indicates in this video, all of us in the West carry the Fisher King wound, then the task of healing is fundamental to our journey, not simply in response to a trauma or illness.   But as we know from the tale, it’s the paradoxical challenge of curing an incurable wound. It’s a matter inherent in the construct of our consciousness.

Many questions spring up if we can work with this premises.  What is the meaning of our suffering?  What, instead, is trying to manifest in widespread dissatisfaction in our culture?  How do we express the paradoxical nature of not being able to know what to do or where to go when so many are conditioned to depend upon authority and certainty with such issues?

Further Reading: Robert Johnson. The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden. 1993.

Author: Richard Reeve

I'm the Senior Director of Development at Panthera, a global conservation organization committed to stemming the population decline of cats in the wild. I enjoy rural living with my wife Judith and our two children in the Catskill Mountains of New York.