The Deepest Encounter

Jungian analyst and author Donald Kalsched was winding up his presentation on Grimm’s fairy tale, “The Water of Life.” He was describing how this fairy tale mirrors the recovery of a vital part of our soul that becomes separated from the psyche during childhood trauma. I listened closely, deeply enjoying his description of the youngest brother’s sleep and dream periods and his speculations into their meaning. It was the third day of a four‐day meeting of Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, and the meeting already had been an elegant pageant. There were compelling plenary sessions where Kalsched🔒

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R. Dixon Bell is a member of the Planning Committee of Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology. He regularly attends Hopewell Meeting in Clearbrook, Va., and has taught for 33 years at Powhatan School, a small independent school in Boyce, Va.

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