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Grendel and His Mother

Healing the Traumas of Childhood Through Dreams, Imagery, and Hypnosis, 1st Edition

By Nicholas E. Brink, PhD.


186 pages

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One cause of the behavioral, emotional and mental torment in a person's life is the psychological trauma that results from the actions and words of parents and others. This volume, "Grendel and His Mother: Healing the Traumas of Childhood Through Dreams, Imagery and Hypnosis" by Nicholas E. Brink examines the effect of such trauma on a child's development and how the resulting torment eventually brings this child as an adult to psychotherapy. This trauma may be as subtle as a parental sigh of disappointment or as direct as physical or sexual abuse. Six clients are then led on a journeying through the unconscious mind using dream work, hypnosis and imagery in the course of therapy to uncover and heal these traumas to free the client of torment.

Table of Contents

I The Imagery of Dreams, Hypnosis, and Myth




II The Lineage of Hrothgar: Dissociation from Trauma

The Nature of Trauma

The First Generation:Exacting Tribute

The Second Generation:Seeking to Please

The Death of Scyld:The Time for Dissociation

The Third Generation: The Payoff of Success

The Fourth Generation:Becoming Established

III Grendel, Our Despair

Grendel of the Borderlands

Grendel, The Descendant of Cain

The Grendel of Envy

The Grendel of Self-Blame

God and Abuse

Attacked While Asleep


Further Attacks

Withdrawal to Outlying Buildings

The Spirit is Broken

The Treasure-Throne is Safe

Prayers to Heathen Shrines

IV The Coming of Beowulf

Beowulf Comes from Across the Sea

Beowulf Comes Unexpectedly

The Sentry Trusts Beowulf

Beowulf’s Weapons are Left at the Door

Hrothgar’s Chieftain Trusts Beowulf

Hrothgar Knows, Trusts, and Appreciates Beowulf

Beowulf Proclaims His Prowess

Hrothgar Saves Face

Unferth’s Jealousy

Wealhtheow Nurtures

V Beowulf’s Preparation for Battle

Hrothgar Leaves, Entrusting Heorot to Beowulf

God is Recognized—The Divine Inspiration

Beowulf Lays Down His Weapons

Beowulf’s Men Fall Asleep

Only Beowulf Remains Awake

VI The Death of Grendel

Grendel Enters Heorot

Grendel Destroys the Door of Heorot

Grendel Devours a Geat

The Death of Grendel

Beowulf Rises

Beowulf Grips Grendel

Everyone is Seized in Panic

The Hall Stands

The Geats Brandish Their Swords

The Wound

VII The Celebration

Grendel’s Arm is Displayed

The People Rejoice

Tracking the Blood of Grendel

A Poet Immortalizes Beowulf

Hrothgar Arrives

The Celebration Gifts

A Ballad is Sung

Wealthrerow Arrives

Flushed with Wine

VIII Grendel’s Mother

Grendel’s Mother

Grendel’s Mother Enters Heorot

Grendel’s Mother Seizes Aeschere and Runs

Hrothgar is Broken Hearted

Beowulf Learns of the Night

Beowulf Accepts the Challenge

Following the Blood of Aeschere

Arriving at the Lake

Beowulf’s Preparation to Dive

IX The Death of Grendel’s Mother

Getting to the Bottom

The She-Beast’s Awareness

Grabbed by the She-Beast

The She-Beast’s Den

The Beginning of the End

The Warrior and Beast Grapple

Finding the Needed Weapon

Hrothgar Returns Home

Beowulf Gathers the Evidence

X The Final Celebration

Beowulf Swims Ashore

The Return to Heorot and Queen Wealtheow

The Audience with the King

The King’s Oration

Bedding Down for the Night

Beowulf’s Preparation for Returning Home

The Gifts from the King

Setting Sail

In Conclusion



About the Author

Nicholas E. Brink, Ph.D., is a psychologist and a certified teacher of ecstatic trance with the Cuyamungue Institute. Board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology

About the Series

Imagery and Human Development Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health