Ken Schmitz LICSW

The Grieving Human Soul:

What the Grail Myth can teach us about Individuation and Masculine Psychology


When we are living a life that separates us from our authentic self, our soul grieves for us. When our culture is living a life that splits, separates, and demonizes the other, our soul grieves for us.

This presentation will explore the wisdom of the Parzival myth and discuss it as a roadmap to Jung’s work on the individuation process, especially as applied to masculine psychology. We will see how powerfully this myth hold values and lessons that are relevant for our culture today. Emphasis will be on how we can learn to listen to the voice of our soul, who longs to be one with us.


The themes explored in this lecture will be beneficial for both women and men, therapist, analysts, and laypeople.

Ken Schmitz LICSW is a Jungian Based Clinical Social Worker.  His 30 year private psychotherapy practice in St. Paul, MN emphasized group work with men who are seeking to develop an inner life.  He is author of “Search for the Grail: A Man’s Guide for Developing an Inner Life.”

He and his wife Judy have recently moved to the Colorado Springs area and are members of The Colorado Springs Jung Society.



The Wisdom of Uncertainty 

“To this day, ‘God’ is the name by which I designate all things which cross my willful path violently and recklessly, all things which upset my subjective views, plans and intentions, and change the course of my life for better or for worse.” — C. G. Jung

“The great problem of our time is that we don’t understand what is happening to the world … Our values are shifting,  everything loses its certainty … Who is the awe-inspiring guest who knocks at our door portentously?”   –C.G. Jung, Letters, II, p. 590

What does it mean to be human in a chaotic world?  How are we to cope? There are times, personally and collectively, in which we fall back into chaotic states: of anger, fear, confusion, ignorance, meaninglessness. In moments of chaotic breakdown familiar and cherished positions become unraveled.  This lecture explores mythic and psychological patterns to help guide us through uncertain and anxious times.

Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D. is a psychologist, teacher, and author living in Longmont, CO.  He maintains a psychotherapy practice in Boulder and lectures nationally.  He served for six years as Executive Director of The Jung Center in Houston. Dr. Ruhl is the co-author with Robert A. Johnson of three books:  Living Your Unlived Life, Contentment: A Way to True Happiness, and, Balancing Heaven and Earth




Patti Gassaway

Revelations from The Freud/Jung Letters 

 If you’ve wondered about the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, here’s an opportunity to learn more about it.  The 1906-1913 correspondence between Jung and Freud highlights their personalities, revealing their blossoming friendship and its eventual disintegration. A panel of artists will read excerpts aloud from these letters that explore the relationship between these two historic figures in psychology as well as other themes, including their comments about Sabina Spielrein, who was a patient of Jung’s, then an intimate friend, and later a colleague. Come listen and draw your own conclusions.

Patti Gassaway has made creativity an important part of her life since she was a child. In 1997, she completed her B.A. in Creative Writing at CU Boulder and has been a member of an international artists’ support group for 30 years. Patti writes and performs her own work, the most recent being “Secrets,” a two-act, one woman play performed at e-Town Hall in Boulder in 2012.  Since an artist friend introduced her to Carl Jung by loaning herMemories, Dreams, Reflections, Patti has been intrigued by Jungian psychology. She has been involved with BFJ for ten years, and became a member in 2015.