The use of Hermes’ Web can be optimized as your
imagination is opened. Essentially, the richer your own
imagination, the deeper your interaction with the Web
and your clients and students. Bringing cultural
examples from movies and fairytales into the
therapeutic discussion and using Hermes' Web to
illustrate them helps people to further identify with
Hermes' Web imagery and concepts. Movies and
fairytales also allow clients and students to apply what
they already know or are familiar with directly to their
Hermes' Web founder Jerry Fjerkenstad, MA, LP
recommends the following films for this purpose.
Scroll down to read descriptions of how each film
can be illustrated and explained using Hermes' Web.
The Butterfly Effect
A young boy is sexually abused and as an adult, suffers from blackouts. As the mystery of his abuse
unfolds, he eventually ceases to exist entirely – the butterfly effect – in that history changes from each
In this story of sexual abuse, one layer after another is peeled away through the extreme pain of
suppressed memories coming back to life in a healing way. The story is also an example of Alice Miller’s
work come to life – a false self gradually disappears as the true self is released through the facing of a
The core is often contaminated with layers of junk pushed down and ignored. What is up above (the ego)
pretends to be unaffected. Core-level change and core-level integrity are like the butterfly effect – each step
changes who you are, how you act, and even your whole view of your past. It also opens the eye of the soul
so one sees clearly. And the false self eventually evaporates.
A young man is serving in the Navy, but keeps getting in trouble, fighting, and disobeying orders, until he’s
on the verge of getting kicked out. He is sentenced to see a psychiatrist who begins working with him. He
eventually gets to the underlying trauma behind it all – a story not uncommon for those in correctional
institutions. He also seeks out his family of origin and confronts his abuser.
This movie demonstrates the causes and effects of the Holocaust Self, trauma bonds, and the process of
developing EQ. It is a great movie to show in segments during therapy and discuss with groups and
clientele. It’s a TRUE STORY!
The movie shows what lies below the barrier and how it can disrupt even a good person, until the mess
down below is sorted out and addressed. It demonstrates the power of the unworked core and why core-
level change is so very important.
Two men are look-alikes. One is an international terrorist, and the other is a marine officer. After a
mistaken arrest by Israeli police brings him to CIA attention, he is recruited to impersonate the terrorist to
set a trap for him. He must learn how to be like the terrorist without becoming him.
This movie demonstrates how to integrate ego and core, which are usually separated by the barrier. The
officer is ego-bound – disciplined and good. The terrorist lives out of his core, but has no conscience. To
trap the terrorist, the officer must descend into his core while retaining his values. In other words, he must
develop EQ. This is what Hermes' Web is all about – ways to help people connect to their core, to develop
EQ, and to build a pathway to the dark force that sometimes hijacks the core. Clients and students must
extend the values that rule on the ego-level into the core-level in order to create depth and integrity.
Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula
The beginning of this film shows the moment when a man turns from good to evil and why. What is the
straw that breaks the camel’s back and allows a person to harm others? Where and when is the point of
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Jack Nicholson struggles with his core and must make choices about how to handle his own affliction.
Will it turn to good or evil once he’s in touch with it? Clients all have a major wound of some kind on their
souls. Will the wound eat them alive or will they learn to live with it and make clear choices about how it
will manifest and how to prevent it from harming others?
This film is a non-Disney version of Little Red Riding Hood. The "big bad wolf" here (Freeway Bob) is a
perfect example of the avenger/perpetrator role at its worst in an offender's psyche. As the tables turn on
Freeway Bob, he tries anything to escape justice. But, the young woman in the story manages to protect
herself and bring him to justice, but it's like swimming upstream in a rainstorm. The film shows how the
ego can disguise itself while carrying a toxic and dangerous core.
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Hermes’ Web founder Jerry
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