by Genesis Godoy
Brian Michael Tracy began practicing yoga and soon thereafter, he began meditating. What started off as a way to cure an ailing back, ended up as a way to open up the mind, body and soul to the world of language. He immersed himself in these practices and after a year, he experienced a Samadhi. Known to many yoga practitioners as the Sanskrit word for awakening. As a result of his awakening, he was inspired to create music and write poetry as a way to express his inner self and maintain a healthy, healed soul.
In his full mindfulness, Tracy realized the power of language while writing poetry. Dr. James Pennebaker from The University of Texas at Austin stated that research shows writing about emotional experiences could have tangible health benefits. As a result, for the past 20 years, he has been giving people assignments to write their deepest feelings. Dr. Pennebaker and other organizations like Art and Creativity for Healing and Tracy himself have been increasingly encouraging art expression such as poetry to those trying to better their emotional health.
Seeing a correlation between psychology and poetry, Tracy partnered with Dr. Robert Romanyshyn, leading Jungian psychologist and author of seven books and over forty articles in psychology and various fields, to combine the power of language through poetry and psychology.
The purpose is to guide others in search of inner healing and understanding. Romynyshyn stated, “a poetic sensibility inclines us to the language of the soul and awakens us to the multileveled layers of psychological life as they display themselves to the world.” Moreover, through Tracy’s experiences with yoga and reaching his awakening, he found psychology to be the most closely related discipline.
“The Depth Psychology writings of Carl Jung, James Hillman, and Robert Romanyshyn and others for me speak most closely in western terms to my experiences with Yoga, Poetry, Mindfulness, etc.,” said Tracy. “Depth Psychology, I believe, has the ability to speak as much or more to our fundamental human and spiritual capacities as any other western discipline I am aware of.”
Together, Tracy and Romynyshyn will be hosting The Healing Power of Language: Conversations Between a Psychologist and a Poet webinar to discuss language and healing from the psychological and poetic perspectives combined. One of the main discussions in the seminar is the “talking cure” concept that Tracy discovered through the connection of psychology and poetry.
“Both use language (psychology of course being the “talking cure”); both, at their best, seek to listen to and translate in an informed manner the speech of soul; and both seek to help the reader/listener/participant with new interpretations, expressions, and associations,” said Tracy. “These new expressions and associations can be quite powerful and possess the ability to heal by helping us make sense of our experiences, good and bad.”
The webinar series would be beneficial and enlightening to those seeking a greater understanding of the language of the soul. Through Tracy’s and Romanyshyn’s discussion, the understanding of psychology and poetry intertwined will be further explored and put in practice to provide healing for those in search of it. Learning where one is in the world is one of the benefits of the webinar as explained by Tracy, “After all, Poetry, Psychology, Dream, Myth, Creativity, Language…these are all topics, all wonderful endeavors, that touch us deeply, and to become more aware of them is to become more aware of the topography of your soul.”
For more information about The Healing Power of Language and to learn how to sign up please visit: http://brianmichaeltracy.com/events/
Brian Michael Tracy’s work has appeared in The Wallace Stevens Journal, Plainsongs, California Quarterly, Depth Insights, and on spoken word radio programs throughout the United States and Canada including stations KPFK in Los Angeles and CIUT in Toronto. He is the author of three books of poetry Driving With Dante (Conflux Press 2007) The Distance Between Shores (Conflux Press 2009) and Opaque Traveler: A Dream Sequence in Verse (Tebot Bach 2012). He has also released two critically acclaimed CD’s of music and poetry, Midnight Tea (2007) and Blackbird Ballads(2009).
Robert Romayshyn is an Emeritus Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of seven books including his most recent, Leaning Toward the Poet: Eavesdropping on the Poetry of Everyday Life. As well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. He has given keynote addresses at conferences around the world.