Linking Psychology and Poetry Towards Inner Healing

Yoga is known for its endless benefits beyond the physical, for many it’s an outlet for inner self expression and further understanding of ones self. Brian Michael Tracy found the power of inner healing after years of intensive yoga practice and achieving his Samadhi, inspiring him to create. Tracy found that writing poetry and making music express his connection with his inner self.


“As someone who experienced a Samadhi, or Awakening, through Yoga and meditation I found expression of this Awakening through poetry, through the written word. It gave a focus, an order if you will, to what can otherwise be an overwhelming experience. In this sense the “healing” came through a kind of “wholeness” which was aided by language,” said Tracy.

Tracy has now partnered with Dr. Robert Romanyshyn, 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 discovering themselves and analyzing how words can heal and awaken our deep psychology.

In Leaning Toward Poet a book by Romanyshyn, he states, “Poetic sensibility inclines us to the language of soul and awakens us to the mystery, ambiguity and the strange and awesome elusive epiphanies of the multi-leveled layers of psychological life as they display themselves in the world.”

Psychology and poetry are able to translate into the language of the soul and provide interpretation for inner healing. According to Tracy, poetry and psychology provide a “talking cure.”

“There seems to me a deep relationship between Poetry & Depth Psychology. 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. 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,” said Tracy.

Through their webinar, The Healing Power of Language: Conversations Between a Psychologist and a Poet, healing through language and psychology are further explored and provide an outlet for further inner understanding.

“I think that anyone who seeks a greater understanding of themselves and their place in the world has something to gain by attending. 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:


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.

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