The Soul Savant – Your 9th Sense: Poetic Wisdom to Illuminate Your Path (3 CEUs)


Soul Savant (3 CEUS OF Self-Study) for New York State Social Workers



Soul Savant (3 CEUS OF Self-Study) for New York State Social Workers 

Traveler, your footprints

are the only road, nothing else.

Traveler, there is no road;

you make your own path as you walk.

—Antonio Machado

We embark on the journey of life and there are no maps. We get lost and sometimes we do not know how to get home. And this is where your 9th sense comes in. What is the 9th Sense? The author, Dr. Sherry Reiter, hypothesizes that the 9th sense, the poetic sense, helps to make sense of all your other senses, directs your passion and purpose in this life, and acts like an inborn GPS system to guide you home. The 9th sense is connected to the soul and meaning making; it is adept at understanding the deeper messages and symbols of the psyche through poetic language.

Soul Savant is composed of three lectures recorded during a five day poetry therapy retreat at Kirkridge Retreat Center. It addresses the journey from dark to light, illuminated by the wisdom of famous poets who have gone before us. Included in this collection are the words of William Wordsworth, David Whyte, David Wagoner, Emily Dickinson, D.H. Lawrence, James Kavanaugh, Maggie Smith, Wislawa Symborska, Robert Francis, Dorothy Parker, Anna Akhmatova, and Rainer Maria Rilke.

Lecture I, “Lost,” captures the confusion and disorientation of being lost. Lecture II, “The Dark Night of the Soul,” addresses the despair and hopelessness of depression that may occur with loss, trauma, or illness. Lecture III, “Re-Claiming the Beloved” focuses on nurturing “poiesis”—our innate creativity. The journey of life demands our triumph over anxiety and depression, and the ability to re-invent ourselves

Note: Sherry Reiter, Phd, LCSW is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s Board for Social Work As An Approved Provider for Licensed Social Workers. #SW-0528. If you reside in a state other than New York, it is your responsibility to confirm that these credits are transferrable in your own state and recognized by the state board of your own particular discipline. Audiofiles will be available for downloading upon registration. Your multiple choice post-quiz will be sent to your e-mail within 48 hours. Certificates will be sent via e-mail within 48 hours of receiving your completed post-quiz.

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