Traveler, your footprints
are the only road, nothing else.
Traveler, there is no road;
you make your own path as you walk.
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