Psychological health reaches its zenith when it includes a spiritual consciousness that takes note of the world's condition and wants to make a contribution to its healing. The calling to pay attention to poets of our time and to write our own poetry is not simply personal. It is also collective and evolutionary. . . A poem with universal voice is a coin, a means of exchange at the level of the greatest human value. . . The move toward life and higher consciousness is ever arising in our commitment to cocreate, to join with the creative forces of evolution. Poetry is one form such passion can take. Every poem is a political and spiritual act. It becomes so by the uniqueness of the voice of the poet and his or her commitment to a better world. . . .
~ David Richo, Being True to Life: Poetic Paths to Personal Growth_________________________
David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a Jungian therapist and writer, as well as a teacher and workshop leader. His many books include The Five Things We Cannot Change and the Happiness We Find By Embracing Them (Shambhala, 2005), The Sacred Heart of the World: Restoring Mystical Devotion to Our Spiritual Life (Paulist Press, 2007), When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds That Sabotage Our Relationships (Shambhala, 2008), and Shadow Dance: Liberating the Power and Creativity of Your Dark Side (Shambhala, 1999).
Human Becoming: Practical Steps to Self-Respect and Compassionate Relationships, a free 98-page e-book that contains a collection of excerpts from Dr. Richo's books, may be downloaded here.