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Sacred Psychology of Change
Life as a Voyage of Transformation
by Marilyn C. Barrick, Ph.D.

Author's Prologue

      As each of us welcomes the new millennium, we are called to become adepts at handling fast-moving change while remaining faithful to the inner mission of our heart and soul. Advances in our civilization also mandate understanding the new sciences and the increasingly complex technology needed to convey vast amounts of information that descend with lightning speed upon us every day.
      In my thirty-five years of practice as a clinical psychologist and transformational therapist, I have seen many people, just like you and me, attempting to grapple with the issues of change and the accelerated pace of our times. In the past ten years, concern about these issues has increased exponentially as the whirlwind of change has reached the doorstep of more and more people.
      People often tell me they are on information overload at work, at home and even during vacations. They describe their daily lives as impelled by an inner sense of running to catch up. They canít seem to keep up with the information flashing through the media, the newspapers, web sites and all kinds of communication devices. Itís the same drama all over the world.
      Throughout the globe we see big changes in cultural customs: ever-rising divorce rates, growing numbers of homeless or latchkey children, frequent ups and downs in the job markets and increasing financial constraints and disruption of family life due to job-mandated moves and corporate downsizing.
      Families today find it difficult to get together for the holidays without it being a big deal, where it used to be that grandparents, parents and siblings lived within shouting distance of one another. With many grandparents no longer close to home, children are losing a transfer of lifeís wisdom that used to be commonplace.
      In contrast to the early years of the twentieth century, life at the beginning of the twenty-first century is substantially more complicated. Our ever-expanding technological advances have impacted the ways we learn, the ways we communicate, the ways we interact with one another. The pace of change has stepped up tremendously as a result of worldwide media and computerized everything.
      We are increasingly aware that we are more than simple townspeople, city folks or citizens of our country of birth. We are called to become citizens of the world. We can no longer ignore the necessity for cross-cultural exchange, worldwide information systems, international jet travel and space explorationónor may we safely close our eyes and ears to threats of terrorism, modern nuclear devices and the potential for biological warfare.
      Our modern civilizationís preoccupation with technical achievement is also having a subtle but major impact on our inner world. High-tech multimedia presentations do not encourage the heartís reflection, intuitiveness and creativity. Todayís movie, TV and video productions are such fast-paced, tumultuous and explicit extravaganzas that they leave little room for the viewerís imagination.
      It is becoming a real challenge to maintain a sense of inner tranquillity and outer composure midst the whirl of activity and constant change in cultural mores, job expectations and life on the home front. Sometimes we feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland tumbling head over heels into a curious, upside-down world.
      People tell me that when they think about all that is demanded of them every day, they feel tense, ďwired,Ē their minds running ahead of them and their bodies stressed. Sometimes they get totally maxed out and decide, ďWell, I donít know what to do about all this. Iím overwhelmed. Iím going home for the day.Ē But we canít go home for the day from life. Itís still going to be here today, tomorrow and on into the future as long as we live on this earth.
      What can we do when we feel overwhelmed and stressed out over everything going on in our lives? Thatís what this book is all aboutóand more!
      Here are some beginning questions to ponder: Where is our world going in such haste? Is civility keeping pace with civilization? If not, what is happening to our soul and spirit? What kind of destiny are we forging for our children and future generations? How can I make a difference?
      I have written Sacred Psychology of Change: Life as a Voyage of Transformation to share my thoughts and reflections as I have pondered these questions for myself and with my clients. I have had the opportunity to accompany many wonderful people on their inner transformational journey.
      I wanted to write this book to help all those whom I will never get to see and talk to, face to face. My hope is that each of us will choose to greet the cycles of change in the new millennium as magnificent opportunities for transformational growth. My prayer is that we so accelerate our love and higher vision for one another that we fulfill our personal destiny and contribute to the victory of compassion and renewal on planet Earth.
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