A rather short heads up for current news on veterans affairs as it relates to the transition process for returning combat veterans. This radio program is clearly in the vanguard for an open dialogue about the nuances of the residuals of war. Should you have the time go to the podcast interview with Navy Cross recipient 3/5 Marines. Dark Horse, Jerimiah Woodward, author of “Shadow of the Sword”, about his experience in Fallujah and then…..! We hope this fine man will come join us at the next ElderWarrior.com retreat on Nov-12-16, 2017 in San Juan, Batista,Ca.
“Nature, of itself, can be healing. The desert held violence for me, but here I found peace.”
Welcome to Elderwarrior.com
This website and the Healing Journey it describes is a project of an organization called Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility.
Elder Warrior tradition comes from many long standing traditions: Native American, Roman, Greek, Maori, Islander etc. The tradition is basic to all of them. The returning warriors were welcomed, went through cleansing rites, were dined and had their wounds treated. Once that happened, the whole community would gather to listen respectfully to their stories. The whole community owned responsibility for the warriors, what they had been asked to do in the name of the community and for what they experienced in war. The community claimed full responsibility for the individual actions of the warrior. Thus, the warrior did not carry all the guilt, wounds and weight of war by themselves. A communal reckoning took place as well as the reintegration of the warriors.
The warriors were welcomed back into the community as Elder Warriors.They were seen as carrying wisdom and strength for the community. Consequently violence in the community dropped and the youth of the community looked to the Elder Warriors for guidance, mentoring and courage.
Drawing from all the wisdom cultures, we offer a pathway for this to occur in modern times. The pathway we have formed is Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility, which takes veterans and civilians through a guided process of encounter and civilian responsibility taking.
There is a Way Home
In order for the veteran and soldier to heal, (s)he must walk the journey home with a trusted, listening civilian. For the civilian to heal, (s)he must open to learning of the soldiers experience. For the nation to heal, both the soldier and the civilian must heal: the civilian becomes responsible and the soldier becomes the Elder Warrior.
Most people believe that PTSD stands for a clinical medical condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We believe that PTSD, as it has been defined by Ed Tick and a number of other authors, is Post Traumatic Soul Distress recognizing that it is primarily a wound to the soul, a moral injury.
We have found that the reintegration process is essential for the healing of moral/traumatic injury. We have been stunned by the reports from our warrior participants telling us, early in the process, that long standing difficulties like sleep have lifted.
Veterans and Active Duty Soldiers heal when welcomed by Civilians who take responsibility for them and for the wars they are asked to fight in our name.
Veterans heal when the community cares and supports soldiers on their return.Active Duty suffer less PTSD and feel more connected when they return. They report feeling that this make them better and safer soldiers.
The January meeting of the Victor Valley Marine Corps League will be held Wednesday January 18th, at 6.30 pm at St. Hillary’s Episcopal Church at 11305 Hesperia Road. Our meetings are fast and efficient. Social time and dinining generally convenes by 8pm at the Desert Barn Brewery across the street. Good Marine humor follows us! For information call 760-550-8083
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