Reiki for Veterans: Healing the Wounds of War

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Flags at Stacey Blvd Photo ©  Jay Alpert. Reprinted with permission.

Thank You for Your Service!

Dreamtime Wellnesses™ is ‘Giving Back’ to Veterans throughout the month of November.

A Chance Meeting With a Word War II Veteran  –  A couple of days ago, I rode the elevator at the medical building where I have an office. A man riding the elevator with me mentioned, “I don’t care much for elevators.”  Since I work with people in my professional practice to help them overcome fear including ‘fear of elevators,’ his mentioning this led to a conversation we may not otherwise have had.

Turned out Jack, (not his real name) is also afraid of other closed-in spaces, crowds, and fireworks that he related began while on active duty. I asked ‘Which war did you serve in?’ and was shocked to hear “World War 2.” He looked much younger than his stated age of “92.”

We spent the…

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2 thoughts on “Reiki for Veterans: Healing the Wounds of War

  1. Thanks Joey for sharing this information. I met some Veterans at the Cape Ann Health & Benefits Fair who told me they had the opportunity to try reiki before and found it very relaxing. The nice thing is, there are some very affordable options for people that are interested in having a Reiki Session but cannot afford a private session. The ‘sense of peace’ one often feels in a session can be hard to describe, but feels great!

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  2. Excellent Post Joey…Thank You! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

    Saw this and wanted to share with you all!

    Source:

    “ABQ Journal Editorial Take a minute every day and thank all our veterans
    By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board

    Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at 12:02am
    It’s Veterans Day, the day we honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Veterans Day traces its roots to Nov. 11, 1918. At 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Germany signed an armistice with the Allies in Compiègne, France, officially ending World War I. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 a national holiday – Armistice Day – to honor those who had served in that war, which was optimistically referred to as “the war to end all wars.”
    Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954, and rededicated the day to honor all U.S. veterans.

    Today, as our nation stands mired in its longest war ever, it’s fitting to recall President Wilson’s eloquent remarks from the White House 99 years ago today: “A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations.

    “The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half. With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory.

    “We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought. Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men. To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.”

    Wilson’s oration and the nation’s justification for entering that war stand in stark contrast to today’s presidential tweets and years long conflicts. What has not changed – and should never change – is our gratitude to those who have served in our military. Since we became a nation, less than 7.5 percent of the populace has worn the uniform. Today, about 0.4 percent of the American population is serving.
    Yet our nation remains strong because of these dedicated men and woman who pledged to “… support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

    For those pledges and sacrifices, we put aside our own concerns today and remember these selfless warriors.

    Thank you to the men and women who make our country a safer and more prosperous society. This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers”

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