A heart centered cause versus symptom rehabilitation approach, fueled by gratitude and forgiveness, for active duty veterans suffering from PTSD has been implemented at the Concord Vets Center with great success. Under the direction of Salvador Ueda, MSW, and the encouragement of team leader, Jeff Jewell ~ a total of 18 Band of Brother’s transformation support groups have been accomplished with well over 100 veteran graduates in the last five years. I have helped both initiate and implement this program as a heart centered volunteer consultant with my ability to connect the heart dots of their individual life charts and utilize my proven self-healing exercises and Kindle book as a guide for their self-healing: Allen L Roland, PhD
Since the driving force of my self-healing heart centered consultations is gratitude, it is with heart felt gratitude that I thank the Concord Vet Center and in particular adjustment counselor Salvador Ueda for suggesting and giving me the opportunity, as a fully vetted VA volunteer consultant, to share my truth and help facilitate and build a successful Healing the Wounded Heart transformation program over the past five years ~ but particularly in 2015.
It’s been an incredible personal joy to witness with Sal the heartwarming transformations that occurred as many of these emotionally wounded veterans burst into full flower by going through their fears and finding joy beneath their deep pain and despair. We literally saw the light come on as they began to see through different eyes.
This outside the box program is simple and effective but it all starts with the adjustment counselor Sal Ueda who initially screens each applicant and determines if they are ready for this inner transformation self-healing work. Sal then has each veteran complete a life chart, as described in my book, which summarizes their life in terms of being a quest versus a struggle. At the same time they begin to read my book as well as watch my You Tube sessions.
They all have access to these self-healing steps in my updated Kindle Book RADICAL THERAPY, SURRENDER TO LOVE AND HEAL YOURSELF IN SEVEN SESSIONS (not seven years). Here is the Kindle link
Most people are not aware that you do NOT need a Kindle to read an Amazon eBook. You can download a free program from Amazon called Kindle for PC, and read it on your computer. Link :
And here’s a link to the YouTube Skype sessions of the self-healing process I teach ~ Watch, in the first 20 minutes of session five, how Marina conquers her deepest fear by going through it and she demonstrates that beneath her pain and fear is boundless joy. See video
My book is a passionate call to heal your heart by surrendering to love. Initially by sharing gratitude with the many people in your life who have not been thanked for being a gift ~ and then all others as you open your heart and begin to not only see through different eyes but also slowly reconnect with your original joy, intention and purpose.
It is important to note here that all of my work over the past 45 years, both in my private practice and now as a heart based coach and consultant, has been inspired by my desire to demonstrate my Unified Field ~ that deepest within us, even below our deepest pain is a psychic energy field of love, joy and soul consciousness (The Unified Field) which exists not only beyond time and space but also beneath our deepest fears, and whose principle property is the universal urge to unite.
Note ~ If you google The Unified field ~ you will find my explanation on page two of 7.5 million results.
I have answered an important question I posed long ago when I started my practice ~ Why are most people afraid of their Joy ?
The answer is because their psychic pain, quite often experienced at birth or early childhood, has over ridden their original joyful memories and they are afraid of or mistrust their deepest joy and are living their life and still making life decisions based on ego based fear.
In the third tenet of my PhD dissertation, The Unified Field, I describe the process by which psychic pain (the seeming separation from love) can over-ride joy and how most people are afraid of or mistrust their deepest joy ~ It would appear that the pain of not feeling loved for oneself and being seemingly separated from our original state of soul consciousness and the Unified Field is of such deep psychic proportions that, early in childhood, processes are triggered in the hypothalamus which result in a left brain imbalance and dominance as well as the denial, mistrust and forgetting of our connection to the Unified Field and the love and joy and a state of soul consciousness deepest within us. It is from this dark tunnel of pain, aloneness, despair and apparent death that the ego and ego consciousness is born – for survival and protection purposes only.
In my role as a heart centered consultant with over 45 years’ experience of soul retrieval especially with veterans with PTSD, I retrieve buried souls and empower them through love and gratefulness to not only open their hearts but to also find their unique place in a universal loving plan from a place of celebration and service. They soon begin to realize that everything they have ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
Here are the eight stages of ego transcendence I demonstrate and teach. Remember that the ego is a projection of what we feel we have to be versus being our true authentic self ~ and it is always born out of deep pain and aloneness.
- Denial Everything is fine, there is nothing missing in my life ~ I’m in full control of everyt
- Anger I can’t stay in control and manipulate things any more ~ it’s not working, it’s making me angry.
- Bargaining I’ll hang on to something so I won’t get out of control and have to deal with the unknown and all those scary feelings deep inside me that I have been continually avoiding.
- Depression Why am I feeling so sad, and it feels so deep. If only I could get out of this pit of despair.
- Acceptance / Connection I’m feeling deep sadness and it’s the same feelings I felt as a child ~ I can’t deny these feelings any longer.
6.Surrender I’m letting go and trusting that there is joy beneath my sadness ~ what is this excitement I’m feeling beneath this well of grief and it has nothing to do with someone else
- Celebration I’m truly feeling the joy of being myself and the growing awareness that there is something I’m supposed to be doing ~ I’m beginning to trust the unknown and see through different eyes
- Service I’m fully trusting myself, I’m listening and I’m responding to this inner call ~ I want to be in service from this inner place of authentic love, joy and delight.
Make no mistake about it, the keys to the magic kingdom of the soul are gratefulness and forgiveness ~ and eventually gratefulness and forgiveness ends with our self.
Sal and I meet these veterans from a joyful place of celebration and service and invite them to finally take their turn!
And what group of people have been more separated from love and the life force than combat veterans (many of whom had significant birth and childhood trauma) and have additionally been taught to hate and kill.
Initially, I review their completed Life chart and help Sal connect the soul dots ~ a life chart which clearly shows their whole life, relationships and war experience as a Quest or journey to where they are now.
From our very first session, they begin the process of thanking the people who have been there in their lives and as they do ~ like flowers, their buried or numbed out hearts begin to open allowing them to see through different eyes.
I then assist Sal in the remaining group sessions, with the veterans, using the sessions in my book as the guide ~ including the experiential exercises.
For example, the last session is a death exercise where every member has the chance to seemingly die and have each member tell them how much they meant to them as well as share from their heart with each other. In other words, in that exercise they not only experience being loved but the thrill of speaking from their hearts.
It’s not therapy but it is self-healing and every participant is given the opportunity to explore another heart centered choice of behavior versus a fear based ego driven choice. Team leader Jeff Jewell was very impressed by this self-healing process but could not find the time to make it happen for himself but his support was evident to all participants.
In 2015, I have concentrated on empowering and mentoring Sal Ueda, at his suggestion, to not only see through his heart but connect the dots so that he could carry the program on without my assistance. This work, in essence, is all about soul retrieval for these veterans, who were once taught to kill, are now being reconnected to their deeper urge to love and cooperate with each other
Dr Stanley Krippner describes this process in the foreword of my book ~ “No psychiatric manual lists “soul loss” as a condition in need of treatment but shamans tell me that “soul loss” is widespread in contemporary society. Allen Roland has had the insight to understand what the shamans have told me. He also has developed the skills to help his clients regain their souls”
Nowhere is “soul loss” more apparent than with veterans who have been taught to kill or witnessed or participated in unjustified mass human carnage.
Band of Brothers #18 was my last hurrah as a volunteer consultant with the Vet Center but I leave with an immense sense of self-satisfaction regarding this unique heart centered approach to self-healing. This program has not only succeeded ~ with well over 100 active veteran graduates who have positively changed through gratefulness and self-forgiveness ~ but more importantly, their hearts have been opened and they have experienced another choice of behavior while their PTSD symptoms have greatly diminished.
It remains to be seen if the VA will integrate this self-healing approach into their clinical approach but it is obvious that no amount of psychiatric drugs can ease the painful psychic pain carried by many of our returning veterans with PTSD ~ as witnessed by the rising veteran suicide rate.
Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army’s No. 2 officer, who has long been an advocate for soldiers suffering from the invisible wounds of war (such as PTSD and TBI) ~ also advocates the need for other alternative approaches ~ ” I want to understand what drugs we should use to treat these symptoms, if we should use any drugs at all. I want to look into alternative pain management. We are finding there are other ways to handle pain that are more effective and allow a person to feel a lot better than throwing a bagful of drugs at them.” See article ~
As a former active duty Naval aviator and carrier pilot who served seven years in the Navy, the last two as a weekend warrior ~ I can honestly relate to veterans and consider it an honor to have touched many of their hearts in my work as a heart centered consultant.
They have all, including myself, faced their deepest fears and been in service to their country. Many have been to the dark side and long for another choice and I am proud to have facilitated that process in my ongoing heart centered consultations.
There is no true healing without love and gratitude is the life blood of soul consciousness.
Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at [email protected] Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com. He is also featured columnist on Veterans Today and guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net