Monday, March 23, 2015

OLIVER STONE'S UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES IN 58 MINUTES


Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States is a must see 58 minute video for it is a flashback to the hubristic formation of this present empire in the human form as the creators of the official 9/11 story ~ George W Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and  Paul Wolfowitz's Infamous pipe dream of PNAC ~ which predicted the eventual global dominance of America and its surrogate state of Israel. The war on terror is still a smokescreen to cover up U.S and Israeli involvement in the false flag of 9/11 and the eventual metamorphosis of America from a Republic to its present day plutocracy and Empire ~ while still remaining shrouded in secrecy: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

 
“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”  Adolf Hitler

 
This must see Documentary by Oliver Stone recounts the final phase in America's fear based shift from a freedom based Republic into its immanent spiritual death. It also outlines the financial, business and geopolitical interests underlying the War on Terror which rapidly becomes a War of Terror ~ fueled by paranoia and fear as well as an obedient Congress and media.

 
Stone's powerful video documentary avoided mainstream censorship by downsizing the 9/11 false flag operation but instead cleverly opens with Martin Luther King's prediction of the impending spiritual death of America and uses the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) published need for a new Pearl Harbor as the neocon bible for the treasonous acts by our leaders (Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell, etc.) that followed ~ and let the facts speak for themselves.
THE INFAMOUS GANG OF SEVEN

Bush's hypocritical sincere lies and fabrications as well as Rice and Cheney's doublespeak are presented by Stone as evidence of America's decent to absurdity with the mainstream press in lock step during this spiritual death spiral.

Obviously the Bush administration's goal was always regime change in Iraq as Bush claimed dictatorial war powers while the sinister Cheney attempted to hide their 9/11 fingerprints through illegal renditions, bounty hunting as well as torture induced confessions.

Stone clearly shows this neocon Ride of the Valkyries with regime change the goal from Iraq to Iran ~ with the obvious but unspoken endorsement if not assistance of Israel and Mossad. Stone lets the viewer connect all these obvious dots but our present co-dependent relationship with Israel, where neither party can be totally honest with the other since both were co-conspirators in the 9/11 false flag operation, as well as the well-known Saudi/Israeli connection and our ongoing secrecy and lack of transparency, provide important clues.

Obama's broken promises and sell out to Wall Street is clearly seen in Stone's video as Obama stacks his team with Bush retreads and his promise of transparency is submerged by his greater need to maintain the status quo as well as the increasingly transparent War on Terror ~ which has now become Obama's drone directed War of Terror.

Obama's Nobel Peace prize becomes a bad joke ~ witness Obama's ongoing targeted assassinations and vigilante drone justice ~ along with Bin Laden's photo op death (with no body or DNA confirmation) which is an obvious insult to our intelligence.

So don't be shocked but our Democracy has failed and our current plutocracy enjoys an ongoing permanent war as well as a permanent donor based (not voter based) election campaign and Stone clearly records this descent into darkness. Stone's ending words speak of our moral descent from a force for good, understanding and peace to our present state as a rogue Empire clinging to the myth of American exceptionalism and offers this Martin Luther King inspired solution in his own words  ~ "We need to humanize the planet and find the power of real love"




 





 
 
 

 Watch this film closely and watch the great American bamboozle rapidly unfold ~ starting with the Bush, Cheney and Powell blatant straight faced lies and finally Obama's caretaker role for the global elite and dawning empire ~ and all under the deceptive and patriotic cover of the War on Terror. See Video ~


 
"Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell."   ~ U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on U.S. 713 New York Times Co. v.. United States

  

Allen L Roland, Ph.D

  
Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at  allen@allenroland.com 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 a featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net

 

Friday, March 13, 2015

CLINTON IS SO YESTERDAY / WARREN IS TODAY BUT DOES IT REALLY MATTER?


 As the pre-primary season begins, it becomes obvious to me that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are relics from our political past and Elizabeth Warren is a gathering fresh breeze for our rapidly changing political climate. Jeb looks old, wane and somewhat conscious of the impossible burden his name carries. Hillary has so much political baggage that it may never get unpacked and many are having second thoughts about her political leanings and presidential ambitions. That leaves the stage open for Senator Elizabeth Warren who will soon be making her presence felt on the national stage as the only authentic voice for true change ~ but does it really matter: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

 

"I'm really concerned that too big to fail has become too big to jail. That just seems wrong to me." Elizabeth Warren ~ remarks to bank regulators during Senate hearing, Feb. 14


As Hillary Clinton arrogantly recently sends message to Democrats and the media according to Fox news ~  Suck it up. I'm all you've got ~ there’s no viable alternative to me other than a Republican president  ~ she conveniently forgets that a legitimate populist Democrat is in the wings and rapidly picking up voter poll momentum as not only an alternative to yesterday's Hillary and Jeb Bush, with all their well-known baggage,  but Elizabeth Warren represents a true other choice, a genuine grassroots candidate who just might deliver on Obama's broken promises and commitment to the status quo. See Fox report: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/11/hillary-tells-dems-press-to-suck-it-up/#.VQBwKXjXsuE.email

 

Here's Warren writing about the recent Republican ambush on basic workers' rights while Hillary puts out email fires as well as continues to ignore her dwindling progressive base;

 

"Republicans say government should keep on working for employers who don’t like unions and who have figured out how to exploit a tangled system. They complain about government inefficiencies, but then they introduce a bill that is specifically designed so that a broken, inefficient system will stay broken and inefficient ~ even when we know how to fix it.

But we weren’t sent here just to represent employers who don’t like unions. We’re here to support working people who just want a fighting chance to level the playing field. Join me right now to tell Congress to let the NLRB do its job. "  See RSN article: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/28955-the-republican-ambush-on-workers-basic-rights

 
Mark my words, Elizabeth Warren is the stealth candidate who has slipped beneath the radar of the main stream press infatuation with political dinosaurs Bush and Hillary and has already become the darling of the people of Iowa ~ who are fed up with Republican arrogance, Hillary's worn out baggage and Obama's broken promises .

 
Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News, reported in February, 2015 that "Run Warren Run"  (https://www.facebook.com/runwarrenrun2016) is gaining Steam and High-Profile Support ~ and that was before Hillary' current email account fiasco which Obama has completely distanced himself from.

 "There was also a February poll commissioned by Warren supporters that showed that many are  looking for an alternative to Hillary Clinton. This poll was clearly a push poll, but PPP director Tom Jensen defended it as an earnest effort to assess Clinton’s weaknesses, asserting she likely “will be testing a lot of this stuff in her own polling.”

 The results show shehas some vulnerability ~ and Warren a lot of appeal ~ when it comes to their records on the financial crisis and related economic issues,” Jensen said. “If Clinton does end up running, she will need to take a tougher approach toward the financial industry or risk having the issue give her a lot of trouble with voters across the party spectrum,” he said.

 
A few key results of the poll:

 
Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Hillary Clinton?

 
Favorable 43%
Unfavorable 48%
Not sure 10%


 
If the candidates for president next year were Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would you vote for?

 
Scott Walker 42%
Hillary Clinton 45%
Not sure 14%


 
There were also questions that showed that voters would be receptive to a Warren candidacy.

 
The 900 registered voters were from both parties. Clinton does have greater popularity among Democrats. But the results show that Clinton’s name recognition does not give her an advantage in the general election, and that her popular support does not go beyond the Democratic Party."   See article ~ http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/28415-qrun-warren-runq-gaining-steam-and-high-profile-support

 
But that was yesterday in February and as I mentioned those poll numbers do not reflect Hillary's current personal email problems as Secretary of State ~ which is just one small piece of Hillary's excess baggage.

 
If Elizabeth Warren runs for president, she will force the Democratic field ~ and the press ~ to engage in a robust and in-depth discussion of progressive priorities like expanding Social Security, alleviating crushing student loan debt, and helping working families get a fair shot in an economic system that is rigged against them. Without her, those issues are non-issues.

Millions of Americans want Elizabeth Warren to enter the presidential race and the calls are getting louder every day. Watch this five minute video to see why people seem to love her but does it really make any difference?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3D346BRnSo

Warren is not a mystery candidate born out of despair and frustration as Obama was ~ but instead a transparent populist candidate who is not afraid of making a stand for the people and just may deliver on the promises that Obama, in his straddling tradition, triangulated himself into ineffectiveness ~ while maintaining the status Quo and an unfair playing field.

Of course, many high ranking Democrats have most likely bought into our one party election system where the leaders are preordained by Wall Street and big money ~ the primaries thus become kabuki theater where the actors play out their roles and the leaders know it's all a farce as Hillary Clinton most certainly does according to Fox news ~ Suck it up. I'm all you've got ~ there’s no viable alternative to me other than a Republican president.

Let's hope I'm wrong but the signs of illusion are all there ~ as the late George Carlin once shared and Elizabeth Warren is becoming increasingly aware of ~ George Carlin The Illusion Of Choice, voting, presidents, corporate control and more... 5 minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hMnWBwgFNE

 

"I believe the playing field is rigged. Evidence of that is everywhere. Now I've been in the Senate for nearly a year and believe as strongly as ever that the system is rigged for powerful interests and against working families."   Elizabeth Warren

 

 Allen L Roland, Ph.D
http://allenlrolandsweblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/clinton-is-so-yesterday-warren-is-today.html

Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at  allen@allenroland.com 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 a featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net

 

 

Friday, March 6, 2015

BIBI'S HATRED AND FEAR MONGERING GOES VIRAL


Hatred Breeds Evil and Eventually Insanity
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Holding on to hatred eventually poisons the instigator and they eventually become exactly what they are railing against and in this case Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has become the embodiment of everything he despises and distrusts with Iran ~ and in the process it becomes obvious that Israel is fast becoming the very same rogue undeclared nuclear, fascist , deceptive and evil state that Netanyahu has been warning the world against: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

 
"Holding on to anger or hatred is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die" ~ Buddha

 
The world is rapidly changing and Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu refuses to accept it and instead rides his nuclear armed war chariot of fear, isolation and deception against a growing wave of altruism and social cooperation ~ which are the driving forces of evolution.

 
Bibi's problem is he believes that peace cannot be maintained without regional dominance and military power and he sees it slipping away and is determined to maintain that old world order at any cost ~ even Israel's important ties with the United  States.


Netanyahu's recent chutzpah moment at joint meeting of U.S Congress

 
The problem is that consummate liar Bibi does not have a credible moral leg to stand on and is increasingly becoming the highly visible rogue threat he is warning the world against ~ a world that is increasingly tired of war and conflict and seeks a far more positive choice of altruism and social cooperation particularly with the growing universal threat of climate change.

 
Bibi's deceptive showboat chutzpah moment speaking to Congress was a desperate attempt to not only hold on to power but to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world that is committed to co-existence and increasingly getting tired of his deceptive message of fear, retaliation, separation and hatred.

 
The New York Times correctly writes today ~ "In our view, Mr. Netanyahu has consistently used these nuclear false alarms and outlandish claims both to serve his domestic political maneuvering and to create a smoke screen that relegates the Palestinian question to the margins. We have noted how his rhetoric has intensified in proportion to the international pressure on Israel to stop the settlement activity and end the occupation of the Palestinian territory… The paradox of the situation is that a government that has built a stockpile of nuclear weapons, rejected calls to establish a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East, made military incursions into neighboring states and flouted international law by keeping the lands of other nations under occupation now makes such a big fuss over a country, Iran, that has not invaded another country since America became a sovereign nation…. and During the quarter-century that Mr. Netanyahu and his allies have tried to keep Iran’s nuclear program at the forefront of the global agenda, they increased the number of illegal settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to more than 750,000 from about 300,000."   New York Times Op Ed http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/opinion/benjamin-netanyahus-nuclear-deceptions-on-iran.html?emc=edit_th_20150304&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=65700837

 
Here's what the Tehran Times had to say about Bibi's speech ~ "What was surprising and painful was the U.S. Legislators applauded repeatedly for a man whose mind is obsessed with hatred and his criminal record (Gaza and Palestine) are obvious to the entire world. American politicians and people should realize that their country is a victim of Israeli atrocities in the Middle East ~ the September 11 attacks of 2001 are a clear example. Israeli policies in the middle East have been fueling terrorism and extremism in the region ~ and since this Israeli regime is backed by the U.S. ~ terrorists seek every opportunity to vent their anger on American citizens."


Prime Minister Netanyahu has a well known history of lying with conviction which goes back to 2002 and arguing to Congress about taking out Saddam and his non-existent nuclear weapons. See speech  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fpQdg4D78Jc

Remember how Bibi got on stage at the UN in 2012 and pretentiously drew a red line for the world on Iran’s nuclear abilities. Well, Mossad knew at that time the maximum level of enrichment Iran could reach was only 20 percent, according to leaks obtained by The Guardian and Al Jazeera, while Bibi told a global audience that Iran had gone well over 70 percent and purposely ignored his own intelligence ~ sounds familiar doesn't it ~ like right out of Dick Cheney's playbook.


See 2 minute You Tube video  http://youtu.be/SAa5GO6TTQg


 But much more telling are the words of Uri Avnery, Israeli journalist, writer, peace activist, a former Knesset member, and the founder of Gush Shalom, who astutely comments on the propaganda spectacle of Bibi's recent speech to Congress;

"I cannot imagine any more effective election propaganda. Using the Congress of the United States of America as a propaganda prop is a stroke of genius.

It means almost literally spitting in the face of President Obama. I don’t think there was ever anything like it. The prime minister of a small vassal country, dependent on the US for practically everything, comes to the capital of the US to openly challenge its President, in effect branding him a cheat and a liar. His host is the opposition party.

Like Abraham, who was ready to slaughter his son to please God, Netanyahu is ready to sacrifice Israel’s most vital interests for election victory.

For many years, Israeli ambassadors and other functionaries have toiled mightily to enlist both the White House and the Congress in the service of Israel. When Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin came to Washington and found that the support for Israel was centered in the Congress, he made a large – and successful – effort to win over the Nixon White House.

AIPAC and other Jewish organizations have worked for generations to secure the support of both American parties and practically all senators and congress(wo)men. For years now, no politician on Capitol Hill dared to criticize Israel. It was tantamount to political suicide. The few who tried were cast into the wilderness.

And here comes Netanyahu and destroys all of this edifice for one election spectacle. He has declared war on the Democratic Party, cutting the bond that has connected Jews with this party for more than a century. Destroying the bipartisan support. Allowing Democratic politicians for the first time to criticize Israel. Breaking a generations-old taboo that may not be restored.

President Obama, who is being insulted, humiliated and obstructed in his most cherished policy move, the agreement with Iran, would be superhuman if he did not brood on revenge. Even a movement of his little finger could hurt Israel grievously.

Does Netanyahu care? Of course he cares. But he cares more about his reelectionMuch, much more."   See Avnery article ~  https://www.transcend.orgenyahu /tms/2015/03/an-expensive-speech/

 A new poll by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation and the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development shows that a clear majority of Americans ~ including 61 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of Democrats ~ favor a nuclear agreement with Iran despite the obvious political posturing by both parties as well as Netanyahu's ongoing fear mongering, lies and deceptions.

To sum it up, Bibi Netanyahu is rapidly becoming the odd man out in a rapidly coalescing world seeking peace and social cooperation ~ hopefully the Israeli electorate will come to the same conclusion on March 17th.

 
“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”
 ~ Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha

 
Allen L Roland, Ph.D
http://allenlrolandsweblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/bibis-hatred-and-fear-mongering-goes.html

Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at  allen@allenroland.com 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 a featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net

Sunday, March 1, 2015

CITIZENFIVE


Being in the light means being in the Unified Field of love and soul consciousness.

 
Citizen Five is an illumined human being and citizen of the world who no longer is repressed by fear, is committed to the truth and fully understands the futility of war. It is someone who refuses to participate in the current manipulated political process and clearly see their individual role as a light worker in bringing the evolutionary forces of social cooperation, altruism and light into an egocentric world of darkness, greed and oppression whereas they become an active part of a loving plan in action fueled by a Unified Field of love and soul consciousness : Allen L Roland, Ph.D

 
Citizenfour is a prelude to Citizenfive for both are truth tellers and the first step in this transformation is the revealing of the unvarnished truth so that we can truly see what we have created in order to manipulate and control the masses through fear ~ such as illegally spying and the denying of our individual liberties under the patriotic guise of national security.

 
 
About Citizenfour: After Laura Poitras received encrypted emails from someone with information on the U.S government's massive NSA covert-surveillance programs, she and Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet the sender, who turned out to be Edward Snowden.

Out of that meeting came the Academy award winning documentary Citizenfour ~ Directed by Paura Poitras with Edward  Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney and Jacob Appelbaum. Citizenfour is a 100% real-life espionage story unfolding minute by minute before our eyes and a documentary well worth seeing and experiencing ~ because it is still happening in the present time and its worldwide scope is both enormous and illegal.

Citizenfour official trailer ~  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiGwAvd5mvM

 
As a Citizenfive lightworker, I have been busy training light workers for over 40 years in my heart centered self-healing work both with clients and now as a heart centered educator and consultant. I help people regain their souls through insights (by first seeing their life as a subliminal Quest to find their original innocence and love) and then gratefulness and love as they begin to thank the key people who have been there for them during that journey ~ and in the process they reclaim their souls and emerge from ego consciousness (the  butterfly emerges from the cocoon)

 
The eight steps of Ego death are Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance and Connection, Surrender, Celebration and finally Service.

 
By connecting with my clients or workshop participants from a place of celebration and service, I help them accept and connect their pain and finally find the courage to surrender to the joy and celebration beneath their depression and then eventually be in service, as I am, from that very same place of inner joy and celebration.

 
The path is through Fear and with each step through fear they become more illumined with light as well as inner awareness and draw closer to their authentic vocation as well as their part in a universal loving plan. They also become aware in this process that deepest within themselves is a Unified Field of love and soul conscious that exists not beyond time and space but also innately connects them to that very same loving plan in action.

 
They all eventually become a Citizenfive and realize they are not only part of something far greater than themselves but they innately know that they have a part to play in the eventual coming together of mankind.

 
"We are put on earth a little space to bear the beams of love"  ~ William Blake

 
Allen L Roland, Ph.D
http://allenlrolandsweblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/citizenfive.html


Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at  allen@allenroland.com 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 a featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net

 

Monday, February 23, 2015

EASTWOOD'S AMERICAN SNIPER HAS ANTI-WAR MESSAGE











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Clint Eastwood's lonely vigilante of Dirty Harry days lives in American Sniper but now the killings have taken a toll and he has Post Traumatic Stress ~ which virtually all combat veterans have to some degree. The VA has been reluctant to tackle soul damage from veterans participating in military combat but my own extensive experience as a heart centered counselor and consultant with combat veterans with PTSD as well as recent studies have conclusively shown that it is a significant risk factor in the rising military suicide rate and it most certainly cannot be eliminated with drugs: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

 
I saw Clint Eastwood's American Sniper yesterday and I saw Dirty Harry in Khaki (Bradley Cooper) who by dehumanizing the enemy and eliminating them one by one as America's most lethal sniper eventually became dehumanized himself, was diagnosed with PTSD, and ironically eventually was killed at home on a firing range by a troubled fellow serviceman with PTSD ~ who he was teaching how to shoot.

 
The subtle signs were all there in Eastwood's film that Iraq was an unjust war at the cost of approximately 5000 American lives and close to 500 thousand Iraqi lives as well as millions of displaced civilians; His departing fellow soldier and younger brother telling him as he arrived in Iraq on his fourth tour "This is Fucked"  ~ His therapist having him visit a VA hospital to experience the walking and permanently wounded ~ but he was still in denial and convinced himself he was a hero who saved lives and that eventually cost him his own.

 
The movie deserves an Oscar as much as Hurt Locker in 2010 and in many ways was more powerful than Hurt Locker. Bradley Cooper captured the inner torture of killing others, even the so called enemy, as well as the obvious growing onset of PTSD with each of his four tours of duty. Cooper deserves an Oscar for his deeply moving performance where his combat company became more important than his immediate family in that he was almost fatally consumed in the adrenaline rush of combat before he finally realized he was ready to come home.  Sienna Miller co-starred as Kyle's wife, Taya and fully captured the anguish of living with someone you deeply love as they begin to slip into the grey zone of PTSD ~ where they are seemingly no longer there.       

 
In an interview, Navy Seal author Chris Kyle admitted that he needed to dehumanize his victims in order to kill them, calling them “savages” ~ but in the process he lost his soul and his humanity.

 
Is there a better way, besides drugs, to treat PTSD in our returning soldiers?

 
The answer is yes, according to myself as well as Saybrook University Psychology Professor Dr. Stanley Krippner.  Krippner is the author of two major recent books in the field:  "Haunted by Combat:  Understanding PTSD in War Veterans" and the "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" series in the "Biographies of Disease" series, among many other books.

Krippner was also mentor for my Master's Thesis in 1975 ”Conscious Love, The Ultimate Energy" and second reader for my PhD dissertation in 1998 the Unified Field which identifies and demonstrates a psychic energy field of love that exists not only beyond time and space but also deepest within each one of us. Stanley eventually wrote the forward for my book "Radical Therapy, Surrender To Love and heal Yourself in Seven Sessions (Not Seven Years)" which is used as a guide in my highly successful ongoing Healing the Wounded Heart workshops in Northern California ~ where I act as a volunteer consultant, advisor and mentor for these transformation sessions.


 
Krippner says, that “American Sniper” can usefully be seen as an anti-war movie.  What it doesn’t have is any of the clear instances of how to help someone like Chris Kyle that we know how to do ~ but that the military health system is unfortunately slow to adopt.

 
Saybrook University has a strong history of research supporting veterans with PTSD.  Graduate Bart Billings, a colonel in the military, helped organize the world’s longest running conference on combat stress, and has testified before congress on the military’s overuse of anti-depressants to treat mental health issues. Drugs are not the answer but are far too often seen as the answer as Colonel Billings, a Clinical Psychologist with a 34 year military career as a Clinical Psychologist, explains ~ 8 minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F02HElsg8uI

A current Saybrook PhD Student, Jason Frye, is currently conducting research on the psychological impacts of being a sniper. In a recent study, he interviewed two demographically similar men who had received sniper training ~ one of whom had confirmed kills in the field, one of whom had never taken a life.

 
The sniper who had killed in the field showed significant scores for PTSD, meeting 9 of the 13 criteria for diagnosis, and showing “significant numbers in major depression with suicidality, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” and numerous other issues. 

 
An American soldier dies every day and a half, on average, in Iraq or Afghanistan while Veterans kill themselves at the rate of one every 80 minutes. More than 6,500 veteran suicides are logged every year ~ more than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined since those wars and occupations began.

A bag filled with violence inducing psychotropic drugs are not the answer for treating our returning veterans, such as Chris Kyle, especially since for every US soldier killed last year, 25 veterans commit suicide. The US military has lost more troops to suicide than to combat for the second year in a row and a better cause versus symptom based understanding of combat-related risk factors for suicide is now critical.



So let’s take a closer look at the bagful of drugs (Care of big Pharma) that are currently being thrown at Veterans as well as their adverse effects.


A recent study published in the Public Library of Science online journal (PloS One @ www.plosone.org) by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP @ www.ismp.org) listed the top 31 prescription drugs that can cause violent or aggressive behavior in those consuming them. Note that Prozac, Paxil and the amphetamine drugs as well as Lariam are # 2, # 3 # 4 and #5 on the top-ten list: See article ~ http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/04/25/rising-vets-suicides-heart-centered-approach-needed/

A new SFVA study strongly suggests that soldiers who experience killing experiences are twice as likely to attempt suicide ~ which strongly supports the reality of soul damage as a contributing factor for veteran’s suicide as well as the obvious need for a proven soul centered approach toward veteran rehabilitation


In an important April 13, 2012 research study abstract entitled ~ KILLING IN COMBAT MAY BE INDEPENDENTLY ASSOCIATED WITH SUICIDAL IDEATION ~ the SFVA released the following abstract which indicates the possibility of soul damage with combat veterans who by dehumanizing the enemy and killing them ~ become more dehumanized and suicide prone:

    BACKGROUND:

     The United States military has lost more troops to suicide than to combat for the second year in a row and better understanding combat-related risk factors for suicide is critical. We examined the association of killing and suicide among war veterans after accounting for PTSD, depression, and substance use disorders.



    METHODS:

      We utilized a cross-sectional, retrospective, nationally representative sample of Vietnam veterans from the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). In order to perform a more in depth analysis, we utilized a subsample of these data, the NVVRS Clinical Interview Sample (CIS), which is representative of 1.3 million veterans who were eligible for the clinical interview by virtue of living in proximity to an interview site, located within 28 standard metropolitan regions throughout the United States.

  

       RESULTS:


         Veterans who had higher killing experiences had twice the odds of suicidal ideation, compared to those with lower or no killing experiences, and substance use disorders were each associated with higher odds of suicidal ideation. Endorsement of suicide attempts was most strongly associated with PTSD.


       ONCLUSIONS:

            Killing experiences are not routinely examined when assessing suicide risk. Our findings have important implications for conducting suicide risk assessments in veterans of war. See Report:
 
         These findings offer even more justification for offering soul centered workshops for combat veterans as well as other heart centered therapy. We’re talking about soul damage here and only a heart centered intervention can effectively treat  that psychic despondency ~ as I have consistently demonstrated with combat veterans, over the past five years, who have virtually all participated in killing experiences.
 
       And therein lies my point ~ there are most definitely effective and proven ways to handle PTSD other than throwing a bagful of drugs at them and one of them is the heart centered Healing The Wounded Heart workshops we are facilitating with Veterans with PTSD in Northern California.
      
         I have long felt and have now proved that PTSD is really Post Traumatic Heart Disorder for a common symptom of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is the inability to give or receive love ~ which can obviously apply to non-veterans who have also suffered significant loss or emotional childhood and/or adult pain.
          I have also clearly demonstrated that only after the soul is activated through gratefulness can true self-healing occur for only then does the client (veterans or otherwise) truly want to heal.  Using the premise that what is deepest within us is love (not anger) and utilizing an action oriented approach to face and go through their heart felt fears ~ these veterans, soon discover that beneath their pain, anger and shame is not only love and joy but most importantly their true authentic self.
          The purpose then of the Healing the Wounded Heart Workshops i  is to penetrate the grey zone of guilt, aloneness and unworthiness, that many combat War Veterans diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) experience, and this is accomplished within a supportive group setting through heart centered self-exploration, group sharing, guided visualization and action oriented homework ~ where love, gratefulness and joy eventually overcome inner fear, anguish and separation.
 
         We call each one of these 6 week (once a week) workshops Band  of Brothers and 14 of them have already been completed since early 2010 and Band of Brothers #15 will commence later this month.
          Using Band of Brothers #5 as an example ~ 21 PTSD symptoms were included on the evaluation survey and the veterans were asked to rate their level on the 1-10 scale ( with 1 being “ Very Poor “ and 10 being “ No Problem” for each of the PTSD conditions Before and After the workshop. Here are the after workshop results ~ with an average symptom improvement of 59%.
 
  Symptoms / After workshop % Improvements
   Sleep Problem              67%
   Nightmares                    62%
   Trouble breathing        15%
   Avoidance                      63%
   
    Isolation                        69%
   Emotional Numbing       74%
  Irritability/Anger          70%
   Anxiety                            53%
   Depression                     65%
  Suicidal Ideations         41%
  Intrusive Memories       58%
  Super alert issues         58%
  Concentration issues     55%
  Energy                            57%
  Feeling Joy                   75%
  Fear of intimacy           63%
  Physical pain                  36%
  Emotional pain            65%
  Love                               59%
  Peace                             69%
  Compassion                 41%
  Gratitude                       75%
 
        The figures speak for themselves but the ones that leap out are the 75% improvement in Joy and gratitude. These combat veterans have not only survived the ultimate firefight of battling fear on the journey to their heart but are now experiencing the delight of not only being themselves but the joy and gratitude that they are truly healing themselves and can finally begin to give and receive love.
          Here are two participants comments from their workshop evaluation; “I have progressed farther in the workshop’s 6 weeks than I have in 25 years of on-and off private therapy. I’ve been given a very informative look at myself. I understand much more about my own experiences. So many answers to so many questions. I feel alive!  Gaining a different perspective on life helps me to see my true self. It’s nice to feel love and a sense of self-worth”
          “My quick temper and bouts with anger are gone. My dreams are no longer violent and I have not flown out of bed since the workshop. I am able to fall asleep and remain asleep. My relationships with my wife and family have improved immensely. The comradeship that grew with the other participants was wonderful. I feel very strongly that the “ Healing The wounded Heart “ workshop should be added to the VA’s inventory of most effective tools used in re-adjustment counseling to combat the life destroying effects of PTSD.”
  
    Three years ago General Peter Chiarelli,  the Army’s No. 2 officer, acknowledged there are more effective ways to treat PTSD than just drugs ~ a fact that we have have been proving for over five years with our heart centered Healing The Wounded Heart workshops for combat veterans with PTSD in Northern California.
    “There’s no doubt that we’ve changed. We’ve totally done a 180. But have we done enough? No. I want to do more, quicker. I want to have more of these secrets unlocked faster. 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.” General Peter Chiarelli
 
 “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans” ~ James Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small
 
Allen L Roland, Ph.D

Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at  allen@allenroland.com 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 a featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net