During the past four years, I have been able to successfully demonstrate in my 11 Healing The Wounded Heart (Band of Brothers) workshops in the San Francisco Bay area with combat veterans with PTSD ~ that reclaiming veterans' damaged souls through love, acceptance and gratefulness can lead not only to self-healing but also full recovery. These 8 once a week workshops enjoyed an average success rate of approximately 60 % in all symptoms of PTSD ~ especially in the ability to love and accept love as well as achieving a deeper sense of inner joy, peace and well-being. See the Miracle of Heart Centered Counseling is Self-Healing ~ http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/02/12/miracle-of-heart-centered-counseling-is-self-healing/
Vietnam combat veteran Tim Barton relaxing with his beloved dog Shasta in Antioch, California
Letting go of SCOUT, as such, was an act of conscious unconditional love and there was no sense of loss but instead celebration and completion ~ for his future happiness was more important to me than my selfishly holding on to him. We had finished our healing time together and it was time to let go. Great love can both take hold and let go and the same thing can happen in relationship ~ for those who we love deeply become part of us forever and still live in our hearts.
Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and heart centered spiritual counselor Allen L Roland is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private Skype consultations at firstname.lastname@example.org