Monday, February 23, 2015


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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

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 @ by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP @ 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 ~

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:


     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.


      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.



         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.


            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 is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website He is also a featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on



Sunday, February 15, 2015


The New World Order has arrived and Nobel Peace Laureate President Obama is now doing what he was elected to do ~ Preside over a 1984 world Oligarchy where War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength. The stage is set because a common enemy (ISIS) ~ that our illegal invasion of Iraq created ~ keeps the people of Oceania in fear and sets the stage for a New World Order cemented in manipulation and control and totally out of sync with Altruism and Social cooperation ~ the driving forces of evolution and a universal loving plan in action: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

A nation of apathetic and complacent spectators watch their world explode in between commercial breaks.

The United States is just over 230 years old and is now firmly entrenched in the seventh stage of all civilizations (Apathy) with only Dependence and eventually Bondage ahead of it. Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its eager hand.

The public Hanging of Head of State Saddam Hussein was an excellent example of that evil at work ~ for his crime was bucking the aims of the Empire or global elite whereas he became more valuable to them dead than alive.

The last person the Empire wanted to talk about his betrayal by the West was Saddham Hussein who was eliminated by the Global elite as was Gaddafi in Libya ~ while Hillary Clinton laughingly exclaimed to the world "We came, We saw and He died "

The rope used to hang Saddham is now being put up to auction at 7 Million dollars. See auction details

Power corrupts and absolute power absolutely corrupts particularly when its built on a shaky scaffold of blatant lies and manipulation.

The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through a nine stage sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacence to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again into bondage. ( Attributed to Alexander Tytler )

In our present Plutocracy we have just made the transition from complacency to national apathy ~ which will surely be followed by dependence on the state and eventually bondage by the state. As Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General, has said ~ ”We’re not a democracy. It's a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, we're a plutocracy: a government by the wealthy."

The obvious vehicle for this rapid shift in consciousness is FEAR. Fear, in actuality, is False Exaggerations Appearing Real (under the guise of National Security) but APATHY is a lack of interest and indifference and it has always been the Great American Sin.

Joseph Fort Newman, Atlantic Monthly, wrote about the Great American Sin of Apathy in October, 1922 ~ and its worth repeating now in February, 2015;

”What is the great American sin? Extravagance? Vice? Graft? No; it is a kind of half-humorous, good-natured indifference, a lack of "concentrated indignation" as my English friend calls it, which allows extravagance and vice to flourish. Trace most of our ills to their source, and it is found that they exist by virtue of an easy-going, fatalistic indifference which dislikes to have its comfort disturbed....The most shameless greed, the most sickening industrial atrocities, the most appalling public scandals are exposed, but a half-cynical and wholly indifferent public passes them by with hardly a shrug of the shoulders; and they are lost in the medley of events. This is the great American sin."

Unless we as individuals, and then as a nation, conquer fear and apathy we are doomed to dependence and then bondage by a state ruled by the wealthy. That state of dependence is drawing near and only faith and the great courage of civil revolt and even civil disobedience can revitalize this nation .

Now, President Obama is seeking a blank check for perpetual war with his recent proposal for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) ~ ostensibly targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The draft sent by Obama requests that Congress give its approval for military operations against ISIS or “associated persons or forces,” defined as anyone “fighting for, on behalf of, or alongside ISIL [ISIS] or any closely-related successor entity in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.” This is formulated so as to potentially include organizations or individuals as diverse as Islamist groups in the Middle East and North Africa, homegrown “cells” in Australia, France or the United States itself, or anyone the US claims is aiding and abetting ISIS.

Obama's proposal didn't get rid of the law that started it all: 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. Last summer the president used it to launch airstrikes on Iraq and Syria. As long as that law stays on the books, he can use it to override nearly any limits in new war authorizations against the Islamic State.

This is a major step in establishing a New World Order with of course America in charge but WSWS points out Obama's blatant attempt to delude the American public in the process ~ " In an attempt to delude the American public, which is overwhelmingly opposed to war, that the new operations are to be limited in scope, the authorization states that it does not provide for “enduring offensive ground combat operations.” Again, the wording is formulated so as to allow virtually any type of military action. There is no definition of “enduring” or “offensive.” Extended combat operations in Iraq, Syria or another country could be justified on the grounds that they were defensive or not “enduring.” See WSWS article ~

Remember that Dependence is the eighth step in the fall of civilizations ~ only to be followed by Bondage. In many ways George Orwell’s 1984 Oceania has nothing on 2015 America as Paul Joseph Watson wrote two years ago in ~ “Americans are now living in a society that in some cases is more draconian, more invasive and more Orwellian than the dystopian tyranny fictionalized in Orwell’s chilling classic Nineteen Eighty-Four. On almost every front, American citizens are under an equal or greater threat of abuse, control and more pervasive and high-tech surveillance than anything Winston Smith ever faced.”

And here’s the proof that Oceania is almost here ~ Wired magazine’s April cover story in 2012 covered the construction of the blandly named Utah Data Center ~ which was being built for the National Security Agency and is now completed and operational.


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As Wired says, "there is no doubt that NSA has transformed itself into the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever created."

William Binney, a former NSA official as well as senior NSA crypto-mathematician largely responsible for automating the agency’s worldwide eavesdropping network, has gone on record (in Wired) to describe Stellar Wind (NSA's Domestic Spying Program) and offers the best summation of its consequences to all Americans ~ We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.”.

And now President Obama just announced and signed an executive order in Silicon Valley where Homeland Security will be in charge of all information sharing ~ thus cementing the role of the Orwellian Department of Homeland Security, rather than the National Security Agency, as the government lead for information-sharing with the private sector. But in an interview last month, Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said the N.S.A. “would have to cart us out in a box” before the company would provide the government a back door to its products ~ which remains a formidable stumbling block for Obama's intrusive and growing security state.

And thus step by step the stage will soon be set for America’s shift from Apathy to the eighth stage of a civilization’s collapse, Dependence on the State which will be quickly followed by Bondage to the State and Orwell’s prophetic words will finally become a reality ~ "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live ~ did live, from habit that became instinct ~ in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized."

war is peace
freedom is slavery
ignorance is strength

These words are the official slogans of Orwell's INGSOC Party, and are inscribed in massive letters on the white pyramid of the Ministry of Truth, as Winston observes in Book One, Chapter I (1984). Because it is introduced so early in the novel, this creed serves as the reader’s first introduction to the idea of doublethink. By weakening the independence and strength of individuals’ minds and forcing them to live in a constant state of propaganda-induced fear, the Party is able to force its subjects to accept anything it decrees, even if it is entirely illogical ~ for instance, the Ministry of Peace is in charge of waging war, the Ministry of Love is in charge of political torture, and the Ministry of Truth is in charge of doctoring history books to reflect the Party’s ideology.

That the national slogan of Oceania is equally contradictory is an important testament to the power of the Party’s mass campaign of psychological control. In theory, the Party is able to maintain that “War Is Peace” because having a common enemy like ISIS keeps the people of Oceania united. “Freedom Is Slavery” because, according to the Party, the man who is independent is doomed to fail. By the same token, “Slavery Is Freedom,” because the man subjected to the collective will is free from danger and want. “Ignorance Is Strength” because the inability of the people to recognize these contradictions cements the power of the authoritarian regime.

If you're not outraged and ready for action, you're on life support or mired in Apathy and already in Bondage. Take the Red pill before it's too late.

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, unless your own reason and your own common sense agree. ~ Gautama Buddha - (quotation is a paraphrase of the original)

Allen L Roland, Ph.D

Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website He is also a featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on


Sunday, February 8, 2015


Five more combat veterans with PTSD complete a simple six week action based self healing workshop which stresses the power of love and gratefulness and they find themselves in service again ~ except this time the gift they are extending is themselves: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

In my role as a volunteer heart centered consultant, advisor and mentor, I have recently assisted in the transition of five more combat veterans with PTSD who found the courage to go within and beneath their pain and anguish and found, in the process, their original innocence, joy and delight as well as a need to be in service from that very same place of love and gratitude.

Make no mistake about this, the keys to the magic kingdom of the soul and soul retrieval is gratefulness and gratefulness begins with our self. Each one of these participants with the assistance of their adjustment counselor complete a Lifechart ~ a chart which clearly shows their whole life, relationships and war experience and where they are now.

All the steps in this self-healing process are in my updated Kindle Book RADICAL THERAPY, SURRENDER TO LOVE AND HEAL YOURSELF IN SEVEN  SESSIONS (not seven years) ~ which is also available on YouTube. Here's the Kindle link

And here's a link to the YouTube sessions of the self-healing process I teach ~ watch, in the first 20 minutes, how Marina conquers her deepest fear and demonstrates that beneath her pain and fear is boundless joy, See video

I am brought in as an active duty veteran as well as a fully vetted volunteer advisor and heart centered consultant to help these veterans connect the dots and begin to see their whole life as an inner QUEST to find their lost self and how each love relationship has played its role in accelerating that quest to not only find themselves ~  but to also speak their inner truth.

Their immediate homework is to begin to thank these key people in their lives and tell them why they have been a gift in their life ~ now that they can clearly see in their life charts the important role each has played.

It is actually here that the self-healing begins for with each person they thank, their closed hearts begin to open and they feel less and less alone and more and more connected.

The next step within the small group is taking accountability for their life and exploring another choice versus being a victim and of course their homework is to do this in real life and experience the lightness of being accountable versus the deadening heaviness of beihg a victim.

Each step is this process is shared within the group and they all inspire each other in the ongoing self-healing process.

In session three they meet the child within via a guided visualization and the child tells them what they need to do to fully embrace this guiding source within.

In session four, a week later, they experience another guided visualization where they experience all the people in their lives on a movie screen and the question asked is ~ how many of these people have you thanked for being a gift in your life? Their home work, of course, is to thank these people from a place of gratefulness and joy.

In session five, they experience the Death Exercise where each has a chance to clearly see their life as a quest and experience how many people really knew them. Then each one of them experiences a mock death and each one has the chance to feel loved as well as extend love to one another. For some of them, this is the first time they have experienced themselves being loved for who they really are as well as extending love toward others.

The last session is all about listening and responding to their inner direction and fully claiming the gift of themselves ~ which is the prime purpose of this self-healing empowering workshop.

At that point they are welcomed into the larger Band of Brothers group, which meets once a month, where they are celebrated as well as given the opportunity to share their experience with the other members ~ which now numbers close to ninety.

And the beat goes on as Band of Brothers #15 participants are now beginning to complete their life charts and I await my opportunity to help them connect the soul dots and begin to accelerate their self-healing process through fear to inner light, love and gratitude.

This is without a doubt the most emotionally rewarding work of my life and I am humbled by the simplicity and power of this self-healing process. How fortunate can I be to be making such a profound difference in my early 80's by passing on my truth to people, many of them less than half my age ~ but all eager to see the light as well as another choice in life.

 “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
~ Maya Angelou

Allen L Roland, Ph.D

Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website He is also a featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on