“Nature, of itself, can be healing. The desert held violence for me, but here I found peace.”
Spoken by a veteran attending the first Healing Journey.
Welcome to Elderwarrior.com
This website and the Healing Journey it describes is a project of an organization called Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility.
Elder Warrior tradition comes from many long standing traditions: Native American, Roman, Greek, Maori, Islander etc. The tradition is basic to all of them. The returning warriors were welcomed, went through cleansing rites, were dined and had their wounds treated. Once that happened, the whole community would gather to listen respectfully to their stories. The whole community owned responsibility for the warriors, what they had been asked to do in the name of the community and for what they experienced in war. The community claimed full responsibility for the individual actions of the warrior. Thus, the warrior did not carry all the guilt, wounds and weight of war by themselves. A communal reckoning took place as well as the reintegration of the warriors.
The warriors were welcomed back into the community as Elder Warriors. They were seen as carrying wisdom and strength for the community. Consequently violence in the community dropped and the youth of the community looked to the Elder Warriors for guidance, mentoring and courage.
Drawing from all the wisdom cultures, we offer a pathway for this to occur in modern times. The pathway we have formed is Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility, which takes veterans and civilians through a guided process of encounter and civilian responsibility taking.
There is a Way Home
In order for the veteran and soldier to heal, (s)he must walk the journey home with a trusted, listening civilian. For the civilian to heal, (s)he must open to learning of the soldiers experience. For the nation to heal, both the soldier and the civilian must heal: the civilian becomes responsible and the soldier becomes the Elder Warrior.
Most people believe that PTSD stands for a clinical medical condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We believe that PTSD, as it has been defined by Ed Tick and a number of other authors, is Post Traumatic Soul Distress recognizing that it is primarily a wound to the soul, a moral injury.
We have found that the reintegration process is essential for the healing of moral/traumatic injury. We have been stunned by the reports from our warrior participants telling us, early in the process, that long standing difficulties like sleep have lifted.
Veterans and Active Duty Soldiers heal when welcomed by Civilians who take responsibility for them and for the wars they are asked to fight in our name.
Veterans heal when the community cares and supports soldiers on their return. Active Duty suffer less PTSD and feel more connected when they return. They report feeling that this make them better and safer soldiers.
Our next Healing Journey is November 12-16, 2017. We are delighted at the response and the November 2017 Healing Journey is full. To get on a waiting list please go to the Healing Journey Registration Page on our site. Download and send the form. If we cannot get you in we will put you on the list for future Journeys.
Our program provides scholarships for veterans and family members. It also includes ongoing research and development. All donations are tax deductible.
We are willing to come and speak to a group about what we do. Contact us to see if we have a team member near you and what it would entail to bring them there.
By Check to: HTRR (Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility) 925 Bluebell Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
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Healing Through Reckoning and Responsibility
925 Bluebell Way
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
5013c Non Profit since May, 2016