Warrior's Return: Restoring the Soul After War

Warrior's Return: Restoring the Soul After War

by Edward Tick


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Warrior's Return: Restoring the Soul After War by Edward Tick

War touches us all-leaving visible and invisible wounds on the warriors who fight, disrupting their families and communities, and leaving lasting imprints on our national psyche. In spite of billions spent on psychological care and reintegration programs, we face an epidemic of combat-related conditions such as PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). With Warrior's Return, Dr. Edward Tick presents a powerful case for changing the way we welcome our veterans back from service-a vision and a path for transforming the wounds of war into sources of wisdom, honor, and growth.

After more than 35 years of working with veterans, Dr. Tick has learned that our conventional ways of addressing the trauma and woundings of war fall far short, usually focusing only on symptoms and temporary relief. Drawing on lessons from cross-cultural wisdom, mythical archetypes, and proven methods from psychology, he offers this book as a valuable resource to help families, caregivers, and returning veterans understand and cope with the life-changing effects of combat, including:

  • Re-examining PTSD-why we must expand our understanding of the full psychological and spiritual impact of war's invisible wounds
  • Archetype of the warrior-service in combat as a "journey to the underworld," and why the return home is the most crucial stage
  • The warrior's path-timeless wisdom from tradition, classical philosophy, great leaders, and religious and mythological sources
  • How cultures around the world have welcomed home their returning warriors for centuries-and what we can learn from them
  • The warrior's initiation-how the old self dies on the battlefield and a new, more mature self evolves in its place
  • Restoration-methods for overcoming disillusionment and soul-fatigue to restore the warrior's sense of purpose, motivation, and connection
  • Coming home-specific steps for reintegrating our warriors back into our families and communities
  • Honor-how a warrior can retain personal integrity and self-respect even when they have participated in a war they don't believe in
  • Forgiveness, reconciliation, and atonement-ways for warriors to close the circle and begin healing what was destroyed

"This is not a hopeless situation," states Dr. Tick. "Lifelong suffering after war is not inevitable if we understand war's impact on the heart and soul, both for ourselves and our culture." For veterans and those who wish to support them, Warrior's Return offers step-by-step guidance for initiating our transformed warriors into valued members of our community-with an essential map for the hero's journey home.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Soldier's Heart. Visit soldiersheart.net.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622032006
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 315,655
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Edward Tick

Edward Tick, PhD, cofounded the nonprofit Soldier’s Heart, Inc. with his partner Kate Dahlstedt and serves as executive director in Troy, New York. He has been honored for his groundbreaking work in the spiritual, holistic, and community-based healing of veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A psychotherapist for 40 years, he has specialized in working with veterans since the 1970s. He is the author of Sacred Mountain, The Practice of Dream Healing, The Golden Tortoise, Wild Beasts and Wandering Souls and the award-winning War and the Soul.

Dr. Tick is an internationally recognized educator and expert on veterans, PTSD, and the psychology of military-related issues. He has conducted trainings, retreats, and workshops across the country and overseas. He has lectured, trained staff, and worked with wounded warriors at West Point, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Hood, Fort Bragg, Fort Knox, Altus Air Force Base, and other Department of Defense facilities. The Department of Defense and VA facilities now use his pioneering work and he was the US Army’s 2012 PTSD Expert Trainer for its annual Chaplain Sustainment Training.

For more information, visit soldiersheart.net.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Call to the Nation ix

Part I The War After the War

Chapter 1 The Universal Warrior 3

Chapter 2 The War After War 23

Chapter 3 War Wounds Us All 35

Chapter 4 Arena for the Soul 57

Chapter 5 The Journey Through Hell 79

Chapter 8 The Invisible Wound Today 95

Part II Bringing Our Warriors Home

Chapter 7 War Trauma and the Social Contract 119

Chapter 6 The Wound: A Holistic Understanding 141

Chapter 9 Wounding and Identity 149

Chapter 10 The Transformational Journey 165

Chapter 11 Lessons from the Chiefs of Old 175

Chapter 12 Religion and Spirituality for War Healing 193

Chapter 13 The Path of Warrior Return 205

Chapter 14 Spiritual Comfort and Healing for the War-Wounded 219

Chapter 15 Redemption of the Wounded Warrior 237

Reveille of Warriors and Doves 253

Acknowledgments 261

Notes 263

Index of Veterans' Testimonies 281

Index 283

About the Author 299

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