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Healing Wounded Warriors
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From one veteran to another, happy Veteran's Day. In the United States, Veteran's Day falls on November 11th and is the day when the nation celebrates the sacrifices of the men and women who take up arms and risk their own lives to ensure the safety of others' lives. As a nation, we've come a long way in the past 50 years: soldiers are no longer spat upon, shamed in public, or treated like half-wits or failures because they're not employed in another occupation. Serving in the military is still a difficult, dangerous, and challenging job, but that doesn't mean soldiers can't be thanked for giving up their own personal goals in the service of our country.
In the spirit of the holiday and considering how many people are fighting in different wars - religious, political, cultural, societal, economical - that means there are a lot of warriors in the world who depend on Martial spirit for stamina to accomplish their goals. Martial spirit isn't necessarily confidence or certainty, but it is the absolute belief in the value of action. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Martial spirit is cardinal fire and warriors who burn too long may burn themselves to ashes.
Burn-out is a condition in which one has given (or fought) passionately for a long time only to see little or no reward. Burn-out is common in professional caregivers and hospice nurses, but also in others who fight important battles. Service men and -women frequently suffer depression and risk suicide from the chronic stress of war-fighting; these dangers are greater because the results of their labor are difficult to define.
To prevent spiritual disruption, warriors should focus on the maintenance of Martial spirit. Hermetic Reiki, the art of spiritual healing through the transmission of universal life energy, teaches that the human body is a mirror of the Solar System: all 10 planets, and 12 signs and Houses of the Zodiac are reflected in the human body. When the body is dis-eased, it is an indicator that the spiritual balance of earth, water, air, or fire is disrupted. Through a combination of meditative practices and calming touch, practitioners of Hermetic Reiki move the planets of the body in and out of rise, rest, detriment, and fall to regulate and restore one's spiritual health and physical wellness.
Practitioners of Hermetic Reiki believe that Martial spirit flows from the perineum and directly governs one's sense of identity and outward personality. When distressed, Martial spirit contributes to chronic muscle pain, elevated blood pressure, swelling and pain in the head, insomnia, and general restlessness. If left unresolved, distressed Martial spirit can lead to urogenital problems, poor sexual performance, hormonal imbalances, and severe emotional upset. Whether you're a weekend warrior or a full-time warrior, Martial balance is necessary to health and longevity. To maintain your balance of Martial spirit, practice the following exercise in a prayerful state while sitting, kneeling, or lying in a comfortable position:
Step 1: Break the flow of Martial spirit
If your martial spirit is off balance, you should start from a clean source. Do this by placing one hand over your groin or perineum and another over your solar plexus (focusing on the pancreas.) Libra rules the pancreas and this combination fells (or disrupts) Martial spirit. When the flow of spirit is distressed, its source must be realigned to the origin. This combination disrupts the flow of Martial spirit and forces confrontation and assimilation of the root causes responsible for the original disruption. Be aware that this may lead to uncomfortable feelings and frightening dreams. There is no way to eliminate dis-ease at the spiritual level without confrontation: if the dis-ease is not assimilated, it will remain and reappear at a later date. Maintain this position for 15 to 20 minutes. Focus on feeling the flow of spirit between each hand. Listen for subtle changes.
Step 2: Restore the flow of Martial spirit
Place one hand over your groin or perineum and another over your face. The face is ruled by Aries, the subordinate sign of Mars, and is the spirit in which Mars is most at home. Unifying Mars and Aries restores identity and instills confidence. Feel the unification and restoration of Martial spirit. Open your mind to the presence of the divine and allow universal life to flow freely between the two hands. Maintain this position for 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 3: Dignify the flow of Martial spirit
Place one hand over your groin or perineum and another over either of your knees. Capricorn rules the knees; this combination dignifies the flow of Martial spirit and imposes a calmer sense of productivity and constructive purpose over the aggressive force and direct intensity of Mars. Maintain this position for 15 to 20 minutes. Focus on feeling the dignified flow and passage of Martial spirit between the two hands. It is not necessary to dignify Martial spirit through both knees: either one will work. Capricorn, the spirit of cardinal earth, flows equally through both knees.
When finished, place both hands over your knees and focus on your breathing. When ready, conclude your practice and move on to something productive, and if it's not productive, don't do it. Pick a task or job you can do right away: Martial spirit needs an outlet and when dignified it is mean to be applied to constructive ends. Wash the car, pick up your room, clean the kitchen, straighten the living room, mow the yard, iron your shirts, or go exercise: you get the idea – just do something!
In keeping with the myth of the wounded healer, when you've finished healing yourself, you should go on to help others heal, too. You don't have to support war to care about the men and women who serve in the military: why not make a charitable donation to support wounded warriors recovering from PTSD? If you're not able to make a donation, consider sending a letter, thank-you note, or even a get-well card: everybody needs to know that they're appreciated.
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