|Posted by Deborah Chester on April 27, 2011 at 2:48 PM|
At a National Gulf War Res possibility of revisiting memories that I had long put to rest created an incredibly high level of stress in me prior to the demonstration. I voiced my concern as a weak protest but allowed the demonstration to go on in spite of it. Within a half hour, as I repeated the phrases, “I am loved, I am accepted, I am respected and I am honored,” I found myself in tears.
It seemed as though the repetition of these phrases during the RET process overcame the feelings of rejection and dishonor that I had been subjected to in the 35 years following my Vietnam experience. By the end of the demonstration, I found myself smiling weakly, very much relieved,and in a better frame of mind about my Vietnam experience.
I believe that when dealing with combat trauma, the spiritual dimension of reconciliation with God is indispensable. I also believe that RET can be used as an effective tool for dealing with feelings of rejection, dishonor and shame in veterans who seem unable to readjust or incapable of being reconciled with their fellow man.
-- Oscar Ramirez, Ph.D., Founder and President of Crossfire National Veterans Assistance Corporation, www.vetsincrossfire.org.