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5.0 out of 5 stars The book to end all wars?, December 3, 2005
This review is from: War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Paperback)
It appears that Dr. Tick got in over his head. He started out using traditional psychotherapy to treat Vietnam Veterans suffering from PTSD. Fortunately he had the sense to realize that PTSD was more than a mental health issue and, seeing he was in over his head, he learned how to swim. The currents carried him far from shore, to places where he could see that behind the emotional wounds of his clients were spiritual wounds and that what needed healing were their souls, where such wounds are inflicted. He discovered ancient methods for healing such wounds, and adapted them to the current times. He also discovered that the impulse toward making war emerges from a deep and primitive place in the collective unconscious, and has more to do with initiation into noble and honorable spiritual warriorhood than the massive death and destruction which modern warfare has achieved. He concludes that war cannot be waged for power or domination without causing great spiritual harm to those who wage it. War can only be waged in an honorable fashion, with great respect for one's enemies and for the purpose of protecting of one's home and family from immediate threat, if such harm is to be avoided. This just might be the book to end all wars if enough of us pay attention to it.
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Initial post: Jul 24, 2010 1:14:47 PM PDT
urge to wage war...From a deep and primitive place in the collective unconscious, and has more to do with initiation into noble and honorable spiritual warriorhood..."this Jungian perspective has also been explained by Richard Frankl in his book Adolescent Psyche which focuses on the "transition, (death) and initiation " of our youth into adulthood. I look forward to reading War and Souls.
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