Psychiatrist and integrative physician, David Kopacz, and Native American Visionary, Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow), create a healing path that leads home for our veterans suffering trauma and PTSD. Even after leaving the war zone, combat-readiness persists in veterans’ nervous systems which have been trained for the culture of war. This book uses the circular pathway of the medicine wheel to re-train the nervous system and re-acculturate veterans back into the peace of civilian culture.
Walking the medicine wheel gives trauma and pain a purpose as a path of initiation which transforms warriors into warrior-citizens. Walking the medicine wheel integrates the inner directions of body, emotion, mind, and spirit within the circle of the four outer directions. The book provides practical exercises of guided imagery and ceremonies to help returning veterans find peace in their hearts and in their minds—a peace that all of us in society seek and yet will not be able to achieve until we all have come home.
With a foreword by Ed Tick (author of War & the Soul and Warrior’s Return) the book also includes full color artwork by Joseph and David.
Ayni Books, An imprint of John Hunt Publishing
ISBN-10: 1782790756 | ISBN-13: 978-1782790754
What starts as personal dissatisfaction in the workplace can become personal transformation that changes clinical practice and ultimately changes the culture of medicine. As physicians and professionals we have trained extensively to relieve suffering. Yet the systems we train and practice in create suffering for us and our clients through the neglect of basic human needs. True health care reform requires addressing dehumanization in medicine by caring for the whole person of the professional and the patient.
Re-humanizing Medicine provides a holistic framework to support human connection and the expression of full human being of doctors, professionals and patients. A clinician needs to be a whole person to treat a whole person, thus the work of transformation begins with clinicians. As professionals work to transform themselves, this will in turn transform their clinical practices and health care institutions.