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Healing the Inner Wounds of War with E.J. Drury

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Healing the Inner Wounds of War with E.J. Drury

E.J. Drury is a Vietnam Naval veteran who returned physically unharmed, but with deep inner wounds. His book ‘A Different Kind of Sentinel' is the story of his path of healing that explores the collaboration of the conscious and the unconscious minds using Active Imagination and the Transcendent Function, the process at the heart of Carl Jung's theory of psychological growth.  Seeing this healing as a spiritual emergence he has developed methods that help other returning vets with what the Marines now call their ‘moral injuries,' a form of PTSD caused not by trauma or terror, but by the pain of what they did in wartime.  How does this relate to shamanic practices like, journeying, soul retrieval and walk about? Yes, this will be a fascinating conversation.  Don't miss it and be sure to check out his website

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E.J. Drury

Having survived the war in Vietnam, without physical injury to himself, Sir E. J. Drury II "had nonetheless incurred the deeper wounds of a house divided against itself." As a child, had not he experienced his real father's schizophrenia and, later, his stepfather's alcoholism as war related, he may very well have written a different kind of story than A Different Kind of Sentinel.

For Sir E. J. gives to the imagination what Carl Jung gave to the world-via Active Imagination and the Transcendent Function-a reality "that is just as accessible to one's faculties as the material world."

From the first page of the book to the last, does the author slip so seamlessly from one world to the next, as if there were truly no distinction between the two. While standing, for example, in front of a mirror, one day, he sees an image of his soul, a woman "standing opposite" him in the mirror. Alarmed at first, he steps "back from the mirror only to find himself being inexorably drawn back into her world through the smile on her face." In the end, is he "left standing in front of the mirror, smiling at an image of himself dressed as a white knight."

And therein lies the whole story in a nutshell. For this remarkable story is as much about the author as it is about the soul and their eventual reunion. While he fears the white knight, she loves the White Knight "above all else." Where he longs to be free of his indenture to the beast, she longs to be free of her imprisonment in nature. "I am the way," she boldly proclaims when he finally admits he is lost. And though the two suffer the same agonizing pain of separation from each other and their respective worlds, both seek the one person they are meant to become.

As a sailor then, does he reluctantly set off in search of she who must be obeyed if he is to overcome the beast that burdens him and the rest of humanity with self-destruction or destruction of the self. "Whatever you do," is he forewarned by a fellow shipmate, "don't let them rob you of the most precious gift you have, your humanity, for the wraiths will claw away at it until all that remains is the shadow of what was once you." So must he, at all costs, resist the temptation of his fathers before him, "to live out the visions of others rather than the one with which he had been entrusted at birth," a vision that eventually pits him against the Navy as he comes to a fuller understanding of the true meaning of military service.


About David Franklin Farkas:

David Franklin Farkas, M.S.Ed, is a consultant, intuitive and spiritual healer specializing in remote healing of buildings, places, people and businesses for individuals and organizations.

Think of this work as removing the unseen blocks and obstacles that keep you from moving forward personally or in business

Who cares? His clients who...
• Who owned buildings that would not sell, before he cleared them.
• Who are realtors that now have another strategy besides lowering price.

And his clients whose...
• Businesses are now growing more rapidly.
• Neighbor, tenant, human resources or other issues are now much improved.
• Kids can now sleep well because the 'monsters' are gone.
• Mental or physical complaints are now, somehow, much improved, thank you.
• And... Oh, you get the idea.

He is also a sought after humorous and controversial international speaker whose signature talk is titled ‘Is Everything You Know About Ghosts Dead Wrong?’ David is featured in the book ‘Rising to the Top’ with other luminaries including Jim Rohn and Les Brown.

Now David brings his unique skills, talent, and perspective to Empower Radio with “The Farkas Files”, available here on-demand.