PTSD Survivor Poetry by Mike Shea

PTSD Survivor Poetry by Mike Shea is this week’s installment in our ongoing celebration of National Poetry Month….

MAY 11, 1972

There is something that enters a soldier when a fallen comrade dies in action an invisible substance from millions and millions who perished while serving the order of things leaders go out front or hover above distilling the big picture while the grunts stay on the ground chewed up by malice and hatred I know a colonel who died for me and his invisible substance entered me at my meeting with terrorism in 1972 Germany. can you please define invisible substance! die for the stupid die for the brave die for right order die cause its your turn just die when its time



I smell your blood I taste your bullets I hear your smoke I see your screams I touch your mind All of it Every moment Every cell The hatred of intolerance, Jihad, fatwah The folly of aerial bombing Civilian shields and Mosques for munitions The ignorance of politicians Media and middle america Oozes thru an open wound As schrapnel in my psyche A soldier’s stigmata

ptsd poetry by mike sheaMichael J. Shea is one of the preeminent educators and authors in the fields of somatic psychology, myofascial release and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. He presents seminars in biodynamic craniosacral therapy throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Far East. He received his master’s degree in Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University and a doctorate in Somatic Psychology at The Union Institute.

Dr. Shea was certified in 1986 as one of the first Full Instructors of CranioSacral Therapy by the Upledger Institute and was an advanced Rolfer for 20 years. He was adjunct faculty and taught human embryology in the pre and perinatal psychology doctoral programs at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute in California.

As a formal student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his teaching style is grounded in his spiritual practice of developing embodied compassion with the use of manual therapy. For many years he has also apprenticed with a medicine man on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. From these traditions, he brings a unique cross-cultural perspective to teaching health and healing. Because of the influence of the Dalai Lama, his clinical focus is on treating infants and children with neurological problems and developmental delays. This also includes a unique approach to biodynamic practice called Cardiopathy in which the entire cardiovascular system is explored with subtle palpation.

Dr. Shea is the author of a number of books, including Somatic Psychology and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy – Volumes 1-5 published by North Atlantic Books. He has been a Florida Licensed Massage Therapist since 1976. He was a founding board member of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Association of North America, a founding member of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings and a member of the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Task Force (MTBOK). He makes his home in South Florida with his wife, Cathy.


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